I have been a battle-hardened iPhone user for some time, hardened by poor battery life, software glitches and some bizarre faults on the new iPhone 4S. And still I battle on in the belief that it is the best smartphone of them all, like so many others do.
A parcel arrived today containing 4 Android smartphones; the Experia Arc S, Motorola RAZR, Google Nexus and HTC Sensation XE and my eyes opened up wider than they have for some time. These phones are not like the iPhone; they are impossibly thin, have large screens and don’t feel like phones at all. It is not possible for phones to be this way.
How can a phone that is a sliver of technology do so much in such a small space? How can it have such a large screen and still feel pocketable and tough? I don’t get it. These phones are not like the iPhone at all, the phone that millions proclaim to be the second coming, yet they are somehow years ahead in terms of design. They feel like 2012 and in my eyes the iPhone is suddenly relegated back a few years to a design that does not fit in the same micro-generation.
Hardware counts for a lot and is incredibly important in all aspects of smartphone ownership. Every time you use your smartphone, the hardware makes or breaks the experience. It is responsible for the quality of music, video, photos and everything else. But if you can have something extra and house it all in the latest possible housing and make it feel magical, why not?
For hardware alone, that parcel of Android goodness has opened my eyes to what else is out there and it is a lot more creative, sleek and beautiful than I originally thought.