Decisions Decisions - Smart Phones and Ecosystems

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I’m in a quandary! We live in a connected smart phone world and the device you choose, is the one you’re going to have to live with day in and day out, come rain or shine… so it’s important to make the right decision!

I’ve always been an iPhone guy. I had the LG Prada phone back in 2007, before the iPhone was released in the UK, and then since then, I’ve only ever had Apple products. Obviously I’ve been aware of other brands of device, but I’ve never really been interested in them… until now!

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The reason all of this has come about is that, aside from being due an upgrade, I’ve been to various smart phone events and launches. This has caused my eyes to wander, and it’s making me wonder if the grass is greener on the Android side.

Of course it’s not as simple as just getting a new phone anymore. I’m so heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem now, it’s very hard to think of switching, without it being at a ridiculous cost to either my bank balance, or my productivity. I’ve been using Apple computers longer than I’ve been using their phones. My first was a Powerbook G4, but since then I’ve had iMac’s MacBooks and a MacPro. I much prefer MacOS to Windows, although my Gaming PC does run Windows 10, and it’s less offensive than previous versions, but then I don’t use it for productivity, so I don’t know how well it would fare.

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Apple iPhone Ecosystem Watch MacBook Air Workflow Smart Phone Editing EasyJet Travel Photography Adobe Lightroom iPad Pro

Photo editing obviously is my primary use for devices, after social media. All the software I use is available on Windows, so that wouldn’t be any different, however, the use of things like AirDrop alone are invaluable to my workflow, and I’m not entirely sure if the other platforms have that functionality or if it works anywhere near as well.

Of course there’s nothing to say I couldn’t keep the iPad Pro and MacBook Air for work purposes. For a start, my video editing is all done in Final Cut Pro X, which is an Apple product and therefore not available on Windows machines, so kind of in a corner on that one anyway.

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If you’re a regular follower, you’ll know I’m on a body transformation mission right now. I got my Apple Watch Series 2 a couple of years ago, and it’s made a huge difference to my weight loss and fitness. With that being said, I do feel kind of bound by it in some ways, when I often want to wear something that looks more traditional, but I always have this annoying feeling of missing out on data. That’s silly, because the data is irrelevant most of the time. It’s the effort and work that’s important, so maybe switching might free me to be able to expand my watch collection some more, and get ever closer to that Rolex Submariner dream!

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As a photographer, I’m still always going to prefer using a camera over a phone, but I am watching the smart phone camera manfacturers very closely as they seem to be making huge leaps in technology and software, that can’t be ignored. I don’t think they can compete with a dedicated camera though, but in a couple of years, that could well change!

The other night, I was at the launch of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smart phone. It was an amazing event and great to see and hang out with lots of friendly faces, but for the first time, I found myself asking some serious questions about my tech allegiances.

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I regularly watch tech YouTubers, and the vast majority of them are Android fans over iOS and iPhone. If they’re experts, that must mean something right? Am I missing out? I’m due a phone upgrade, and up until this week was 100% dead set on the iPhone XS, but now I’m having doubts.

I need help making a decision! With phone contracts the way they are now, I’ll have to live with this decision for the next 2 years, so it’s not something that can be taken lightly! What do you guys use? Have any of you switched from Apple to Android? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!