It’s Ordered



Two years ago, I switched from the android world to Apple when the iPhone 5 came out.  I liked the power of android phones and the ability to customize, but I got tired of having to root my phone just to get updates that the manufacturer refused to release. The fragmentation of android is a little better now, but it’s still a big problem. For me, since I also have a Macbook Air and iPad, the iPhone just makes sense. And with the new continuity features between iOS 8 and Yosemite, the integration just keeps getting better. I’ve actually been using both new operating systems for the last month and I’m impressed. I really like the look and functionality of the new Yosemite OSX.

Today, I went ahead and reserved a 64 Gig iPhone 6.  The 6 is a good size and can still fit in my pocket. I can also trade in my 5 so I’m not paying much.  I’m looking forward to trying out Apple Pay and the new camera improvements. My phone has become a huge tool to help with my daily organization and planning, so upgrading is always exciting.  Here is an extended commercial for the new iPhone.  And, I might add, I’m still completely undecided on the Apple Watch for 2015. Right now, I’m thinking it’s too much money, but we will wait and see.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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4 Responses

  1. Greg S says:

    You don’t feel a little handcuffed on iPhone? I mean, the little icons, the lack of multi-tasking …. I couldn’t imagine going from Android to iPhone. Like, I recommend the iPhone to my grandfather because of obvious reasons – but, as a technical person – I am a little intrepid re: the Apple smartphone.

    Is the integration worth it? Honestly wondering…
    (asking seriously, and with no judgement, sarcasm, or snark)

    • Mike says:

      Great question, and I was at the same place a couple of years ago when I switched. Here is my take. Icons and widgets don’t really increase productivity. They do add functionality, but I would rather have great apps that enable me to get work done.

      I had some really bad problems with memory management and stability on the two android phones I had (the HTC Desire and the Motorola Electrify) and both never received updates. Rebooting and dealing with bugs became increasingly annoying. I also realized how much time I was spending trying to get my android phones to work the way I wanted them to. I know Android has come a long ways in the last two years, so it’s not as much of a problem now. I do think both Android and iPhone are powerful enough for power users.

      With Apple, iCloud documents automatically sync between my Macbook, my iPad, and my iPhone. I can start working on a document on my computer and finish it on my phone or iPad. That is the type of integration that really helps in the real world. Not to mention password syncing and the new continuity features. Also multi-tasking has been available for some time, you just double click the home button to switch between open apps. And as much as I hate to say it, the iPhone just works the way it is supposed to.

      My best suggestion, find a solution you like and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. For me, Apple has been a good choice.

      • Greg S says:

        As a technical person, i guess instead of a tattoo I would make my smart phone all pimped out. Maybe I wasn’t ready for the Buick. However, what you’re saying is that things have changed – the iPhone isn’t a homogeneous and limited experience anymore. Especially after viewing the video above.

        I’ve been a huge Samsung fan. As much as people say otherwise, I have not had a lot of luck with picture quality with my Android phones. But, pictures taken with the iPhone seem to aways be really good. maybe Apple is doing with phones what they are doing to laptops – winning customers with superior hardware as well.

        As I get older and the kids get older, I have less and less time and desire to screw around with Clockworkmod and the XDA forums. I can see how productivity would be optimal with an iPhone perhaps.

        Pretty interesting about iCloud. We have a MAC evangelist at work and I always just laugh at him while he is serving his coo-laid. Maybe I should listen more. 🙂

        Thanks Mike , glad your break went well.

    • Mike says:

      Here is an older post with more details on why I switched from Android

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