Eh, you'll find Android is pretty well supported these days.
MS is a fan. I tend to err on the side of software (OS) support, which is fairly restrictive outside of Apple
While performance degrades, there's ~4 years of OS updates on a new Apple. The average for Android seems to be around 2 years. Feature updates are nice, but just security fixes, TBH.
Oh for sure, if you keep a phone that long (and I actually do) then it can be relevant.
But performance degradation is a pretty big hit for these 'new features'.
If the phone was good enough for you in 2015 (features), there's every chance it's still meeting those requirements in 2017; but the 'extra features' you didn't ask for are making it a worse experience.
I wouldn't be buying a $1000+ device I'm not intending to keep for at least 3~5 years. Which is my usual phone turn around.
I mean, in 2005 I needed a web browser, MSN messenger, a media player, a phone, and a txt device.
It's now 2017 and (MSN switched to Skype) the needs haven't changed.
I mean, with the single exception of being able to actually consume web content (render pages fast enough, etc) I could actually go back to Symbian and not miss anything.
I'd also happily wager the vast, VAST, majority of people I know are doing the same thing they were doing 10 years ago on their phone, just with a ''different app".
Facebook, Chat of some sort, media player, memo\callendar\organiser, phone.
We could add games, but I'm yet to see a single game be as outright popular as oldschool 'snake' just was. EVERYONE had a 'snake score' to try to beat.
But on that note, we're talking $1400~ish (last i checked?) for the top of the top of the top iphone option?
And it doesn't even come close to matching the 'grunt' of the Honor V9 in this example. (of which you could almost literally buy 3 of, in that lifetime).
If you had a Xaiomi you could literally buy the phone 8 times, and have (for my use case) more features anyway!
Otherwise, there's likely a whole new Android revision in that time.
To be honest, it's just a clash of business model to personal values.
- I've never felt comfortable carrying $1000+ of tech as a (nearly) disposable tool.
- I really dislike how hard it is to repair them, if they get damaged, or when battery life starts to decline.
- I find the OS limiting in that if there isn't an 'app for that' it just doesn't do anything (though now you can sign your own apps, I could pay more money to a dev to make said app)
- Less ports available
Don't get defensive, because I'm well past the point of "iphones suck!" because they don't. They just suck for me.
I've always had the Sci-Fi 'portable computer' in my mind.
I want to be able to plug in everything. Interface everything. Modify Everything.
I want the 'one computer I carry' to be able to do whatever I need it to do; even the things I don't know I need it to do yet.
And for me? I find the Apple ecosystem limiting (one key example, I don't think it can screen mirror without an apple TV; where as even without a ChromeCast Android can MiraCast).
Horses for courses really.
Android updates are under control of the Telco or phone manufacturer.
Which means no, patchy or very few or sodding slow updates.
My Nvidia tablet gets updates months behind. Still on 7.0 but it's better than 6.0
Usually the phone manufacturer is pretty good in my experience.
I get monthly updates on my Blackberry KeyONE.
And my Samsung before this got at least bi-monthly updates.
CyanogenMod updates the most reliable in my experience.
I think that's the biggest thing about Android, you get to make it your own.
So you can literally make it your own experience.
It's the tech equivalent to people who would prefer to build a sports car up to their specs, versus the type who would find it more fun to just 'Buy a new SLK'.
I couldn't think of anything more boring or heartbreaking lol
Edited by Master_Scythe, 23 August 2017 - 10:40 AM.