This weekend, the great SWITCH happened. And it’s a rare occasion that happens only once in a lifetime. Because technically once it happened it cannot re-occur again, because that is just the nature of the SWITCH. I’m not sure why I’m explaining this to you, you should know it already. What I will tell you is the SWITCH might yield unexpected consequences, unheard of for the human kind. Not necessarily bad, but very possibly catastrophic. Hug your children tonight.
Alright. I’m messing with you. What happened this weekend is I switched from Samsung to iPhone for the first time in my life. But you should still probably hug your children tonight. Unless, you really don’t want to.
And this was a big deal decision for me. I’ve been a diehard Samsung supporter all this time. Or rather not just smart phone Android supporter, but also Microsoft, and Google supporter. In Short, anything that’s not Apple. I was anti-Apple, there I said it. And it’s funny because real life apples are the only fruits I eat in life. Probably unrelated. I haven’t owned an Apple device ever in my entire life. Except for that one time, somebody gave me an Ipod as a gift.
It was either this, or holding on to my yellow Walkman.
And there are many reasons for my opposition. Primary one would be being poor. We came to this country as an immigrant family and it wasn’t exactly easy in the beginning (my first cellphone I shared with my mom (it was fucking awkward (it also wasn’t an iPhone). Even after some time, when we could actually afford some, if not all Apple products, it felt wrong to me. It felt like a symbol of a filthy rich show offs. Something I refused to become. Nay. Refused to be associated with. I am much more comfortable with the filthy-rich-show-off tittle these days. Like I don’t mind it at all. Give me my iPhone.
Another more serious, and important reason for me was the closed-source nature of Apple’s software. I’m not a tech person by training, but I have a certain predisposition, if you will. Like this one time, I totally turned my computer on using a screw driver, because power button got stuck. It works, people. And so, I have known that all Microsoft products were created to be open-sourced, meaning it would be really easy for any person to get into the insides of a computer, both software and machine wise. Granted, you had a clue what you’re doing. And this was done based on Bill Gate’s philosophy that technology discoveries should be shared, and built upon, making way for future discoveries. And in theory this is a great idea, if you ask me. The problem, however, with this approach is all the outcome glitches. Because if you have many people building upon each other’s work, miscommunications will happen, and shit will hit the fan.
Anyway, many other companies follow this model of software-building. It’s easier, cheaper, and makes you sound like a great human being. Samsung’s Android system was built following the open-source model. And I have been devoted to it for many years specifically because of it. I wasn’t writing any codes for my smartphone software just yet, but I liked to keep that option available. Apparently. Meanwhile, all my friends were becoming rapid owners of iPhones, and my noble tale of open-source software fell on dead ears (spellcheck is telling me it should be ‘deaf ears’, whatever. Dead sounds more convincing.)
Now, Steve Jobs was this evil genius who said – no, software should be closed, nobody should be able to access and/or build upon it. Because people are stupid, and they’ll only fuck things up. Totally happened, read his biography, great book. Which I mean is true, and can you feel your head nodding ever so slightly? And what this did, it allowed for Apple products to perform more smoothly, without crashing, and destroying data forever. Which many people found to be useful. I know, weird. Throw in always slick, and awesome design and you have a following.
Following which I am now a part of. This decision was purely practical. I got sick of my phone being slow, and constantly loading, and losing battery life. I had a 6th Samsung and upgrading to the 7th one might have helped. But I felt like more drastic measures were due and so viola! A new proud iPhone owner was born. Only scratch the proud part, and replace it with sad. Because I genuinely felt sad for giving up on something that I have been defending for so many years. Also, this probably means my loyalty sucks or something.
So far, I can’t tell you I love it because I’m trying to pin point every little detail that annoys me. Because obviously. Battery is freaking great however. I haven’t charged my phone for the second day on purpose. It’s at 59%. What is this magic?
Unrelated. Or actually sort of related. I came across this awesome youtuber this weekend (are you supposed to capitalize ‘youtuber’?). He’s Casey Neistat and he…talks about a lot of things. Mainly technology related, and gives human-language reviews that are also fun to watch. And truthfully, he is just fun to watch. He also skates around a lot in his videos. So, naturally now I’m thinking of skating (never going to happen).