It's been two weeks since I own my first android device, the Nexus 5, and overall I'm a bit disappointed.
The only smartphones I ever owned (well, leased, really) were iPhones. I don't really count the blackberry I had before the first iPhone as a smartphone. After the original iPhone I got the iPhone 4 which I loved, but with the latest iOS 7 update, everything got kind of too slow. So, it was time for a an upgrade. I got increasingly more curious about Android (and also fed up with iOS) so I gave it a shot.
The device has some nice qualities, but you can read all about it on the internet, I'll just focus on my experience with it comming from the iPhone 4
- It's fast, so the major pain point I had with my previous phone is now gone. Everything. is. fast. I get LTE instead of 3G too.
- The screen is nice and big
- Too big, I loved the chassis of the iPhone 4, it was perfect. Now I feel clumsy, and I feel the need to use two hands sometimes. meh. Really disappointing, and I have big hands. Although not as bit as yours, @ugo_sgp
- For a while I kept looking for the home button. I really miss it on the Nexus 5
- I like the ubiquitous "back" button though, but I will trade for the home button any day.
- I also miss the silence/lock button. I'm sure there is an equivalent gesture or gimmick but it's not builtin.
- I miss the "tap to top" but I think most applications with infinite scrolls have built their own version of that (Facebook and Twitter have)
- There are a couple of quirks I haven't figured out, like why, sometimes, the keyboard switcher app shows in my active notifications.
- I miss the control panel of iOS 7 (flashlight + airplane mode one swipe away at all times -- dad reviewing here)
Speaking of keyboard... the swipe thing is nice, overall the keyboard is probably more likable than iOS's but with all these immigrant workers working at Google and Apple, why didn't they figure out a better way for people routinely typing in two languages? Give me two dictionaries active at the same time so that I can write franglish to my wife and friends, please. And I'm serious, it is really annoying.
Android is obviously much more configurable than iOS (First thing I did was to root the device). But I didn't have much interest in the configuration journey, I haven't set a wallpaper or rearranged my home screen icons yet. I'm bored. I just installed a few applications recommended by my friend... but I'm a bit lost on using them (I'm bored AND old).
I also miss the Apple Remote App (The kids lose constantly the gray remote I stole to another friend ;) and a couple of iOS-only stuff.
So yeah, I got a Google phone because my sofware heart is clearly won by Google, but Apple still has a firm edge on hardware and general design (Even with stuff they launched 3 years ago - I'm not sure I buy into the fingerprint eyecandy, but I haven't tried it).