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If you’re not just a fan of your mobile phone, and you love to dabble in other mobile operating systems, then you have probably suffered from fatigue in one part of your life or another. This is probably something that the majority doesn’t suffer from, considering the majority tends to keep their phone for two years. Or, perhaps that means that the majority do indeed suffer from fatigue, even more so than someone who gets a new phone all the time. It’s a serious issue, and one that can change lives forever.

All right, it’s probably not that serious. Or, even close. But to those who don’t mind keeping one phone for an extended period of time, seeing someone go through more than one phone in a span of months may seem like a problem. Especially when it comes to the money situation, considering that buying a phone out-right is usually the easiest way to get a new phone, without having to deal with a new contract. To those who don’t care about having the latest and greatest (when it’s the latest and greatest), getting a new phone and paying a (usually) ridiculous amount of money for it just doesn’t make sense.

The first step is acceptance, and the truth is, I suffer from mobile OS fatigue. I’ve been in the mobile industry for quite some time now, and I’ve seen and used almost every major (and minor) operating system out there. Through those trials and tribulations, I’ve discovered that there will always be significant aspects to each and every mobile OS out there that I absolutely love, and absolutely hate. Truthfully, it’s not just about fatigue, but also about withdrawals. Because despite how much I may love Android, there’s just something about BlackBerry OS that pulls me away. Or, what I may dislike about HP’s webOS, Microsoft’s Windows Phone may offer.

And that’s the great thing about choice. That, despite the fatigue that will inexorably set in in an undetermined amount of time after me obtaining a new phone, I know that there’s always going to be something else out there that offers me whatever it is I’m missing in that particular platform. But, while withdrawals for one mobile OS are a big deal, it’s the fatigue that will kill ya’. Truthfully, the more fatigued you grow of a particular OS, the more jaded you become to all of them. Because, if you’re a fan of iOS, but there’s just one part of it you can’t stand, then even when you get something that does exactly what you want, you’ll find something else that makes you just as unhappy. Probably a lot faster than you did with the first OS.

The fatigue can impair your judgment regarding an OS, but most importantly, it can prevent you from truly enjoying your mobile OS of choice. Because let’s face it, folks. Even if you sign a new two-year contract to get your new phone, it’s not a permanent decision. Those two years will fly by, if you decide to hold off and wait the full length of your contract before getting a new phone. And hey, if you decide to bite the bullet and get a new phone beforehand, then you know you can do it again.

My fatigue has made me have more phones this year (and we’re barely crossing the mid-point here) than I can count. It’s made me go back to a phone multiple times, and it’s made me get rid of a phone just after days of use. But it’s this same fatigue, coupled with the withdrawals I talked about earlier, that makes it possible for me to enjoy (and dislike) each and every mobile OS the same. Truthfully, I don’t believe any of them stand out all that much from the competition. But that’s only because I have choice, and I know I can go to any one of those mobile operating systems whenever I want, if I make the conscious decision.

So do you suffer from mobile OS fatigue? Have you gone through a plethora of handsets in a year, or are you someone who suffers through one device for an extended period of time? Let me know where you stand in the comments below.


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Aeirbourne Aim High Oh I feuds I'm special
Kirk Patoucheas should i get the iphone 4 or the xperia arc?
Aman Nurani I have been using iOS for 3 years now and every time I decided to switch to Android, RIM, Nokia or anything else, it just so happens I ALWAYS come back to the iPhone.
Shahul Hameed Ios feel smooth but not much freedom as android gives u ,ios lots of restriction , u all already know that apple losing customers,once i used iphone 3gs and switched to galaxy s i love my os
Zach Cline Its the manufacturers, Not google.
Anonymous I wish Google just came up with a phone that bring out the full potential of Android without the lags and bumps it has on other devices
Zach Cline Jean there's a big difference between froyo. And gingerbread. My droid x is a lot faster and isn't as leggy as it was with froyo.
Jerry M Neal Yea I like the idea of running the latest ginger bead with sense 3.0 on mytouch 4 g Thanks to the devs :)
Hayden Rice Switched to Android from ios. Android does things that ios does not, but ios works smoother all around.
Edmund Nigel Apple was the first with widgets but they didn't proceed with it everyone of those companies stole from one another. Apple has a patent lawsuit against other companies 2007 if not mistaken apple was the first with pinch to zoom now if they do happen to follow through all or most competition will fall. So they all steal from one another apple took android pull down but they made it better BB I'm made it beautiful.
Edmund Nigel I miss flash but that's what skyfire is for
Edmund Nigel Played with the evo 3D it's ok but not exciting it seems like the same old android or htc user interface. The 3d movie was a nice experience but taking live pics is BS I felt that the 3d for a mobile phone is a gimmick on 5 megs cameras are not even totally up to date on 3D techno. Do you remember those hologram cards you had to turn either left or right see it move that's what the evo reminds me of I'm not a fanboy I've owned practically every phone just left behind 2 android phone for the iPhone and so far no complaints there r already complaints about lag with the evo why with that powerful processor. Htc rushed device
Sergio Nayar Nope! I happily spend more time on my mobile os than on my desktop os.
Robert Lombardi A jailbroken iphone is the best os ever bc its even more customizable than any other os! [android ;)] :D
Robert Salender Android versus iOS? Are you serious? They're just modified Linux kernels. Someone put Ubuntu on a phone already.
Gerard Lafontant I usee them both and its a matter of preference. Nothing to argue about. The difference is what you are using the phone for. If you are not a speed demon and have the money; why buy a Formula 1 vehicle? A toyota would do. Same thing with the phones. If you are just looking to make phone calls, surf the web or check your email any phone will do. The mobile industry is out to make money and we are all being suckered by having discussions on whats better! Whether IOS or ANDROID; they both serve the purpose for the individual who owns them! We are arguing and those companies are laughing all the way to the bank!
Ben Bartholomew I really want meego to take off in the US... I can write bash scripts in use of the accelerometer for it
Ioan-Radu Tanasescu I went from the ancient windows mobile, to the latest symbian to android and now to webOs in less then a year... I'm now considering IOS but I know I will probably want to get back to webOS after that. So yes, I know exactly what you mean.
Brian Edwards Nope. I can flash different software packets! Who gets bored with that? Android and root FTW!
Jon Jerico Calanio You can never get tired of Android! Flash multitudes of ROMs spawned by talented devs, get great performance from CyanogenMod, MIUI, Voodoo, Darky and more. So many updates yet so little time, you could basically have different flavors of the OS every day, if you want.
Arvydas Grušeckas Dominuque, WP7 is new, fresh and super smooth + sexy. Wwith Mango update, it will beat every OS. I am waiting for it very much! It will be a bomb
Anh-Tuan Le Solution: CM7
Dominique House I love Android but I really think.that WP7is gonna be larger or just as large iOS
Arvydas Grušeckas Well, I had Desire, then after some months got Desire Z, after a month got Omnia 7, eith WP7 and I feel happy. Best OS!
Tim Nix I prefer iOS to android lol don't care what everyone else says ive tried them both and like iOS better
Jay D Gleason Why yes. Now that you mention it, I think I do
Jean Pacrim FOR ALL ANDROID USERS CHECK THIS OUT!!!! WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2.2 2.3 3.0 4.0????????? NONE!!!!!!EXACTLY!!!!!! ITS ALL ABOUT HARDWARE INNOVATIONS NOT SOFTWARE!!! ANDROIDS SELL BECAUSE OF MANUFACTURER INCENTIVES, NOT GOOGLE...!!HTC EVO 3D?? WHAT IS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE OS??? NONE!! 3D TV DIDN'T EVEN FLY, WHY WOULD A MOBILE 3D THINK THAT IT WILL!!! IOS AND ANDROID HIT THE WALL!!!! ANDROID WILL FALL JUST LIKE WINDOWS MOBILE, WELL THATS WHO THEY ARE RIGHT NOW!!!!!
Perro Rosello Overall, im rooting for Windows Phone 7, it shows so much promise but its too much in its infancy so im happily using Android with my EVO 3D till the time is right to switch... iOS bores me quick, BBOS blech, webOS was my fav till i realized there is no chance for it to pick up steam again
Henry Lavender I'm bored of phones in general now. iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, WebOS. Meh..
David Harness Somewhat. Only when my phone isn't still high end. Android fanboys please stop complaining about other OS's? It's stupid and in business when somebody has the best system of doing things you adopt it. It's been a while after iOS 5, get over it. Google doesn't care, neither should you. Stop acting like it's some huge battle too kill Android or iOS.
Brian Edson android fatigue. i love the OS, but i miss the fun and simple looseness of palm webOS. i also dont need all of the work apps of blackberry, windows seems like a decent mix up, and im never gonna sell my soul to apple and get an iPhone- android is the only thing keeping apple from taking over the world
Nahtanoj Divad Htrab I am getting bored of iOS, but every time I switched to another device I always found myself coming back to iOS. Biggest reason was stability.
Hans Jaramillo iOS 5 copied the android pull down window. -.-
Jean Pacrim IOS BORING! CRAPDROID LAGGY,GLITCHY,BUGGY!!!!! WINDOWS PHONE, EXCITING,UNIQUE,SMOOTH,AND NO PROBLEM.........
TB Ogungbadero I was tired of iOS when the iPhone 3gs came out. That's when the innovation stopped. Now, IOS5 is just pathetic.
Darryl Mouzone I suffer from fanboy fatigue from most of the comments on this page.
Cameron Scott Immesœte What I think he meant by Android baby stage is that it has a lot of room to grow and it has new possibilities. HTC EVO 3D IS AWESOME!!
Kamal Halder Boss it's what we all phone lovers do suffer.
Jon Calderon When I used my friends iphone I found myself trying to do things that I can do on my android phone followed with his response of "oh my phone doesn't do that".
Mohan Bvk Android = baby stage ?? Android already lost its virginity ... iOS not even close to its puberty ... :D
James Gustavo Hidalgo Loll how is android on its baby stage??? If thats the case i guess ios isnt even born yet
Glen Amato Android rocks, Baby stage? What planet? ?
Cody Sulouff I'm getting bored of iOS
Marti Ruiz im tired fo os too much advantages and dessapoint . ios, android , wp7. blacbeerry . symbian. meego. bada.
Alex Farrell Android is too weak, its still in its baby stage
Jimmy Pop Well, no. It is just Facebook. I love Android. Google Music is the icing on the cake.
John Cruz android beats apple
Stephen Wagner I do. LOVE android, but switched to a blackberry for a bit. But back to android I am
Wanda Arlene Eisenhower I'm suffering from all kinds of OS fatigue!! tired of problems with OS, whether computer or mobile phone....




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