Why aren't you using iOS?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from Arizona
Published: May 16, 2013

It’s been almost exactly one month since I asked all of you a very simple, yet "deep" question. A very, very important question! One that can fuel the fires of a “fanboy war” without much real effort. It can also lead to some interesting conversation. Which is why I wanted to get to the next stage. I originally planned on waiting the full month, but truth be told, I feel like today is as good a day as any.

I think we all know that we get accustomed to using something, so switching to something else can be hard. Whether it’s a platform’s function, features, or even the applications available on it, our smartphone usage patterns are either all over the place, or segregated to one platform over another. That can lead to some pretty obvious reasons as to why you don’t use another mobile OS.

What’s more, I think we can all admit that not every platform is for everyone. Some folks won’t like BlackBerry’s BlackBerry 10. Those same people may love Microsoft’s Windows Phone, and outright despise Google’s Android. And then we’ve got the folks who love iOS, and hate everything else. (We can mix-and-match here, so do so as you see fit.)

We have our reasons for picking one over the other. And it’s one reason why we’re so interested to see what one company will announce next. Did they resolve our issues with this latest update? Is it about time to switch? Can we risk switching, when we’ve invested so much already in one platform? In the end, will it be worth it?

I’ve done a lot of switching. I do a lot of switching. Despite the fact that I’ve grown accustomed to using certain apps, I can usually find a way around it for a little while. In truth, I’ve grown the most stable using Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Despite my . . . flings . . . with platforms like Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 (among others in the past), I know in the back of my mind that I’m going to find my way back to one of those platforms.

But there are people who refuse to switch. They are the folks that look at other devices, maybe go into a local retail location to check out the newest device there on the stand, but know full well that they won’t be buying it. They won’t be switching. They’re just too entrenched in what they know. They’ve grown to love it, and they don’t see a reason to switch.

And let’s be clear, there’s nothing wrong with that. They don’t have to switch. They don’t have to try other platforms. Using what you love is part of the fun.

But I want to talk to the people who have switched, as well as the people who refuse to use a certain platform. In this specific case, just as like we talked about with Android in the past, I want to know why you don’t use iOS. Why you refused to stick with it after using it for a time, or why you just simply refused to try it at all.

I have my own reasons why I switch from iOS, despite knowing that I’ll eventually be back. While I think there are plenty of positives to Apple’s mobile operating system, there are little things that bug me. Interestingly enough, a couple of them are focused on the text messaging-slash-iMessage function. One of my biggest pet peeves with iOS is that when there’s a single unread text message, or iMessage for that matter, waiting to be read, touching on Messages doesn’t open the list of messages, but will open right into that conversation. This is a little thing, yes, and it pales in comparison to the second issue:

iMessage itself. Moving from a device that doesn’t have iMessage is a real pain, for both me and people trying to text me, because of the service. I’ve heard my friends and colleagues tell me that they can’t reach me in a timely manner because their iPhone keeps trying, and failing, to send a message through iMessage – even if they have the “send as text message if…” feature activated. iMessage is great in theory, but I can completely understand why folks are excited about Google’s new Hangouts.

And I know it’s been said before, said to death even, but I feel like I’ve been using the same iOS since 2007. Yeah, I do believe that’s going to change this year, one way or another, but as it stands right now iOS is just . . . Yeah, iOS is just boring. It wouldn’t be boring if it were new, and hadn’t been the same overall look and feel since 2007, but that’s simply not the case. It is boring now. Long-in-the-tooth, even.

That’s why I’m not using iOS right now, despite the fact that last week I was using the iPhone 5. I’m back on Android, for the time being. And now I want to know why you, too, are not using iOS. Is it because of the visual aesthetic? A particular lack of functionality? Or maybe you just prefer something else instead. Either way, I want to know why you aren’t using iOS, so let me know.