Why I switched to Android (again)

I’ve been using Android on and off since 2008. Generally, I’ve found Android good in the sense that I can customise the user interface along with the general flexibility of the OS. However, on balance I’ve leaned towards iOS – purely because I prefer the consistency of the experience. That consistency, or rather lack of it, is one of the biggest frustrations I’ve had with Android hardware.

Worse still manufactures such as Samsung seem to insist on adding their own flavor to the particular version of Android running on their phones. Ultimately I felt short changed. Not only because of the inconsistencies and bloatware, but also because buying a phone running Android was (and still is) a bit like playing Russian roulette. You could spend a chunk of money and never really know if/when you’ll get the latest security patches and OS upgrades. For me that was a barrier. As someone who loves the latest tech, the thought of no guaranteed updates was a non starter. So in recent years, I settled on iOS.

iOS is a solid operating system. Apple are generous with their updates and support hardware for as much as 5 years. I value that. However, lately I’ve just found ioS to be stagnant. Even iOS 13 doesn’t over much change either. In short, it’s dull and doesn’t seem to offer enough to keep my interest.

So after a lot of consideration I decided to move back to Android as my primary phone. However, it was clear in my head from the beginning that if I was to move back to Android I would want to get a phone that guaranteed updates, patches and the purest Android experience I could find.

Introducing the Google pixel 3a

It wasn’t a difficult decision. One of the best Android phones I had in the past was the outstanding Google Nexus 5. The Pixel 3a is essentially a modern take on it – but better. Way better. It draws heavily from its more expensive Pixel 3 brother and has an identical camera – a signature feature of Google’s Pixel range.

However, the main difference compared to the more expensive Pixel 3 is that the 3a processor is (on paper) slower and it has a polycarbonate body. I’m incredibly impressed by the phone. In many ways, it almost feels like the iPhone of the Android market. Being a Google product, they have clearly been able to integrate the hardware and software together to give an outstanding user experience. The specifications don’t matter. That’s a good thing. It doesn’t feel slow – it’s stable and, above all, it provides the very latest google OS and updates for at least 3 to 4 years. This is something that no other manufacturer can offer. And that camera, oh that camera. It’s a game-changer. I’m blown away by just how good it is. Frankly, I’ve not had a camera as good as this on any device. But what is the biggest feature of this phone? The price. It currently costs….wait for it….£349.99. I’m hard pressed to find anything remotely close to it for the price. In short, if like me, you’ve been an iPhone user for years and are looking for a change then I highly recommend the Google Pixel 3a. It won’t disappoint.