If you haven’t read it by now, please check out Andy Ihnatko’s amazing post on TechHive regarding his move from iOS to Android. For those that don’t know, Andy is an amazing tech journalist for the Chicago Sun Times one of the regular contributors on Leo Laporte’s MacBreak Weekly.
Needless to say, this is a big deal.
I listened to Ihnatko (after typing that twice, can I just call you Andy please sir?) explain some of this thoughts on this week’s episode of MBW. Within an hour or so of posting the article, it was re-tweeted out in five different languages. Gina Trapani of Lifehacker posted on Google+:
“Some Dude Switches Mobile OS” is a non-story — unless said Dude is Andy Ihnatko.
Like I said, this is a big deal.
I do not know this man personally, but I do listen to his voice for about an hour a week, so I would like to think I know a little about him. He is nothing if not an affable, humble writer who loves his subject matter dearly. He would most likely point out that his opinion shouldn’t matter more than others, or that his prose is any great piece of literature that stands the test of time.
However, he states in this article he was one of the very first iPhone purchasers and has clung to his unlimited data plan from AT&T ever since. He is very fond of the Apple product line and still totes around his Macbook Pro and iPad like the best of them. That’s what makes this switch so incredible.
It’s a bit popular to be dumping on Cupertino now. This podcast on GigaOm was nothing but Apple users calling in to say they are dumping the iPhone. Social media has allowed the Samsung vs. Apple debate to reach a fever pitch. Honestly, it makes me a bit tired thinking about it.
I am a bit spoiled by my job as well. Getting paid to play with mobile products and document the pros and cons of every platform is something I take great joy in doing. It helps me pitch the right ideas to my company, and in turn makes me more money. I can absolutely agree with Andy’s assertion that access to all these great phones helped him shop for the right device.
The iOS product line is in serious need of an upgrade if they are going to keep me engaged. Nearly every reason he made the switch is something the reading public can latch on to and use.
That said, it can all change with a few announcements in the next couple of quarters. I am not quite ready to switch phones yet, but each iterative release from Cook and Ive will only make others leave with Ihnatko in droves. That would truly be something.
Well written, sir. Well written indeed.