My Favorite Mobile Platform

It should come as no surprise to anyone that my favorite mobile platform is iOS.
Although, I never owned the first iPhone (I was in my first year of college and couldn’t afford it), I’m pretty sure that I have owned every iPhone since the iPhone 3G.

A lot of my friends get baffled by this considering that I absolutely love the open source community and will choose open sourced solutions any day over closed source. I always like to tease my friends back by saying, “I like my stuff to actually work” which is only half a tease, because it’s true.

For someone like myself, who typically spends almost every day working on other people’s technology problems, the last thing that I want to do at the end of the day is pick up my phone or my tablet and have to work on, or tinker with it to get it to do what I want.

Another thing that I completely love about iOS is for most of the applications that I use daily, they’re automatically synced across my iPhone, iPad and iMac so I really don’t have to mess with much. I can just go to whichever device I have closer to me and do what I need to do.

Probably the biggest technical reason that I’m still in love with iOS is security in two parts:

  • I know that each app is sandboxed and walled off from each other (which I know, on some levels diminishes the capabilities)
  • Updates. I know that once a bug or security flaw is found, Apple can push out an update as soon as it’s ready and I’ll get it that day. Whereas for most Android devices, Google has to write a patch, then it gets handed off to the device manufacturer and then often times, months later you get the update

I’m in no way trying to bash Android. Both Android and iOS have their strengths and weaknesses. I just tend to prefer iOS.