It became a little too much like work.
When I decided to plunge into Android with a Nexus 7, I was happy with all the customization and inter-app communication that the platform allowed. But since then, I’ve found all the tweaks to be a little overwhelming, such that when there’s something not quite to my satisfaction (CPU performance, home screen, UI fluidity), I presume there must be some setting, plug-in, or adjustment that I’ve failed to uncover. Should I get a new launcher? Should I use a cache cleaner? Do I need a widget? The fact that iOS allows almost no customization beyond one’s wallpapers began to feel reassuring.
The Nexus 7 is very good hardware with a very nice display — a display that still easily bests the iPad mini’s. But, Android, it’s just not working out. You’re powerful, you offer a slew of options, and your aesthetics are even vastly improved. It’s not you, it’s me.
Well, it’s partly you. But mostly me.
I’m selling the Nexus and will seek out to replace it down the line with an iPad of some sort. In the mean time, the iPhone will suffice.
I’ll miss, to an extent, the ability to totally Googlify one’s experience, to get the full brunt of all that Google currently offers, which iOS now somewhat limits. I’ll miss the fact that one app can talk to another app with no barricades in the OS. I’ll really, really miss SwiftKey and swipe/gesture typing.
But I miss now not having to think about how I’m going to make the damn thing work. I miss the frictionless UI. I miss the simplicity.
Hey, Nexus. you’re great. You are. Someone else is going to cradle you lovingly in their hand, and maybe even flash a bootloaded ROM or whatever the hell it is Android people do in the privacy of their own homes. You deserve someone who will appreciate you for who you are.
We’ll always have the memories. Well, I will. You won’t, because I’ll erase all your data.