While running this morning, the 7 o’clock alarm began to chime, and so my Spotify app paused. I couldn’t imagine continuing to run without Shaun Ryder and Black Grape, so I fumbled with my phone to unpause it, and inadvertently cast my iPhone onto the ground.
It was less than six months old, and had led a calm and cosseted life until now, but today a single fall onto tarmac and it was scarred irrevocably, a spider’s web of cracks spreading almost instantly across the screen.
I finished my run and went home, then to the office for the first time this year. It’s interesting; yesterday I was musing on how much I’d resented one of my previous jobs. I’d refused to charge my phone at home, on the basis that I didn’t want to give my employer any electricity for free. Then again, at the time I’d been rocking a company-provided Blackberry, and nobody would be happy with one of those. (“It’s a feature phone! That means it’s a phone devoid of enjoyable features!”)
Perhaps I feel less antipathy to my current employer because instead of making me tote a smashed-up phone around, the IT team exchanged it for a different device. They didn’t have any iPhones available and I figured it was time I tried out an Android phone for a change, so now I have a Samsung S7 as my daily device.
My immediate impression is that it’s a bit plasticky; even the screen, which I assume is glass, feels more plasticky to type on than the iPhone did. It feels a bit lighter in the hand and so a little less solid, and there’s something about Android interfaces that I can’t put my finger on, but feels just a bit babyish. Basically, I want my Windows Phone back, but there are no apps for it and there isn’t much getting round that.
Other than that, changing phone is pretty painless. The fingerprint sensor isn’t as good as on the iPhone, and there are some Android idiosyncracies I’m having to get used to (double tap on the home button doesn’t take me into the Task Switcher) but for the most part it’s simple to migrate. I wish I’d made a better note of what apps I had installed on my previous phone (Apple doesn’t make this easy to discover, although they should really know) but I suppose what I can’t remember, I probably didn’t need anyway.