After more than a year away, I may have to go back to iOS.
After upgrading my EVO to Cyanogenmod 7 (@cyanogen), the Gingerbread release, I’ve been having numerous issues, the biggest of which is that I’m not receiving all my calls, which kinda defeats the phone’s purpose. I know, shades of AT&T iPhone complaints.
I found out today that, independently, Rich (@rmanalan) has been having similar thoughts. I guess his Droid X requires frequent reboots to get the phone working (or something like that), again after a Gingerbread update. Unlike me, he’s running the stock ROM from Verizon/Motorola. Before I make any decisions, I plan on reverting to the stock HTC Sense ROM to see if that alleviates my phone call issues.
Of course, that requires effort, as do a lot of things on Android, and I’ve come to realize that I’m just too old for that.
It’s great fun geeking out with Linux drivers, beta versions of software, testing out new apps, modding your phone, at least until you break something that you really need to work. Then, it’s a massive pain to recover a working system. I just don’t have the time or energy for that anymore.
As much as I love Linux, I run OS X on my primary laptop because I know it will work. After a year, I’m nearly convinced that I need to follow the same theory with my phone. IOS has improved significantly since I last ran it on an iPhone (from 3.1 to 5.0 beta 2), and I now have a choice of carriers.
So, what would I miss most if I jump back to iOS?
1. Google Maps on Android is phenomenal.
2. Mobile hotspot. I’ve heard iffy things about it on Verizon iPhones.
3. Good multi-tasking. Yes, I argued it doesn’t really matter, but Android does it right.
4. A 4G network.
Update: 5. True OTA updates. IOS 5 has OTA, but so far it still requires iTunes to be running. That may change.
Now, it’s a matter of cost and time. I don’t really care about jumping before a shiny new version, but if I can make it a few months more on the EVO stock ROM, it might be worth waiting for the next iPhone.