Ever since my medical episode in 2009, an Apple iPhone has been within reach. Counting the one Countess has, I have purchased 4 iPhones and 3 iPads since then.
There is a rumor that Apple has already canned the iPhone X and just hopes to unload their first run. The reason is the price, but that is not the only reason.
I am fed up with a closed architecture with proprietary hardware, restrictions on software developers to only use the Safari WebKit html rendering library that crashes constantly and is very slow.
I am disgusted that Apple squandered their lead with Siri who assumes that the answer to most questions exists in my music library or a nearby restaurant.
I am tired of having to rent movies from Amazon’s web site because Apple blocks merchants from having their non-Apple payment systems in an app so Apple gets their tithe from the masses. I am tired of seeing the pretentious corporate spaceship HQ. I am tired of the Apple Store employees treating me like I should be grateful that they will talk to me only if I have an appointment. I am tired of devices without easily replaceable batteries and external memory cards.
I bought an Amazon Fire HD Tablet a year ago during Prime week. It was a learning toy and somewhat interesting, but followed the same closed philosophy – you can have Android as long as it is Amazon’s Android. You use the Silk Browser. [Firefox has eventually been added to the Apple ecosystem by complying with Apple’s demands.
I love google software, but my attempts to add in the Google Play store failed, so I lost interest. Now that we have a Roku TV with a FireTV stick, I decided to try a bit harder. Countess now has her own Fire 8 Tablet and I bought the Fire HD 10 Tablet as a much cheaper alternative to a new iPad – as a side note, I am very unhappy the 7th Generation kindle/Fire does not support Miracast that allows screen mirroring to the Fire TV stick.
But I really want to run Google Earth and Microsoft Excel on the Kindle/Fire Tablet.
So last night I tried again to use the instructions at BoingBoing to Add Google Play Store to my old Fire 8 – in case the device was “bricked”. It went smoothly and I did the same on Countess’s Fire 8 and then the new Fire HD 10.
The camera on the tablets are horrible, but who takes pictures or videos with a tablet? Skype quality, perhaps… So the iPhone 7SE will live on until it wears out, but I am completely on board with the idea of an Android phone in the future.
I ordered a microUSB to HDMI cable for projecting on the TV today. Using Wi-Fi for screen mirroring breaks down in 1080p when our neighbors come home and clog the Wi-Fi bands. Forget 4k in the future. It is just a matter of time until we have that 80 inch screen…