I’ve been a full time Android user since the original Motorola Droid came out in 2009, but I still like to keep my eye on iOS. And since I used to be a product manager making apps, I’ve tried iOS out many times over the years. Every time I come running back to Android. The last iPhone I used was an iPhone 5S, and although I didn’t hate it, it just wasn’t for me.
I think it’s healthy to keep an open mind in life, because things evolve and change—I used to hate pickles, but now I love them—and now that the new iPhone 6s is out, I figured now’s the perfect time to see if iOS 9 can pull me away from Android for good. Over the past few weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to use the iPhone 6s as my daily driver; when I left the house, it was the only phone I used.
Surprisingly, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with iOS. This was the first time since becoming an Android user I didn’t feel like what I was gaining wasn’t worth what I was losing. I really enjoyed Live Photos, the tweaks to iOS 9, and most importantly, I loved 3D Touch.
Whether peeking and popping, or using the keyboard as a trackpad to place my cursor, I really feel that adding a dimension of depth to your mobile experience is going to change how we interact with user interfaces. I’m happy Apple was the first to execute on this so well. It forces the rest of the industry to pick up the pace and ship solutions that can compete. I can’t wait to get my hands on Android’s implementation on screen depth. Plus, what are we going to call it? 3D Touch is taken, so I say we call Android’s version Deep Tap. What do you think?
I’m still an Android user full time, but this is the first time in a long time that I feel excited to see what comes next from Apple when it comes to phones, and that’s saying something.