About a month ago I decided I was fed up with carrying a work mobile and personal mobile around with me, especially as they were both smart phones.

My iPhone (3GS) is worn and getting on a bit, my HTC Desire HD Android phone was new and shiny. After sporadically using my Android phone for work related calls, a bit of testing, texting and checking out all of its widgets and apps I thought “you know what, Android is for me”.

So I took the plunge I updated my Facebook and Twitter statuses to announce my move to Android, I texted all my friends and family from my HTC – encountering my first problem, I could only text 20 people at a time. Maybe I should have stopped there, but I didn’t. I carried on for the next 25 minutes texting in 20 person batches.

Then I did it, something I haven’t done in a long time, I turned off my iPhone and put it on the coffee table, it looked lifeless and sad. Not being the sentimental type I sat back on my sofa, with my shiny HTC Desire HD in my hand wondering why I hadn’t done this sooner.

Sat on the sofa, with the TV on in the background I started to do what I usually do, check my emails and jump onto Twitter.

Here are how the events (and my slow realisation) unfolded.

19:30

Twitter app for Android is great, scrolling through my tweets was an absolute joy, soon enough I came across a link I wanted to bookmark. I use Instapaper for that, hang on a minute, I can’t do that – oh pants, that’s a bit of a blow! Nevermind, I’ll email them to myself at some point, I shouldn’t be on my phone anyway, I’ll talk to my wife instead. Actually, let me just check Facebook – aha one of my friends has done something silly, must comment on that, ok I’ll write something that will wind them up (my usual style) – blimey this keyboard is a bit of a nightmare to type more than a short SMS on… oh well how often do I type on a phone anyway?

19:40

Ok, they are sure to come straight back with something facetious, trying to outmatch my comment. “Bing”… email… yes this will be it, bit strange I didn’t have a push notification for that, oh well, let’s have a look – that’s irritating, my email is all big and I can’t resize it – nevermind I’ll drag left to see the rest of it. Oh yes, very funny [my friend’s reply on facebook] if not slightly offensive, not as funny as my comment though so not worth replying to that.

19:41

Right, jump onto the Internet to find out why push notifications aren’t working. This browser is really hard to use, pinch zoom is a bit clunky and the text rendering is a bit naff, anyway I’m getting distracted, push notifications. Oh… Android has no push notifications. Right. Um. Ok. Well that’s fine I don’t need to know about things instantly on Facebook, emails will do and I’ll set up my phone to text me for Twitter (that’s free).

20:08

Ok, I think I’m just about there now with a near iOS experience. I’ll just change my wallpaper to a nice photo of my son. What! He’s gone all squishy, pretty sure he wasn’t that squishy when I put him to bed tonight, confirm with wife, no definitely wrong, let me just adjust the aspect ratio, I can’t. Right.

20:11

Well that’s enough faffing around for one evening, I’ll now enjoy the rest of the evening.

20:13

Ah, a text saying someone has mentioned me on Twitter, I can’t click on the message to view in it’s entirety, just need to quit SMS, go to Twitter app, wait for it to load latest tweets, go to @ and then click on the tweet to reply. Wow that’s long winded.

20:14

Replied.

20:15

I’m not sure that Android is that good actually. I’m switching back.

20:16

Set up call forwarding from HTC to iPhone.

20:28 (The next day)

In order to not look too silly and to show that I hadn’t made one snap decision after another, I waited 24 hours to text all my friends with the following message (from my iPhone) along with a suitable update for Twitter and Facebook.

Screenshot of iPhone message

No offence Android, but you’re not for me.