-- 6 Reasons I switched back from Moto X to iPhone --
First let me preface this with #firstworldproblems
. I don't actually believe this matters so much - but some people asked why I switched back so I thought I would post here FYI.
1. It was freezing every 3-5 minutes of usage. Straight up totally useless. Further there seemed to be no pattern and no diagnostic information.
2. The camera was slow. It took almost a whole second or so to take 1 photo. iPhone takes photos so quickly that you can actually take 10 in the same time it takes for the Moto X to take 1 (which I often do so I can be sure to capture the moment).
3. The touch responsiveness is clearly slower than iPhone and the frame rate of sliding and moving animations is so low it's distracting. I don't know what makes iOS so smooth and responsive, but it lends huge subliminal credibility to their perceived stability and polish. (Side note: I really missed the physical little bounce effects when scrolling to the top and bottom of lists. Android's 'Blue Hue' effect doesn't compare.)
4. The keyboard is a nightmare. With iOS I can almost spam my keyboard in roughly the right place and as long as I tap the right number of times it seems to guess the word I was trying to type with surprising accuracy.
Sometimes I don't even type the right number of characters and it auto-corrects me. It's stunning. When I'm forced to tap the word to correct it, the correction is invariably in the first or second spot. On Android not only does it have NO idea what I'm trying to type it seems to actively go out of its way to fuck up the words. Worse, on tap, the alternative suggestions are totally bizarre nonsensical garbage. This is GOOGLE. I use their search engine as a spell check on the web - why can't they get this right??
5. (Perhaps most douch-baggy - but it's important to note as someone who works around social media) After complaining about these headaches on Twitter and Facebook the social media support was atrocious. My Klout score (yes, yes we're not supposed to care about Klout and blah blah whatever) is 66 or 67 and even still the replies took hours or days and were half hearted to say the LEAST. They were totally useless - throwing jargon at me and failing to call when asked (To be fair this was actually true of Verizon as well. When I dialed Verizon's call center or went into the store, though, I was treated like royalty - clearly social media support has failed).
6. iOS and iPhone is flawed. The screen is too small (for my taste) and the notifications are feature-poor. The home screen doesn't support widgets or even control over where the icons end up (they use that stupid fill from the top behavior) - but it WORKS. It works fast, clean and stable. Even iOS 7 Beta - for me - didn't have any real functional glitches (Some apps like Skype were crashing for a while during the Beta though).
iOS feels rock solid. Android still feels like a baby trying to stand up.
It makes me sad to report all this. I wanted to believe Android might have caught up. Maybe I should have chosen a higher-end phone, but I wanted the 'Google Phone'; and Google let me down.
I went to the Verizon store, returned the Moto X and ordered an iPhone 5s. The lovely support center woman even refunded me the restocking fee. Go Verizon!