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Crawling back to Android after 7+ years of iOS

2023-01-17

Over the last few years, I grew increasingly frustrated with Apple’s paternalistic ways, particularly with regards to iOS. Consider the following list of issues I have come across and noted (as of iOS v16):

As of late, I've been trying to find a solution to synchronize files between WebDAV / SFTP servers and iOS, and achieve it in an automatic, unattended fashion. But, after much research and testing various applications, I came to the conclusion that cross-device, background file synchronization is impossible to practically achieve on iOS without resorting to Apple’s iCloud subscription offerings. This was the point in which my frustration had peaked and I sought to retire the iPhone for a Google Pixel with Graphene OS. After 7+ years of dealing with Apple's nonsense, no computer should be this egregiously adversarial to use. One’s computer should work in accordance to their will and their will only.

Until a Linux smartphone can become a feasible and practical option, I will have to get accustomed to Android once again. I have since placed an order for a new Google Pixel and am ecstatically awaiting its arrival.

The last Android smartphone I was in possession of was a Moto G in 2016, which featured the now-defunct Cyanogenmod that many (including I) once knew and loved. I also previously owned the Galaxy Nexus, the HTC Evo 4G, and even the now-hilariously rudimentary T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream that ignited the Android platform in the late 2000s. I am thrilled to rejoin this platform, which has seemingly become only more sophisticated since I last used it full-time. Perhaps I will finally own a smartphone that can behave as a computer and perform the equivalent of (~/script.sh &).



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