I wrote this for a local Technology users group that I am a part of and thought I’d share it on my blog for all to read.
Something that I didn’t think about to say at the meeting this past Saturday is to think of your smart phone as a tool.
It doesn’t matter which choice of operating systems you choose or even the company that provides the service that connects your phone to that big cloud in the sky.
They all make phone calls, they all have apps to enhance the things your phone can do, and they all cost money to buy and operate.
If you are building a house, and that Sears Craftsman forged iron hammer with a textured grip works for you, that is all that matters. If the Stanley lightweight hammer with a plastic woven grip works for you, that is fine too. As long as you can drive the nails into the wood to build the house, that is the important thing.
We as people might choose Apple over Android or Windows phones because of the people we have around that can provide assistance. These computers in a small box that we carry around can be complicated.
I chose an Android device because of the custom changes I can make to the phone. I can install a different text to speech engine if I want. I can use a different web browser like Firefox instead of the default of Google’s Chrome if I want to.
The default app on my phone to send text messages works just fine and is accessible, but there are other text messaging apps out there that can do more than the default app.
If there is something that the standard version of Android doesn’t do, or doesn’t fit my needs, I can install a customized version of Android that has been created by others that use an Android device.
You might think, I don’t need those other options, I don’t want to make changes to my phone, that is okay. That doesn’t make one phone better than the other, and it does not make one person better than the other.
There are people out there that are so loyal to one camp that they look down upon someone who uses something different.
I heard a caller yesterday on The Tech Guy Radio Show a guy asked, what is wrong with my friends who send me photos from their android device, they don’t look as good as the pictures that I take with my I phone.
Leo explained that one possible reason is there is a limit in the mms protocol that is used in all phones to send picture messages. It could be that the person is sending a picture that is bigger than the protocol allows, so it gets downsized.
There are several funny videos on you tube of a group of people all with an apple device using messages to plan a lunch, and the one guy using an android device misses out, because he can’t use apple’s messaging app and the group of people refuses to share the info.
Its not about us versus them, one person isn’t any smarter or more dumb because they use one device over another. This thinking separates people instead of helping others.