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An Android user's look back at 10 years of iPhone

Where were you ten years ago when Apple first launched the iPhone?

I was midway through college and barely able to fathom what technology would look like in the year 2017. There was no such thing as a "smartphone" back then; they were all called cell phones or BlackBerrys, and at that time I was sitting pretty with an LG VX9800 (opens in new tab), which I already figured was pretty smart for the sheer fact that it could browse the mobile web.

I owe my personal technology journey to the iPhone, even though I've avoided it for nearly a decade.

I would spend a majority of my shifts at my suburban town's drive-thru coffee shop posting moody entries on Livejournal and furiously texting friends. (Fun fact: that coffee shop turned into a Bikini Cafe after I moved to the city. I sure as hell dodged that bullet.) My phone was already a major part of my life back then, and I continually strived to have the coolest one with the most "next-gen" features — like a microSD card slot, a headphone jack, or a 2-megapixel rear camera. I would eagerly save up my money each year to upgrade my device on my birthday, and though that meant I couldn't always afford to drink down the street with my pals, at least I could text them from a full QWERTY keyboard.

Back then, I was also vehemently anti-Apple. I was a PC gamer, and iPods were everywhere. I wanted badly to define myself as an individual within the sea of sameness. Why would I want the same device as everyone else when I could sport a similar alternative?

Three years after the iPhone launched, however, I was out of college and writing for an Apple magazine. I had adopted the MacBook Pro into my daily computer routine, but I knew I also needed a smartphone to be up to par with the rest of the industry's trends (and to navigate Google Maps). I couldn't buy an iPhone at the time because it wasn't on Verizon, so I went for the next best thing: the HTC Incredible. It was on my birthday that year that I became an Android user.

There are plenty of reports out there that point to Andy Rubin's rag-tag team of developers being the first to market with a mobile operating system. But if it wasn't for the iPhone preparing society — and preparing me — for the idea of a "smart phone," I might have been stuck in the past for a little while longer. In essence, I owe my personal technology journey to the iPhone, even though I've been actively avoiding it for nearly a decade.

(Disclosure: There were eight months of the year 2012 that I held an iPhone 4S. I've managed to put it in the past.)

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Florence Ion was formerly an editor and columnist at Android Central. She writes about Android-powered devices of all types and explores their usefulness in her everyday life. You can follow her on Twitter or watch her Tuesday nights on All About Android.

  • In all of honesty, I have mad amounts of respect for the iPhone.
  • I don't. It was a scam on the people who didn't know any better. I do respect Apple's marketing and ability to get mass adoption of mobile technology. Without that, we wouldn't enjoy the thriving ecosystem Android has.
  • LOL the iPhone 7 has the fastest SoC, best storage, IP67 certification, best LCD on a phone, one of the best cameras, and stereo speakers... not to mention 4 years of updates.
  • Well, tbh, the storage could use an upgrade this year to keep up with the UFS 2.1 competition
  • Shame on apple if they haven't improved their product somewhat. But the fact remains that the first iphony was a joke compared to the then-current crop of smartphones
  • I think some would argue that the iPhone 3G was the actual first iPhone since the original was lacking in a few key areas such as the lack of 3G.
  • Yeah you must have missed the first iPhone, it was the biggest piece of proprietary garbage ever released.
  • Honestly, whether it's a piece of proprietary garbage or not doesn't really matter in this context. What matters is that it became a commercial success, so much so that everyone took notice and acted on the same basic formula and added their own twist. Sure, they have existed before, but the commercial success of it proved that there was demand for those type of smartphones and the arrival of the Android platform not too long after only kept the flames lit for a very long time. Basically, the iPhone was one of the main contributors to the mass adoption of the modern smartphone and Android was the rocket booster.
  • Yeah, everything the iphony has been has given Android an opportunity to do it better. As a result, Android and some of it's vendors have given Apple a lot of ideas to copy, which Apple has grudgingly done. From os features to hardware, Android has been copied by Apple, which has made for a competitive environment. Great job, Alphabet, Android, Sammy, LG, Chinese mfgs, Moto. Push the envelope, provide innovation to supply ideas for Apple and keep up the open source goodness! iLess should be giving odes to Android for Apple's success as well, but I'm not holding my breath.
  • Eh, everyone copies from each other. I don't mind if they copy the good stuff. Just don't copy every single thing down to mic placements....
  • +1. Everybody takes from everybody in this industry.
  • Yeah. Adapting a useful feature for use on another platform is not new at all. It happens all the time. I usually don't have an issue with that. I only have an issue with cloning without even trying to put your own take on it.
  • And everyone sues each other over patents.
  • They do and if you look back android takes alot form wimo which to me is still the closest thing we have to a pc in your pocket. I've moved over to android but what wimo did over 10 years ago was amazing just the devices lacked power the 1st one to show off what wimo could do was the HTC hd2 but by then Microsoft were moving away from Winmo to Windows phone and android started to pickup the market. As for apple never liked their products and if you look the the 1st iPhone to the newest not that much has really changed esp the UI side still to simple for me.
  • "Everything the iPhone has been has given Android to do it better" is bec Android is basically a rip off of iOS! It's much easier to improve on something that has already been created /invented for the first time. And Android originally was being based off BlackBerry, Palm and Nokia until Apple revealed the iPhone /iOS. The iPhone /iOS was revolutionary as no OS and phone looked like that! It totally disrupted the existing smartphone market along with other markets /companies then and to follow. You had a whole computer in the pocket of your hands now to browse the Internet as would do at home on your PC. Then a year later they released the app store another thing that revolutionized and disrupted the industry! Apple reinvents and revolutionizes products that sets the trend of how software /hardware looks, designed and runs. And yes some of the existing redesigns of the iPhone 8 /10 /Edition like the edge to edge screen or all screen with the touch id embedded into or underneath the screen was suppose to be introduced on the iPhone 7. But, instead they saved it for this year to make it special to mark the 10th year anniversary and come out with a bang!
  • You're funny.
  • This guy
  • Interesting. When you talk about Android you make the statement:
    "It's much easier to improve on something that has already been created /invented for the first time."
    But when referring to Apple you say:
    "Apple reinvents and revolutionizes products that sets the trend of how software /hardware looks, designed and runs." What you're saying is essentially the same thing for both sides, with a negative connotation for Android and a positive connotation for Apple. With Android they take the easy way and copy, with Apple they reinvent and revolutionize, yet they're doing the same thing. Don't see a bit of hypocrisy there?
  • Lol, as if Palm and Windows weren't already making full touch screen devices long before the iPhone...
  • Nobody made multi touch before Apple. That's revolutionizing. No matter what Android users argue, if not Apple and iOS... Android would have followed the trend of the dumb phones of those era.
  • I had some sort of Virgin LG-brand "smartphone" that had an amazing total of available apps that was like 4 or 5 or something (Java-based). So even when the first iPhone came out with its very few apps, it had far many more than I knew.
  • Love competition and Apple still prioritize quality and user experience as compared to Samsung for example. iPhone truly changed the smartphone industry and indirectly affected many others. Most important thing was how they didn't give control to the useless carriers and maintained full control from packaging, software, updates etc. Great job Steve Jobs.. We miss you.
  • Agreed. The first iPhone keynote was one of the best I have ever seen. Samsung and Google could learn how to do a presentation by watching Steve Jobs.
  • Agreed. That tease that they were launching three new products in the form of an iPod, a phone and a pda, with most assuming they would be separate devices and not just one, was genius.
  • That was awesome! He said it over and over until he asked, do you get what we are doing here?
  • Nobody ever gives the Nintendo DS, the first public acclaimed mobile device with touchscreen and just straight up the device that standalone popularized touchscreens, released 3 years before the iPhone, its proper credit as the real revolution in the mobile area....
  • It was more of a resistive panel that, while certainly possible with a finger, was designed for a stylus. Stylus smartphones were a thing before, but in the words of Jobs himself, "Who wants a stylus?". That is, unless you have a Galaxy Note device and use the S Pen regularly, which is actually extremely useful as a secondary input method. I miss it from my Note 7.
  • But touchscreen phones were not popular before the iPhone, the Nintendo DS was. It is, depending on your source, the best selling video game console in history, and it's a mobile device with touchscreen.... do you really think that had no influence on the iPhone? In that case, iPhone had no influence on Android either.
  • It doesn't really matter what jobs said, which is why I detest apple products on principle. I want a stylus. I will own a Note for as long as I can. The BB storm had a chance to be the driver of innovation and be THE device but we all know that BB couldn't escape the world of 2006 technology. The original iphony was barely a phone, just a glorified ipod. It certainly wasn't an IM. It wasn't really remarkable or revolutionary except looking back through 20/20 and reminiscing about the first one. To me the iphony has always been a product of jobs' smoke and mirrors and has continually arrived as, ho-hum. It's number one asset has been the blind devotion of its sheep who eat, drink, and need whatever papa jobs says/said.
  • Even so, it's hard to deny that the commercial success of the iPhones have played a role in shaping the smartphone industry to the way it is today. They're far from flawless, but many tech enthusiasts have a lot of respect for it.
  • "Who wants a stylus?" Apparently 10+ million Note owners around the world Steve, that's who.
  • To be fair, at the time, a stylus was almost necessary. Sure, you could use your your fingers but it felt awkward. The Note was different. The stylus was more of a secondary input method to augment and add functionality. Until today, it remains as one of my favorite Hallmark feature on any phone.
  • Enter the Apple pencil.
    Steve Jobs once trashed smaller tablets on an Apple's earnings call, saying, " we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.".
    Down the road we have the iPad Mini. Apple isn't immune to following other's leads.
  • Never seen an Apple Newton then, or a Palm organiser?
  • I said, public acclaimed and popularized touchscreens....
  • The Palms we very popular and loved by their users.
  • There was a time before the iPhone (and Android) came along when Crackberry and TreoCentral were the main offerings at Mobile Nations. Smartphones were not mainstream but users of Blackberries and PalmOS devices ran into many millions. I would give credit to the Handspring Visor as the first device which merged a PDA with a cell phone with its add on module to allow phone calls. Palm OS based smart phones were legendary in their time - Handspring Visor, Treo 180, Treo 270, Treo 300, Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo 700 - all these came before the iPhone. They were stylus based but in their time they were ground breaking. The multi-platform PIM sync set up from those days is something I still miss. There was a fairly extensive eco-system of apps - though they were not called "apps" back then. The smartphone industry had already been evolving for almost a decade when Apple came on the seen with the iPhone. Steve Jobs saw the opportunity to take this hand held smart device beyond its business and nerd centric user base to the masses. Better marketing and packaging of an existing idea or technology and incredible detail on improving UI to help a Jane/Joe to just pick up and be able to use a device was his key strength - not innovation. The Ipod was already a good example of an overpriced mp3 player that outsold every single music player on this principle. The rest is history.........
  • Exactly. And I still miss my Palm 700p that I had in 2006. That was great little device. I think what the iPhone was successful in doing was to merge a device for work AND play (eventually). We must not forgot how crippled the original iPhone was. The iPhone's biggest innovation was the touchscreen experience but the other smartphones of the day were far more functional from a productivity stand point.
  • TreoCentral? I remember PalmCentral (that's what I originally signed up for) but not TreoCentral.
  • really dude??? What or whenever could you make a phone call on a Nintendo ds. You way off subject. Take is for another topic.
  • My last iPhone was the iPhone 4. First Android was the LG Optimus G. Never looked back.
  • I had the Optimus G. Horrible camera but otherwise I liked it. Got me to buy a a G3 and a G4. Still have and use the G3 for Wi-Fi stuff.
  • The Optimus G was my first Android phone after the Palm Pre Plus, simply the toughest phone I've ever own. Only gave it up because mine was the 8gb version and I ran out of storage.
  • I remember the first iPhone launch and I was actually at MacWorld that january and saw it spinning in the glass and I remember being mesmerized!! I didn’t get one until December 2007 but I still think it was my favorite phone of all time so far. 
  • My first Smart phone Was A Windows Mobile Phone I've never even Considered using an iPhone as my Device of choice I bought the Windows mobile device myself It was $750 HTC HD2 I could run Anything on it pretty much I even switched it to Android at one point My next phone was the Atrix 2 Then I Think I had the Galaxy Nexus and every Nexus After that Except the 6p Now I have the Pixel
  • Aside from the touchscreen, I was completely underwhelmed by the original iPhone. Not only did it have an awful flashless camera that paled against anything from Nokia or Sony Ericsson, you also had no way to expand the memory, but the fastest it could connect to mobile data was via the near-sedentary EDGE network. Oh yeah, it also made me use the least user friendly piece of software I've ever had the misfortune to encounter. ITunes. Shudder.
  • iTunes was fine during that time, if anyone is still using iTunes they are doing it wrong and probably clueless about how things work now a day's when everything is in the cloud. Can't remember last time when I absolutely needed to connect to a computer to sync anything.
  • No it wasn't. iTunes was fine until about the iPod 5th gen and then it went spectacularly wrong. Thanks for the patronising response though.
  • iTunes is still the only iPhone backup I trust when transferring phones for people at work. Too many people who think they have stuff in iCloud, to find out it is woefully out of date, or missing critical categories. And it is crap.
  • Respectfully disagree.
    I tried to give itunes a fair shake. I tried to move to it from Winamp (back in the day) and hated every second. iTunes has always been absolute garbage (imo) and is the single biggest reason I became an android user. I was baffled that Apple would force people to use that... thing. I was equally baffled that there were so many people saying iTunes was great. To each their own.
  • ITunes has never been fine (Okay - in my opinion). There qualified.
  • I loved my og iPhone 3gs to this day it was my favorite device... It really got me into mobile computing which I do in a daily basis now... Everything I do is through my phone.. sure everything is much faster now but apple made something that was so complicated very easy to use.. I remember my first Android device, I could hardly figure out how to use it and how to get into the settings there was so much going on so many options and frankly didn't care for that kind of experience... Android has come a long way and is much more refined now but I think that's because of good competition from Apple and the iPhone
  • My first iPhone was the 3GS and no phone has excited me as much since. Yes they have got faster and the cameras have improved, but this was a massive change from any phone I had before. I still boot it up now and again and still love using it.
  • And not much has changed with it.
  • The only reason why I'm an Android user is because in 2009 I wanted an iPhone but Sprint didn't sell it so I went on eBay and bought a HTC Hero(for a whopping $400!!) and my Android addiction began. Who knows what would of happened. I might be using iPhone. Although I had an iPhone 7 Plus and Apple watch for about 5 months this year and I couldn't do it. I had to go back to Android which I did and the yearly tradition of buying HTC phones continued
  • There were no smart phones 10 years ago? I guess the Treos I was using between 2003-2008 were just a figment of my imagination.
  • I couldn't care less what Apple does with the iPhone today but when the first iPhone was released I really wanted one. The reason why I didn't get one is that I wasn't willing to leave Verizon [at that time] to get one. That started my Android journey. If Apple had released the original iPhone on Verizon I would probably be an Apple fan right now.
  • A family member bought an iPhone 3. Everyone in the house looked it over, decided it was nice and it was a phone, and life continued. no big deal. When my current phone needed to be replaced I got a Verizon Droid with the Droid sound. It was ok. I didn't know there were discussions about phone systems until I became aware of this site. I've done my share of research and decided I like the Android system better than ios..doesn't matter what the phone looks like or that Steve Jobs had anything to do with it, and that i like the Pixel line. The rest of my iPhone household members say their current, iPhone, even though newer, is a phone and nothing to get so excited about and will not be upgrading to a new iPhone anytime soon, and we use Allo and Duo to keep in touch So here we are.
  • Been using PocketPC /windows mobile/phone since 2000/2001.... Long before Apple even thought of doing a phone, to be fair to them, I did have an Apple Newton at one point too.... Those were the days....
  • First smartphone was a Sony Xperia X1, which was nice but WinMo 6.1 was garbage! I tried to pretend that it was better than my friends iPhones though! It's funny that over the last 10 years Android has caught up with iOS and in many ways surpassed it, but I've never been closer to getting an iPhone. Maybe it's mostly because I've never had one before, but also I think it's the form factor, the software support and optimisation, and general all round package that is still lacking in the Android world. Hopefully the Pixel 2 will help solve this.
  • Just say "proprietary garbage" ten times, and you will have a really good article.
  • But hey it's 2017 and they finally got a file manager ... Progress
  • And the OS still mostly looks the same after 10 years.
  • Well, that factor is a plus for the older folks who don't like change and for the teenies and middle-aged alike who just want to text and use the phone as a phone. And maybe listen to a little Alabama, Lynrd Skynrd, or Linkin Park.
  • Sad lives they must lead.
  • Nothing to do with sad lives, regardless of their age it works for them, brings them enjoyment. Some folks buy cars to tinker with them more than drive them, others buy cars for driving. Myself I have a iPhone, each day it is heavily used, besides calls and texts, it is used extensively for photos, creating Google docs and sheets, also MS Office docs as well, running database, and more business uses (do not enjoy games); it is reliable. Unlike my Android friends I neither have a need nor desire to tinker with settings, rooting, flashing, and the like. Because everything syncs to Google Drive I do not need a SD cards slot, nor do I need to work with its file manager. Readily I will admit when viewed side by side the Android screen is considerably better and there are features on the Android OS that I like better than iOS. Also, iOS updates are handled much better than Android updates. Apple puts one out, that day iOS users get it we do not have to deal with carriers and venders. Updates with Android may come weeks, months, later if ever. Yes, I am an old-fart and I do enjoy change, however, I do not change for change sake. My life is not sad, actually it is doing extremely well and quite fulfilling.
  • "I continually strived to have the coolest one with the most "next-gen" features — like a microSD card slot, a headphone jack, or a 2-megapixel rear camera"
    Ten years on, the iPhone can tick at least one of those boxes...
  • LOL!
  • You win the comments, sir.
  • Lol
  • Exactly.
  • You mean "can't", right?
  • Man, when did you go to college?? I was in college in the 90's and we had smart phones.
  • Really? Which one?
  • I feel like we're probably about the same age. My first phone was the HTC Touch Pro2 running Windows. Now THAT was a terrible phone. Then I got an HTC Glacier, and that was my first Android phone. Never wanted to be a part of the crapple ecosystem, but even I have to admit that Android needs Apple. They push each other and that only benefits us, the consumers.
  • Wife had the same lg phone. She wore off the keys texting on it so much. It was a great phone. The follow up model, the Voyager, not so much.
  • There were smartphones way before the original iPhone. My favourite was the imate Jam. Way ahead of it's time. Like most things Apple the iPhone was over hyped. It was a decent product as are the newer phones but massively over hyped and definitely over priced.
  • I used to own a 3G years ago. Looking back, I was not a fan of iOS then either. Syncing everything through iTunes was a major pain. As soon as I learned that the internal storage of Android devices were easily accessible on a PC, I was instantly sold. Time flies.
  • 10 years ago, my (now previous) employer was a Blackberry shop. My personal phone was a flip phone, probably a StarTac on Verizon. I went Android because I was on Verizon and when I was ready for a smartphone, the Thunderbolt had just come out, and Verizon was starting LTE rollout. My first iPhone was 4 years ago when I changed jobs and my new employer is iOS for mobile. The one thing I miss from Blackberry are the Sound Profiles. I would like both Android and iOS to license that system.
  • Palm webOS was far ahead of iOS and Android when the original Pre was released in my opinion. Bummer it didn't work out. I've come to love Android since the HTC Evo.
  • I flew from Pittsburgh to San Fran to Seattle and then to Chicago back to Pittsburgh. The amount of iPhones to Androids was like 10 to 1. I am tempted to buy a iPhone 6s or 7plus to see how well Google services work.
  • 1) Very nicely written article. I really enjoyed. 2) 10 years ago I was using an old busted Cingular Wireless flip phone I got when I took over my mom's old cell phone line she no longer needed when work gave her a new number and phone. I didn't get my first smartphone until 2010 when I got a Motorola Droid when I signed up for Verizon with my then girlfriend, now wife. We went to AT&T, which was our carrier at the time, to sign up for a joint account and get iPhones. The sales rep refused to let us have an account/plan together because we weren't married. We left the AT&T store and went to Verizon and became Android fans. If it wasn't for that tight @ss at AT&T that would let us have a joint plan because we weren't married I may have an iPhone next to me right now.
  • I like both iPhone and Android phones. However, I ultimately went with iPhones because I have an iPad, MacBook, and an Apple TV
  • I quit reading at the claim that smart phones didn't exist before the iPhone.
  • Yeah i had a side eye for the statement myself.
  • I choose the sony w600 over the first iphone at the time. For one they was charging way too much, plus i had my treo 680 which i loved at the time. I miss that phone.
  • I remember when the first iPhone was announced and how cool it looked....I wanted one so bad but didn't have at&t (still don't) so I couldn't get one without switching services....then one day, one of my customers walked into my job and had one....I asked to check it out and to my disbelief, it was a glorified iPod touch with a cellular I thought that apple was gonna come with some amazing product, and it was essentially a music device....immediately I was turned off from much to the point that i convinced my girlfriend to buy the very first Android device a yr later (g1 on tmobile).....every year there after it got worst and worst....every yr apple kept making an iPod with a phone dialer, and I kept saying to myself "why the heck are people buying this"???....flash forward 10 yrs later and apple is essentially still making an iPod touch with a phone dialer, and people are going zombie like brainwashed for's funny how the world works.....slap a phone on an iPod and they say it's revolutionary lol
  • Since the Iphone SE is widely available and at great prices I'm seriously considering getting one just to learn the os. Never had one so who knows I might become an enthusiastic fan.
  • At the time I went to buy my first touch screen phone (I was using a BB at the time) the Apple 3G was out (maybe the 3Gs). I remember the iPhone could not yet "multi-task" and early Android devices could. So I went with an HTC Inspire and have used an Android device ever since.
  • First smartphone was iPhone 3G then after it took a bath I got a Motorola Flipside and it got so glitchy it made me go back go iPhone with the 4S but then with that phone I got so tired of iOS being the same thing I got the Galaxy S4 and I haven't had a iPhone since, been all Android. Now that I have been doing phone repair the past few years I work on iPhones all the time and never miss them.
  • I was still a blackberry user when the first iPhone hit the market so I passed even though I was on ATT. I did get the 3GS and blackberry was done in my world. I then got the 4 and Steve told me I was holding it wrong so I retuned it and got an Samsung android phone called the captivate. I was exclusively android until iPhone 6+ and have had the plus model every year since then. I used to like to root and ROM etc but not really anyone. I have always had a few androids but just sold my S7 Edge and am down to my pixel XL, which I swap with my iPhone every 2 weeks or so. I still love my androids, but iPhone 7+ is an awesome phone, so simple, great battery life and iMessage. Not to mention compatibly with my iPad Pro and MacBook Pro. One area that has always frustrated my on android is updates (which is why I always had a Nexus or Pixel), carrier bloatware and battery life. It has almost always been consistently better for my usage on iPhone. I still do not understand why android has multiple settings for location/GPS...I have had over 25 android phones and GPS has been one of the glitchiest features over the years along with battery life in my experience. Also Google makes it easy to use iPhone with my 8-10 favorite google apps working fine on iPhone. If and when Google assistant comes to iPhone, I will be set. I do not use siri at all, never have. I would use Cortana before I use siri. I still remember Steve Balmer laughing at iPhone saying it was not a threat to their phones... geez what an idiot. "Business users want an physical keyboard"...yeah, not so much...
  • I remember that my co-worker got an iPhone and couldn't complete a call with it. It kept dropping calls in the middle of a conversation and that first impression of that device is what stayed with me. I knew that I wouldn't be buying one then... and never have. I do, though, give Steve Jobs props for having a vision for Apple. He was an amazing marketer and understood his audience almost down their DNA. Apple has not been the same since he passed.
  • I had a number of Windows smartphones before Apple even dreamed of having one. All Apple did was make it mainstream, and used a capacitive touchscreen instead of a resistive one. In some ways, the resistive screen was better, but generally, capacitive gives you more.
    There are still a couple of apps that I had on my Windows devices, that I have not found a good replacement for on Android.
  • As an Apple hater, the worst part of the iPhone's history was watching rival OEMs make useless pre-Android clones. It was pretty much the ultimate humiliation.
  • My first smartphone was a Nokia 6600, a Symbian phone. I bought it in 2003 and it was a true smartphone in the sense that I could install apps on it and browse the web. My next one was an i-mate JAMin, this one a Windows Mobile. Since then I've owned several iPhones and Android phones. My current favourite is the Asus Padfone S as I can use it both as a phone and a tablet when I have docked it in the Display station. If it had a better camera it would be *the* perfect smartphone.
  • Didn't Andy Rubin say they saw the iPhone and had to go back to the drawing board. It was definitely revolutionary... But Android's still the best :)