October 26, 2019

Stuck on iOS

I feel more and more uncomfortable with iOS because of many reasons, some of them not even related to the system itself but everything around it. I wanted to see lately, whether I can find something else instead.

I searched, but as you can imagine, there’s not that much to search for. Today it’s either Apple or Google. I tried to find a way to use Ubuntu Touch as a replacement, but as noble and cool as I might find the project and its idea, it‘s really light years away from anything real. I refuse to use Android because of Google and usability. I might try Lineage at some point, but from a quick glance I didn’t understand the big difference to Android itself. Somehow I don’t trust that Google is really cut off there.

It’s weird for me to say it, but I’m stuck on iOS. I‘d love to go elsewhere but so many of my „workflows“ and day to day tasks I like to do on my phone rely on a couple of apps. I like good apps and as far as I can tell the iOS ecosystem is the only one that really takes usability, experience and a fair amount of polishing into account. Plus, I don’t want to be stuck on one device. If it’s on my phone it should be on my computer. Just like that. Apple gives me that. I‘m not going back to Dropbox (also, almost none of the apps I use directly integrates with it anymore) and while my Synology is great, it’s support is also limited on mobile devices in some ways.

So, here I am. I‘d like to leave, but the world out there doesn’t look promising, so I‘ll stay around for a bit longer. I hope there will be some system breaking up the effectively monopolistic 2-OS world. But I don’t see a shining star in the near future. I guess I can only try to be less dependent on the whole ecosystem. That might be a good start.