How did you enter the world of Android?

Posted Dec 20, 2012 at 10:41 am in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

I think it would be very interesting and informative to know how people came to be Android fans and owners of Android devices. As a community, I think the stories of how we each came to embrace the Android ecosystem is one worth sharing.

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Android since the rumors of the G1 first came out back in 2008. I never liked the iPhone much and didn’t think much of it but then when the G1 was released, I was excited and eager to see what it was like. Saddly, I never got one because my uncle, who happens to pay for the bills didn’t want me using a smartphone and especially having a data plan. So, all I could do was look at it from a distance and keep up with what was happening in terms of updates on software, new hardware, etc.

Each time a new device was released, I was excited and happy to see Android succeed and grow bigger and better. It wasn’t until this year, in late July that I finally got a taste of Android for myself, in the form of the Nexus 7. After Google I/O 2012, I was excited for the Nexus 7 and wanted one to use for school and for my own enjoyment and so I waited a bit and finally bought it in late July and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I’ve helped my friends learn how to use Android, showed them tricks and other cool things but I always felt like I was missing out but now I feel at home with the Nexus 7 and I love it so much. Now my next endeavor will be getting me a Nexus 4 and embracing the smartphone wholeheartedly.

To build a stronger community on Android and Me, I thought this would be a great way to start discussions and just to see the many different experiences and perspectives on how we came to love Android.

  • taz88ny

    I had the Palm Pre at the time and was very disappointed, I was a long time Palm user. When the original Evo came out with it’s huge screen and fast processor, I was sold. Although the new Evo hasn’t been the same magical experience, I’m still very happy with it.

    • cliffy223

      My experience is kind of the same when I worked for a University’s IT department where I got the Treo 650 then shortly to the 700 and finally a year and a half later the Palm Pre. The Pre was fun but had many disadvantages, but the Iphone was never an option to get at work. So after awhile the University allowed us to get the LG Optimus S and that was the phone that got me hooked to Android. Live Wallpapers, lots of apps, games, and best of all customization galore.

      Since then I have gone to the mytouch 4g which is soon to be out of contract. Which means a Nexus 4 or Galaxy S4 will be my new phone.

      I can never see myself getting an iphone until Apple does something with its boring home screen.

  • breckdroid

    My first Android was the HTC Droid Incredible. I cam from the Blackberry Storm 1st Gen. The Storm left a bad taste in my mouth and I was itching to try out Android. Turns out the Incredible was actually pretty darn fun. I have the Galaxy Nexus now, but kept the Incredible in case the Nexus checked out on me. I was super pleased with the Incredible. It was the reason I am hooked on Android. No looking back as far as OS goes.

  • epps720

    I got started on the OG. At the time the main options were really an iPhone or Blackberry. I felt like I started to see the writing on the walls that the blackberry was on it’s was out and just didn’t seem as fun. I’m also the type of person who likes to go against the grain, so the fact that so many people raved about the iPhone without really knowing anything about it I jumped on Android. This was my first time checking out blogs too, as I hunted for any possible information on the Droid, almost felt like it was a mythical character. Since that first day I was hooked and don’t ever see myself turning back.

  • yurma415

    i was an iphone user from the the gen through the 4. i found myself jailbreaking and tweaking beyond what apple allowed within their warranty rules, so decided that i should go android. i think the iphone is great for people who do no tweaking to their phones : they tend to use stock apps for most things like email, messaging and net surfing, and then maybe add games here or there.

    i also feel like apple is going to stick with this basic phone design for a while. i think that their hardware design, from an aesthetic point, is always on point, but i also know as a mac user for years that once they can stick with a particular design for years if they feel is state of the art (aside from going unibody, the macbook pros don’t look radically different from the first aluminum powerbooks, i don’t think the mac pro has changed in 6+ years). anyway, the geek in me likes playing with new formats, whether it’s a new OS or hardware design, so that pulled me to android as well.

  • BrotherBloat

    you’re luck not to have been one of the early adopters, I think… there’s been some ups and downs, but to be fair, Android has covered an enormous amount of ground since its inception and that is highly commendable!

    Here’s to more awesome Android devices and to having the means to keep upgrading them, hehe :)

    • Steve Heinrich

      I agree. Early on it seemed like Android wasn’t going to be enough to trump iOS. Plus, the devices were pretty slow and really laggy. I think Project Butter is one of the better things to ever happen to Android. It really brought the user experience to an elite level. Here’s to hoping that Jelly Bean can saturate the market more and more as older hardware is phased out.

      • cliffy223

        It seems like once Ice Cream Sandwich came out Android finally became a mature OS. There are still some bugs here and there but compared to Cupcake through Gingerbread it has been nice on all the different forms of Android like stock and other manufacturer UI’s.

        • epps720

          By far the best thing about Android is that they are always trying to innovate. Whether it be NFC, Sphere pics, or Google Now they are not just content with making the system quicker but making their OS stand out. Though there have certainly been bumps in the road (as some have mentioned) it’s been a beautiful thing watching this OS grow.

  • gmaninvan

    Had a BB Storm 1, ditched that POS for a Nexus S and never looked back.

  • Steve Heinrich

    I too have been following since the G1 days. I was a big fan of Google because of Gmail and their other services. I also longed for something that wasn’t an iPhone. Being a graphic designer this was quite unusual. I bought a G1 a few months after it came out. That phone was not the greatest but it was a huge leap from my basic Nokia cell phone. I have loved Android ever since. My whole life I have liked to customize and make things my own and Android lends to that. You can customize it no matter what your skill level. I am a bit of a geek so the development community and ROMs available to flash is a delight for me. I went on to get a Nexus S and now I have a Galaxy Nexus.

    Thanks for starting this thread. It is always fun to think back and see how far this open source project has come and how far it seems it will go.

    • jamal adam

      It’s good to see all these stories. The ability to customize and make it your own, makes android something for everyone. We are not all the same and want different things in our smartphones and Android had given us the ability to make our devices, truly our own.

      I agree, looking back at how far it has come truly puts things in perspective. It’s just the beginning and I’m excited to see what Google and it’s partners have in store for us in the coming months and years.

  • WlfHart

    I bought an HTC HD2 (Leo) with Windows Mobile 6.5 on it because it had the largest screen at the time. A month later Windows Phone 7 came out and the already undersupported 6.5 was dropped entirely. So after venting my frustrations to a friend, he told me about xda and how I could put Android on my phone instead. Got hooked on Android since.

  • mipd1980

    I had a Samsung Feature MP3 Player phone on sprint when the G1 came out as soon as the HTC Hero came out on Sprint and I had my Upgrade I went for it. everyone at work had the iphone and I just could not stand apple so I had to show off my hacking skills and root it and installed Cyanogen Mod on it. Phone sucked balls with out root and CM. After that I rocked the Nexus S4G for a year and a half and right now i have the Galaxy Nexus rooted with AOKP on Sprint. I’m considering going with an unlocked phone to straight talk as soon as my Contract is over in a few months, as of now I love Android and would not have it any other way.

  • lou2cool88

    I came to Android after being sick of the Blackberry Storm. That phone was hyped to be the Blackberry’s response to the iPhone. It was terrible. After about a year, my sister and I started researching new phones. She got the Droid Incredible and I got the Droid X. Great phones. Been on Android ever since!

    • breckdroid

      I was in the same boat. As i stated in my comment, I started off with the BB Storm 1st Gen and it was kinda fun at first, in a novel way. I soon grew weary and wanted something a bit more unique and speedier than the iPhone. I went with the HTC Droid Incredible and have not looked back.

  • Thomas Biard

    Short Answer: I jumped in with both feet and never looked back.

    I came from 2 previous WinMo phones. I was coveting the OG Droid, but my contract wasn’t up yet, so 2-3 months later when my contract was up, I got the Droid X first day it was out.

    Ever since the iPhone came out I wasn’t interested. It never appealed to me. The Windows phones were awesome even though they had resistive touchscreens. I remembered I signed into wifi way back in 2008 and used the terrible browser to check my email.

    • jamal adam

      sorry therhe iphone never appealed to me as well. I remember there was this one time when I was comparing the iphone to the nokia n96 with my friend and I was gher the n96 was a better smartphone. When android came to fruition, I was hooked and have been a fan since.

      • jamal adam

        Typing on my nexus 7 and I was having some problems and accidentally clicked post, as the screen was resizing.
        What the I meant to say was that the iphone the never appealed to me and that I once compared it to the noria n96 versus the original iphone and I still was convinced that the n96 was better.

  • Teebor

    I’m probably like a lot of people, I wanted a new phone and as long as it wasn’t an Apple product I was going to be happy.

    Android was a newish boy on the block so I went for it, glad I did

  • Dradien

    I came into the world of Android with a HTC Eris. Not the BEST phone, but it was pretty damn snappy when I stuck some ROMS on it. I came to that from a Nokia E71 running Symbian.

    I’ll tell ya what, if Nokia make Android Hardware…

  • heynomi4u

    I had a Blackberry Pearl in 2011 and the contract was up ….. I knew I wasn’t getting an iOS device. So my options were – another Blackberry, an Android phone or a Windows phone.

    At that time, I didn’t know much about Android and I was leaning towards buying a Windows phone, but believe it or not a die-hard iOS user convinced me to get Android ….. so I ended up buying an HTC Desire HD and since then never looked at anything else!

  • Laurel laurel25

    My first phone was the Incredible. I wanted to get an Android phone sooner, but was under contract, so I had to wait. Prior to that I’d had dumb phones and the snappiness and ease customization of the Android OS was just awesome! I’ve never looked back.

    • breckdroid

      I was really interested in the HTC Droid Eris, but held out due to my contract. When it finally expired I bought the Incredible. Solid phone. My brother and father had the Eris. They loved it. Great little phone.

  • LadyDi

    G1 World!! Just that simple. My nephew-in-law had the phone over a year before I purchased it. I loved the look but was waiting to get out of a SPrInT contract.

  • SGB101

    G1 just after it launched, God it was buggy, slow, terrible battery life and the camera was terrible, specially after the N95′s super camera (I must add today’s smartphones have only just caught up camera wise).

    I never wanted an iPhone, i didn’t like ipods, their drm and iTunes, so iPhone was out, and i was following the G1s birth.

    When I first got it, I was so excited and was amazed how easy it was to set up and mess with. The nokia was a maze of menus, sub menus and folders, ond options that had several ways to do the same thing (a bit like windows)

    My excitement was short lived, buggy, laggy and a four hour battery (max) had me scrambling on Amazon for a battery or two, and i wont mention the no auxiliary socket! Another trip to amazon forcthe adapter!

    I think it was update 1.1 that squeezed 6 hours out of a charge. Still them first 3 months had me looking at my wifes iPhone 3g,thinking the grass may be greener.

    At least she didn’t have the Android and Me, widget (only the old guard will remember that).

    Cupcake arrived quickly followed by doughnut and all the bugs (well most of the big ones) was squashed, and I’ve never looked back.

    I’ve had a lot of phones since, but the best was the HTC Desire, i loved that phone, and for well over 2 years always went back to it. That was androids first big hit, and was a big seller here in the UK.

    I see people above saying ICS was when Android matured, personally I think 2.3 (Gingerbread) was more stable than ICS, and Jelly been ironed out ICSs bugs.

    I wrote quite a bit there, and will apologies now for any spelling or grammar issues above, but one cba proof reading it as I’m on my iPhone. Only messing its a Note2 :o)

    • RhynosAndroid

      I still love my G1, it stays on my mantel next to my Nokia 5110 and 8260… All solid phones!!

  • sonicdeathmunky

    My first Android was the HTC Legend on Gingerbread. I was never interested in the iPhones, they never seemed to be that advanced to me, replacing hardware buttons with a touchscreen, but then forcing everything to be accessed with giant shiny buttons on the homescreen! Always seemed like something you would buy to be seen using, instead of something I actually wanted to use.

    I am now using a Galaxy S2 and a Nexus 7, but am hoping to get my hands on a Nexus 4 and 10 when possible!

  • KingCrow02

    My brother had the G1. Got to play around with it. Then I jumped in with a pre-paid Android phone. Ever since I have been hooked.

  • bear831

    My first device was the original droid by Motorola. Before that I had a Dark Knight branded Nokia flip phone. Eventually my Droid began to overheat so I purchased a Droid Incredible that was retired for a Galaxy Nexus last Christmas. Overall the phone has not impressed me for its build quality but I just couldn’t say no to the stock Android experience.

  • RhynosAndroid

    G1 baby! Loved that phone! I remember rooting it, completely different from the one-click root I use now. Man was it fun and exciting though.

  • MJM128

    The nexus one was actually my enter into cellular communications. I didn’t have a cell phone until that phone came out and I purchased it myself. My parents never wanted to pay for a cell phone for me and then when I got into college I found that a cell phone was more of a need than a want than it had been before in my life so I broke down and decided to get one. As a tech junkie I might as well have a cell phone I like, right?

    So I ended up getting on T-Mobile’s off contract plan and purchased the device outright. I wanted a OS that was going to be open as possible and I found that Android was the way to go. I’ve owned the nexus one, sensation, lg g2x, htc one s, and the nexus 4. I must say I really love the quality of HTC devices, they need to work on their software though (Oh and their speaker volumes, it sucks, it’s too low).

  • Jorge Eslava

    I used to have an HTC hermes and was looking to update to a new smart phone that could play console emulators and found the G1 a few months after its release. Soon after that I started reading AAM regularly, since then it has been my main Android blog.

  • masterpfa

    I originally came from WM6. At the time there was not too much choice either the Symbian or WM as I never ever really fancied a BlackBerry. I had been blown away by the HTC TyTN I even upgraded to the TyTN II a year later (remember the days of 12 month contracts?)

    But as with most I needed something new but I did not jump onto the Android bandwagon straight away, as I wasn’t impressed initially with the G1 (although I have grown to regret never having owned the original and 1st (I believe) Android Smartphone).

    The choices were the iPhone which again did not initially impress or a plethora of WM phones, but I wanted something different and better than my current HTC. I had my eye on a Sony or two but again nothing that really grabbed my attention.

    Finally I saw a promotional video for the HTC Hero and I was hooked, not to Android initially but to the phone. Only through use has my liking for Android developed further.

    I have since those early days had a Nexus 1, HTC Desire HD , Galaxy nexus and my current beau LG Nexus 4 and now joined by a Nexus 7 HSPA+

  • geiko

    I entered the world of Android because of Apple. Apple was first to the game in terms of the modern mobile OS, but the restrictions they initially put around everything turned me off. When Android rose from ground, I was happy that someone would challenge the confined experience of the iPhone. The first time I saw an Android phone was at the airport at the baggage claim. Some guy from the same flight had a G1, and it looked so awesome. I was kind of broke at the time, and I still had a RAZR, but I always stayed up to date with Android.

    When the Nexus One was released, I was down for it. I purchased it and I couldn’t wait for it to come (even though Google had free two-day shipping). It was and still is my best Android experience opening that package and starting the phone for the first time.