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Apples to Apples, Dust to Dust

November 5, 2013

2011 to 2013

(Top left to bottom right: MacBook Pro, Dell XPS 12, iPad 2, Nexus 7, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5s)

A lot can change in two years.

Two years ago my family was just my wife and I, the two of us, travelling the world and living it large.

I rocked a MacBook Pro, an iPad 2, an iPhone 3GS, a smirk on my face and a gleam in my eye.

I referred to this expensive collection of tech as my ‘iFamily’ and I was sold on the dream.  Yep, this was the height of my Apple fanboyism.  I even blogged about it at the time.

Today, two years later, my family has set it’s roots in suburbia and filled out a bit (as has my mid-section).  We have a beautiful little girl and a cheeky little dog.

And my iFamily is no more.

Now I’m rocking a Windows 8 convertible laptop (Dell XPS 12), a Nexus 7, an iPhone 5s and bags under my eyes.

Why, Amit? WHY?!

Well, at the end of the day it’s all about meeting needs.

As much as it sounds like a dream to keep travelling the world and living it up, the reality is much harsher. It’s expensive, tiring and not a real life.  Not one with kids, dogs, BBQs, friends and family, anyway.

In the same way, clinging to the Apple gadgetry just became… tedious.  I was shoe-horning a Mac into my Windows-centric world.  I stopped carrying my iPad around because I found I couldn’t be bothered picking it up for casual use when on public transport or even on the couch.  Sure, it was more a failing of the form-factor (size, shape and weight) than the device, but I just couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on an iPad Mini when there were equally (or more?) capable devices like the Nexus 7 around for a fraction of the price.

It was just the iPhone I haven’t been able to ditch.  The device that won me over to the Apple world is still the device that is holding me back.  And there are a lot of reasons for that.  In fact, I’ve detailed 5 reasons why I bought an iPhone 5s just in my last blog post.

Since writing that post, however, one avid iPhone-lover in my family has since switched over to Android-world. And I must admit, now that I have used an Android device extensively myself (the Nexus 7) I am impressed.  So much so that I lingered on the website for recently announced Nexus 5 a little longer than I perhaps should have…

Let’s see what the next two years will bring.

As I said, a lot can change in two years.

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