(I am posting this for various people who are just now making the switch so I can have an article to send to friends/family that ask. I originally was going to post this back when I got my S2 but never got around to it. With Apples recent 5S/5C announcement, there are a number of people that have said they are done and making the jump, hence the article. I am not going to cover the obvious ones like Facebook etc but wanted to put out a list for people who have just made the switch.)
About 2 years ago (November of 2011) I switched from the iPhone to an Android. (Jailbroken 3s to a Samsung S2) I wasn’t completely unsatisfied with my iPhone , I simply wanted to see what all the fuss was about with these Android devices. I think it also helps as a person in the digital industry to simply get exposed to a different interface and way of thinking in how apps/operating systems work.
When it comes to apps on Android now, if you use a fairly popular service/website, there will more than likely be an Android app for it. Gone are the days when the iPhone cornered the market on all the ‘cool’ apps. In any event, here is my list:
What to use for music?
Hopefully you are out of iTunes jail and using something like Spotify or Rdio.
Whats App (Absolutely fantastic for an expat like me who has family and friends overseas)
Vlingo (Dragon) – Who needs Siri?!
My tracks – running/hiking/biking
Swype or its Android Handsets Equivalent.
Anyway, I hope this helps you out when it comes to choosing apps and making the switch to Android.