Switching Things Up

The thing I most want to avoid is to come back from a long break and get right back into my habits and routines. There are exceptions, of course. I can’t wait to get back to my bike rides and my yoga practice. But in other areas, I want to switch things up.

I’m still working through what these new things will be. I have some ideas about the flow of my work week that I want to change.

But the first change I am going to make is to swap my Nexus5 for an iPhone6. I’ll use the iPhone6 until at least the new Nexus6 comes out sometime this fall.

I have an iPhone that I use to try out iOS only apps. But I have not used an iPhone as my every day phone since 2008. I’ve been carrying an Android as my primary phone for at six years.

I figure it’s time to change that, at least for a bit. So I’m going to walk into the T-Mobile store near my office today and buy an iPhone6. I am not really looking forward to learning a new OS and setting the phone up. But no pain, no gain.

I will let you all know how it goes.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Sheamus

    Whhaaaaaaa? Next you’ll be telling us you’re swapping Twitter for Facebook.* ;-)If you give it a fair go I suspect you’re going to really enjoy the iPhone, Fred. Things have come a long way since 2008 (I had a full head of hair back then).* Although maybe you *should* give Facebook another go as part of this change experiment?

    1. fredwilson

      i push a ton of content into facebook. all my tumblr posts go there. all my foursquare tips go there. so i guess i do use it to some degree

      1. awaldstein

        Facebook sucks in so many ways.It is also absolutely essential to life as–hate to say this-but everyone I know is there. And some communities are there and nowhere else.I abuse it. I dump content there. It still is the best connector I have for things I can’t get anywhere else.

        1. pointsnfigures

          Who can invite me to Ello?

          1. bsoist

            serious question?

          2. kenberger

            Ping me with your email.

          3. William Mougayar

            I used up my 5 invites, but you’re not missing much. I’ll ask someone I know to invite you.

          4. bsoist

            I thought perhaps this was sarcasm, but I have an invite I can give.

          5. awaldstein

            I’m not important enough it seems

  2. Twain Twain

    The rounded edges on iPhone 6 makes it more slippery in the hand. Apple were not joking when they said they wanted to reduce the friction in technology(!), but I actually think a more square edging is easier for users to grip the phone.Of course…the loss of grip friction will encourage more users to buy more iPhone 6 covers, so maybe this was part of Apple’s master plans to boost accessories sales.The 6 Plus is far too big for the female hand and to do one-handed anything; I tested this on a calculator and metric conversion app.There was some interesting stats I found about the ratio of men:women who buy Nexus:iPhone. There is only a 2% difference between how many men and women buy the iPhone but a much bigger 8% difference for the Nexus.

  3. kumarbshah

    Fred – i think the Nexus 6 is supposed to be out at the end of October so this may be a fairly short run on the iPhone for you 🙂

    1. fredwilson

      that’s fine. short and sweet.

      1. kenberger

        Short and bitter! I am “cheating”, carrying an S5 in the other pocket from the iPhone 6+, as there are critical Android things I won’t give up.

        1. pointsnfigures

          what don’t you want to give up?

          1. kenberger

            My Critical Top 3:-Gmaps in its android-only, fully robust form.-Gvoice/hangouts (where all my texting happens).-Google Play Music.

  4. Twain Twain

    Safari update includes Duck Duck Go so that’s another reason to use iPhone.

    1. fredwilson


      1. Elizabeth Spiers

        I’ll trade you an iPhone 5 with a cracked screen and the Duck Duck Go update for a Nexus 5. (Seriously, tho: what precipitated this sudden conversion?)

        1. fredwilson

          just a desire to try something newi plan to get the Nexus6 when it comes out

          1. Pete Griffiths

            Me too. Looks like will be interestingRecommend you take a look at OnePlus One.

  5. Tom Labus

    Is security an issue? It’s suppose to hold off NSA

    1. fredwilson

      no, but that’s a nice benefit

  6. Julia Wilson

    I’ve been considering switching to an android recently so I look forward to hearing your opinion on iPhone.

    1. fredwilson

      We should swap Julia!

    2. William Mougayar

      Julia, if you do and wanted to avoid the Android geekiness, consider a Xiaomi due to their MIUI interface.

    3. Pete Griffiths

      And take a look at OnePlus One.

  7. Rohan

    Thanks for sharing your approach to work. More of these posts would be great – would love to understand how you plan and prepare for your work-week, what you do to stay focused, etc.

  8. vruz

    I’m wondering whether this decision has (at least in part) been influenced by Apple’s decision to be a leader on the privacy and user safety front.

    1. fredwilson

      No but that’s a great reason

      1. vruz

        Fresh off the presses…http://www.washingtonpost.c…Want a fortune cookie? I can see a near future where A VC helps to educate these guys about life in the 21st century.

        1. SubstrateUndertow

          As if an unfettered Surveillance-State does not, much more broadly, threaten public safety !

          1. vruz

            I suppose we’re in agreement?

      2. Pete Griffiths

        Funny – I was making a fuss about this a while ago and was informed nobody cared 🙂

  9. LIAD

    I think it’s time you started your hippie phase.I’m talking growing your hair out, a small pot addiction, start wearing sandals – that kind of thing#make #love #not #war

    1. fredwilson

      How do you know I don’t have a small pot addiction? 😉

      1. LIAD


      2. JimHirshfield

        Walter White switched things up as well.

  10. brett1211

    +1. Regularly analyzing how we spend our time, and experimenting w/ new approaches, is key for personal and professional growth. It’s also really difficult to do.Sometimes I find myself loathe to give away the “efficiency” of a routine/course, even though my behavior isn’t producing the results I desire. This is insane: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.Not sure about everyone else’s insanity, but mine frequently stems from “being in a hurry”. It took me learning how to meditate to realize this. It was quite an epiphany to realize that I lacked the control to allow myself five minutes pause. Why had it taken me so long to realize that about myself? Because I was always in such a hurry to “get things done.” The irony!Probably the biggest improvement I’ve made in my startup game is devoting more energy to analyzing my decisions/how I spend my time, identifying anything that I want to shy away from or that feels “off,” then immediately, violently if necessary, course correcting. It’s exhausting, but I can feel it getting me closer to where/who I want to be. It would be interesting to hear how you’ve seen serial entrepreneurs evolve and shed their old habits and develop new ones, both successfully and less so.Anyways, good luck with your new habits and new iphone.

    1. LIAD

      kind of why we put up doof.com – a experiment into helping us discover ourselves and make us a little more mindful

      1. brett1211


  11. Andrew Kennedy

    Let us know what you think! Will be interesting to see how new 6 measures up in your opinion.

  12. JamesHRH

    welcome to the dark side!

  13. aminTorres

    HAHA, I thought I never read this from you.If you were up for REALLY switching things up, you’ll stick the iPhone. 😉

  14. Brandon G. Donnelly

    Regular or plus? 🙂

    1. fredwilson


      1. bsoist

        c’mon man! Go big or go home!

    2. JimHirshfield

      Odd, off-topic question. He’s quite slim, as it turns out. 😉

  15. JimHirshfield

    Where’s Fred? What did you do with Fred????!!!

    1. William Mougayar

      He’s walking backwards towards his office & using his iPhone camera as a guide.

      1. JimHirshfield


      1. JimHirshfield

        YES!”Pay attention to what Apple does. It is more important than you think.”

  16. William Mougayar

    Just when I just did the exact opposite and got myself a Xiaomi Mi3, and switched the iPhone as my secondary device for testing Apps.The Xiaomi MIUI interface makes the Android look pretty much like than an iPhone, at 1/3 the price of the iPhone+. So far, I’m not missing the iPhone, and loving my new Xiaomi. I feel sorry for those that stretch themselves to be able to afford an iPhone or iPhone+, and are locked-up into carrier plans. (I will never be locked-up again)

    1. awaldstein

      Two questions:-hows the camera is both very low and very bright light.-when it breaks or you simply can’t fix something what do you do? Better yet, where does the normal person get it repaired?

      1. William Mougayar

        Great Questions, esp #2. The camera is 12mpx & front is 2mpx, and dual flash. Check my last Foursquare pics. I like it. I’ll take more outdoor shots later today.My fear is about #2. No Apple Store to rely on, but there’s a strong online support community. I’m getting a super strong case with tempered glass protection in case I drop it. Part of my experiment is to find out about the quality and durability aspects. We’ll see.

        1. awaldstein

          Thanks.Here’s the thing about comparisons.Apple is a premium brand. That is what you pay for and you have free support at every Apple store anywhere and for pittance, phone support in country is just a huge deal.It’s either valuable personally or its not.You are a bad example as geek and power user you are. The market is not you my friend.

          1. William Mougayar

            I’m going to write a post about my switching experience. I like to be different, yes. And I love premium brands and status symbols as much as the next guy, but I appreciate even more Value. I think Apple is ripping a lot of people off with their expensive iPhones. I see the smartphone as my workhorse, and I like to know the value I’m paying for that workhorse.

          2. bsoist

            I agree. I sit in front of a computer most of the day, but even then I’m using my phone a lot. I don’t care so much how slick it is, I care how it works.

          3. awaldstein

            Ahh–the 1% of the market at the most, deciding they are the mass market;)You are 100% correct for you, I think so off for premium buyer.

          4. bsoist

            I agree. I’m not the normal user, and I think Apple is selling something very different than “just a phone.” I resisted the urge to be connected at all times and didn’t even own a cell phone until I **wanted** the original iPhone. My son and I both owned that one and then we were 5th and 6th in line for the 3G ( and spent 6 hours in the Apple store that day – great story, I’l lhave to tell you sometime ), and I’ve owned every model since up to the 5S.And iOS has been very good to me ( which is one of the reasons I have been able to afford the phones ).I carry the Note 3 and the iPhone 5 with me almost all the time, but when I have to “drop” one, it’s the iPhone. I was trying to resist the urge to get the 6plus, but over the weekend Terri was pushing me to go get one – and I probably will. :)FYI, one of the most disappointing things about the Note 3 is battery life. My iPhone battery issues have been so bad over the years, and I just assumed a non-iPhone would be better. In my experience, no.

          5. awaldstein

            Thanks for this!Yup, Apple sells brand and the future possibilities of their customers in each perfect.They are the masters.

          6. bsoist

            ESR says they sell cult membershipshttp://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=6…

          7. awaldstein

            Funny….It’s much less cult and much more premium than it used to be. They’ve done that transition well.Watching the integration of Apple stores, not dissimilar from the integration of Whole Foods stores in some ways into the fabric of neighborhoods in NY and other urban centers is fascinating and powerful.

          8. LE

            ESR is about as far from a normal as they get.

          9. bsoist

            Agreed. I don’t agree with him on a lot of issues, this one included – my daughter’s field hockey team might be a cult, Apple isn’t – but I’m glad he is blogging more frequently again. I like to read people who are super smart.

          10. LE

            1% of the market at the most, deciding they are the mass marketBig agreement on that one.William: but there’s a strong online support community.Analogy: Wine store. Apple retail.I don’t want to post on an online forum, I don’t want to read Vaynerchuk, I want to walk into the local wine store, ask a question, and exit with a good bottle of wine. I don’t want to be you and be a wine expert. It’s not my hobby. Wine serves a purpose and fills a need. I’ve got other things to worry about. I want this handled.And it’s not just for the premium buyer. What I am finding is that many people who are knowledgeable (such as myself) want people to use Apple because they know that Apple offers a turn key experience to customers. An example is my 87 year old mother. Her old Apple stopped working. Solution? Buy a new one, buy Apple 3 year care, take a $99 class and you will get all the setup help, instructions and assistance that you need (they will even take the imac out of her car and carry it into her place with my Dad they sent someone to the house on a few occasions).Go try to have the same experience at Best Buy or from the local wireless store.Bottom line: Bad use by William of the “r” word.

          11. Donna Brewington White

            I find myself in a similar situation in terms of using my android phone and computer side by side. Plus a land line.

          12. bsoist

            people still use land lines huh?

          13. awaldstein

            ‘ripping people off’Damn you sound like the consumer advocate from north of the border;)Before I listen to you with any seriousness, please tell me how much you are factoring in for free support versus none. Tell me why the Apple model should be cost plus pricing pls.Market pricing is rarely a rip off, it is simply the price! If there was consumer regret their sales would plummet not grow.

          14. William Mougayar

            I’m very pragmatic about it. This phone cost me $300 landed. The equivalent iPhone+ I would have wanted is $900. That’s 3X the price. I can replace the Xiaomi twice before I reach break-even, during say 2-3 years of usage. I don’t really need support from over-crowded Apple stores. Those that do can spend more to get it :)That said, I’m dying to get the Apple Watch. That’s a real novelty.

          15. awaldstein

            You are slippery around this one my friend.Let me ask it another way.Across all the startups you advise, invest in, now well, how many are going to market with an Android only strategy?Over 5%?

          16. William Mougayar

            Two of them have an Android-first App for several reasons I’ll elaborate on later. But I’m not abandoning the iPhone. I use it for testing Apps that aren’t available on Android. After 6 years of iPhone, I needed to round-up my market knowledge by plunging into the Android world, just like Fred will gain some benefits from tasting the iPhone world first-hand.As I said, it’s an experiment for me. Android is a market you can’t ignore. And so is iOS. Both are important.

          17. awaldstein

            Actually I agree wholeheartedly and based on your notes here will buy one.I also think that the idea of Apple ‘ripping off the market’ when the market is happy and growing is just completely wacko, (I say this completely lovingly of course 😉 )

          18. awaldstein

            Consider yourself a closer!

          19. William Mougayar

            oh no…support not included. buyer beware 🙂

          20. awaldstein

            Good one!

          21. Elia Freedman

            Xiami phones are not Android. Be careful when you say that.

          22. William Mougayar

            You mean because of MIUI? But I’m installing Android apps, so it’s an Android phone with a better user interface, no?

          23. Elia Freedman

            I take that back. I was under the impression Xiaomi Mi3 was an AOSP, which is the android open source project and does not include Google services, not the actual licensed version of Android from Google specifically. But I looked today and saw the Mi3 is actually a 4.3/4.4 Android device. Sorry about that.(We are starting Android development now so I have a good excuse to go buy a Mi3. 🙂

          24. William Mougayar

            Right. There’s something good about the MIUI.

          25. Elia Freedman

            MIUI reminds me a lot of iOS 7. I haven’t done a lot of research into Android L but I believe it has a lot of design elements like MIUI also. I love the new, simplified design, too. Much better than the old texture heavy stuff.

          26. William Mougayar

            I just checked and I’m not sure the L UI is bold enough yet. I doubt Google would make it look like the iPhone because they’ll be perceived as copying, whereas a 3rd party like Xiaomi can be more blunt in copying the iOS design because they don’t own Android.

          27. William Mougayar

            After having experienced 2 other Androids prior to the MIUI on the Xiaomi, I’m pretty adamant the Google Launcher is a mess, and the reason why some people aren’t comfortable with the Android UI. MIUI changes that completely.

          28. SubstrateUndertow

            So its a rounding error ?Just kidding 🙂

          29. SubstrateUndertow

            If the Apple Watch turn out to be much more than a novelty and I think there is every reason to believe it will in the medium run, how will that overall newly integrative value-equation square with the term “rip-off” ?That Apple tax affords insurance to move the ball forward through unforeseen financial turmoil both global and corporate turmoil.What data plan is offered in Toronto that allows the user to recoup any serious part of the subsidy pricing portion when bringing your own phone to the party ?

          30. William Mougayar

            Well, the Apple Watch appears to be quite unique when it comes out, so I can understand a premium price when you’re very much ahead of the pack, but gap between the iPhone 6 and others in the market has narrowed so much lately.As for your last question, that’s a very good one. The big monopolies don’t offer any difference in Rates/Plans whether you have a subsidized phone or not. The only one that’s competitive is WIND, and I hope they beat the pants off Bell, Rogers and Telus as soon as they can get more coverage areas. (actually their roaming coverage is better in the US than it is 1 hour from downtown Toronto)

          31. Duncan Logan

            Free Support? I found that too often their support solution ended up with me having to buying a new phone.

          32. awaldstein

            I have found Apple support both in store and on the phone nothing but excellent.Guess I”m lucky. No complaints.

          33. LE

            You would find this interesting regarding Rackspace exiting a particular market segment:http://www.cloudoptions.com…What they found is totally predictable. You can’t charge “race to the bottom prices: and give a premium experience. Rackspace couldn’t be Rackspace offering $15 per month cloud servers and certainly not $5 per month cloud servers. Apple of course found this out a long long time ago.It goes to the old saying “price quality speed pick any two”. (And variations on the same). Or as I like to say sometimes “you can only be as honest as your competition”.

          34. Donna Brewington White

            Even though I am an android user, my husband and kids are on iPhone. That’s five iPhones and I’m the family tech support so I’ve spent some time at the Apple store/genius bar. I must admit it’s been a lifesaver. But personally I love my Galaxy and have needed no service whatsoever in the past 3 years on two separate phones.

          35. awaldstein

            Great comment.You are making me realize that I’m rationalizing my choice.I love Apple hardware, don’t care about the price and talking around it.I simply *want* the new phone. That’s all there is to it!

          36. bsoist

            Apple gave me two free iPhones once to make up for AT&T’s incompetence, and my son has been given replacement phones on several occasions. The service is superb, but it does come with a dose of smugness – http://www.bsoi.st/oped/201…cc @wmoug:disqus @awaldstein:disqus @domainregistry:disqus

          37. William Mougayar

            They were good to me the first year, i.e. during warranty or if you have AppleCare they are really good. But after that, you need to pay for a replacement. It rarely gets repaired.

          38. LE

            By the theory of “party in your brain” there is probably no such thing as “ripping” off in this context.An example is the fur store or jewelry store. Who is the salesman to tell the women who wants a fur that she is throwing out her money that she can be just as warm in a cloth coat? Who is to tell the women who wants a big diamond ring that she doesn’t need it? If I go to the wine store and there is a $100 bottle of wine and they charge me $125 for that bottle have I been ripped off? By my thinking I haven’t been ripped off.

          39. LE

            And I love premium brands and status symbols as much as the next guy, but I appreciate even more Value. I think Apple is ripping a lot of people off with their expensive iPhones.Oh no William I throw the flag down on that use of the “r” word (ripping people off).As someone who has used computers since punch tape in no way is Apple ripping people off. I’ve used everything. And Apple has their shit together with their products way head of everyone else even for people who could use anything.And something can be both a status symbol and provide value at the same time as well. Even separate from the party in the brain of status symbols which is what most people concentrate on when trying to trash talk how someone else spends money.I own cars that would be considered status symbols. But you know what? They are definitely absolutely positively better cars and a better experience (as an owner, driver,passenger) than some Honda or Dodge or Chevy. The fact that there is a premium paid over and above is not really relevant to me. In the end I either feel I get value for the money or I don’t.I think it’s great that Apple makes a boatload of money and uses it to create really fine products and product experiences. To much cheap shit manufacturing going on because of the race to the bottom.

          40. awaldstein

            We agree on this one 100%.

          41. William Mougayar

            Some good points…Well, I feel like I’m driving a Buggatti with that Xiaomi, in a town full of Ferraris and Maseratis. It isn’t a Honda Accord for sure.

          42. bsoist

            Well said. I switched from Linux to OS X in 2002 and the user experience was great on so many levels. [1] For years I gladly paid 4-6x for a Mac what I could have spent for a PC.[1] best part for me around that time was being able to use multiple Macs without a lot of headache. Apple has had a lot of missteps regarding sync over the years, but using multiple Macs was so much easier than with windoze or *nix back then. I’d say the same is true now for normal people, but like we’ve already established, I’m not normal. [2][2] using footnotes in a comment in your honor 🙂

    2. bsoist

      I’ve been looking at that phone since I first saw you mention it. How long have you been using it?

      1. William Mougayar

        3.5 days, and enjoying it. It took me an hour to fully replicate what I had on the iPhone. Their Contact App even transfered my iPhone contacts via Bluetooth.

        1. bsoist

          When I get a new phone, I purposely start over and see what apps really make it onto my home screen.

    3. Techman

      William — Have you ever thought about looking at CyanogenMod?

      1. William Mougayar

        Not sure. What will that get me?

        1. Techman

          I just thought that you might be interested in it :)CyanogenMod is a custom Android ROM that has a lot more customization, etc in it. It has a themes store so you can easily make Android look like iOS and you don’t have to deal with a crappy OEM-made ROM that might not even get supported after a year or so.

          1. Pete Griffiths

            My latest phone is OnePlus Onegreat valueruns CyanogenModbig benefit is very rapid updates

          2. William Mougayar

            Thanks. All I know is that Xiaomi has its own ROM for Android, and they suggest we stick with that.

    4. fredwilson

      i think you will be rewarded with more insights than i will be

  17. JimHirshfield

    ‘LE’ called this a few weeks ago. I said NFW. But I was wrong. It happens.

    1. bsoist

      It happens.yes, yes it does. I’ve seen it.

      1. JimHirshfield

        Thanks for noticing.:-/

    2. LE

      Luckily there isn’t a law for not agreeing with me. So you’re safe for now.

      1. JimHirshfield

        Counting my lucky stars every day.

  18. James Reed

    Good luck, Fred!

  19. LukeH

    Sound like fun experiment. Looking forward to reading your conclusions. As a long-time Android user, I feel that after a few years of obvious inferiority, there are now fewer reasons to pick iPhone over Android.

  20. pointsnfigures

    I bought a 6+. Waiting for it. I should probably do the opposite and get an Android since I have only had iPhones

    1. William Mougayar

      Maybe the time to do that would have been prior to the switch 😉 I rebelled against Apple after I saw the iPhone 6 was underwhelming.

      1. pointsnfigures

        Can always cancel my order….hasn’t been delivered yet.

        1. William Mougayar

          Check out the OnePlus One.

          1. Pete Griffiths

            Got one. Excellent phone. Fantastic value.

          2. William Mougayar

            If you don’t me asking, how much did you pay for it? I assume you bought it unlocked?

          3. Pete Griffiths

            I think my one (64g) was around 350you can’t buy them locked

          4. William Mougayar

            That was my 2nd choice, if I didn’t get the Xiaomi. Thx

          5. Pete Griffiths

            I like the fact that it runs Cy

        2. awaldstein

          Dunno if that is smart.Which is the principal user platform across all your investment companies?

          1. pointsnfigures

            good question. many of the companies I invested in don’t rely on mobile yet because their business doesn’t demand it (uico.com, nucurrent.com, streamlinksoftware.com). Brilliant.org went android first and will roll out iPhone next. Mobile is really interesting for a lot of technical reasons.

          2. awaldstein

            I’m reading this string, arguing with my good friend @wmoug:disqus and now have decided to get the Android he suggested.But I’m an Apple hardware person through and through.

          3. William Mougayar

            Honestly, I don’t feel much difference in usage, because of the MIUI interface that Xiaomi has, which is like an iPhone. I’ve had 2 other Androids before, LG and a Nexus, and hated them because the UI was awful.And yes, I’m taking a risk if the hardware breaks, and maybe I won’t be able to use iPay, but we’ve had “Tap” for a while in Canada and it works with my debit card and credit cards. Just tap to pay for purchases under $100.

          4. awaldstein

            Let me see, which is a brand that has a chance at owning a consumers love:Apple iPhone 6orthe MIUI interface from the XiaomiThe geeks of the world have always had options.The growth of the Android ecosystem has proven that indeed good enough is really just that for a huge cost consious market.Has nothing at all to do with the power and the economics of the most well respected consumer brand in the world.

          5. William Mougayar

            Apple is a marketing genius, no doubt. They sure know how to sell the premium in their brand. Have you tried their iMBetter Than You product:https://www.youtube.com/wat

          6. LE

            They sure know how to sell the premium in their brand.But it really is a good product. The marketing simply allows them to charge enough money to make it happen.

          7. William Mougayar

            Yes, the hype matches the reality pretty closely, which isn’t a bad position to be in. The brand promise delivers.

  21. bsoist

    I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st.

  22. andyswan

    I did the same thing. It’s a great device.

  23. bsoist

    The thing I most want to avoid is to come back from a long break and get right back into my habits and routines.Every time you start a post like this I think “oh no, here comes the I’m retiring from blogging post”

    1. Kirsten Lambertsen

      That’s what I was thinking, too, heh.

  24. kenberger

    I’m doing the same today, but with the 6 Plus, as I wait for the Note 4.One issue with the Plus that I’m already aware of is the display’s science part. The screen is logically 2208 x 1242 pixels, but is actually 1920 x 1080 pixels. This means everything designed for the big screen gets downscaled automatically by 13%. So it’s impossible for app writers to be pixel-perfect; things may theoretically always be slightly out of focus. This chart explains: http://www.paintcodeapp.com

  25. Paul Robinson

    Came here looking for the iOS/Android flame war. I’m disappointed. :-)For me the Android is a platform that helps Google make money by helping build a profile about who you are and selling that profile indirectly to advertisers. iOS is just a phone OS.I’m biased perhaps (I’ve been an exclusive iOS user since about 2009), but I also just can’t understand the Android UI when I have to test apps on it – it seems clunky and weird and the in-built browser seems slow and a bit “off”.Good luck with it, it might take some adjustment, but I think you’ll enjoy it.

  26. Ian M Calvert

    I think Fred you need to read between the lines/behind the scenes with what apple have done here with the iPhone6 and iOS8 – they have truly laid the ground for community engagement via SoMoLo

  27. Mario Cantin

    I had actually predicted that you would switch to the iPhone 6 :-)You’ve been quite transparent about your thought processes, so it’s not a long shot.During the keynote, I thought, “Wow, this will make a lot a people who’ve gone to Android go back to Apple … Hmmm … I wonder whether Fred Wilson will get the IPhone 6 too”. You will get the watch as well, I’m quite certain of it.

  28. ErikSchwartz

    You’ll miss stuff like SmartActions.

    1. William Mougayar

      What are SmartActions? See, I’m using an Android and don’t even know what Drawer, Widgets or SmartActions are, nor do I use them. That’s too geeky for my 6 years of iPhone washed brain.

      1. ErikSchwartz

        Changes the way my phones works based on geography (and other rules too) https://play.google.com/sto…My phone has a home mode, a work mode, a sailing mode, an archery mode.

        1. William Mougayar

          Ouch….my head hurt. Thanks, but no thanks. Less is more :)I’m not sure why I need to complicate things with that. That’s where the Android geekiness goes too far, IMO.(Sorry didn’t mean to be rude…am just on an Android-be-simple rant)

          1. ErikSchwartz

            You don’t need to, you have the option to.

    2. William Mougayar

      I think he might miss the one swipe notifications and Google Now integration a little more.

  29. BillMcNeely

    I never thought I would see the day that Fred would use an iPhone.Kinda like the leader of the cripes switching to bloods 🙂

  30. Richard

    Let’s go all in with learning “Swift Saturdays”

  31. William Mougayar

    One thing you’ll realize is how hardware independent you really are. I set-up my Android in about an hour by re-installing and syncing a bunch of Apps that were all in the cloud. I could go to another smartphone next week and feel no pain. The only thing that was a bit different was to transfer my Contacts, but then I discovered that Xiaomi’s Contacts app had an Option for transferring iPhone contacts via Bluetooth – they even thought of that :)I really think the big innovation was the MIUI interface which is very iPhone-like. I would have not been able to enjoy an Android phone without it.

  32. jason wright

    i may hold out for Ubuntu Touch, or i may not.

  33. Brandon Burns

    Terrible! Terrible!

  34. William Mougayar

    In case one needs to decide what size iPhone to get, Kelly Ripa had some good advice whether 5.5 inches is big enough :)http://www.youtube.com/watc…

    1. Mario Cantin

      William, that’s hilarious. BTW, did you conclude that Crema Coffe isn’t for you since our last exchange about it?

      1. William Mougayar

        Hi Mario, thanks for reminding me! I still need to try it a 2nd time, but haven’t been around their locations yet.

        1. Mario Cantin

          I’ve only gone to their Dundas/Quebec Ave. location, but I’ll typically make a detour just to get a cup if it’s not too far outof the way.

  35. John Revay

    HUMM,If you get the iPhone 6 (iOS 8), you may want to try and install the Yosemite beta on your Macbook and iMac.During the WWDC keynote they demoed some cool stuff when the devices and OSs working together.https://www.apple.com/osx/p…You don’t need a Mac developers subscription to get BETA 3 of Yosemite.https://appleseed.apple.com

  36. JLM

    .You deserve a new phone. You did such a great job keeping your blog alive while you were out living your life. I almost hate to see you come home as I was enjoying your travels particularly Joanne’s blog and pics.Welcome home.Now, get back to work.JLM.

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  38. Tudor

    I’m curious why you are using T-Mobile? Wifi calling? International roaming? I’m considering switching from AT&T iPhone 5 to T-Mobile iPhone 6, but have heard such terrible things about the network. Have stuck with AT&T due to grandfathered unlimited data plan. T-Mobile’s international roaming would have saved me on my last couple of trips, however.

    1. fredwilson

      no contract, no bullshit

      1. Tudor

        That sounds like a good reason!

  39. Tom Limongello

    Welcome back!

  40. Colin Devroe

    Fred, if I can suggest something to switch up? I once wrote a fairly popular post called How to tear down the walls of your echo chamber: http://cdevroe.com/228/how-…As a result of this, I’ve relatedly had amazing benefits from unfollowing everyone on Twitter and starting over. You don’t have to lose everyone, you can simply move them to a list and start over. This helps me to expand my network, get fresh perspectives, and learn all new things. I do this every 60 days or so.

    1. fredwilson

      such a good ideai may do that

      1. Colin Devroe

        Inspired by your post yesterday I did this again. All fresh. It is both nerve-wracking and very exciting.

  41. Techman

    I’m not sure how wise a decision this is, honestly. I respect you a lot Fred — but changing from Android to iPhone (and vice-versa) is not an easy task. The ecosystem is different, and so is the community.You’ll quickly learn that if something isn’t on the Apple store, you can’t get it. Period. That means that AdBlock Plus can’t be side loaded on an iPhone if it wasn’t in the App Store (even though it isn’t, but I’m using what happened with Android).I hope you enjoy that can of worms you are opening. Your dependence on Android is probably much different from mine, but the way I use Android is a way an iDevice can’t ever come close to. I’m an Android power user. iOS isn’t that flexible, even though Apple is now in the year 2012.

  42. ShanaC

    what happened on vacation? are you sure you are fred

  43. Donna Brewington White

    This is actually quite shocking, Fred.You didn’t share why.

  44. yentrog31

    The Nexus 6 is rumored to have a 5.9 screen. That leaves that out for me. The iP6 it is. GL.

  45. Terry J Leach

    Good move trying the iPhone 6 for awhile, I have always used high end Android phones because I believe in what Android but I may used it as a second phone. As we move closer to the integration of mobile to physical world Apple hardware and software has an advantage over Android phones. Steve Cheney posted a very good post recently at http://stevecheney.com/ on Apple and Google.

  46. jason wright

    are bitcoin wallets available for the iphone?

    1. fredwilson

      last time i checked this, and it has been a while, you could not run a fully featured bitcoin wallet on iOSthat may have changed. i hope it has.

  47. Prokofy

    Was it the camera that brought you back? Scoble is thrilled with the camera.