Before anyone ever cared what I used to shoot my mobile photos, I was a kid who loved Apple. It’s what I listened to. It’s what I adored. It’s where I learned Snapseed. It’s where I played Angry Birds. It holds a special place in my heart. Steve Jobs saw me grow up, then I got sad when he died. I sometimes feel I’m his No. 1 fan. My passion for Apple products can be overwhelming. But it drives me. My relationship with Apple is bigger than iPhones. I didn’t realize that a year and a half ago. I do now.
Remember when I posted my review of Android vs. iOS? I was thinking.. this is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time admiring. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. I had no choice, my iPhone 5’s battery died and just quit on me. The HTC One, for me, has been almost like summer school for other kids. The past year helped raise me into a better phone user. I surely don’t use cheap car chargers anymore. And I learned from Android that user experience can be richer with more options. I will always think of Android as my second home. Without experiences I had with it, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.
I hopped on the Android platform because of widgets and customization tools. I made sacrifices with its crappy virtual keyboard. I believed I could do something magical if I made the switch. And that’s exactly what I did! No, not really. But it was hard to leave what I built with my HTC phone… especially the souped-up cars I won in Drag Racing… not to mention the cute cartoons I did with Bitstrips. Nothing will ever change the worthless things I’ve actually accomplished. My HTC and me are brothers for life. I also want to thank Google PlayStore for giving me an amazing year.
I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking : me and Android didn’t get along… HTC couldn’t put the right phone together. That’s absolutely not true.
I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to go to work. I have to transfer my contacts and reinstall the apps again.
When I left the iPhone, I was on a mission. I was seeking widgets, and I found a lot. But now I already know that having widgets doesn’t compare to typing comfortably on the virtual keypad. And I mean without typo errors every 3 words. I haven’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is to send a text message, or post a tweet or Facebook status, without being stressed by those damn typos. No question. But what’s important for me is bringing the favor back to Apple, because I hope they come out with the most awesome of iPhones when they roll out the iPhone 7. That’s the one I wouldn’t dare miss.
I always believed that I’d return to Apple and finish my career here. I just didn’t know when. After Tim Cook unveiled the 6, going back to the iPhone wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and a wife. I started thinking about what it would be like to shoot more of their moments with a phone camera having Focus Pixels. I looked at other models, but I wasn’t going to leave my HTC One for anything except the iPhone. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.
To make the move, I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. My iPhone 4 and 5 that are still with me, not being used and just gathering dust in a drawer – seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with iPhones ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I didn’t use an el cheapo, generic car charger on my iPhone 5? What if it’s still working? How would I react? I’ve met with an Apple technician, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I surely made a mistake, as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?
I’m not promising I won’t bash Globe after giving me this iPhone 6. Hey, it didn’t even come with a discount – I paid the same price as a new subscription plan, to think I’ve been a postpaid user since 2003. Where’s the reward in loyalty with that? No way. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a new phone and a bigger data usage plan, let’s see if Globe’s mobile internet holds up. I see myself listening more to my Spotify premium account. I think I can watch more videos posted online. I think downloading files will be much faster. And I can’t wait to post more selfies or food that I eat.
But this is not about the internet speed or Globe. I feel my calling here goes above the carrier. I love taking pictures with my phone, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. I want kids all over the world to realize that we can shoot with any camera, and it starts with the camera in our hands… or pocket.
In iOS, nothing is given. Everything is earned…. Or bought in AppStore. You work for what you have, and it starts with the purchase of the expensive iPhone. Will it bend? Will it break? Or will it stand the test of time and careless use?
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.
(Obviously inspired by this : http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers)
(Special thanks to Joyce Crisostomo-Santos for expediting my iPhone6 purchase. You're the shining light in the otherwise dizzying world of Globe.)
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