I think it's good to pray. And I think it's good to be thankful. I am thankful for my wife, my children, my friends, the ability to vote, the wonderful climate I live in, my chickens, my home.
But there are lots of little things that I use every day and never stop to think about and be grateful for until they're gone… or not working.
Like my fingers.
I was collecting firewood recently and got a massive splinter that buried itself too deep to be able to be dug out with a needle or tweezers. So I was forced to just leave it and let my body deal with it.
My body did a great job of dealing with the splinter, but for a good week I was without the use of my right hand index finger. It was too swollen and sore to use. When it finally came good, I was filled with gratitude for this simple appendage that makes life so much easier.
And that is how my iPhone has become. I am now onto the iPhone 5, my 3rd iPhone, and I am as familiar and adept with the operating system as anyone I personally know.
Yes, it could be said that iOS is now somewhat boring. It does what it does, and it does it more or less the same way since it's inception in 07. And that's probably why I don't think too much about my phone these days. I'm not really excited to play with it, I'm not impressed with its speed, its camera, its ease of use or its plethora of apps.
Until I handled a friends Samsung GS3. The mess that was the Play store, the unnecessarily complicated interface, the plastic-ness, the bulkiness…
Picking up the iPhone 5 after that felt like regaining use of my fingers.
"Of course it felt like that. You just needed to give the Galaxy more time," I hear you say.
Perhaps, but I can not imagine someone familiar with Android having the same headache picking up and using an iPhone.
"Oh no, it's too light. It feels too solid. The screen is too easy to navigate. It's too easy to find and purchase apps." No, I doubt it.
"So what's your point? Android isn't exactly lacking for users with a 75% smartphone market share."
Point is, a lot of people buying an Android device at the moment are buying their first smartphone. And a lot of people buying an iPhone are buying their first smartphone. But I expect Apple to have a much easier time at KEEPING their users, as the upside for switching to the "latest" Android phone won't be enough of a pull for the average person who has a minor stress attack when faced with an unfamiliar computer interface, yet having an "easier" to use operating system may help Apple poach some of Android's user base.