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As a long time iPhone User and fan of the iOS platform in general, being locked into the ecosystem was a bonus, not a drawback. But after 6 years of the iPhone, I began flirting with the idea of a platform change. I spent several months doing my best to try to maintain a workflow across two platforms. While I began to prefer the Android OS to iOS for my particular day to day needs in a mobile device, key apps that I depended on failed to make their way to the Android operating system as the developers of these applications showed little interest in diverting any of their focus away from the Apple ecosystem. I can't fault them for that. But that doesn't mean I have to continue being enslaved to this closed ecosystem. So I began to look for alternatives to these key apps.
So in the last 24 hours, I have finally managed to finish installing all my desired apps on the Note 3. They have all been signed into with settings customized and are all in their appropriate folders. Now it's time to play. What's first? Should I replace the Touchwiz launcher with Nova (my preferred 3rd party launcher)? Or maybe just download some games or movies and chill? I am now in no hurry as my iPhone to Android convergence is complete and so is my daily journal with the Galaxy Note 3. I will continue to post a weekly now that things are going to slow down. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter with the 411 on what is new and exciting in the Android universe. Launchers, utilities, or whatever else you got, I want to know. It's time to play!
continue to fall in love with this device more and more every day. There is absolutely no iPhone withdrawal syndrome at this point. This is my device and I am grateful for the fact that I can customize this phone to become exactly what I want it to be. I am absolutely loving all the Samsung tweaks. I didn't find many useful at first, but the more I use TouchWiz the more I see that Samsung has their people using these devices for countless testing hours and building these tweaks and customizations that they think their customers will want to use. I think some people out there may be a little harsh by accusing Samsung of just dumping a lot of extra features in a phone just for the hell of it. I admit, as an iPhone user, I assumed the same. But now that the device has been my one and only smartphone for nearly 2 weeks, I can say that discovering and using some of these unique concepts has made my experience not only more enjoyable, but better.