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On Oct 9, 2013, I wrote a blog post about how I was breaking out of Apple’s Crystal Prison by moving from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. Instead of upgrading from an iPhone 4 to 5S, I instead bought a Samsung Note 3.

Well, after struggling with Android for three years, I have now voluntarily returned to the Crystal Prison. Last month, I bought an iPhone 7+.

I liked the stylus on the Samsung Note phones, Although I used it only infrequently, it was nice to be able to quickly jot down some information — a phone number or an email address. When I moved to the Note, there were not yet plus-sized iPhones, and I really liked the larger size of the Samsung Note.

But, the Samsung Notes (or maybe Android phones in general, I don’t know) had a real problem with battery life. I upgraded from the Note 3 to the Note 5, and found that the Note 5 no longer had a swappable battery. Instead, they relied on the Qualcomm quick charge to rapidly recharge the battery. Unfortunately, my Note 5 would lose its charge within eight hours. I was lugging spare battery chargers everywhere I went.

Then, the new Note 7s started bursting into flame, and — not being able to solve the problem — Samsung canceled the Note 7 product line.

Suffering from really poor battery life and having no real upgrade path, I bought an iPhone. I must say, it is nice to have a phone which just works. The Note would have intermittent problems (like, for example, the GPS would just stop working) and I would have to reboot to reset the phone. This was not an infrequent occurrence.

So, I’m back. You have me again, Apple. With my iPad, my MacBook and my iMac, I am a voluntary, but so far happy, prisoner in Apple’s garden.

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