iMessage – The Reason I Can’t Leave Apple


Yesterday I downloaded Google Calendar because the events I made in the calendar app on my Mac saved to my Google Calendar instead of the iCloud calendar. It was the final piece of the Google puzzle. Currently, I use Google apps for the following tasks:
* Email
* Navigation
* Search
* Productivity(Drive and Docs)
* Media (YouTube)

By all accounts, I am living in the Google ecosystem and should be rocking a Pixel 2 or some phone off the beaten path of the standard Samsung affair. But I don’t. Like many young Americans, my weapon of choice is the iPhone. And not because it does anything better than an android. It’s because I cannot live life as the green bubble.

The Quiet Judgement Of The Green Bubble

Here’s something we all know but rarely will say out loud. We judge those who have Android-powered smartphones. From the picture not being quite as good on Snapchat to group messaging being shot to shit because we can no longer instantly send funny gifs, we naturally associate android phones as being subpar. And those who own Android phones either A) don’t know any better or B) know but just live a savage life. But what causes such harsh judgment and criticism? iMessage.

If Apple did one thing right with the iPhone it was making us all digital messaging addicts. What was once a separate app, iMessage took what we all loved about instant messaging and put it all in one app that everyone uses by default. Unlike the Google chat apps(allo, hangouts, etc.) no extra app needs to be used. You just type in a number, and if it turns blue, you’re solid. Gifs look good, pictures and videos are high quality, and now you can even send money using Apple Pay. We have all become accustomed to messaging operating like iMessage, and when we must resort to SMS(the old school text medium), we take our frustrations out on those who made our bubbles green.

Leaving Google vs Leaving Apple

But what if, like me, you want out? What if you just want something new and you know what benefits await in Google land? You sit and daydream because you know you’re never leaving. Apple has you trapped, and the knowledge that you will never leave their ecosystem is probably the company’s most significant flaw. Google, like a partner with high self-esteem, let’s you come and go as you please. Want to try another operating system or another phone with a different version of android go right ahead. It’s the “breakup, but we’re still friends” type of relationship. My Google services follow me wherever I go, and it’s as simple as logging into my account.

Apple, on the other hand, is that person who can’t let go. And if you do decide to leave, will raise hell as you walk out the door. Yeah, you can move on, but what about iMessages? You’ll never message the same without Apple. You will become what you hate – the green bubble. Those hilarious group messages? Gone. Those high-quality videos you used to get? Well, you can ask people to email those videos now. You’re now the guy trying to convince your entire social circle to use a specific app so you can still be in the loop.

Trapped Thanks to iMessage

I want out, and I know that I could leave whenever I want, but it’s tough. The other day I told my girlfriend I thought about getting an android phone she looked at me with disgust. I laughed, saying that I brought her in the Apple family when I bought her an iPhone, but it didn’t matter. She is locked into iMessage and going Android seemed just as bad as cheating.

So here I am trapped, wishing I could purchase a Pixel 2 but stuck because my immediate family, girlfriend, and friends all have iPhones. I can’t leave. It doesn’t matter that I use Google services for everything, or that their flagships are more interesting than the iPhone or even that Google Assistant seems more intelligent than Siri. My social circles use iMessage which means I must use iMessage. And the cycle continues.