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I switched to Android after more than a decade with the iPhone, and retro gaming has all but ensured I'll never go back

I switched to Android after more than a decade with the iPhone, and retro gaming has all but ensured I'll never go back
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I've been a diehard Apple user for as long as I can remember, and, up until recently, I exclusively used iPhones since shortly after the first one came out in 2007.




Last November, I decided to retire my iPhone 6S and, after much deliberation, decided to give the well-reviewed OnePlus 6T and Google's Android operating system a try.




I wrote about my positive experience switching to Android at the time and received dozens of e-mails from Android users telling me to wait until I realized what having an "open ecosystem" meant.




While I've found a lot of benefits to the "open ecosystem," by far the biggest revelation for me has been that I can download emulator apps for retro gaming systems like Super Nintendo, Atari, and Gameboy — apps that never would have been approved by Apple.



Four months ago, I did what I previously thought was unthinkable. I gave up my iPhone.
I'd been using Apple products since I was eight and had been locked into iOS and the iPhone since a bespectacled Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2007.
The change came after much public deliberating, a few close calls, and a tip from my colleague on the tech desk, Antonio Villas-Boas, who called the $580 OnePlus 6T "the best smartphone you've never heard of."
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