As today is the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone I was thinking back about the phones I've had and the route I took to get where I am now.
I didn't get actually get an iPhone until the 4S.
Having been heavily immersed in Microsoft tech (Exchange, SharePoint, Tablet PCs) it seemed natural to go with Windows Mobile - the direct Exchange support was the main draw seeing as I was hosting my own server at home.
I went through a few Windows Mobile devices and got involved with building custom ROMs. When the original iPhone came out I was in the market for a new device but stuck with MS despite the best efforts of the guy in the phone shop.
I was too used to the way I could mess about with system files, skinning and do whatever I wanted to the device.
When one particular Windows device died (possibly from over flashing ROMs) I went through a few other phones but ended up on Symbian with a Nokia XM5800 - the XM stood for 'Xpress Music' and it was the first device to use the touch-centric version of Symbian.
It was actually a pretty decent phone and, thanks to the huge Symbian community, could be tweaked and modded, but it was only ever a stop gap. I knew I wanted to move on to something more modern.
And that's when I first went Android. This was in 2009 and I still didn't want to be within the closed Apple environment at the time as I again wanted to experiment with custom ROMs.
Over the next couple of years, both Android and iOS ecosystems evolved but I grew increasingly frustrated over certain apps being iOS only or the Android versions being inferior to their iOS cousins.
Android was also improving so I no longer felt so much need to keep tweaking and trying custom ROMs - a move away wouldn't then be so jarring. When I was due for an upgrade I finally opted to get an iPhone. The 4S.
Two years later I switched back to Android with the Nexus 5 because I wanted a larger screen. Apple had moved to a 4 inch screen with the iPhone 5 but this just wasn't enough.
By this time the app situation had improved somewhat. There were a couple of apps I used that were iOS only but I found alternatives that almost gave me what I needed so made do. I was also very heavily engaged with Google Plus so it made sense at the time.
The Nexus 5 was a great phone and the improvements in Android meant that I didn't even consider messing about with custom ROMs. Still, as soon as my contract was up and Apple was on the second year of offering larger screen devices, I knew it was time to switch back getting the 6S Plus which has been my workhorse ever since.
The only time I absolutely have to use my laptop over the phone is for complex CSS design work or gaming.
Despite being largely platform agnostic in the past I know that I now couldn't move away from iOS and be completely happy with my experience. Although I would be able to adapt I have established such an effective workflow that I don't think I could replicate elsewhere.
My next phone will, therefore, be the iPhone 8.