I plan to sell my iPhone 5 and iPad 3 this weekend. iPad 3 fetches a reasonable price even on trade-in sites, and it was an interesting several months. iPhone 5, well, I pay a bit on contract for that but it's spread monthly so not too bad.
The why. Android smartphones these past few months made a breakthrough with Android 4.1 ... Yes, not as slick, smooth and super-solid like the iPhone 4S/5. But, the screen size, flexibility, and most importantly, ~reward~ for not treating you like a retard is... pleasant. As for tablets, well, Nexus 7 is good enough, anything that I'd want a 10" for I'd use a 13" thin laptop. Otherwise, if you're wondering, as phones approach 5" you might find a lot of tasks do ~not~ require a tablet.
I'm of course being generous to iOS in regards to Android because there are increasing advantages to Android that negate a lot of its issues, if you know what you're doing and choose the right hardware.
Gone. Personally, I've seen the amazing strides Apple made and how they've challenged the world and humanity over the past decades. However, with Steve Jobs gone, we see lack of focus, lack of direction, political infighting, unpolished products, production issues, and reduction in overall vision. All the "sass", without that real, balanced, genuine magic.
Dishonesty. I think Tim Cook is dishonest. Not so much for a CEO per se, but by Apple standards. There is a certain duplicity in his various undertakings. Steve always talked about values and why they didn't want to simply let Gizmodo et al. off the hook. Sure, Apple under Steve was not perfect, but the means were at least palatable for the ends. When Apple operates in a similar fashion under Cook, but without the ends really shining, then all means appear increasingly repulsive.
It is with great regret that I pen this, but unless something significant changes in the next one or two years, this is it for at least a few years. Android will provide a good smartphone experience, and a good tablet experience.
As for laptops, I still plan to use my Mac laptop but looking to go "back" to PC when I find a nice, decent one with Nvidia 680 graphics. PC laptops are still hideous and plasticky, for the most part. And Windows is nonsensical still.
Maybe I'll do Linux on a PC laptop. We'll see. That's a drastic move and may take a few months for me to get my head around.
Thank you for all the good times here on AppleInsider. I might hang around, but I would only be brandished a "troll" so who knows how that will play out.