About a year ago I wanted to see if I was missing out on anything having been an iPhone user for several years. I had never owned an Android phone and I was getting the itch to try something different (side note: in the early days I was a Palm OS fan and owned a Treo). Also, I was intrigued by the idea of a smart watch, though I could only think of a couple of use cases for it. I didn't particularly like the cost, physical design, or limitations (limited watch faces, in particular) of the Apple Watch, but I did find the Moto 360 appealing (other than the flat tire - ugh). Around that time there were some deals going around on the 1st gen Moto 360 (about $150, maybe even a little less), and a deal also came around on a refurb unlocked Nexus 5, so I bought both. At the time, I already had an iPhone 6 (now upgraded to a 6s). I got everything working and went on vacation with my family and decided that I really loved the watch and certain Google apps, but disliked the overall phone experience. At the time I had played with Lollipop but also the beta of Marshmallow. Things I liked/disliked: - Liked: Overall watch experience when synced with the Android phone. Customizable watch faces. Checking off items from my grocery list using Google Keep. Other watch stuff. - Liked: The look, usability, and functionality of certain Google apps on the phone. Specifically, Google Keep and Calendar. - Disliked: Battery life on the Nexus 5 was awful. I can't say for certain if it was due to rogue apps eating battery life, OS issues, or hardware/battery issues, but I couldn't get through a whole day. Even worse, recharging the phone took *forever*. - Disliked: 3rd party apps compared to their iOS equivalents. They were often buggy, eating up battery life, and/or simply a couple of features behind their iOS versions. - Disliked: Losing iMessages and Find Friends. Losing iMessages was especially hard because I have a MacBook Pro and I like texting via that. I did install/use MightyText, which was acceptable, but not as reliable. As a Find Friends replacement, I think I found Familio to be the best of the worst, but not as good as Find Friends (and required getting my family to be willing to install it on their iPhones). - Disliked: Not all phones get the latest version of the Android OS, and even Nexus phones seem to have support dropped sooner than Apple drops support for older iPhones. After that experience, I eventually decided that the dislikes outweighed the likes, and my appreciation for the Moto 360 wasn't a big enough reason to live with the dislikes. So I switched back to the iPhone and stuck the watch in the drawer. Later, the Android Wear app came out for iOS and I tried that, but it was awful. I couldn't use Google Keep, was severely limited in watch face options, etc. Trying out the watch again did get me to try to be creative about getting the watch working, and I've been experimenting with syncing it to my Nexus 5 and leaving the Nexus at home, plugged in all of the time, so that I can keep the watch synced to that. When I leave the home, I get the "cloud" symbol at the top of my watch, since it's no longer able to sync (I've played around with using my phone as a hotspot and using WiFi on the watch, but it loses connection frequently). Over the last several months I've been using the Google Calendar and Keep apps on my iPhone, and I also like Google Photos better than Apple's cloud storage (specifically, how they automatically tag the photos and you can search for things using keywords - yes, I know this means that someone/something is looking at my private photos, but I'm not too worried about that). Still, since I'm finding myself liking the Google apps more and more, I keep thinking about whether I should try using an Android phone again. I found out recently that I could get an AT&T GoPhone Moto E for $30, and easily unlock it, so I did that. But then I found out that it likely wasn't going to get the Marshmallow update, which bummed me out. Of course, Android N isn't far off at this point. And even though the Moto E would likely give me great battery usage, and I actually like the smaller size, did I really want to downgrade from my iPhone 6s' camera and screen quality? Sorry for the long rambling post, but I wanted to provide the proper context, and provide some details as to what is and isn't important to me. I'm curious if there are others in a similar predicament and if you have recommendations for how to deal with it. One idea I have is to go ahead and try using the Moto E (or my Nexus 5 again - now that Marshmallow has been released and I'm more aware of certain apps that drain the battery, perhaps I can squeeze acceptable battery life out of it). I'm a little worried about "breaking" my messages, though. I believe that when I switched to Android (and later back to iPhone), iMessages got wonky, and it took some effort to fix that.