But here I am, with a new iPhone 13 Pro in my hands. My long history of using Galaxy phones makes it hard to believe. I’m glad I made the switch, because this is the real deal, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
But why did I make the switch from Android to Apple?! Only a few weeks ago, I was ready to buy the Samsung Galaxy S22. However, as I’ll explain in the following paragraphs, I decided the time had come for me to switch from Android to iPhone. My new phone is one of the best investments I’ve ever made, even though I still have a lot to learn. I think I’m falling in love.
Firstly, I want to make clear that this is not an iPhone vs. Android debate. There is enough console war nonsense on Twitter for one more Big Brand debate. In this op-ed, I want to tell my story and tell Android users what it’s like to switch to Apple from Android. For me, it was the best decision I could have made.
Listed here are the reasons why I switched from Android to the iPhone and why I’ll never go back to using Android again.
Apple’s iOS platform is more user-friendly than Google’s Android platform.
So far, I have had the opportunity to examine both Android and Apple devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra and iPad Air 5. At different points, I’ve used the MacBook Pro 14-inch as well. The latter was my first genuine exposure with macOS, and it was an eye-opening experience.
The Android UI has been proven to be clumsy after comparing it to Apple’s. Even though I’ve heard this criticism a lot in the past, I never saw it as a problem with Android since I’ve only used Android devices (Samsung’s smartphones and tablets). I now get what others have been saying to me for so long.
I’ve had problems with sporadic restarts and lockups on my Android phones and tablets. It is also possible for apps to become unresponsive and for me to delete and reinstall them. The same difficulties plague me on my PC as they do on my phone. The glitches on Android seemed to be completely normal. Isn’t it true that operating systems are inherently messy?
Even if I was being naive, these problems have never occurred to me with Apple products. I’ve gotten more acquainted with Apple’s products as a computer writer, but I’m not totally knowledgeable of them. In addition to owning the 2019 7th generation iPad, I’ve been using an iPod touch 1st generation for many years. Both instances were faultless and flawless.
I couldn’t always say the same about my Galaxy phones and tablets with these Apple devices. Looking back, I should have known the iPad 7 was a better tablet. As an Android user, I was afraid to confess it.
How it feels to use an iPhone
It didn’t take me long to become used to iOS 15.4. Since I’m already acquainted with the operating system’s fundamentals, the transfer has been seamless. It didn’t take long for me to operate the iPhone 13 Pro like I’d had it for years, apart from installing and signing in to all the applications I’d had on my previous Android phone. Then there are the new (or new to me) features that have made the iPhone experience even better than before.
My favourite feature of the iPhone 13 Pro is without a doubt FaceID. Rather of inputting a password each time, I can just glance at my phone to unlock it or log into an app. I’m amazed at how wonderfully this functionality performs. It’s really a little unnerving. While checking my phone in the dark, while wearing a mask, and even while looking to the side, FaceID has always worked. It’s as if something out of a fantasy novel has been created.
“How the heck did I live my life without this?” is how MagSafe describes this feature. I got the MagSafe charger from Anker and it works well with my iPhone 13 Pro thanks to the magnets on the rear. To top it all off, MagSafe doesn’t need me to remove my Spigen Tough Armor case. In spite of the fact that iPhones continue to require Lightning connections for charging, I’m pleased that this is a realistic alternative. MagSafe is another wallet I like using. I don’t have to lug both a wallet and a phone anymore thanks to this handy little device, which only has enough for three cards.
There are just two things I don’t like about the iPhone right now. Unlike Android, there is no alphabetical listing of apps in the Mac App Store. It’s surprisingly difficult to move applications around on a smartphone’s screen. To put it another way, it’s like trying to solve a sliding puzzle game from your childhood, except worse.
As a last desire, I’d want a notification light that flashes when I have incoming messages. Perhaps it’s not fair to complain about the lack of continuous notifications, because I’m no longer distracted by a red light.
Customization? No, thank you.
Customization is a major reason why many choose Android over Apple. Android, in contrast to Apple’s strict control over its ecosystem, allows for a high degree of personalisation. To be quite honest, I’ve only ever utilised the most basic functions on Android. No, I’m not interested in tinkering with the operating system and installing apps that aren’t available in the Google Play Store. I have no problem with Apple operating systems being limited.
Having said that, it’s not as if I couldn’t customise my iPhone experience. For both my professional and personal lives, I rely on Google’s numerous platforms. Everything from Google to Chrome to Drive to Maps to Photos were the first things I installed on my new phone as soon as I got it. To make room for Google Calendar and Google News on my home screen, I uninstalled Safari, Apple News, and the built-in calendar.
Android, you will be missed.
Just short of two weeks after purchasing an iPhone, I can confidently state I won’t be returning to Android phones any time soon. Despite the fact that Android is a viable platform that is constantly improving, Apple’s operating systems are still superior. And, as previously said, I have no interest in personalisation. I simply want a gadget that works and doesn’t cause me to have a bad headache.
Managing Editor Roland Moore-Colyer said in his I deserted Android for iPhone—and these 5 things keep irritating me piece that the iPhone Pro 13 is uninteresting.. Because I can see his point of view, I can sympathise with him. There is no S Pen or Dex mode on the iPhone 13 Pro, nor is there a Magic Eraser or AI-focused Tensor processor on the Pixel 6 Pro. All things considered, the iPhone is a really simple device.
Basic isn’t always a negative thing, in my opinion. Vanilla ice cream and ketchup-free fries are among my favourite foods. With the iPhone, I get precisely what I’m looking for when it comes to a straightforward solution. Until then, I don’t see myself switching back to Apple’s operating systems.
To all the iPhone users I’ve texted throughout the years, my apologies in advance. My apologies for exposing you to those gaudy green text bubbles! My apologies for causing you to put up with that.