Switching from Android to iPhone, 10 Points You should Keep in Mind
We see plenty of smartphone users switch between phones running iOS or Android operating systems. In most cases, these users end up writing reviews about their experience with either of the operating systems. Hence, fueling the debate between Android and iPhone, which is bound to go on as long iOS and Android continue to be at the top of the list when it comes to smartphone operating systems. Apparently, from an end-user perspective, the two mobile platforms are largely the same; they let you handle e-mail, access social networks, run apps, consume content. Still, there are several reasons you may want to switch from Android to iPhone. If you are speculating what is in store for you, here are ten things you should know.
- Software Updates
When it comes to updates, Apple has evidently made iOS easier to update than Android. Apple manufactures all of its products, hence, when a new feature is added or a security feature patched on the operating system, you can be sure to get that update for download as soon as it is made available on their website. Also, you are assured of future upgrade compatibility for at least two years from the time you purchase the iOS device. On the other hand, Android hardware is manufactured by multiple vendors, and the different vendors do not always support these update change rates. For instance, the latest Android version, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, recently released, is only compatible with a few devices, mostly those in the Google line of production like the Nexus phones. Some hardware vendors fail to release updates compatible with their devices which is a big drawback.
If you are into consistency, iPhone is your choice. Android ecosystem is quite complicated; Google develops the Android software and provides it to hardware manufacturers. They, in turn, tweak it; to set it apart from other manufacturers, they customize and add features. This process makes the final products released to the market entirely different. If you have used a device from one Android hardware vendor, then switch to another, you will experience a lot of differences; from various boot animation, the app icons will be different, new features present in some while others might be missing some features. Android users can never know what kind of experience they are going to have when they buy a new phone. On the other hand, when purchasing an Apple device, whatever you choose, you are sure of what to expect. Apple guarantees their user experience remains consistent, hence grasping a new update is just way easier.
Apple makes user’s privacy their primary focus, it even opened up a website where it detailed the steps taken to protect user’s privacy. Google, the Android manufacturer, makes profits from serving ads. Targeting a user requires the knowledge of what interests the user, as they are more likely to check out the advert. Thus increasing the worth of the ad. How do they get this user information? Android users provide this information directly or indirectly from the apps they use, Gmail accounts, etc. Adverts are then served to the targeted users. This just shows how privacy is not taken seriously in Android.
None of the two Mobile Operating Systems is immune to malware and hacks. But Apple is sure to correct the issue or release a vulnerability patch quick enough. Also, when a security update is released, that update is made available to all iPhone users immediately. On the other hand, getting updates to the diverse devices running Android is bound to take time. Even though Google has promised to provide security updates on a monthly basis, but that’s only for the Nexus phones, other hardware vendors have to adapt the update to fit in their customized version of operating system.
- Tight Integration with Google services
Google offers smooth integration with Google services for Android users; you get Google Drive, Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, Play Store, Contacts all integrated and linked to your Gmail account. When you buy a new Android phone, you simply log in to your Gmail account and all your Google services and data are restored. This, however, is not possible with Apple devices.
- Easy transition
Switching from Apple to Android is way easier, Apple has actively contributed to the process of switching by developing the Move to iOS app. If you are switching to Apple from Android, the app will transfer contacts, photos, videos, mail accounts, messages, and calendars from your Android device to the iPhone, in a few easy steps.
- Setting default apps
Android offers the ability to set default apps to perform a given task that is when you have several apps doing the same thing. For example, having two apps for contacts, Android will offer you a chance to select which to use as a default app. You can easily replace preinstalled apps with third party apps of your choice. Unfortunately, iOS products do not provide this option to their users.
- User Interface Customization
If you like tweaking and customizing the user interface to the best feeling of your choice, then Android is the best option. With the availability of several launchers, you have the chance of changing how your home screen appears. You decide what widgets appears on the home screen and how everything responds. In comparison, this is not supported by iOS product. The user interface is consistent, and there are no third party launchers to tweak the appearance.
- Android’s wider range of functionality
The open source nature of Android supports a broader range of functionality in third-party apps. These apps are freely available, and yet doing more amazing things than the Apple’s iPhone can. For instance, the Trigger Android app is a great app for triggering various features and functionalities on your mobile phone or tablet based on your surroundings. The triggers can be based on Near Field Connectivity, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi networks. Using the trigger, you can turn on your house lighting system when you approach the house, amazing, isn’t it? Other apps include battery savers, app and screen lockers, launchers, etc.
- Sharing data between applications
Apps do not communicate very well with each other on iPhone than they do on Android. For instance, sharing data between apps is quite hard on iPhone as compared to Android. Consider taking a photo with your camera app on Android; you are provided with numerous options for which you can use the photo straight from the camera; you can post it on Facebook, WhatsApp, send as an email attachment, add to Dropbox, share on Instagram and Twitter. For the case of iPhone, you have to open the individual application, like Facebook, then manually upload the photo.
The bottom line, switching to iOS products from Android is easier, mainly because you have been using one operating system, hence, getting to know the workaround of another major operating system would not be hard. Also, the availability of the Move to iOS app automates the whole process of switching. The things you might miss by switching to iPhone are the easy sharing of photos, setting your default apps to achieve some tasks, getting free apps to accomplish some functionalities. All these are not major issues, and you can easily live with. Nevertheless, you have a lot to benefit.