After using Android my entire life, I decided to switch to iOS

This article may contain personal views and opinion from the author.

I might be one of the younger writers here with Phone Arena, but that doesn't mean my love for smartphones is lesser than anyone else's here on the team. The very first smartphone that I owned was the original Palm Pre back in 2010, but my journey with that phone was short-lived. I owned it for about a week or so, but was forced to return it for the LG Env3 as the monthly bill for the phone was more than what my parents were expecting. I then carried the Env3 as my daily driver for about a year or so, and then after that phone inevitably fell to its demise, I went on to own the Samsung Fascinate. The Fascinate was Verizon's version of the original Galaxy S, and it was the first smartphone that I ever owned for a prolonged period of time. I remember trying to decided between it and the original Motorola Droid, and inevitably opting for the Fascinate because of its "high res" 800 x 480 AMOLED display.

The Samsung Fascinate continued to be my primary handset for quite a while, and it was my first introduction into the world of Google's Android operating system. The phone initially came equipped with Android 2.1 Eclair, and later received updates for 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread. I remember being absolutely smitten with the phone, and although webOS blew my mind during my week or so with the Palm Pre, the capabilities and power that Android possessed simply blew me away at the time.


From the Samsung Fascinate, my journey with Android continued through a plethora of other devices - including the the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, all three versions of the Moto X, BLU Life Play, OnePlus One, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6, Moto G3, and others. My love and affinity for Android started with 2.1 Eclair, and continued all the way through 6.0 Marshmallow on the Moto X Pure Edition. Android is essentially all I've known when it comes to mobile operating systems, but I recently decided to shake things up.

My girlfriend was the former owner of the Moto X Pure Edition as well, but she wasn't in love with the larger size of the device. She has quite small hands, and was looking for a phone that would be easier for her to use on a daily basis. Her and I took a trip to my local Best Buy, and I showed her phones such as the Honor 8, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7, etc. However, no matter how many Android phones I showed her, she was continually drawn to the iPhone SE. While she was playing around with the demo unit of the phone, I decided to pick up the iPhone 7 just for the hell of it. I've never owned an iPhone or been particular keen of what iOS has to offer, but with her getting the SE, I decided to do something that I never thought would happen - I purchased an iPhone for myself. I figured it was time for me to get familiar with iOS seeing as how my occupation now has me covering the world of mobile tech on a daily basis, and if I ended up hating the phone during the return period, determined I'd just take it back to Best Buy and continue on with my Moto X. 


It has now been more than two weeks since I bought the iPhone 7, and I currently don't have any intentions of going back to my Moto X or any Android device for the foreseeable future. Why is this though? What caused me to abandon the only mobile OS I've ever known?

Reliable and consistent software updates

One of the biggest issues that's faced the Android platform since its initial release has been the matter of software fragmentation. New Android devices seem to be kicked out on a daily basis, and while this creates for a lot of choice when it comes to hardware, it creates for a lot of issues with the software that those handsets are running. Android 7.0 Nougat has been out in the wild since August 22nd, and although Motorola has confirmed that the Moto X Pure Edition will be receiving the new software update at some point in the future, there's still no official date as to when this will actually happen. 


This is the case for pretty much all Android handsets out there (save for the Nexus and Pixel line), and it really gets to be a major pain point when you want to be running the latest and greatest version of the OS that powers your phone. With the iPhone, new updates to iOS are immediately available once Apple releases them. Even the iPhone 5, a phone that came out back in September 2012, is running the very latest version of iOS. That right there is extremely impressive, and not having to worry about whether or not my iPhone 7 will get future software updates is something of a dream come true.

Apps

Although Android has played a fantastic game of catch-up when it comes to app selection compared to iOS, I find that a lot of the apps that I use on a daily basis run better and are more fully-featured than their Android counterparts. On Android, Snapchat is a laggy mess. On iOS, it runs as fluidly as possible without a hitch. The PNC Android app takes an unbearably long time to access my bank account information, but I have instant access to that info on iOS after signing in with Touch ID. Although iOS may not have as many customization features as Android, I'd rather have all of my apps work as quickly and smoothly as possible than have to worry about a force close every few minutes like I used to do with certain Android applications. 


It just works

This is something that my colleague Alan pointed out in a similar article that he published earlier this year, but it's a point that I couldn't agree with more. The saying that iOS is such a joy to use because it "just works" seems to be a bit of a cliche at this point, but after using an iPhone 7 as my daily driver for more than two weeks, it's a point that I completely and wholeheartedly agree with. Never have I experienced even the slightest bit of lag when navigating the UI, never have I encountered a performance issue, the camera takes excellent photos in Auto mode, the battery drain is ridiculously minimal when not using the phone, etc. You do make some trade-offs with iOS, such as its lack of customization, for its closed-source nature, but this method of running an OS allows for an experience of hardware and software to seamlessly mold together for a phone that is truly unlike anything else out there.

Separation anxiety

As much as I've been loving my time with iOS, I will admit that there are some things about Android that I genuinely miss. For starters, there's no getting around the lesser customization options that are present within iOS. I've found this to be somewhat of an advantage as I'm no longer wasting time organizing my phone to no end like I used to do, but I still find it a bit infuriating at times that I cannot place app icons wherever I'd like to on the home screen. 


The overall aesthetics for iOS are also incredibly different from what I'm used to with Android and Material Design, so I still find myself occasionally stumbling around apps and menus trying to locate certain buttons or actions. It can prove to be quite annoying and confusing at times, but then again, what else can I really expect after having used one mobile OS for the past 6+ years?

Looking to the future

That's really where I keep coming back to whenever I do encounter something I don't like about iOS. Yes, menus and general navigation might be confusing at times, but it isn't anything that makes using an iPhone unbearable. All it is is a matter of learning the ins and outs of how iOS works, and once I've had my iPhone for a month or two, I feel like the majority of my issues will subside.


I still can't get over the fact that I did finally make this switch, but the more I think about it, the more pleased I am that I did. It's been a great joy getting to play around with an operating system that was quite alien to me up until this point in time, and while I'm sure some of that magic will disappear after I get more comfortable with the OS, I don't see my joy in using iOS going away anytime soon at all. 


I'm going to be holding onto my iPhone 7, and at the time of writing this editorial, I don't have any intention of switching back to Android at any point in the foreseeable future. If this does change though, and I find myself getting tired of the acclaimed Apple, I'll be sure to write an additional piece explaining why I switched back.

Until that time comes though, I'm going to keep on using my iPhone and learn everything there is to learn about iOS. This operating system and I sure do have a lot of catching up to do.

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245 Comments

8. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

No one exchanges his horses for monkeys ....

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Based off the comments thus far.......the monkeys are in the other camp friend ;).

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The market says otherwise and so does the facts. But hey, Apple fans have It's ok to be a fan, don't be a delusional one. Just like what you like, you don't have to put down what you don't like, whether its better than what you like or not. Both sides have pros and cons. iOS has more cons, Android has more pros, and that doesn't even depend on personal taste of subjectivity.

56. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummm.....wtf are you talking about? What does that have to do with the comments being full of upset Android users?

112. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No...YOu're upset. What we hate is subjective BS from writers who we know are fanboys, writing BS articles about why they switch to IOS. It doesn't even matter what your reasons are to switch. The fact is simple. Peopel switch platforms for reasons that will always be nothign more than subjective and preference, as far as the vast majority. I use Windows for example, because it is a necessity. If I didn't have too, I would not use Windows. Windows is the best option for a desktop OS. I tried OSX. for the way I need to use a PC, I can't be locked to a single configuration nor to an OSX that is based on an obsolete platform like Unix. Unix was not designed for everyday users like me. There si nothign to be updset about other tan we get tired of the BS about apple. Why fluff and lie. Just say I switch because I fell iOS works betetr and be done. All the BS about updates and stuff is just that. Apple had lots of updates because each time they update their phone they brake something while fixing something, they broke the times before that; that they tied to fix. The reaosn Android has less updates is simple. Android phoens do so much, that updatign them every single year really doesn't bring anythign to the table. Unless you are supporting new hardware with a new phone, there is no benefit to updates other than bug fixes and security patches. I dont need updates just to say, well my 5 year old device has the most recent version of iOS. Great! So the iPhone 5 shares a version number with the iPhone 7. Do they also share the same features? NOPE! Does the iPhone 5 run just as fast as the 7? Nope! Does the iPhone 5 with iOPS 10 do as much as an Android with Android 5.x? Nope! So what exactly is there to brag about with updates? Here is what makes Android updates better. They happen less often, so thus the firmware tend to have less problems. After the OEm makes the update, the update then goes to the carriers which fixes any issues and they do very good testing. Verizon especially does very good and rigorous testign on their phones firmwares before releassing them. Software is never late, because software is never finished. I rather wait 12 months for a new firmware, then having to update my phone 5 times in a single month. Its called quality over quantity and it seems you can't wrap your mind around this simple common sense thing. Which is exactly what is wrong with you reality distorted mind-phucked fanboys Updates yes do make or break a phone. With about there seems So, since I buy a new phone every year, the fact is I always have the latest version of Android. Even if I never updated my phone, it will still do more than any iPhone, even if that iPhone is 5 years newer. Proof? My Galaxy S4, takes better pictures than even the iPhone 6/6S. Its 1080p display is better and uses less power. Battery-life is roughly the same as today's iPhone and even without quick charge, it charges faster

116. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"No...YOu're upset." Considering how much you just typed for this reply (among many others.....) it would appear that you, and your compadres, are indeed the upset party here....

242. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Umm how can you sit there and tell ppl to not be a delusional fan when you yourself are one. Or tell ppl to like what they like and they don't have to put down what they don't like, cause you do that in just about every comment you make. You put down apple all the time and praise samsung like its your God. Talk about hypocritical, your name is next to the word in the dictionary.

10. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hmm interesting take. I can understand it, as some things are easier for sure. At the same time, you may or may not miss that customization. It is generally easier with iOS to just use the phone and go about your day, but I really think this is person dependent more than anything else.

60. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What you siad is true. But it is true of any phone. Even if yoru phoen has advanced features, you never had to use them, you never are aware they are their unless you go look for them. Millions of people have Android phones, who just use the most basic features, or basically just use them as if it was an iPhone. Just like anyone can use a PC, at its basica level as you could a Mac. Just like a guy who buys a Porsche, can still drive it like its a Honda if he wants too. Millions could care less about being able to customize everything. At first I wasn't. I was quite happy with just swapping a wallpaper once in a while. But after the first time I jail-broke an iPhone and was able to customize more things like I loved doing in Windows for years, I decided I preferred that. But Many who speak of Android, seem to only think of customization when there is more to that. Many Android phones are using the latest and greatest tech. For someone who doesn't want/need that, they can simply buy an iPhone, or a less fancier and lesser costing Android. For me, I think the best thing about Android, is not the fact it can be customized to taste, but it is one of the top 3 reasons. The best thing I think is great about Android, its it support of standard thinsg that we have gotten use to using under Windows. Windows supports literally millions of file formats, which IOS and OSX do not. For peopel who want options outside of things like DOC and MP3, Android is their only option. People who produce music, can't live on MP3's alone. hey need support for lossless formats beyond WAV.. They need support for better audio like 24Bit and Dolby and THX sound options. They need more than support for JPEG. They need BMP and other lossless formats for images. Its nice to go to with store and buy standard accessories which work on multiple devices from several OEM's and not having to pay extra for a cable that only works on 2 device. In fact in the old days, things that supported less costed less and things that supported more cost more. Thanks to Apple, this has changed. Which is good, because one data cable works on 1000's of devices which means I save more money. Apple is no longer that seamless company where their products work together. You actually have better seamless usability with Windows and Android. The fact I can't take my Android, plug it into a Mac and sync my iTunes library to it is BS. Yet on Windows, I can sync my iTunes library with no issue. TRUE PLUG N PLAY the way it should be. Apple means you have to spend countless amounts of $$$$ to do simple everyday things and they are simply not worth that. If you have always been with iOS, then you are use to being screwed left and right and thus its no big deal. But if you leave Android, or Windows to adopt iOS or OSX, that to be is as dub as swapping an exotic car for a bike.

63. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well said.

13. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 726; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Proud to say in the 8 years of using Android exclusively I have never left. I never will.

30. BooBee_NYC

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

Only thing I miss about Android which really isn't "android" itself but I do miss the Samsung device cameras. Samsung products take some amazing photos better than iPhone in my opinion but that really is the only negative to iPhone in terms of specs, that lack of a great quality camera.

67. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

IOS negatives terrible photo quality terrible video quality terrible audio recording quality terrible audio playback quality (speaker) considering hardware specs, the phone has terrible battery-life taking 3hrs to charge is terrible the UI is terrible and poorly though out in some areas (settings is a mess) not having settings in the application is terrible 3D touch is terribly implemented no mass storage no support for loseless formats just to name a few. Positives? 1st party OS, especially great since the phone has more issues than any other Simple usability for those who want that. And the devices are physically nice to look at for the most part, other than the ugly over-sized bezels. I don't care about things like Iris Scanners and wireless charging are not big deals. But considering the size of batteries now, fast charging is a must. The fact I can charge my dead phone in 90 mins or less is a huge benefit. For the iPhone which has terrible battery-life consider its specs, fast charging would be a huge benefit to users.

71. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Totally agree .ios is still half baked and requires more R&D .

14. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

What an ad!

15. jarnts

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

There is nothing wrong with trying something new and making a decision based on what is important to you. Congratulations for being open minded. That being said, I have always ran Nexus phones (including Pixel) and have always had the latest updates. Android has always ran smooth for me, and I will not switch as I use the heck out of app widgets. But, it did take forever for a top of the line 5 inch android phone to hit the market, The Nexus 5 and 5x always left something to be desired, and thus I am totally happy with my Pixel: top specs in a 5 inch phone. But all your points on iOS are accurate, and people will switch because of those. Myself, not so much.

16. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Choices are choices. You got ab issue with someone's phone choice then you are in need of counseling.

18. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Using both everyday I think android is just as good as iOS. Having choices isn't a problem

19. Brewski

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

"...It has now been more than two weeks since I bought the iPhone 7, and I currently don't have any intentions of going back to my Moto X or any Android device for the foreseeable future. Why is this though? What caused me to abandon the only mobile OS I've ever known?..." Because you work for iPhoneArena.Com and they will fire you if you don't say good things about their precious Apple.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

First smartphone was the Pre in 2010. That's adorable.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 6938; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

My thoughts exactly :).

21. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Hmm, your S6 is getting updates on a monthly basis, more often than Apple devices. And recent Apple updates are actually more buggy on average. Either way, if you're happier now, that's all that matters. For every person that switches one way, another switches in the opposite direction. *shrug*

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"The limited customization options keep me on-task" LOL, really? So limited customization is actually a pro rather than a con? How does that keep you on-task, when you've barely got any choice and options to fiddle around with? So, having advanced stuffs makes your user experience worse than just having nothing? Don't get me with the "clutter" bashing on Android and the "it just works" praise of iOS... It just works? Really? It can't even do what even dumb phones are capable of - mere bluetooth file sharing, to begin with. If restrictions and literally little to no smart features is the simplicity which makes it to "just work", then yay... whatever floats your boat, duh!

27. BooBee_NYC

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

I was a huge Android fanboy, even going as far as hating on Apple having never used their devices. I had the HTC Incredible (2010), HTC Incredible 2 (2011), Samsung S3 (2012) and Samsung S4 (2013) then I decided to try an iPhone 5 in 2014; Yikes! I have to admit it I fell in love with the device in a matter of weeks. I still remember apps crashing on Android and taking like 30 seconds to recover while on iPhone app crashes are instant (apps crashing sucks but recovery is way faster on iPhone). No more managing memory on my iPhone and yes I absolutely loathe those iPhone app swipers that think killing the apps is helping. I remember my Android phones would give that dreaded out of memory icon warning along the top bar of screen. Yea, my friends tell me that's not a major issue anymore but whatever, I agree with quote in this article "it just works!" Customization is non-existent on iPhone but the reliability and re-sell value is astonishing. Having android for about 4 years I'll never own one ever again. I won't even accept an android device for free!

52. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"I remember my Android phones would give that dreaded out of memory icon warning along the top bar of screen." WTF, last time I saw that on any phone was at least 5 years ago. That;s like complaining about the VGA resolution on iphone cameras. Cool story though.

173. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

If you stopped at the S4 you haven't even scratched the surface of Android.

31. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

Both Android and iOS have their advantages. I'm pretty sure that if iPhones had an AMOLED screen, larger battery, and icons that could be moved wherever I want then I would likely make the switch to Apple again. Every time I switch into an iPhone it drives me absolutely crazy that I have to double tap the home button to get the icons within reach of my thumb. That being said, my Pixel XL is providing everything I need in a smartphone and I'll be using it until the next Samsung Note comes out. (but I'll wait a couple months to make sure all's good with the Note).

148. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For whatever reason peopel use a phone, iOS or Android; it really doesn't matter why they swiych. The writer chose to share with us why he switched. His whole story just sounds like fanboy advertising drivel. Apple makes great hardware and always have for the most part. Its their terrible software which they ahve sucked at for years that is the issue. No platform as limited as OSX and iOS, should have just as or more problems that other platforms. Apple has more updates. Because they break something with every single one, requiring another update to fix a problem and then they cause at least one more. Sofwtare is always a work in progress to be fair. But Apple has locked their sofwtare to deal with limited configrations and features. Yet iOS has more issues vs Android which runs literally on 100's of different products types and literally millions of possible conigurations. Apple was praised for havng greta control over their products and offering near perfection. BUT THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE. Each product loses quality on all fronts. From solid residents phones, to garbage that breaks with a single drop. From an OS that rarely had issues, to crashing more apps than Windows and Android combined. This writer went from few updates that worked all the time, with phones that have great features, to using a limited overpriced platforms that si designed not for quality, but to sell McDonald's hamburger products and increase profits. With $200M in the bank, why si it Apple can't make a phone that doesn't break? Why can't they have a phone that doesn't take 3 hours to charge? Why are they stuck on HD and Full HD for yet another year? Why can't they bring advanced useful features? Why si it so hard to add a couple buttons, so you don't have to remember 100's of gestures centered around the home button? Steve Jobs was credited to be forward thinking. Really? Then how is it, that in th application, the settings for the app is not in the app? Why do I have to make 5 extra click to change simple settings that should be in the app? Why can't I choose the size of the photo resolution before I take the shot? Why don't iPhone as much as they cost record in stereo? For the 5 things that iOS dopes very well, there are 25 things it sucks at. For the 25 things android does well, it has 5 things its terrible at. iOS is great, Android is better. Apple has proven many things we have said for years to be exactly what we said. Limiting products, don't make them better. Apple proved this. They have proven that closed platforms are worse than open ones. When you have to rely on problems begin fix by a single entity, many problems wlll go unnoticed or not fixed for years. On open platforms, others can fix the issue, many times quicker than a first party. Apple took everything that was great about Linux based platforms and turned them into a monstrosity of garbage in just a couple years; all for money.

33. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Great that you found iOS suitable for your needs. Everyone has a different need, while android is a very open platform/OS, allowing it to work with other platforms and OSes with some fiddling, iOS seems to work better in the apple ecosystem, as Apple wanted users to do. I find iOS very easy to use and it works seamlessly with my Mac. But I have to admit, there have been a couple times, I wished the same could be done with Windows. But I did find workarounds. But anyway, everyone has a different taste, so it doesnt really matter what you use, it's more about how you use it. If it suits your needs, then it's perfect.

113. AlikMalix unregistered

Zunaidahmed. Hey, I may be able to help you out: what do you need iPhone to do with windows? My iOS devices work nearly as well with windows as the do with mac.

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