Planning on leaving iOS for Android? You might want to read this first

Planning on leaving iOS for Android? You might want to read this first
Consumers have their favorite brand of jelly, breakfast cereal and ice cream. They also have a favorite operating system for their smartphone. And while switching from Capt'n Crunch to Lucky Charms might not be the end of the world, switching from iOS to Android can be frustrating. MarketWatch spoke with several people who switched "teams" and found that the transition sometimes did not go smoothly.

It turns out that many switch from iOS to Android because of money. With the wider range of Android handsets available, those looking to save cash on a new phone can find feature-rich models powered by Google's open source operating system. Ash Burns, a U.K. farmer who switched for that reason, still was able to save money by purchasing an Android handset even though he had to buy some new accessories and repurchase some apps. But he also found that he and his girlfriend had to adjust their texting process since both had been using Apple's iMessage. "Of course we could still use apps like WhatsApp and text in general but that familiarity wasn’t there," he said. Burns also had to put up with the iPhone users he knows, who disagreed with his decision. "I feel there is an obvious divide between Apple and Android users and each side is always trying to gain small victories over the other side. Personally, I’ve used both and I’m intrigued with all tech so I’m willing to give anything a try."

There are other reasons why people switch besides the lower price of Android handsets. Some say that they want the larger choice of apps available in the Google Play Store (by one recent count, there were 2.6 million apps in the latter store and 2.2 million in the App Store). For Alex Chalekian, the CEO at Lake Avenue Financial in Pasadena, California, he cites what he calls Apple's lack of innovation after the iPhone 5 as his reason for switching. He gave the iPhone X a shot, but had issues with the camera. "I just find it interesting that people who have iPhones use Google Maps, use Gmail, use Google Calendar, use Chrome, use Google Photos — they use all of these Google apps," the executive said.

One of the biggest complaints about switching from iOS to Android came from those who found it difficult to integrate their new Android phone with the other Apple products they own. Software engineer Chris Wiegman said, "Everything I had was integrated — if one thing rang, the whole house lit up like a Christmas tree. The integration between other devices was the hardest thing at first." After leaving iOS for Android, he ended up swapping his Apple Watch for a Fitbit, and exchanged his iPad for a Linux flavored PC. "It freed me from the Apple ecosystem," Wiegman said.

Since the early days of the iPhone, iOS has been called more intuitive than Android. According to one study from PCMag, 47% of those who left Android for iOS did so for the user experience, while only 30% of those leaving iOS for Android left for the same reason. Burns, the aforementioned U.K. farmer who switched to Android, finds iOS to be easier to use. He says, "No doubt that iOS has much better optimization and apps run smoother and more efficiently, in my opinion. Also, quite a few apps I use fairly often are only available on iOS so that was an obstacle."

If you plan on leaving iOS for Android, you might want to speak to others you know who have made the switch, or are familiar with both platforms. As with any change that consumers make, some will be totally happy that they switched platforms, while others will have regrets.



1. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The reason people disappointed try android after IOS is they go for a budget phone. It ruin the user experience and get wrong impressions about android over all is because camera and processor is corner cut and mean for budget. Since 2016, high end android had match or maybe succeed pass IOS in many perspectives.

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2222; Member since: May 04, 2015

This article is pure clickbait. Things must be slow at the PA offices.

42. cheetah2k

Posts: 2230; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Exactly - and it attacks the intelligence of most users.. Yes there is an adjustment to make when switching to Android after iOS - iPA believes all iOS users are simpletons with low IQ that can't adapt to the new interface... Changing operating systems is like changing cars. You eventually work out where all the switches are. If this seriously bugs you then keep flushing your coin away on iOS devices (or buy them 2nd hand) And if you're friends are that concerned about you switching to Android, get a new set of friends.. That's just absurd! Whoever wrote this article needs to quit IMO

61. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Alan you deleted my last message. You talk about integration between all your other Apple devices that it's hard to change over. However what about all the home integration that is happening right now with Amazon Alexa or Google Home stuff, which far out numbers and has much better home integration than Apple's HomeKit, or Apple's smart speaker HomePod support. Anyone and everyone could easily tell you that is 100% true. Apple even recently added Apple music support to Amazon's Alexa devices. So you could buy a cheap Echo Dot and play Apple's music from it. As far as all the smart home devices Apple only has a few hundred in comparison to the 10's of thousands of devices from the competition. Apple is always more money, than the others. It's a no brainier, especially if you want a smart home that is inexpensive and can do more, and offer more, then you don't buy or use Apple for your smart home, period. Apple only has ONE smart speaker called the HomePod. No smart displays.

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

This part: No doubt that iOS has much better optimization and apps run smoother and more efficiently, in my opinion. The farmer switched to a cheap handset and then complains about things like running smoother and efficiently. Some of my friends had this too, before they switched to a more expensive Android phone.

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Use an Android flagship side by side with an iPhone (just do the exact same things on both for a longer period of time) and you will understand what he's saying. It's not that Android is not fluid most of the time, it's just there is a slight delay here and there, there's some bit of lag, a little bit of bad memory management that slows the phone after some time.

35. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Of course, it was an older model (the 6s with a very good battery) against a newer phone (OnePlus 3) but I have used both extensively side by side for a longer period of time and I can tell you I have not noticed slight delays or lag whatsoever on either phone. It does depend on what Android phone you have, some brands tend to slow down more than usually near-stock Android phones. Granted with iOS 12.x the 6s became a little bit faster again. But usually, the only way iOS felt more fluid, is because of the animations.

37. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Choosing to accept them doesn't mean they are not there (just like me accepting the way Face ID works doesn't make it to be on par with the speed of Touch ID). The animations are a perfect example of a method that tricks people into thinking that a system is more fluid than it actually is, other trick is the startup screen or starting just a small part of an service (games do that), another thing that Apple does is giving the focus to the user (for instance, the display this year has a touch sample rate of 120 Hz, which means the display reads the movements of the finger faster and, even though the refresh rate is still 60 Hz, it already has the image prepared to be shown the minute the display is able to show it). Even though they are almost never visible, all those tiny things come together to create the feeling that something is different.

38. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I've done this. There is an equal amount of delay with either. At first I thought the Android phone was faster, but in actuality you'll just see what you want to see

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The same can be said about iOS: "it has matched or maybe succeeded to pass Android in many perspectives". Of course this article is just for laughs - although it's interesting to see the average user's opinion about switching - because both OSes are strong and mature and it's easier than ever to switch from one to the other.

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1326; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Its hard if you have literally walled yourself in the ecosystem with an iphone on one side, and ipad on another, with a macbook at the rear and an apple tv in the front... of course it's gonna be hard someone can easily lock themselves in a samsung ecosystem from their fridge to their tv with smart things... the more vested you are in a system the harder it will be to leave... google and amazon have their own ecosystem... and personally amazons is nice with purchasing all kinds of things, too bad their hardware is just targeted for the bare bottom

24. libra89

Posts: 2272; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

+1 Exactly. It's not worth it to have yourself locked into only one system.

47. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Wrong, because if your all in Samsung, then you could easily switch to another Android device. Not to mention all the Home appliances and Home integration. You can use Google Assistant devices from, Lenovo, LG, JBL, or Sony smart speakers, and other devices, including smart displays. There is no smart displays from Apple. Apple recently paid Samsung and LG to put Apples iTune app on their TVs. Apple is not know for sharing anything. Apple was going to lose out if they didn't do something like that. Apple even put their Apple music on Amazon's Alexa smart devices. There goes any plans of Apple making a cheaper HomePod. But Siri and HomeKit are crap when you compare them to the competition. Naturally Alan doesn't mention any of that stuff.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

This is a very childish article for a tech site, where most readers are at least somehow informed. I definitely don't need a farmer to tell me how "the familiarity is just not there, when you switch from iMessage to WhatsApp". This is just someone's random, unquantifiable sentiment. How does this qualify as a useful comparison between iOS and Android. And, yes, I also agree that people that switch from iPhone to Android often do so to save money, which creates a distorted, unfavourable bias against Android.

5. Ussmo1

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 25, 2015

Android has very clear advantages over IOS, an Android device is more practical, personal, imaginative, creative, affordable and has better features than an iPhone, you get to customize your phone the way you want it, that way it feels less boring, an iPhone can get very boring after the first 2 months

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"an iPhone can get very boring after the first 2 months" Good, I don't need to look at a damn phone every single minute to be wowed, I just need to do what I have to do, shove it in my pocket and get the hell out and be wowed by the people, the nature, my work etc.

49. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

LoL. I want to know what he things of a ball point pen, a hammer, or a light switch - technically they’re all tools just like your phone.

55. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe he uses a pen that he turns upside down and he watches a lady undress :).

6. michaelny2001

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

wait he wanted to switch from ios to android? his problem is not mone, it's ignorance, which is worse than stupidity. why did he need ot buy the newest X max? what's wrong with 8 plus for example slightlly used for 300-400? ok u want the shinny toy? well that is gonna cost him. compnaies love peoiple like him who always buys new. Same with cars, buy a 3 year old save yourself 40%. so in conclusion, money is not an issue, doing the research is.

43. cheetah2k

Posts: 2230; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Or just buy a OnePlus 6, or Xiaomi Poco phone - both fully featured and around USD$450

7. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

People in general need to get out of their bubbles...whether that's the tech they use, or they people they surround themselves with, or political affiliations. Go through life more objectively.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4120; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looking forward to an article debilitating the pain on the flip side. I'll hold my breath. For me it was straight forward converting. After frustration with poor and restrictive native apps and services, I abandoned hundreds of dollars in media and apps, shut down and started fresh in Android.

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6746; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They usually do a comparison both ways when they do articles like this. Someone is likely already working on one for tomorrow.

22. Mikele

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Weldon Fella

9. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Just dump the dongles and leave already. It ain't that hard and you'll find things for free. U like free or u wanna keep paying? Lol.

19. Poptart2828

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Exactly. In the long run you'll save thousands of dollars a year switching from iOS ecosystem to an Android one.

33. Leo_MC

Posts: 7253; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Everything one needs also has free alternatives on iOS. The paid apps are usually better, but not all the time. There was the "app of the week" (a paid app that was made free for a week), now there are usually 3-5 paid good apps that are free for a day everyday. I know one can but I don't know why would one would need to spend "thousands of dollars a year" on iOS ecosystem.

41. Poptart2828

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Android is much more than paying for apps. It's literally any service you want for free or very low fee. We are not confined to apples walled garden.

50. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Man I saw some apps that I paid $3 on android, for sale for $1 on iOS. All services available to android devices are also available on iOS. But not all services available on iOS can be found on android, iMessage, FaceTime, GarageBand, adblocker integration, etc.

60. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

This is not true, there are plenty of things not to be found on iOS. Apart from all the widgets, icons packs and launchers, there isn't an app that comes close to Tasker. It's one of the main reasons I stay on Android.

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