Switching from Android to iOS Part 2: You might be using it wrong

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Switching from Android to iOS Part 2: You might be using it wrong
After deciding to make the switch and getting through the initial setup process, it is time to dig in and really make yourself at home on your new platform. 

It probably shouldn't need to be said, but switching from Android to iOS can be difficult and frustrating, just as making the switch from iOS to Android might be. We all have learned not just how to use our mobile devices but how to make our smartphones work for us, and switching platforms requires relearning and adjusting how to get things done. The two platforms may be able to do the same general things, but the process of getting those things done can be just different enough to cause problems if you're not willing to adapt. 

You might be using it wrong


One of the most frustrating aspects of using iOS in the first month of this experiment was to not allow myself to default back to grabbing my Nexus when things got rough. Surprisingly though, it wasn't until I swapped my SIM card back into my Nexus for a day that I realized I was using my iPhone wrong. The biggest difference between Android and iOS is that apps on Android can become a more native part of the system, whereas iOS is a system designed to push you into apps. 

Not acknowledging this difference at first led me to not feel as productive in iOS as I was in Android. On Android, I've got all of my most-used apps buried in folders across two homescreens, and I've got three must-have widgets (Todoist, Timely, and Weather Timeline) for quick access to info. Apps didn't need to be prominently displayed because most interactions were initiated from the notification tray of Android. About 90% of the emails I receive are deleted directly from my notification tray or lock screen; messages are responded to from the notification tray (or at least the reply button will bump me straight to where I need to be in the app); and, content notifications brought me directly into the app where I needed to be.


Attempting this on iOS led to one month of struggle because notifications and Today screen (aka widgets) share the tray at the top of the screen. While you can do most of the same things from notifications in iOS, focusing on that element made me miss my widgets. I didn't want to have to lose that info, take up space on my homescreen, or have to dig into apps to get what I wanted. So, I decided I needed to rid myself of the notification screen completely in favor of the Today screen.

To fix my troubles, apps I normally would have bundled into folders needed to be pulled out onto the homescreen for easier and faster access (the slow iOS folder animations also needed to be avoided at all costs.) Once the app shortcuts were easier to access, I could jump into the app when I saw a notification without checking the notification tray at all. And, once I stopped using the notification tray so much, I was able to focus the pull-down shade on the Today screen for easy access to widget info. 


Getting into the groove


Once I made some changes to how I used iOS, things fell into place and everything was pretty smooth. There were some things here or there that I didn't quite like or preferred how it worked on Android. Nothing was a dealbreaker and there were also some little things that were better, but overall it was a bunch of little trade-offs. 

For example, dictation is slightly better on Android in terms of understanding names and autocorrecting words based on context, but (in a bonus for a grammar nerd like me) iOS can do more in terms of punctuation. So with iOS, I could say things like "open/close parenthesis" or "quote/end quote" and it would put in the proper punctuation where those options don't exist on Android. 

iOS was pretty quick to learn from its mistakes (to a point) as well. When I first started, it couldn't understand my wife's name (Nadja) but it eventually figured it out (the same happened with Google). And, when I first started using Apple Music, if I misspelled an artist's name even slightly, Apple Music would return nothing at all and I'd have to go to YouTube (a Google property) to figure out what I was doing wrong (like searching "Little Dicky" rather than "Lil Dicky".) Just one month later, I'm not seeing those sorts of problems anymore, but other strange issues have persisted, like Siri constantly claiming that it couldn't find contact information for people who were obviously in my contact list. 


Overall though, I found iOS to be solid, smooth, relatively easy to use, and I could understand why it's the platform of choice for so many people. I don't know that I would be able to accept the singular hardware design handed down by Apple each year (the iPhone 6 Plus was crazy slippery and I refuse to use a case on well-designed hardware), but I can certainly see why someone might choose Apple. 


Next time...


All that said, the barriers to switching were too high for me and I'm happy to be back with my Nexus 6P. But, I'll get into that in the next (and likely final) installment. 

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57 Comments

76. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

If iPhone began to actually deserve the "Smart" in "Smartphone" by including features like OTG I might have some reason to switch, but as it is iPhones are just toys.

75. whatev

Posts: 2477; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Omg, this guy, all of the things you say you did on android can be done on iOS too, you completely used wrong the iPhone! By the way it's lovely to see all the fandroids obsessed with iOS

73. riteshrkm

Posts: 165; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

TechieXP1969 do u even nw what u talk if U talk about apps The same App vis a vis is better in IOS anyday than android .It is smooth lag free Atlst dey stop abruptly in between the task. A simple example for conversations i genrally use Facebook Messenger rather than WatsApp its coz it can be used everywhr phone or in Laptop and morovr it dsnt make any difference in IOS . It is as smooth and UI is as good n fast as WatsApp. But same thng my Android friends complain coz Messenger in Android is nt that responsive even the UI is very bad.

63. submarinerz

Posts: 32; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

Please consider this article is for those who actually need it, this is not written as indication that IOS is better than android vice versa, please be considerate and we dont need your rubbish fanboy comment

61. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Google ridiculously makes everything so easy for Android users to switch to iOS: Just download Google services on the iDevice, log in and continue using them, Move to iOS app is only needed when they transfer messages. But I think the author will go back to Android world soon. Last year, I had a week with an iPhone. Yes, it had all my Google apps on the Android, but I couldn't stay with it any longer.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I use both and will continue to do so. Some things iOS does better, and some things android does better. Both systems are great, and both have their pros and cons.

38. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Exactly. Too bad the fanboys won't understand. +1

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They'll never know the beauty of it, cause they think inside the box. iOS fanboys, android fanboys = fanboys. Same idiocy, different camps. I love having both, and have integrated them into my daily life excellently. It's pure tech heaven to me.

42. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Same here. I enjoy using my Note 5 and iPhone 6s and can't wait until their successors are released. The best of both worlds.

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, as soon as the new ones come out, I'll be there. I'd planned to skip new tech this year, due to a goal I was working on, but it's been achieved, so I'm ready to phone out.

30. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I knew it wouldn't last.

26. phantom28

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

another praise to iphone article ....comon ..."we have must used it wrong" , not that ios is a closed sistem that dosent alow u do sh..t on it and boring , really boring interface ....i had a iphone 5s last year and the only thing i was let to customize on it was to create some folders , prety happy with my galaxy s6 after the update to android 6 , woldnt go back to ios any time soon , maybe in the future when they really add something inovating to the phone not just some crumbles here and there (for example the battery getting 30-40 mha once a year) to make me want more year over year and the ios will be a bit more permisive at least at the camera department (not all of us are retards and need auto mode) and in the intrface department to let me cutomize it a bit

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

To the writer - if I had Never used iOS in life, and I used Android and I tried iOS for a day to write and article, there wouldn't even be a part too because I woudl have committed suicide just from part one. When you go from a flexible platform to one as restrictive as iOS, seems you would be pulling your hair out. To many gesture because of having one button when it doesn't have too and could have had onscreen buttons by now, to many backwards apps, locked to iTunes, no default apps, cant even use yoru unclaimed storage for your personal files without using some convoluted method is just seriously wrong. I know we all need a paycheck, but I am sure you can get a better job. Choosing iOS is like trying to swim upstream. Sure it can be done, but it will wear you out. Going from iOS to Android is much easier as is goign from OSX to Windows. Everything makes perfect since, the UI structure is less confusing, everything for an app is right at your fingertips, you aren't forced to use an app you dont like by default, there are advanced useful features for those who can put them to use and if not they remain unobtrusive. In IOS, a simple task like clearing the browser cache is a 4 click process.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yet just the other day, you called yourself an iPhone user. I know one thing, you can lie your ass off.

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

My devic eis stuck on iOS7. to clear the broswer cache requires... pressing home button to get back to home screen > clicking setting > scrolling to Safari > Click Safari and > click clear broswer history That 4 clicks son, please shut up and let the big boys talk. Is there another way I am not aware of? Probably. But If it is, its nto available on my old device. Since it is the way I am use typo, it takes the same 4 click on the iPad Mini. Don't tell me what i don't have. Don't make me post a picture on your stupid @$$.

48. AlikMalix unregistered

wow such a big boy hiding behind the Internet. That's not how you clear cache and browsing history. And why do you feel the need to anyway? He-he-he. Maybe if you spent more time talking to girls than lie about iOS - you wouldn't need to constantly "clear your browser history".

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post of the day

60. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why would I need too? Because why should I waste memory space on information I no longer need to know and can be used for tasks, that are important to me. Why tie up my devices resources on garbage. This is what makes iOS fast is its focus is on things that matter. So I get to control how that is handled. I think I just like to fiddle. But your device will do its job as long as you don't mess it up. I only visit tech blogs. Lots of rhem. I like to read. When sitting I keep one tab with a blog. I take a glance. I see something I like I may say something. Fills in the gaps of my day. My wife has full access to my phone. Tech has been important to me for as long as I can remember.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're a liar.

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Fandroids get butthurt as always Just use what you're comfortable with, end of story

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Butt hurt about what? Because we want to do things in a smarter way. Lt me ask you, can you really sit there and claim that after using several platforms as I assume you have, that you think everything in IOS is just right? Do you actually think it all makes sense? This writer is even saying how something he has found so far makes no sense. Name another platform where settings for an app, are not in the app. Name another platform that ties all its gestures to a single button. Name any other platform that forces you to use the most terrible apps and services ever found on a platform. There is only one that does and that's iOS. Even OS X as terrible as it is, isnt that bad. How do you take an OS that is fully functional and turn it into a frozen ocean of garbage? Compare Windows CE to Windows x86. Compare NIX based OS on the desktop to mobile ones and see which one is the worse. Even Unix isnt as bad as OS X and I hate UNiX based systems. I liek what I like, but I also like everything else. I am not saying they all have to be exactly the same. what I am saying is, they all should follow what is a logical approach to being different.

34. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I will not pretend, I didn't read your post beyond first sentence. Your butthurt is that you're sh.tting over iOS in every article, if it doesn't interest you then just let everyone enjoy this OS and.... oh who am I kidding, you will just come to another iOS article and write essay why Android is better and hate to break it to you but nobody gives a squat

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That comment would probably carry more weight if you didn't insult Android users.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He doesn't know how to argue without insulting as per all Apple fanatics. Because that is why they are called sheep. They simple follow each other, they can't have a reasonable debate and they don't know how to win or lose gracefully. They are 99,9% always in attack mode. The fact he could even respond with an argument to what I mentioned just proves what I said about iOS is true. After all, its not hard to prove something wrong when its wrong.

46. AlikMalix unregistered

What you just described the "sheep" is exactly what you and all your buddies are doing day in - day out. There's not one article that has you and others blabbering away how ipaid so stupid and the users are just the same. You have attacked EVERY SINGLE APPLE ARTICLE WITH YOUR LIES.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What I don't get is, iOS now has a Notification pull down screen like Android, but they refused to use it to the advantage of the OS. IOS still has the stupid settings where you have to choose how you want a notification to be presented on your phone. Why? The only choice you should have to make is, when you install a new app that has push/pull notifications, if you wnat them to appear on the notification shade. if you pick yes they should show here. Having to scroll through your home screens to see which apps have updates bubbles on them is just stupid. Especially since Apple has refused the way you can organize app on the home screens, which is also still stupid. The best thing about widgets is, having to possibly never open the app. The email widget for me is the most useful because I get so many emails in a day, usually 200+. I can't waste time opening my email app (Outlook) to see a bunch of mails I dont need too. being able to have this as a widget and being able to preview the mail before I been open it is awesome because I can just open what I want to see, click and have me go directly to that mail vs getting a notification of a new mail and then scroll the inbox until I fine it. I liek iOS too, but many things are done so ass-backwards that moving through the UI just to do the most simplest of tasks either take to many clicks or is done in such a terrible way that i rather do it on something else. I dont understand how any one can calim iOS is so simple to use when I can find 20 things just in the UI that sows its not. The worse thing so far is any app that has its own settings, you must to to the settings app and scroll forever until you reach that app to change the setting and then click back to see how those setting effect the app and if you dont like it you have to go all the way back. every app I have ever used on any platform prior to and since iOS have had the settings for an app inside the app. This is one thing for sure that must change in IOS and would be for the better. Trying to put settings onto a force touch menu is stupid. I still use iOS, but until it changes never as an everyday platform. I'd go nuts.

44. AlikMalix unregistered

You're so full of it. Here's one example: On iOS you can set up your notification to show your emails too, which you can glance at and go directly to the one you need or even reply from the notification screen. You can also ask Siri if you got any emails from whatever and reply without even touching your phone. You can also set up a banner, popup, or/and sound or viabrate alert if you're waiting or certain email. You can set up to be only notified of certain emails. There are also widgets for email clients in the App Store and these can be set up to notify you in a any way you prefer. Here's another example: I agree app setting should be in app, but lots of apps get integrated into other feature of iOS - that's why they're in general settings. The setting that pertain to the app itself and do not integrate into iOS are still inside the app! But you don't have to scroll (like you said) to get to the settings of specific app - All you gotta to do is type in the first couple letters in the search above. Or you can customize the spotlight search to search settings - which is the fastest way to get to app settings or anything or any info on your device, iCloud, or Internet. It's also ANOTHER way for you to find emails you need faster than scrolling they 200+ emails in a widget. Come On - why do you ignore this stuff, do you not know iOS at all? There are half truths and lies all over your posts. And I'm tired of correcting your bullshnit. Why do you maliciously lie? Does Samsung or google pay you for this? Do you get some benefit to lie about iOS on every article?

20. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Great writeup Michael. I do have a question, what is with all of the Phonearena writers ditching their comfort zone to move to a new platform for extended periods of time? Is it just to try and give a fair unbiased look at all of the equipment you guys review, or is there more to it?

31. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's certainly why I do it from time to time. It was interesting for me to get to see what Windows Phone and Ubuntu were all about and how iOS had changed in the years since I used it regularly. So far, I've always come back to Android though.

11. htcisthebest

Posts: 440; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I am tired of this "switching from Android to iOS" bulls**ts...gonna stop reading iPhoneArena and hop to Androidcentral.com or Androidauthority.com.

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