iPhone vs Android : Is it worth making the switch?

Thinking of taking the plunge and switching sides on cell phones? Check out the things you should consider if you want to switch from iPhone to Android and vice versa.

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George made the switch and therefore wanted to share his thoughts with you, in the article "Why I Switched iPhone to Android". Our friends and readers submitted their opinions in the comments of the article on our site, but also on social media, which differed depending on what they carry on a daily basis.

You have read thousands of articles, seen countless reviews and finally decided in favor of one or the other mobile phone. But the truth is that every mobile and platform comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

This guide will help you see what you can realistically expect when switching to a different platform than the one you're used to.

Original purchase price

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We start with what interests almost everyone. From his pocket. While iPhones usually start at €950 (we're always talking about the latest models), Android phones are available at whatever price point suits everyone (again for the latest models).

Granted, there's the more affordable iPhone SE series, but it's dwarfed in terms of specs, features and design compared to similarly priced mid-range Android phones.

And here we are talking about the initial purchase price. Not for a final invoice. Mid-range Android phones stop getting OS updates at (up-down) 4 years. That means every four years you'll need another phone if you want to keep getting updates.

iPhones have upgrades even after eight or more years, which means that in terms of security the price of two Androids is equal to the price of one iPhone. But this with the logic that you have not damaged it due to use or that you are still satisfied with the features of phones from a decade ago.

Here the scales are for each user and there is no clear winning side.

Different Services

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Another platform, another logic, other habits. The truth is that when someone changes platforms it will take a long time to find their footing again. This is true everywhere.

In switching from Windows to Linux, from Android to iPhone, even from Chrome to Firefox.

When you switch to Android, you'll find it hard to leave the Apple apps you're used to enjoying on your iPhone, especially iMessage and FaceTime. It's even harder to do if you're subscribed to Apple services like Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, and Apple Fitness+.

As a new Android user, you will find it rather frustrating that although you have more freedom now, the Android ecosystem is a bit cluttered and scattered.

This means there isn't just one place to go for all your tech needs, a big pain for non-tech-savvy users.

Applications and features

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One thing you'll notice right away after switching from iPhone to Android is that on Android there are a lot more apps and features here than on iOS.

This is because iPhones (and Apple products in general) prioritize simplicity and usability, while Android phones prioritize functionality and utility.

You'll find features on Android you never knew you needed. Various manufacturers also add their own custom “skin” on top of the Android operating system to differentiate their products from other brands.

For example, some of the best features on Samsung phones are Edge Panels, Secure Folder, and Modes and Routines. Pixel phones have Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur and Call Screen. You won't find them on other Android devices.

iPhones are unequivocally connected to Apple and we would say that it is a more "closed" operating system.

Ads and Bloatware

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If you switch to an Android phone you will soon discover that there are unfortunately more bloatware and ads within the system. This is especially true for heavier Android variants like Samsung's One UI or Xiaomi's MIUI.

To be fair, you can delete those pre-installed apps from your phone and disable system ads, but having them there in the first place is a nuisance you wouldn't want to deal with.

Charge

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One area where iPhones haven't made progress in a long time is charging speeds. While Android manufacturers today offer insanely fast speeds like 65W, 100W or even higher, iPhones are still stuck below 30W.

This means iPhones take about an hour and a half to two hours to fully charge, but some Android phones can do it in only about 9 minutes!

Connecting to Windows

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Connecting your phone to a computer gives you access to your phone's apps and photos on your computer, share files between the two devices, read and reply to messages, make and receive calls, and receive and manage notifications.

These features are not negligible as they increase your productivity, the usability of your devices and provide you with solutions.

You probably already know that Apple MacBooks don't play well with Android, and that's not the best for productivity.

If you have a Windows computer then Android gives you an additional meaning in your life. If you have a Mac then the iPhone suits you better.

You can also easily connect an Android phone to your Windows PC using the Microsoft Phone Link app.

More accounts

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One annoying thing about Android is that you have to manage multiple accounts. In addition to having a Google account, you'll also need to create a new account with the manufacturer you're buying the phone from (Xiaomi, Sumsumg, etc).

This is necessary to back up your data and use Find My Device services (unless you're buying a Google Pixel phone).

This is even worse when you buy a Galaxy phone because Samsung outsources some of its cloud storage requirements to Microsoft to back up your photos, videos and files. This means that you should now have a Google account, a Samsung account, and a Microsoft account. A nightmare indeed.

Operating errors

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Another complaint with Android is that software bugs usually take longer to fix than on iPhones.

This is because, unlike Android which is open source, iOS is proprietary software which gives Apple complete control over the software running on an iPhone. This allows the company to quickly identify bugs and develop a patch to fix them.

Also, since Android phones come in custom builds, it's even harder to find and fix bugs as you have to figure out if the problem is with Android itself or the skin you've put on it. This is also why software updates in general are slower on Android phones.

Ability to control

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Android gives you more control over your device than iPhone, and you'll notice it in many ways.

For example, there are more options for customization, more tools for multitasking, and more ways to manage your storage.

As an Android user, you'll appreciate better file management and the ability to force quit apps and clear their cache.

Accessories

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Since Apple only releases a few iPhone models a year and doesn't change the design much with each generation, companies find it easier to make accessories like cases, stands, wireless chargers, car mounts and more for the iPhone.

In comparison, there are hundreds of Android phone models released in a year, so companies struggle to keep track of them all, let alone build accessories for them.

Repair

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Between the two great powers the scale here is in favor of Android. With so many companies making devices competing with each other for sales, Android devices have cheap parts, genuine and imitation, and replacement labor is relatively reasonable.

Can you repair an iPhone without spending a fortune? The answer is NO although the Right to Repair movement is trying to make strides with Apple.

In conclusion
Whether you choose iPhone or Android, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending on who you ask and what they are used to, you will get the same answer.

The best thing to do is not to look for the "perfect" mobile but for the one that serves you best.

After all, it is a completely personal choice.

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