Converting to iOS from Android
>By James Lenhart
iPhone 4 from Verizon
It must be clear that these experiences are ONLY ones of my own, and they’re not necessarily correct. I can only account for what I’ve tried in Android and iOS. Android phones are different among carriers, manufacturers, and of course the version of Android you’re running. I’ve ran multiple versions of Android, and can attest that there are some serious issues with it. This post is somewhat a review/comprehensive analysis of what I’ve encountered in the last three days of being an iPhone user.
I’m well aware that using a better device on Android, makes a better experience, but I used to only preach Android until I made the switch to iOS. There is plenty of good in Android, but they’ve got some serious work to do if they want to keep up with the competition. My Android background consists of two devices and multiple versions:
- Frozen Yogurt
- HTC Droid Eris on Verizon
- Barnes & Noble Nook Color (which is a great device, and I’ve not had many issues with it)
Anyone switching from Android to iOS would probably notice the lack of home widgets. In Android there are widgets that you can place anywhere on your home screen(s). Most of these widgets only provide glance-able information, and nothing more. Not saying widgets are useless, but I rarely found myself using them. In fact, I used to leave them on my home screen(s) as decorations.
The next thing I noticed is the amount of thought, and detail put into the majority of apps on the iPhone. I’m not sure if this has something to do with Apple’s SDK, or their stringent approval process, but whatever it is, it’s working. Simple things like apps not force closing, the ability to delete multiple voice mails in Google Voice for iOS, Twitter actually stays where you left it, and so many more things I’ve noticed. I hate to sound picky, but I pay close attention to detail, and it seems like someone is doing the opposite. There is hardly any noticeable lag even when I have multiple apps running in iOS.
Syncing your iPhone couldn’t be easier either. With Android there is no formal way to do a backup of Apps, or transfer music, and pod-casts. Since I am an avid podcast listener, the ability to sync podcasts within iTunes onto my iPhone was a definite appeal. Google has an app called Listen, but it has many bugs too. It’s very irritating when you’re listening to a podcast, and it just stops in the middle of it for no reason. I find it mind boggling that even Google’s apps are filled with bugs and glitches. It just makes me appreciate Apple’s quality control, and decision to put their OS on their devices.
One of the major similarities between the two, is the app store. I was able to find 90% of the apps I used in Android, and the installation is rather simple on both platforms. However, I will say that it seems easier to purchase apps in iOS. I’d also like to clear up a common misconception that Android users seem to have about iPhones (I know, because I was one of these people). There are plenty of FREE apps for the iPhone in the app store. It was once a scarce occurrence, but now the app store has grown, with plenty to choose from.
One thing that we all do on our phones is text, and depending on your Android phone, you may experience some varied differences. I tried multiple keyboards until I found one that I had to pay for, called Swift Key. The iPhone has a virtual keyboard that works without hesitation, and with the least amount of mistakes. It seems like I’m able to type at least double the speed of my Android phone. Along with the keyboard, there are also some nice selection features when copying and pasting. It’s hard to explain, but instead of covering up text with your thumb, and not being able to see what your copying, you can just set parameters and copy the selected text. They’ve also developed a slick way of selecting the middle of a word, in the event that you misspell something and need to change it.
I’d like to wrap this up by saying I’m not against Android, and I haven’t become an instant Apple fan boy all of a sudden, but the iPhone is the best phone I’ve ever owned. I feel that my comparison is fair because I was using one of the most common Android versions available (Froyo). I believe that if manufacturers do not stop custom skinning their phones, Android users will get tired of the unexplained force closes, and bugs in apps. Google should gain more control over their mobile OS, and show the world what they’re capable of. Apple has definitely shown me what they can do, and I’m glad I made the switch, at least for now. Anyone who is scared to make the switch can put those fears to rest, and sail aboard the elite ship Steve Jobs is captain of. Seriously though, don’t worry about making a change to iOS, it’s very powerful, and not to mention the hardware is beautiful.
I’d like to sum up the hardware of the Verizon iPhone 4 in three words. Brilliant, First-Class, Splendid. Go buy one now!