I must be going through a mid-life crisis. I've had an Android phone for over 10 years. And then I switched to the iPhone. And, while I really did enjoy it, I missed some things in the Android ecosystem – and so I went back. Big mistake! Once I experienced what the iPhone could do and how it made my day easier, I quickly got discouraged with Android. So, I did the unthinkable – I switched teams and went back to the iPhone again – this time for good. There are 5 main reasons why I switched back to the iPhone. If you are searching for answers, I think you'll find some of my reasons unique. Hopefully some of this will help you decide if an iPhone is right for you.
Do I love Apple?
Let me be clear. This will not be a rah-rah iPhone review. To prove this, I own a:
- Windows 10 desktop
- Windows 7 laptop (I LOVE windows 7!)
- Windows Surface tablet
Yes, I own an iPad too, but I have not used it much lately. When I go on business trips or if I have a lunch meeting at Panera Bread, I use often use the Microsoft Surface. This is because, at the end of the day, I think like Windows and Android.
I'm basically that nerdy windows guy from those old Apple vs Windows TV commercials. Generally – iPhone not withstanding – I find Apple/Mac, somewhat frustrating.
That said, this windows guy will be sticking with the iPhone for good (unless Apple screws it up then all bets are off). And, here are my reasons why…
Top 5 Reasons To Switch to iPhone
OK, so here are my big 5 reasons for moving to the iPhone from Android. Hopefully this will help others who are on the fence and thinking of switching teams.
Siri Is The Best
In case you don't know, Siri is the voice assistant that comes with all Apple devices. I've read statistics that say most iPhone users do not use Siri regularly. That's crazy! Why wouldn't they? I use Siri every day – and many times every day. Why? It makes my life easier. The most common reason I use Siri is to read my text messages if I'm driving or in the kitchen doing stuff.
Siri not only reads the text messages to me – and pronounces every work perfectly – she also gives me the opportunity to speak my reply and send it all without touching the phone. Android will not do this -at least not the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 I had.
In theory, Android is supposed to do this, but I could never get it to work. And, I don't know anyone else who can do this with their Android phones either. Basically, I use Siri like a secretary, and she fills that need pretty well.
To say the that Apple eats the lunch of Android in terms of voice recognition is an understatement. Apple not only eats Android's lunch, it steals Android's lunch money too! When I say “Hey Siri read text message,” the voice recognition is flawless. And when I speak to Siri to send a reply to a text message, it is often flawless as well. My Note 5 Android phone couldn't – or wouldn't – do any thing when it came to reading or replying to text messages.
I always found this so puzzling because if I pressed the “Google voice” microphone button, and spoke an address, etc., the Android phone nailed it every time. So, why wouldn't it read my text messages?
When I had my Android phone, if I said “Remind me when I get home to take out the trash,” I'd get nothing but silence when I returned home. Sure, I'd get a notification on my phone's screen, but that doesn't help me if I dont look at the phone. With the iPhone, I get an reminder sound, about 5 minutes after I return home.
The same thing happens with any other reminders I set up too. Again, why doesn't Android do that? The ability to have a sound,remind me to do something helps me stay focused and get things done.
Apps Work Better
The apps for Android do work. Don't get me wrong. All the popular apps work very well. But, they seem to work better on the iPhone. One example is a garage door opener app I use. With Android, I'd only get a visual signal on the screen when the door opened or closed. With the iPhone, I get both a visual signal and it makes a sound too.
For security reasons, this comes in handy if I'm not home and the garage door is ever opened. My Fitbit app seems to be more user friendly too.
Another example is the Apple News app. It curates the news according to your likes and brings you topics that the major news outlet apps would not tell you.
For example, what if you wanted to know the latest news on Bigfoot (not trucks -the monster!). Apple News will start showing you this information in your news feed!
To be fair, there is a Google News app. I've used it. It works well and will get the job done, but its not as aesthetically pleasing to look at. I know to some, this sounds like I'm being picky. I agree. I am. Take this reason for what it is. The apps for iPhone just seem to agree with me better.
So far the only app, that I feel works better on Android is True Caller, the anti-robocall/ spam caller app. Its seamlessly easy to add spam phone numbers to the True Caller app with Android. With iPhone though its clunky and not intuitive. Ive reached out to True Caller about this and they tell me this is because of what Apple dictates they do. Either way, the Android version is much better.
This is the NUMBER 1 reason why I made the switch. I had a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which had a huge battery. Yet, the battery would start draining almost as soon as I unplumbed the phone.
I'm not kidding. Less than 5 minutes after unplugging the Android phone and checking email etc, the battery would go down to 99%, 98%, and so on.
And, in case some are wondering, my screen brightness was right in the middle – not too bright or dim. Im also OCD when it comes to closing apps after I use them.
The phone would be almost dead by end of the day.
I always found it funny when watching the TV show “24” that they were all using Samsung phones. I'm sorry, but I don't believe for a moment Android phones would last all day the way they were used in that TV program.
I've unplugged my iPhone 6S Plus at 9PM and left it on a table all night and the battery is still 100% charged 10 hours later! And the phone remains at 100% charge for a significant amount of time (20-30 minutes) after I start checking emails, news etc.
Maybe the better iPhone battery life is due to the apps playing nicer with each other? I don't know.
All I can say is the iPhone battery lasts at least 2x as long as Android batteries. Again, I have no idea why this is; I'm just happy for it. If you are constantly able to plug your phone in, the batter life issue might not not be significant for you.
But, if you are going on a trip and are not able to recharge or have extra battery power, handy, then having a long battery life is definitely something to think about.
Anything I Don't Like?
I'll be honest. There are some days I wish the iPhone was more like Android. A few things I wish were different/better include:
- The Apple Mail app is a little clunky (Outlook for iPhone works better for me).
- The iPhone isn't as sync friendly with Dropbox (help appreciated if I missed something here).
- Apple Photos seems to take its sweet old time to syncing with Google Photos.
- The keyboard keys don't vibrate when typing (silly, I know, but I miss it).
Some people say they don't like the Apple Maps but I've used it and think it works just fine.
So is the iPhone Worth It?
At the end of the day, we are all different. I didn't write this to convince anyone but rather just give people some things to think about if they were like me and trying to decide between iPhone and Android. I'm the first to say that my points are not the only things to consider. The reasons I listed above are just what was important to me. How you use your phone may differ significantly than me.
So, am I going through a mid-life crises by moving to the iPhone from Android? Maybe. It suppose it could be worse. I could've gotten a 25 year old girlfriend, but that wouldn't work. She'd never listen to me like Siri does…