5 Things I Learned from Switching to Android
I had been using the iPhone from the days of iPhone 4S. Before that, I had a basic cell phone. While the first few iPhones that I had were feature packed, I cannot say the same for the latest ones. After years of making good phones, Apple has gone a bit stale so, I decided to switch to Android for the first time. This made me realize a few things that I couldn’t have learned if I didn’t make a switch. Having said that, today we’re going to go over my personal findings when I switched from iOS to Android.
Let us now dive into the Android OS. But before that, let me tell you that I used the best of the bunch. I switched to the Google Pixel 3 so the comparisons would make sense. So, without any further ado, let us get started.
The first thing I learned was that the performance on the Android side of things is different than the iOS counterpart. What I mean by “different” is a little vague. While the performance of things such as Facebook and Twitter didn’t matter much, what did matter was the performance of gaming. I was surprised to see Google Pixel 3 render games so easily. The Apple X, from which I upgraded used to render the games in a great way too but in Android, that performance is pretty improved. I did notice a bit of lag here and there though. In terms of consistency, iOS wins but in terms of maximum power, Android takes the victory.
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If you’ve ever used iOS, you know how strict the interface is. There are no ways to improve the existing UI, no skins and no launchers. You get a really simple GUI in iOS. On the Android side of things, I noticed a really steep learning curve as far as the GUI was concerned. There are a lot of ways to customize the Android OS to your liking. There are also many things that come with Android. For instance, Widgets and Custom theme library are awesome. Another thing that I equally liked about the Android OS is the type of freedom it grants you. You don’t have to rely on the PlayStore alone to install the application and I also found the Developers option pretty amazing as well.
One of the best things that I learned while jumping the ship from iOS to Android was the fact that transferring the data could be a really difficult task. Initially, I didn’t know what I was doing. After some thorough research and using a 3rd party Application, I got to know how the data syncing actually worked. This was a bit frustrating but when every data from my iPhone got transferred it was a great moment for me.
Android has a personalized Notification system. It means that you can get notifications from individual apps and consequently block notifications. This is a really great feature that you don’t see in the iOS. There is even a detailed description of what to allow and what to block in an app. If you don’t want a notification to appear on the lock screen you can do that as well.
At first, I found it a bit overwhelming but when I kept on using it, this feature started to make much sense. In iOS, it is very difficult to manage notifications. I also got to know that this notification feature is even better on the Android Nougat phones which is really impressive. All of these features make android a lot better than the iPhone.
General User Experience
I found the Android User Experience to be a bit difficult but also a bit featuristic. There are a lot of features that you don’t get on iOS. Features such as launchers, rooting, access to the internals of the phone, alternative applications for almost everything, Custom themes and more. These features make Android a lot better. In addition, the general experience like finding apps, the app drawer, lock screens etc are also more intuitive. While the minimalistic design of the iOS is better than the Android but the functionality is better in Android by a long shot.
So, these are basically the 5 things I Learned from Switching to Android. There are some other things that are very crucial as well. I got to know about RAM management and how you could clear the data and the cache of an application on Android. This feature is unheard of in the iOS side of things. All of these minor details make the Android Operating system really powerful. I thought that I’d have a difficult time coping with the changes but I was definitely wrong. Android is very easy to use and once you get familiar with it, you can do a lot of different things which are not really possible in iOS.