Switching from Android to iPhone in 2022 — The TRUTH!

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- [Rene] The iPhone 13 is here with better cameras, better video, better battery, better display, pretty much better everything, and Im gonna give you seven very specific reasons why you might wanna switch or switch back from Android to iPhone, and three equally specific reasons why you just might wanna stay with the Pixel or Samsung or OnePlus that brung ya.

Im Rene Ritchie.

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Lets do this.

Now, Ill get to exactly why you really might wanna make the switch in an Apple Silicon hot minute, but first, there are a few reasons that might make you wanna stick.

Apple is still the only company making iPhones, so if you dont like what Apples doing, youre just a hundred percent completely out of luck.

But with Android, if you dont like what OnePlus did with the 9, its not a problem.

You can pick up what Google did with the Pixel 6, or if youre bored with black slabs, you can get flips and even folds from Samsung.

If lightning just isnt your thing, you can get USBC.

Point being theres just an endless variety of hardware options out there.

And yes, some experiments that Apple is simply not gonna even try and match, either never, or just not anytime soon.

Same for software and customization.

Sure, with the iPhone, you can change your wallpaper, your widgets, even use shortcuts to swap up your icons if youre willing to put in the work, but youre still locked to that classic iPhone launcher and grid with nothing like a proper theme kit in sight, but with Android, Android isnt your dad, your mom, your parent.

Android just isnt the boss of you, no matter how much the Google Play APIs increasingly try to make you clean your room.

You can customize, you can theme, you can make the material you, which is legit terrific looking, but you can also make your system font Comic Sans, if thats exactly the type of monster you wanna be.

And while some people just want their phones to work for them, if youre willing to put in the work for your phone, the more time and effort you put in, just the weirder and wilder you can make that Android experience.

There are two types of apps on Android that you just cant even get on the iPhone.

The first is real game streaming services like Googles own Stadia or Microsofts Gamepass, and that means you can stream the latest games as easily as you stream the latest TV shows and movies from Netflix or Disney+, but with Apple, not so much.

Theyre bizarrely stuck in the past on this point, and every app is stuck in the store, so fingers crossed that changes in soon, but for now theres just absolutely no joy.

The second type of app that you can get an Android that you just cant get on the iPhone is, yeah, antiviruses, but Android also lets you sideload, which means you can install apps from the web instead of the Google Play Store.

Youll get all sorts of warnings about safety and security, because it is a huge risk, and theres tons of malware out there, hence antivirus apps, but you absolutely can do you.

Now, switching to the iPhone has more than a few quad major advantages, too.

You can get really, really good, really, really, small iPhones.

Theres the iPhone 13 Mini, which takes everything that was great about the one-handed iPhone 12 Mini, and adds a way better camera and way longer battery life.

It has gone from a day-timer to an all-dayer, all-nighter maybe, packing every single feature from the full-size 13 into a body small enough to fit into your change pocket or clutch, which is something thats just not easy to find from any other vendor anymore, and if you just dont wanna pay that much for that small a phone, theres also the iPhone SE 2, which has an iPhone 8 design complete with home button and touch ID, but with iPhone 11 internal, so its still plenty small and plenty fast, not compared to the latest iPhone, sure, but still compared to a lot of the latest Androids.

Because of the way theyre engineered, like from the beginning of time engineered, iPhones just tend to run smoother for longer and better than Android phones, even with far fewer resources, because iOS and iOS apps run natively on the iPhone, not through an interpreter like Android and Android apps.

The code uses active release instead of garbage collection, and every bit of it was written specifically exactly for the device it runs on.

Theres no overhead meant to cover every quirk of every possible different device from every possible different vendor.

Apple also still makes the highest performance processors, calibrates everything about the display and imaging pipeline at the factory, custom designs every power management and audio system, and the list just goes on and on and on.

And the results are, if you just look at the specs and see four to six gigabytes of RAM or a physically smaller battery, or 120 Hertz refresh rate, or a non pixel bend, non-periscope camera, you still get the highest quality best experience using an iPhone.

They load and scroll and last and shoot way better than a similarly or even much higher speced Android device, and if youre on Android outside of China, with very, very few exceptions, youre on Google, and thats totally fine for a lot of people, great, even, for many people, Google makes it so that you can pick up almost any Android device, log in with your account, and be up and running just lickety split.

With an iPhone, you can use your Apple ID, which you might already have from iTunes back in the day or an iPad now or whatever, and be up and running every bit as quickly, but if you love you some Google and wanna stick with all of their services as well, thats just fine, thats dandy.

Download any or all of the plethora of iOS apps that Google provides from Gmail to YouTube, Maps to Chrome, and log into any of them with your same Google ID, and Google will very helpfully just try to log you into everything else using that ID.

Because iPhone users still provide so many, so valuable eyeballs, so much money for Google, that Google makes sure theyre all over the iPhone, and for anything you may have on your Android phone thats not on Google, Apple has a switch to iOS app right on the Google Play Store thatll help you move just all of that content just all the way over as well.

And Google on the iPhone works really, really, really well.

So well that you can legitimately make an argument that the iPhone plus Google apps is simply one of the best Google experience phones on the market.

Best hardware, best services.

Best combos since peanut butter and chocolate.

Even better than some, maybe many, Android phones, but, ginormous but, if you dont like Google and youre outside China, using Android is tough.

Google has their hooks deep in the OS, even further down than the Google play APIs, which let modern Android phones be modern Android phones.

So even if you go out of your way to avoid Google services, Android is essentially the mother, the father, the parent of all Google services, and that means you can make the iPhone into a really top flight Google phone if you want to, but you can also make it only partially a Google phone, use apps without logging in, or just no Google phone at all, just avoid all of their apps entirely.

If you dont like Googles privacy policies or security track record, if you hate the idea of data harvesting, and exploitation, and surveillance capitalism, or whatever, you can avoid Google services completely.


You can stick to Apples apps if you want.

Use a mix of indie apps, or even go all in with Microsoft Edge or Outlook, because yes, you can make the iPhone into a pretty great Windows phone, too.


The point is you get to choose.

If the Google services just arent worth the intrusions into your privacy, you can go completely without them and not miss a beat.

Same with Facebook.

If you want to, you can absolutely deck out your iPhone with all the Facebook, I mean, Meta apps that you want to.

The big blue one, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus, and they all work great on the iPhone, better, even, than any other phone.

Thats the reason you so often see celebrities with Android endorsements, even other media teams at other Android makers accidentally posting their Android ads from the iPhone.

Same with TikTok.

Its why you see iPhones in the hands of so many of the biggest creators on the biggest platforms.

But like with Google apps, you also have the option of just saying no, hell no, to Facebook apps, even apps using the Facebook SDK, using any invasive SDK now, especially with app tracking transparency.

You can stop them, literally, in their tracks, their tracking tracks.

You can also choose to back up online with the speed, simplicity, and ease of Apples iCloud If you want to, but you can also go all "Battlestar Galactica", all "Matrix" hardline, and just use good old fashioned USB to your Mac or your PC if you want to instead.

Ever notice that the one app where Googles openness ends, and hard, is the Pixel camera app? Just like Apple wont put iMessage on Android, Google wont put the Pixel camera app on iPhone, or other Android phones, for that matter, and seriously, totally, I do not blame them at all.

Companies tend to keep closed what makes them money, and open up what makes their competitors money.

Its why AdSense is closed and Safari is open, and the Pixel camera is absolutely terrific.

It routinely outshoots the monstrous glass that Samsung and Huawei keep bolting on their phones like alien face huggers, but Apples also doing something really special with their cameras, as well, with hardware like in-body image stabilization or IBIS, to ProRAW, to color matching, not just between cameras, but through the entire imaging pipeline, from capture to display, and photography thats built into the Silicon so a lot of it runs in real time, like a real camera, in the live view, instead of being shunted off to a post-process, and it launches fast and saves every frame so you never miss a shot, and Apple still has the best video in the business, now up to Dolby Vision HDR in 4k60 with ProRes, as well.

Likewise, the depth and quality of photo and video apps on the iPhone is simply unmatched.

Maybe unmatchable, given us just easier to make apps for hardware as consistent as the iPhones.

And sure, everyone talks about the value and power of Apples ecosystem, but its for a reason.

When you buy an iPhone, you also get all the free apps Apple makes for it.

Free as in free, not free as in your data, including the iWork Suite, Garage Band, iMovie, and more, plus all the free training and courses they offer, not just at Apple stores, but increasingly online, as well, and through Education.

There are still more better third-party apps sooner, and, for a variety of reasons, not much of that is likely to change just any time soon.

You can use iMessage and FaceTime for end to end encrypted text and audio video chats.

Theyre not cross-platform, which is super frustrating, but they work great, and if you need cross-platform, again, you can get anything from Facebook Messenger to Facebook WhatsApp, to Google Meet, Hangout, Duo, to Microsoft Skype and Teams, to Signal, to Discord, to everything.

And then theres the Apple Watch, which is the best wearable on the market, so much so, it pretty much is the market, and AirPods which have become so popular, theyre basically a meme.

If you have a Mac or iPad, Continuity lets you share a cellular data, copy and paste clipboards, and even sync, not just data, but state between apps, so you can put down a half-written email on your iPad, pick up your iPhone, swipe, and just keep typing that email.

And, of course, airdrop, which lets you send files back and forth so quickly and easily, you literally start feeling lost without it, and with the Apple Silicon Max now, you have laptops that are as fast as some workstations with all day battery life, totally, completely, and always in sync with your iPhone.

Plus, you dont just get security updates, but full on software updates in every country, on every carrier, all the time, at the same time, for years, four to five years now, which is something really only Google is even starting to try and match.

What that means is, if you decide to stay with the iPhone that you bought for many, many years, you get a lot more value in the long run, and if you decide to sell it or trade it in, you get a lot more value at sale or at trade in as well, and thats true with a $400 iPhone SE, and with an $1,100 iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Now, I get it. I totally get it.

What one person finds focused and consistent, another confined tunnel-visioned, even boring.

One persons security and protection can be another persons straight jacket.

Each advantage can be a disadvantage.

End of the day, you have to pick the best phone for you.

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Rene Ritchie: Switching from Android to iPhone in 2022 — The TRUTH! - Mobile App Development