I have been a diehard Android phone fan since the G1 came out on the market in 2008. I had the G1, G2, an awful Motorola Cliq and a bunch of Samsung flag ship devices ending with the Note 5. The Note 5 was an excellent device and it worked very well for the 5 months that used it, then suddenly, like getting hit with a light-saber, my wife traded her Note 5 in on an iPhone 6S plus. Using the iPhone for only a few minutes made me realize what I was missing in a smart phone.
Is the iPhone really that good?
I was skeptical at first but after looking at the new iPhone I was more than interested. The speed of the phone felt much snappier than my Note 5 and for some reason, it seemed easier to use. After being in IT for 30 plus years it wasn’t like the Android was hard to use but the iPhone just feels more polished and clean.
The next day, I went to my local T-Mobile and jump traded my Note 5 in on a new iPhone 6S plus. I was a little concerned that the applications that I used to on my Android devices wouldn’t be available on the iPhone but with the exception of two, I am able to do everything I did on the Android device. The only two applications that aren’t directly available on the iPhone is a really good SMS backup app and a note taking app. Other than that, all of my Google apps, that I use extensively, work just as well on the iPhone. The Apple Notes application replaced the one that I used on the Android but the SMS backup programs leave a lot to be desired.
All of the applications run faster and I haven’t noticed any slowdowns using any of the applications. One of the few games that I have played, for many years, is Words with Friends and that app would lockup almost daily on the Android phones. It would recover itself by hitting the home button most of the time but more often, I had to restart the phone to get it to work again. On the iPhone, the game seldom locks up and when it does, a simple double push of the home button lets me close it without the need for a shutdown of the phone.
Some other pleasant surprises are:
- The camera is very good and the videos are smooth and clear
- I notice less dropped calls in the T-Mobile dead-zone where I work
- The bluetooth works much better and it finds all my devices very quickly whereas I did have some bluetooth issues with my Samsung devices in the past
- I haven’t found any problem or junk applications that do not work as described
- It works with my Android Wear watch
- The do not disturb mode works very well
- There are many more accessories available for the iPhone than there was for the Samsung devices that I used
Some downsides are:
- I am not a big fan of iTunes although many people really like it
- The options for backing up SMS messages are not very good and are somewhat hard to use unless I just haven’t found a good one yet
Android to iPhone, the darkside isn’t too bad
Overall, the iPhone can certainly replace an Android phone. I know that there are many Android users that will never touch an iPhone but I do feel that almost everything that can be accomplished on the Android can be accomplished on the iPhone. I won’t say that I will never go back to an Android phone but I do not see a compelling reason to do so at this point.