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Android user thinking about switching to iphone, thoughts?

pete6032

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I have never used a iPhone before, nor do I own any Apple products. I'm thinking about retiring my Moto X4 and switching to an iPhone, particularly because my entire family uses them and it would be nice to have iMessage and it seems like the iPhone call quality is much better than my current phone. Has anyone here made the switch and do you have an opinion on which you prefer, Android or iPhone? I used to be so enthusiastic about Android because I could root the phone, install ROMs, install an Adblocker, get a customized keyboard etc., but now I don't do any of those things. I don't use my phone for anything more than calls, texting, and web surfing 90% of the time. I play a few board games on my Android, but nothing graphic intensive. I take the occasional picture but camera quality isn't that big of a deal for me. Seems like an entry-level iPhone might be a better option for me if I plan to buy a device and hold onto it for a few years. Thoughts?
 

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I use both, my work phone is an Iphone 6 and my personal phone has always been Android. I've historically used the HTC m8 and Galaxy S7 & S20 FE. As I'm primarily a Windows user, I find Android to be more intuitive. For example on my android phone if I want to attach something in an email, I would create a message and attach it with the dedicated attach button in the email client. If I wanted to do that on Iphone, I would create a message click a < button in the keyboard interface where it displays suggested words and then attach it.

A budget Iphone is a good option, but It does take time to figure out Apple's UI. My dad made the switch from a Galaxy S7 to an Iphone SE 2020 because my mom wanted him to, and he was pretty frustrated for the first few weeks.
 

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I am an Andriod aficionado. An expensive, Apple ecosystem is designed to extract money from you. You will have no choice left but to spend more on Apple services. Think wisely and decide.
 

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My Moto G5's phone call sound quality is significantly worse than the Nokia 8.3 I replaced it with.
 

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I have never used a iPhone before, nor do I own any Apple products. I'm thinking about retiring my Moto X4 and switching to an iPhone, particularly because my entire family uses them and it would be nice to have iMessage and it seems like the iPhone call quality is much better than my current phone. Has anyone here made the switch and do you have an opinion on which you prefer, Android or iPhone? I used to be so enthusiastic about Android because I could root the phone, install ROMs, install an Adblocker, get a customized keyboard etc., but now I don't do any of those things. I don't use my phone for anything more than calls, texting, and web surfing 90% of the time. I play a few board games on my Android, but nothing graphic intensive. I take the occasional picture but camera quality isn't that big of a deal for me. Seems like an entry-level iPhone might be a better option for me if I plan to buy a device and hold onto it for a few years. Thoughts?
An iPhone is highly likely to get about 6 years of software updates (from original date of release). Heck, Apple is still updating a few devices from 2013. It seems that most consumers don't care about updates, but 0-day exploits do exist. If a smartphone is the most important computing device you use, wouldn't you want to keep it secure over time? Arguably the next best thing about iPhone is that Apple silicon is excellent, and is likely to hold up well over those 6 years of updates.

The main con is value, as you tend to pay a lot for a flagship iPhone. Still, it's not all bad as you can get a small-screen iPhone SE for $400 or a mid-range iPhone 13 for $700. If you amortize the price over 6 years of use, you'll find you aren't really spending a lot more than you'd spend on a new Android device every 3 to 4 years. If you want the small iPhone SE, I believe the rumors are they will be refreshing it in 2022.

I've been using Android for nearly a decade, and decided to stick with Samsung back in March. They'll update for 4 years, so I won't have to think about it for a while.

Edit:
Apple just released a security update for ancient devices:
 
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MrSquished

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I just look at an iPhones homescreen and it's just an inferior nasty interface that completely hampers the user.

I'll be getting a Google pixel 6 pro. 5 years of updates. Fuck that apple noise. Respectable product. Just not for anybody that wants to tinker in the slightest.

Lightning cable? Also dumb
 
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I have never used a iPhone before, nor do I own any Apple products. I'm thinking about retiring my Moto X4 and switching to an iPhone, particularly because my entire family uses them and it would be nice to have iMessage and it seems like the iPhone call quality is much better than my current phone. Has anyone here made the switch and do you have an opinion on which you prefer, Android or iPhone? I used to be so enthusiastic about Android because I could root the phone, install ROMs, install an Adblocker, get a customized keyboard etc., but now I don't do any of those things. I don't use my phone for anything more than calls, texting, and web surfing 90% of the time. I play a few board games on my Android, but nothing graphic intensive. I take the occasional picture but camera quality isn't that big of a deal for me. Seems like an entry-level iPhone might be a better option for me if I plan to buy a device and hold onto it for a few years. Thoughts?
I've used both platforms extensively, and I'm content to rely on an iPhone. If you really want one to join in iMessage and FaceTime chats, then it already makes sense — communicating with your family is more important than other bells and whistles.

Your situation also reminds me of something I once heard about the difference between platforms: Android is for people who like to do things to their phones, iOS is for people who like to do things with their phones. Customizability is great... but it also means you're spending hours getting your phone "just so" or troubleshooting odd firmware/software problems. At a certain point in your life that effort just isn't feasible or worthwhile, particularly when you're raising a young family.

If you do get an iPhone, I'd recommend at least an iPhone 11, and preferably a 12 or newer. The iPhone SE has good performance and a solid camera, but you probably wouldn't be happy with the battery life. That and the SE's design is clearly on the way out.
 

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I dislike how all of the newer phones make it harder to turn off the phone... The physical button is now an on/assistant button and the only way to turn it off is with multiple buttons.
The SE is the last iphone to make it simple.
On my s20fe it defaulted to bixby and there's a setting to make the power button either start bixby or display the shutdown menu....

I find it annoying that there's still no dedicated number row on the stock ios keyboard.

One thing I was impressed with on my iphone was apple carplay ran smoothly on the iphone 6 but android auto on my s7 which had superior hardware was clunky and laggy.
 
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I have never used a iPhone before, nor do I own any Apple products. I'm thinking about retiring my Moto X4 and switching to an iPhone, particularly because my entire family uses them and it would be nice to have iMessage and it seems like the iPhone call quality is much better than my current phone. Has anyone here made the switch and do you have an opinion on which you prefer, Android or iPhone? I used to be so enthusiastic about Android because I could root the phone, install ROMs, install an Adblocker, get a customized keyboard etc., but now I don't do any of those things. I don't use my phone for anything more than calls, texting, and web surfing 90% of the time. I play a few board games on my Android, but nothing graphic intensive. I take the occasional picture but camera quality isn't that big of a deal for me. Seems like an entry-level iPhone might be a better option for me if I plan to buy a device and hold onto it for a few years. Thoughts?
Hi, yeah no doubt in saying that iPhone is better than Android Phones because the features of iPhone can't beat other phones but somehow Android apps or features are also good and easy to use as compared to iPhone but if you want to change your phone for enjoying games on iPhone so, you can changed it.
 

MrSquished

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btw I too used to root and do all sorts of stuff to my Android phones. Haven't in years. I do just like the Google Pixel naked android, using Nova Launcher just to dress it up. Just being able to customize the homescreens and the better notifications and being able to use the same USBC cable I use to charge other electronics is enough to keep me in the Android ecosystem.
 

ch33zw1z

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I've been using both for a long time now, and I'm really starting to like the iphone more. I'm also considering switching my personal Android phone to iphone, probsy a 13.

I find the iphone more user friendly in general. I also find the charging port to me more sturdy than the USB c port on my Droid.

Accessories are easier to get as well, I really like OtterBox stuff and with droid you gotta double check and really confirm your android will be supported
 

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