As someone currently on the other side of the fence just to try things out, I really miss having an iPhone and I finally realized exactly why.
I had been a long time iPhone user, since I was about 14 or 15 up until this past April when I switched over to try the S9, so about 8 years. I had had a bad string of luck with my iPhones for the past 3 years, using the 6 for over over 2 years and then going down to an SE because I loved the size while still retaining the 6 specs (for the most part). I grew increasingly frustrated with poor battery life and speed issues among other things and when TMobile came out with their sweet military plan with a great sale on galaxies, I decided to make the switch, figuring i just needed to shake things up a bit and finally be able to have a valid opinion about both sides of the argument.
Now, I do like my S9. It’s sleek, fast and does have a few features that I like, notably the Dolby ATMOS speakers, variable screen resolution and how easy it is to put files on the device. But I can’t help but feel like the phone is disorganised, with it’s menus and settings and huge amount of variables that it took to change the phone to make it feel the way I wanted it to. And that is where I realized the fundamental difference between iPhone and Android: the pick-it-up-and-usability of an iPhone vs the amount of tinkering you can do with an Android. And I know that this is a well known idea, considering the open source nature of Android, but it really took me using one to really appreciate the difference. I miss the easy ecosystem that iOS harbors. I miss how crisp everything felt on iPhone whereas on Android I have 3-4 different software developers constantly competing for prevalence in my UI. I miss Carplay in particular; as an Apple Music user still using the service on Android the app feels super half baked and isn’t even compatible with Android Auto.
I just really do miss my iPhone, and going forward I’m going to stop getting phones a generation or 1.5 gens behind like I had been with my previous phones, as I’m sure that contributed to my issues. I’m going to be switching back at my next opportunity and I can’t wait.