I just switched to an iPhone after 8 years with Android and don’t regret it a bit
So like the title says, I’ve been with Android for 8 years. Samsung S1, S3, S5 LG V20, LG G3, HTC Desire 518, and some other budget phones I cant remember. The most recent one was the LG V20, and it was pretty terrible. I loved the quad dac, loved the wide angle camera but after about a year the phone was barely scraping by in usability even after replacing the battery, factory reset, and flashing a new theoretically faster ROM.
I love having control and customization options but in the end, I just want my damn apps to open as soon as I tap and to not crash. With android I didn’t do all the customization i did (installing new launchers, flashing experimental ROM’s etc) because I wanted to, but because without it the experience just wasn’t very good (with the phones I used)
The past few years my girlfriend who has exclusively used iPhones has been slowly wearing me down to make the switch. I wanted to get a S9+ or Note 9 but she convinced me to at least do some research on the XS / XS Max and try it out at the Apple store.
Well, it worked. I now have a 256gb XS Max in Black. Here are my thoughts so far after about a month.
* Build quality is outstanding, it has a weight to it that makes it feel substantial and premium. I never got that with the S9+ and Note 9 I tried out. Love the stainless steel.
* I’m glad they didn’t excessively round the edges like on the S9/Note9, makes it so much easier to put on a real screen protector.
* The display is honestly the best I’ve ever seen. I’m a photographer and the color calibration is on par with my calibrated 4k monitor I use for editing. Contrast, color accuracy, brightness, really really impressive.
* THE APP EXPERIENCE. Android fans give Apple a lot of shit over how restrictive they are with apps via the app store but after seeing the difference it makes, I think its a good thing. I’ve experienced ZERO crashes with any of my mainstay apps since switching to an iPhone. On all my android phones, crashes with some apps were frustratingly common.
* THE PERFORMANCE: This part is sort of a given considering that the A12 chip is the best mobile processor ever but wow is it nice to switch between apps with no hiccups and have no delay between tapping and an action taking place.
* Face ID: I was skeptical and I still think have a finger print reader under the glass would have been nice. But, Face ID works extremely well 95% of the time and it works well enough that I rarely find myself missing the finger print reader. Especially impressed with how well it works in complete darkness.
* The haptic engine is uncanny in how good it is. The hard press features are really cool and work well to streamline certain apps. Gestures work really well for the most part.
* Everything else: Battery life is excellent, I end the day at 20-30% with tons of mixed use. Camera is really good, video is even more impressive. Nearly everything about the experience just seems really polished compared to Android with a few exceptions below.
Things that are stupid:
* The fact that in 2018 I can’t just exit out from the call dialogue and let it ring WITHOUT declining. There are a million different reasons and scenarios I’d want this and I miss it from android.
* App organization options are lacking compared to android
* Notifications are pretty good but I still found android easier to sort through emails and messages faster. Maybe this will change with more time.
* Gestures *are* pretty good but certain gestures like swiping from the edge of the screen can be annoying to get sometimes.
* Getting my music on this phone was a nightmare. I have a big library and iTunes is a pile of shit. It would not accept the way I organized artists/albums. Was extremely slow and clunky to use, and i did not care for the default phone interface either. I ended up using google play music and it worked perfectly right out of the box.
* Just the way file management between apps works. Its frustratingly limiting sometimes how I cant move photos between certain apps.
Things i will continue to complain about:
* A phone at this price range not coming with a dongle for headphones is unacceptable.
* A phone at this price range coming without a fast charger, or fast charging capable adapter is unacceptable
But clearly they were acceptable because i have the phone so….
**TLDR: I switched from android after 8 years and I don’t miss it at all. I feel like Android forced me to be a power user to get the experience to work the way I wanted it to, while on iOS, it just works out of the box. Really impressed with almost everything about the iPhone. Less impressed with some silly stuff like call handling that I cant believe is still present in iOS 12. Hope to be using this phone for several years and I’m glad to know Apple will likely be supporting it for as long as I use it.**