10+ Years of Android ownership. Just switched to iphone 12 Pro. My thoughts/first impressions
I’ve been a long time user of Android phones due to their affordability and customization. My first flagship Android phone was the Galaxy s3. I immediately fell in love with the design and overall functionality. All my friends and family would have iphones, but I would always stay true to Androids. Then I upgraded to the Galaxy s6 right before I left for college. At this point, I was a little bit upset as Androids weren’t (and still aren’t) optimized for Snapchat, as this is when my social life started to sky rocket, so much of my time was spent on that app.
2 years later in 2017 I switch to the Galaxy s8. Now, I loved this phone and it’s been a killer 3 years with it. Awesome camera, lightning fast, amazing customization/UI and just overall enjoyment.
I would always look over the fence though and see what Apple was up to with their iphones, and my friends would constantly brag about just how well optimized and user friendly their iphones were. I was never one to delve deep into unlocking Androids’ true potential and being a power user, but I wasn’t a grandma either.
Fast forward to 2020, I hear about the iphone 12 and its return to the iphone 4 design (which was my absolute favorite looking iphone – I was never a fan of the “rounded” iphones). This, combined with the fact that my S8 was not only coming on 3 years old now + the iphones and Galaxy series of phones cost about the same, made me switch.
I got my new Iphone 12 pro about 3 days ago.
I power it on and start setting everything up. I’m a little disappointed by the screen resolution and detail, but it’s not a major step down from my S8. Another big factor that contributed toward me switching was the fact that Apple decided to add widgets. I was a bit surprised in the fact that there is no Alarm clock or Email widget, but i’ll make due. Another feature that disappoints me is the fact that there is no dedicated “back arrow” on the bottom right of the screen like with androids. It’s either gesture controlled or a you have to reach to the top left of the screen to return somewhere. Something I did with my old S8 that greatly improved speeds was turn off unnecessary animations (like apps opening) – ~~A feature i’m not sure is available on Apple products.~~
When I first took the phone out of the box, I was immediately impressed by the phones weight and build. This thing truly feels like it can take a beating and then some. The true tone display is very nice and color accuracy is impressive. The camera, as expected, is absolutely stunning. I took my first night mode picture last night and im blown away by the clarity and resolution a phone camera is able to reach. Snaps on snapchat look crystal clear (Granted, this is mostly due to the fact that Snapchat is well optimized for iphones), and zooming in no longer blurs pictures to the extent my older Androids did. The phone is not only remarkably faster, but the battery life is muuuuuch better than my old S8. Obviously, this is going to be the case no matter which new phone you get when you compare it to an old one though. Imessage is awesome and I love the animjoi feature as well.
The iphone 12 pro is an amazing phone. I love its new throwback design along with its true tone display and impressive camera. However, there was something homey about Android. Something I can’t quite put my finger on that I miss. Maybe I need more time with my iphone and get more familiar with its features and quirks, as it’s only been about 3 days. But overall im very excited with my switch.