Why I won’t go back to an iPhone for a while – Samsung vs iPhone

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Around two months ago I decided to upgrade my phone, leave my trusted iPhone behind and move to a Samsung. This wasn’t a light decision, considering all my other main tech devices are Apple, so choosing to get rid of the most popular and my most used one was hard to do. However, moving to Samsung was a great decision for me!

For some perspective, my daily used items include an iMac, a MacBook Pro, an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil. Everything I had worked seamlessly and I didn’t even need to think about it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love iPhones and the fact that they’ve launched a bigger version of the iPhone XS is amazing, but it’s still not enough to get me to move back to iOS now that I’m using Android. So I thought I’d do a little comparison for anyone who’s thinking about jumping ship from iPhone to an Android device and why you should definitely do it.

Also, for the purposes of this blog post, I’m equating Samsung to Android. I know there are loads of brands out there who run Android, I just wanted to keep things simple.

 

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Customisation

Android is so much more flexible and customisable. When I first got my Samsung, the first thing I did was change anything and everything I could, purely because the settings would allow me to. I changed the fonts, icons, theme, wallpaper, notification panels, colours, the keyboard and the lights. Anything I could change, I did. I even downloaded another launcher, NovaLauncher, so I wasn’t using the Samsung stock one and I could customise things further. I added widgets, multiple home panels and put my icons into different pages and folders. The phone was totally me and I loved it. Apple doesn’t let you do that. With an iPhone you can change the wallpaper and ringtone and that’s essentially it. If you’re really into customising your devices, Samsung is the way to go.

 

Apps and Games

Android has millions upon millions of apps in the Play Store and, luckily, about 95% of the apps I was using on my iPhone carried over to my Samsung. There were a few apps that I couldn’t get, but they weren’t life changing so I wasn’t too fussed. The App Store for Apple requires each app to go through rigorous testing to ensure that it’s functional and secure. The Play Store on Android requires a little less testing and is therefore more important that you know you’re downloading a genuine app and not something dodgy. With this in mind, I’m sometimes a little hesitant to download something incase I end up with a virus on my phone. This was something I never had to worry about with Apple. Both offer a simple layout, the Play Store looking a little bit more busy with more information on the home screen straight away and both will offer amazing apps for each phone.
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Camera

I loved the camera on my iPhone, but after a while it seemed to get a little grainy and meant I had to do more editing before I actually used the photo for anything. I’m sure it wasn’t just me that found this as after a quick google search I’ve seen that multiple people have had the same problem. The camera on my Samsung is amazing, super quick shutter speed for crisp photos, huge interface and it gives me the option to play around with aperture to adjust how much light gets into the lens when I’m taking a photo. I love the camera on my S9+. The only difference I’ve noticed is the portrait mode on the iPhone is able to differentiate between you and the background a little better than the Samsung can. Sometimes I’ve found my head being blurred just a little, but all in all, it’s not a huge deal.

 

Security

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Both Samsung and Apple offer amazing security for their phones. The new iPhones offer face recognition as well as a pin for their security features. They removed the fingerprint scanner, which I think was a mistake, but I suppose it kept things simple. Samsung on the other hand still have a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device and multiple options for security such as biometric recognition, passcode, pattern, gesture swipe etc. I much prefer the security options on the Samsung because they kept the fingerprint scanner, I’ve become so dependant on it for authorising purchases. I think it was silly for Apple to remove that feature. Definitely prefer Samsung’s security options.

 

Overall

I love using an Android phone now and my S9+ is an amazing device. It would have to be to tear me away from iPhone considering I’ve had essentially every iteration since the iPhone 3GS that launched in 2009. For me it hit all the major points that Apple were lacking, which was customisation and Security. I really love being able to change every little detail of my phone and make it exactly how I want to use it and I love that it still has a fingerprint scanner. It also has a headphone jack, too!

If you’re thinking about switching from an iPhone to a Samsung, or even another Android device, let me know if you have any questions. It can be a little weird going from one OS to another, so sometimes it’s nice to find out from someone who’s switched too!

 

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