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After one too many fires, Samsung decided to pull the plug on the Galaxy Note 7. That means no more manufacturing and no more selling, and if you have one, Samsung wants you to power it down and use something else.
Of course, Samsung wants that to be another Samsung phone. And Samsung users would be inclined to stay with Android. But when something like this happens, isn’t it a good time to, at least, consider switching to iPhone? The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are pretty awesome and won’t explode in your pocket.
So, in no particular order, here are 10 reasons why iOS is better than Android, aka 10 reasons the time is right to switch to Apple.
1. iOS PLAYS NICE WITH OTHER DEVICES
Between iCloud and Handoff, Apple is really concerned about making sure you have access to what you need wherever you are. The first time you take a photo and see it on your iPhone, and then on your Mac, and then as a screensaver on your Apple TV, you’ll totally get what all the fuss is about. And while Android and Google in general are fine for being compatible with other devices, it just doesn’t work as seamlessly as it does in the Apple ecosystem.
There’s something still magical about that blue bubble, when you know you are texting another Apple device, versus the green bubble where you know the person you are conversing with is still relying on basic SMS. With iMessage, you can take advantage of read receipts and at least know when someone’s message was delivered. Android tries to get you to use an app like Hangouts, but it is just not the same. iMessage integrates perfectly with your phone number automatically; and now two people using iMessage on iOS 10 see rich and dynamic text messages, emojis and stickers. I can’t imagine going a day without iMessage, and I think any Android user switching to iOS would quickly agree.
3. A BETTER APP STORE
People like to tout that Android isn’t nearly as strict as iOS when it comes to the App Store, meaning you don’t have to use stock Apple apps and feel bound by the limitations of such a closed system. But at the end of the day, Apple’s decision to be so strict and keep its garden so walled is a win-win for everyone. For the user, it means much less of a chance of something malicious getting onto your phone. Freedom comes with a price, and while no operating system is perfect, I feel safer when I’m using iOS.
4. BETTER LOOKING APPS
Have you ever noticed when you hold an Android device and an iOS device side-by-side that software running on Apple just looks better? Performance is key just as much as beauty, but iOS somehow manages to achieve both perfectly. And not only are the apps prettier, but more often than not an app comes to iOS before it comes to Android. So if patience isn’t really your jam, iOS may be where you want to be anyway.
5. ANDROID IS MORE CUSTOMIZABLE, BUT …
Back when the iPhone first came out, all the attention was on how Apple didn’t want you to have control over the look of the iOS. For example, you can’t change an icon on an app or do anything that makes an iPhone look like anything other than an iPhone, but for most people that’s a good thing. You know what you are getting when you use an iPhone. Still, there is a rather major subset of people who disagree with that premise, people who — and I get it — think that if they are spending all of this money on a phone that it should perform exactly the way they want and look exactly the way they want. That’s why there’s this thing called a jailbreak, where people unlock iOS at a root level and figure out ways to customize the phone much like Android phones can do, and in many cases, more ways than Android can. No doubt there’s a cool factor involved, but when you start to change the product you risk doing things that could render your phone inoperable. So jailbreak at your own risk, or maybe Android is really best for you.
Apple made some serious waves when it stood up to the FBI over unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone, and even though the government says it eventually got what it needed without Apple’s help, the fact that Apple stood its ground, which was good for all of us. Whether or not you agree with Apple’s stance doesn’t matter here. Apple showed the FBI and everyone that the company takes your privacy seriously. It wasn’t going to introduce a way to make your content more easily accessible by someone who shouldn’t have access to it. And when a company puts its customers first, everybody wins.
7. SOFTWARE UPDATES
Whether it’s through iTunes or over-the-air updates, Apple’s software updates just work. You can even set up your iPhone to automatically download and install them in the middle of the night when you are sleeping. Android might give its software updates cool internal names, but no Android user will tell you that updating their software is easy. Plus, on an android device you get all kinds of apps you don’t need, some specific to carriers. If you thought Apple’s stock weather app was bad, which it really isn’t, you’d love what Android is trying to pass on to you.
8. APPLE STORES
When you have a problem with an Apple device, you get to go to an Apple Store for help. When you have an Android phone that needs assistance, there are plenty of big-box stores you can go to, but you don’t want the guy who’s repairing the refrigerators to fix your phone.
We totally take it for granted, but when you search for something on an iPhone, you really search. You can search system-wide or change the settings so certain things aren’t included in the search. It’s a global look at everything on the iPhone and it just works where Android’s doesn’t. The next time you can’t figure out which folder you put that app in, type it in the search bar. That’ll make you realize how superior iOS is. As they say, it’s the little things.
10. BETTER HARDWARE
Even before the whole Galaxy Note 7 debacle, people have told me that Samsung phones look better and Android handsets are nicer. I absolutely disagree. I know Apple wasn’t the first to have a phablet, and I know that Apple still doesn’t allow text to scroll on the edge of a screen, but Apple devices are like BMWs: There’s a luxurious feel to them, then and now. To me there’s no contest; nothing beats and iPhone’s quality and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Are you a former Android user who now uses an iPhone?
Are you thinking of switching from one to the other?
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