Few Things To Consider Before Switching From Android OS To iOS

This isn’t one of those Android vs iOS posts and this article doesn’t, in any way, imply that a certain OS is superior. I’m now an advocate of sticking to whatever works for you even if it means still carrying a Blackberry Bold 2 around.

I was talking to a friend during the week and he mentioned he would like to get an iPhone because he just wanted to change. He further explained that there’s something about Apple devices he has always appreciated and it’s how classy they look. This is someone who currently owns a Samsung Galaxy S5, someone who has always been on the Android platform and has never used an iOS device.

Obviously, there are things about iOS he didn’t know, or perhaps, he’s willing to overlook them. As current iOS user who has been on the platform for years, I tried giving him three reasons to stick to his comfort zone and probably upgrade to a more powerful Android device.
Apple’s cloud-first approach can be annoying

Apple has a way of forcing you to use cloud storage and in a country like Nigeria, that doesn’t really work. Things as simple as attaching a document to an email can become a headache if the file to be attached isn’t stored in iCloud or Google Drive. You can’t simply attach a file from your device, the file has to be in your cloud storage.

If this isn’t your thing and you’re considering switching from Android to iOS, this should stop you right in your tracks. Apple’s cloud-first approach to everything may be annoying to a first-time user.
You pay for everything

It’s not that I’m encouraging piracy but if there’s anything I like about Android OS, it’s the fact that you can search for anything.apk on Google and get what you want. Unless you jailbreak, you will never be able to do this on iOS

Android users can easily go to a site, download a song and keep it on their SD card. With an iOS device, you may be able to stream the same song from the website, but sorry, no downloads. Unless you jailbreak, you may have to pay on iTunes for things you can actually get for free.

Again, an app like Geekbench 3 available for free at the Play Store may cost a dollar in the App Store.

The need to have a PC

Truth be told, you need a PC to effectively manage your iOS device. Organizing your music library through iTunes requires a PC. Transferring music and movies from a flash drive requires a PC whereas, you can easily do the same task by plugging the USB drive to your Android phone through USB OTG.

This person in question doesn’t have a personal computer.

Was I able to convince this guy?

Well, I did. He’s considering getting the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge instead. Does this mean I’m also getting off iOS? Nope, I’ve always been on both platforms and as a tech enthusiast, it’s only right that I keep a balanced view. Both operating systems are great, just stick to whatever works for you. Do I have a favorite? Sure.
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