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Android Vs. iOS: My Experience Switching To An Apple iPhone 12

by Kevin Shan 3 months ago in mobile

I'm not particularly impressed.

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I got a new iPhone 12 a couple of weeks ago during Boxing Week 2020. My parents decided to switch our phone plan to Shaw so we could save money, and in doing so, upgraded two of our phones.

My mom switched from her Huawei Mate 20 Pro to a new iPhone 12 Pro Max while I switched from a Samsung Galaxy S8 to an iPhone 12.

After using the iPhone for a couple of weeks, I can't say I'm particularly impressed. The phone is good enough, but I don't see the "massive upgrade" so many Apple fans talk about.

Yay! Less Bloatware!

What I love about Apple phones is their simplicity. They never come with a crazy amount of random, distracting apps installed out of the box.

Android phones, on the other hand, often have that issue. In addition to what Google preinstalls, you also get apps from whatever manufacturer created your phone.

On my Samsung S8, I had all the Google stuff preinstalled and various Samsung apps such as Samsung Health and Notes. While I did end up using some of those apps, most of them were completely unnecessary. For example, I never touched Google Duo, Samsung XR, or Smart Switch.

There were also a lot of duplicate apps preinstalled. For example, I had a Samsung Email app as well as Gmail preinstalled. While deleting the apps I don't use isn't a difficult task, it is something we often forget about and never get to.

However, the more pressing issue is when we end up using a new app that we didn't really need to use. One of my biggest problems killing my productivity was watching YouTube.

As mentioned in this article, when I got the iPhone 12, I was so happy that YouTube was not preinstalled. My life was so much better when I wasn't addicted to scrolling through YouTube videos every day. I vowed to myself that I'll turn my iPhone into a productivity machine.

Of course, there are still many apps that come preinstalled that I don't use on an Apple phone, such as Apple News or Apple TV. But the number of these apps is significantly lower than an Android phone.

Some Apps I Miss...

Although I just talked about how Android phones often had an issue with a double-install of apps that do the same thing, I ended up downloading Gmail and Outlook despite already having the preinstalled Apple Mail app.

I wasn't comfortable using the Mail app. I went into some problems when I was trying to work with multiple Gmail accounts, so instead, I downloaded the apps I was used to.

Another app I considered installing was Yahoo! Finance. The built-in Apple Stock app just didn't provide much.

But re-downloading apps I had on my Android phone wasn't much of a problem. I could find pretty much all of them on the App Store.

What bothered me the most was Google Chrome's compatibility with an iPhone. Every time I try to watch a video on Chrome, the videos don't fullscreen correctly. Zooming in-and-out is also a problem. I can only revert to the normal page size by closing the tab and reopening it.

Now I'm stuck using Safari. While this isn't the worst-case scenario, there are small differences between Safari and Chrome. Safari is noticeably slower than Chrome. Videos often take longer to load and cut out multiple times throughout the video.

That being said, certain apps do work better on an iPhone. My Fitbit connects much better compared to my S8, and apps such as MindValley work smoother.

I'm Not Impressed By The Screen

The last time I used an iPhone previous to the iPhone 12 I have now was when I was a kid playing on an iPhone 4. One thing that the Samsung S8 captivated me with was the OLED screen.

And when I went to China and got the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, I was even more impressed with its screen's vibrant colors and ability to make everything look amazing.

Now I'm using the iPhone 12, and it's just meh. The screen isn't bad by any means, but it isn't awe-inspiring compared to some of the phones I have used before.

The iPhone's screen is visually duller compared to the other screens I have used before. When I'm looking at an iPhone, I know I am looking at a phone screen. The phones I had previously used felt much better.

The iPhone 12's Sound Is Amazing

What the iPhone lacks for its screen, it makes up for its sound. When I opened up my new phone and watched a video for the first time, the iPhone's sound quality was clearly better than my Samsung S8.

One problem many phones faced in the past was that sound usually comes out from one side. That was one problem I met with my Samsung S8.

The iPhone 12 doesn't have much of an issue. The sound feels like it comes from the entire phone rather than just one end.

When comparing my iPhone 12 to my Samsung S8, the iPhone 12's speakers also get louder. It comes in really handy when I'm trying to listen to something when my surrounding sound is very distracting. For example, when my brother plays the piano, I can still listen to my phone without plugging in headphones.

Apple Only Has Face Recognition?

When the iPhone X first came out, people were complaining about how Apple removed the fingerprint sensor. Since then, I haven't heard as many complaints.

For me, however, not having a fingerprint sensor sometimes makes the phone bothersome to use. I often use my phone without directly looking at it. It gets a little annoying when I have to enter my pin so many times.

It's even more annoying with COVID-19 protocols. The iPhone cannot recognize me under the mask, which means I always have to enter my pin when I'm out working.

I would have loved it if Apple did something similar to what Huawei did with their phones and added an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor. That would be one fewer complaint people have.

Still More To See From The Apple Ecosystem

Overall, switching to an Apple iPhone 12 from a Samsung S8 was an upgrade. However, it wasn't as big of an upgrade as I thought it would be after listening to everyone around me talking about their iPhones.

That being said, the last time I used Apple products was back when I was using an iPhone 4 and the first-generation iPad. I heard that if you're going to buy an Apple product, you should get everything in the Apple ecosystem. For example, with an Apple iPhone, you should also use an Apple Macbook and Apple software.

With only an Apple iPhone, there is a good chance that I am missing out on a ton of helpful features. Soon, I will buy an Apple laptop for programming purposes and potentially learn to use Final Cut Pro video editing software. When I do that and experience more that Apple can offer, my opinions may change.

But for now, I'm not experiencing much of a difference between my Apple and Android phones. Both have their ups and downs. I got a new iPhone 12 a couple of weeks ago during Boxing Week 2020. My parents decided to switch our phone plan to Shaw so we could save money and, in doing so, upgraded two of our phones.

My mom switched from her Huawei Mate 20 Pro to a new iPhone 12 Pro Max while I switched from a Samsung Galaxy S8 to an iPhone 12.

After using the iPhone for a couple of weeks, I can't say I'm particularly impressed. The phone is good enough, but I don't see the "massive upgrade" so many Apple fans talk about.

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Kevin Shan
Kevin Shan
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Kevin Shan

I'm a blogger and an avid learner. I have many different passions and very few dislikes. I write about pretty much anything, but you'll see mostly personal development and mindset stuff from me.

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