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From iPhone to Android: 10 good reasons to make the switch

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For a long time, “iPhone” was synonymous with “smartphone”. Android’s steady rise to power in the smartphone market puts them up there, and most times, exceeds the standard that was set by Apple. As such, there have been more people jumping over to the Android side of things from iOS. We’ve got ten good reasons for you to make the change.

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Price

Let the numbers speak for themselves: the iPhone 5S  with 64 gigabytes of internal storage will run you near $850 dollars off-contract from Apple. The current Android flagships keep up to iOS devices are often much cheaper. In this case, the Galaxy S4 from Samsung can be bought for around $600 dollars on amazon. As well, you can grab a 64 gigabyte microSD from amazon for another 50 dollars.

Personalization

With Android, you can rearrange and customize  your smartphone to your heart’s desire. It starts with the backgrounds, heads over to your app icons and widgets, and then finally your home screen and lock screen. You can even decide what kind of keyboard that you want to use on it, for example Swype or TouchPal X. You can install different launchers, you can root your device and install a custom ROM. There’s a ton of things you can do for your Android device.

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The Yandex 3D Launcher, a completely new look for your Android device.  / © AndroidPIT

For the iPhone, it’s a little tricker. You can change the background and some stuff, but in order to realize somewhat of the same control you get on your Android, you need to jailbreak it.

Product Variety

With a variety of options having to deal with your software, Android has a good selection when it comes to the hardware side of things as well. While iPhone users can currently choose through a handful of Apple devices, there are hundreds of smartphone that are running the Android system, from high-end flagships to entry level mobile devices. While many of the older mid-range devices had a hard time keeping with an iPhone, this year there have been a plethora of offerings in that class that have been giving the iPhone for a run for its money.  As well, the higher end models blow the iPhone out of the water.

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With all these phones to choose from, which one is for me? // © AndroidPIT

For example, if you were to throw in the Samsung Galaxy, the HTC One, the Sony Xperia, LG G2, and Huawei Ascend P6. All of the before-mentioned cell phones combine different approaches towards design and software. The HTC One has been getting rave reviews for its superior design, the Galaxy S4 is generally regarded as the best all around solution, and Sony and LG have been upping their game in terms of devices with their latest releases. Finally, the Ascend P6 has making a huge splash into the market, stealing design ideas from Apple and applying them in an Android settings.

Large displays

As an iPhone owner, you can’t freely choose the display size. You’ve got two options: 3.5 to 4 inches. For Android smartphones, you can get quality devices with a screen size  both smaller and larger than the iPhones. And if you’ve experienced using a smartphone with a display larger than 4.5-inches, it’s hard to go back to the iPhone.

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The Huawei Ascend Mate, a truly colossal display. © AndroidPIT

NFC

NFC technology hasn’t been fully embraced in all markets, but it’s definitely on the rise with more merchants accepting to use it. We have given tips as to why NFC is a benefit in the past and are hoping to see a better integration of the technology over the next few years. As such, many of the best Android smartphones include a NFC chip, with Apple missing the mark with its iPhone 5S this time around.

Google services

When it comes to organizing your everyday life, Google is your friend. At your finger tips you’ve got access to your contacts, calendar, e-mail., browser, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google+, YouTube, Google Now and more. All of this is integrated closely into the Android operating system and you can truly take advantage of the number of services that Google offers.

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An overview of the Google Services that you can find on your smartphone. / © Google

Apps

For a long time, the app selection category has gone to Apple time and time again. Their App Store had a huge variety of apps to choose from and was the haven for most mobile developers the first few years. However, the quality and attractiveness of the Google Play Store has exploded over the last few years. Android Apps are priced cheaper, more often, compared to their iOS counterparts. Statistics have even show the Play Store taking on the App Store in many different areas now.

No iTunes

I found iTunes incredibly awkward and annoying when I tried it out, and I’m not alone with this mindset.  Furthermore, being tied down to using this service in order to sync iOS devices makes it even more frustrating. With Android phones, you’re not tied down by those chains. If you want to transfer music over to your smartphone, simply connect your device via USB and drag your files over to the appropriate folder. The Play Store can also be using to buy music online, find a better music player in their app store, and a ton of options for Internet Radio.

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Spotify and Google Play Music are only among two of many ways to listen to music on your device. / © AndroidPIT

Diversity of ROMS: stock, custom, and manufacturer firmware

Apple has just released iOS7 and has completely redesigned their user interface (UI). While this has been graced as a god send for iOS users since it’s the first big UI change since the emergence of first version of iOS, it’s really non-news for Android users. Being able to change our UI, either with a custom ROM or launcher, has been common place for some time now.  As well, we’ve got a ton of options to choose from when it comes to how we want our device to work and look like.

Stock Android is the pure Android with any manufacturer customizations to the OS. You can find this on all Nexus devices and also the Google Editions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Most smartphones, however, come installed with a customized version of the OS that feature extra apps and features unique to the manufacturer. We’ve done some comparisons between these different types of Android and stock Android.

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CyanogenMod, one of the popular custom ROMs that await your install. / © CyanogenMod

As well, we’re also able to install alternative firmware if we so choose. From there, you can install one of the more popular ROMS, such as CyanogenMod, on your device. One upside to stock Android and custom ROMs over the manufacturer ones? You most likely will receive an update to a new Android version if it should come out, often it takes the manufacturers some time to get the updates rolling.

Root

One of the basic requirements for installing a custom ROM on your device, is that you have to have it rooted. By rooting, you get administrator rights for your device and can do and install whatever you want. You can install and delete apps at will, screw around with the performance on your device, or, in this case, install a new firmware. However, rooting and playing around without knowing what you’re doing can have some negative consequences, either by soft bricking the device or deleting a necessary file system.

 

So, what’re you waiting for? Android is the way to go if you’re looking for as much flexibility as possible when it comes to software and hardware. What are some of the reasons you’d switch over to Android? What are some reasons to stick with iOS?

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  • Gio A. 11 months ago Link

    Even doe it is true that you can increase the memory size with a micro sd card it should always be said that you can not place applications on the memory card in most cases. witch is what most people would want to. You only might be qble to use it for music and pictures wich to me would make it useless. its a good thing you could root your phone to make it do it.

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  • Moni Mihailov 11 months ago Link

    you can move large games or apps with "GL to SD root" on microsd card on Android :)

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  • tiptronic 11 months ago Link

    The comparison reads much like '10 good reasons to swap your Porsche with a van'
    - Cheaper
    - Bigger
    - You can add a tow-bar fixture...

    For me most of the given arguments are a good reason NOT to switch (except the price maybe).

    BTW: NFC is dead ;-)

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  • Stephen Allen 11 months ago Link

    Your english translation needs some work -- I'd be embarrassed to share this on my Facebook account, where most of my friends are iPhone users. If you'd like help fixing some of the translation, why not ask for volunteers or pay someone to do it. Sorry, but this article is one of worse ones for english grammar. :(

    Constructive criticism - not trying to be mean.

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  • tiptronic 11 months ago Link

    @Stephen A.: Well, since most internet user's native language is not english and lots of native english speakers don't share a common grammar, I am not sure how important a perfect grammer is, compared to the effort a non-native speaker takes to create an article in a foreign language ;)

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  • Ross Guldenbrein 11 months ago Link

    The fact that every developer has to write entirely separate code just for apple devices sux! Apple is anti-internet! By trying to enforce its own proprietary standards they are defeating the whole idea of what the Web is about. It wasn't that way at first, but now...

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  • Oliver Downey 11 months ago Link

    When a usable ad hoc WiFi is standard (used same way as Blue Tooth) then I will switch from iPhone

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  • martina motz 11 months ago Link

    Check out the radiation levels from an iphone versus a Samsung Galaxy 11. Fry your ears with an iphone. One more reason to buy an Android way less radiation

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  • Brian King 11 months ago Link

    @Oliver Downey, Congratulations and welcome to Android! The wifi direct standard is in Android 4.0+, apple is adding it in IOS 7.

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  • 360 Degree Technosoft 10 months ago Link

    I agree with your all points to make the switch from iPhone to Android. I love android OS more than iOS, but the battery life is still the one sticking point for me. The larger screens are wonderful in their convenience, but it comes at a price: it takes much more power to power those additional pixels.

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  • Michael Lile 10 months ago Link

    tiptronic, it's more like '10 reasons to give up your Porsche for a BMW.' I've disliked the i-Devices literally since the invent of the iPod (I preferred MP3 over iTunes format). iOS to me is a joke, compared to the functionality of Android. Also, unlike iOS, Android has a massive group of people working on apps for it.

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  • Andy S. 1 month ago Link

    I've solved this one for myself; I'll soon have a iPhone 5 & a Nexus 7 (2012) 3G, that way I don't have to make my mind up about OS's. It sounds expensive but the way I often get round it is to find a friend or family member who is close to renewing their contract and offer to buy there old device when they've got their new device.

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