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I left Android for the iPhone, my opinion after 2 years

Changing smartphones is not a purchase like any other. This device has become a true extension of our brain, a companion both professionally and personally. Before getting your hands on the wallet, you should therefore ask yourself the right questions.

One of the first steps is to figure out which universe is right for us. Rather Android smartphone or iPhone? If these two worlds tend to get closer, they are still based on very different concepts.

Often considered more closed, iOS is praised for its simplicity and its integration into the Apple ecosystem. Android is cited for its great openness and its customization possibilities. Two schools then.

Throughout my life, I have regularly switched from one world to another according to my desires, but especially my jobs. After a year at Samsung, I spent a few years at Apple. So I was able to sail between these two shores more out of obligation than conviction.

At the beginning of my career as a tech journalist, I chose to trust the little green robot. If I was able to test iPhones, I had never made it my main smartphone. But 2 years ago, following the presentation of the iPhone 12, I took the plunge. The iPhone 12 Pro has become my daily companion, replaced in 2021 by the iPhone 13 Pro. After 2 years of daily usethe hour of the big assessment has come.


I will not return to the technical aspects of the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro, this exercise resulting in an objective test and not a feedback. In my eyes, all smartphones sold over 1000 euros are equal. Some do well on very specific criteria, but overall, they all meet my needs, both personal and professional.

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I will specify that I went from one high-end smartphone to another in order to compare my experience with products of the same value. Comparing the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro to an Android smartphone sold three times cheaper the previous year would make no sense.

More generally, I put myself here in the shoes of a consumer curious to know if switching from one universe to another implies having technical knowledge, carrying out complex manipulations, in short everything that can slow down the ‘purchase. And if I approach here the transition from Android to iOS, it is not impossible that I try the opposite experience in a few months.

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Android to iPhone: a complicated switch?

The first objection from my friends when I suggest to them the idea of ​​changing the universe is the following: “I have my habits, I don’t want to lose everything I had on my phone”. Where do these fears come from? Probably bad past experiences, dating from a time when multiple complex manipulations were necessary to switch to a new world.

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That era is over. Today, each manufacturer offers a data transfer application. We install it on the old smartphone and launch a complete transfer in a few seconds. At Apple, this application is called Migrate to iOS. I downloaded it to my old Android smartphone and followed the instructions. My iPhone was configured after a few minutes of waiting.

I then found most of my applications, all my contacts, my old messages, photos, videos, etc. It only took me a few minutes to add the missing elements (very few) and customize my interface. Child’s play.

Getting back to normal can take time

In reality, the most “complex” phase was to “get out of my habit”. Broken to the Android universe, it took me a few days to figure out all the intricacies of iOS logic. This proved to be all the more complex as iOS had changed considerably since my departure from the Pomme world. After a week, I was feeling comfortable again.

I will specify all the same that the Apple universe was not completely unknown to me. I use a Mac and an iPad Pro every day for my professional activity and I have to know at least in theory most of what’s new in iOS. Important clarification: for people who are less informed about new technologies, finding new habits can therefore take longer.

My favorite things about the iPhone

I will not go into the Android vs iOS war. In my opinion, each universe has its qualities and its defects. So there are things that I liked more about the iPhone, others less.

Among my favorite functions, AirDrop takes the first place by far

Being a Mac and iPad Pro user, I was first able to (re)discover the full power of the Apple ecosystem. The automation and interactions between the different devices are simply impressive and save considerable time on a daily basis. Among my favorite functions, AirDrop takes the first place by far. Taking a photo on your iPhone and sending it to the Mac or iPad Pro with a single gesture is pure joy. And it works the other way around.

Adding accessories like AirPods, HomePod mini or Apple Watch is done in the blink of an eye, communication between these devices is natural and simple. A delight.

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On the left the iPhone 12, on the right the iPhone 12 Pro / © Presse-citron.net

The other great strength of the iPhone is unquestionably the quality of the applications. This argument is often taken up by Apple fans, and rightly so. The quality of integration and the fluidity of the applications of the App Store surpass by far those of the Google Play Store. On a daily basis, I did not shy away from my pleasure. And if I were to return to the Android universe, I would sorely miss this design quality.

If I had to give just one example to illustrate this know-how, I would cite the quality of Google applications. On iPhone, Google apps are better developed than on Android! And they often ship new products first. A height.

I will not dwell on the applications made in Apple which, for the most part, find no equal among alternative applications. I tried dozens of applications to replace them, but I often returned to Apple apps. Only Spark replaced Email and this by simple personal preference, the application of mail from Apple is already very complete. On the other hand, Plans was quickly replaced by Google Maps, Apple’s mapping application still being light years ahead of that of its rival despite significant recent improvements.

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Finally, I cannot approach this editorial without citing Apple’s efforts to privacy protection. If Face ID forces Apple to keep this big notch on the screen, the facial recognition system is formidable in terms of security.

It can not only be used to unlock the iPhone, but also to pay in store or online. Face ID can also replace written passwords or the security systems of third-party applications, especially the most sensitive (banking apps, for example).

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Lock Facebook Messenger with Face ID. © Facebook

Finally, I would add that the management of application permissions is exemplary. A question of economic model: Apple does not exploit personal data, Google has based its model on this private information.

What I dislike

By reading these lines, you are probably saying to yourself that I like everything about the iPhone. Think again. I consider today that no system is perfect. Also, I happened to hate the iPhone to the point of wanting to return to the Android universe.

The main black spot of the iPhone is only the consequence of the closure of iOS. I have a hard time putting up with the lack of interaction with third-party apps. They are not fully integrated with iOS and an action that would have taken two seconds on Android requires several manipulations and/or round trips. Terribly annoying on a daily basis.

Siri, you’re a merguez

I also tore my hair out trying to communicate with Siri. I will not take tweezers: Apple’s assistant is no match for Google Assistant. First because it does not necessarily interact with all third-party applications, but also because its answers lack relevance. Also, it is not uncommon to have concluded my “conversations” with Siri by “Siri, you’re a merguez”.

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It won’t surprise anyone, the lack of customization in iOS also frustrated me a lot. Granted, Apple has embraced widgets, but the company seems to take pleasure in locking everything down. It’s better, but still far from the possibilities offered by Android.

Finally, the management of notifications is also very far from what we find on Android. But iOS 15 and iOS 16 improve things considerably, especially with the “Do not disturb” modes. I will therefore wait for the arrival of Android 13 and iOS 16 (which I have already been testing in beta for a few weeks).

The opportunity, perhaps, to take the big leap again…

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