I’ve been on Team Android for ten years, but I eventually gave in. After months of deliberation, I went to my neighborhood Verizon shop a few weeks ago and got an iPhone 14 Pro. Although I may seem unduly dramatic, the transfer represented a significant change in my life.
I’ve always taken pleasure in avoiding falling for the Apple gimmick. Despite years of nagging from friends to upgrade to an iPhone, I resisted, insisting that I preferred being unique from the crowd. Nearby people all have iPhones. The defiance of the conventional felt fantastic. I continued using my Samsung Galaxy phones, which I still think are amazing, for years.
However, after talking with family and friends about the benefits of the iPhone that I was unable to enjoy with my Android, I began to change my mind. Yes, I adored my Galaxy S10 Plus and all the features it provided, including the incredible camera, the programmable interface, and the best function of all: Object Eraser, which lets you eliminate any undesired persons or objects from your photos (Pixel has a similar feature). However, there was one major feature that my Android just could not provide: a smooth method of communication with all of my iPhone buddies.
This, of course, is because Apple won’t make iMessage compatible with Android phones, so when you contact someone who isn’t on iOS, you’ll see green text bubbles instead of the usual blue ones. I’ve been informed multiple times that I spoil group conversations by turning all the letters “green.” I dismissed it since it seemed like a little complaint that was entirely Apple’s responsibility.
Up until I understood there were other, more important advantages to owning an iPhone.
There isn’t a simple method to share high-resolution photographs and videos directly between an Android phone and an iPhone unless you use third-party software like WhatsApp. Before I started to feel envious of my friends who were immediately AirDropping photographs and movies following our hangouts, I was fine with just using WhatsApp. Videos on WhatsApp are likewise of worse quality, and Google Drive requires a lot more time to post them there.
Additionally, I found it annoying that applications like TikTok reduced the quality of my Android camera. It’s like night and day when comparing TikTok videos shot on an iPhone with those shot on my Galaxy S10 Plus, even an older model like the iPhone X. TikTok’s color distortion and object blurring on my Galaxy was the most unattractive and unnatural. Videos play perfectly on the iPhone and are sharp and clear. This was significant for someone who uses TikTok as frequently as I do.
These factors made me start to rethink acquiring an iPhone, combined with the fact that I currently own a MacBook and would profit from the Apple ecosystem as a result. Add in entertaining new aspects like Dynamic Island and capabilities like the new always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro models, which I particularly adored on my Galaxy devices, and I was immediately persuaded to convert.
I had to, of course, a battle they want to feel like a sellout. But I came to the conclusion that it’s really simply a phone. And no matter what you do, people will comment on your device without your permission. I had a good experience with my Galaxy for many years. I was now prepared for a change. I haven’t had any regrets thus far. For more of my opinions on going from an Android phone to an iPhone, see the video up top.
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