As you can probably tell by the majority of blog posts I’ve written to date, I’ve been an iOS user for 7 years now and never used Android as a primary phone on a daily basis.
In this post, I am going to go over the Top 5 Reasons I’m considering an Android, as my next smartphone.
5. If Apple Remove the 3.5mm Headphone Jack
It doesn’t seem surprising that in typical Apple fashion, they like to get rid of as many ports as they can and this would be the cherry on top of the cake.
The 3.5mm headphone jack is still important for smartphones today and the reasons I prefer it includes:
- Plug and play.
- No need to pair device via Bluetooth.
- Does not require any additional power such as via Bluetooth on the phone itself.
- Does not require recharging a separate gadget (headphones).
It seems very likely that this will be happening, but there could be advantages to it with higher quality digital audio via the Lightning port, etc.
With no 3.5mm headphone jack, for compatible headsets to work, you would need at the very least a Lightning adapter, which we have no idea how big and bulky these adapters would be and the nuisance of taking these everywhere etc.
I also own a set of Bluetooth Earphones that I got off eBay, and they serve the purpose of what they say they do and ignoring that they do not fit in my ears that well, they have an audio skipping issue every 30 seconds to every minute, where the audio drops out for a split second and sincerely hope that this is not an issue with more expensive headsets.
4. No Fast Charging for iOS Devices
I use a Sony Speaker Doc to charge my phone overnight and it doesn’t charge quickly but does the job of slowly charging my iPhone 5s overnight.
The 5W adapter that comes with my phone does charge a bit quicker, but still no where near as fast as recent flagship Android smartphones.
My iPhone 5s can charge to 50% in about an hour or so, and recent phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge (imaged above), can do that in half the time.
It also seems a bit thing that if iPhone users use their phones more than Android users, that they would go through their battery quicker and would prefer the batteries to charge quicker.
3. Better Hardware
Quad HD Screens, bigger batteries, subjectively better cameras, water and dust resistance, microSD cards, where does it end!
I will say before I go further, that specs are not everything! Specs are only relevant if it all works well together as a complete package along with software and services.
That being said, when the popular 4.7inch iPhones has a just above 720p display and new phones have a 1440p display with 4x the number of pixels on the screen, there is no room for comparison.
iPhone hardware is also lacking when it comes to battery sizes as they are all for thinner and lighter and not bulky and practical. As a basis of comparison, the Galaxy S7 has a larger battery than the iPhone 6s Plus, despite being a smaller phone.
There are obviously benefits to some Android devices such as microSD cards for expandable storage, which will never happen for iPhones (99% sure), but not all Android handsets have this feature (such as Nexus devices).
There are some specs that are better on the iPhone tough (subjectively), including processors, optimizations with software, 3D Touch, physical silence switch, Retina Flash and Lightning port, but it all at the end of the day comes down to what you would use your phone for on a daily basis, and sort out your priorities.
2. OS More Suitable for Phablets
My observation is that a lot of flagship Android smartphones are phablets, because people can use them one handed just as easily because of the:
- Home Screen Icon Placement, and
- Back button on bottom bezel or bottom of screen.
With home screen app icon placement being anywhere on the screen, is incredibly useful for single handed users. This is because you can place all of your apps within reach of your thumb when holding your phone in your left or right hand.
The back button is also suitable for phablets, because it is where your thumb is already without stretching and on iOS with the universal back button in the top left corner of the screen (ignoring the swipe from left edge gesture I use a lot), it makes it hard to use it single handed, but 3D Touch can address this issue with a swipe from the edge to switch between apps easily.
1. Software Updates from Android N Onwards
The number one reason that I am more interested in switching to any Android smartphone, is Google getting more bullish with smartphone manufacturers updating their phone software.
Android N has a feature called seamless updates which installs the updates on a separate partition of the storage in your phone and put it into effect when you reboot your phone next for faster installs.
Google is also working on separating Android into two separate parts, being the interface and the back-end.
The interface is what all phones would need to update to be considered an Android N or later device and the back-end can be updated separately if required. This makes updating software far quicker for the already slow process.
I’m not convinced yet that this will solve all issues with updating software etc. but I really hope that we see this trend starting in the near future.
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