Android and iOS are the two biggest OS giants in the smartphone domain. While both Android and iPhones offer similar smartphone functions such as digital camera, VR support, GPS, etc., and also offer a wide range of apps and games, the way these features are offered in both categories is quite different.
The following are some of the major changes you should expect if you switch from Android to iPhone:
1. Better Privacy and Security
Apple is known for giving excellent privacy and security to its smartphone users. So, if you are moving from Android to iPhone, you will see fewer pop-ups, intrusive ads, malware, and trackers when using your phone.
Apple is able to offer better privacy support because of the following:
- Code Access: While Android is a fully open-source operating system, iOS is proprietary software with only some parts of it available to the public under certain licenses. Since only a small portion of iOS is open to the public, it’s difficult for hackers and cybercriminals to identify exploits in the OS and trigger cyberattacks. On the other hand, anyone can check the source code of Android. This makes Android vulnerable and an easy target.
- Updates and Support: Most Android phones get only 3 years of OS updates from Google. On the other hand, iPhones get 5 years of updates and support from Apple. That’s why not only do you get to enjoy the latest features and updates for longer on iPhone but you also get strong security and privacy features.
- Design: iPhones are designed with security in mind. Thus, you get many features such as email hiding, the option to disable app tracking, etc. These features aren’t readily available in Android.
2. Premium Pricing
There is no denying that iPhones tend to come at a premium price, unlike Android phones which are available at both affordable and high rates. For a certain price at which you are getting an iPhone, you can get an Android phone with better specs (on paper, at least) such as a larger battery, higher MP in cameras, larger screen size, etc. Although, what you may notice is that iPhone still outperforms comparable Android phones due to excellent optimization and efficiency of resources and iOS functions.
Note: If you are worried about losing your expensive iPhone, then there are ways to protect your device. For instance, if you have renters insurance, it may cover your phone in case of theft.
3. User Experience
iPhones are smartly designed in a way that even new users can get used to iOS easily. The UI is extremely user-friendly and users don’t get bombarded with a series of notifications, app screens, and confusing options in the device settings which is common in cheap Android phones.
iPhone also makes it easy for you to disable notifications from unwanted apps as it asks permission for the same for every new app that’s installed. Of course, there are additional features such as the physical silent switch on iPhone’s side that makes switching silent mode on and off easy. This feature is available on most iPhones- from the original iPhone launched in 2007 to the latest iPhone 14 Pro. On the other hand, very few Android phones have this button function (largely OnePlus phones offer this feature).
4. Service and Repair
Another area in which you will find a noticeable difference when switching to an iPhone is service and repair costs. You will notice that even minor repairs in an Apple product cost a lot. This is mainly because Apple doesn’t want its users to get their iPhones repaired by third-party service centers.
iPhones pose many challenges for independent phone repair technicians- the devices come with proprietary screws, won’t allow easy installation of third-party spare parts, etc. Hence, users have no option but to use Apple’s service which costs a lot. For instance, replacing an iPhone screen can easily set you back by $130 to $300!
5. Accessories Compatibility
The last major difference that you will notice between an Android phone and an iPhone is problems with accessories compatibility in the latter. Let’s start with the charger- most iPhones support only lightning cables for battery charging and data transfer. On the other hand, Android phones these days predominantly use type C cables.
Talking about wireless devices such as wireless earphones and earbuds, iPhones may support non-Apple products. However, iPhones work best with Apple products only- that’s how the entire Apple ecosystem has been created. So, if you want to use a wireless headset from a different brand with an iPhone, you may not be able to use the device as easily as you want and may face incompatibility issues.
For many Android users, switching to Apple is a huge dilemma. They need to commit to an entirely different OS, UI, accessories support, etc. That said, knowing about the major differences between these two smartphone ecosystems in advance can help you decide which option is better for you.
Alexia is the author at Research Snipers covering all technology news including Google, Apple, Android, Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung News, and More.