Switching from iOS to Android: what I am learning

Anyone who had been following me since 2004–2005, knows that in my older blog I used to write about smartphones a lot.

At that time I was included in a list of bloggers who were involved in the Nokia blogger relations program, something that allowed me to test lots of brand new Nokia phones.

N95, N98 and many other models (down here a few models I tested at the time)

When the iPhone was launched, I immediately bought the first model during one of my trips in the US in 2007. I still have it.

I also switched to other phones over time, Android (HTC), Motorola Android and BlackBerry of course (I used to work for that company for three years).

Well, probably BlackBerry smartphones are the ones I miss the most. That feeling while using the keyboard on a BlackBerry Classic will never come back unfortunately.

On the other hand, I have been using an iPhone almost continuously for the past 4 years at least. I just took a break when I used a BlackBerry Key 2 (Android) or a Xiaomi, but this last one was for testing purposes only.

Those experiences didn’t really work well and I immediately went back to the iPhone. You know, as many say, it just works and they are right. No bells and whistles, sometimes boring I would say, but at the end it works incredibly well.

Back to Android

Something suddenly changed a few days ago. I had the opportunity to get a Google Pixel 4XL for testing.

This time I had a strange feeling. It doesn’t seem to me that I am actually using an Android phone. I am using a super powerful device, with an incredible screen, where the power of stock Android 10 can show its best.

It’s like I am using the iPhone of Android phones.

The UX is great and despite, like any Android phone, you have the ability to customize anything, if you don’t do anything, the overall UX and feeling are similar to the iPhone, but there are some features that I am loving and are not available on the Apple device.

Here are a few:

  • 3D face unlocking is fantastic, super fast, you save a lot of time
  • The phone understands when you are close to it and you can use gestures just waving your hand to perform some actions, like skip a song or snooze an alarm (no need to touch the screen)
  • You can multitask with more than an app on screen at the same time, through the “split screen” option
  • Google Auto has improved a lot since the last time I used it and it works anyway, regardless you have a Google Auto compatible car
  • Last one, but I could continue: the keyboard feels great, very responsive. I am doing a lot on this, way more than on the iPhone. Must be the haptic feedback, but I am loving it

As you can see from the image above, we are speaking about a very beautiful phone that brings the best of Android on a very powerful device.

Am I missing my iPhone XS? Not that much so far. The problem is that I am not someone who uses the same phone for more than 12 months… I tend to switch phones a lot an I am an eager tester. I want to know, I want to try, I want to use.

Thoughts?

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