The battle between the iPhone and an army of Android-based smartphones (whether it’s pure Android or a proprietary shell on top of Android) seems to be eternal. But what could be good reasons to abandon Apple?
1. One charger for all smartphones
In 2022, almost all Android gadgets use the same charging cable and USB-C port (even Apple’s latest iPad and MacBook). This suggests that Android devices strive for versatility: with a single cable, you can power all your devices, and you do not have to get confused with the cords. It also provides a higher charging speed.
What’s more, if you damage or lose the cable, it will be easier for you to find a replacement at a lower price as it is a more popular standard.
Alas, the same can’t be said for iPhones, which still use Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable. To make matters worse, Apple stopped supplying a charging unit. You’ll have to shell out extra money to purchase it if you’re making the switch from an Android smartphone.
2. More settings, freedom and adjustment
Android is an open-source platform, which is why it offers more freedom and customization options than iOS. You can customize/modify almost everything on your Android, starting with the design of the home screen (icon sizes, their shape and colour design) and ending with user interaction with your gadget. There’s also the option to download third-party launchers, themes, and font packs to change the device’s interface almost beyond recognition.
And you can use your ringtone for a call: go back to 2009 and set the call “In our district they do not call, but call …” from Potap and Nastya. The field for imagination work is impressive!
Of course, in recent years, Apple has made great strides in improving customizable iOS options (features such as widgets or third-party keyboards have been added), but still, iOS users are far from android freedom.
Additionally, you can download applications on Android that are not available in the Google Play Store (for example, an application that is not available in a particular country). We would not recommend resorting to downloading from unknown sources, but there is such a possibility.
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3. Reluctance to be locked in one ecosystem
Android offers a larger selection of both the devices themselves and the applications/services for them. In response, the Apple ecosystem appears closed. How does it happen in life? If you own an iPhone, then you are more likely to buy other products of the brand (MacBook, iPad, Apple Watch). The same goes for using Apple Music, Apple Maps and iCloud branded services. For the corporation itself, unlimited control over its users is a huge advantage.
Let’s not be disingenuous if we say that these branded devices and services are great in themselves, they complement each other and work in a kind of synergy, creating a seamless user interface. But be prepared to invest heavily in other Apple products if you switch to the iPhone side.
Google’s Android ecosystem is more open and diverse, so it’s more like digital creative chaos. Already based on the openness of the source code, Android is used by many brands that create their additional products. And this is almost a flood of the market with goods, their range is impressive!
4. Sync with PC
If you have a Windows PC, it will be much easier to sync your phone with Android than with an iPhone. For example, there are several ways to transfer files from Android to your Windows computer (via USB cable, Bluetooth, or cloud storage services). Microsoft Phone Link is used to synchronize notifications and messages and make calls.
5. More storage options
Your smartphone is likely to become an indispensable device for almost everything from storing photos, videos and music to documents. Built-in memory will need more!
As if to please the demands of users, many Android phones offer expandable storage using microSD card slots. This allows us not to delete files to get free space, as we did before. Who remembers how when trying to take a photo, an icon appeared not enough memory? How long ago it was!
But the iPhone does not offer expandable storage. How is this problem ultimately solved? You will have to pay a significant amount of money for additional storage in advance, and when you run out of free space, you will have to pay for a monthly subscription to iCloud storage or simply erase files. It seems that users are purposefully driven into the bondage of dependence.
While we use cloud storage, Apple gives you only 5 GB of free iCloud storage (Google offers 15 GB for free). What’s more, you can use the Google Drive app on both platforms.
6. More choices, options and functions
After all, Android offers more options to choose a smartphone in terms of design, size, finish colours, specs, and price. If you have special needs, most likely, there will be an Android phone that will work in all respects. Less common are models and at all for the specific taste of the user. For example, Realme 8 Pro with a huge variegated inscription on the back. Google’s Pixel 6 Pro will offer an unusual horizontal band of camera systems.
You can also choose from different price categories: the range ranges from state employees and averages to flagships (each manufacturer has both). Can you imagine the scale? And we didn’t mention a variety of form factors like the Galaxy Z Flip and Fold series with foldable displays!