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iOS to Android: Learning to Love the One You're With

In January I made the jump from my iPhone 4s to the Samsung Galaxy SIII. There were a few reasons—which I'll get into in a moment—but let me first say that I did love my iPhone and I am not an Apple hater.

I first became an iPhone user in 2009, with the purchase of a 3GS. Immediately I was in love. But after a few short weeks, I wanted more. More customization. More abilities. I wanted to be able to have a direct dial icon, for example. I wanted to be able to change my lock screen. So, I jalbroke it. Loved it. But still, I wanted more. I wanted more memory storage. I, like so many people with smartphones, used my phone's camera for everything. I was running out of space very frequently. And at that time, it was a pain to get the photos off the camera, back them up, and so on.


When the 4S came out, I was stoked. More features! Siri! But again, the novelty wore off. I was using the phone more for the camera and it just wasn't keeping up with my demands. During the time of owning the 4S, I had another baby. And surely, anyone—parent or not—knows what follows: tons of photos! Exasperated because my space was being used up even more quickly, I had enough.

Enter the Samsung Galaxy SII with an SD slot, holding up to an additional 64GB. Come to momma! Obviously I was nervous. It's a big step to change phone manufacturers, never-mind OS systems. I made the leap anyway.

The first thing I noticed was the lack of apps that are available for the iPhone and not for android. There are a lot of apps, and granted android is newer/playing catch-up, however, for someone coming from iOS, it's a huge elephant in the room.


One of my most favorite use-every-day apps was Camera Awesome by SmugMug. It's glaringly absent on android (though it's promised it's being worked on—I asked).

Putting what's missing aside, for me there are huge advances to owning the Galaxy SIII over the iPhone 4s.

  • Screen size: 4.8" vs 3.5"
  • Memory: expandable up to 64GB
  • Customization: various launchers, themes, plus the ability to root if needed/wanted
  • S Voice vs Siri: I do have some issues with S Voice. Sometimes it doesn't hear me or it lags. (I've found Siri responds quicker). However, I can say "Open Roku" and my Roku app opens. It has opened every app that I've tossed at it. Siri could not do that. *Note: I have not stayed up-to-date on any iOS updates, so this is based off my iPhone 4s and its abilities as of January, 2013.
  • Google Now: quick view of important information, including weather, traffic, upcoming events, package shipped (LOVE this!), and others.

I love being directly connected to Google and having my photos auto-uploaded to Google+ for sharing/safe keeping. Sharing is more intuitive and makes life easier when I want to quickly get that baby photo up on Facebook or over to my mom and sisters.

I'm sure there are other advantages (I'm still learning!) but the above are what I find most important and really why I made the switch.

That's not to say I still don't get disappointed when I see an app mentioned that isn't available for android. Or how tired I am of the Disney commercials for their apps that are iOS only—explain that to your two-year-old.


My phone is a work in progress and there have been days where I've wanted to jump ship and head back to familiar territory, but I dig my heels in, do some Google and Lifehacker searches and remind myself...

...if you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with!

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