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Guide to Switching from iPhone to Android

Written on July 08, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Just because Android looks awesome compare to iPhone, it doesn't mean that it's the same in the inside. There are things to consider before swapping your iPhone for an Android.

For many, switching from can be cumbersome and it takes a few weeks to adjust. Chill! There’s no problem with either , they just have different patterns. These two may have the similar mobile operating systems with touch interfaces, but actually iPhone and Android feel different, look different, and accomplish things in somewhat different manner. So better brace yourself if you’re planning to switch your iPhone to Android.

The Boon

  • Google Maps Navigation: The Android’s free turn-by-turn navigation will get you to your destination safely and you can save around five to ten minutes with its new learned routes. Fantastic!

  • Voice Capabilities: Compare to iPhone’s , Android can give you accurate voice search, get directions while you’re driving, and call to businesses just by saying their names. It’s not just limited to listening to music and you can find pretty much anything on the web with Android phones.

  • Choice is Yours: One of the reason you may want to switch from iPhone to Android is its much more open app market. The gives the developers a freedom to bring you all kinds of apps. You can find an iPhone apps counterpart there or something that digs way deeper into the OS, letting all sorts of functions and notifications customizable. That’s the great level of control that you are dreaming of.

  • The Web is Here: If you’re a frequent user of Google services, with simply supplying your Android phone of user credentials you’ll quickly find that your phone is filled with all sorts of information. You’ll have your bookmarks, contact, items, email and more! And to pull even more information into your phone, you can connect to your Facebook and Twitter. All info will be in constant sync with your web apps in Android.

  • Handling Notifications: Nobody loves frequent pop-ups and Android handles notifications just passively fine. It allows you to check your notifications when you want and be otherwise uninterrupted. However, you can set some notifications to ring, vibrate or flash your trackball light for attention.

The Bane

  • Problems: Android doesn’t have much that of a walled garden like what ’s used to offer. So you have to consider first the source when downloading an Android app. Think first before you install.

  • Mandatory Carrier Apps: If you are not a fan of mandatory carrier apps like the Sprint Nascar app or HTC’s Sense for example, you can transfer them to the app drawer by dragging them to the trash of your home screen.

  • Short Battery Life: Because of Android’s true multitasking, the battery life can fall a little short. The solution? Just make sure you quit your apps when you’re done with them. You have to be active in managing your applications.

The Culture Shock

  • It Just Don’t Feel Right: Android’s multitouch system is not always as elegant as the iPhone. The animations aren’t as smooth and the touch doesn’t respond the same way. You’ll really find yourself adjusting with the difference like sliding down to unlock your phone rather than left to right. But when you’re having a hard time coping up, just remember this: It’s not an iPhone so don’t expect the Android to be one.

  • Varying Strokes: When you switch your iPhone to Android, you might find yourself adjusting to a totally different physical keyboard, or with a familiar but a bit different touch keyboard. But either way, you’ll adjust with practice and you might even discover some keyboard shortcuts along the way.

  • Interface Consistency: Android have several pages with different items. You might find yourself swiping around blindly here. But just like with the strokes, you’ll get used to various pages of your home screen. If not, you can replace it with SlideScreen.

  • Localized Settings: In Android, you’ll always find your application settings in its actual application. So to get to any app settings, you have to go to that particular app, hit the Menu button, and then ‘Settings.’

  • Not-so-real Buttons: Navigating an Android requires the use of the four buttons below the screen. You might wonder what purpose it serves, but you’ll adapt. Compare to iPhone, Android apps function like the traditional apps where a single screen, buttons and options included, made to be switched at times.

  • Missing the Sync: One of the benefits of Android is that you won’t need to sync most of the time. All you have to do is copy the media file into your USB from your computer if necessary. But if you miss the teetering syncs of iTunes, the is for you. It’s like an iTunes for Android that offers an alternative in case you miss the iTunes.

  • Storage Issues: In iPhone, storage is a seal deal. But in Android, it’s expandable. Though it essentially means that you have no limits, it can also mean purchasing additional MicroSDHC card just to fit everything you want. You have to consider storage a bit differently.

We hope these tips can help which way to go, be it from iPhone to Android or vice versa.

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