iPhones are awesome – but that’s why I can’t quit Android

mobtkr4 June 2022Last Update : 2 months ago
iPhones are awesome – but that’s why I can’t quit Android

If you’ve followed my journey from Android to iPhone over the past six months or so, you’ll have discovered that I’m somewhat enamored with the iPhone 13 Pro.

Despite reviews from some people questioning my logic or my familiarity with Android (I’ve tested a lot of Android phones), the iPhone 13 Pro is still my smartphone of choice. But recently, deals writer Millie Davies-Williams wondered why I had multiple phones on me, specifically my iPhone, a Google Pixel 6 Pro, and an Oppo Find N.

Now, I like to have one foot in both ecosystems so I can check out any quirks or new features when I bring you the latest tech news. But if I dig a little deeper, the answer is a little more abstract.

In other words, iOS and iPhone are not interesting enough to keep me away from Android. I admit that the iPhone 13 Pro is great but it’s also boring.

Ecosystem vs Excitement

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First of all, I really like the iPhone 13 Pro. Its rear camera array is one of my favorites among the best camera phones; it offers a consistent smartphone experience; and there really isn’t much or dislike.

Once I was setup on my iPhone 13 Pro, it was done; I didn’t feel like there were any particularly special features or options to tweak.

Sure, it’s locked down and at times maddeningly inflexible, but in return I get an ecosystem of products – the AirPods Pro and Apple Watch SE, in particular – that work beautifully together.

But my problem with the iPhone 13 Pro and iOS is that once I get used to it, there are no more features that delight and excite me. iOS 15 is stupidly easy to use, even compared to the very nifty Android 12. But I find the iPhone 13 Pro doesn’t encourage you to really dig into its functions.

And iOS is intuitive but doesn’t offer any notable special features, beyond the cinematic camera mode. Once I was setup on my iPhone 13 Pro, it was done; I didn’t feel like there were any particularly special features or options to tweak.

Comparatively, the Pixel 6 has cool tech like the Tensor chip that enables the almost sci-fi Magic Eraser, as well as features like live transcription. While the Samsung Galaxy S22 line can deliver pseudo-desktop tasks with DeX. And the Oppo Find X5 Pro has a 10-bit display and smart optimization technology to downmix SDR content to HDR.

Give me options on optimization

a photo of the iPhone 13 Pro

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Android phones in general tend to have a myriad of options that allow you to play around with their settings, appearance, and all sorts of other settings. There’s real joy in setting up a new Android phone, from perusing a manufacturer’s take on Google’s mobile operating system to calibrating colors and screen layout.

In my opinion, the price of iPhone convenience and ease of use comes at the expense of innovation and intrigue.

Granted, iOS now has widgets and other flexible tools for an extra layer of customization, but they pale in comparison to the breadth of customization offered by Android. It’s always been the case, but I think it’s only something you feel is very noticeable when using an iPhone for a decent amount of time.

Don’t get me wrong, Apple’s iOS limitations are one of the reasons it’s great when it comes to advanced intuitive software, consistent performance, and an enviable ecosystem of apps and hardware. I almost never feel like the iPhone 13 Pro does anything boring.

With iOS, having an operating system that “just works” rather than complicating things is great. And there’s a good argument that smartphones shouldn’t be tools for technological discovery, but little slabs of electronics that respond instantly to your whims.

By comparison, some Android phones can look janky, with the Pixel 6 Pro being the latest culprit; its under-display fingerprint scanner is still subpar.

Still, as a tech fan, I always like to delve into the features and options a flagship phone from Samsung, Google, or OnePlus gives me, even if certain quirks and inconsistencies make me want to throw such phones away. sea.

Playing around with the phone’s options, for example the display or audio calibration tools, gives a taste of what a bespoke phone experience can look like, rather than one orchestrated and dictated by a group of Cupertino people. In my opinion, the price of convenience and ease of the iPhone comes at the expense of innovation and intrigue.

Unfortunately, with the iPhone 14 looking set to offer disappointing upgrades and the iPhone 14 Pro supposed to be an evolution of current business phones, I don’t see Apple’s smartphones getting exciting again anytime soon.

Does all of this mean I want to upgrade from the iPhone 13 Pro to a Pixel 6 Pro or Galaxy S22 Ultra? Well no, because I like the wider Apple ecosystem too much and think the 6.1-inch phone offers the best screen size.

But that means you’ll rarely catch me leaving my apartment for a while without one of our best Android phones; as good as the iphone is, my addiction to android is hard to kick.

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