I have contemplated switching to iPhone from Android many times and now as my old Samsung Galaxy SII is slowly dying, it was time for me to buy a new phone and I decided on iPhone 5S. Finally I have switched to iPhone and I have to admit I am a bit lost.
As an android user the biggest adjustment to using iPhone is navigating my way through iOS. Even though I use an iPad, I find it hard to do certain things on iPhone. I am sure I will be fine with my phone after a month but for the next few days, I am going to miss these features from my Samsung Galaxy phone.
The back button
The “back” soft key which takes you one step backward. If you opened a program and want to go back to the previously opened program, you tap the right soft key. When I’m using my iPhone, I really miss the back key and I’m constantly tapping the right side wondering why nothing is happening.
I also miss a lot of functionality accessed via the left soft key.
Mini SD Card
I didn’t realise (lack of research) that iPhone doesn’t take mini SD card which I have used in my phones for the last 5 years. Every time I change phones it has been easy as I save all my music, books, and a few videos in the mini SD card but now I have to transfer everything to my phone.
I think I got used to the screen of my Samsung Galaxy that I feel iPhone screen is too small. I am hoping it is just a phase and I will be OK with the screen size in due time.
Compulsory use of iTunes
One of the most important things I need on your computer for using your iPhone is iTunes unlike android where I could easily manage my music, podcasts, and movies without it. I feel so locked in and restricted but I know I have no choice.
On screen customization
There are so many ways to customize the way that your home screen looks in my Samsung but I couldn’t find that feature in iPhone.
Things are not all bad. I have already found out a few things in my new iPhone I like so I guess I would be OK in the long run.
I think my new iPhone has a better camera than my of Samsung SII, beautiful pictures, and great features like high dynamic range, so I am now ready to take more photos :).
The iPhone user interface is much more polished.
I am also looking forward to using cool iPhone accessories now that I have jumped the ship. I noticed when I had Samsung that iPhone has more options in term of accessories so now I can take my pick.
I have to admit that as I have been using Android long enough to accumulate a decent number of apps and a good-sized music library, photos, contacts, and calendars, it was fairly easy to transfer everything. Glad it is almost done now and I can carry only one phone.
I have a feeling that after few months I will discover more cool features and apps in my new iPhone and I will rave about it but right now, it is a bit of a pain in the butt.
Please share any useful iPhone apps that you use for a novice iPhone user :).
Happy Friday and take care,
M from nepaliaustralian
I too have been debating to myself if I should switch from my samsung sIII to s5 or this time i should finally go for the apple product. But like you mention its not easy (every time ive used someone else’s iphone ive found it hard to adjust to the screen size, keypad etc.)
Apple is good but they are so restrictive that it gives you headache sometimes. I am doing it so I know about both the devices 🙂
It would be interesting to see what you think because we have friends who have gone the other way LOVE the Androids now!
Give me few months and I tell you the real answer because I am not warming up to iPhone right now for so many reasons 🙂