Andy Dean asked me if I could share his thoughts on moving from android to an Apple iPhone 6 and then his change to an Apple iPhone 6 Plus. It makes a great read and one that resonates with other people that have switched platforms
The last time I used an iPhone was with a 3GS !!!! I’ve been through so many Android phones since then from every manufacturer (my favorite’s have been Xiaomi, OPPO and Moto). I have probably changed phones about 3 times a year in this time possibly more. Always finding something not quite right or some annoyance (which I have tried to get around / fix).
So with the New Year and new job I decided to give the iPhone 6 ago. It was refreshing just to be able to plug the phone in and come back 40-50 minutes later everything restored, including messages call logs and passwords for apps that needed them. This is quite refreshing after using Android. Xiaomi comes the closest to this experience but it still leaves a lot to be desired when compared to the process of restoring an iPhone.
With having the iPhone 6 my biggest concern was the battery life; after being brained washed by the Android requirement for a huge battery. I would normally have to charge my Android phone mid afternoon (OPPO R7s) when it was down to 30% this had a 3000mah battery compared to the iPhones measly little thing. The battery didn’t appear to drain on the iPhone…I wasn’t using it less either. I returned home with 29% left at 19:04; it was taken off charge at 05:30 in the morning. It had also managed 5 hrs and 30 minutes of SOT (Screen on time) The holy grail for Android devices. I was impressed and it continued like this for the rest of the week. One particular day I managed 8hrs 26mins of SOT and 22% battery left at 21:54 at night. I was seriously impressed with this battery life and especially the screen on time. I was using the phone more and well it was lasting longer than my recent android phones I’d used.
I have since upgraded to the plus version and have now completed my 1st 24hrs with this at work.
The first thing I noticed with plus version is how AMAZING the screen is, sure you can get 2k / 4k screens on Android and amoled ones but the screen on the plus is just amazing, perfect colour reproduction and not washed out at high brightness.
Moving form the 6 to the 6plus took less than 60 minutes. Doing a similar move on Android would have taken longer and a lot more hand holding. I was expecting great things from the battery and this didn’t disappoint!!! I used the phone more listening to music on the way in to and on the way home from work about a 75-90 minute journey one way. I also used the phone as much as I could just to see how much the battery would actually drain. It managed 6hrs 5mins of SOT and 12 hrs 27mins of standby and still had 53% battery left!!!!! I think this is amazing given how much larger the screen is in comparison to the 6.
I have got use to the size of it after 3 days of use. Helped by the thinness, rounded corners and general quality.
Some might be wonder about the software experience as the hardware is so old and low specked…… HaHa this thing has only lagged about once a day for a split second, it’s smooth and fluid, something lacking on the android experience. It’s nice to be able to click on links in emails and open the app up rather than chrome and the sites webpage. The back “button” I actually prefer on the iPhone as it will take you back to the previous app as opposed to previous screens in the current app. It is also nice having the facility to go back in the app by swiping from left to right. Apps are more polished, uniform and overall work better. It’s somehow less hard work to get things done. Sure sharing isn’t the same as it is on Android and you have to adjust your thinking, but it actually makes sense and I’ve been able to get as much sharing done as before just differently.
Camera is excellent, I will say it’s not as good as a Nexus 6p in low light conditions but is on par / better for the point and shoot aspect of things. It seems to be able to nail a quick photo with more accuracy and focus than Android phones do. It’s nice to have playlists in the car again and album art work which I’ve never got with any of the Android phones.
I’m trying to think of things I miss on Android customization a little sure, though I didn’t do much really. However, I am happy with this “sacrifice” for the amazing battery life, app experience and camera and just overall polished uniform OS.
Something, which Android is lacking in, is the ability to manage children’s accounts. It was just easier to get setup on iOS, create iCloud account and designate it for a child. This now enables me to track the kids, confirm or deny their purchases. Phones backed up effortlessly.
Sure some may label me as an Apple fan boy, I have persisted for years with Android. Nothing comes close to the battery life on either device. Sure Android might have “better” hardware but the experience is still lacking that polish and Android does get sluggish / pause for no apparent reason, I have experienced this on all the Android phones I’ve owned. The speed to iOS does make it feel a better specked hardware device. The other thing that’s nice is software updates are rolled out across the board for all hardware that is supported. Sure Nexus devices get this, but not as long as on Apple hardware.
The daughter now has a 5S she doesn’t really use it much but even it has managed 5hrs 14mins SOT and 157 standby with 11% left.
So yes I’m very pleased with the move to Apple and iOS. My head is still trying to get around how good the battery is on both devices but especially the plus device.
Thanks again to Andy for sharing his thoughts on his move from android to iOS.
Source – Andy Dean