I’ve been using an iPhone for the last four years. Thoughts of switching to Android have kept coming off and on, but I decided against it. This is mainly because I had made the switch twice in the past and went back to the iPhone soon enough. But Android has vastly improved especially with the Lollipop update.
Hence, I was almost certain that I wanted to ditch the iPhone as they are expensive and I have to use one for at least three years before buying a new one. And for a person who majorly uses the phone for instant messaging, chrome, etc any OS should suffice. Even Windows for that matter. Or maybe not. But a lot of good Android phones cost half the price of an iPhone, so I could buy a new phone more often. Plus, I’m surrounding with people who use Android, from family to friends to colleagues, I barely know a few who use an iPhone and hence was tempted to try it out.
So this time I was almost extremely certain that I wanted to switch. My plan was to keep the iPhone 5s for another year or two and instead of spending on the next iPhone, I would put around Rs. 30,000 for an Android device. So I had three requirements from the Android device that I would buy. First is the camera, the second was 64GB storage (preferably internal) and lastly a phone running on Stock Android or near-stock.
Camera is iPhone’s Hero
The camera requirement was a given. The iPhone has an excellent camera and is extremely quick. And, since the iPhone has a just shoot mentality I wasn’t used to tweaking settings to get a good shot. Hence, the Z3 Compact which has a great camera is not on my list, since the phone has so many modes and you have to adjust many settings to get the best output. Too much work, I’d say.
With regards to storage, my 32GB iPhone is almost full and I have to keep deleting stuff free storage space. Hence whichever my next phone is, it has to have 64GB of memory. And I’d prefer internal storage over micro SD cards, as they’re prone to failure.
User Interface and Simplicity
Now to my third need. I’ve used Android devices in the past and have come to believe that I’ve mostly not liked them due to their software (Touchwiz on Samsung Galaxy S2 or Lenovo’s Vibe UI on some review units I tested). With iOS, I’m used to simplistic design and that is what Stock Android offers. Anything other than Stock Android is just not for me.
Now when I use my mum’s Moto X which is nearly stock and have even put Google Now launcher, I like it. It looks clean and neat, devoid of those skins that made hate the OS. Also, Android has come a long way. It may have had more features than iOS but wasn’t as good-looking to me. But with the Lollipop update that has Material design, it’s simply beautiful and extremely minimal. Even the apps are at par or better looking on it. For example, the Freecharge app which is both on iOS and Android looks so much better on the latter. A lot of this maybe because of the way iOS apps have to be written. The problem is best explained here.
But now came the toughest part. Which phone do I buy? When the Z3 Compact came to office, I loved it. It looked amazing and was also small in size. So switching from a 4-inch device to it would not be so bad. But then I saw the OnePlus One which was cheap, had 64GB storage, but then it was way too big for my liking. And to add to it, my colleague bought the Samsung Galaxy S6 which looks brilliant, the speaker grille is just like the iPhone 6 and I loved the phone at once. Its camera too is brilliant. In Fact in a low light shot it beat my 5S hands down leaving me slightly embarrassed. But then it was expensive and I didn’t really want a Samsung phone. All this was so confusing and in Android you will always make a compromise. You buy a Moto for Stock Android but you get an average camera. You buy a Samsung for the camera but the software may disappoint. With the iPhone, your choices are limited to three models that come with similar, familiar experiences.
So after a lot of thinking I’ve decided to stick to my iPhone as of now. In the next six months, the next iPhone will be out and even the Moto X 2015 and next Nexus should be released. I’ll then decide which phone would I buy next. Till then I’ll moan about not getting the best of both the worlds. Siri is useless in India and Google Now is amazing but then that iPhone camera. OK, I should stop before I lose my hair.
We’re turning over this place today to a guest post from Criselle Lobo. Criselle is an Associate Editor at PriceBaba.com. She is an IT graduate who spends most of her time writing on technology and remaining to watch movies. You can follow her on Twitter @criselle4