After 10 years of loving Android phones, I finally cried.
A few weeks ago – and after months of back and forth – I went to my local Verizon store and ordered one. It might sound like I’m being overly dramatic, but the move signaled a big shift for me.
I’ve always prided myself on not buying into the Apple hype. Despite years of pestering friends to switch to an iPhone, I pushed back, claiming that I liked being different from the masses. Everyone around me has an iPhone. It felt good to defy the norm. And so for years I stuck with my Samsung Galaxy devices, which I always believe are incredible phones.
But after talking to friends and family about what I could get from the iPhone that I could never get with my Android, I started to reconsider my stance. Yes, I love my Galaxy S10 Plus and everything it has to offer: a top-notch camera, a customizable interface and the greatest tool of all: Object Eraser, which removes all unwanted people or objects from your pictures (). But at the end of the day, there was one big thing that my Android never offered: a seamless way to communicate with all my friends on the iPhone.
I’ve said several times that I ruin group chats by making all texts “green”. This is of course because Apple refuses to make iMessage compatible with Android phones, so when you send someone a message that isn’t on iOS, you’ll see green text bubbles instead of the default blue ones. Since this felt like a superficial complaint – and is 100% Apple’s fault – I cut it off.
Until I realized that I was missing out on other, more significant benefits of owning an iPhone.
Unless you’re using a third-party app like WhatsApp, there’s no easy way to send high-resolution photos and videos directly between an Android phone and an iPhone. I was OK with just using WhatsApp, until I started envying my friends who were straightPictures and videos after our hangouts. WhatsApp also reduces the quality of videos, and Google Drive takes much longer to upload videos.
It was also frustrating that apps like TikTok reduced my camera quality on Android. Comparing TikTok videos on an iPhone – even an older version like the iPhone X – with those taken on my Galaxy S10 Plus is like night and day. In my galaxy, TikTok has distorted the colors and blurred everything in the most unflattering and unrealistic way. On the iPhone, videos are crisp and clear and appear as they should. For someone who uses TikTok as much as I do, this was important.
These reasons, together with the fact that I already use a MacBook and therefore would benefit from it, led me to change my mind about owning an iPhone. Throw in features like the new always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro models — something I absolutely love on my Galaxy devices — and fun new elements like Dynamic Island, and suddenly I was sold on the idea of switching.
Of course, I had to fight the feelings of being a salesperson. But I realized that in the end it’s just a phone. And no matter what you do, people will have unsolicited opinions about what device you use. My Galaxy has worked well for me for many years. Now I was ready for something new. And so far I have no regrets.
Watch the video above for more of my thoughts on switching from an Android phone to an iPhone.
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