Making the Switch to Android

Posted by Justin Unton

October 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I made the jump to Android. Prior to owning my new Moto X, I used only the Apple iOS for my phone and tablet needs. In fact, I used iOS since Apple released the first iPhone in June 2007. So before making the switch, I was extremely nervous. I told myself that I wouldn’t be going back to Apple for a while and that, in order to gain knowledge, sometimes you need to do things outside of your comfort zone. Still, I kept telling myself that it wouldn’t be okay to ditch iOS. That I should at least keep my phone handy in the (likely) case that I’d come crawling back. I was making it harder on myself, but why? Was it because the iOS really was better and the obvious choice? Was it because I had heard bad things about Android?

I’d played with Android devices here at work, and I knew people with Android phones whom I’ve never heard complain once about their phones. It’s not as if I wasn’t familiar with them. It’s not as if my friends with Android phones were bashing them every chance they got. Sure there were people who made comments about their older Android phones running slowly, but my iPhone ran slowly on occasion. It was more that I was nervous because I bought into the image of the iPhone and what Apple stands for. I bought into the iOS culture and felt ingrained in it. And even my fellow iPhone users were telling me I was making a huge mistake—that I’d be back because the iPhone “just works.” But . . .

It Just Works—Marvelously!

. . . Here I am, one month into making the switch, and I couldn’t be happier. My Android phone “just works.” And it works marvelously!

You won’t be surprised to learn that I thought about my decision for weeks and went through the reviews of every Android phone on the market. I read about phones that hadn’t been released yet. I watched YouTube videos of people using their devices and showing off the cool things that they can do.

After all of my research, I decided that I wanted a stripped-down Android phone. What I mean by that is that I didn’t want a phone from a company that messed with the original OS to make it its own. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. An example of this is the Samsung Galaxy. Samsung created its own Android “skin.” On the complete other end of the spectrum, Google sells a Nexus phone with the “stock” Android OS on it. The OS is untouched by third parties. There is nothing added or removed. I was going to be new to Android, so I thought I had better get to know the standard version of the OS before I got into the updated versions.

The Moto X—the iPhone of the Android World

I chose the Moto X by Motorola because Google bought Motorola to become its hardware lab and manufacturer. This was the first release by Motorola designed by Google. There were only a few things added to the OS that kept it from being a stock OS. I had read reviews that Motorola and Google took every step to make it the fastest and easiest phone to use. It’s like the iPhone of the Android world. That’s the one I went with.

Android has many customizations that iOS doesn’t have yet. For one, the ability to add widgets to your phone makes it quick and easy to access certain information. Want your calendar on your home screen? Just put it there. Do you have one person you call or text more than anyone else? Put a quick access icon on your home screen to make it easy to contact that person. There are really only a few reasons I have to navigate away from my home screen. It really makes it easy to get the information I need in the quickest way possible.

Another reason I was hesitant to switch to Android was because I was afraid I wouldn’t have the apps and the synchronization that I had had on the iOS platform. In reality, there is very little difference in the way that you sync across devices. In fact, I would argue that, because most people have a Google Gmail account, it’s actually easier to use Android than iOS. Because your phone’s account is based on your Google account, your mail, contacts, and calendar are all synced. It’s just like using your Apple ID. You buy apps from the Google store, and they automatically get pushed to your device(s). Just like using the iTunes store. I even signed into the Nexus tablet we have here at work, and everything functioned as expected. It’s just like the iPhone/iPad synchronization, but you get that fully customizable experience.

A Smooth and Easy Transition

I won’t say that I’ll never go back to the iOS environment, but I will say that the transition to Android was smooth and easy. I like a lot of the features that are new to me. I can use my phone and tablet to quickly get to the information I need, create new items, and use apps. I feel as if I can do this more quickly and easier than on iOS. Is it better? I don’t think “better” is the word. It’s different, but I like it a lot and am likely to stay on Android. It was hard to make the initial decision, but it’s not so scary and I’m happy I made the switch.

Are there any other users out there who switched from iOS to Android? Vice versa? Do you have any words of wisdom for our readers? Leave your comments below.

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