iPhones are awesome, but I can’t give up Android

iPhones are awesome, but I can't give up Android

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  • Now, I like to have a toe in both ecosystems so I can check for oddities or new features when bringing you the latest tech news. But if I dig a little deeper, the answer is a little more abstract. Simply put, iOS and iPhone are not interesting enough to keep me away from Android. I admit the iPhone 13 Pro is brilliant but it’s also boring. First things first, I really like the iPhone 13 Pro. Its rear camera array is one of my favorites out of the best camera phones; it offers a consistent smartphone experience; and there’s really not a lot or dislike.

  • The iPhone 13 Pro is excellent, yet it pales in comparison to the top Android smartphones. If you’ve been following my transition from Android to iPhone over the last six months, you’ll know that I’m rather taken with the iPhone 13 Pro. Despite some people questioning my reasoning or Android knowledge (I’ve tested a lot of Android phones), the iPhone 13 Pro is still my preferred smartphone. However, deals writer Millie Davies-Williams recently questioned why I was carrying three phones: my iPhone, a Google Pixel 6 Pro, and an Oppo Find N.

Once I got set up on my iPhone 13 Pro it was done; I didn’t feel like there were any particularly special features or options to tweak. Sure, it’s locked down and sometimes infuriatingly inflexible, but in return I get an ecosystem of products — the AirPods Pro and Apple Watch SE, specifically — that works wonderfully together.

And iOS is intuitive but offers no stand-out special features, beyond the likes of the Cinematic mode on the camera. Once I got set up on my iPhone 13 Pro it was done; I didn’t feel like there were any particularly special features or options to tweak.

But my problem with the iPhone 13 Pro and iOS is once I get used to it there aren’t any features that delight and excite me. iOS 15 is stupidly easy to use, even compared to the very slick Android 12. But I find the iPhone 13 Pro doesn’t encourage one to really dig deep into its functions.

Comparatively, the Pixel 6 has cool tech like the Tensor chip that enables the almost sci-fi Magic Eraser, as well as features like live transcription. While the Samsung Galaxy S22 range can deliver pseudo-desktop duties with DeX. And the Oppo Find X5 Pro has a 10-bit display and clever optimizing tech to upmix SDR content to HDR.

Android phones in general tend to have a myriad of options that let you play with their settings, appearance and all sorts of other parameters. There’s a real joy to setting up an new Android phone, from perusing a manufacturer’s take on Google’s mobile OS to calibrating the display’s colors and layout. To my mind the price of iPhone convenience and ease of use comes at the cost of innovation and intrigue.

Granted, iOS now has widgets and other flexible tools for an added layer of customization, but they pale in comparison to the scope of customization that Android offers. This has always been the case, but I reckon it’s only something that you feel is very noticeable when you use an iPhone for a decent amount of time.

Don’t get me wrong, Apple’s iOS limitations are one of the reasons why it’s great when it comes to intuitive software that’s honed to a fine point, consistent performance and an enviable app and hardware ecosystem. I hardly ever feel the iPhone 13 Pro makes doing something an annoyance. With iOS, having an operating system that “just works” rather than complicates things is awesome. And there’s a good argument that smartphones shouldn’t be tools of tech discovery but small slabs of electronics that instantly respond to your whims. Does all this mean I want to swap back from the iPhone 13 Pro to a Pixel 6 Pro or Galaxy S22 Ultra? Well no, as I’m enjoying the wider Apple ecosystem too much and I reckon the 6.1-inch phone offers the best screen size. But that means you’ll rarely catch me leaving my apartment for any length of time without one of our best Android phones; as good as the iPhone is, my Android addiction is a tough one to kick.

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