Long ago, my smartphone experience started out with an iPhone 3GS. Two years ago I got a Note II and it was indeed an interesting switch. Two years later (and my Note II being a piece of %&@* due to the antenna going bad about 6 months after purchase suddenly becoming horrible) I switched back to the iPhone 6 (not plus). The transition between the two was not easy… and so here are my thoughts on it.
When I made the switch to android, I got a lot of great benefits and some not so great benefits. I liked how so much ran off my google account – but it wasn’t as easy to get music on my phone from iTunes as it was on the iPhone (naturally) and my Note II just wouldn’t work well with my car radio. My music got splintered between iTunes, amazonmp3 and google play. I’m still not happy about this- and the several different choices that the phone would give me on which program I wanted to use when I did x, y or z annoyed me. I’d tell it to do (this) always. It told me to change those in my settings and I did, but the popup kept popping up and after a while I just sighed and lived with it.
It was great for development and testing. I didn’t need a license to slide an apk on to it and I could get the games I made directly onto the device after they were compiled. It made development for the android device easier. In fact, no development for the iPhone was done because of the annual license fee just to be able to test things on iDevices is ridiculous. This is why I am not getting rid of my Note II. It is a great device to test with.
However, I got used to the widgets and seriously wish my iPhone had those. I love Google Now, which gives me easy to see headlines of articles of posts recently published on websites I visit regularly, plus an alert for how long it will take to get to locations I go to regularly (like work), and at a glance of what the weather will be like. The calendar at a glance and being able to loop through your screens is also a nice feature. I miss these things about my Android phone while I have been working with the iPhone 6.
I do also miss my note with stylus. It feels more organic to jot notes down, like I would on a note pad.
The new iPhone has the thumb touch/pin unlock which is nice. Not the case with the iPhone 5 which my husband has — so I am glad I got the 6. Additionally the clock/radio we have has a convenient place to charge the new phone that I can use without removing it from the case. The world seems more accommodating to the iPhone.
I am not an apple fan. I am not an android fan. I’m just stating my experience as it has happened. I won’t say which is better or worse as it seems to me one is a better fit than the other depending on what you need and how you use your device. Your experience may vary. I will update this article as more thoughts and experiences happen.