Recently 2 technicians at Synced Repairs changed from an Apple iPhone to Samsung Galaxy mobile phones. This is their experience.
I have been an iPhone fan boy since 2009 when I got my 3GS. I hardly know how android operates since the bulk of our repairs are hardware related so this change was quite significant for me and as a avid IOS fan I was sure IOS on the iPhone was absolutely the best. The issues going through my head were:
Loss of productivity / time setting it up: This was addressed pretty quickly with Samsung’s app smart switch which transfers an iTunes backup to a Samsung device. The data transferred though was only contacts, call records messages and music. All apps had to be re-downloaded from the Google Play store.
Learning & orientating myself with Android: Upon switching I found Android fairly user friendly. The numbers above the letters on the keyboard are a nice change from having to click alt on iOS to access the numbers. Accessing the settings seems easier and the colour coding within the settings menu’s is a lot brighter than iOS.
Loss of style: Samsung were not renowned for their style pre S6 series however the S6 Edge in my opinion is the best looking phone out there (S7 Edge is also nice but too phablety). I don’t use a case or screen protector, never have. I like my phones naked.
App Interaction: his may take a little while to get used to but apps seem to have a similar interface, menu’s might be at the top rather than the bottom but overall its was fairly straight forward. I find Android 6.0 on an S6 edge faster than an iPhone 6.
Loss of iMessenger: I loaded it onto my Mac and iPad so not really a loss however replying is obviously delayed.
After 2 weeks do I like Android better: YES, The LCD is sharper, the aesthetic is sleaker, its faster & the camera takes better close up shots (yet to try a night shot).
Would I buy an Android tablet: No, I still think iOS on iPad is a better operating system than tablet Android. Also the battery life, aesthetic and LCD quality are in my opinion years ahead of any other tablet.
Mail Integration and Diary: I use iMap protocols and a personal server for emails so switching wasn’t and issue. The preloaded mail app is fine. My calendar is synced with my mac calendar via smart switch and will continue to do so every time its on its charging bay.
Overrated Features: Wireless charging. It literally has be within a 3cm range right in the middle of the stand, I spend time just trying to align it right, It also charges slower than a USB connection. Perhaps leave it for a few generations, it will get better.
Time taken to switch, get used to phone and download apps: 4-5 hours
Getting a new phone is quite exciting, it is the electronic device we tend to spend the most time with and is always on our person. I recently changed phones and decided to shift from an iPhone 5s to a Samsung Galaxy S6, a change in device, brand and operating system. Adjusting to the various differences between the devices has been interesting to say the least and I have detailed 4 of the biggest things I have noticed when changing between them.
The most immediate difference between the phones is the size of the handset and its screen, the S6 has a reasonable sized 5.1 Inch screen whereas the 5S comes in at a puny 4 inches and the difference is really telling especially when taking pictures or watching movies. The downside to the larger screen of the S6 is that by necessity the whole phone must be larger and doesn’t fit as snuggly into the hand as the 5s also the design of the S6 while very lovely to look at is also quite slippery, if your like me you will definitely benefit from getting it into a case as soon as possible even if it is just for your own piece of mind.
The S6 is a big upgrade on the 5s in terms of all of its hardware, better processor, better graphics processor, triple the RAM, better battery life (1570 vs 2550) and a particularly impressive camera update (8 megapixels to 16 megapixels). All these upgrades make for a much more powerful and impressive device, unsurprising considering the two-year gap between the two phones.
Apps and App Stores
“Bloatware” the rather apt name for applications which come preinstalled and can’t be removed (Unless the phone is rooted or jail broken but that is a different story all together), booting up the S6 for the first time I was suddenly struck with appreciation for lack of preinstalled junk my old iPhone had. By comparison the S6 came full of applications that Samsung had decided I needed. These preinstalled apps are something of a mixed bag as while some have quite quickly become indispensable (Looking at you Peel Smart Remote) others are just taking up valuable screen and storage space. There are also just generally a lot more apps available for the S6 then the 5S due to Apples strict standards over what can make it into the app store though this means there are also a lot more low quality apps available too.
Probably the biggest difference in terms of usability between the old 5s and the S6 is different operating systems each is running on. Apple uses its own iOS for the iPhones whereas Samsung uses their variant of the Android operating system. Having used both operating systems I can confirm that the insults and boasts often slung by fans of either system are in fact completely correct. iOS does pretty much always work and is very easy to navigate which is the upside to having almost total control of their system as Apple does. However, the downside of this is less user control and customisation, a lot of processes are hidden away from the user and as a result when something does go wrong pinpointing the error can be difficult and typically the only solution to a software issue is resetting all settings or restoring the device. Android on the other hand allows a lot more interaction and control both for users and for App designers but this can result in a lot of strange things happening which never be allowed to occur on iOS luckily there are plenty of resources available for troubleshooting any android issues.
The size, design, availability of apps and the operating systems of both 5s and the S6 have their pros and cons, ultimately the biggest factor for me changing was the increased control, customisation and functionality of the S6 due to it running on android as well as the big step up in hardware and in all these factors I have been very pleased with the performance of the S6.