Year 2021 — Why I switched back to Android !

I don’t want that workplace type restrictions at least on my personal device.

iOS to Android

As a GEN Y millennial, I got the opportunity to experience the ever increasing gamut of Mobile operating systems starting from Nokia Series40 to currently being used Android Version 10 and iOS 14. In the journey, I got to use each of different OSs ranging from Series60, BlackBerry 7, BlackBerry 10 and jumbling between Android 2.3 and iOS 5 and further; with only remaining being KaiOS. Changing the operating systems for me has always been fun and enticing experience altogether. Over the years, as everyone could judge, options have reduced for mobile users to only two major OS, Android and iOS with KaiOS increasing its share in entry level phones currently. After a long pause to iOS since 2015, I dared to once again give a try by switching to it from Android. After all, it was a gap of some five years I used Android devices from flagships to mid-rangers and now jumping to iOS 14.

In my opinion, yes, it has improved a lot, but conditions apply ! You still have to juggle between back buttons and push your finger way up to go the previous screen. Ahead, I would starkly compare few ease of things that Android offers for its users and Apple in a long run don’t think would offer. To keep it simple and not talking too much, first is no. of STEPs to use a functionality, second is keeping me UPDATED on notifications and third is just feeling SHORT of options. There are many things I could list down which prompted me to keep my iPhone limited to use other than the once listed though ! To deep dive in,

  1. No. of STEPs to use a functionality :

Its great to have examples. Having all of my photos at a single place, I enabled WhatsApp images to save directly to my Photos App. Great ! Work done. Although this is automatically enabled in Android :) In perspective of iPhone, there are two files saved — one where you access it through WhatsApp chat and other where you have it in Gallery. Though saved in compressed manner, two files exists and so is the memory utilized. Yes, I always think it from using a device and service in efficient manner even if I have 256 gigs of memory.

Deleting Media

Coming to functionality, deleting some of the unwanted photos that I downloaded from WhatsApp and I don’t want it now. In my iPhone, there are two places where I’m required it to do so, in Photos App and second in WhatsApp. For someone on the go, there are more chances of ignoring the images from WhatsApp. Or for someone like me, trust me, it is time consuming. Even while deleting on WhatsApp, iOS has not given the app developers, access to DELETE the content. When I contacted WhatsApp support, they simply replied we don’t have this functionality on iOS. STEPS. STEPS. STEPS.

To Android, when you delete it from Gallery, the file is no where to be found unless you have enabled Trash (which is automatically emptied every 30 days). Vice-versa, if you delete any file from WhatsApp, you get the option to delete the media from Gallery. This minimize the steps overall.

2. Keeping me UPDATED on Notifications :

When I started using iOS 13, I just forgot to check notifications after I went through the lock screen. If I was playing around on screens of my iPhone, it didn’t bothered to even specify that I have had notifications to check for. Yes, I missed Messages and Emails only to know when I was done with my mobile stuff and I locked my iPhone again. Sometimes I had quarrels too, with near ones as I didn’t replied on time ! Connecting to the first pointer, there is an extra step to scroll from top to bottom to see and remember if I have any apps notifying me to act. Apple may say, it is to do with a clutter free interface; but with a tradeoff. STEPS. STEPS. STEPS.

Notification Bar

Contrary, my happy side, on every screen I go, I have something being reminded (without any extra swipe), that I need to check for the notifications before keeping Android phone aside. Though a small change, but a significant improvement in UX.

3. Feeling SHORT of options:

Alright, I’m on the most used email App currently — Gmail. Even on Android, I have not used system provided Email App. It looks too clumsy. Same is with iOS. So, the Gmail App from App Store. At instance, I took the interface way similar to Android experience. Easy to use. I have had to attach files which I downloaded previously on my iPhone (other then Photos) to REPLY on to a Mail. To my surprise, I could only attach the files which were available on Cloud and recents (explicitly searching for File Manager). Kept on scrolling, exploring options, but phone kept me reminding- Hey, you’re having iPhone. Use cloud ! I understand, most of you are using Cloud services. But the end story is, I kept my iPhone aside.

Remembering the happy side, on Android, it has been a red carpet laid for me. Literally. I couldn’t even count the options that Android offered to attach a single file; with internal memory files at the fore front. This is just as I want that I download any file on my Android and use it further to reply or forward it to anyone in my contact list through Gmail. It cannot be missed. Sorry.

Listing these three differences, I feel it is enough for me to justify, yes. Android feels me homely on any application on any screen. Features I highlighted has nothing to do with any flagship or mid ranger or even entry level Android device. This writeup is a stark comparison between two operating systems that in today’s world are dominating the mobile segment. At the end, iPhone will be iPhone, and so will be it’s brand following. But for practicality, I’ll use Android as of now! Goodbye iPhone.

Opening my mind. A bit everytime.