Why you should switch to Android

The age old question. iOS or Android? While plenty of SAS students prefer the iPhone, I’m chiming in here in the name of friendly persuasion: Your iPhone is inferior to my Android phone. There are many different types of devices that one could call an “Android”; what people don’t understand about Androids is that it’s an operating software, not a phone brand.

While iOS are only on iPhones, Android software runs on phones from many manufacturers, including Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, LG, and others. The Android operating system (OS) is, in fact, made by Google and used by an increasing number of popular phone brands, though these phone brands can modify the Android OS to fit their own style.

The Samsung A8 Plus model

Like many others, I used to be an iPhone user, but sometime in September of last year (2019), I purchased a Samsung A8 Plus.

The Samsung A8 Plus is what I call an average Android phone. It’s not the best of them, but it’s certainly not the worst either, and it’s a good phone for people on a budget.

After a few months of using this, I decided to sell it and get a better Android phone. The only reason I bought the A8 Plus in the first place was to make sure that I liked Android, so that I wouldn’t be wasting my money if I immediately bought a top-notch Android phone. My next upgrade in the Android ecosystem is the one I’m using right now: the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is notorious for its popup selfie camera, making the front of the phone a full-view display.

The OnePlus 7 Pro

After switching to Android, I have no regrets. Frankly, the only things I miss are AirDrop and iCloud, and only because my laptop is a MacBook and is tailored to take advantage of these technologies. But let’s focus on the positives of my switch. What I love most about Android is the variety of models and levels that essentially provide an ideal phone for everyone. iOS only runs on iPhones. However, Apple has a knack for locking you into the latest and greatest, as the the most recent version of the iPhone will always boast the best performance, better features, better battery life, a better camera, etc. This translates into the simple expectation that people normally resort to buying the latest model even if it the phone design doesn’t suit them. The new iPhone might be too big for them to hold in their hand, or may not have the headphone jack they want. But it has one really cool feature that they really want, so they buy that instead of an older (and cheaper) version of the iPhone in fear of their technology feeling obsolete.

Now, let’s talk about the software. Android has so many features that iPhone doesn’t. For example: split screen, the ability to close all apps at once, widgets always on display, multiple users, and so many more. The user can choose his/her default apps: are you tired of using Chrome as your browser on iPhone but Apple defaulting to Safari when you click on a web link from Gmail or some other app? Then switch to Android, where you can make your default app any web browser you want. Not only that, but you can also delete the preinstalled web browser straight off your phone! You can’t do that with Safari.

Android has insane customization. You can download different fonts, customize your notification tones, and even change how your entire user interface looks by simply downloading a launcher from the Play Store (App Store for Android).

Apple has pretty much been re-releasing the same technology every year with slight beneficial upgrades, such as a better camera, better battery life, and one or two interesting features. Everything else pretty much stays the same for the most part. What Apple used to do earlier is make the iPhone bigger and bigger with each new model, but eventually they had to stop doing that, because how much bigger could they get? At least Android brands are innovating new technology. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro has facial recognition and fingerprint identification. What’s even cooler is that the fingerprint identification is on the screen itself!

See? If size matters, Android can go big too. And the camera, depending on the model, is every bit as impressive as the highly-praised new iPhone photo abilities.

Other cool things Android phones have that iPhones don’t are microSD card slots for extra storage, a folding phone (even though I personally hate them and think that this styling should stop being manufactured all together and eventually be forgotten as with the ugly fashion sense of the 80s), a useful pen/stylus, and much more.

While Android phones have their benefits, some people still prefer iPhones, and that’s okay—really, it is. Some may prefer Apple for its simplicity of use. iPhones are easier to grasp and understand, and it’s especially useful for people who aren’t as methodical in tweaking technology to fit their needs. Apart from a straight-forward user interface, iPhones also have iCloud, a cloud storage service that you can link to other Apple devices. If you have a MacBook or iMac, then getting an iPhone for iCloud isn’t a bad idea. It makes it much easier to transfer documents and backup your devices. iPhones also benfit from the ever-useful AirDrop, which allows you to transfer files to any other Apple device nearby you in a quick second. If many people around you have iPhones, it can be convenient to have one just for the elegance and ease of the AirDrop file-sharing protocol.

At the end of the day, it’s your choice to make as to which software you want. I wouldn’t blame you for choosing either one, as they both have their benefits and drawbacks. I just think that you should do your research, take some time to ignore the status-over-functionality that is easily linked to the Apple brand, and realize that Android isn’t as bad as some of your profess. You might find that, for a reasonable price, a solid Android phone with plenty of user-tailored features is just waiting to be your new communications hub.

Author: Suren

Suren Seth is a junior, and this is his first year writing for The Eye, and his third year in SAS. He is from Plano, Texas, and has been living in Singapore for 8 years. He is interested in film, cinema, and media theory. He can be contacted at seth772140@sas.edu.sg

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