For a decade, I defended my option to personal an Android to numerous haters. However in the end, and after months of going again and forth, I’ve traded in my beloved Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for an iPhone 14 Professional. And to date, I don’t have any regrets. (Particularly now that I’m not teased for having inexperienced texts — extra on that later.)

It might sound like I’m being overly dramatic, however that journey to the Verizon retailer signaled a giant shift for me. I’ve all the time prided myself on not shopping for into the Apple hype. Regardless of years of pestering from pals to change to an iPhone, I pushed again, sustaining that I preferred being completely different from the plenty. Everybody round me has an iPhone. It felt good to defy the norm. And so for years, I caught with my Samsung Galaxy units, which I nonetheless consider are unimaginable telephones. 

However after conversations with pals and household about what I may get from the iPhone that I may by no means get with my Android, I began to rethink my stance. Sure, I beloved my Galaxy S10 Plus and all the pieces it provided: a top-notch digital camera, a customizable interface and Object Eraser, which removes any undesirable folks or objects out of your photos (Pixel telephones have an analogous function). However on the finish of the day, there was one massive factor my Android may by no means provide: a seamless method to talk with all my pals on the iPhone.

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I’ve been advised numerous instances that I destroy group chats by turning all of the texts “inexperienced.” It’s because Apple refuses to make iMessage suitable with Android telephones, so once you message somebody who is not on iOS, you may see inexperienced textual content bubbles as an alternative of the usual blue ones. As a result of this felt like a superficial grievance — and is 100% Apple’s fault — I brushed it apart.

Till I realized I was lacking out on different, extra important advantages of proudly owning an iPhone. 

Until you utilize a third-party app like WhatsApp, there is not any straightforward method to ship high-resolution pictures and movies immediately between an Android cellphone and an iPhone. I was OK with simply utilizing WhatsApp… till I started to envy my pals who have been instantaneously AirDropping photos and movies after our hangouts. WhatsApp additionally diminishes the standard of movies, and Google Drive takes rather a lot longer to add movies to.

It additionally was irritating that apps like TikTok diminished my digital camera high quality on Android. Evaluating TikTok movies taken on an iPhone — even an older model just like the iPhone X — with these taken on my Galaxy S10 Plus is like night time and day. On my Galaxy, TikTok distorted the colours and blurred all the pieces in essentially the most unflattering and unrealistic method. On the iPhone, movies are crisp and clear and seem simply as they need to. For somebody who makes use of TikTok as a lot as I do, this was necessary.

These causes, together with the truth that I already use a MacBook and would subsequently profit from the Apple ecosystem, led me to begin altering my thoughts about proudly owning an iPhone. Throw in options like the brand new always-on show on the iPhone 14 Professional fashions — one thing I completely beloved on my Galaxy units — and enjoyable new parts like Dynamic Island, and immediately I was bought on the concept of switching over.

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Sure, I needed to struggle off emotions of being a sellout. However I realized that in the end, it is only a cellphone. And it doesn’t matter what you do, folks could have unsolicited opinions about what machine you are utilizing. My Galaxy labored nicely for me for a few years. Now I was prepared for one thing new. And to date, I don’t have any regrets.

Take a look at the video above for extra of my ideas on switching from an Android cellphone to an iPhone.

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