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Android blogger explains why he switched to iPhone and will never go back

Not so long ago, the debate between iPhone and Android proponents was intense and heated. Naturally, this was eerily reminiscent of the Mac vs. PC debate that dominated the tech landscape years before. But these days, the iPhone vs Android debate isn’t as heated as it once was. And even as a huge iPhone fan myself, I can admit that the chasm between the iPhone and top-tier Android devices is smaller today than it has ever been.

That said, it’s not like iPhone and Android users are exactly flocking to other platforms. Locking the smartphone remains a very real dynamic. And more often than not, people who start out with iPhone as their first smartphone tend to stick with iPhone. The same goes for Android. And in light of that, it’s always fascinating to hear why some smartphone users decide to jump ship and embrace a whole new smartphone platform.

iPhone vs Android – why one Android user changed

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write for Tom’s Guide, Roland Moore-Coyler lays out five reasons why he chose to side with Apple in the iPhone vs. Android debate. What makes Moore-Coyler’s perspective so fascinating, however, is that he was previously a lifelong Android user. In turn, the reasons that prompted him to join the iPhone camp are particularly interesting.

After seven years as an Android user, Moore-Coyler made the switch to iPhone. And while some of its reasons may surprise you, others will certainly be familiar to you. This is especially true for people who have followed the iPhone vs. Android battle closely over the years.

Better battery life

Right off the bat, Moore-Coyler highlights battery life as a key motivation for change. It’s no surprise that iPhone battery life has remained impressive for years. This is largely due to Apple’s line of powerful yet efficient Ax processors.

Obviously the battery life changes depending on my usage, with 5G downloads still greedily consuming power. But while Android phones would quickly run out of breath or sometimes complain of getting too hot, the 13 Pro performed well. It’s clear that Apple’s approach to efficiency paid off here.

Best build quality

Say what you will about the design of the operating system or the performance of the camera, but there’s no denying that the build quality on the iPhone has long been the best in its class. If anything, build quality has long been a point in the iPhone’s favor for as long as the iPhone vs Android debate has raged. Even on high-end Android devices, iPhone build quality reigns supreme.

And the neat way in which the screen’s flat panel adapts perfectly to the contours of the chassis is simply pleasing to see. Normally I’m all for curved display edges, but the flat edges here seem to work really well with the iOS 15 aesthetic; it really does feel like the software and the phone have been properly designed in tandem, something Android phones sometimes fail to communicate.

Other Factors Behind Android Switch

Moore-Coyler’s full explanation behind his move to Android is well-reasoned and quite interesting. You can read his full article here. Incidentally, other iPhone features he praised included iPhone screen and iPhone camera. He also came away impressed with the entire Apple ecosystem.

The Moore-Coyler perspective is particularly illuminating precisely because it is free from hyperbole. For example, Moore-Coyler loves the iPhone’s camera, but can admit there are Android smartphones that take better photos. Despite this, Moore-Coyler finds the iPhone’s camera to be simply more consistent than its counterparts.

iPhone fidelity is high, but not perfect

On a related note, one of the more interesting things to emerge from Apple’s lawsuit against Epic included a chart detailing iPhone fidelity. Notably, Apple produced the graphic as part of an effort to show consumers have a choice. Additionally, the graph shows that iPhone loyalty tends to fluctuate as smartphone market dynamics change.

As the chart below shows, iPhone loyalty tends to hover between 74% and 81%.

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Finally, it is possible that the rate of switching from Android to iPhone will increase very slightly over the next few months due to the introduction of the iPhone SE 3. Since the iPhone is more expensive than most devices Android, a powerful yet affordable device like the iPhone SE 3 may be just the push some Android users need to make the switch.


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