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My iOS Impressions, One Week After Switching

Last week I decided to go out and buy an iPhone 11 after years of using Android as my main cell phone. I am coming directly from the Pixel 2 XL — a phone that is two years old — so really any phone would be an upgrade. I knew I wanted to switch to iOS for various reasons so the only real question was whether to get the iPhone 11 or the 11 Pro.

The decision here was not difficult. I am not a professional photographer and I do not care about better camera on the iPhone Pro models. The iPhone 11’s camera quality is more than good enough for my purposes. Finally I did not want to spend $1000 on a new phone, so I decided on the Black iPhone 11 64 GB model and I could not be happier.

Let’s get into my first week on iOS!

iOS Cons

Ok so any good platform switch article starts with the negatives — why should this one differ. Spoiler alert, there are not many.

Notifications

This is the biggest negative I have experienced since switching to iOS. Android nails the notifications experience in version 10 — their most recent update — with the ability to group notifications, mute, snooze, and easily dismiss notifications. I found Android’s notifications clear, concise, and generally easy to use.

iOS is behind Android in their handling of notifications. While this is not enough for me to switch back, it is something that I hope Apple can figure out. I have found that the notifications on iOS are messy, separated between old and new — I may get used to and enjoy this, but for now it is a negative — and difficult to dismiss numerous notifications at once.

After one week I am adjusting to the iOS system of notifications but they leave much to be desired.

Always on Display

When I first purchased the Pixel 2 XL I thought this was going to be a gimmick feature. Well, I miss this like crazy on my new iPhone. I did not realize how convenient it was to glance at my phone and have instant access to the time, date, and notifications without having to interact with the phone in any way.

I am currently using the ‘Raise To Wake’ feature on the iPhone. This has made checking for notifications or the time easier but it is still not as simple as merely glancing at my phone.

Once again not a feature that will convince me to move back to Android, but something I would like to see Apple add in a future iOS update.

iOS Pros

Yes, that is it. Two negatives for the Android convert, how many positives are there? Let’s find out.

iMessage

iMessage was last week’s ‘ iOS App of the Week ‘ right here at Shane on Tech. This app has been the most used, most useful, and biggest individual app-based improvement over my experience with Android. Since switching to iOS I have fallen in love with iMessage and realize why iOS users have always spoken so highly of it.

When messaging other iPhone users the communication is instant, simple, and smooth. From typing indicators to message reactions and so much more. Check out my App of the Week post from last week for more of my iMessage thoughts!

Gestures

Yes, Android has added gestures with Android 10. No, those gestures do not stack up when pitted against the gestures on iOS. This is an area that Apple truly has figured out. All of the gestures are smooth, easy to trigger, and most importantly easy to learn.

iOS’s gestures make navigating your iPhone easy and fun. Switching between apps is seamless just swipe from the left at the bottom of your screen. Need to go to your home screen just swipe up from the bottom. That’s it, it is that easy.

Apple has even made it easy for developers to have a ‘safe area’ at the bottom of the screen so that an app’s features do not interfere with iOS’ gestures.

The only feature I wish iOS would add is the ability to swipe ‘back’ from either side of the screen. I did not think I would like this on Android, but found it to be useful.

Face ID

When Apple first removed the fingerprint sensor from the iPhone and added Face ID, Android fans thought it was nothing more than a gimmick. Android had this feature years ago, it was not very accurate or secure so most manufacturers abandoned it.

Apple however got it right. Face ID is fast, reliable and secure. Other people cannot open my iPhone using their face nor can they use a picture of me to fool the phone. When I want to use my phone I simply lift it and swipe up.

I know Android phones are again adopting this feature with the current technology, but as with most other aspects Apple’s just works.

Battery Life

I loved the ‘fast charge’ feature of my Pixel 2 XL. I never had to worry about my phone’s charge. As long as I was near an outlet I knew I could get my phones battery to a sustainable level in a short amount of time. I have yet to purchase the fast charger for my new iPhone 11 — it does not come with the fast charger, like the iPhone 11 Pro — I was worried that I would miss this feature tremendously.

While I do plan on eventually purchasing Apple’s fast charger because I do like having that option, the battery life of this phone has pleasantly surprised me. I do not find myself running for an outlet or relying on my car charger to keep my phone alive.

I am sure as my time with the phone goes by the battery life will not be this reliable, but so far I have no complaints.

iOS Shortcuts & Automations

I cannot wait to dive into Shortcuts and Automations on iOS. I have not quite had the time to dabble in them as much as I would like. My plan over the next week or so is to head over to Matthew Cassinelli’s website and YouTube to learn more about Shortcuts and Animations.

Conclusion

In closing, the pros of switching to iOS and my new iPhone 11 outweigh the cons of leaving Android. In addition to the reasons listed above iOS is smooth, reliable, and seamless when working with my MacBook Pro. I have always been split between the Google Ecosystem and the Apple Ecosystem. It is nice to now be fully in the Apple Ecosystem and the adjustment period has not been difficult.

I have loved my first week as an iOS user and have no plans of reverting back to Android.

Follow me on Twitter — @ShaneOnTech.

Originally published at http://shaneblackburn.tech on January 8, 2020.

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