I ditched my iPhone and switched to Android. And I liked that

For the past few years, iOS has been my primary platform that I use on smartphones. Probably, like many before me, I moved to iPhone from Android, and was pleasantly surprised by the convenience, ecosystem and security of the mobile operating system. I liked everything – from the quick access to Apple Pay to the convenience of using Face ID, which, although not a software technology, is still built into the iPhone as a integral part of it. But due to restrictions Apple smartphones seriously lost in convenience, and decided to try switching to Android.


Switching to Android in these tough times might actually make sense

The transfer was not so easy. The fact is that transfer data from iphone to android it’s so impossible. The other day Google released a special utility in the App Store for switching between platforms, but when I migrated it didn’t exist yet. Therefore, we will not focus on it, it is better to talk about it next time.


However, you can use third-party software, which is comprehensive on the Internet. I appreciate Mobile Trans by Wondershare, but you can choose any other program. I liked this thing because it transfers quite a wide range of data including WhatsApp chats. True, keep in mind that before the transfer you will need a connection to a computer.

How to pay by phone now

I won’t describe mobile technology, maybe I won’t even dwell on the smartphone model I chose as a temp alternatives to your iPhone. Because, in fact, only counts my impression of migrating towards, in fact, a new platform for me. But, looking ahead, I can say that staying on Android no longer feels like a bad idea.

Mir Pay on Android helps a lot. Too bad it’s not on iOS

First, after reseeding on Android, I downloaded MirPay App, because I really wanted contactless payment. I’ve never practiced having a card on me, so the ability to pay over the phone was very helpful. Within minutes I had a new payment service set up and even ran to the store to test it out – everything went well.


If you think Mir Pay is some sort of substitute, then I hasten to assure you that technically and practically it works exactly the same as Pay Apple. Simply place your phone on the terminal and confirm the payment. And it does not matter who is responsible for processing the transaction and in what order it is necessary to verify the payment – before payment or after.

Why it couldn’t be done on iOS at some point, I have no idea. If then the Russian authorities had put more pressure on Apple, it would have been forced to open access to NFC to third-party developers, would have added Mir Pay to the App Store, and now iPhone users could pay for their purchases. using the domestic contactless payment service.

Alternative app stores

Access to alternative app stores and the ability to installing APK files Without Restrictions is a separate song. Especially in light of recent events that led to the removal of banking apps from the App Store. The fact that iOS users have always criticized what the world is worth has now become a key feature that they themselves would like to acquire.

You can install Sberbank Online on Android, but not on iOS anymore

Well, think for yourself: after all, all iPhone owners can now do is either install your bank’s web application, or use even larger crutches in the form of a certificate. But it can be blocked at any time. I’m not talking about the fact that there simply isn’t a single source of app distribution, other than the App Store, on iOS.


On Android, it’s clearly easier and safer. There are many platforms that distribute application installation files for manual installation. They are sought after, and therefore well protected, because their owners value their reputation. There is nothing like it on iOS. So now forget about the normal Sberbank application. But on Android, it does.

Which is more convenient: Android or iOS?

Android keyboard is more comfortable than iOS

In terms of usability, Android – and I’m being completely honest now – is almost as good as iOS. And I wouldn’t call that a downside. It is rather a matter of habit or characteristics of a particular device. For example, my smartphone screen does not turn on if you just touch it with your finger, and the camera does not recognize QR codes by default – you need to activate a separate mode.

However, keyboard on android I liked it even more than on iOS. I installed Google’s Gboard and got really high. Despite the fact that I’ve been using the iPhone for a while, I still make typos and often correct what I typed by hand because the system doesn’t understand what I meant. Gboard does not have these issues. It recognizes touch better and its autocorrect fixes bugs in more scenarios.

Why Android is better than iOS

Gestures on Android I also felt more comfortable. For example, the “back” swipe on iOS only works from the left edge, and on Android it is available from both sides. You can swipe right and left. This is handy if you are using a large smartphone or a case with thick bezels around the edges, which increases the width of the device by 2mm on each side.

Even the gestures – and those on Android turned out to be better than on the iPhone

Rest android advantages – already optional, but usually quite useful:

  • Replacement of standard apps with third-party apps;
  • The possibility of adding cards by simply placing them on the back cover of the smartphone (it really turned out to be very practical);
  • A wide range of voice assistants, incl. Alice;
  • Extensive support for smart home systems;
  • More logically implemented browsers (like Chrome);
  • Independence from regular services and the cloud;
  • Notification LED on almost all modern smartphones;
  • Ability to not turn on the screen for incoming notifications;
  • Wider range of apps and services available.


In reality switch to android turned out to be not so scary. Despite the fact that some features of Google’s operating system take some getting used to, the platform has proven to be quite handy. And with the fact that iOS has now become much more restrictive, Android has started to look like a more preferable option. It remains only to choose the device to your liking – and you can fully move.