After purchasing the iPhone 4 in July 2011, I have never really been able to like any phone as much. After using it for almost 2.5 years, I got the iPhone 5s on the day it was launched. You may think of me as an Apple loyalist, but to be fair I have given other OS’s a try. I did use Android (Samsung Galaxy S2/Galaxy Nexus/Moto X) and even gave Windows Phone a chance (Nokia Lumia 520) but ended up switching back to the iPhone in not more than 4 days. Below are the my reasons for doing so.
All good Android phones (like the ones mentioned above) are huge in size when compared to the iPhone. Like when I switched from the iPhone 4 to the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus, I hated it right from its physical form. In fact, the Galaxy S2 had no rounded edges which made it even worse to hold. However the shift from the iPhone 5s to the Moto X was not as difficult, as it has packed the 4.7 inch screen in a package that’s only a little big than the iPhone 5s.
Backup & Restore
No company provides the kind of reliable backup solution as Apple does with iTunes. After backing the iPhone 5s with data from the older iPhone 4, it literally created a carbon copy of the latter onto the former. But that doesn’t work the same way on Android. Even though there seems to be an option to sync app data, its up to the developers to implement it. By default, when you move from one Android phone to another, there’s no guarantee that all your apps and data will come back the way it was. Like there’s no means to backup text messages. Finally, there are 3rd party backup apps that allow you to backup the app data and not just the APK files, but many require you to root the phone — a warranty voiding process you wouldn’t want to perform, especially on a new phone.
There is no instant access control settings like Wifi, Bluetooth, Flashlight, etc from the lockscreen. One needs to unlock the screen and install 3rd party widgets to toggle them.
If you are using the iPhone 5s long enough, then switching to any previous model of iPhone itself would be tough. Entering a 4-digit password seems like a pain now. Even though Samsung has installed the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5, it barely works as well as the Touch ID. And, with Touch ID getting access to 3rd party apps in iOS 8, we’re not too far from a day when you won’t have to fidget with typing a password on an iPhone ever.
If you compare the Facebook or Twitter app on iPhone and Android, you will know what I am talking about — and that’s just scratching the surface. Many apps on Android feel inferior in their quality when compared to their iOS versions. But, I must admit that they have got better from Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) onwards. Still, there are a ton of apps that are iOS only, and there are countless examples of apps that have come to iOS first (some notable ones being Secret, QuizUp, Flipboard, Temple Run etc)
Besides these, features like not being able to gift apps, lack of unread badge counters on top of app icons, app/lockscreen notifications and some other tricks are missed on Android.