Moving from iOS to Android

Five days into my new Android adventures and I’m slowly getting used to the UI and little quirks. The Play Store takes a bit more navigating when compared to Apple’s App store, but I’m impressed with how the Google Play store is already recommending me apps that I actually need, our would use. 

The customisation of Android is also a huge difference to that on iOS, where customisation is rather rigid. For example, on iOS, you absolutely need to have your app icons in rows and you can’t deviate from that. On Android, if you want to skip a row to showcase your amazing wallpaper, you can. 

The emojis on Android could do with a bit of work. They look like very early versions of Yahoo! Messenger and don’t have the same polished finish than their iOS counterparts. By the same token, the digital keyboard looks a little clunky aesthetically, but these are only small in comparison to the bigger picture.

I really love the ability to delete the apps that come ‘pre-installed’ with the phone. That is to say, I have no intention of using ‘Play Music’, Google’s own music offering, so I’ve ditched that from my home screen already. That’s something Apple has slowly started to introduce, yet you often have to keep certain apps, knowing full well you’ll never open them.

The UI of Android does take some getting used too and I’ve been told by friends who love Android, it could take me a few weeks until I get the hang of it, but I’m willing to give it a go.

Android 10 has thrown my preconceived concerns about the system out of the window. It appears to be the most stable version of Android and the most adaptive. Whilst Android has a bit of catching up to do with its competitors, it’s heading on the right track.

Want to read about my experience of using a Google Pixel 3XL? Click here.