After 5 years on my iPhone 4, I decided it was time for an upgrade. My iPhone had become slow, it crashed a lot, the battery life was up and down, I couldn’t download any iOS updates and there was a number of apps I couldn’t download or get updates for. While this sounds very #firstworldproblems it was annoying the hell out of me.
After agonising over whether to stay with Apple or to jump ship to Android, I decided to risk it and plunge into unfamiliar territory.
One of the first things that I came across is that Google play immediately tries to sign up for a paid music service. Too me this is a bit of a negative user experience. At the start I just want to set up my phone, I’m not interested in handing over more money.
App draw vs Apple (Apps on screen all the time)
For some reason having an app draw instead of Apples app layout took quite a while to get used to. But I do really like the fact that it’s all tucked away and I can have my screen organised in a clean manner.
Saying ‘Hello Google’ to my phone makes me feel like an idiot, even if I’m alone. So I removed the widget.
Moving my data over: SmartSwitch
Using the SmartSwitch app was very easy, although moving my files did take a while. But seeing as you only need to do this once, I didn’t think it was a big deal. The cables required also came with my phone.
What makes the S7 Edge different from the S7 is the curved sides, the screen is slightly bigger and the Edge functionality. Honestly I haven’t used it too much, although I do find it handy to quickly check the weather in the morning. So I have found it a bit gimmicky. I think I could have easily gone with the S7 and would have been just as happy.
A few other things that I really like is the Places function. You can set different settings depending on your location, so for example I have my phone set to go on silent when I go to work. Not exactly the most exciting thing, but it makes my life easier.
Also of course I like the ability to customise my phone way more than I could with Apple. For a lot of people they would rather be locked into Apple’s way of doing things – but I like to tinker way too much!
I’m very happy I moved over, and also happy that I got a Samsung phone before the Notes started catching fire. Although I probably could have gone with the S7 instead of the S7 Edge, but maybe I just need to customise the Edge functionality a bit more.