I am an iPhone and Android user. Taking care of a good part of the analysis at Xataka, I spend more than half the month with the mobiles I test and the rest of the time with my Personal iPhone 13 Pro. I have been using iPhone since 7 and I feel like a change. Not because there’s a better Android, not because the iPhone is worse. Simply, I want to have an Android as my personal mobile, at least for a while.
how difficult is it there how badly are manufacturers doing, leaving out compact mobiles. I want to tell you why I find it so hard to find a replacement, why I feel locked into the Apple ecosystem, and why it looks like nothing is going to change in the short term.
My point of view is that of an enthusiast technology. If a mobile convinces me, I buy it, regardless of the operating system you have. I anticipate this in order, as much as possible, to avoid the hackneyed war between Apple and Android in the comments, to which this type of article invites so much.
the drama of size
Finding compact mobiles on Android is a drama. Find high-end compact mobiles that they don’t give up specifications of his older brothers, impossible. Why is there no S22 Ultra under six inches? Why is there no small Pixel Pro? The closest thing to an iPhone 13 Pro, right now, is a Galaxy S22 or a Asus Zenfone 9.
In the ecosystem of Android manufacturers, buying the small model is buying the least ambitious model
The ASUS is a little short because it lacks a telephoto lens (a key point for me) and the S22, while a great device, falls short of the S22 Ultra. The only difference between an iPhone 13 Pro and an iPhone 13 Pro Max, for physical reasons, is the battery. Other, you’re buying the best phone in the business, regardless of size.
Android manufacturers do not apply this philosophy. If you buy the small mobile, you buy a worse mobile. Pushing you towards gigantic models to enjoy the best leaves those of us who want compact phones in the lurch. I want the best, but I want it in pocket size.
I don’t want to take a Powerbank with me
A few years ago it was all memes about living glued to the charger if you had an iPhone. Now there is no size/battery rival with the iPhone. The Pro Max sweeps its competition (another issue is fast charging), and there’s no compact phone that comes close to the iPhone 13 Pro numbers.
With a measly 3,095 mAh, the iPhone 13 Pro gives me better results than a few high-end 5,000 mAh Android phones. But I don’t want to get into a war of screen hours and numbers here. Let’s put that aside that the iPhone 13 Pro lasts me all day, while my experience with small phones on android has been terrible. Sweating blood to spend the night with a little battery.
I don’t understand what’s going on with Android and video
Another fundamental point for me, both for leisure and for generating income from content on social networks, is a video recording geared towards a more professional level. There are exponents in Android that do it well, but the iPhone sucks. It goes without saying when downloading content on RRSS with Android, the quality is negligible. The flow drops I even observed a loss of color by analyzing the histogram and the audio compression is terrible.
First global issues that affect a minimum percentage of users. But I am among them. As a curious anecdote, a month in which I was uploading content to TikTok with an Android I had a drop of more than 50% in visits. After switching back to the iPhone, I went back to my regular numbers. The algorithm analyzes the quality of the videos and rewards the best quality.
Apple knows how to lock you into its ecosystem
I hate the word “ecosystem” when it comes to Apple. It’s become quite a fanatical term that seems to reflect that while we have Android and Windows, we can’t connect our devices. But I understand why we talk about it so muchbecause Apple knows very well how to lock you into this ecosystem.
AirDrop’s transfer speed, in my tests, came to exceed that of an Android with UFS 3.1 memory connected to the PC by cable C. The universal clipboard (copying a text on the Mac and pasting it on the iPhone, and vice versa), which the products connect just by bringing them closer to the phone, using the iPhone as a webcam on the PC natively…
Even mundane products like Airtag are very far from rivals like SmartTag (which practically required a miracle to be able to locate a device). And it goes without saying that with the money that Apple products cost, I’m not convinced by the idea of not being able to use them if I leave their ecosystem.
Money invested in Apple stays in Apple. If we want to return to Android, we will have to go through the box
Then there is the question of not all apps you paid for on iphone are purchased on android. After years of using Apple, we’re talking hundreds of dollars here that I would have to shell out again. Terrible.
Apple bullshit that hasn’t been reached
and then they are Absurdity. Each user has their own. In his months of use with the iPhone 13 Pro my colleague Javier Pastor missed the Always On Display, he was not entirely satisfied with the location system and, especially because he was outside the Apple ecosystem, he did not take advantage of the promised benefits. Something understandable, since the grace of using an iPhone is that the rest of the products at home come from Apple.
I also have my hobbies, of course. I find the Android gesture system terrible. In apps like Twitter, for example, it is easy to invoke the side menu, when what we want is to go back. On the other hand, except for the Google Pixel, the camera preview does not show HDR, so it looks all burnt until you open the photo in the gallery.
Apple knows how to take care Absurdity. At the beginning of the week, I was traveling in a group, all with the boarding pass on the phone. Some had problems because they were in low light and the reader did not recognize the boarding card. On the iPhone, the brightness automatically rises when we open the wallet with a QR. Real bullshit, yes, but bullshit that all builders should implement and that makes life easier.
This list is as endless as it is subjective, so I summarize it in that there are a series of automatic functions at Apple that make the user experience excellent in aspects that Android has completely forgotten.
Everyone belongs to his father and his mother, or so they say
It is unlikely that with this text a loyal Android user will understand how easy life is with an iPhone. Just as anyone is unlikely to convince an iPhone user that their Android does the same for less money.
I tried, but there’s no way to free me from the clutches of Apple. I still enjoy every Android I scan like a little kid, but the iPhone will stay in my pocket for a long time.