Years of Apple servitude is starting to get a little boring and I’m thinking about jumping ship. Currently have the iPhone XS Max and a Watch and whilst they are functional, I’m a bit bored.
After a little search of the most recent flagships I feel most of them have compromises, some are deal breakers. Looking forward to the Note 10 announcement later.
Got to admit, I’m a bit nervous about losing iCloud sync for messages and photos and more but I’m sure I can muscle through. Also my last toe dips into Android went badly (A note 2 with horrible UI and a Sony which used to die whilst on charge and not reboot).
But yet, here I am, looking for options and I have a list of needs and nice to haves:
- To be new enough to get the next few major updates.
- Wireless charging.
- Google Pay ability.
- The ability to do cloud backups (not sure if this is native these days?)
- Battery life to support medium to heavy usage including using hotspot.
- To be a brand, as much as some of the Chinese makes are doing well, I like to have a support network when things go wrong.
- OLED screen.
- Android Auto (is it standard?)
Nice to haves:
- Smaller screen? I sometimes feel my XS Max is too big, but I think the days of sub 6” phones are gone for now.
- A “wow factor” feature, it’s always nice to have a party trick.
- Notchless, also not too keen how Samsung are doing the offset holepunch either.
- Ability to connect to a decent smartwatch (haven’t decided which one).
Things I care not about:
- Camera, don’t use it for anything serious.
- Where the fingerprint sensor is, it just doesn’t matter.
- Gaming, except PoGo.
- Price, I’ll pay whatever is needed for the right thing.
So where do I go? What do I have to sacrifice?
1 - any major flagship will get next 2 updates .. but some may take a while .. Google Pixel, One Plus or any Android One device best bet for quick updates.
2 - wireless charging most flagships have these days.. except one plus.
3 - All have Google Play unless you get Chinese version of Chinese phones
4 - cloud backups are natively built ( to an extent ) into android.. each OEM though have their own version . I have a pixel and they work well... But different than iPhones.
5 - notches...you can always hide them!!
6 - andoird auto standard ... But some phones connect better than others... My pixel seems very good.. a Sony I had was very good... A Samsung U had wasn't...
Google photos SOOOO much better than apple photos ... So you won't miss that.
You may want to check you tube for videos on moving from iOS to android . Especially about changing your iMessage settings first .. otherwise you will lose messages sent to you after you switch
From a you have said.. I would say check out a pixel 3 or 3xl ( you can hide the notch ) ...the always listening song detection on lock screen is a GREAT wow thing... All my iPhone toting friends and family ( which is ALL of them ) LOVE that feature.