I ditched Android for iPhone for a year — here’s what happened

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I switched from Android to iPhone last year when I bought an iPhone 13 Pro, and that turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. That’s saying a lot, considering I had been an avid Samsung phone user for nine years prior to my switch. 

Well, it's been a full year, and I thought I'd revisit that Android-to-iPhone switch. After all that time, I’m still never going back to Android — even the best Samsung phones don't tempt me.

Why have I become so enamored with the iPhone? Its ease of use and snappy user interface are key reasons, along with the iPhone 13 Pro’s amazing battery life. I also love the solid build quality which makes the phone a joy to hold. Beyond that, the iPhone has made my life easier in many small ways that make a big difference.

Below, I’ll detail my experience with the iPhone 13 Pro over the past year and why I'm sticking with iPhones for the foreseeable future.

The iPhone pulled me into the Apple ecosystem

My iPhone is the key that unlocks the Apple ecosystem’s full potential.

The iPhone 13 Pro has been great on its own but its interoperability with other Apple devices is what’s made it so invaluable to me. I know that’s not saying much — after all, the Apple ecosystem is a big draw for Apple users. But as a relative newbie to this ecosystem, I’m still amazed by how well the company’s products work with each other. My iPhone is the key that unlocks the ecosystem’s full potential.

I originally used a pair of Lenovo wireless earbuds with my iPhone. They worked well enough most of the time, but there were instances where the phone wouldn’t respond when I tried to pause a song or raise the volume. I resolved that issue by getting a pair of AirPods Pro, which naturally work great with an iPhone. They’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time and they do an excellent job of canceling out a noisy subway station or busy streets.

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The Apple Watch SE was my next major purchase. I mainly bought the watch to use New York City's OMNY contactless fare payment system. Instead of using a Metro Card or even my iPhone to pay for public transportation, I just tap the watch’s face on the OMNY screen. This saves me precious seconds I might need to catch a train. 

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The watch also shows me notifications from my iPhone. Now I can quickly see which messages I should respond to or which I can save for later.

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Using a MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) to send texts on iMessenger is another handy feature since I type much faster on a keyboard than on a phone’s display. I used to keep messages as brief as possible when texting, but now I can comfortably type out a long message if I want. This feature isn’t unique to Apple as Windows has the equivalent Phone Link app that lets you send and receive messages from Android phones. But as an iPhone user, texting on a MacBook is awesome.

Accessories

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The iPhone's MagSafe feature is something I make full use of — especially when I’m out and about. With respect to Apple, I didn’t buy the official Apple MagSafe Charger or Apple MagSafe Wallet. Instead, I bought Anker’s MagSafe charger and the Spigen MagSafe wallet. Like the products discussed above, these have been game changers.

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The Spigen MagSafe wallet has been particularly useful for several reasons. The most obvious is that I don’t have to carry a wallet in my pocket. And since the Spigen wallet can only hold three cards, it’s forced me to only carry what I need — namely my ID, a credit card and my office keycard. Having the latter in my wallet means I can just tap my phone on the building’s entrance reader instead of pulling the entire keycard out.

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One official accessory I still use is the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Silicone Case with MagSafe. I bought a Spigen Tough Armor case and used it for a few months, but ultimately settled on the Silicone case because it doesn’t add much bulk to the iPhone 13 Pro. Not only that, but it also just feels really good to hold. And as I can attest from personal experience, Apple's case protects your phone if you accidentally drop it.

Cameras and battery life

This might be obvious since the last phone I owned was a Samsung Galaxy S7, and technology has leapt ahead in the ensuing years. But the iPhone 13 Pro's excellent cameras and long battery life continue to amaze me.

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I no longer have to worry about how my photos will turn out when i capture them with the iPhone 13 Pro. Even at night, I know the iPhone 13 Pro will take sharp and clear images thanks to its rear 12MP cameras. Taking such clean and vivid images for my own purposes has been beneficial, but I've gotten the most use of the camera for work, where I frequently need to photograph products at events or for reviews. As long as I have a steady hand, I know my photos will turn out great.

As for battery life, my phone typically lasts for a full waking day, which is roughly 16 hours. I always carry the aforementioned portable charger with me but I've rarely used it thanks to the phone's exceptional battery life. Unless I forget to charge my phone before bed, battery life isn't a major concern.

In the interest of fairness, I used to get about a day and a half of battery life initially. After installing apps and with frequent use throughout the day, the phone now lasts about a day. Considering how its battery life has consistantly remained that way for the better part of a year, I can't complain. At time of writing, its battery capacity is still at 100%, which I think is pretty remarkable.

I’m still not going back to Android 

After a year of iPhone use, I have very few complaints about the iPhone 13 Pro. In fact, the main criticism I can lobby against the phone is that I need a Lightning cable to charge it — and even that point is somewhat moot thanks to MagSafe charging. I’m so happy with this phone that I’ll probably keep using it until Apple either stops supporting it with iOS updates or we finally get an iPhone with a USB-C port.

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Will I ever go back to an Android phone? I don’t want to dismiss the notion, but as things stand, I don’t see it happening. The ease of use between Apple products has been far too useful. I realize I can get a semblance of interoperability with other products, but I’d rather not go through the hassle when I’m already settled into Apple’s ecosystem.

And since I don’t want to upset my friends by forcing them to see green text bubbles in iMessage again, I’ll remain an iPhone user for the foreseeable future.

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Tony Polanco
Computing Writer

Tony is a computing writer at Tom’s Guide covering laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. During his off-hours, Tony enjoys reading comic books, playing video games, reading speculative fiction novels, and spending too much time on X/Twitter. His non-nerdy pursuits involve attending Hard Rock/Heavy Metal concerts and going to NYC bars with friends and colleagues. His work has appeared in publications such as Laptop Mag, PC Mag, and various independent gaming sites.


  • Salty_Susan
    Dude migrated from an S7 - a 7 year old phone. What a serious waste of a read!
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  • Maticus
    Salty_Susan said:
    Dude migrated from an S7 - a 7 year old phone. What a serious waste of a read!
    Seriously, and this dude talked about how great the phone is AFTER he had to buy apple airpods because it was glitchy with his other, non-apple ones. Being forced to buy their products to work with your phone isn't a sign that it's good.
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  • Govols019
    So you're third part headphones, that would have been fine with Android, didn't work properly with Apple so you had to buy Apple airpods? How is that a positive?
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  • Chris168
    This article reads like some AI generated marketing for the iPhone
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  • Brian1979
    Maybe you shouldn't compare a 7-year-old phone to a phone less than 2 years old.
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  • TanerD
    Salty_Susan said:
    Dude migrated from an S7 - a 7 year old phone. What a serious waste of a read!
    Plus he spent 1000+ Bucks to make everything work.
    This kind of stuff is damaging the reputation of Tom's Guide.
    This is a pure marketing pitch at its best
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  • iQLexus
    How much did he get paid to write this or was this done by a bot? What human compares a 7 year old phone to any phone we use today?

    I think a bot wrote this
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  • davidknowstech
    I have an android phone, Sony headphones, a Windows laptop... And literally everything you describe here happens on my devices. Everything.

    Without all the additional purchases you had to make.... Not sure how this article is helpful or informative.
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  • Houmer
    This "article" seems more like the AI generated marketing. The standard of the site really went down the gutter lately.
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  • Tony Polanco
    Hey, everyone.

    Regarding comments saying it’s unfair to compare the iPhone 13 Pro to the Samsung Galaxy S7, I want to be clear that wasn’t my intention. I simply wanted to share my experience after using an iPhone for a year. More specifically, how the device eased me into the Apple ecosystem and how that has made my life easier. Again, I’m not trying to compare a modern phone to an older one. That would indeed be unfair.
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