I’ve recently made the switch from Apples iPhone to the Google Nexus 5 made by LG. This obviously means that I had to move from the Apple iOS eco-system to the Google Android eco-system. There were a number of reasons why I choose to do this, but the number reason was because apple iOS and many of its features, are not OS or hardware agnostic (i.e. they only work on apple). This has always made me felt that I was getting more and more entrenched in the apple ecosystem – basically ripped off and forced to go Apple ever time I wanted to upgrade my handset.
Originally when I first purchased an iPhone the technology was leading edge and Android was still new, so there basically wasn’t any choice if you wanted a smartphone. Now apple (in my opinion) hasn’t really made many advances in their iPhone product line in quite a few years and my iPhone 4s was looking and feeling very dated. The android on the other hand has made great strides over the years and the hardware available from many different manufacturers provides so much more choice over apple. So the timing was ripe for me to make the switch and that’s exactly what I have done and I’m not regretting it.
If you want to make the switch yourself but you are worried about losing features, functionality, and apps – I have listed some android alternatives below and will continue to update my list as I discover more.
ITunes Match – Google has an equivalent called Google play music and unlike iTunes match which cost $34.99 AUD per year, it’s free for up to 20,000 songs.
Find My iPhone – IOS has a utility to find your phone if it is lost or stolen. This can be used to play a sound or remotely lock/wipe the phone. There is an equivalent for Android called Device Manager which does the same thing.
Find my Friends – this allows you to share your location with other iOS users and see where they are too. It only works on iOS , but Google allows you to share your location through Google+ and it works on both iOS and android.
iMessages – whilst you can’t send imessages without an apple device, there are quite a few alternatives that even work between android and iOS. these include Google hangouts, Facebook messenger, whatsapp, or just use SMS. Many of the mobiles plans include unlimited SMS anyway. I personally like Google hangouts through Google+ and you can link your mobile number to it to help other Android users find you – just like iMessages.
Apple Maps – apple only recently added this to iOS and I never really liked it. Google Maps obviously works on android and is better than apple maps anyway..
App Store – apple has an app store and Google has an app store. Most of the major apps now come available for both so you just install the Android version and you are done. This includes Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, eBay, pinterest, dropbox etc etc – I have not found any apps that I could not get either a version for Android or an alternative app that does the same thing.
….. And I will keep posting more as time goes by…