10 Questions Apple Thinks Android Users Will Ask before Switching to an iPhone

Article by George Norman (Cybersecurity Editor)

on 10 Jul 2017

Did you know that life is easier on iPhone? Put down the pitchforks for a moment and let me explain. And put out those torches as well.

It is a well-known fact that Apple is interested in converting Android users, in getting them to give up on Android and switch to iOS. Convinced that potential switchers might have some questions about the transition, Apple set up a Switch website where it proclaims that "Life is easier on iPhone. And that starts as soon as you turn it on."

Apple’s Switch website also lists 10 questions that you might want answers to if you’re thinking about jumping ship and switching from Android to iOS. Let’s see what questions Apple thinks you might have...

1. Will it be easy to switch to iPhone?

Having to transfer your data from one device to another is perhaps the biggest hurdle you’ll have to face if you’re thinking about switching. You’ll have to transfer your contacts, your messages, all the pics that you snapped over time, all the videos you shot, and all the other data that is important to you. To address this situation, Apple came up with Move to iOS, the company’s very first Android app.

Move to iOS – Main Features
  • Transfer everything that matters – the app will transfer multiple types of content from your Android to your iPhone: contacts, message history, camera photos, camera videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars.
  • Securely transfer your data – all the content mentioned above will be transferred in a secure manner. Your iPhone will create a private Wi-Fi network and use it to get all your Android’s content.
  • Very easy to use – Apple puts a great deal of emphasis on ease of use. iOS is very easy to use and the Move to iOS app is very easy to use as well.
  • Keep using your apps – you’ll want to use your favorite Android apps on your new iPhone. Since most apps are available for Android and for iOS, this shouldn’t be a problem. Move to iOS will compile a list of all your Android apps and will find their iOS counterparts. Free apps will be suggested as downloads, paid apps will be added to an iTunes wishlist.
Go get Move to iOS for free from Google Play.

Just like Apple, Samsung too is interested in convincing iPhone users to switch. That’s where the aptly named Samsung Smart Switch comes in. It can be used to transfer data from an iPhone to a Galaxy smartphone, from an older Android to a new Galaxy, and from a Galaxy smartphone to a PC.

Get Samsung Smart Switch for PC right here on FindMySoft.

Get Samsung Smart Switch for Android from Google Play.

2. Is the camera as good as they say?

Apple’s convoluted answer to this question is made up of three parts. First up, it boasts about the fact that it uses “second-to-none technology” to help you take amazing photos and videos. Next up, Apple lists three modes: Slo-Mo, Time-Lapse and Portrait (it applies a depth-of-field effect to make your foreground subject sharp while creating a blurred background). And last but not least, Apple touts Memories, a feature that "automatically compiles your favorite moments into a movie."

Why does Apple insist on using buzzwords like “second-to-none technology”? I guess saying that the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6 Plus, and iPhone SE all come with a 12MP camera was too much of a chore and Apple's marketing team believes Android users are easily spooked by technical terms? Not to mention that according to DxOMark, the trusted industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings, the iPhone 7’s camera scored an 86, lower than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S8.

3. Why is iPhone so fast?

The official explanation, as provided by Apple itself, is that the "iPhone runs on high-performance chips that are custom-designed by Apple." The unofficial answer is that Apple controls both the hardware and the software, unlike Android which runs on a wide range and huge variety of devices. That’s why a better specced Android may be a little bit slower than an iPhone.

4. Will iPhone be easy to use?

Every developer is well-aware of the fact that their products have to be easy to use, otherwise they’re going to lose their customers. So with that being said, it’s obvious that using an iPhone won’t be hard. It will be cumbersome at first, especially if you’ve never used an iPhone in the past, but it won’t be hard. The biggest annoyance will be getting accustomed to the fact that there is no Back button.

5. How does my iPhone help protect my personal information?

Everything that’s stored on your iPhone is encrypted and password-protected. Since Apple controls both the hardware and software, you will get software updates as soon as they are released, meaning that you will always be protected against security threats. And every bit of information that you share will Apple will remain between you and the Cupertino-based company, since Apple will not sell your information to anyone.

Apple isn’t the only one who takes security and privacy seriously. Android can also protect your data via full-disk encryption (available on devices that run Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer) and file-based encryption (available on devices that run Android 7.0 Nougat or newer). The downside is that encrypting a device can take an hour or more. And if you’re not plugged in and your device runs out of power before the encryption process completes, you're going to have to factory reset it and you’ll lose all your data.

6. What makes Messages so great?

Is any wannabe switcher worried that they won’t be able to stay in touch with their friends, coworkers, and family? Even if iOS didn’t come with the Messages app, there are a ton of other apps out there than could be used for this purpose: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Allo, and so many more.

7. Can I get help from a real person?

As someone who knows how to use Google, I’ve never felt the need to get help from a real person. But let’s say that you’re not used to troubleshooting issues and fixing problems on your own, you want someone else to fix the problem for you. According to Apple, it’s "award-winning support team offers assistance of any kind" via online chat, by calling an Apple Specialist, by using the @AppleSupport Twitter handle, or by vising an Apple Store.

And speaking about Apple Stores…

8. Can I switch at an Apple Store?

Well, if you’re not going to fix your own damn problems, why would you do the switch on your own? Go to any App Store you want and an Apple Specialist will help you activate your new iPhone and transfer all your important data from your old device to your new one.

9. What about the environment?

Apple’s data servers run on 100% renewable energy, and there’s no denying that that’s good for the environment. And if you switch from Android to iPhone, Apple will offer to recycle your old Android for you, which once again is good for the environment.

10. Will I love my iPhone?

Apple toots its own horn here – obviously – saying that the iPhone is the world’s most loved smartphone and that 97% of iPhone owners says they love their device (based on research from Q1 2017).

Alongside the Switch website, Apple rolled out several videos which tout the iPhone’s superiority over "your phone." These videos are obviously aimed at Android users and they’re meant to convince them to switch. There are 8 videos in all on Apple’s YouTube page, with the one embedded below having the most views.

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