As a longtime Android user is switching to an iPhone, it can all be a discordant experience. But I’ve been using the iPhone 13 Pro for a few months now and have been using it instead, to the point that it’s set to remain my flagship phone for the foreseeable future.
Now before you rush into the comments and call me an Apple person, I’ve tested and reviewed a lot of the best Android phones. And on a daily basis I still carry the Google Pixel 6 Pro, so in no way am I converting an iPhone.
In fact, I have a bunch of problems with my iPhone 13 Pro and iOS, so I won’t be giving up my Android backup anytime soon. Let me tell you why.
lack of customization
Let’s start with one of the most prominent complaints regarding iPhone and iOS devices; Non-allocation. Apple keeps its mobile operating system well shut down, as well as having a firm hand in what’s and what’s not allowed in the App Store.
As such, the flexibility one gets with an Android phone, such as adjusting screen color profiles, making use of Always On Display, adjusting tools etc., is not within the reach of iPhone users. Now I don’t get too deep into customization, although I like the options, so it’s not as annoying for me as it is for some Android fans.
But one thing that drives me completely crazy is the process of moving apps around the home screens. If you move anything else is moving, which means you can’t create an empty space on the home screen. And if you happen to accidentally move a single app with the wrong swipe or tap, you can find yourself needing to rearrange a slew of apps just to get back the layout you had before.
This has always been an annoyance for me with iOS 15. But in 2022, it seems a little silly when Android lets you put apps where you want them.
The nature of iOS’s walled gardens can be irritating in other ways, with some apps having limitations not seen in their Android counterpart. For example, the Xbox Game Pass app on iOS is not allowed to support streaming cloud-based games, while it can on Android; This is due to Apple’s app policies, not technical issues, which is very annoying.
No fingerprint scanner
While I talk about certain inconveniences, the lack of a fingerprint scanner is very annoying because the coronavirus pandemic has made many of us wear masks. Sure Face ID is impressive and responsive, but it falls apart when dealing with a disguised face — at least until iOS 15.4 comes along.
This means that when it comes to authorizing contactless payments, for example on the London Underground, I need to tap the lock screen PIN. This is a far cry from the friction-free experience that Apple devices promise, and more often than not I’ll reach for my Pixel 6 Pro to handle payments even though its fingerprint scanner isn’t the fastest.
I really hope Apple brings Touch ID back to the iPhone 14 Pro, because I’m growing weary of relying on Face ID.
Continuing port of lightning
Speaking of bringing things to next-generation iPhones, I really hope Apple will ditch its Lightning port and adopt USB-C for the iPhone 14.
I find it baffling that Apple has adopted USB-C for MacBooks and most iPads, but it still sticks with Lightning for its iPhones, as well as the likes of AirPods Pro.
Given the number of devices that use USB-C to connect and charge, I find it frustrating to only carry a Lightning cable for the iPhone 13 Pro. It’s especially annoying that the cable in question is USB-C to Lightning — Apple certainly could have gotten all of USB-C, as I can’t imagine many people still using dedicated Lightning port accessories.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if Apple didn’t move to USB-C with the iPhone 14, I’d go back to Android.
Maybe I’m on my own, but I haven’t been able to keep track of the way iOS handles notifications. I like how by default they don’t show any content on the lock screen unless Face ID confirms that you’re looking at the phone. But other than that I find dealing with them a bit difficult.
For the OS that is vey initiative, iOS doesn’t make it very clear with all the ways in which notifications can be manipulated and interacted with. Some respond with a single tap, others respond with a long press.
Rejecting notifications can also be a pain. What is an easy swipe or tap on the clear all button in Android effectively requires double tapping on a transparent cross in the iOS notification center or swiping left and tapping on Clear for those newer notifications. It’s a small but noticeable thing on a day full of emails, Slack messages, and more.
I appreciate the amount of control Apple now gives you over notifications, but I can’t help feeling that they aren’t as clever or intuitive as the ones on the Pixel 6 Pro. Again, it’s probably due to unfamiliarity with iOS, but for now, Android wins out ahead of notifications.
A little boring
Over the past few generations, the iPhone hasn’t really changed much, and I feel the iPhone 13 Pro is pretty much the poster child for frequent designs and updates. This led to Apple creating a phone that was precisely honed to be widely used for business and pleasure. But, rightly, is it a boring phone.
There’s nothing the iPhone 13 Pro has really piqued my curiosity – it’s great in many ways, but it’s boring.
There are no features to really get you excited, while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has an S Pen and DeX, for example. The Pixel 6 Pro has Magic Eraser and a Tensor chip that puts AI front and center. Oppo Find X3 Pro has a microscopic camera and its successor, Oppo Find X5 Pro has some glossy screen options to make viewing content on a 10-bit screen a bit better. All of these tricks can be considered a gimmick, but they are definitely cool to use.
This was the case when the iPhone introduced new technology, such as the iPhone 4s which brought Siri as the first virtual assistant. But now iPhones tend to follow the Android phone bundle in adopting new technologies and features — although Apple’s approach to improving such things is hard to beat.
As a result, I’m more excited about the Google Pixel 7 or potentially Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 than the iPhone 14 Pro.
With that in mind, along with all of the above, as I get to the end of this article, I can already feel a wave of change in my belief that I won’t be moving away from the iPhone 13 Pro anytime soon. It would take a particular Android phone to get my attention, but the year is still young and we have a lot of technology in 2022.