Android Attraction

Smart Switch

Last Summer, when I ditched my iPad and switched to Chromebook, I started thinking about doing the same with my phone – iPhone to Android. Naturally! It just makes sense to go all-in with the Google stuff. But I hesitated, finding it a bit concerning to fix something that isn’t broken. My iPhone 7, despite its age, is working great. I’m comfortable with the quality and reliability; also, there are a few key apps/features that I would miss.

A few months later, I found myself re-visiting the idea of switching phones. The iPhone has a lot going for it, but my mind has changed. I’ve decided to move over to Android! So what’s the big deal?


Android Attributes

As I mentioned, one of the big draws to an Android phone is that all the Google apps I use daily would be the default apps! Click a link: Chrome would open instead of Safari. Heck, I could have Firefox open if I wanted instead! Sharing via mail: Gmail would open instead of Apple Mail. And best of all: Google Assistant would default instead of Siri. You get the idea. Overall, Android’s flexibility (and openness) is more efficient than iPhone.

Also very attractive is Android’s customizability. Get bored with the way your phone looks? You can totally change it up…but not on iPhone. Want to see the nice photo you set as wallpaper? No probs! Just move your app icons anywhere you wanna! Heck, you can have zero apps on the screen too and just dive into the App Drawer where all your apps reside. Nice!

I know these features first-hand because I used Android for several years. I’ve already switched back and forth between iPhone and Android. So another reason I’m wanting to switch back now is because of the novelty of it. I’m ready for something new.

Now, onto one of the grandest Android features of all! Affordability. Even though $1,000 Android phones exist, you can also get a great Android phone on a budget. But are they worth it? Yes! I love how there are a number of phones competing in the market at the entry-level and also at the mid-range phone level. You can say that mid-range Android phones today are the affordable versions of the flagship-level phones of yesterday. Since smartphone tech has advanced so much now, you can get an Android phone without compromising or sacrificing all that much. And without emptying a bank vault.

Because there are truck-loads of Android phone makers producing multiple phone models for every budget, there’s another cool aspect of shopping for one instead of an iPhone: variety. Beyond the simple glass rectangle of a phone, in the Android space, you’ll find different sizes, colors, features, and benefits. While this abundance relates to a downside called “fragmentation”, which can be a mixed bag, I find it really nice to have so many phone options. In contrast, the only iPhone variety you have is: the new one or an old one. Or plain, plainer, and plainest. Or costly, more expensive, and exorbitantly priced. No thanks.

Finally, I recently found a bonus feature of Android phones. It’s called the Google Family Link app. So let’s call this feature, Family. This app from Google allows a parent to easily control multiple aspects of their kid’s phone. Yes, Apple has something similar, which I currently use. But the Google Family Link app appears to offer better or more granular control than Apple’s set-up. The fact that I can also keep tabs on my kid’s Chromebook activity in addition to their phone habits is salsa on the chips!


Hello…Moto

There are other areas to consider about Android versus iPhone. One of the biggest and trendiest these days is the two-punch combo of Privacy/Security. In some ways, I still think Apple and iPhone are best-in-class for this. But Google and Android are also great; I consider them trustworthy enough.

So now I’m saving up my pennies and dollars to make my next smartphone purchase a shiny new Android. I’ve set my sights on the reduced-price Moto G7 to replace my iPhone 7. The cool extra benefit to this will be the similarity and affordability of also replacing my kids’ iPhone 6 with the Moto G7 Play. If it all works out, I may blog about it in the not-too-distant future.

Speaking of the future, here’s another good example of Android variety. Microsoft has announced they plan to release a two-screen Android phone called the Duo. It looks so cool! Will it be practical? Time will tell.

(For the record, I once was the proud owner of the Moto Q feature phone. And in my former Android days, I used the Moto X followed by the Moto G4. No, I never owned the flip phone Moto Razr…but have you seen the new flip-smartphone version?)


What smartphone do you prefer? Have you lived with both iPhone and Android before? Write below, or write to me here! Thanks for reading!

19 thoughts on “Android Attraction

  1. Man! Now I have to add Moto G7 to my list. I have a Samsung (ahem) S4 Active. Now I’m in NEED of a new phone due to the OS being severely out of date and making the phone slow drastically. I’ve been lookign at the Samsung A10 series (A10e to be exact). Seems like a good one.

    But I’m with you on the cost. I can’t see spending $1000+ on a phone that I could potentially damage at any moment. Plus I really don’t need every bell and whistle. I’ve reduced my usage pretty drastically to calling, texting, and reading.

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    1. Hey Brad, good to hear from you. The A10 looks like a good choice too. For hardware, I think Samsung is the best build quality/reliability in Android. I used a Samsung Galaxy Tab for a while. The S4 Active is pushin it man! More like S4 Ancient 😏. Don’t buy just yet. Mobile World Congress is 2.5 weeks! New Motos (G8) and more will be released or announced. You can buy a model being replaced on sale or spring for the new year model. Good time to buy either way. Let me know what you end up getting. Thanks! Take care.

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    2. So Samsung’s A series is nice. A50, A20, A10… Despite great quality hardware, I lean away from Samsung because I dislike their extra apps that double up what Android comes with. I prefer as near stock Android as possible and mostly prefer Google’s apps. I do use some 3rd party stuff, which is a reason I like Android. I can make 3rd party apps default!

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      1. Thanks for the tip on the Moto G8 in a few weeks. Yeah, I compared the G7 and A10e and the Moto is pretty superior for around the same amount of money.

        What has your experience been with Motos? Are they reliable and sturdy enough?

        I’ve heard the Pixel is good for awhile, but then isn’t reliable after a few months. Just what I’ve heard…

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        1. My wife and I both had the first Moto X. In fact, I still have mine and it works fine, just outdated software. We loved the twist-to-camera feature. I had the Moto G4 and then gave it to my Dad. It is a 2016 model and my Dad still uses it daily. The rear camera on it seems to have gone bad though – might be the lens. Pictures now are “foggy.” It is a 4 yr old phone now. My wife had the Moto G4 Play and it was good overall. Her original Moto X had one issue, after a while the front camera somehow slipped out of place so she could not use it at all. I would buy a Moto phone again and still plan to. Most reviews of Moto phones are 4 outta 5 star average. For me, buying any phone in the $200 range means I expect some risk for hardware or software issues but can afford to replace with a new device in short time if need be. Phones in this price range to me are cheap enough to replace rather than repair (disregarding the e-waste issue).

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    1. Yeah I think the 2 yr software update limit is accurate. But not the glitchy part. I never experienced glitchy software. Mostly stock Android. Moto features worked. Updates worked when I got them. If there were glitches I don’t recall any issues. Certainly nothing beyond what a phone restart would fix. Even my iPhone has had the occasional hiccup of that sort.

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  2. After switching from iPhone to Android (my SE broke and I didn’t care for how huge the 10 XR or 11 was, so I went with the more compact but equally powerful Galaxy S10e) , I was thinking of trading in my iPad for a Chromebook so as not to be split between incompatible ecosystems. Well… Galaxy S devices have a program called DeX that allow my phone to double as my computer. (I recommend using any Galaxy with 6GB ram or more for any kind of basic use without risk of computer lag, get something more powerful if you edit photos or video.) Instead of a Chromebook and continue living with unnecessary device redundancy, I traded in my iPad for store credit and got a monitor and some peripherals to complete my “desktop” setup. When covid ends and I can travel, I’m investing in a compact 10″ monitor. My phone also doubles as my wallet, as Samsung Pay is used even where NFC can’t work (as long as the credit card machine swipes, not inserts). My phone is now that universal device I have longed dream of since the days of feature phones has finally come true.

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      1. Any Galaxy S9+ or later will have the RAM necessary. Don’t need anything else other a USBC-to-HDMi cable for the absolute bare bones to use, but a keyboard and mouse helps. S9+ you can find used for cheap, bought my S10e new a few months ago for $600, was willing to pay extra for new so I knew the battery was full capacity. I cant get fast charging with my HDMI port, and because my monitor draws a ton of power, I still loss battery, but I can easily get 10+ hours our of my phone when on a monitor.

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        1. …for me, Samsung is reliable hardware akin to Apple, but I dislike Samsung apps/bloatware. Otherwise, I think Google is expanding Android’s native desktop features similar to DEX.
          I like this whole concept though.
          I also am quite comfy with a phone plus Chromebook…

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