Thinking of Switching

In 2008 I was rocking what I thought was the greatest feature phone to date in the Sony Ericsson K850i then Apple announced its successor to the original iPhone and I was sold, however, nearly 10 years later is it time to switch?

This time last year I upgraded from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 7 simply to retain value in the iDevice as I buy phones directly from Apple without a contract, ironically it’s the cheapest way to own the latest iPhone and to be honest I’m not a big fan of contracts.

On September 12th Apple announced the iPhone X pronounced “ten” and if you’ve read my last post, you’ll know that I’m not overly impressed. In fact, I couldn’t agree more with Snazzy Labs regarding the home button and user experience, his video below highlights the issues with the iPhone X user interface in its current state compared to every iPhone that has come before it.

The Requirements

So here I am thinking about switching from iOS to Android, I toyed with the idea last year and I have a feature list that I require for my day to day use, you may have a different set of criteria but I think if you’re an iPhone user looking to switch, a lot of the features required should be similar.

  • Clean bloat free OS
  • Speedy OS updates
  • Speedy security updates
  • Thin bezels
  • Fingerprint reader
  • OLED panel
  • IP67/IP68 water resistance
  • Stereo speakers
  • Top tier photo and video capture
  • NFC

The Contenders

Listed below are the top three Android devices that would make the transition from Apple to Google the least unsettling.

Samsung Galaxy S8
Great value 6 months on

Samsung Galaxy S8

I decided to test the Samsung Galaxy S7 last year, then the S8, but as gorgeous as the hardware is on the Galaxy, TouchWiz is just something I don’t get along with, the glaring colours and obnoxious fonts out of the box are not pleasing on the eye, if you’re a current Android devotee I know what you’re going to say about replacing launchers and customizing, but I don’t want to have to choose a launcher to overlay Samsungs. I just want pure Android where possible, furthermore, the single bottom firing speaker on the device is simply a deal breaker for me.

However, for a phone that launched in April 2017 for £689 and yet a mere 6 months later is now at least one hundred pounds cheaper on Amazon, it’s tremendous value if you’ve been thinking about switching, selling your current iPhone would cover a significant portion of that outlay then you could pick up a brand spanking new S8 for a few hundred pounds, grab one here.

OnePlus5
Cheap and understated

OnePlus5

Now, this is more like what I know and am accustomed to, a clean software palette, a familiar hardware design, dual cameras, fingerprint reader and Oxygen OS which is a clean, bloat free OS with just a few additions for ease of use, in addition OnePlus update their hardware in a timely fashion. It all looks great but I’m after something with thin bezels, essentially an iPhone X in an Android skin.

One thing to note, if you’re looking to switch, but keep a similar aesthetic to the iPhone 7, the OnePlus5 is a blinder of a phone and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to dip their toe in the Android OS without breaking the bank, again your current phone would cover a huge chunk of the OnePlus 5 as it’s only £530 on Amazon.

Pixel 2 phone
I won’t lie I’m excited about this

Pixel 2 XL

I tried the Google Pixel last year and at the time I remember thinking that if only I could grab the pure Pixel software experience and wrap it up in the Galaxy S8 hardware (minus that really poor speaker). I would have been content to have found a hardware-software marriage that would be truly phenomenal inside and out.

So I’ve been lurking over at Android Authority and combing through the rumours and I have to admit I’m liking what I’ve gathered so far if the rumours turn out to be true about the Pixel 2 XL.

They’re reporting a thin bezel device sporting a 6″ OLED panel, with a dual speaker setup, fingerprint reader, OS and security updates aplenty pushed out without delay, encased in a metal and glass finish and if last years Pixel was anything to go by it should still snap absolutely amazing photos.

The original Pixel received one of the highest ratings ever in the DxOMark at 89 until it was replaced by HTC’s U11 a few months later, there is a whole article from DxOMark all about the stunning camera on the original Google Pixel and I would trust that this quality will be bought to Pixel XL 2 also.

In addition to all this goodness, there are also hints to Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) over the current method which is done electronically (EIS) using the accelerometer and gyroscope on the phone, there are also rumours of IP67/IP68 water resistance in this years device which is expected to be revealed on October 4th according to Google’s teaser trailer below.

So what do you think? Will you be making a switch to Android from iOS or are you already on Android and you’re eagerly awaiting the launch of iPhone X?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below or catch me on Twitter at @gadgetandgamer and let me know.

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