I Switched from Android to iOS

Here’s my summary of the difference between the three Android devices I’ve used, and the iPhone 5s:

The iPhone works way better.

I was an Android user for four years.  I was worried I would miss the heavy integration between Android and Google for things like Gmail, Google Voice, Calendar, etc., but really the only gap I’ve found is Google Calendar, and it’s a minor gap of no concern to most users. Nonetheless, why doesn’t Google offer a Calendar iOS app?

The Gmail iOS app isn’t as sexy and sophisticated as the Android version, as you’d expect, but that’s off set by the overall responsiveness and fluidity delivered through the app by iOS.

Two iOS features to highlight:

The fingerprint scan (Touch ID) is cool, and as you’d expect, works flawlessly. And for the security conscious, my research shows Apple engineered the process exactly as they should have. The fingerprint is encrypted through hash at the A7 chip as a mathematical representation of your fingerprint (not you’re actual fingerprint) and never leaves the device. The encryption key is available only to Touch ID, and the portion of the chip used for Touch ID is separate from the rest of the A7 processor and the rest of iOS; your fingerprint data is never accessed by iOS or other apps, never stored on Apple servers, and never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Only Touch ID uses it, and it cannot be used to match against other fingerprint databases. (Sorry for this paragraph; I geek out on security stuff).

Voice dictation works much better than on any of the Android devices I’ve used. It’s more responsive and more accurate. I’m already using Siri a lot.

I am perfectly happy with my iPhone 5s and expect I’ll be an iOS user for a long time to come.

If you’re interested, check out my post from 2011 on Apple’s Accessibility feature and how iOS is so easy to use for people with visual impairment (includes a link to a YouTube video with Stevie Wonder!).


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