I thought I would jot down some random-ish thoughts on swapping from one phone ecosystem to another, in my case from iPhone 6 Plus to Sony Xperia XZ in case they were useful to anyone wandering in here who was thinking about doing that. I know I had a lot of questions and concerns when I was in that position.
- It's not the huge moral conundrum that some online pundits would have you believe! It's not that hard to do and your soul will not be imperilled should you do it
- Apple Music is available in the Play store and works more or less identically on Android as it does on iOS so you won't loose access to any of your music life
- Email switches over easily: I use Newton (formerly CloudMagic) on my Mac devices and if you have a Newton account, you just download Newton for Android, log in and hey presto all done
- The often-mentioned 'iOS is more secure' thing - whilst almost certainly true - seems overhyped. As long as you do not download apps from dodgy developers etc you'll likely be fine it seems to me and some anti-virus products (such as AVG and Bit Defender) will work on your phone at little or no extra cost if you are using them on your computer already
- Some elements of Android are actually better than iOS and vice-versa. Live with it!
- In the case of Sony, the software implementation is good I think - very fast, no lag, very little bloatware although it is annoying that you cannot actually delete apps you do not need. For example I do not have a Playstation - so I have no need of an app to make my phone work with one
- Calendar syncing is a little bit of a PITA but an app called Smoothsync works brilliantly
- Chrome is not the best browser; filling in these GZ reply boxes on the full site is hard - the text is all over the place and often runs over the green Post button etc for example
- One significant annoyance is that you cannot use Apple Airplay devices (such as my B&W Zeppelin Air) with an Android phone unless the phone is rooted and you use a third party app; I am not prepared to root my brand new, reasonably expensive phone...!
Overall I have found the experience fairly pain free and it seems as though both Android and iOS makers have decided to grow up a bit and accept that we switch from one to the other sometimes and making it a misery is not helpful.