Why I left Android and came back to iOS

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Hello all,

Up until last Friday I was an Android user exclusively... Yes, I had experience with iOS in the form of my first smart phone which was an iPhone 4, but I had left as I felt iOS was too restrictive. You know how it is, the grass is almost always greener on the other side, or so you think. Yeah, it was fun, and I had plenty of interesting adventures over my stint as an Android fan. Heh, I managed to destroy a few devices via various means from dropping them to a botched root (think jailbreak) or two. March 2017 rolls around, I'm eligible for a upgrade from T-Mobile and I start looking around. I was using a Galaxy S6 with a Gear S watch at this point. Honestly, I wasn't liking the options in the Android ecosystem, mostly because of the wait for security updates from the various manufacturers. I like my devices secure, as I quit rooting devices a while back (my current tablet is rooted, but that was so it could be a network Tor proxy when I'm at home and the OS won't see any updates since Samsung has abandoned the device already) but Android just isn't very secure, even in it's latest version. That said, I chose the iPhone 7. Why the 7 and not the 7+? The 7+ is too damn big for my hands plus was out of my price range to begin with.

Let's just say that I'm pleasantly surprised... It didn't take long for me to figure out the gestures used by VO and it seems far more secure then the S6 did. There's still some things that confuse me, but that's why I joined AppleVis. Don't be surprised if I ask a lot of questions in the near future. It's going to be a learning process, and I look forward to using my new iPhone 7.



Submitted by Mani on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

You will not be disappointed. Good luck with your new iPhone.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Nice post, welcome back to iOS land. :)

Submitted by Brooke on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Welcome back to iOS. I was an Android user for years, back in the days of Android Eclaire through KitKat. There are still things about Android that I would like to experiment with from time to time, but when it comes down to it, my preference is iOS.

Submitted by gailisaiah on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hi Greg, This site will be so helpful to you. Between the podcasts and so many people willing to help, you will have your questions answered. Thanks so much, Applevis! Best of luck to you with your phone!

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Thursday, March 9, 2017

It's nice to know that you can just use the iPhone and not worry about security or the lack of accessibility. Enjoy your new toy.

Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hey glad you're back! I haven't had any Android experience. But I love Apple for its accessibility. Are there still things I wish I could do on Apple that you could do on Android? Yeah you bet! But all in all, I'm an Apple fan girl. Don't be afraid to ask questions! Odds are, it's a question someone else has had too & found the answer for.

Plus, I believe there's more availability when it comes to info for iOS, (apps, how-tos, ejc) than for Android.

Submitted by DMNagel on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Give me an Apple over green grass any-day.

Submitted by Afrim on Thursday, March 9, 2017

If you want a working and reliable operating system, stick with iOS. If you want an experimenting system, then go for Android.
I started with Android, and I was really an Android enthusiast when I got my first device (Samsung Galaxy S3), but it wasn’t giving me what the device has to really offer, or better say, how much could I use what the device offers to the customer. Alternative programs, workarounds, experiments, questions, questions, questions, yet more questions to more experienced users. There came a moment when I couldn’t cope with the lack of accessibility in Android. Imagine when you’re unable to properly access the internet with your smartphone in 2015 and 2016. So, I decided to try out iOS. I bought an iPhone 6. I should admit it shaped my experience with smartphones. It was a completely different feeling of using a smartphone. I gradually learnt to use Braille and now I can type text on messenger and other similar services quite quickly, in fact almost at the same speed that sighted people do. Voiceover is pretty self-explanatory and I have to say the roter is a really genious finding. Completing simple tasks with a flick (Swipe) and a double tap is really quick and simple. In fact, Voiceover is truly what a screen reader is called, because it just covers everything on the system it runs and you don’t need to find workarounds because otherwise, you’re not making use of the screen reader but your assumption.

Submitted by Gerardo on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Welcome back to iOS! I had an experience with in April2015, having to turn to Android since there wasn't the means to buy myself a successor iPhone, and what a frustrating experience! I thought Android was an iOS drvice but with newer characteristics, and so what a disappointment it turned out to be the first weeks especially! but as time goes, and because I had no other choice, I began seeing the benefits of one OS over another, and so I now have a backup Android phone, plus my main phone (an iPhone 5S). I love the way one system does things another can't, especially when on the Android side, it comes to being able to use the phone as an MP3 player! but overall in terms of blindness and SmartPhone use, the iPhone is still the best there is! So good luck with your new toy!