For a decade, I defended my choice of ownershipTo countless haters. But finally, and after many months, I in my beloved Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus . And so far, I have no regrets. (Especially now that I’m no longer teased –more on that later.)
I may sound dramatic, but that trip to the Verizon store signaled a big change for me. I’ve always prided myself on not buying into the Apple hype. Despite years of harassment from friends, I pushed back, maintaining that I liked being apart of the crowd. Everyone around me has an iPhone. It felt good to defy the norm. And so for years, I stuck with my Samsung Galaxy devices, which I still believe to be incredible phones.
But after talking to friends and family about, I began to rethink my role. Yes, I love my Galaxy S10 Plus and everything it has to offer: a great camera, a customizable interface and Object Eraser, which removes any unwanted people or objects from your pictures ( ). But at the end of the day, there’s one great thing my Android can never offer: a seamless way to communicate with all my friends on iPhone.
I’ve been told numerous times that I destroy group chats by “greening” all text. This is because Apple refused to make iMessage compatible with Android phones, so when you message someone who isn’t on iOS, you’ll see green text bubbles instead of the standard blue. Since this seemed like a superficial complaint — and 100% Apple’s fault — I brushed it aside.
Until I realized I was missing out on other, more important benefits of owning an iPhone.
Unless you use a third-party app like WhatsApp, there’s no easy way to send high-resolution photos and videos directly between Android phones and iPhones. I was just using WhatsApp… until I started getting jealous of my friendsPictures and videos after our hangouts. WhatsApp also degrades the quality of videos and takes a lot of time to upload videos to Google Drive.
It was also disappointing that apps like TikTok degraded my camera quality on Android. Comparing TikTok videos taken on an iPhone – even an older version like the iPhone X – to videos taken on my Galaxy S10 Plus is night and day. On my Galaxy, TikTok distorted colors and blurred everything in a blurry and unrealistic way. On the iPhone, videos are crisp and clear and look as they should. This was important for someone who uses TikTok as much as I do.
For these reasons, I already use a MacBook and will benefit from this, made me change my mind about getting an iPhone. Features like the new always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro models — something I love on my Galaxy devices — and fun new elements like the Dynamic Island, and I’m sold on the idea of a sudden switch.
Yes, I had to fight the feeling of being sold out. But I realized that in the end, it’s just a phone. And no matter what you do, people will have unwanted opinions about what device you’re using. My Galaxy worked well for me for many years. Now I was ready to try something new. And so far, I have no regrets.
Watch the video above for more of my thoughts on switching from an Android phone to an iPhone.
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