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Switching from iPhone to Galaxy – what you need to know

by Andrew Wilmot

One of my favourite things to see is someone switching from an iPhone to a Galaxy for the first time. At first they’re resistant to the slight differences in layout and want to go back, but once they realise the sheer array of what Samsung’s range of phones has to offer, they tend to ask themselves why they didn’t switch before.

Firstly, despite being different phones with different operating systems from different manufacturers, you can fairly easily transfer your contacts, calendar, photos, music and text messages over to your Galaxy, so you don’t have to worry about that.

The main thing that I find strikes new converts is the apparently overwhelming amount of choice you have using a Galaxy. With endless customisation options (more so if you root your device!), a much larger variety of apps and even the ability to develop your own apps far easier than on Apple, it can be a bit confusing at first. Luckily, for every app you used on your iPhone there is either an Android version, or a better app just like it!

As Android’s have become more popular, they’ve become a more common platform for unscrupulous hackers and virus developers. This is one of the trade-offs you get when you move from Apple to Android – much more choice, but you have to put a little bit more effort into looking after your device. Luckily Samsung has partnered with McAffee to put in a brilliant virus scanner – just make sure to run that every so often and you should be fine!

As a general rule, you can get a more powerful phone if you go Galaxy than you would if you went with an iPhone. That’s pretty awesome, and you’ll appreciate the faster apps and games I’m sure. However, to maintain this speed there is a little bit of upkeep you have to do. Make sure to remove unwanted apps, and disable unneeded apps so that they are not taking up resources whilst running in the background. If worst comes to worst, a factory reset can bring your phone back up to the speed it used to run at. It’s a small trade off, and one well worth doing, but still something to be aware of.

Finally, there’s one last thing to know when switching from iPhone to Galaxy. You aren’t going to go back. Okay, sure, some people do switch back to Apple after a time with the Samsung flagship devices, but these are the exception rather than the rule. If you switch to a Galaxy, that iPad of yours is going to see less and less use, and you’ll grow to hate little things about iOS. Why can’t I customise it the way I want to? Why do Apple have to have their own weird charger? Whatever struggles you have with Apple after crossing over, I’m sure you’ll love your new device.

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