This is what people regret the most after switching from Android to iPhone
Over the past few years, the user experience gap between iOS and Android has narrowed significantly. Therefore, if you are buying a smartphone today, it is really hard to go wrong whether or not you go for a flagship iPhone or Android. Most of the features you find on the iPhone today can easily be found on Android, and vice versa.
Still, there are some minor differences between the two platforms. To that end, an interesting post on the iPhone subreddit asked recent iPhone converts if they regret leaving Android. While most users were happy with the iPhone, they listed a number of minor to substantial features that they wish the iPhone had.
Android Features the iPhone Can’t Compete With
The top-voted comments all mention Google Assistant. The feature has been present on Android devices since 2017 and uses AI to enable really interesting user interactions. For example, you can use Google Assistant to say “Show me photos from my 2021 trip to Miami” and the photos will appear.
Although the iOS Photos app provides similar functionality, the process is a bit more complicated than that provided by Google Assistant. And if you compare Google Assistant to Siri, well, Siri is miles behind.
“Google Assistant is the biggest loss,” writes one user. “This thing is just smart and fast!”
Another user writes that “Google Assistant is infinitely better than Siri”.
Siri’s shortcomings are certainly nothing new. While Apple first hit the market with Siri more than 10 years ago, its usefulness today embarrasses itself behind rival AI assistants like Google and Amazon.
A universal back button is another Android feature that users miss. The iPhone does not have a universal back gesture and some new iPhone users find this frustrating.
A user writes:
The back gesture is something really important to me. But overall I find the software much more refined and I actually prefer iOS notifications. To be honest, almost everything is the same in both… Most of the time, you don’t notice the difference.
Better notification alerts
Several users also claim that Android handles notifications better than iPhone. That’s no surprise given that notifications on iOS have always been somewhat mixed. On the contrary, Apple has been tinkering with iPhone notifications for a long time as it regularly tries to provide a solution that is both usable and unobtrusive.
Just a few weeks ago at WWDC, Apple showed off iOS 16 with revamped notifications. The new notifications scheme will now allow users to view notifications on the lock screen in any number of views. These options include a stacked view, a hidden view, or an expanded list view.
Additionally, notifications in iOS 16 will now appear at the bottom of the screen.
Best virtual keyboard
Another Android feature that new iPhone users miss is the Android keyboard. Although the iPhone’s virtual keyboard is solid, older Android users find it relatively poor.
“Typing and spell checking is superior to the iOS keyboard,” writes one user. “I miss it every day. I know we can get Gboard on iOS, but it works nowhere near as good. It’s meh on iOS so I don’t use it.
Better spam detection
Receiving spam calls is unfortunately a way of life these days. Many new iPhone users lament that Android handled these calls better.
“Android definitely has better spam filters,” writes one user. “I miss it beyond measure. With my iPhone, I just have to block all unknown numbers. I don’t like it because sometimes I miss important calls.
If you have an iPhone, be sure to check out our primer on how to stop unwanted calls on your iPhone.
Other Features Users Wish iPhone Had
Another feature mentioned in the thread is how Android handles photos. Specifically, some users feel that the way the iPhone places new photos at the bottom of the Photos app doesn’t make sense.
Meanwhile, another user said he was annoyed that he couldn’t set different volume levels for different notifications. I can definitely be behind this one. It would be nice, for example, to have a loud ringtone for a phone call and a lower alert volume for an email notification.
For the full recap, be sure to visit the Reddit thread here.