Moving from iOS to Android

Moving form iOS to Android is less painless than it might sound but there are some things that you might need to be aware of before making the jump.

Not Compatible with iTunes protected Music / Films

One of the iPhones strengths is it’s iPod Music capabilities and if you’ve spent time and money getting your digital media from the iTunes Store then you will not be able to play any music files which are DRM protected. Same goes for Films – if these were downloaded from the iTunes Store.

You could use a service like Spotify Premium as this allows you to store files offline or go and purchase the media DRM free.

No hardware encryption

All iOS devices have hardware encrption built into them so they are inherently secure (as long as you enable a passcode). Not so with Android. Instead you will need to Encrypt the device from within Settings. Upon boot up you then need to enter your passcode to be able to continue the boot up process which is a small price to pay for the peace of mind it brings.

iCloud be gone

Less of an issue on a phone handset, but if you have gotten into starting documents on Pages to finish off on another iCloud enabled device then this is no longer an option available to you. Instead you should install the wonderful Google Drive app and get used to creating documents in there.

No Reminders

Reminders has been one of my most used apps since it debuted on the iPhone in iOS 5. As a to-do list manager with iCloud integration it is pretty cool. Fear not there are loads of apps out there that can provide simple cloud-sync’d to-do list management and my personal fave is Wunderlist.

Unlocking is different

This is something you eventually get used to but the familiar swipe to unlock is replaced with a swipe from the bottom of the screen outwards.

You can put app icons wherever you want

One thing I particularly like about Android is the ability to arrange your app icons on the screen wherever you want. This might sound trivial but on Android if you only want app icons along the top row of each page then you got it.

Email is not quite as nice

The iOS mail app for all of its limitations is actually a smart bit of software design. You may find that the default Android email apps feel a little bit clunky in comparison. There are alternative apps out there and I will be doing some investigation to find out which ones provide a well balanced look and feel.

The onscreen keyboard layout is different

You may find that for the first few weeks whilst you are getting used to the onscreen keyboard that you delete some characters as the delete key is where you expect the carriage return to be. Eventually you will re-program yourself but it can drive you nuts.

Overall

As mentioned at the top getting used to Android from iOS is not the culture shock you might expect it to be. Many of your favourite apps are already available and if not there are really decent alternatives. I’ve personally found Android to be stable and with the exception of bluetooth issues I’m starting to get used to its ways.

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