It would be nearly impossible to list all the differences in how things work on an iPhone versus an Android phone. However, for those coming from Android, there are a few things, in particular, that might bother you.
When I decided to give the iPhone a try for a while, I was prepared for most of the major differences. Things like a lack of customization, a completely different notification system, fewer options for ‘default’ apps, and The importance of iMessage. However, even more disturbing are a few things I have never thought of.
Bad iPhone keyboards
Apple stock keyboard is Good But there is a bit of customization. I can’t add a number row or change the size to work better with my big hands. It’s also crazy to me that there are no dot and comma keys in the main layout.
Well, use a different keyboard, right? I tried Gboard from Google and quickly realized that it was a shell of its Android counterpart. It has themes and some built-in features like Google Search and Translate, but overall it looks like a redesigned Apple keyboard.
Overall, the third-party keyboards app on iOS is nowhere near as good as Android. iPhone users have No idea what they are missing. Eventually, I got tired of the problems and went back to the Apple keyboard.
Autocorrect is worse than you think
Speaking of typing, let’s talk about one of the most popular iPhone features – autocorrect. I’m no stranger to autocorrect, it’s on every Android device too. However, the autocorrect on the iPhone really is a beast in itself.
Most Android keyboards correct words as you type, but iPhone will correct words literally after, after You press send. This was very frustrating for me the first few days after the switch.
You can search for the word you want to use in the text box, then when you hit send, a completely different word appears in the message. For example, I once wanted to say “jk”, but it has been constantly replaced by “hello.” It’s very annoying to double-check what you’ve written only to see that it is “corrected” after hitting submit.
I’m just in the end Turn off autocorrect completelybut now I have to manually type an “I” in capital letters every time I type it in the middle of a sentence.
File management is a pain
This may not come as a surprise to you, but File Manager on iPhone Still not great. It’s definitely miles ahead of what it used to be but still can’t hold the Android candle.
Apple’s default Files app is very simple and easy to use, but don’t expect to do any heavy file management. In addition, the third-party file manager mode is very limited. This is a good thing in part because iOS doesn’t allow apps to access your media as easily as Android. But the most annoying thing is the lack of file support.
For example, I downloaded an M4A file from a file Google Chrome browser on iPhone. First of all, it will not run on the Google Drive mobile site (running on Android). Second, I could not play the file from the Files app or the VLC app. Something that works without thinking on Android feels almost impossible on the iPhone.
The app library is too restricted
The Application library It is one of the latest additions to the iPhone home screen, and I was excited to try it out. I like the idea of automatically created folders that display your most used apps. It’s great to be able to run an app without opening the full folder.
There is one very big problem with the app library. she has Almost no customization or customization options. There is one (1) option for App Library in Settings — Show or Hide Notification Badges.
Why can’t I rearrange folders like I can on the home screen? Why can’t I remove folders I don’t want? Why can’t I rename folders? Why can’t I do anything? The app library is great, but it’s all controlled by Apple’s algorithms, which is weak.
The control center is not used
Control Center is a clear response to Android Quick Settings Panel. Overall, it’s a great feature, but Apple doesn’t do enough with it. You will be very disappointed if you are expecting to copy Android quick settings.
Like the App Library, there isn’t a lot of customization here. Could you Add and remove different controls, but they are all from Apple. Third party applications cannot control. I wouldn’t be surprised if this changes in the future.
At the time of writing, many of the available controls were not that convincing. It’s good to have the basics, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth shortcuts, screen brightness, media controls, and volume. But I want more. My big application will be a shortcut to the Settings app.
No double pressing the power button to turn on the camera
This is one small thing I didn’t realize I would miss a lot – double press the power button to open the camera. This is the An almost universal shortcut in the Android world And I use it all the time. You can start opening the camera before the phone is completely out of your pocket.
I will admit that the “Raise to Wake” feature of the iPhone is good enough to be able to turn on the camera Very fast with gesture lock screen. Still, it’s slower than any Android phone I’ve used.
What makes this even more annoying is that Apple actually lets you do it Customize long press action. The problem is that your only options are Siri, “Classic Voice Control,” or nothing at all. Let me use it for the camera!
Inconsistent gestures for the notification center
Notifications on iPhone are so messy – I did it iPhone notification problems in depth. It’s not just about the big differences. You may notice some minor inconsistencies.
One of these contradictions is Gesture to open the notification center. In most places, this gesture is a swipe down from the top left corner of the screen. This is very familiar to Android users.
However, the gesture is just the opposite on the lock screen. New notifications — which have arrived since the last time you unlocked the phone — appear front and center. To see any of the current past notifications, you have to swipe up to open the notification shade. amazing.
Silent mode can only be enabled with the physical switch
The interesting little thing that has somehow stuck with the iPhone all these years is the ring/silent switch. I can’t think of any recent Android phones with a similar key. It’s surprisingly easy to use, but also a bit annoying.
I was shocked to discover that there are no soft controls for silent mode in the settings. A physical key is the one and only way to silence your phone. I discovered this after my iPhone was accidentally taken out of silent mode several times through the process of putting it in my pocket.
What if the switch stops working? There should be some sort of “override” feature to control the circular/silent mode without the need for a physical switch. There are some hacked solutionsbut nothing great.
Portrait mode requires faces
The Portrait Mode feature on iPhone The camera app is very good. It might even be better than Google describes it Portrait mode on Pixel phones. However, there is one thing holding it back – it only works with faces.
I use Portrait Mode on my Android phones to take pictures of inanimate objects all the time. Sometimes it’s good to be able to darken the background really hard. It would be more useful if Apple allowed it to work with any person, animal or object in the foreground.
Related: How to use portrait mode for iPhone
Audio priority asymmetry
We’ll finish things off with some minor inconsistency with the audio. Let’s say you are listening to Spotify in the background while scrolling through Instagram. If a video starts playing audio, the music will pause as expected. The problem is that the music doesn’t always start over when you skip the video.
The annoying thing about this is that it’s very inconsistent. Sometimes the background sound starts playing again, other times I have to manually go to press play. I can’t find any rhyme or reason for that either. Admittedly, this also happens on Android sometimes, but it still stuck in my view on the iPhone.
While all of these are annoying to varying degrees, I wouldn’t say any of them spoil the final deals. However, you will need some time to adapt if you are coming from an Android device. Apple’s philosophy on a lot of things with the iPhone is very different from that of Google and other Android phone makers. Know what you’re getting into yourself.