Switched to an iPhone today, after being an almost 10yr Android user - My take on it
I used to have the iPhone OG, then the iPhone 3Gs, after that its been Samsung exclusively. Started off with the Note series, then Note 7 exploded so that messed up my upgrade cycle and ended up getting the Galaxy S8 and recently had the Galaxy S10+ and S10e before buying the iPhone 11 Pro.
I used to be heavy into modifications of the home screen, launchers, widgets etc... But as I got older, I lost interest in all that. As the Android OS came out of its shell and became really good (at least for me), No mods or changes were needed. Samsung's UI 2.0 is fantastic and prefer that over Vanilla Android. (People used to prefer Vanilla Android over Samsung UI, but it got better)
The reason I switched was because I just needed some change and to try out something new.
I wanted to get the iPhone 12, but my phone was too broken to last another month, so I got the iPhone 11 Pro. I used to love the big screens up till S10+ and now all of sudden I love small screens. I went from S10+ to S10e just for the small screen. This is why I didn't go for the 11 Pro Max. And after looking at the Note 20 Ultra, I don't know how people walk around with that giant slab in their pockets. Throw a case on that and now its almost as big as a 7" tablet. Remember people made fun of the Samsung Galaxy Mega or the Note line up for being too big. Now that's the norm.
And I can't wait to see the new iPhone 12 mini.
Anyways, I found the Android to iPhone transfer process horrible. The contacts were the only thing that transferred decently using the "move to iOS" app. The text messages transferred but they were all out of order, and the timestamp on every message ever sent was the time they transferred over to iOS. I had to delete them and buy a 3rd party app to properly transfer these messages with proper timestamps.
I also had a really hard time transferring WhatsApp chats and data. I had over a half a million messages in WhatsApp and again had to buy a third party software to transfer WhatsApp from android to iOS. Android WhatsApp messages backs up to google drive and iOS WhatsApp backs up to the iCloud and they are not meant to be transferred between OSs without some third party help.
On my S10 I used gestures instead of the on screen buttons, but it is still a good learning curve, getting used to iOS gestures. I really miss the back button. iOS does have swipe from left, but it is nowhere near the same as a dedicated back button. I'm sure I'll get used to it. I also want to disable the spotlight search and widgets screen. I like having widgets on homescreen, inline with the apps. Well the only ones I really used were the calendar widget and notes widget. And they are nowhere near the same as they are on Android.
I'm sure this is common knowledge by now, but the apps on iOS are way more developed and polished than they are on Android. And the animations are smooth and haven't seen any lag yet. Still a new phone with just a few apps on it, so it shouldn't lag yet.
Another thing I need to switch from is Google Play Music. I love GPM, but it is shutting down this year as google is moving everyone to YouTube music. I tried YouTube music and hated it. Now I'm trying to decide between apple music and Spotify. Also need to move all my music and playlists over to whatever I decide on. (Anyone make a switch from GPM to something else?)
Finally, let me know about any tips or tricks that I need to know. Longtime Android users to switched over to iOS, what apps or tweaks do you recommend?