I decided to switch back after posting to the Android and iPhone subreddits so this post is null and void. I’m keeping it up for people to read and get my perspective at the time but it doesn’t apply to me anymore.Removed Blog Post
If you look back at my posts you can see that not only am I a huge tech geek but I am also addicted to changing my phones and while it has gotten better1 I still have a ways to go. Well, I have had my OnePlus 3T for 3-4 months now and decided to make the switch to iPhone again. This time I purchased it from work2 unlocked that way if I decided to sell it, I’d get that extra money back. 🙂
I’ve had the phone now for 6 days and have been using it as my only phone for those 6 days. I feel like I’ve given iOS a better chance and have a better outlook to review the differences between the phones and let you know why I like each OS and why I am keeping my 7 Plus for the foreseeable future. Let’s get into it!
Out of the Box Use: unrooted + not jailbroken, etc.
While Android has 10x more customization out of the box with different lauchers, icon packs, ringtones, wallpapers, notification sounds, etc. iOS is also starting to add some customization with free ringtones/notification sounds from Zedge Ringtones, free wallpapers from the millions of wallpaper apps, and finally being able to remove most of apple’s built-in apps. They also have the widgets in the notification center which is nice but not as useful as widgets anywhere you want like on Android.
You can organize your apps how you like on both and they both have the same apps available, to an extent.3
Battery Life: rooted 3T vs not jailbroken i7+ both with respective android and iOS watches connected
I have the ASUS Zenwatch 2 and the Series 1 38mm Apple Watch connected to my 3T and 7+ respectively. I have no issues with battery life on either but I do get better battery life on my 3T but I also do not play very many games on Android because of how much battery they consume on Android vs iOS. Here is a list of what I do on each of my phones respectively: 3T + ASUS Zenwatch 2
- Text – really frequently, biggest thing I have on my screen but I use Textra and have a dark background which helps battery life on amoled screens.
- Phone calls – not much, usually connected to bluetooth in my car when I do call anyone.
- Snapchat – not much like 1 snap a day, if that. I receive at least 1 snap a day and view that though.
- Smart Home Products4 – daily, at least 3 times a day for about 30 seconds each.
- YouTube – biggest battery drain that I do. At least 1 hour a day if not more.
- Reddit – next biggest battery drain. At least 5 hours a day if not more. White background as well. I use Sync for reddit and love it if anyone wants to know.
- Bluetooth connectivity – connected to my watch ALL day and connected to my new LG Tone Pros for 8 hours (about) and connected to my car for 1 hour max a day.
- WiFi connectivity – when I’m home. I work at least 32 hours a week + 5 hours of drive time a week puts me out of my house for at least 37 hours a week.
- Location – high accuracy with all scanning on. Plus, with google opinion rewards.
- Games – maybe an hour a week, 3 max.
- Screen On Time without doing anything – about 3 hours a day if not 5.
- Customizing – about 3 hours every 2 weeks.
- iMessage/Text – at least 5 hours a day if not more.
- Phone Calls – same as above
- Snapchat – same as above
- Smart Home Products – less time than above but same products
- YouTube – same as above, if not a little more.
- Reddit – same as above with the official reddit app
- Bluetooth – same as above but with my Apple watch
- WiFi – same as above
- Location – very few apps have it turned off.
- Games – Biggest difference. I play the following and spend at least 3 hours a day gaming.
- Fashion Story – erinnicole23456781 if you want to add me.
- Restaurant Story – erinnicole23456781 if you want to add me.
- Bakery Story – erinnicole23456781 if you want to add me.
- Monopoly Bingo – addicted to this game!
- Dumb Ways to Die
- Sally’s Stuio & Spa
- Diner Dash
- Wedding Dash
- Hotel Dash
- Word Search
- Trivia Crack
- Toontown Rewritten – 2 different apps
- Pokemon Shuffle
- ATM Simulation
- Screen on while nothing is happening – same as above maybe an hour or two more.
Here are some screenshots that show the difference in battery life between the two devices: 3T Screenshots
As you can see I get amazing battery life on both despite their differing battery sizes. One thing I will say though, the quick charge top up that the 3T has (whether it be with a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 cord or OnePlus’ cord included with the phone) is nice. Knowing that I can plug the phone in 30 minutes before I go to work to get enough battery to last me through work and halfway through the next day is really nice though not 100% necessary because I plug in my 7+ 2 hours before I go to work and have my apple watch on so I can do anything I want to do on my phone, besides game, from my watch so I don’t see a point.
Day-to-Day Usage: How they hold up, things I miss when I use one over the other, etc.
You can see from the list above how I use my phones on a weekly basis. Both phones hold up very well though I feel the need for an otterbox-like case on my 3T with a glass screen protector while my iPhone is in a Speck case with a popsocket and a glass screen protector. I feel like I have to baby my androids because their build quality isn’t as good. This goes for all of my androids I’ve had since the S4. Samsung devices are the only other devices I don’t feel the need to baby, though I would if I had the S6/S7 Edge or S8/S8+ due to the edge screen.
I don’t drop my phone a lot but there are a few times it falls in my car or at home or at work onto plastic (car), wood floors (home) or carpet (work). Very rarely do I drop my phones outside near cement. I’m very good with my phones which is why I usually don’t buy insurance. Plus, I switch phones too quickly to even think about spending the extra money.
When I use my iPhone 7 Plus the biggest thing I miss5 is the headphone jack. The next thing I miss is the ability to root/jailbreak on any version of the OS like you can on Android. Right now there isn’t a jailbreak for anything but up to 10.2 When I got my applewatch I had to upgrade to 10.3 which means 99% chance I’ll never get a jailbreak. It isn’t the end of the world but I love the options opening up the OS gives to you when you are rooted/jailbroken. Plus, it is so easy to jailbreak on iPhones (I’ve heard) and if you mess up you just reset the phone using iTunes. On Android, so much more can go wrong that you could have a paperweight if you mess things up.
Why did I switch back to Android in the past & why am I not switching back now?
This is something I’ve been thinking about since before day 1 of owning my iPhone. Will I switch back? Will I waste my time owning this phone to only return it? What if __? I want to lay those to rest once and for all for my own good as well as to give you some perspective that my coworkers gave me while I was deciding.
What do you do on your phone? Like, really do? For everyone, literally, it is mainly calls and texts with some social media and games. Is customizing your phone necessary? No. Is it fun? Yes. Does it make your phone any easier to use? Possibly. Should it make you decide between an operating system? No.
This was something one of my coworker’s brought up about 2 weeks ago that really lead me to decide to purchase the iPhone. The biggest question he asked was “Then why do you need those random phones?”6 Only answer I could come up with is the fact that the OnePlus 3T is a fraction of the cost of the iPhone 7 Plus.
Is that something that should/could sway your decision between a phone? No, unless your credit score prevents you from getting an installment plan from a carrier at all. Installment plans are good even if you have to pay a deposit as that deposit you pay you either get back or goes towards the phone you get depending on which carrier you are going to.7 The installment plans are exactly the same as putting the phone on your credit card and doing 12/24 months no interest financing. Only difference is that you are stuck with that carrier for that time period vs being stuck with paying it on your credit card. There isn’t any interest on the phone and you pay the taxes, up front.
Now, if your credit score prevents you from getting an installment plan then the 3T or one of the less expensive prepaid phones would be the way to go. Otherwise, there aren’t contracts with postpaid service anymore so there is no point in prepaid service unless you want to try out the network to see if it is good in your most visited places.
But why did you switch back to Android in the past? You still haven’t answered that question…
Easy. I didn’t think about this one question (stated above) “Is customizing your phone necessary?” which basically means should it make my decision for me when choosing a phone. The answer has always been and will always be no. I also didn’t notice the bluetooth issues and build quality issues with the Android phones (Samsung is an exception) until recently. I mean, there is a reason I was switching to iPhone in the first place, why this was even something I had to think about.
This part is something I debate with my boss all of the time. His daily driver is the iPhone 7 Plus JB (same as me) but he also owns the Pixel XL. This is a summary, in my own words, of what he told me the last time I talked to him:
Androids feel like toys compared to iPhones. iPhones are more stable and have less force closings of applications. Their build quality is a lot better overall.
Though the Pixel XL is the nicest Android phone I’ve had in a while it still doesn’t beat out iPhones.
This is so true. When you use an iPhone, and I mean really use it, for at least 5 days straight as your daily driver and you go back to your Android you realize quickly how nice iPhones are compared to Android phones. This includes Samsung devices. My 3T does feel like a toy. I was using it while writing this blog to take screenshots and the vibration motor is so light that I barely feel it. The home button is weird because you can tell you are just pressing glass (no haptic feedback for the button) and while nothing has force closed for me yet, the battery life dropped 5% within the last 2 hours of me writing up and formatting this blog. While my iPhone dropped only 1%. The standby time of iPhones is 10x better than Androids which is something you want. You don’t want your phone to die because it was sitting in your purse/pocket and you weren’t even using it. No one would.
I could list more and more reasons why I am keeping my iPhone this time but I think I’ve made my point. If you still want to try to challenge me, do it in the comments. I look forward to hearing your challenges and pushing my way past them.
This blog was not to anger anyone. Android and iOS both have their positives and negatives and all of this is opinions and personal preference. I just wanted to put mine out there.
If you read to the end, here is a virtual cookie! Make it last! <3[/wpex]
- I don’t change my phone but once every 4-6 months now. ↩
- Best Buy ↩
- Of course, icon packs and additional launchers are not available. ↩
- Like Nest Thermostat, Arlo Cameras, and Hue Lights ↩
- rarely; basically only when I go grocery shopping and I forget my LG Tone Pros ↩
- He was speaking about getting a Huawei, Nexus/Pixel, OnePlus, or any other phone that isn’t a Samsung or iPhone. ↩
- At least that is the case in the USA. Not sure about other countries. ↩