How to move from iPhone to Android, by Eric Schmidt

How to move from iPhone to Android, by Eric SchmidtMaking the move from iOS to Android is a pretty big deal, and while many have made the leap of faith, plenty of folk are still reluctant to leave the comfort of the iPhone behind.

Enter: Eric Schmidt. The Google exec and former presidential advisor has penned a lovely 900-word guide called “Converting to Android from iPhone”.

Call me cynical, but I very much doubt the guide has actually come direct from Schmidt, though his stamp of approval guarantees more headlines than if it’d come from someone further down the Google ranks.

In any case, the guide begins: “Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android.  The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface.  They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!”

The guide goes on to explain how to set up Gmail on your new Android phone, and transfer contacts and iTunes music.

Needless to say, the guide is massively one-sided. There’s no mention of having to buy iOS apps and games again, the 18-month Android software support cycle (if you're lucky), or the fact that it’ll realistically take around 12 months for KitKat Android 4.4 to reach 50% distribution – even though it’s referenced several times in the guide.

Also, I doubt anyone would seriously agree that Android phones have a “more intuitive interface”. Seriously? Seriously? If anything, it's probably the least intuitive mobile operating system.

We’re promised: “Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back”.

Well, personally, I’ve heard plenty of former iPhone users complain that they don’t like their new Android phones. It'd be interesting to know how many people have made the jump and are subsequently keen to jump back.

But hey, if you’re looking for a change, Uncle Eric is here to help.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2013 at 17:04

Also, I doubt anyone would seriously agree that Android phones have a “more intuitive interface”. Seriously? Seriously? If anything, it's probably the least intuitive mobile operating system.

True. Complete mess, that is what Android is. A lovely mess for some. A great big messy playground.
I'm exaggerating, and every person with half a brain can get their lop-sided head around the Android UI - but under the hood, and going beyond the default set-up it is anything but intuitive.
In fact, and hey - bite me before you read on - in fact, imho Android got less 'intuitive' with every upgrade since 2.0... More pretty and feature-rich? For sure.
I like the backhanded stab at Windows to then suggest, by implication, that iPhone users with Macs would enjoy Android. Cause Android File Transfer is such a great program to manage
an Android device on a Mac... LOL. M$'s Windows Phone app for Mac OS is better.

I'm only a part-time iOS user, but if anyone got me an Android phone for Christmas, I'd make sure they never get me anything for any occasion again :p
I'm kidding, Samsung - I'd still take a free Note 3 <3

Of course, Schmidt isn't new to penning similar how-to guides.
Why, look: he even wrote a lengthy essay on how to switch from democracy
to a more intuitive corporate dictatorship...

http://adrnirmauni.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/digital-age-670.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 25, 2013 at 17:44

...ah, and of course, he doesn't want you to back up your stuff to iTunes to then transfer it to your Android. Nope, why not upload 16 or 32 or 64 GB of photos etc to your G-account? Why indeed, oh my Lord....

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