Making 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.