Recently I have been increasingly underwhelmed with iOS and the iPhone. Their latest launches and updates have been less impressive. After doing some research on Project Fi (Google’s cell service), I decided it was time to make the switch from iOS to Android! The following is the sub par story and some details that could help if you are contemplating a similar change.
Purchasing Nexus 6p
I started by venturing to best buy because once I decide to pull the trigger on something of this magnitude I don’t want to wait. Dang instant gratification! Luckilythe big box store had the Nexus 6P, my desired choice, in stock and were running a competitive deal on them! I purchased the device without hesitation or concern for my bank account’s feelings. Once I arrived home excited with my new toy like a kid on Christmas it was time to play! But unlike most present shredding children I took great care and caution when opening the box and removing the device and accessories. I probably have an OCD about keeping boxes for valuables but that is a story for another day. The packaging and presentation of the device was pristine. It is the typical type of packaging that could make you think whatever crap that is in the box is great. Finally, it was time to set it up!
iOS to android
The basic setup was surprisingly simple. The only two things one really needs to transfer to a new phone are their contacts and cellular/data service! First, I started the short contact transfer portion. I synced my contacts with iCloud in via settings -> iCloud. For the next part, a computer is needed because its is imperative to login to www.icloud.com with your apple ID. From here I downloaded my contacts as a “vCard”. Knowing Android OS syncs everything with Gmail, I signed into contacts.google.com using my primary Gmail address and uploaded the vCard file that was just downloaded. Gmail has some handy contact merge features for any duplicate contacts that are created during this process. Next up was to transfer the SIM card. I had researched already that the Verizon iPhone SIM was compatible, but was shocked when all I had to do was eject the SIM from my iPhone and pop it into the Nexus 6p. I was expecting to battle with Verizon to get the device activated without a fee, but to my delight I powered on the phone and had both cell and data service connected almost immediately! I ran through the basic setup of the phone and afterwards verified all my contacts were synced. Awesome! The two most important pieces to a new phone setup were complete. Lastly, I backed up my photos to my computer and started downloading some apps!
I’ve been using the Nexus 6p as my daily driver for over a month now and I am enjoying it. As of now, I haven’t missed anything about iOS and am used to the differences now. The current Android OS (Marshmallow) has a ton of great subtle features built in. However, I upgraded to the Android Nougat Preview (new android OS releasing shortly) yesterday and I am thrilled with this build as well. Sharing media is attractive and quick. The high quality camera and auto HDR+ creates great pictures with ease. Google Opinion Rewards pays you to use your phone. I have racked up 10 bucks already to spend on anything I want from the play store. Next I plan to switch from Verizon to Project Fi. Overall my switch from iOS to Android has been smooth and enjoyable! Another post will be created for info and experiences on that. Wish me luck!