Why I Carry an iPhone and an Android Phone

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Amazingly by any means, we have a thing for Android here at AC. It’s the mobile operating system that we all stick to as our own inclination, with reasons ranging from customization, phone variety, etc.

iPhone and an Android phone

In any case, I have a confession to make. Since last September, I’ve been using an iPhone XS notwithstanding an Android phone.

I chose to get the XS last year to give iOS another chance, and I ended up enjoying the experience significantly more than I had foreseen. Almost a year in, I’ve come to acknowledge specific qualities offered by the two iOS and Android — resulting in me right now using an iPhone XS and OnePlus 7 Pro as my daily drivers.

There are a few things iOS shows improvement over Android, however then again, Android has favorable circumstances to it that I don’t imagine coming to iOS at any point in the near future.

Here’s a little breakdown of a portion of the things that have stuck out to me the most.

What iOS Does Better

Let’s get the controversial piece of this article off the beaten path first and discussion about the qualities of iOS.

 iOS

A ton of my friends and family members use iMessage. As weak as this sounds, having an iPhone makes it such a great amount of simpler to be in group chats with them, send pictures, etc. A great deal of diehard WhatsApp and Telegram users give iMessage crap, and keeping in mind that I don’t have a clue if I’d consider it to be the best messaging platform out there, there’s no denying its user base — particularly in the United States. Moreover, I like the idea of having one app on my phone for all of my messaging needs. The Messages app is the only way to use iMessage, yet if I need to speak with my Android-touting contacts, I can fire off an SMS similarly as fast.

The setup procedure takes some specialized expertise and a lot of patience, however it does offer some opportunity of having the option to use whatever phone I want and still approach the majority of my messages.

 iOS

Something different that sticks out to me about the iPhone is its superiority as an advanced wallet. Even in 2019, iOS still has a superior app ecosystem compared to Android.

Once more, this at last comes down to the apps that you use, however even with only a bunch that offers better encounters on iOS or doesn’t have an Android version quite yet, it’s a major attract for me to continue clutching the XS.

What Android Does Better

Despite everything you’re still reading and haven’t dived into the remarks section quite yet to execute me, let’s now take a moment to give Android the praise it deserves. Since, as much as I like and acknowledge iOS, there are a few areas in which it can’t hold a candle compared to Android.

Android

Having the option to change my wallpaper and move app icons around is fine, however as somebody that used to be truly into rooting and modding phones, the constraints iOS has in the customization department can make the experience quite stale at times.

I’m using the OnePlus 7 Pro as my Android phone right now, and with it, I’ve made the following changes:

  • Changed the launcher to an alpha form of Lawnchair 2.0 to get that sweet Pixel-like interface
  • Added the Google Feed to my furthest left home screen
  • Created home screen motions to effectively get to my Quick Settings and launcher settings
  • Made the framework emphasize hues coordinate my present backdrop
  • Downloaded a custom symbol pack and Adaptions to have a streamlined application symbol shape for everything

Setting aside some effort to make a phone that’s extremely yours is a special thing. I don’t go to the degree that Ara does with setting hours aside to create jaw-dropping custom themes, yet the way that so much adaptability is offered is incredible. This isn’t anything new, however when using both operating systems side by side, you do come to acknowledge how much Android offers in these regards.

Android

The advancement that is in plain view with Android phones right presently is unparalleled.

Another obvious, yet significant, advantage Android has is its open-source nature. This does result in slower updates and missed security patches, however the innovation we’re seeing with Android gadgets from some OEMs is incredible. For hardware, the OnePlus 7 Pro stamp on my iPhone XS. There isn’t a notch and virtually no bezels, a 90Hz display, a pop-up selfie camera, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and the absolute best silicone available — just for many dollars not exactly the XS.

Do you carry two phones?

With all of that said, I’d currently prefer to get notification from you. Do you carry two phones? If so, which ones? Sound off in the remarks underneath and let me know.

OnePlus 7 Pro 

Key Specs
  • Display 6.67-inch (1440×3120)
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Front Camera 16MP
  • Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 16MP
  • RAM 12GB
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery Capacity 4000mAh
  • OSAndroid 9.0 Pie
Good

 

  • Premium build
  • Vivid and immersive display
  • Powerful stereo speakers
  • Snappy UI and app performance
  • Useful secondary cameras
  • Good battery life

Bad

  • Heavy
  • Inconsistent AF in macros
  • 4K videos have oversaturated colors
  • Mediocre low-light video performance
  • No wireless charging

OnePlus 7 Pro Full Specifications

General
Brand OnePlus
Model 7 Pro
Release date 14th May 2019
Form factor Touchscreen
Body type Glass
Dimensions (mm) 162.60 x 75.90 x 8.80
Weight (g) 206.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000
Removable battery No
Fast charging Proprietary
Wireless charging No
Colours Almond, Mirror Grey, Nebula Blue
Display
Screen size (inches) 6.67
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×3120 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Pixels per inch (PPI) 516
Hardware
Processor octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM 12GB
Internal storage 256GB
Expandable storage No
Camera
Rear camera 48-megapixel (f/1.6, 1.6-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.4, 1-micron) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2)
Rear autofocus PDAF and laser autofocus
Rear flash Dual LED
Front camera 16-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.0-micron)
Front autofocus No
Software
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie
Skin OxygenOS 9.5
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes
USB OTG Yes
USB Type-C Yes
Headphones Type-C
Number of SIMs 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G Yes
Sensors
Face unlock Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes

Apple iPhone XS 

Key Specs
  • Display 5.80-inch (1125×2436)
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic
  • Front Camera 7MP
  • Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP
  • Storage 64GB
  • OSiOS 12

Good

  • Best-in-class performance
  • Excellent cameras
  • Superb display
  • Dual SIM support is finally an option
  • Regular, timely software updates

Bad

  • Expensive
  • Dual SIM support is limited
  • First-party apps not great in India
  • Fast charger not bundled

Apple iPhone XS Full Specifications

General
Brand Apple
Model iPhone XS
Release date September 2018
Dimensions (mm) 143.60 x 70.90 x 7.70
Weight (g) 177.00
IP rating IP68
Removable battery No
Wireless charging Yes
Colours Space Grey, Silver, Gold
Display
Screen size (inches) 5.80
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1125×2436 pixels
Protection type Other
Pixels per inch (PPI) 458
Hardware
Processor hexa-core
Processor make Apple A12 Bionic
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage No
Camera
Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 7-megapixel (f/2.2)
Software
Operating system iOS 12
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes
Lightning Yes
Headphones Lightning
Number of SIMs 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type eSIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G Yes
Sensors
Face unlock Yes
3D face recognition Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes

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