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From iOS to Android: Problems and Solutions

It feels like not long ago that I was counting down the days to the iPhone 5 launch. (Actually, it’s probably not as long ago as you’re thinking; the iPhone 5 launched on December 7, 2012 here in Korea.) But when I finally had it, even though I had passed on the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 just didn’t feel all that different. I never could shake that feeling of being left behind, technologically, and in March I got a Nexus 4, and with it, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Within days, I could already tell that I wasn’t going back to my iPhone. The Nexus 4, while certainly not perfect, is by far the best phone I’ve ever owned. iOS 7 and the next iPhone will have to make a huge break from their current trajectory to bring me back, and that doesn’t appear likely.

Coming from iOS, Android presented a few surprises at first, and the fresh-out-of-the-box experience is in some ways inferior to Apple’s. But now, a month into my Android experience, I’ve realized that it many ways, it is a superior platform. That phrase “there’s an app for that” is even more true with Android, often to a ridiculous extent. Like the day I pressed the home button and the system asked me which app I’d like to use to perform that action. Whoa! Or the time I was frustrated that the auto-brightness function wasn’t quite as good as my iPhone’s, but then discovered that there was indeed an app for that as well.

So I’ve written this post to detail some of the problems I had coming from iOS, and the apps and methods I used to solve them. Fellow iOS converts might find this post helpful. Veteran Android users, feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments.

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