How the Galaxy S23 Ultra will break the iPhone’s vicious circle (and why it’s so hard to stop using Apple phones in favor of Android)

Who knew I would become an iPhone user? And not only that – it’s also a long-term thing. I sure didn’t. Five years ago, I was happy with a large, medium-sized, fairly basic Xiaomi Mi Max 2 smartphone, and Apple’s iPhones seemed like expensive, polished but somewhat unimpressive options that people only chose for the obligatory status symbol they’d become. He wasn’t very knowledgeable about iPhones, and he was quick to judge, as I’ve seen many others do. But things are never quite as simple as they seem across the fence.

iPhones are actually great phones from many angles. Fairly reliable, extremely simple and easy to use, and boasts great build quality, long-term software updates, and user privacy (at least a reassuring promise).

For better or worse, I’m a power user, which means I like to get the most out of every expensive device I own, and because I’m so used to Android, the iPhone’s limitations are hard to deal with.

number Samsung DeX modes, no sideloading apps, no verification, not even split-screen multitasking. There’s no stylus support, the launcher can’t be changed or customized much… A good portion of the things I might want from my phone, not only to get the most out of it, but also to really make it my own, quickly come to mind when I think about this.

And for the past few years, I’ve been trying to get back to good Android, so I can get that power and freedom back.

In fact, one of my New Year’s resolutions will be to finally return to Android in 2023, and I think I know the phone that will help me do that – next Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

However, stay away from Apple will be a challenge. Things are more complicated than you think, so let me explain what the problem is…

Apple locked me up; I’m in the prison of the ecosystem! Now I have to buy several brand new devices just to go back to Android

And no, I don’t care about the colors of the text bubbles as most people seem to — the reason I’m locked into the Apple ecosystem goes beyond software.

I went to buy Apple Watch Series 7, which I use every day for workouts, and AirPods, which are the same. And while Apple’s true wireless earbuds will technically work with Android phones like the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra, they’ll sound even worse, because my favorite feature about them — Spatial Audio – Not compatible with iPhone only. Even worse, the Apple Watch simply won’t work with any Android phone ever.

So going back to Android is a big financial commitment — and it’s obviously going to take a great phone for me to part with my $400 personal Apple Watch and my $250 Apple Watch. AirPods Pro 2, and continue to buy an expensive and compatible Android smart watch and earphones. Then start getting used to those from scratch again.

But there is more. I normally use a MacBook, and switching my iPhone with an Android phone means I will no longer be able to quickly and easily AirDrop photos and videos from my phone to my laptop. AirDrop—you guessed it—works between Apple devices only, and it’s a feature that’s too cool to give up without pain. So there is a big adjustment to be expected as well…

do you see? It’s very hard to escape Apple’s clutches once you’ve gotten deeper into the hardware and software ecosystem, because, say what you will about it — it’s very relaxing. Also mercilessly closed.

And these things which I have mentioned hardly scratch the surface of what I shall give up, and which I am now accustomed to. There’s more, for example, using Siri and Apple’s Reminders app.

Now, I know there’s Google Assistant on Android, but once you get used to something, and you get used to doing it a certain way…you know…

But, there’s also a lot that encourages me to part with my iPhone, and jail Apple in general, so let’s talk about that next.

iPhone cons (from a power user standpoint, spoiled by Android)

  • No split screen multitasking
  • There are no power user features like Samsung DeX
  • There is no pen option
  • Minimum customization
  • It is not possible to download apps, get emulators or download torrents

And before anyone comments on torrenting – torrenting isn’t just for hacking. Also, piracy is present behind torrents. I’ve been watching old movies that are now in the public domain and therefore legal to download.

The easiest way for me to download those at the best saved quality would normally be via torrents, but Apple doesn’t allow torrenting apps, only because they could theoretically be used to download illegal content. By that logic – why not remove Safari and all web browsers as well? It’s so absurd.

There are no emulators in the App Store either, and it’s not like you can sideload any. I have a huge collection of old games and would like to carry some of my childhood with me, in my pocket, on my phone.

But only Google lets you do any of these things; Meanwhile, Apple acts like your strict (and often unfair) parent who knows better than you what to do and how.

In the Google Play Store, not only can you freely download torrent apps and emulators, Android also allows you to sideload apps and games that are not in the Play Store as well – like Fortnite. I don’t like being tied down and treated like a stupid kid, and in that aspect – Google is infinitely better than Apple.

Anyway, besides the distinct lack of split-screen multitasking and any solid user features in general, especially if we compare it to Samsung’s flagships, the iPhone’s complete lack of stylus support has become a huge bummer for me lately.

In my spare time, I’ve been working on a retro-style indie game, and for the sake of it, I tend to draw pixel art originals on my iPad. But for little pixel art, I don’t really need the huge iPad screen, and I’d much rather be able to work on these assets from my phone. When the Galaxy S23 Ultra comes out (most likely in February 2023), and I switch to it, I’ll be able to work on my pixel art anywhere I go, anytime. Not just at home, or the occasional places where I’ve brought a bulky iPad and Apple Pencil with me.

Why the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the best upcoming phone to free me from Apple’s ecosystem (along with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5, perhaps)

It’s very simple. The S Ultra phones are the epitome of all that is great about Samsung, and the S23 Ultra phones, like their predecessor, will be a shining example of what a smartphone should be for the power user. It’s in a league of its own, too. More specifically, what I personally need from my phone is exactly what the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra has to offer:

  • Big Screen
  • Great battery
  • Powerful productivity and multitasking features
  • personalization

But since it’s not all sunshine and roses, here are the things I hope Samsung improves with the S23, because it’s not currently perfect on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, especially compared to the iPhone:

  • Speaker quality
  • battery life
  • No Exynos processor! Give me a Snapdragon, or give me death

I won’t go into detail, but the reason “battery” is in both categories is – although the current S22 Ultra already has a long battery life (more than 12 hours of use), it could always be better. check files Our review of the Galaxy S22 Ultra results in accurate benchmark results for battery life, but essentially, the then-current iPhone 13 Pro Max beat it a bit.

Also, something where iPhones always outperform Galaxy phones, and that matters a lot to me, is the quality of the speakers. For whatever reason, Samsung is developing such amazing smartphones as the Galaxy S22 Ultra and its upcoming successor – the S23 Ultra – with their industry-leading displays, utterly compact design despite the large battery and display, industry-leading power user features and even a compact model. in the S Pen, but never bother packing a good speaker.

If you’ve heard the Galaxy S next to the flagship iPhone, you know what I mean — while iPhones generally have a solid, full sound with a hint of punchy bass, Samsung phones typically have disappointingly small speakers and, in my opinion, are even worse than Some budget phones. Very strange!

And we do everything on our phones nowadays — including gaming, watching movies, and YouTube videos, so sound quality is very important. Why pair a great, gorgeous screen with a tiny speaker, Samsung?

So there is room for improvement, and a few small things that I hope the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra finally improves on, because otherwise it’s the perfect smartphone for someone like me.

And perhaps the only Android smartphone that would ever be so good, it finally got me to switch teams again, back completely to Android. There will be a follow-up to that, and in the meantime, stay tuned for the latest news on the Galaxy S23 Ultra here:

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