Here Ill share my thought process from moving from an Android (OnePlus 7T) to IOS (iPhone 13 Pro Max)
My Cellular History
Started with Nokia 1600 but for the past decade have been using multiple variants of Android. Initially used the Moto G series and really enjoyed the near-stock android experience, had the pleasure of using Nexus 6 (brilliant phone), used RedMi (worst experience) as well for a brief period and then had the OnePlus 7T for about 2.5 years.
I had heard a lot of praises about OP phones and when I bought this one (mid-2019) it was still a value-for-money option at 40k considering all flagship Samsung devices were above 50k and Google Pixels availability and pricing was pretty bad. I had really enjoyed my experience with this phone for the first 2 years of usage. The interface is clean and the cameras are brilliant. Almost felt slightly better than stock android. However, since I got the Android 11 update, the phones performance went downhill. As reported by hundreds of 7T users, the phone started to slow down and the battery backup also took a huge hit. I knew mid-range smartphones had an average life of 2 years but was expecting this semi-flagship phone to last 3 years. So the hunt for a new phone begins.
OnePlus 9/9T/9 Pro I had lost faith in the brand and with its upcoming operational merger with Oppo (Color OS replacing Oxygen OS) OP were losing their ace Oxygen OS. Also, the pricing had gone through the roof the Pro models are priced upwards of 60k which just not make sense. Out
Samsung S21/S22 series I have never liked Samsungs UI (although they have improved significantly) and their pricing has also gone too high. Only the S21 FE made some sense at 50k but for that price I could get a Pixel 6. I was not confident is spending 70-80k for their Plus and Ultra series as I didnt feel theyll last me 4-5 years. Out
Pixel 6 I was extremely excited for this launch. I have had good experience with a Nexus and the general feedback for the Pixel series had been good. This Pixel is the next step for google as they were making their own processor so the phone had to be fully optimized. Google hit it out of the park with the pricing as well – $600 for Pixel 6 (never considered Pixel 6 Pro as it did not justify the $300 surcharge over 6). I had almost finalized getting this from US via a friend but the following 2 points made me change the decision :
Since its launch it has been troubled by a number of bugs which google have not been swift enough in resolving. Even after 4 months since its launch, a significant portion of users were reporting issues. You also have to understand that this was the first iteration of a completely new phone. Just like cars, it is advisable to avoid the first lot due to expected niggles
B. Lack of International Warranty
Google are not selling this in India and even if you manage to get it from somewhere else, the warranty wont be valid here. That is a big risk on a 50k phone which already has a number of reported bugs.
Elimination of these left me with only one option iPhone
I had always been a vehement opposer to the Apple brand and felt that
A. I didnt need the level of performance they were offering for my day-to-day work
B. They were charging a huge premium over the competition
However in the past few years due to increased digitization as well as enhanced capabilities of the modern smartphone (and decreased dependance on PC/Laptop) you need the best to get your work done efficiently. So point A has changed for me. Also, with prices of flagship android devices surpassing the height of Mount Everest, iPhones do not feel like they are asking for an unjustifiable premium (although their pricing in India is still very very high). So point B is also negated.
Coming from a 90 Hz display, I was not comfortable in going to a 60 Hz one and hence 13 and 13 Mini were out of question. Also, coming from Androids I am used to a larger display. So I felt that when I (actually my wife gave it to me as a gift ) am spending this much, why not just go for the best darn available model. Hence, iPhone 13 Max Pro 128gb Graphite it is!
I was never going to buy an iPhone in India and was waiting for my US friend to come so that I could ask him to bring one. However, I was planning to go to Dubai so decided to research on how to buy iPhone at the cheapest rate there.
You can get it at Apple Store or via Amazon and it will still be >30k cheaper than India but to get the lowest rate you had to get it from Bur Dubai Electronics market. Due to stringent laws, it was highly unlikely that you could be cheated into a fake but you had to do your due diligence. First of all, you need to decide which countrys model you want to buy. A few popular ones are :
US This is what you would get in the USA. It has an MMWave antenna cutout on the right side and its serial number would have LL/A at the end which is its identification. This one is preferred by most and I also got this one
Hong Kong These ones are slightly expensive than US version as it has 2 physical sim card slots instead of one
Japan You can get these at a cheaper rate but the issue in this one is that you cannot mute the camera shutter sound. With recent updates, if you are not in Japan and using the Japan variant you can mute the sound but whenever your phone is without network the shutter sound automatically comes back. You can save a few bucks if you can live with this.
Note : Theres a confusion that Facetime does not work in iPhones bought in the UAE. It does not work if you are within UAE and using UAEs mobile network but as soon as you move outside UAE, Facetime is fully functional
Additional Checks Check the serial number on the box on Apple website, the phone should not show as Activated on the website. The website should also indicate the correct model type. Then unbox the phone at the shop only and match the phones serial number with the one on the box. If all this checks out, you are good to go.
I got mine for around Rs 86k (after factoring in the VAT refund I got – UAE charges 5% VAT when you buy a product and for tourists you can get around 4% back if you apply for VAT refund at the airport)
I also got an iPhone 13 128gb at Rs 60.5k (this is cheaper than US rates)
Data Transfer Android to IOS
I had everything backed up to my Google account so it was pretty smooth. Just had to login from iPhone. I didnt want to take any physical files from the old phone. The only thing that was bothersome was Whatsapp. I tried a couple of free motheds to get my media and chats transferred but those didnt work out. So I used a paid app called wutsapper (~Rs 1000) and was successful in getting my data into iPhone.
For current media backup I am using my google account as the storage costs are much lower than iCloud.
- Enjoying the change in UI
- the cameras (especially videos) are absolutely stunning
- It is slightly heavy but you should get used to it
- Battery back up is brilliant, can last for 2 days with mild usage
- Was skeptical on moving from Fingerprint to Face ID but is has been smooth. With the latest update, I can unlock it while wearing a mask also!
Please share your android to IOS experiences as well. Thanks for reading!