Owning an Android phone is great, there’s no doubt about that. There’s countless different choices and the high-end choices these days often surpass the iPhone in features. However, there are still many struggles of owning an Android as opposed to an iPhone and we’ve decided to list them here. So here are 15 struggles of an owning an Android phone.
1. iPhone owners thinking Samsung are the only people that make Android Phones
Oh yes, we’ve all been through this as an Android phone owner. Everyone who’s never owned an Android or knows nothing outside of Apple thinks the only Android phones you can buy are Samsung phones.
2. Every iPhone owner thinking your phone takes horrible pictures
It’s almost a running joke now that a lot of Android phones have struggled to keep up with the iPhone’s incredible camera. Despite maybe the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 family, this is mainly true. But a lot of Android phone’s cameras aren’t THAT bad.
3. Every iPhone owner thinking you chose the cheap phone
Little did they know that your new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge cost about $200 more than their precious iPhone.
4. Asking a friend or family to quickly do something on your phone whilst you’re busy and them complaining about how hard it is to use your phone
You see, when everyone in the world has owned an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad, it seems easy to work an iPhone. However, Android is less common and therefore when the simple use of the basic iPhone is transferred over to an Android, they don’t know what they’re doing.
5. Having a phone that’s screen is so large you feel embarrassed to hold it to your face
This is becoming more and more common with Android phones and the iPhone is catching up. For some reasons, phones just keep getting bigger and bigger and that’s not actually what people want.
6. Your entire electronics ecosystem is Apple except your phone
It’s not uncommon for a lot of Android owners to then own an iPad or a MacBook of some sort. Because, without a doubt, they’re best in class at what they do. But this causes the problem of a lack of synchronisation across your devices.
7. Your friends getting updates before you
One problem with Android is that due to the many different manufacturers and different services, Google aren’t 100% in control of when your phone will get the next update. Therefore, your friend might get it before you, despite you having as newer phone.
8. The fear of potentially getting viruses
It’s only a minor chance but Android is less secure than iOS and so there’s a slight higher chance you may get some sort of virus. Nothing too serious though.
9. Some Android phones coming with Bloatware applications
When you buy Android phones off certain service providers, you may get a lot of bloatware from them which can be annoying and difficult to get rid of.
10. Each Android phone’s OS looks different despite running the same software
Each OEM puts their own skin on Android to distinguish it from other phones and add some of their own features. Unfortunately, this makes the same OS feel slightly different on different phones.
11. There being so much customization that you end up changing the arrangement of your widgets, wallpapers and apps every hour or so for the first few days
Not really a struggle, more of a joy. Android offers up far more customization than iOS and being able to play around with almost anything about the phone is forever entertaining.
12. Not as many accessories for your phone, especially the lack of phone case choices compared to iPhones
Other than maybe Samsung, there aren’t half as many different phone accessories for each Android phone as there are for iPhones.
13. Not having a go-to place if you have problems with it
Unlike the Apple Store, there isn’t an Android store or even anywhere well known for mending your Android phone other than whatever shop or provider you bought it from.
14. Not getting that brand new app that everyone’s talking about sometimes
Despite Android getting pretty much every app that iOS gets and even some that iOS doesn’t get, you still get some apps that iOS gets first and these are usually quite big names.
15. Calling iPhone buyers sheep because over the past 4 years you’ve owned an HTC, LG, Sony and Samsung and their phone has looked the exact same since 2008.
The iPhone has looked fairly similar since it#s birth whereas Android has gone through quite a few iterations to perfect how it looks and feels these days. Therefore whenever iPhone buyers upgrade, it barely feels like they’re getting a new phone.