After 10 years of being on Team Android, I finally relented.

A few weeks ago – and after months of commuting back and forth – I went to my local Verizon store and ordered iPhone 14 Pro. It may sound like I’m over-dramatic, but this move marked a huge turnaround for me.

I’ve always prided myself on not buying into Apple’s hype. Despite years of teasing from friends to switch to the iPhone, I backed down, figuring I liked being different from the crowd. Everyone around me has an iPhone. It was good to defy the rule. And so, over the years I’ve stayed with my Samsung Galaxy devices, which I still think are great phones.

But after conversations with friends and family about what I could get from my iPhone and what I couldn’t get with my Android, I started to reconsider my position. Yes, I loved the Galaxy S10 Plus and everything it offers: a top-notch camera, customizable interface and the greatest tool ever: Object Eraser, which removes any unwanted people or objects from your photos (Pixel has a similar feature). But at the end of the day, there was one big thing my Android device couldn’t offer: a seamless way to connect with all my iPhone friends.

I’ve been told countless times that I spoil group conversations by turning all texts “green”. This is, of course, because Apple refuses to make iMessage compatible with Android phones, so when you send a message to someone who’s not on iOS, you’ll see green text bubbles instead of the standard blue ones. Since this seemed like a superficial complaint – and it’s 100% Apple’s fault – I brushed it aside.

Until I realized I’m missing out on the other, more important benefits of owning an iPhone.

Unless you use a third-party app like WhatsApp, there is no easy way to send HD photos and videos directly between your Android phone and iPhone. I was so OK with just using WhatsApp, that I immediately started to envy my friends who were air drop Photos and videos after our break. WhatsApp also reduces the quality of videos, and Google Drive takes longer to upload videos to.

It was also frustrating that apps like TikTok reduced the quality of the camera on Android. Comparing TikTok videos captured on an iPhone — even an older version like the iPhone X — with those taken on the Galaxy S10 Plus is like day and night. On my Galaxy, TikTok distorted colors and blur everything in the most unreal and unreal way. On iPhone, videos are crisp, clear and appear as they should. For someone who uses TikTok as much as I do, this was important.

These reasons, along with the fact that I am already using a MacBook and therefore will benefit from Apple ecosystem, led me to start changing my mind about owning an iPhone. Throw in features like the new always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro models—something I absolutely loved on my Galaxy devices—and fun new items like Dynamic Island, and suddenly I was sold on the idea of ​​the switch.

Of course, I had to fight feelings of selling. But I realized that in the end, it’s just a phone. And no matter what you do, people will have unwelcome opinions about the device you are using. My Galaxy device has worked well for me for many years. Now I’m ready for something new. So far, I have no regrets.

Check out the video above for more of my ideas on switching from an Android phone to an iPhone.

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