It’s been an official year since I became an Apple user. Now, as an Apple blogger, I feel this is the right time to reflect on the experience as I come from a unique perspective.
Android has always been my choice. I was stigmatized that Apple was too expensive and found they could not afford it. As someone who has reviewed its products, I have never actually owned one. I’ve barely even been exposed to Apple devices.
When I bought my first smartphone as a college student on a budget, I was impressed by the camera and size of Samsung’s Galaxy lineup. The iPhone’s small stature and boxy look made me go crazy. At the time, I had an Android tablet so I felt comfortable in the Android family. In addition, every non-smartphone smartphone that I previously owned was from Samsung; and those devices have been fine with me.
However, that all changed last year when I became an Apple user for the first time.
Reasons to switch to Apple products
Back in July 2021, I found myself in my local Verizon The store is in dire need of an upgrade. My current phone at the time was a Samsung Galaxy S7 that I bought in 2016. That made my phone five years old when I finally upgraded. While I was considering an iPhone in 2016, I had to buy my S7 in a hurry and wasn’t ready to make that switch.
Over time, I grew tired of how slow the S7 had become and got ready for a more modern and speedy device. YouTube becomes a source of knowledge when it comes to phone research. While looking at the iPhone 12, I finally found an iPhone that I thought looked good and matched my desire for a simple interface.
The iPhone has signed an agreement
While at Verizon, I reviewed all the deals with the great sales rep to find the right plan for me. We decided to buy a purple iPhone 12, which gave me a special deal to get an Apple Watch SE. What also pushed me towards the iPhone was the fact that I had an interview a few hours later at my local apple store. Fun fact, the first call I received on my first iPhone was from Apple itself!
A month later, I started working as an Apple Store Specialist. Perhaps you are thinking; How did someone inexperienced with Apple products get a job with the company? Perhaps what helped was my previous experience working in the hospitality industry. At the Apple Store, it’s more about your people skills than your Apple knowledge. It’s also a no-brainer that I’m a former Walt Disney World employee and the hiring manager is a huge Disney fan.
iOS a culture shock for first time Apple users
The move from Android to iPhone was like a complete culture shock to me. Navigating through iOS feels like I’m in foreign territory. However, I got over it properly and started to like my new iPhone, and found it very easy to use.
One particular thing that I miss about Android is a small blinking light that will alert me to a notification when my phone is in sleep mode. Even a year later, I still expect the light to blink so I know to check my phone.
Benefits of being an Apple product user
iPhone is very simple. Its simplicity is so appealing that in the past year, I’ve had many family members switch to Apple. The integration of all my Apple devices is delicate; I have never known such a beautifully coordinated ecosystem of devices. Also, don’t help me get started with Mac!
After a year, I know the details of my iPhone and love the experience. In my seven years with Samsung Galaxies, I could barely make phone calls on some days. Now, I’m relieved to have a phone that doesn’t complicate things and I’m happy to use it.
Products I have been using
Apple products I’ve purchased in the past year include (thanks to Apple Store discounts):
Do I go back to Android?
I will absolutely go back to Android. There is no particular reason why; Maybe I just miss the Samsung brand? I know people love the advanced customization features Android has to offer; I do not really care. Now when it comes to computers, I’m totally going back to Windows as my main hub. I actually still have my HP laptop and would love to have both Windows and Mac.
My Future as an Apple User
So far, I’ve been pretty happy for a year as an Apple enthusiast. But, there are a few things I would like to change in my sophomore year.
Ideally, I’d like to work on an iPad that’s more of a Mac-like experience. While I love the iPad, depending on what you’re doing, it can be a terrible thing to work away from it. I use an iPad (9th generation), which is a great tablet, but not one for heavy multitasking.
Another thing I look forward to in my future as an Apple user is to become more proficient with the camera. As the iPhone’s camera became a game changer, I needed to know how to really take good photos. If there are any iPhone camera enthusiasts out there, I’d love to have some advice.
When did you first become an Apple user? I’m curious to know what brought YOU to Apple devices? Let me know in the comments!
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