For example, if you’re an iPhone user you’re likely to have amassed a few dozen applications through the years, some of which depend on iCloud or Dropbox to sync files to your Mac. HTC, BlackBerry, Nokia, and Samsung might make some attractive hardware, and their smartphone apps might be easy to use, but apps for iOS don’t easily make the transition from iPhone to anything else.
It’s less of a problem going from other devices to the iPhone because the iPhone has the largest number of quality applications. There. I said it. Don’t argue with me because we both know it’s true.
Brian Hall came up with a definitive guide to which smartphone you should buy. His recommendation is the iPhone 4S because it’s the best bang for the buck.
No it’s not.
Apple’s iPhone 5 costs $4.16 per month more than an iPhone 4S over a 24-month contract with major U.S. cell phone carriers. How is that not worth it? The screen is improved. The CPU is faster. The camera is notably improved.
The problem with a question like ‘Which smartphone should I buy?‘ is that the answer depends on plenty of unknown criteria. Personal requirements vary but going backwards to save a few dollars doesn’t make much sense except for those who want a good quality smartphone, but don’t want to invest the cash for the latest and greatest.
Anyway, back to switching from one smartphone platform to another. If all your personal information resides on Google apps (Gmail, Docs, et al), then switching between smartphones running Android should be painless. Even switching from an Android phone to an iPhone won’t be overly difficult.
Switching from an iPhone to another smartphone and expecting the few dollars saved to be worth it is wrongful thinking. Apple has created a wonderfully complex and comfortable ecosystem which actually works to lock in users to Apple’s way of life. But it’s a good life. You get a decent phone with all the apps you’d ever want or need at a fair price.
Deal with it.