Source: Joe Maring / Android Central
Okay, before you all start to burn me with your hot reviews and iSheep’s remarks, listen to me for a minute. This is an idea that I considered after hearing something that my former colleague Rene Ritchie once said in one of his many articles, tweets, Youtube videos or podcast appearances (he has so much content, I don’t remember exactly when or where he brought it up). If you think about it, one of the best Google the experiences you can have on the phone are on the iPhone. After all, Google basically makes all of its apps available on iOS, and these Apple versions are generally updated more quickly and receive features more quickly than their Android counterparts.
Although this idea is not original, I thought it would be worth revisiting in the light of the recently announced iPhone SE (2020). It is true that you could use the great Google apps on any iPhone, but there was no recent iPhone that was more attractive to promote this idea than the SE, with an affordable price. Starting at $ 399, he faces some of the best intermediary players on Android, and in most ways, he simply eats lunch.
Android middlemen status
Android devices and, in particular, mid-range Android devices, have traditionally been synonymous with value-conscious consumers and for good reason. These devices generally offered better screens, more sophisticated features and more attractive designs than iPhones that cost two, three or even four times more.
In recent years, Android users have had a plethora of excellent options to choose from in the range of $ 200 to $ 500 from OEMs like Motorola, Nokia, OnePlus, and even Google in itself. But last week, that state of affairs was challenged by none other than Apple, with the 2020 version of the iPhone SE.
I think many Android OEMs will face the iPhone SE challenge head-on next year.
While Android OEMs need to rethink their approach to the middle tier, I have full confidence that many will be able to recalibrate quickly to meet this new challenge from Apple. After all, we still have to see what exactly is Pixel 4a will bring to the table.
However, if you are someone who loves everything Google does, but is not necessarily super faithful to a specific device manufacturer or device, or if your primary concern is budget and value above all, consider switching to iPhone SE. Do you think this is crazy? Do you think it’s blasphemy? Well the initial response to the device in the AC forums has been more receptive than you think.
The Google experience on the iPhone
Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android CentralCome on Apple, there are MUCH more Google apps on iOS than that.
Although we all knew that a new iPhone SE was coming, I think a lot of the tech industry, and particularly the Android press, we had our collective socks dropped with the value proposition of the new iPhone budget.
The 2020 iPhone SE came as a slap in the face for mid-level Android OEMs.
Yes, yes, it looks super dated and doesn’t have the best existing screen technology (what does the mid-ranger have?), But what you get for the price is excellent. The latest processor from Apple is objectively faster than Qualcom’s best, guarantees software updates and support FOR YEARS, and all the benefits of being part of the Apple ecosystem make it an attractive sale, even for Android fans. I mean, what are you really missing here? Not much, in my opinion.
Of course, you can’t customize iOS to as close a level as Android, and some of the other UX / UI design limitations and decisions can be disconcerting to someone who is used to Android. But you still get practically any and all apps you can find on Android (including the best from Google), plus apps and iOS platform exclusives that are launched first.
Speaking of these Google apps on iOS, the last time I checked (which was this morning), there are more than 60 Google apps available on the iOS AppStore, including favorites like Gmail, Google Calendar and YouTube, even more obscure apps like Google Analytics, Google Shopping and the new Google Podcasts available. Oh yes, don’t forget Waze and (soon?) Fitbit!
Typically, I have between six and nine Google apps on the iPhone home screen at any given time, but I also have another twelve to fifteen that I use less often and are stored in a folder on the second page. I thought it would be interesting to fill my home screen with all my Google apps, and you know what? It doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea (although I wish Apple had an app drawer – the mess is too much!).
Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central
Great Googly Moogly
I don’t think I’m that weird or a cutting edge case when I say that I like to use technology products and services from various manufacturers and in various ecosystems. In my house, I have Macs and Chromebooks, iPhones and iPads, Galaxys, Motos, Echos and Nest products. I think Outlook is undoubtedly the best email client out there, and Alexa is my favorite voice assistant. But overall, I find myself using Google apps and services more than any other company, and one reason is that they often offer a consistent, reliable and enjoyable experience, regardless of the device I’m using them on.
Google applications often offer consistent, reliable and enjoyable experiences across multiple platforms.
I said in a previous editorial that I was thinking of purchasing the new OnePlus 8 when it is available on my operator (T-Mobile). I still maintain that statement, and it is a movement that I am actively debating. But do you know what? I’m also looking forward to the Google Pixel 4a. And I’m not that discreet either really wants a red iPhone SE product. Maybe I’ll use the technical brother and get the Pixel 4a and the iPhone SE for the same price or less than one of the new OnePlus devices, maybe not. At the moment, none of these phones are available to me in my upgrade plan and I am trying to be responsible with my money during these periods of uncertainty. But, in an ideal scenario, I would plan to have one of these amazing new mid-rangers, and if it does, I can really see what is the best overall Google experience for me.
I’m not saying that Android users should migrate to Apple, or to many, despite the value of the iPhone SE. But I think it is an attractive option for those on the fence. Can you (vehemently) disagree and know what? Okay too.
With the Bionic A13 under the hood, in addition to IP67 water resistance and wireless charging, iPhone SE turns the value category upside down. There is no Android equivalent to the type of power you are receiving here, and when you consider receiving at least four years of software updates on iOS, iPhone SE is a fantastic alternative to Android phones.
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