Xiaomi made me give up my iPhone 13! An effortless transition to Android …

Xiaomi made me give up my iPhone 13!  An effortless transition to Android …
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A few years ago when I started at PhoneArena, I was kind of a “Xiaomi guy,” since I was a fan of the Chinese company and its phones back then. But in this line of work, you have to be neutral, so over the years I have not only reviewed all kinds of fantastic phones from different companies, but more importantly – learned a lot about each smartphone company and its software quirks, language of design. trends, updating history, and so on.My latest phone was a iPhone 13 mini, and I bought it as part of my efforts to prove everything there is. He often went through huge phones, from Xiaomi’s own Mi Max series, to more recently Galaxy Z Fold 3. It was time to acclimate with something smaller in size, and not-Android, I thought.

As I realized while using the The iPhone 12 mini and later the 13 mini – it turns out I really like small iPhones. So much so that I thought I’d shake the 13 mini for a while, especially considering that the The iPhone 14 series doesn’t even have a new “mini” for me to go through.

But recently I was given one Xiaomi phone for review. “Selling my roots?” I thought. To review a phone, I first have to “test drive” it for a while. I plugged in my SIM card, downloaded all my apps on it, and started using it as my everyday driver. And once again, I learned something new …

Because MIUI is so close to iOS, anyone looking to switch from iPhone to Android should go with a Xiaomi phone.

A quick word on what MIUI is. It is an Android overlay with its features like a screen recorder, a file manager, its own launcher. You may know Samsung’s OneUI software – like MIUI – is essentially an overlay for Android. Many companies have put in the effort to make their smartphones more distinct and feature rich than the stock Android phone.

Three or four years ago, when I first fell in love with Xiaomi’s MIUI software, I really resented the fact that it was clear, and I mean clearly trying to mimic Apple’s iOS operating system. From the icon design, the look of the menus, and even the very similar gestures – it was clearly inspired by iOS.

But now I firmly believe that MIUI has really overtaken iOS in some ways, which is of course subjective … However, just look iOS 16 – iPhone software update recently announced by Apple coming this fall. Now do you have a Lock Screen gallery with wallpapers and stuff? Xiaomi already had things like this several years ago …

Is this a case of the copied entity copying the copier? Apple took over from Xiaomi for once, didn’t it the other way around? If so, it proves to my point that in some ways, MIUI has outdone the master.

And as a power user who loves customization, I know she’s not a witch to say that MIUI is much more customizable, like the nature of Android running below, compared to iOS. You can now make your Xiaomi phone your own – remove most pre-installed apps, change your launcher with something completely different for a new look at your home screen, download and install apps from not just apps -store. .

Xiaomi spreads such good flagships, mid-rangers and even balance phones, that paying extra for an iPhone flagship seems ridiculous at times.

Without trying to turn this into a Xiaomi demonstration, since Xiaomi phones have their problems, I say this – buying a Xiaomi phone usually means you also get a screen saver, a case, a charger (wow, right?), And these days it’s often very fast.

Do you know what it takes to buy an iPhone? An iPhone. And uh, stickers.

Another thing that matters to me a lot is the design. Xiaomi phones these days come with minimal and most importantly bezels – no notch, just a small selfie cutout camera.

I’ve never been accustomed to the iPhone stain, and I’m glad it was presumably removed later this year for the iPhone 14 series. No wonder it actually took us so long for the stain to disappear while the phones Android has gone through several stages – tapping, pop-up cameras, cutouts, and some are now objectively on the best option (at least from a design standpoint) – sub-display cameras.

Goodbye for now, iPhone … Android, you have your problems, though

So while I was trying to drive the latest Xiaomi phone, I really enjoyed my time acclimating with MIUI, after not using it for a couple of years. If I was a kid, I would say I grew up a little bit. Because of all this, I sold my iPhone 13 mini and switched to a Xiaomi phone, going back to the way I started.

And I think that’s kind of done with small phones; Going back to a big one (and Xiaomis are still pretty big) is now the refreshing thing for me.

However, to be honest, I’ll also mention some of the immediate criticisms I noticed about Android, after switching from the iPhone. Android users may be interested to know how they feel, and why it’s not the smoothest transition to make in a while.

First of all, Google is really pushing its app ecosystem on you, and on an open system like Android, it’s not as easy to accept as it is on iOS. One of the first things I do with a new phone, be it an iPhone or an Android, is delete all the apps that I know I will never use. In the case of Android, it’s Google TV, Podcasts, Google Pay …

But while I installed my new Android phone, all the apps updated without asking me, and lo and behold – those apps I deleted are back on my homescreen. Then I wiped them again. I’m starting to use my phone, and a “Finish your phone setup” notification appears from the Google Play Store. I tried scrolling, but accidentally clicking – and again, those apps came back on my homescreen, so I had to delete them a third time.

Google, tone, make it really hard for some of us to love Android phones …

This, of course, is just one of many examples, not to mention the weird whims of Android and the occasional nervous and buggy moments of the interface, even if you’re running it on a high-end smartphone. As much as die-hard Android fans hate to read this – you don’t experience things like that on iOS almost as often, if ever. Unless you’re running a beta software or something similar.

It’s not just Xiaomi that deserves your attention, of course

Some great Xiaomi phones that you may want to check out as an example will be our recent reviews Xiaomi 12 Pro is Xiaomi 11T Pro. But of course, Xiaomi isn’t the only game in town. Moto pulls out a bunch of fantastic phones that you may want to check out as well, as have our even more recent reviews. Motorola Edge 30 is Motorola Moto G52.While Apple is by default the only name when it comes to iOS phones, it is certainly not the only Samsung you need to pay attention to Android side. Xiaomi (slash Redmi), Moto, and many other big brands raise the bar of what is a flagship, mid-ranger and budget phone, and it may be in 2022.

Do you have a particular smartphone of your own, which is not an overly known and well-known brand or model, that you are happy with and that you want to shout? Join the conversation and share your experience with us in the comments section below!

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