Come to the dark side… we have cookies. And better features.
Okay, we all know that I am not a loyal customer. I like to try new brands, new systems and new technologies. I am not an Apple fangirl, but I’m also not anti-Apple. I adore my iPad and genuinely find it to be one of the better suited tablets for me. My iPod rarely leaves my side and again, no other portable music player really compares for me. However my iPhone? Meh. Take it or leave it.
When the end of my contract rolled around I decided to leave it. I was fed up of limited customisation options, a
shitty rubbish battery and those stupid chargers. I didn’t want to open up a new phone, sign in to my iCloud account and have everything sitting there. It may sound like hassle, but I like getting something new! It’s been a while since I had an Android phone and I was pretty excited to see what they had to offer, so I decided to go for the Samsung Galaxy S6.
I had been planning on leaving Vodafone but after doing a bit of shopping around they had the best deal for this phone as well as an extra discount through my mum’s work, so I get unlimited texts & minutes with 6gb of mobile data (4G included) for less than what I was paying for unlimited texts, 600 minutes and 500mb of data with them before. Plus, I have unlimited data for the first three months and also benefit from their Eurotraveller package meaning I can use my contract abroad for £3 a day. I had been tempted by Three’s apparent lack of roaming costs, but after looking in to it it was pretty limited and didn’t apply to any of the countries I plan on visiting in the next year or so.
The Operating System
Android is a pretty easy system to get used to, especially seeing as I’ve used it in the past. I was able to get all of my usual apps with very little hassle at all and I’ve not had to sacrifice any of my beloved games either. A big plus to the Android system is the addition of widgets, allowing me to personalise my homescreen just how I like it. The voice recognition – which I don’t often use – is much better than that of the iPhone 4S, I don’t even need to put on a posh voice for it to pick me up!
One of the major differences between Android and iOS is the sheer amount of customisation options. Not only do you get the funky little widgets, you also get themes! I am totally amazed by this concept. I can’t decide which one to go for! It’s like having a brand new phone every time I download one. There are so many options for differing tastes and preferences, both free and premium.
Another feature which I have been really enjoying is the S Health app, which I suppose is similar to the iOS Health app but that wasn’t really fully available for the 4S. I can see all of my health and fitness based apps in the one place as well as a rundown of how active I’ve been throughout the day, how much water I’ve consumed and a graph of my recorded heart rates. Surprisingly this has been quite motivating for me as it’s pushing me to get out and walk more so I can beat the targets it sets for me.