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A first Apple user describes his experience after one year

It’s officially been a year since I became an Apple user. Now, as an Apple blogger, it was a good time to reflect on the experience because I come from a unique perspective.

Background

Android has always been my phone of choice. I bought into the stigma that Apple was overpriced and found them inaccessible to purchase. As someone who has reviewed their products, I have never owned one myself. I’ve barely been exposed to Apple devices.

When I bought my first smartphone as a college student on a budget, I was impressed with the camera and size of Samsung’s Galaxy line. The small size and build of the iPhone had me royally disgusted. At the time, I had an Android tablet, so I felt comfortable staying in the Android family. Also, all of the non-smartphones I’ve owned before have been Samsungs; and these devices had been good for me.

However, that all changed last year when I first became an Apple user.

Reasons to switch to Apple products

In July 2021, I found myself in my local Verizon store, desperate for an upgrade. My current phone at the time was a Samsung Galaxy S7 which I bought in 2016. It made my phone five years old when I finally upgraded. When I was considering an iPhone in 2016, I had to buy my S7 in a hurry and wasn’t ready to make the switch just yet.

Over time, I got tired of the slowness of the S7 and was ready for a faster, more modern device. YouTube has become a source of knowledge when it comes to finding phones. While reviewing the iPhone 12, I had finally found an iPhone that I thought looked good and matched my desire for a simple interface.

The iPhone sealed the deal

When at Verizon, I went through all the offers with the wonderful sales rep, trying to find the package that was right for me. We settled on a purple iPhone 12, which gave me a special offer to get an Apple Watch SE as well. 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 very first call I received on my very first iPhone was from Apple itself!

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A month later, I started working as a specialist at the Apple Store. You are probably thinking; how did someone inexperienced with Apple products find employment with the company? What probably helped me was my previous experience in the hospitality industry. At the Apple Store, it’s more about your people skills than your Apple knowledge. It also didn’t hurt that I was a former Walt Disney World employee and the hiring manager was a huge Disney fan.

iOS a culture shock for this first Apple user

Switching from Android to iPhone was a real culture shock for me. Browsing on iOS felt like I was in foreign territory. However, I got over it and started enjoying my new iPhone, finding it so easy to use.

One thing in particular that I miss from Android is a little flashing light that alerts me to a notification when my phone is in sleep mode. Even a year later, I still expect to see a flashing light letting me know to check my phone.

Benefits of being an Apple product user

The iPhone is so simple. Its simplicity is so appealing that over the past year several members of my family have also switched to Apple. The integration of all my Apple devices is exquisite; I had no idea an ecosystem of devices could coordinate so well. Also, don’t get me started on Mac!

After a year, I know the ins and outs of my iPhone and loved the experience. In seven years with Samsung Galaxies, I could barely make a phone call some days. Now it’s been a relief for me to have a phone that doesn’t complicate things for me and is a joy to use.

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Products I use

Apple products I’ve acquired over the past year include (thanks to the Apple Store discount):

Would I go back to Android?

I would totally go back to Android. There is no specific reason why; maybe I miss the Samsung brand? I know people love the advanced customization features Androids offer; In fact, I don’t care. Now, when it comes to computers, I would absolutely go back to Windows as my primary hub. In fact, I still have my HP laptop and love having both a Windows and a Mac.

My future as an Apple user

I’ve been pretty happy so far in my first year as an Apple enthusiast. But, there are a few things I would like to change in my second year.

Ideally, I’d love to work on an iPad which offers a more Mac-like experience. Although I love the iPad, depending on what you do it can be terrible to work on. I use the iPad (9th Gen) which is a fantastic tablet, but not a machine for heavy multitasking.

Another thing I look forward to in my future as an Apple user is becoming more camera savvy. Since the iPhone camera has been a game changer, I need to know how to take good photos. If there are iPhone camera enthusiasts, I would like some advice.

When did you first become an Apple user? I’m curious what brought YOU to Apple devices? Let me know in the comments!

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