Lifelong iPhone User SWITCHES to S24 Ultra: 3 MONTHS Later

It's been 3 months since I literally LOCKED AWAY my iPhone and switched to the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and things have not been what I expected!
Lifelong iPhone User SWITCHES to S24 Ultra: 3 MONTHS Later

Hello, I’m Pete! With over two decades of experience in technology, I have a deep appreciation for gadgets that enhance everyday life. Lately, I’ve been exploring the latest Android phones, a significant shift from my usual Apple devices. My recent transition from the iPhone 15 Pro Max to the S24 Ultra has been an enlightening journey, which I’m excited to share with you.

The Big Switch

Three months ago, I made a bold move: I switched my SIM card to the S24 Ultra, turned in my Apple Watch for a Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, and started favoring my Windows PC over my Mac. This wasn’t just about switching devices; it was about challenging my tech ecosystem.

Why Leave Apple?

My goal was to genuinely understand the user experience of long-time iPhone users switching to Android. To ensure an immersive experience, I locked away my iPhone for the first 30 days. This forced me to solve problems without falling back on familiar solutions, a challenge considering the vast differences between iOS 17 and OneUI 6.1.

Making the Transition Smoother

Switching platforms involved moving all my photos to Google Photos, replacing Facetime and iMessages with alternative services, and finding a new solution for location sharing and password management. I’ve relied on 1Password for over a decade, which made accessing my essential information seamless across both platforms.

Say goodbye to password spreadsheets (728x90)

Surprising Discoveries

The S24 Ultra has impressed me with its rapid connectivity changes between Wi-Fi and cellular data, a stark contrast to my experiences with Apple devices. The display quality, with its anti-glare coating, makes it usable even on the sunniest days, and its scratch resistance has improved, although it’s not perfect.

Camera and Features

The camera capabilities of the S24 Ultra, especially with its 5x to 10x optical zoom, have been excellent, even in challenging lighting conditions. Features like Galaxy AI for summarizing meetings and advanced spam call blocking have been useful, although not without their quirks.

Ecosystem and Privacy

Despite Android’s open nature, the transition wasn’t as daunting as expected. Replacing Apple’s tightly integrated ecosystem was possible with tools like Phone Link for Windows and various Google services. Privacy features on Android, like the secure folder and private browsing, offer significant protection, which Apple could potentially learn from.

Challenges and Support

Custom notification sounds and the NFC functionality for contactless payments have been frustrating at times. The support experience with Samsung has also been lackluster compared to Apple’s prompt and often generous customer service. This is something potential switchers should consider.

Is It Worth Switching?

The S24 Ultra offers a compelling array of features that can rival the latest iPhones. However, if the unique features of the S24 Ultra like the 5x zoom lens aren’t crucial for you, the regular S24 might be a more suitable and economical choice.

Say goodbye to password spreadsheets (728x90)

Join Me on This Tech Journey

I continue to explore and share my experiences with new technology, aiming to provide valuable insights.

Thank you for following my journey from Apple to Android, and I look forward to bringing you more tech reviews and insights.

About the author
Pete Matheson

Pete Matheson

Lifelong Tips, Tricks & Tech Reviews. Sign up to see behind the scenes of a 160k+ Subscriber YouTube Channel.

Pete Matheson

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to Pete Matheson.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.