Switching to Android, A Practical Guide

I haven't used an Android device in quite a while, so I don't care to debate which is better — I care to have more experience before making those statements — but this “guide” (Google Plus Plus Minus post) from uncle creepy is ridiculous.

Naturally, let's dive in. The post on how to switch from iPhone to Android involves 14 steps hidden as four steps and some of it must been done on a PC/Mac. Yeah, super duper easy. Let's pull some choice quotes of ridiculousness:1

The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface.

Where's the proof on that last statement? Also, better and faster in what aspects? All aspects? Proof…?

c) If you are using AT&T, download the Visual Voicemail app from the Play Store.

Wait, honest question here, visual voicemail isn't just built-in?

At this point, you should see all your Gmail, and be able to use any apps and they should work well. Be sure to verify this.

Marketing tip: never end a statement with another statement questioning how well your software may work. “Press the brake petal to stop the car. Be sure to verify this.”

You will need to sign up for Google Wallet and give your credit card information, but it’s free.

I have this same issue with many services: why should I provide a credit card when the service is free?

For texting either use the Messenger app in earlier releases or the “Hangouts” app in Android 4.4.

Why would I be using an earlier version of Android, you told us to update Android in your “step one”? Don't all Android devices get the latest OS right away?

Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its safer and better in so many ways.

Wait, I can get Safari on Android? Sweet!

I can't? Then why mention it?

And didn't I read something about new Android phones not coming with a browser? Maybe what the headline said is: “Android can't surf the web?” (See how easy distorting facts is?)

Let's go back to the top for a moment:

Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back as everything will be in the cloud, backed up, and there are so many choices for you. 80% of the world, in the latest surveys, agrees on Android.

Uh huh.

You all know how I feel about this, let's see what Google Plus commenters say about the post:

David Bania Didn't know about the Visual Voicemail app. Thanks!

Jiří Šrámek I moved from Android to Ios !

LOL.

iPan Baal I have an Android phone (Galaxy S2, about to upgrade it) – but even I know that +Eric Schmidt didn't write this – his media team did. Why don't you use your G+ profile to actually write yourself, +Eric Schmidt? Instead of just another advertising platform you can attach your quasi-celebrity name to? People who read this either already have an Android phone, or don't care.

Mikal O'Neil This just made me switch the default search engine on my Mac and iPhone to Yahoo.

Perfect.


  1. I think that's an MTV show, right? I haven't seen it, but I'll now assume it stars Schmidt. 

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I haven't used an Android device in quite a while, so I don't care to debate which is better — I care to have more experience before making those statements — but this “guide” (Google Plus Plus Minus post) from uncle creepy is ridiculous. Naturally, let's dive in. The post on how to switch from […]