Not so long ago, I purchased an iPhone 13 to replace the iPhone SE 2020: more precisely, I ordered it for the sake of experiment, but closer to receiving delivery, I realized that I was stupid. This thought came to me not immediately, but by the time Apple removed VKontakte from the app store – it was at that moment that it seemed that the situation was rather difficult and soon there would be nothing left in the App Store, and the iPhone would really turn into a brick. The way out of this situation could be to purchase an Android smartphone, namely the Google Pixel 6. It seems that I bought an iPhone in 2022 in vain – everything is utterly simple.
Contactless payment on Android
The first thing that confused me after transfer data from old iphone to new is Apple Pay. More precisely, what was left of him. I don’t know about you, but I still use it – I keep discount cards there to show at the supermarket checkout. Already used to Can’t pay with iPhone, but double-clicking the home button still has at least some benefit. In addition, boarding passes for flights can be stored there – in general, even a dead Apple Pay will come in handy on the farm.
Only bad luck: in order for it to work on the new iPhone, you need to add at least one payment card, which cannot be done in Russia. Of course it is possible, create a backup in iTunes, encrypt it along with all the data and restore it, but this is clearly not what you expect from a smartphone for almost 60 thousand rubles. Instead, I had to add Wallet to Control Center — a crutch, but what to do.
There is nothing to tell about Android: contactless payment with a smartphone works with the help of Russian analogues, all discount cards can also be stored on the phone. The habit of automatically buying iPhone for iPhone let me down: I was wildly stupid when I ordered the iPhone 13 instead of the Google Pixel 6.
iOS vs Android
If earlier the two operating systems had serious differences, now they are gone: iOS 16 and Android 13 are like two drops of water. And also take into account the fact that the craftsmen quickly ported Dynamic Island to Android and even the iOS 16 lock screen – there is no serious difference, it turns out! But right now, the Google Pixel has the distinct advantage of having pure Android on board with no add-ons — the best option after iOS in my opinion.
Additional benefits are the installation of any applications from other available sources directly from your smartphone. On the iPhone, of course, you can restore all the programs using iMazing, but if something is missing, you will have to suffer. A couple of weeks ago I restored Sberbank from iPhone to iPad – mobile version for iPhone is displayed only in the middle of the screen. With Apple technology in 2022, you have to suffer, so you need to be prepared for this in advance.
Why Google Pixel is better than iPhone
The smartphone from Google probably has the best camera among all the devices on the market – at least, this can be heard from many users. Personally, I am delighted with the camera of the regular Pixel 6, since in principle I am not a fan of mobile photography, but at least once in my life I take pictures on the famous camera from Google I would not refuse.
True, I would still choose the Pixel 6 Pro purely because of waterfall display: perhaps this is wildness in 2022, but it is bent at the edges quite a bit, and in the case you don’t touch the edges at all. In my opinion, the regular Pixel 6 looks ancient because of the bezels around the display and the front panel looks like some average Android smartphone.
In addition, the “firmware” has more RAM (although I myself don’t know what to do with 12 GB, but let it be) and an 11-megapixel front camera – it will certainly come in handy for video calls. Add to that the 120Hz display that my colleague loves so much, AppleInsider.ru journalist Kirill Pirozhenko.
In any case, when you pay 47,000 rubles for a Google Pixel 6 Pro, you understand what you are paying for – for the feeling of novelty that the iPhone lacks so much: well, unpacked, a little happy for one day and that’s it – then it just turns into “one of”. Smartphone from Google it would be interesting to study, adjust, perhaps suffer with something.
Oh yes, the most important Google Tensor Processor. But it is weaker than Apple Silicon, at the level of Snapdragon two years ago – bloggers even talk about this in their reviews. But no one takes into account the fact that there is enough power here and now, and a smartphone is usually used for no more than two years – I am just one of those users.
In general, I greatly regretted that I did not cancel the damn delivery of the iPhone from Juma: now I understand even more that I should have bought the Pixel 6. If you plan to change your iPhone, be sure to think about it so as not to repeat my mistakes!