iPhone Android? Next joke! Issues when switching to Pixel 7 make me rethink Google’s promises

Switching from iPhone to Android or vice versa has always been a hot topic in the tech world — what you win, what you lose, what’s better, and what’s worse on each platform, it’s been dividing opinions forever now. However, what if you have already decided to switch to a Pixel and are coming from an iPhone or even an older Pixel?

This week, I discovered some quirks that deserve more attention than subtle differences in image quality or a better camera strap design.

As it turns out, transferring data from another Android device to Pixel is not as smooth as transferring data from iPhone to iPhone. Before making the leap, you should be aware of Google’s current face unlock, multitasking/RAM management, and video quality deficiencies because otherwise, it might surprise you.

For starters, when moving from one phone to another, the first thing you want to do is transfer your existing data. At the end of the day, no one wants to start setting up their new phone from scratch, let alone lose valuable photos, music, chat history, and other files. Unfortunately, and surprisingly, this is where my frustration with switching to the Pixel 7 peaked — at first, ironically.

At first glance, transferring data from an old Android phone to a Pixel seems pretty easy — you get a USB-C cable; Link both phones together; And follow the on-screen instructions. However, in reality, the connection between Google’s Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro dropped every time I touched the cable (without unplugging it).

Reconnect the cable The cable is disconnected Reconnect the cable to the Pixel 7 Pro – This went on for half an hour before I finally started working (I don’t know how), and after over an hour of fiddling with my Pixel phone, it was all done.

You can’t transfer all your data from Pixel to Pixel like you can with iPhone

Sure, once you’ve transferred “all” of your files from your old Android phone to the Pixel 7, you’re all set, right? Well not quite.

First of all, some data and settings cannot be copied from your old device, such as apps that are not from the Google Play Store or ringtones. Although this is understandable, some other things you can’t transfer from one pixel to another really surprised me:

  • Downloads (eg PDFs) cannot be transferred from one Pixel / Android to another
  • Photos, videos, and music received via text messages don’t transfer from one Pixel/Android to another either (this makes sense since Google doesn’t have 1:1 WhatsApp, the equivalent of iMessage)
  • Audio recordings – For some reason, the Pixel doesn’t transmit your audio recordings (which is especially annoying for someone like me who has hundreds of them); The worst part – when you share your Pixel 6 audio recordings with a nearby Pixel 7, they go directly to your Downloads folder instead of the Recorder app, which means there’s no way you can get hold of your voice memos unless you have access to a computer at the ready To move it manually

Switching from iPhone 14 to Pixel 7 wouldn’t be great if you like Face ID, record a lot of TikTok videos, and use multiple apps all day

Face ID and under-screen fingerprint reader on the Pixel 7 aren’t as convenient or reliable as the current version of Face ID

I’ve had a short but complicated relationship with Apple’s Face ID over the years…

Back in the early days of Face ID, I couldn’t get used to the annoyance of the slow and inflexible face unlock method on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. I ended up getting rid of those to buy a Huawei P30 Pro. But today, my experience using Face ID on the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 14 Pro is much better!

Anyway, you know, Google has been testing its own version of Face Unlock for over a year now (we thought it was coming to the Pixel 6 with an update), and now the feature is finally official on the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

The unlucky thing is that Face Unlock on the Pixel 7 is slower than Face ID, and not nearly as flexible or reliable in different lighting conditions. Of course, it’s also not nearly as secure as the high-end system on the iPhone, but that’s not surprising given that the Pixel only uses its camera to do the trick.

The thing is, the second method of unlocking – the under-display fingerprint scanner on the vanilla Pixel 7 is still likely to misread your touch, similar to the Pixel 6. Interestingly, I find the Pixel 7 Pro reader less likely to miss, but This is a story for another time. In short, the Pixel 7 has two ways to unlock now, but neither of them seem to live up to the iPhone, or the flagship Galaxy, which is something you should be aware of if you’re looking to switch.

Pixel 7 video quality is not as good or reliable as iPhone

Although the quality of photos on the Pixel 7 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro is very similar, the same is not true for videos. Unless you have a well-lit scene, Pixel 7 videos tend to be very noisy, not very stable (that’s close), and especially poor when using the ultra-wide-angle camera in low light.

The other thing that stands out is that the Cinema Mode on the Pixel 7 is a total mess compared to the second generation Cinema Mode on the iPhone 14 Pro. Google phones record cinematic 1080p videos at up to 24 frames per second, but that’s forgivable. What I can’t look past is that Google made the worst cinematic mode version compared to not only Apple phones but Samsung and OnePlus phones as well. Control how much blur you want or where you want to focus. In other words, it appears that Google’s loaded Pixel 7 with a very early beta of this feature, which could have stayed out of the Pixel 7.

RAM management on the Pixel 7 isn’t as good as the iPhones, even with 50% more RAM

And to the final point of things to be aware of before switching from the iPhone to the Pixel 7, you might want to know that RAM management on Google flagships is still a lot less efficient than that on Apple devices.

Historically, this is nothing new under the sun – which is why iPhones have less RAM than Android phones. However, in my testing, opening and switching through about 20 different apps (social media, game, video streaming, etc.) was more reliable on the iPhone. When it comes to running apps in the background:

  • The iPhone 13 mini with 4GB of RAM is on par with the Pixel 7 with 8GB of RAM
  • The iPhone 14 Pro with 6 GB of RAM is equal to the Pixel 7 Pro with 12 GB of RAM

In a very unscientific experiment, I came to the conclusion that Apple’s iPhones have 50% more RAM efficiency than the Pixel, while in practice, the iPhone 13 mini is definitely not a multitasking champion because it often kills apps in my knowledge .

However, the iPhone 14 Pro is a beast when it comes to RAM management, as I often find apps I opened the day before to be ready to go the next morning – without having to reload. According to Apple, the A16 Bionic in ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ has 50% more memory bandwidth thanks to the presence of LPDDR5 memory versus LPDDR4X on vanilla iPhones.

For the record, the Pixel 7 Pro is also reported to have LPDDR5 RAM, and I find its RAM management to be very good (definitely better than the one on the vanilla Pixel 7), although it’s probably not as good as the one on the iPhone 14 Pro.

Switching to a Pixel 7 from a Pixel 6, Galaxy S22, or iPhone might not be the best experience, but that’s not the reason to buy a Pixel!

Sure, switching to a Pixel from a Galaxy or iPhone will come with some caveats like the ones mentioned in this story, but that’s to be expected, isn’t it?

Google is much newer in this software hardware offering than Apple and Samsung, but apart from that, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are more affordable and will turn out to be cheaper compared to alternatives from Cupertino or South Korea, and that’s for US buyers.

If you live in Europe, the UK, or India, for example, it might be 100% less expensive to get a flagship Pixel 7 than to flaunt an iPhone 14 Pro. In Germany, where I am now, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max start at a whopping $1,300 and $1,450 respectively, while the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro go for just $650 and $900, which isn’t A completely redundant change, first of all, given the current economic situation.

In addition, the Pixel 7 is arguably the best photos and offers the smoothest Android experience you could ask for, so what are some of the shortcomings… right?

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