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Goodbye, iPhone: How Microsoft convinced me to switch to Android and the Samsung Galaxy Note10

Ever since switching from an Apple MacBook to a Home windows 10-powered Lenovo ThinkPad final yr, I’ve stored utilizing my iPhone. I’ve struggled with out the seamless connection between smartphone and laptop computer, as described in this recent post and podcast. Microsoft’s expanded partnership with Samsung guarantees to repair this.

Effectively, I’m formally on board. This week I pre-ordered a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note10+ and gave up my iPhone X for its trade-in worth. There’s no turning again now!

So what can I count on? For some steerage by way of the course of, I talked with tech reviewer Andru Edwards of GearLive.com and the Geared Up podcast. He provided his tackle the Samsung bulletins, particularly the variations between the Note10 and the bigger Note10+, the trade-in choices and different options.

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After deciding to make the switch, my large dilemma was which model of the Galaxy Note10 to get: the $1100 Note10+ with the 6.8-inch display, higher-resolution Quad HD+ display, 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of inside storage with the choice for up to 1TB with a MicroSD card; or the smaller, $950 Note10 with a 6.3-inch display, lower-resolution show, 8GB of RAM and a restrict of 256GB of inside storage.

As you’ll hear in the present, Andru persuaded me to go along with the higher-end mannequin, to guarantee I get the greatest expertise expertise potential. I agree that I ought to see the better of what Samsung has to provide in a cellphone.

Nonetheless, I’m greater than slightly nervous about the dimension of the cellphone in my pocket, and I ordered the system with out holding one first. Certainly one of the causes I liked the iPhone X once I upgraded from the iPhone 7 Plus was the extra pocketable dimension, which is way simpler to carry round.

The Galaxy Note10+ is about 3 inches huge and 6.4 inches tall, in contrast to the iPhone X at 2.8 inches huge and 5.7 inches tall. The Note10+ can also be naturally heavier, at 196 grams to 174 grams.

I’m additionally very reluctant to quit my AirPods. Sure, Apple’s wi-fi earbuds can work with any Bluetooth system, however the seamless integration with the iPhone is a significant promoting level. I used Samsung’s $150 preorder credit score to purchase a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds, and a part of the enjoyable will probably be evaluating them to the AirPods.

One essential observe for anybody contemplating making the same change. Though you possibly can stand up to $600 for a trade-in, the quantity varies broadly relying in your current cellphone and service. In my case, I used to be ready to get $300 for my iPhone X on trade-in. So that you’ll need to take your particular trade-in worth into consideration.

As talked about, the large promoting level for me is the promise of easy integration between the Galaxy Note10 and my Home windows laptop computer. I’m trying ahead to seeing photos seem seamlessly on Home windows after I take them on the cellphone, and additionally having textual content messages and cellphone calls built-in, amongst different options.

Sure, as noted by some readers on last week’s post, Microsoft’s Your Cellphone app and workarounds make some semblance of this potential now, however what Microsoft and Samsung confirmed is extra akin to a local integration.

Did I make a mistake in switching from the iPhone X? Did I select the proper mannequin of Note10? I’ll preserve everybody posted with common updates after I get the new cellphone subsequent week and make the switch.

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