There are some things your iPhone-using friends will never understand. For example: How awesome widgets are, or how nice it is to be able to see how many hours from now your alarm is set for. But the Android life isn’t all fun and games—we have our share of problems!
Here are 10 Android-specific struggles that iPhone users will never truly understand.
Spending hours customizing your OS
On an iPhone, you can rearrange your apps (in a pre-determined snap-to grid) and that’s about it. On an Android phone, you can make your own widgets, customize your lock screen, and even change the way your texts look. But those hours you spend making your phone awesome are hours you’re never going to get back.
Owning a phone that’s 2+ years old
“Your phone is from 2013?! But Apple’s had like…four phones come out since then!”
How easily microUSB ports break
Your Android phone may be in it for the long haul, but its microUSB port is not. So every night you do the “make sure the microUSB cord is placed juuuuust riiiiight” dance.
Trying to fill all that extra storage space
Would you rather pay $850 for 128GB of storage in an iPhone 6s, or $650 for a Samsung Galaxy S7 with 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot that supports up to 200GB of extra storage? Um, no-brainer. Can you even believe that Apple is still selling brand-new $750 phones with only 16GB of storage?
How will you spend all this free Google Play credit?
Google’s always asking for your opinion and rewarding you with Google Play credit. But thanks to all the free, ad-supported apps in the Google Play store, you have no idea what to do with the $25 of credit sitting in your account. And it’s going to expire soon!
You can’t even ‘accidentally’ drop it in the toilet
We’ve all tried the ol’ whoops-I-dropped-my-phone-in-the-toilet-guess-I-need-a-new-one trick when we’re looking for an excuse to upgrade. But now quite a few Android phones are waterproof, including Samsung's flagships. Thanks a lot.
Hitting the back button too many times
The Android back button is super convenient—unlike iOS 9’s pseudo back button—I could hit it all day long. Oh, but I didn’t want to go that far back!
Waiting for the new OS
This is one thing Apple has right: They announce an OS update, and then it comes to everybody’s phones. Android, on the other hand…
Too many app stores, not enough time
What’s that? You’ve exhausted the options in Google Play (and finally spent all your Google Play credit)? No problem... there are a ton of other app stores out there, including Amazon’s Appstore (which frequently gives away freebies).
No excuses for being late
“Sorry, I tried to use my phone’s turn-by-turn directions, and you know how well that goes.”
“But don’t you have an Android phone? And Google Maps’ turn-by-turn directions are on point!”