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iPhone vs Samsung

How to transfer from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy Mobile Device

05 Jun 2020


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So you’ve decided to change your operating system. Making the switch between smartphones devices such as a Samsung Galaxy and an iPhone can seem drastic, but honestly, the transition is not hard at all these days.

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Transferring contacts from an iPhone to Android

One of the first things we do when we get a new phone is to make sure our old contacts are switched across to the new phone. When we stick with the same operating software (or OS), there are built-in systems to make the data transfer easy. Knowing how to transfer contacts from iPhone to your new Samsung device is essential.

Most new phones come with cables that you can plug into either phone to sync your contacts. The process to transfer contacts from iPhone to Samsung is simple - Samsung uses software called Smart Switch. Samsung Smart Switch is an easy app that will transfer information from your old phone to your new one.

When going through the setup process on your new Android device, you’ll see a “transfer from iOS device’ option. If you go ahead and set up without using this option, you’ll still be able to access the app again at a later stage.

Once you’ve found the Samsung Smart Switch Mobile App in the Google Play store, you can transfer the data from your iPhone using the USB connection option, or over Wi-Fi if your data is backed up to iCloud.

You can also go into your iCloud, export your contacts into a vcard file, and then import them into your Google account that you’ll use on your new phone.

Transferring photos from iPhone to Android

No one wants to lose all the photos they’ve taken with their phone. When you transfer photos from your old iPhone, make sure you bring all your photos with you.

If you’re looking at how to transfer photos from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy, the simplest method will be via Samsung’s Smart Switch app again. It’s the best way to transfer data from iPhone to an Android using a cable or wireless internet.

The app will allow you to transfer not only contacts and photos but also messages, applications and games, and videos.

Transferring game data

One of the more frustrating aspects of transitioning from iPhone to Samsung or Android is the loss of all your game data. Yep, it won’t transfer across.

Let’s say you’ve got a really high score in a game you play on your phone and you don’t want to lose it, you’re in for a spot of bad luck. A bigger pill to swallow is that that goes for all games and all game purchases. Any game you purchased from the Apple store will not be accessible from your new phone as it will use the Google Play store.

Some games might let you login across platforms, but most use the Apple or Google software, which stores all your logins for you. For this reason, some people hold onto their old phones so they can play the games they spent money on and love.

In that case, a data only SIM will come in handy when you want to log on to your old phone and continue levelling up on your favourite iOS games.

Learning how to use your new phone

Now that you’ve transferred all the essentials over to your new phone, you have to get comfortable using your new phone. Each brand of phone will feel a little different to use, but fortunately, all Android phones use the same OS so once you’ve become accustomed you’re basically a pro (which makes upgrading to a new phone next time a lot easier).


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.