I used to daily a 12 Pro Max and a 7+, and considered purchasing a 14 PM (and retiring the 7+, and making the 12 PM a secondary) when it came out, but decided against it as there wasn’t anything amazing coming from the 12 PM.
I’ve been into Apple in general since my childhood, when I was around 9 or 10, and on iOS particularly from iOS 4. I had tried an android ages ago (Xperia Z3), and I hated it. Was back on an iPhone in 10 months after getting 3 or 4 replacement devices. Android was terrible back then
My best friend uses an s22 Ultra and the screen and performance blew me away. Having seen that, I really wanted to try something new. Considered the Fold 4, but I know I’d never open it and use the big screen; a S22 Ultra, but that’d be too much for a daily with a 12 PM; a 13 Mini, I hate buying outdated tech (even if it’s a year old) and finally a Z flip 4, which a pulled the trigger on.
I have to say, I’m damn happy I did. Most people here blindly hate on android, but it’s been an amazing experience for me. iOS in the past year or two, has had so many bugs and glitches that it’s annoying; and I love iOS, I grew up with it. I can tell you, at least Samsung’s one UI 5.1 (android 13) is more stable than iOS 16.3.1. iOS has gotten very stale as well. I love the folding form factor of the flip and how easily it fits into my pocket, and the screen is far, far better than any iPhone. While the main camera on the iPhone is better, in my opinion the Flip’s Ultra wide camera is slightly better.
Now the drawbacks are, I have a MacBook, AirPods, 2 Apple Watches. Obviously I knew this going in, but I don’t need to connect my flip to the mac to transfer pictures or vids. Opening iCloud.com on android, you can download or upload any picture or video. Another thing is AirPods don’t work great on android and are just like any other pair of earphones. Other than that, I have zero issues. The phone has gotten smoother over time as the updates have rolled in and battery life has improved too.
Currently the iPhone is still my main phone, but if the mini returns, I might actually switch to an s23 ultra or fold and get a smaller iPhone and make it the secondary phone in the future.
I didn’t buy the Galaxy to replace my iPhone, I purchased it as a separate device because I need it. I enjoy both, and I can wholeheartedly tell you, you’d enjoy a change whether you decide to use an android as a primary or secondary phone. Change is always good and it’s best to experience the best of both worlds.
P.S: I’ve preordered an s23 Ultra for my mother, who hates iPhones and loves Samsung. Getting a Galaxy watch 4 classic and Galaxy buds too. Low key excited to try em out.