September 20, 2020

10 things I learned by switching from the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra to the $399 iPhone SE

It’s been a long time since I used a phone with a 4.8-inch screen and a home button for more than a few minutes. But when the iPhone SE arrived on my doorstep last week, I popped the SIM out of the Galaxy S20 Ultra and stepped back into 2016.After...

It’s been a long time since I used a phone with a 4.8-inch screen and a home button for more than a few minutes. But when the iPhone SE arrived on my doorstep last week, I popped the SIM out of the Galaxy S20 Ultra and stepped back into 2016.

After the initial shock—which was like leaping from a luxury car to a motor scooter—I settled in and immediately began to learn some important things about Android vs. iOS. I knew the camera would be way better on the Galaxy S20 Ultra so you won[‘t find any shootouts here, but such a drastic switch made the two phones’ strengths and weaknesses crystal-clear, and in some cases painfully so.

Size doesn’t really matter

Over the past however many years, we’ve come to equate bigger with better when it comes to phones, whether it’s the S20 Ultra or the iPhone 11 Pro Max. I thought that moving from a 6.9-inch phone to a 4.7-inch one would be torture.

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