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TIp 9: There's no place like the home button
Android to iOS switchers will find Apple's home button easy to grasp, since the two OSes offer variations on the same theme.
iOS lacks Android's back arrow (to go back to the last open app) and the multi-window button, but in terms of efficiency, only the back arrow offers Android a real advantage.
Apple improved the usability of its double tap on the home button in iOS 7 with the introduction of new thumbnail images of each open app, and the ability to re-enter the app in the state it was left.
And if you just can't stand the physical home button, there's a feature in iOS called AssistiveTouch that's actually designed for people who have difficulties pressing buttons.
AssistiveTouch is an interesting way of navigating an iPhone without a physical home button. It can be switched on through Settings —> General —> Accessibility —> AssistiveTouch. Enabling the feature will produce a translucent soft home button that is always present but can be placed anywhere, and provides all the functionality that the physical home button otherwise would, from multitasking to volume controls.
Another Accessibility feature, if customisation takes your fancy, is Invert Colours. It does make for easier night reading than dialling down brightness by minimising the white light emanating from the screen.
Tip 10: You won't worry about OS envy
Sure, iOS loyalists can face higher costs for the latest iPhone or iPad, but you won't hear many of them whining about being stuck on iOS 5 or iOS 4.
The latest stats from Google and Apple on OS distribution for their respective mobile platforms shows why. Seven months after Google released KitKat, around 21 percent of users are running the OS.
As of 27 July, 90 percent of iOS devices were running iOS 7, and 10 percent were running iOS 6. That's good news for both developers and consumers.
Sure, Google Play Services helps keep apps update, but owners would probably prefer the latest version of Android. Some Android device owners are still waiting for OEMs to deliver the latest version of Android and sometimes they won't get it at all as HTC and Samsung told owners of some 2012 model devices.
Google ensures Nexus devices get Android updates so long as they're younger than 18 months. By contast, the iPhone 4, pushing its fifth birthday, got iOS 7 along with newer iPhones. The update initially harmed the iPhone 4's battery life but six months on, the device copes with the latest OS and, unlike Android owners who want the latest update, don't have to resort to buggy ports.
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Tip 11: Think about the payments
It's difficult to complain about the availability of apps in the App Store or Google Play, but there are still subtle differences between the two, depending on where in the world you live and which bank issued your credit card.
In Google's world, your IP address is what matters. In Apple's, what you can buy is determined by your payment card and the nation it was issued in. So, in Google Play, if you're in Europe (and not using a VPN) you can't see what's available in Google's store in the US, whereas in iTunes and the App Store, if you've got a US credit card, you can purchase/rent anything from its US stores.
Besides many apps still coming to iOS first, another piece of evidence that iOS, for the most part, is prioritised are certain subscriptions. The New Yorker, for example, is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Amazon's Kindle Fire, and Nook, but only if you're in the US. If you're in Europe, Australia, Asia or anywhere else, it's iOS-only.
In other words, the difference between app stores is negligible for the most popular apps; however, it becomes more pronounced when for special interests or local content.