You’ve crossed the iPhone 13 with the Motorola Edge 30: the perfect phone for switching from iOS to Android with ease – PhoneArena | Hot Mobile Press

Since 2020 iPhone 12, Apple has moved away from designing its smartphones with rounded edges and has returned to the classic iPhone 5-like flat-edge style. And opinions vary but I think it’s beautiful, very clean and industrial looking.

And honestly, that beautiful flat-edge design was one of the main reasons I bought mine iPhone 13 mini. I just loved how the iPhone 5 looked, just like its spiritual successor – the the first iPhone SE, but these were pretty dated by the time I started getting into design. But here came this small, modern, flat-edge iPhone mini, and of course – I saved it.

However, I’m more of an Android fan, as I really enjoy tinkering with my smartphone, customizing it and having the freedom to run any apps on it (e.g. emulators), which is why I’ve been longing for an apartment for a long time -Edge Android- Mobile.

Unfortunately, for some reason, most of my favorite Android phone manufacturers (namely Xiaomi and Samsung) continue to rely on phone designs with curved edges. I assume these companies are looking at a more visually appealing style for the majority of consumers.

But recently I tested the Xiaomi 12 Lite and I really liked it. Not just for the fact that it has some impressive flagship specs at a mid-range price point, but because it’s an iPhone-like flat-edged Android phone, after all. A good!

Looking like a cross between iPhone 13 and Motorola Edge 30, the Xiaomi 12 Lite is beautiful

Xiaomi is not subtle when it comes to “borrowing” ideas from. Apple, and if you’ve ever used a Mi (now just “Xiaomi”) phone, you’ve probably noticed the obvious – Xiaomi’s MIUI Android interface is very, very iOS-like.

But that’s pretty much it, because on the outside, Xiaomi phones were just somewhat generic-looking Android slabs with curved edges, with the occasional giant camera to grab attention. Until the Xiaomi 12 Lite came out.

Interestingly even the big papa The Xiaomi 12 Pro itself has curved edges that are rather generic and subjectively outdated. Its unnecessarily curved display in particular reminds me particularly of an old Galaxy phone, and yes, I don’t like that at all.

So I was quite surprised that the Xiaomi 12 Lite is the one where Xiaomi has finally settled on an iPhone design that gives it a flat display, a flat back and some nice flat edges.

And while it’s very iPhone-esque from the front and sides, flip it over and you go strong Motorola Edge 30 vibes as its back has a similar, eye-catching, light-refracting effect, as well as a vertically arranged camera arrangement. The Moto has a vertical camera, the iPhone has a square one, so Xiaomi clearly wasn’t trying to completely copy an iPhone.

Is the Xiaomi 12 Lite the illegitimate child of the iPhone 13 and the Moto Edge 30? Did iPhone and Android have a night together to sort out their differences, things were going way too well, and nine months later, this is what happened?

Anyhow, I love it. And I believe you will too, especially if you are an iPhone user because…

Not only does it look like an iPhone on the outside – the software inside is pretty much iOS-like too

As I mentioned above, Xiaomi is pretty shameless when it comes to copying the iOS operating system. Xiaomi’s MIUI Android overlay is very iOS-like, from the squiggle shape of the icons to the soft background blur you get when you slide down the notification shade above your home screen… How other elements like sliders and quick toggles look … It’s all heavily iOS-inspired.

But aside from the morally questionable aspect of all this, I believe that MIUI’s appearance can actually be a huge plus for the right kind of user.

I personally love the look of iOS, but again – I prefer Android – so this is like getting the best of both worlds. All the freedom of Android plus the pretty design of iOS! Having your cake and eating it too, or… whatever that expression was.

But there is another breed of smartphone user that I believe could benefit greatly if Xiaomi perfects the art of copying iOS to the Android platform…

This is the perfect phone if you want to easily switch from iPhone to Android

The Xiaomi 12 Lite has a flat design like the iPhone, as well as an iPhone-like software experience, thanks to MIUI 13 that looks so much like iOS 15. It’s also quite iOS-like functionally – it has a handy screen recorder, a “Read Mode” similar to Apple’s “True Tone” which makes the display warmer and easier on the eyes, and so on. I’ll be the first to admit that moving from Android to iOS, and especially the other way around, isn’t exactly a smooth process.

Let’s say you’ve used an iPhone your whole life, but you’ve decided it’s time to broaden your horizons a little and try a different cocktail at the smartphone bar instead of just ordering Apple Martinis.

Well, your first obstacle is choosing an Android smartphone brand. Choosing an iPhone is easy – there are the latest and there are the cheaper ones. You can also buy an older model if there’s a good deal and save money while staying on the flagship lane.

But choosing an Android phone for the first time — ooh, baby — is like choosing the ripest grape in a barrel of grapes.

If you can manage not to drown in the seemingly endless amount of budget Android phones, from both brands nobody has heard of and such as Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, Alcatel (it still exists), ZTE, Nokia , Huawei (depending on your region, of course) and Big Daddy Samsung… And swim to the surface where the slightly less bewildering crowd of midrangers and flagships live – well, congratulations, you still have way too many options to choose from. So free up your weekend because this project won’t take care of itself!

Now you need to search for Android smartphone brands. Sure, the biggest name, sort of Apple of Android, would be Samsung, right?

That The Galaxy S22 does indeed have flat edges(-ish), but maybe the $800 price tag (equivalent to that of an iPhone 13) may seem a bit high at first because you don’t yet know it’s packed with features. However, what you do know is that an ultra-powerful iPhone 13 mini costs $100 less, but you won’t find a Galaxy S22 mini option if you want to get a smaller and cheaper flagship.

So you start reading and watching reviews and then you discover different Android phones have different looking interfaces. Samsung has OneUI, OnePlus has OxygenOS and so on and so on – so which one would be right for you? More choices!

Basically – which phone brand and Android overlay is the easiest to switch from iOS, yet still have all the iOS features you’re used to?

Well – Xiaomi’s MIUI does. If “iOS separation anxiety” was a thing, MIUI would have been the cure. And again, the Xiaomi 12 Lite in particular not only has a familiar software experience, it also feels familiar in the hand.

So for anyone who wants to give Android a try – I would recommend that your first step is to check out ours Test Xiaomi 12 Lite and give this phone a shot if you like what you see. Within its comfortable iOS-like interface is still the ultra-powerful and open Android, ready for you to start tinkering with, customizing and installing different launchers when you’re ready.

And who knows, you’ll love all those customization and power-user features like running multiple apps at once so much you’ll eventually graduate Galaxy S22 Ultra and its S Pen stylus. Or even the power-user Android beast that is Galaxy Z Fold 3?

Before you know it, you’ll be familiar with Android and see all these crazy smartphone options as an exciting plus and not a complex high school project. Just do it, one step at a time.

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