They crossed the iPhone 13 with Motorola Edge 30: the perfect phone to easily switch from iOS to Android

They crossed the iPhone 13 with Motorola Edge 30: the perfect phone to easily switch from iOS to Android

Since the release of the 2020 iPhone 12, Apple has moved away from designing its smartphones with curved edges, and returned to the classic iPhone 5 model with flat edges. Opinions will vary, but I think it’s beautiful, very clean, and industrial looking.

And honestly, this nice flat-edged design was one of the main reasons I bought the iPhone 13 mini. I loved the look of the iPhone 5, as well as its spiritual successor – the first iPhone SE, but those were pretty old by the time I started designing. But this is the modern little iPhone with flat edges, of course I picked it up.

However, I’m more of an Android fan, because I really like messing with my smartphone, customizing it, and having the freedom to run any apps I want on it (like emulators), so I’ve long felt like an advanced, flat Android phone.

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Unfortunately, for some reason, most of my favorite Android phone makers (namely Xiaomi and Samsung) continue to bet on phone designs with curved edges. I’m willing to guess what these companies consider a more visually appealing approach to the majority of consumers.

But recently I reviewed the Xiaomi 12 Lite, and I loved it. Not only because it has impressive flagship specs for a mid-range price, but because it’s, well, an Android phone with flat edges that look like an iPhone. Good!

Xiaomi 12 Lite looks like a cross between iPhone 13 and Motorola Edge 30, and it’s cool

Xiaomi isn’t exact at “borrowing” ideas from Apple, and if you’ve ever used a Mi phone (now only “Xiaomi”), you’ve probably noticed the obvious – Xiaomi’s MIUI Android interface is very similar to iOS.

But it was about that, because on the outside Xiaomi phones were generally Android tablets with a curved edge, sometimes with a huge camera to grab attention. Until the Xiaomi 12 Lite version.

Interestingly, even the big daddy Xiaomi 12 Pro itself has generic and outdated curved edges. In particular, its unnecessarily curved screen reminds me of an old Galaxy phone, and yes, I don’t like any of that.

So I was quite surprised that it was the Xiaomi 12 Lite that eventually Xiaomi decided to make the iPhone in its design, giving it a flat screen, a flat back and nice flat edges.

And although it’s an iPhone from the front and sides, turn it around and you’ll get a powerful Motorola Edge 30 vibes, the back panel has an eye-catching light refraction effect, as well as a vertically arranged camera configuration. The Moto has a vertical camera, and the iPhone has a square one, so Xiaomi clearly wasn’t trying to copy the entire iPhone.

Is Xiaomi 12 Lite the illegitimate child of the iPhone 13 and Moto Edge 30? Did the iPhone and Android spend an evening resolving their differences, things went well, and after nine months, this is what happened?

Well, anyway, I love him. And I think you will too, especially if you are an iPhone user, because…

Not only does it look like an iPhone from the outside – the internal software is exactly the same as iOS

As I mentioned above, Xiaomi is very rude, for better or worse, in copying iOS. Xiaomi’s MIUI Android overlay looks a lot like iOS, from the circular shape of the icons to the soft background blur you get when you swipe the notification shade on your home screen… what other elements look like sliders and quick toggles… it’s all pretty heavy Inspired by iOS.

But aside from the ethically questionable aspect of it all, I think the look of MIUI can actually be a huge plus for the right type of user.

Personally, I like the look of iOS, but again – I prefer Android – so it’s like having the best of both worlds. The complete freedom of Android, plus the beautiful design of iOS! Get your cake and eat it too, or…whatever that phrase is.

But there is another type of smartphone user that I think can benefit greatly from Xiaomi’s mastery of the art of copying iOS to the Android platform…

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

The Xiaomi 12 Lite has a flat-edged iPhone-like design, as well as an iPhone-like software experience, thanks to MIUI 13 that’s very similar to iOS 15. It’s pretty practical like iOS too — and it has an easy-to-use screen recorder, and a “reading mode” , which is somewhat similar to Apple’s “True Tone”, which makes the screen warmer, easier on the eyes, etc. I’ll be the first to admit that moving from Android to iOS, and especially the other way around, isn’t an entirely smooth process.

Let’s say you’ve used an iPhone all your life, but decided it’s time to expand your horizons a bit, try a different cocktail in the smartphone bar, instead of just ordering an Apple Martinis.

Well, the first hurdle for you is to choose a brand of Android smartphones. Choosing an iPhone is easy – there are the newest and the cheapest. You can also buy an older model if there’s a good deal and save some cash while still staying in the main aisle.

But picking an Android phone for the first time — oh, baby — is like picking the most ripe grapes in a barrel full of grapes.

If you manage not to get drowned out by the seemingly endless amounts of budget Android phones, from two brands you’ve never heard of, such as Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, Alcatel (still around), ZTE, Nokia, Huawei (depending on That) in your area, of course), and big parent Samsung … and swim to the surface, where a less confusing number of average and flagship rangers live – well, congratulations, you still have plenty of options to choose from. So clear up the weekend, because this project just isn’t going to happen on its own!

Now you need to search for brands of Android smartphones. Of course, the bigger name, sort of Apple for Android, would be Samsung, right?

The Galaxy S22 actually has flat (slanted) edges, but its $800 price tag (equivalent to the iPhone 13) probably sounds like a lot at first, because you don’t know it yet. It’s packed with features. But what you do know is that the super powerful iPhone 13 mini costs $100 less, but you can’t find a Galaxy S22 mini option, if you want a smaller and cheaper flagship phone.

So you start reading and watching the comments, and that’s when you find out that different Android phones have different interfaces. Samsung has OneUI, OnePlus has OxygenOS, etc – so which of these would be right for you? More options!

Basically, what brand of phone and which Android overlay seems easier to switch than iOS, while still keeping all the iOS features you’re used to?

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

So for anyone looking to give Android a shot, I recommend that your first step is to check out our Xiaomi 12 Lite review, and give this phone a shot if you like what you see. Inside its convenient iOS-like interface there is always the extremely powerful and open Android system, ready to start tinkering with, customizing and installing different launchers when you’re ready.

And who knows, you’ll love all the user customization and power features like running multiple apps simultaneously so much that you’ll eventually upgrade to the Galaxy S22 Ultra and its S Pen. Or even the powerful Android beast of the Galaxy Z Fold 3?

Before you know it, you’ll be comfortable with Android, and you’ll see all the crazy smartphone options available to you as an extra project and not a complicated high school project. Take it slowly, one step at a time.

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