Dump iPhone for Android? Google tells you why and how

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt proclaims that an Android phone would make a great Christmas gift for an iPhone user.

Google's Eric Schmidt and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at Flextronics factory where Moto X phones are assembled.
Eric Schmidt got Texas Gov. Rick Perry to try an Android phone last summer at the Flextronics factory in Fort Worth, where the Moto X is being assembled. Eric Mack/CNET

iPhone users who plan to ask Santa for an Android phone can follow "Eric's Guide" to ease the transition.

Ringing in the holidays the Google way, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt took to Google+ on Sunday to tell us all that "many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android."

Why? "The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface," Schmidt said. "They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!"

To help all those jumping ship from the iPhone, Schmidt released a how-to guide. His step-by-step tutorial tells you how to set up your Android phone, transfer items from your iPhone or iPad, and upload your iTunes music to the cloud.

His final piece of advice: "Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; it's safer and better in so many ways. And it's free."

Many of the comments to the post appreciated Schmidt's free but not exactly unbiased tips and tricks. Of course, transferring your content is only half the battle. iPhone users accustomed to iOS must then learn the ins and outs of life on an Android device.

Only one question: how soon before Apple responds with its own guide designed to help Android users jump ship to the iPhone?

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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