If you’re already familiar with the Android experience, it’s much easier to switch from iOS to Android, but it’s difficult to use an Android device before you buy, especially now. Fortunately, Samsung New Zealand recently created iTest, a small iPhone web application that contains everything a curious iOS user might want in an Android test drive.
iTest can simulate the Galaxy phone experience on your iPhone. You can play games, browse the Galaxy Store, and even view some applications on the home screen. You can even interact with analog phones and text messages to understand how they work on Galaxy phones.
Of course, the iTest experience is different from using a real Galaxy phone. iTest cannot recreate the camera of the Galaxy phone, the settings app is cut off, and you will miss some gesture controls. However, there are enough options to understand how the Samsung Galaxy menu looks and works. iTest also includes many tutorials to help guide you through setting up Galaxy and Android phones, even for features that are not available in the web application.
How to use iTest on iPhone
- Open the iTest webpage.
- Scan the QR with your iPhone’s camera app.
- Tap the link when it appears, then follow the on-screen instructions.
- Once iTest is installed, tap the icon from your app screen to open it.
- A virtual Galaxy phone home screen will appear with apps and settings to play around with.
iTest is a good introduction to Samsung phones, but it is worth noting that it does not represent the Android experience on all Android phones.
All Android original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) provide slightly different types of Android-for example, using a Samsung phone is different from using a Pixel phone, and both are different from a OnePlus phone. Available applications, features, and settings may vary depending on the company that makes your Android phone and the version of Android it supports.
In other words, there is enough similarity between brands, iTest can at least give you a rough idea of what Android devices can do.
Out of curiosity, we tried to install the iTest app on the Pixel phone to see if it allows us to test the Galaxy home screen on non-Samsung devices, but all it did was open a link to the online store of Samsung. Instead, you can reproduce (mostly) the Pixel phone experience on non-Pixel phones. For Android users who wish to migrate to iOS, Apple’s official guide is a good place to start.