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Ditching Apple for Android? What you need to know

If you're not a fan of Apple's new iOS 7 or its new line of iPhones, there's a chance you may be flirting the idea of switching to Android.

After all, Android devices seem to have all the fancy new features these days.

For example, Samsung just launched a new model of its Galaxy Note smartphone—which runs on Android—with a curved display. The Korean company also recently made a big push into wearables with a smartwatch that only syncs with its Galaxy devices, which run on Android.

(Read more: Samsung launches Galaxy variant with curved screen)

While a change to Android has its benefits, there are some things you'll want to consider before taking the plunge.

Split screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5S
Source: Samsung and Apple
Split screen of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5S

Is Android right for you?

One of the biggest differences between Apple's iPhone and Android devices is that the latter offers more options when it comes to customizing the software.

Because Android is so open, handset manufacturers often put their own user interface on the Android devices they make.

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For example, Samsung and HTC run handsets on the Android OS, but both have a different user interface to make the user experience unique to the brand. Android users can then customize the software even more to make the experience more personalized.

But that much customization isn't for everyone, said Jordan Edelson, CEO of Appetizer Mobile.

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"Apple tries to make it very simple and focused, whereas Android is all about customization and flexibility," Edelson said. "It can get overwhelming for the average consumer switching from Apple to Android. A technophile may be best suited for Android."

However, Edelson noted that some Android handset makers will offer a setting on their devices that take the hassle out of customization.

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For example, Samsung's Galaxy S4 has a ton of features that can be personalized, but it also has a simple mode for someone who isn't interested in that much customization, he said.

If you are a big gamer, you might also be more inclined to switch to Android, Edelson said.

Android devices tend to have better specs in terms of hardware, and those with a quad-core processor are ideal for running action packed games, he said.

A transition period

Once you've decided that an Android is a good fit for you, there will be somewhat of a transition period, said Edelson.

"The first biggest change would be the app experience," Edelson said. "Developers are still releasing their apps on Apple's platform first, so there may be some lag time in updates. Apps will look slightly different and not all apps you used on iOS are available on Android."

Because Android is an open ecosystem with a much less rigid app review process than Apple, it's also more prone to mobile malware, he said.

In fact, about 99.9 percent of all new mobile phone malware targets Android, according to the security firm Kaspersky Lab. So once you purchase an Android it's in your best interest to download an anti-virus software program that will scan your device for any threats, he said.

Moving your stuff

It's also worth noting that if you have made a big investment in Apple's ecosystem there will be some things you will leave behind.

All the iPhone cases, chargers, docks and other smartphone accessories are likely not going to be compatible with an Android device. Also, any content purchased on iTunes that is DRM protected, which includes TV shows and movies, cannot be taken with you.

However, you will be able to take your contacts, iTunes music and your calendar.

To move your contacts, you can sync the contact information from your iTunes to your Gmail account. Then, once they are backed up there you can transfer them to your new Android device.

You can also use the app My Contacts Backup, which is an app that is available on iOS. You can install the app on your iPhone, backup your contacts and then email the file to the account you are using on your Android.

If this sounds like too much of a hassle, most wireless carriers can also transfer your contacts for you at the time you purchase your Android.

As for your iTunes music, you can get that by logging into Google Music on the same computer where your iTunes is installed. Downloading Music Manager, install it and then select 'iTunes' when it asks you where your music is stored. You can then upload all songs and playlists.

Syncing your calendar is also pretty simple. On your iPhone, you will want to sync your calendar with your Gmail account. You can do this my going to Setting on your iPhone, tapping Mail, Contacts, Calendars and turning on syncing for calendars. Since the Calendar app is synced automatically with the Google Calendar server on most Android devices, your calendar should then be available on your Android device.

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.

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