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Switching from Android to iPhone Part 0: Deciding to switch

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Switching from Android to iPhone Part 0: Deciding to switch

All things considered, we're in a time where it is relatively easy to switch from one mobile platform to another. Of course, while there technically are a few different options for mobile users, in reality the choice really boils down to Android vs iOS. My general line of reasoning has been that if you're deep into Google services, Android might be the best option (depending on certain personality factors), but that's not actually true. I realized that I haven't done a solid deep dive into iOS for too long, and I needed to rectify that error because deciding to make the full switch to iOS can be daunting and I wanted to fully understand it.

I actually had somewhat of a late entrance into the smartphone world. Until 2008, I had only ever owned basic cellphones. The reasoning was more a matter of necessity than anything else. I had a basic cellphone during college, because I was a poor college student. I didn't have a cellphone while living in Montreal because at the time, mobile plans in Canada were designed by an extraordinarily greedy monster (think: 200  daytime minutes and 100 texts for about $50 per month, and don't even think about data). And, when I lived in Japan, phones were not subsidized, so I couldn't afford a smartphone, but also I knew that Japan was a short stop for me and didn't want to buy a device that I couldn't bring back and use in the States once my time was done.

That meant the fall of 2008 was when I got my first smartphone, which was an iPhone 3G. I enjoyed the phone quite a lot for a time. The screen and UI were amazing, and I loved having the Internet in my pocket at all times. But eventually I got bored with the locked-down nature of iOS (not that it was called that at the time), and eight months after buying an iPhone, I sold it (after unlocking it, to ensure the highest return on Craigslist) and bought a Nexus One.

Switching from Android to iPhone Part 0: Deciding to switch

Since then, I've owned almost exclusively Nexus devices. As mentioned in previous articles, I owned most of the Nexus devices released (including tablets) excluding only the Nexus S, 2013 Nexus 7, and the Nexus 5X. I have also owned the Moto X (which I traded in my Nexus 5 to get) and Moto X 2014 in that time, but essentially my life was pure Android. The only iOS experience I had from mid 2009 until about two months ago were the iPads that my wife and family owned and in my nerd need to go into the Apple store every time I passed one to play around with the devices. I have taken time to intensively test out Windows Phone, as I've written, but iOS was ephemeral to me.

Even so, I've always tried my best to be fair when tackling issues in the mobile sphere. I have no problem admitting that I prefer Google services and Android for myself (even if some things annoy me about that), but I understand and accept that what works best for me isn't what will work best for everyone else. I have friends and family who prefer iOS, and I've recommended both iOS and Windows Phone to various people over the years based on what I thought would be best for them.

Your reasoning and challenges in deciding to make a switch to iOS will be personal, but the barriers to switching are fairly basic. The smaller subset of Android users who would routinely unlock, root, flash custom ROMs, etc., are obviously not a group that would consider switching. But otherwise, if you have invested a lot of money in the Google Play Store for apps, games and media content, that may be your biggest hurdle to handing over your Android phone for an iPhone. 

Switching from Android to iPhone Part 0: Deciding to switch

Personally, I felt like I needed to fully experience daily use of iOS today in order to do my job better. So, I borrowed an iPhone 6 Plus from a friend and I've been using that as my primary device for the past two months while my Nexus 6P lay sadly to the side, unused. What will follow here is my experience making the switch, as objectively as possible. I have taken into account the fact that I'm not judging iOS by the most recent hardware and I will try to give an idea of what some of you face if you decide to give up Android for an iPhone.

As I did when switching to Windows Phone, I'll add the disclaimer that this is not intended to be a review of iOS, since my colleagues have done a great job doing just that in the past. This is intended as something of a running diary showing the process of an Android user getting to know and use iOS.

TL:DR -- It's actually quite nice and may not be too bad of a switch, if that's what you think is right for you.

Up next


The tentative plan for this journey is a four part series covering:

            • Setting up and restoring a new iPhone,
            • Initial thoughts and struggle,
            • Apps and services,
            • And, long-term impressions and conclusions.

If a piece grows too large, the series could extend. But generally in upcoming pieces, I'll detail my experiences with using the iPhone 6 Plus as my daily phone over the past two months. As of right now, I'm still using the iPhone as my daily driver, though I still have my Nexus 6P and Nexus 9 (the latter running the Android N preview) standing by, but I've found that the iPhone might not be too far away from a device I could use permanently than I might have thought going into this experiment.

Stay tuned for more.

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posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:59 3

2. kxng_poetic (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Mar 2016)


I've always wanted an article like this. At least now it makes things a bit easier.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:04 20

3. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Pros:
1. Notifications are more consistent, also drain less battery.
2. No random heating or battery drain by android system/facecrap/google services.
3. Apps feel more polished, much better and more optimised games, exclusives.
4. Unified update policy, no fragmentation.

Cons:
1. Customization = changing wallpaper.
2. No homescreen or widgets(widgets in notification = stupid).
3. A lot of FACEPALM moments after using android:
a. Why do you have to go to settings to change video resolution
b. iTunes.
c. No back or multitask buttons. back on top feels too hard to reach on plus variant, and double press is not so great if you have to do it multiple times a day.
4. No file manager
5. A lot of features lacking compared to android skins.

Personally, I hate both. Windows mobile seems promising but the app condition + no good hardware + buggy software is enough to keep me away.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:14 17

7. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


And no Notification LED

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:20 9

11. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


That is a con of iPhone, not iOS.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:48 1

18. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


You can set up your flash as a notification led.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:56 16

21. iushnt (Posts: 1687; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


doesn't serve the purpose of having led notification lights..

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:14 11

26. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


And put the phone screen down?

Not to mention the battery drain it will cause. Plus, we are talking about RGB notification lights, with different color for different types of notifications.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 03:51 1

91. submar (Posts: 462; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Flashlight is too bright and battery consuming, isn't it?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:48 4

16. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


@tyrion

Fair analysis, but let me adreess some of the cons as better experienced iOS user.

1. Customization on iOS is primarily focused on function rather than looks, for example: we can customize app permissions even for the native ones. We can set content blockers to block ads in safari without needing to root. Other things you have to do on android like using greenify to keep apps from draining your data and battery already done by default and pretty well on iOS. Every physical button can be added modified and some instances can be changed functions.

There are launchers for iOS that can give you full customization of a custom home screen just with one tap.

2. How's widgets in notifications stupid? This allows you to access widgets writhing any app, within any screen, including locked screen, including inside games, vs having to remember which screen you left it on and then navigate there. But I understand it's s preference thing.

3. a. I agree - that's dumb. Same for low power mode which is set automatically at 20% if I want and then at 10%. But sometimes I have to turn it off.
b. iTunes - it's been a long long time since you didn't need to use iTunes for anything: transfer media files on and off the device or Back up everything. Several people I know do not have iTunes installed on ther pcs. I used it before my iPhone days as a music player/organizer. So it's s bonus for me. But I don't use it to transfer photos videos off the device or put them on - I don't even use USB cable.
c. Back button hard to reach: um I don't use it on my phone - try force swipe off the edge of your screen (on iPad try 4 fingers swipes and 4 finger pinch). Or slightly double tap on home button - you'll see. I early double press - as I keep all apps in ther - like 35-40 at a time.

4. You can download any file manager you want, they have cloud acces, transfer files between devices, and can store files that are not associated with anything on iOS like .exe and .psd files same as you would on a flash and the one I have can also access your photos and videos, notes, and files from within other apps that u use to crest with like my blueprint drawing app.

5.there are a lot of iOS features lacking on any android too.

But I would love for Windows to get some app support. I would love to try that especially since I'm a PC user.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:13 11

25. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


1. Some of the features you mentioned are device specific/require jailbreak.

2. Maybe it is. But having 2 notifications panes unnecessarily complicates things.

3. P.S. You need iTunes if you want to put music on your phone/tablet from your PC.
Fore swipe only works on 6s series and it's even less reliable. Sorry, but just tapping a button is far easier.

4. Stuff like Documents5 exist, but their content is only to themselves. In other words, it's not system-wide. Not to mention pains with downloading and unzipping a folder natively.

For a full fledged file explorer, you need jailbreak. Which is non-ideal.

5. I can get almost all of them on android skins. You can't swing it around. Skins like touchwiz just smack iOS in the ass when it comes to features.

PS: I'm not discrediting iOS or anything. In fact, I want to switch from android as the fragmentation and rogue nature is getting in my nerves. But it has its cons. I am using an iPad for 1.5 years now and am fairly familiar with iOS.

If only we could get Samsung hardware on iOS.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:41 1

30. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Samsung hardware with ios = 5 year between phone change its would be so fast its would be crazy!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 15:40

59. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Yeah I would love to have iOS on a Samsung, with all the exact same Samsung benefits. The iPhoen would die an instant death if that was to happen.

The only way IOS woudl ever be used by another brand is Apple says, you can't have capabilities that exceed our phone. In other words, you cant open up the file system, you can't have default apps, and you must only use Apple Service as defaults. In this case, iOS on another brand would be an equal failure.

But iOS with the same capabilities of today's Galaxy S or Note, with openness and customization; would turn the industry upside down.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 16:18

62. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


None of what I posted requires a jailbreak or side loading.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:39

29. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


1- I can customize permission on all app including native on moto x play ( marshmallow device can. )
2- As you said its préférence.. i like having my calender as a full page on my desktop.
3- lots of small detail are dumb in iphone setting but i guess i could live with thats.
4- do download manager make it possible to create files and move item between them? not on ios one of the main reason to use one is this.

5. Care to give me those features ( the one thats an app installed on an android cannot replace ) Beside 3d touch i dont see any O_O

If there was as much app on windows mobile as on android and ios i would probably jump ship as well as at least there more than 1 OEM making windows phone.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:26

45. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I would say your point number one, is more of looks. Remember in the past, the iPhone didnt even have wallpapers; which would serve for as keeping the overall look the same for everyone.

Being able to change wallpapers is more of function because it allows you to do something. Something specifically for a look is usually made so you can change it, or has still penalties if you do.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:49 1

19. Wiencon (Posts: 1870; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I agree with you on everything, iOS without jailbreak is a disaster IMO. I agree except one thing: widgets. I personally find their implementation great, I can access dictionaries, calculators, tv schedule anytime using phone,
just curious why do you consider them stupid. Back when I was using Android on Z3C I was basically using only weather and mail widgets, on iOS I use plenty of them.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:42

31. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


I use an app called multitasking on android its give lots of goodie thats i can open no matter where i am ( games ect )

For me widget are more to keep something on my desktop already open at all time like Calender or emails inbox love to have them on a full desktop page.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:09

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 21204; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Popcorn article for me.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:09 3

5. byazatt (Posts: 269; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Never ever.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:12 7

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I switched in january and the iPhone experience has been a lot better than I thought it would be.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:34

15. TBomb (Posts: 733; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Question is.... is it better? Not better than you thought, but is it better?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:49 4

37. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I can't fairly answer that question because I haven't spent anytime with an android device that's on the same level as my 6s plus. I wish I had the money to buy a Nexus 6P so that I really could give my honest opinion about which is better android or ios.

What I will say is this, if you are the type of android user who doesn't go full custom on their device, odds are you want dislike ios..

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:07 2

23. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Same here.It took me a week or 2 to understand the basics of ios and now I don't regret my decision of switching.Infact ios is really pretty awesome,faster and more importantly lag free.the lag on my note 2 used to give me nightmares and with the 6s plus it's so fluid.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:43 6

33. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Newer phone dont lag unless if its run a crappy skin...

My moto x play is butter smooth.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:54 3

38. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


iOS has almost zero lag and plays games really well. I'm straight loving it.
Don't listen to those people that say new android phones doesn't lag(post #33)because they do and a lot of them struggle with games as well.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 21:32

79. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Don't********

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:03 11

40. natypes (Posts: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


lol Note 2 vs iPhone 6s+ and you think iOS is better b/c of this????

I find that to be the typical comparison. "I had an Android Galaxy Prime and it was terrible Android sucks..."

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:13 2

43. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


I opted the iphone because my friend's 4s was n is still working so smooth and I wanted a lag free user interface that's why preferred the 6s plus over s7 or s7 edge.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:44 5

50. Macready (Posts: 951; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


The 4S that I used for a week on iOS 9.1 was an absolute lagfest. It made my 5 year old S2 on 4.1 and animations turned off, feel like a speed demon at times. Which it really isn't, by any stretch.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 21:53

82. refillable (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


I can't believe you said 4S can be 'working so smooth'.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:15 1

8. nebula (Posts: 576; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Though I love Android I am seriously thinking of going back to Iphone. Main reason is reliability of OS system. I had Iph6 and know what that means.. I even prepared to compromise and live without all the customization goodies android have, all the simple conect to PC thing, load and offload any file anytime at simple gesture of grab and drop .I will wait for another 2-3 months and see how S7 will establishes itself , LG5 and HTC 10 also Sony X to mention.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:45 1

35. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


So many clients complain of instability with ios... much more than any android handset put together and we sell about 40% iphone.

Every OS update there is major issue like wifi not working... phone loosing connection to network ect ect ect.

Reliability speaking android is now more stable than ios just google it.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:00 1

39. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


You know moronrun, you keep saying you work selling or w/e phones. And you keep saying that you have so much more iPhone users coming with problems, yet I ask my AT&T and bestbuy guys and they all say iPhones are rare problem, that their 70 to 90% complaints come from android users. Are you lying?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:05 7

41. natypes (Posts: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


No he's not. I work support and we have more problems out of iPads than anything. iPad air 2's, iPad 3's, it doesn't matter. No one will ever convince me otherwise. I've seen it with my own eyes too many times. iPads are the most overrated piece of tech I've ever touched.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 21:17

95. Furbal (Posts: 980; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Safari crashes are annoying as hell. Happens all the time on my air 2 still.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 15:06 7

53. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


But facts show he's right and you're not. Even Forbes wrote and article saying iOS Crashes more than Android. In fact the first 4 versions of iOS crashed more than the first 5 versions of Android.

Many conclude that just because a platform does more, it will have more problems. That is simply not true.

Millions of people have used Windows and have never had a virus or malware. Have never experience random reboots and many issues that seem to plague many users.

Many iPhone issues are related to Apple own concept of control. People who are use to doing things a certain way, try to do them on iOS and causes problems.

Also Best Buy is a retailer. Unless you specifically bought your phone from Best Buy, you would never take your phone to Best Buy for a repair, unless you are an absolute fool and that's being honest.

Carriers also sell far more phones vs a retailer like best Buy or Wal-Mart, so thus a person who works for a carrier will see more problems then you.

I can tell you for an absolute certainly, that our smartphone group sees a near equal amount of phones from both sides based on the brands we repair.

Again you live, wherever you live. If you think asking YOUR guy is somehow a metric for everyone, then you're already thinking wrong.

Again you are comparing "asking" someone info vs someone who has "first-hand" knowledge and you;re saying he's wrong.

How about this. Instead of making up a story saying you asked this person or that, just say based on your experience, what he saying you simply can't believe. After all you are welcome to believe whatever you want, it doesn't mean that what you believe is any less truth or false simply because you chose to believe that way.

Facts typically are always farther away than what we "think" they are or should be. iOS is more problematic than you 'think" it is, Android is actually less of a problem than many here "think" it is. Which is pure fact.

Based on recent facts you can find online right now, both iOS and OS X were at the top[ of the list for operating system that had to have the most fixes for problems.

Read this article -http://www.gfi.com/blog/most-vulnerable-operating-systems-and-applications-in-2014/

You can "claim" whatever you want, just like your Best Buy friends and ATT friends. But the facts show otherwise.
Based on the repairs here, the iPhone still suffers the same issues it has had with every single model...connectivity issues are the number one problem. Breakage is the other number one problems. Apps crashes is a number one problem.

In theory, a more locked down OS is suppose to be more stable and be less problematic and facts have shown this has always been false. Considering how much Android and Windows much handle like multiple configurations, more applications by more devs, attacks from haters and more, both Windows and Android have pasted things that iOS and OS X have seriously failed in.

You need to Google the facts.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 16:16 1

61. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Every single time one of you starts defending himself you got the usual suspects supporting whatever the other says. Look on his same article - people are commenting that they're switching to iOS for stability, support, and over all experience is better.

If I Google - I find many article that contradict eachother. I also noticed that if you use another search engine like Bing or duck duck go - you'll see less articles about Apple problems and more articles about android problems - kinda makes it a bit suspicious android being googles product and all - try it!!! But you guys are limited because Google Now doesn't let you ask to search another search engine does it? And probably too lazy to do it manually.

I didn't ask my buddy? What is wrong with your reading comprehension. I'm a tech fan - I ask because I'm curous when ever in at the store. and yes bestbuy services devices - ever heard of geek squad? I have a few local retailers around here too (I'm not gonna name them because I don't want anyone to figure out where I live - and so far 10 for 10 everyone said android is more problematic. I was also told that iOS problems are usually due to mostly user lack of knowledge on how to do something or set it up. Android devices litterally fail to work half the times.

If you guys are so smart, why don't you explain why my s4 bend dying overnight doing absolutely nothing... Why the hell did it slow down to a crawl weeks after I bought it new? Why did the dam photos load one by one - My old 3GS that i had before the s4 excelled in every aspect of the brand new s4. My friends wife's contacts all disappears on her note, my friends note 4 is now laggy. He factory resets that thing every 4 months. I still have my 5s it came with iOS 7 - I'm now running iOS 9 and it's quick and fast. I play my second account in AfterPulse game on it - look it up - them graphics. And it's effing smooth!!!!

My wife had one problem on her iPhone 5 - battery percentage displayed wrong - the battery indicator is correct though - so we just turned the percentage off.

I also have a pool of iPhone owners from iPhone 4 up to iPhone 6s - and they come to me with questions - guess what the answers usually are "oh, just turn this on, or set it up this way". Yet all I hear about my android friends is that they have a great phone but it's slow again. Or one instance - " my phone won't turn on - how do I get my contacts? iPhone backs those to iCloud by defsult - android once it's gone - it's gone, unless you set it up they g+ or something. Either way I can't help android I tell them to go to Samsung store or lg store - but oh wait.... The best they got is a sales rep at bestbuy.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 16:56 3

65. nebula (Posts: 576; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


What planet are you from? I got my relative working at CPW and Iphones are among the rarest to be returned back to store due to hardware or software fault. You clearly never owned an Iphone.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:46 2

70. jeroome86 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


My iPhone has been rock solid. My previous Note 3 would constantly lose wifi at home. Drove me crazy. The AT&T store near me said a lot of the S6 's are returned. Mostly because of the battery life.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 02:35 1

86. Jimrod (Posts: 1354; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


It's weird that because my friend who's had an S6 Edge from launch always has terrible battery life, even sent it back to Samsung who said it was fine. She turns off WiFi and Bluetooth all the time yet still can't make it through a complete day even with low-ish use...

Yet every article and comment from the Android fans says the opposite and how it's soooo much better than "wall-hugging" iPhones. I only ever go by my own experiences and I've even spent hours trying to get my her phone optimised (not knowing much about Android I spent a long time researching what to do to improve things) and it's still terrible.

She cleans at my office and I always say to her "how's your battery?" around lunchtime as a kind of running joke - the answer is usually something like "FFS it's at 62% and I haven't touched it apart from a couple of messages! WTF!" - I'm always smug because I know my iP6 will be around 95-100% with low use but it's done in jest because I know how much of a pain it is. She had an S4 before which was "better" but still not amazing and battery was one of the reasons she'd saved up for the new phone.

I know it's a bit of a life story but it's something that puts me off switching to Android - the on-paper stats and article test results don't seem to add up to the real world experience based on MY OWN experiences. My friend who usually buys HTC phones seems to have similar (though not quite as bad) problems. Even this week the friend with the S6 Edge was having Wi-Fi issues at home so turned it off and now has a bill for data usage because Flickr used 6.4gB this week!!! She has the app but has never used or opened it since owning this phone... Too many random problems for my liking. :\

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:16 1

9. KMarkP (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Mar 2016)


Just yesterday I finally made the agonizing decision and sold my Nexus 6P and bought an iPhone 6s Plus. A series like this one would have made my life a lot easier a week ago....

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:20 2

10. hado86 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Switched when the 6 plus came out! I love iOS and continuity with my Mac. That being said I purchased a nexus 6p and still like android but at this moment iOS is first in my heart but that can change with N

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:25

12. redmd (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I didnt switch. I used both. The best of both worlds.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:26 3

13. kefalin (Posts: 249; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


Who would do that?!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:33 5

14. caesantos (Posts: 86; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Never in a million years.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:48 1

17. nctx77 (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


For a lot of android people in the general public, they may have not used an iPhone since a 3G or 3GS. They see the row of icons and assume it's the same. This is the only reason I think Apple should think about switching up the home screen. iOS may still not be as customizable as android, but it's miles upon miles more advanced than what we had in the 3G days. If you just looked at the home screen, you would never know.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:47 1

36. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Working directly with cellphone.
Trying each new iphone for at least a few weeks so i know them well to help clients.

Still for me its not thats good for a phone i do love it for a tablet on the other hand its make the perfect consuming device.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:53 1

20. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Incoming Techie trilogy of books on how Techie percieves iOS in his brain, ISIS/death/war/sins/devil/torture and iOS and iPhones are in the same hierarchy/circle/place in techie's brain lmao

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 15:25 7

56. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


My personal reasons of why I don't use iOS was solely based on the fact of the type of work I do and what features my device must have period. Not some personal vendetta like you.

I like iOS, I just can't use it. I've stated this many times.

I must have USB Mass Storage
I must be able to transfer any file type via BT or some type of WIFI Direct capability
I must be able to attach any file type to email.

All 3 on iOS require me to spend money I dont want too, nor should I ever have too because these are native capabilities of hardware that Apple shut down for no reason whatsoever.

It's that simple.

Out of the top best phones I ever own't, the iPhone still holds position number 2 in my book. Once it was number one. But until I bought one and used it for 2 models, I realized I can't live within Apple's restrictive version of control.

To me, in honesty when you have used platforms which allow almost no restriction and you go to Apple, its like going from a playground to a jail cell.

IMO the best person for an iPhone are people who have always used like maybe a flip phone or a dump-phone. These people have for years been use to using a restrictive device. I am not saying iOS is equally as restrictive. I am saying that, for people who have used phones and are use to them not doing much, and just want to stick with what they know, like making calls, SMS, watching movies, playing music and reading/sending email; iOS is perfect for this.

But if you are use to carrying your own personal stuff on a device, you are use to beign able to customize everything, when are you to a device workign a certain way when you plug it into a PC/Mac, when you are use to being the one in control; then anything less to you will simply be not as good.

Android allows me nearly 100% control over what I need to do and what I want to do and that is simply what I am willing to pay for. If Apple offered this flexibility from day one, Android wouldn't have every stood a chance.

The reason Android grew so fast, the reason it reached billion users in a short time, is it flexibility. Same for Windows. Its not about what better based on what you think, what is the better choice is the choice that allows you do fill your personal need.

iOS, Windows, Android, BBOS...whatever; they all are good and bad. I for one hate proprietary BS, no matter the brand. You always have to be locked in to somethign on some level, but I need the freedom to be able to use what I have everywhere possible the exact same way.

iOS allows things that you can only do with another IOS device or Mac. Android allows me to do those things with a Mac, Windows, IOS or android or any platform and its cost the same.

Android makes sense for me. YOUR usage may very.
What makes a person bad is not what they choose, its what they choose and then try to make it seem their choice is the best for all and this is the issue with all fanboys..

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 16:38 2

63. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


L o L man so easy to push your buttons LOL I was expecting this, my comment was somewhat of a hyperbole , you need to learn to relax dawg

I am a very experienced user of both OS'es actually and know about both a whole ton, I personally use a Nexus 6P atm and have been using Android as my daily driver for a while, I like what both OS'es offer with their respective advantages and disadvantages.

I ain't interested in any vendetta lol but it is you who has a clear vendetta of people who use iOS, Apple, and vice versa. It is funny

What a person uses as their daily driver influences how YOU percieve them in a negative manner, not me lol.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 21:54 1

83. refillable (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


To be honest, that was a very stupid hyperbole.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:13 10

24. sissy246 (Posts: 994; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Cold day in h*!! Before I switch to ios.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:38 8

28. MKeditor (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Why downgrade?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 20:23

74. Bernoulli (Posts: 3981; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


For the sake of simplicity.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 20:56 2

77. submar (Posts: 462; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


For the sake of stupidity.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 02:49 1

87. Jimrod (Posts: 1354; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Yes, only stupid people use iOS of course, you're so smart and knowledgeable...

It's this kind of "argument" which weakens any valid point you may ever want to make because you come across as a bit of a sad dumbass.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:44 1

34. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


For my phone needs iPhone just feels like a little toy and would still have to carry an Android or Windows device to make up for its lack of features.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:12 5

42. natypes (Posts: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Let's just hope PA doesn't reveal any bias and does a series on iOS to Android as well.

iOS is too basic for me. So boring setting up iPhones/iPads at work or putting email on. Everything feels so numb and the screen on the iPad is not as responsive as I'd like. I don't feel any of the settings are arranged very intuitively or logically. iOS is very feminine to me too although it's getting better. iOS 8 looked like a barbie phone.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 21:45 1

80. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)


Definitely, iOS is too basic to be owned by IT guys. However, I agree that its performance and simplicity is OK for most girls especially older people.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 02:54 1

88. Jimrod (Posts: 1354; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Yeah, it's a shame Android is only used by basement-dwelling neckbeard types as it puts off the good looking people from owning Android devices...

(Just using your logic and thinly veiled put-down to iOS users there, FYI the IT guys I know from work all use iPhones strangely enough!)

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