Why I'm going back to Android after using the iPhone for 5 months

Back in November, I decided to switch to the iPhone 7 as my daily driver. Fast forward five months, and I'm back to Android once again..
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137 Comments

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The reasons listed here are why I keep three phones at a time. At least one Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone staves off the boredom iOS can bring at times. He'll, I get bored of Android after a while as well unless I can root and ROM it. Having said that, I just can't make an Android phone my primary option at the moment. It's not about stability but about app quality and packing communication standards. How many chat apps should a person need to keep in contact with their family? Three... tops.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

kiko007 i use 1 chat application its called texting work with any phone lol. There is also option thats work on all phone OS like facebook messenger , whatapp ect. Same thing for video chat use google duo work on apple and android device flawlessly. Thats the reason i wont use others OS than android for my phone. Because i can do everything from a single device.

101. sissy246

Posts: 7027; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly....

32. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Most people I communicate with uses iOS and iMessage is great. Like the way it works with other Apple products too. Consider trying a S8 but not sure I want 2 phone plans. Unless I just alternate them on the one. But I will wait for Note 8 if I get another Android.

44. libra89

Posts: 2264; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

3 phones is the best way to do it. I do the same too. One of each really helps you to see that each have their strengths and weaknesses. It's a matter of which one you want to deal with at the moment.

56. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

@kiko007 agreed. The app quality in IOS is unmatched bar none and I have been using Android for a long time. Well said.

68. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The app quality gap is getting narrower and will soon disapear ( its like 20 time better than just 3 years ago ) some app are exactly the same now and some even better.

114. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

You sir are a fake android user You never used an android Isheep

12. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Because You Simply Have To!!!

13. rubyonrails3

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Only thing that I really agree is Overhaul of notifications. Android is so Superior in that. I have both iPhone 7 plus and Pixel XL. iOS notifications sucks in comparison. Well customization is valid point but I don't even customize my pixel so care less for that. Restricted file system is other problem with iOS. But despite all these iOS is very smooth. But Pixel is even better IMO but in this smoothness it's just 2 iPhone or Pixel. Even S8 is can't touch these in smoothness. Also other things is updates. These both rocks

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

UI smoothness seem on par between iphone 7 , pixel , lg g5/g6 and samsung s8. All we need to see is if S8 will stay as smooth or slowdown overtime. I know my LG G5 did not slowdown and in fact got faster over time. LG G6 should be the same. As for update got to give thats one to you even good OEM like LG are a tad slower ( i received march security update at start of april so probably april security update in may... also took a good 2 months for android nougat to arrive after its was released in october if i remember correctly i got it end of november.. ) But i dont really care about update more about a stable phone. Google API are updated directly by google so i can run any app. I use bitdefender so i am covered for all vulnerability ect.

19. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

The whole point with articles such as this: you can't escape the duopoly! Oh, wait, there's a thind choice? Nope, that's like a curse, dare you say it.

23. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Joe i really hope the other PA writers dont hate you for this article. That was bold.

26. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I like how he said he didn't notice things until he started using the iPhone like, you can't change the organization of icons and change the appearance. I stopped reading after that. Who in the heck did not know that? I don't care if you never used an iPhone for more than playing with a friend or family members phone. I also find it funny that it's that season where Samsung drops a new phone and tech writers all of a sudden start acting like the last iPhone just came out last week and compare them as such. Most don't mention at all in their review that the iPhone 7 is 7 months old. If they do, it's a vague statement at the end. Look, I own both Android and iOS. I can afford both. My choice is iOS as my daily for the opposite reason of this guy. Android is way to convoluted for my taste and require way to much baby sitting over time. They're decent out the box, but after 6 months, it's like running a daycare to keep it running decent. As for the customization argument, that's so 2010. Outside of the tech world, most people just change there wallpaper and put their favorite apps out front and call it a day. What are we going to complain about next, live wallpaper? Lol, most have that crap turned off including me! If you really feel the need for this on iOS, jailbreak it!

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

lol good try NCTX77 to protect your iOS choice after all we all need a safespace to justify the price we pay for everything.. You clearly did not had the right OEM for your android device. Got my LG G5 back in september last year. Its run better today than its did at thats time. Its customized 100% to my need. Its run flawlessly never lag or crash. Its also about as fast as an iphone 7 ( its win 50% of speed test and loose 50% of speed test ) An example of customization i can do thats is very good for productivity : IF i swipe left i got a full screen inbox for my email , if i swipe right i got a full screen of my calender. I never have to open an app to look at those and i can open an app on top of it and work both at same time. Another example of android superiority to ios is multitasking when gaming in an online game. I can be playing world of tank blitz receive a text message thats pop-up over it and respond to it whitout the game disconnecting ( yep on iOS the game disconnect if you go out of it and come back because when its in an online game you cannot freeze it like iOS do it ) So i can go out of my game add a calender date for a tourney and get back to my game with no reload or disconnections. IF iOS is good for you okay but its limited compared to android. Everything you do on iOS i can do on android.

55. Derekjeter

Posts: 1457; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Dude, you and the rest of the Android cult who swear of no lag on their phone, are just so ridiculous when making statements like that. ALL PHONES LAG!!!! Even the Pixel, iPhone 7 even the S8 lags, they all lag and they will all crash. Stop pretending.

64. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

he has a special device. Its not sold to the public.

69. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Derek love how you deny whitout anything to prove your point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzGQRGyFxDM&t=114s Thats LG G5 on android 6.0 versus iphone 7 check it fully you gonna see how laggy my G5 is.. thats on android 6.0 my phone is even faster and smoother now on 7.0 You iOS cult who swear only on your lil iphone are even funny and ridiculous.

71. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

We probably need to redefine the word lag. When hear the word lag, I'm reminded of the early days of Android when it took a few seconds for things to open. Or when you have and old computer, and it takes a few seconds for things to get going. 5,6,7 seconds. I haven't seen a phone do that in a while. I have a Pixel XL and it doesn't lag in this sense of the definition of the word. I haven't seen and Iphone 7 lag like that either. Maybe stutter. Buffer?? I don't know. I just think when that word is used, speaking for myself, what I just mentioned is what I'm reminded of.

72. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They talk about micro stutter. ITs present even on iphone in fact but rarely seen on the 7. Very lil android phone dont have it. Pixel is one of them. My LG G5 is another one of them.. For now i also did not see the S8 i am testing do it. Next week i gonna test the G6 for 2 weeks gonna see if its do it.

109. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

How is the battery life on your G5 after Nougat? I want to get it for my niece. Her birthday is in a few days.

96. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What most mean when they say that it's they don't lag or crash more than other phones. Yes, every device has occasional lag, but it isn't problematic or inordinate.

103. willard12 unregistered

I suppose this means that you have used every phone. That being the case, if every phone lags and crashes, what is the complaint? It would seem that the Apple cult uses the term "lag" a whole lot more than the Android cult that you're attacking. Based on your "every phone lags theory", you probably should turn your fury elsewhere.

104. sissy246

Posts: 7027; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You also have to tell some iOS fan that too. They are just as bad as Android fans. I agree, all lag at some point. iOS, Android, stock Android. My note 5 lags bad on this site with out adblocker and one other site I go to. But really the only sites that do. If I scroll through settings , play store, no it does not lag.

60. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I agree.

63. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

What about the other things he mentioned that you didn't? Notifications, split screen, etc. I have a Pixel XL and it is as fast as the day I took it out the box. It's all personal preference. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa. So saying things like "outside the tech world most people........." or "if you really feel the need for this on IOS, jailbreak it!!"??? why? Why should someone jailbreak their Iphone? Then, what other IOS device should be compared to Android flagships? The latest is the Iphone 7 right? What does it being 7 months old have to do with the software it's running? He didn't say it lagged. He said is was polished and smooth. We all know Apple is great with updating their devices. So I'm not sure why you felt a need to point that out. All I'm saying is the author tried it, he didn't like it for the reasons he stated, and he switched back. No big deal.

88. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You made your choice, he made his. The difference is his choice seems to bother you.

102. Bankz

Posts: 2502; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This this and this. Aside setting default apps (which is a must have imo) Who in the world (how much more a tech reviewer) doesnt know the basic way ios operate? I mean, it took you to own the iphone before you knew you couldn't change the icons or the fact that u couldnt re-arange the home screens? Lol, actually, i like ios for those exact reasons. Btw, What sort of customization do people even do on android besides changing of wallpapers anyway? or putting fav apps on the homescreens, which u can do on ios? I use a nexus 5 and even i know that this is bs. Btw, ios is more modern looking than android imo with symmetry everywhere and if you want to go personal, just jailbreak it and see apps that do things android will never be capable of doing.

33. NoAllegiance unregistered

I watched a youtube video comparing iPhone camera to Huawei P10 and I found out that iPhone does a better job at auto point and shoot, and P10 did almost as good when using manual mode, sometimes better. Point is Apple was made for to be simple and clean and to the point. It doesn't sell because of gimmicks but refined innovation. Still waiting for new Mac Pro.

38. libra89

Posts: 2264; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Strong points. I agree with them. I'm indifferent about the browser and maps but the icon thing occasionally bugs me. As for the notifications, yep. Hate that about iOS 10. The system is bad, not sure who thought that was a great idea. Android N looks so nice with how it does notifications. I do like the simplicity of the iPhone though but it's possible to get something close on Android.
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