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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138. fyah_king unregistered

No man is an island and no man stands alone. I'm here to fulfill my purpose on earth. Salvation is worth way more than your pants and your shirt. Hey Plasticsh1t , put away the hate and keep the faith alive. To find salvation you dont have to go to church, (Righteousness) from birth.:)

139. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Wut?!

122. ithehappy

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

LOL all the points are obviously valid, but you knew most of them before making the move didn't you? You can't rearrange icons, you can't pick a default app, you can't do split view and stuffs like that are known to almost everybody, so no real point of mentioning them again. But I am not sure how much the statement is true, that Google's ecosystem now offers same level of smoothness as iOS does. I used the Pixel for over three months, and while no doubt it was the smoothest phone I have ever used there were still a lot of frame drops, which I didn't like, at all. So I am on the verge of making the move to iOS now. At the end of the day more than 90% of the time all I do on a phone is use some app, either this app or that app, and app quality as a whole is better on Apple's ecosystem, that is pretty much a proved point, so let's see if that works out for me. The reasons which in my dictionary are major letdowns are the lack of 3.5 mm audio, no fast charging on iPhone (though heard it charges fast with iPad charger) and an inferior camera than Pixel and stuffs like that. Lets see. After using Android from Froyo days I feel like I need a change. I love Android for its customisation, even though all I do is slap Nova and root and use AdAway, still if I ever wanted to do something I could do it, but no time or interest any more. I do feel like Google's ecosystem needs much more polishing anyway. They push updates ever so frequently, and each update fixes something that's good but also brings along another bug, which has become extremely annoying. Also Pixel is Google's product and they don't even have any confidence in it and in most places its out of stock, or even refurbished products are sent to users who need a replacement, that's very uncivilised. If you can't stand behind your own product, first or not, then its hard to believe in that company. Though in all fairness I loved the Pixel and especially its camera and the overall software experience too, but it has some hardware issues, so had to sell it but probably will buy it back again or simply go the iPhone route.

127. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

in the next 3-4 months another writer will make article about "...I switch to iOS...."

129. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

I use my phone alot for entertainment. Download lots of movies and music at a whim. Have lots of Anime as well. Don't need to connect my phone to a computer in order to fill my phone with the sort of entertainment that I'm looking for. Use kodi to catch all the latest live sporting events as well. So yeah, I guess I'll never have a need for an iPhone ever. Unless

131. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Well if you still need IOS like Android that lets you handle notifications at system level and customise then you got to try MIUI

133. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

iOS simply wasn't and still isn't worth sh*t to me without jailbreak. But prior to 2014, it was the least compromising option for me (with jailbreak), due to Android being this privacy invading haven where you could have a flashlight app tracking your location, speech, text messages, etc without consent. As of 2014, with the OnePlus One around with Privacy Guard, it just made 0 sense to stick with the pointlessly restricted, and planned obsolescence haven iOS officially is and keep worrying about jailbreak availability to make it worthwhile. Now I've learned Android and how to secure it (XPrivacy + DisableService at least, Privacy Guard is similar to the former), have no reason to ever look back to iOS...

136. sunnyfpy

Posts: 277; Member since: May 12, 2013

Iphone for simple folks,,, android for messy folks!!! Haha,, enjoy it anyway!

137. bklm1234

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I also just came back to Android after about one year with iPhone SE. IOS is missing many useful features I use all the time e.g. clipboard for copying and pasting text, seamless app to app to send content from one app to another to read it out aloud (iOS screen read is inconsistent, sometimes only reads one screenful), 3rd party keyboard support (poor on iOS, often blank keyboard shows up), etc. And what's best on iPhone doesn't seem to be there. I'm talking about faster performance. I picked up a Sony Xperia x compact, not even a flag ship. That little thing flies. My day to day usage shows equal or better snappiness. Maybe it's Naugut. I'm very happy with Android now

141. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Great, insightful review, very detailed and thorough, comes across as more objective than most such comparisons. Well done. I used to be an Apple Fan Boy - had an iMac, Powerbook, iPhone and iPad. Switched to Android, partly because of the reasons you state but my biggest reason was Apple's collusion with publishers to push up the price of e-books. That so enraged me that I vowed never to use any Apple product again - something like people who will never fly United again, some actions you just can't tolerate or forgive.

145. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

pretty much explains why there is a big pile of used iPhones in my mobile shop, and Huawei Vivo Oppo Asus Oneplus selling like hotcakes for the past 2 years.

148. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Great phone makers just mentioned. Owned and enjoyed using all of them. Huawei ui has a learning curve to it but offers so many options while I found both oppo and one plus to be simple and straight forward. Vivo on the other hand offered the same template as its siblings yet had more customization and more useful features as well as a more premium build and better camera.

146. nhkvarma

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

Well, after using iphone for 3 years and samsung s8 for 6 months, i decided to never buy another samsung or android device. Just 6 months and phone is dead slow, poor battery. Frequently should clear ram. While in iphone was able to play real racing with no glitch even with only 512mb available memory left.

152. janoliverv01

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2017

Wow, I didn't know the S8 came out 6 months ago.

149. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I had used Android for 7 years before making the switch to iOS and I couldn't be happier. This is during the span of me using everything from low-end models to even flagships. However, as time went on, I became unsatisfied with Android because Google has no idea how to handle the ecosystem. With iOS, everything just works. It's more streamlined and even older models get current updates. I am still so surprised how smooth everything runs on my iPhone SE and I couldn't be happier with its performance. At the end of the day, whatever mobile operating system you use is up to you. Each one does something different and not everyone is looking for the same thing. Android users love that there is so much choice, but honestly, the only viable options for Android are flagships, which are becoming more and more costly as specs get better. Granted, iPhones are just as expensive, but the user base can at least expect to get support for iOS updates for longer periods of time and really, the only reason to upgrade iPhones is if you just want to have the latest and greatest hardware. To sum it all up, I switch from Android to iOS and I don't regret the decision. The iPhone SE is a perfect fit for me with it's buttery smoothness, great hardware, and it's pocket friendly size. I do miss some things about Android, but for now, iOS just works for me and I couldn't be happier.

150. Ironboned

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Sure iPhone arena will give over 9.5 to iPhone 8. Yet Apple is still way behind of all other companies in the case of technolog, one simple example is VR and AR. Still no customizable OS and still horribly high price. I bet new iPhone 8 in base price gonna hit 900€ to 1000€, as expensive as a motorcycle or a used car. Deal with it

151. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Part of why I liked MS and windows mobile. It was always ahead of its time. The notification system has always been stellar. Though I wouldn't say perfect. Windows 10 mobile shares similarities with windows 10 notification system. So you can prioritize apps, customize how many notifications max will show in an app notification bundle, etc etc.. But I found myself watching netflix at a really loud volume and I didn't want to put quiet hours on. When notifications cam in they were loud. I had ti disable sound for each and every app separately. There was no way to just mute the sound of all notifications. Still isn't available, yet makes so much sense.
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