Who Switched from iPhone to Driod?

mantismantis Posts: 15,550
Hello all,
Just curios who made the switch. What is your experience with both operating system pro's cons etc.
My Son might be the first in our family to jump ship and go Driod but he's nervous doing so as he grew up iPhone.
I personally think some of the Android phones are really nice but I'm not exactly sure I would be comfortable switching. I messed with a few of them now and I can't seem to find my way around the damn thing. I'm so use to iPhone. I've had just about every model since the original which I kept.
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  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 575
    I have been carrying an iPhone for work and an Android for my personal phone for a little over 2 years now. Honestly they are laid out slightly differently, and each has some unique features, but they are more similar than most like to admit.

    My only caveat is if you are fully in the Apple ecosystem than it might be slightly harder to transition. But really it’s much more of a preference vs better/worse.
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  • KexKex Posts: 3,754
    edited July 2019
    First time posting in a long time, but...

    I went the other way, from years of Android (including an actual Droid), mostly because I didn't want to "overpay" for Apple, to years of iOS (since 2014). Had both overlapping for a while after the switch. Other than Android, my iPhone experience is limited to 5C, 6, 7 and X.

    My verdict? Don't switch, for the reasons below:
    1. Service: any iPhone I've ever owned has been eligible for a battery replacement, or a screen replacement (in case of a cracked screen). This service is beyond compare IMO (but there is a charge outside of warranty). In fact, a visiting niece had a cracked screen, so for her birthday, we took her phone to the Apple Store to replace the screen. They did not have a screen replacement tool in that store, so for the same price, they gave her a completely new phone of the same model, including a new battery.
    2. Sharing iCloud storage: family's can share paid iCloud storage over multiple devices. This makes backups seamless, with no loss of photos, contacts, or anything else ever possible. Everyone gets 5GB for free (good for contacts etc., but not much else), but $1 per month gets you 50GB that cannot be shared, $3 per month gets you 200GB which can be shared with a family (up to six members), and $10 gets you 2TB (that can also be shared). With iCloud, getting new phones is simplicity itself: sign in to your AppleID and all of your apps, contacts and settings will reload.
    3. Cross device sharing: with an Apple ID and iCloud, everything on your iPhone will be shared with your iPod (if you have one), your iPad and your iMac/Macbook/Mac. This includes iMessages, e-mails, phone calls... You can literally be at your desk, and take or reject phone calls on your iPad or Mac, even if your phone is in another room.
    4. Sending iMessages to family devices is free over WiFi in any country in the world, and even users that only have an iPad or iPod but no iPhone can still send iMessages.
    5. Similarly, FaceTime is free over WiFi in any country in the world. FaceTime does not have to include video, and FaceTime audio is very reliable on weak signals.
    6. Apple's iOS is vastly more stable over time than Android. Even a five year old 5C was still very capable before I stopped using it. This was even more true for a four year old iPhone 6.
    7. In case you're worried about a misplaced iPhone/iPod/iPad/Mac, the Find my iPhone feature works for family devices of any kind.
    8. TouchID and FaceID are both extremely reliable (you probably know this already), and far more convenient than a code. For this reason, an iPhone is far more likely to be securely locked if lost or misplaced, because codes are a pain.
    9. Updates: most Android phones will not receive many updates. Google phones are probably the most noteworthy exception, or Samsung Galaxy phones, but AFAIK nothing compares to iOS updates for iPhones. When the updates stop, it's usually because the phone actually can't handle any additional features without slowing considerably (so it's a good thing, not a bad thing). The only iOS phone I ever owned that stopped getting system updates was the 5C, but it was still fully functional. The iPhone 6 was never refused a system update for the time that I owned it, even after four years.
    10. Google forces you to use a gmail address to sign in on Android, and they will push you to use Google services. On an iPhone you can sign in with ANY e-mail you want. In fact, it is not required to have any Apple e-mail address at all. You can use other services from Google or Yahoo or Microsoft and you will not lose functionality.

    In the end, the cost difference is not nearly what is made out to be, especially when you consider updates, and that Apple offers refurbished phones that are in like new condition (although availability will vary):

    Refurbished iPhones from Apple

    YMMV
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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,267
    edited July 2019
    ^^ Well thought out post, even if it does showcase Apple a bit.

    I started on Android, switched to Apple for a while, then switched back to Android. It was a relief.

    There will be compromises.

    Android if you want more control and like to tinker and customize, but Android can be a frustrating experience if you don't put in the work.

    Personally, not since the early HTC Sense overlay has there been a stock Android phone I've liked.

    Slap on Nova Launcher and some themes, and customize to your heart's content.

    Got neat widgets for live, interactive content.

    Not be limited to space wasting icon grid.

    Be able to get around the system intuitively.

    Apple kills it on device backup through, if you're not rooted.

    Stay Apple if you don't care about bells and whistles, and just want stuff to work and need Facetime to see your baby or puppy while you're driving to work.

    I like Apple computers and some of the Apps exclusive to iOS, but personally, I think Apple's mobile devices are like prison, and the UX is clunky. But as noted, each platform has its benefits.
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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,765
    Not a fan of cell phones but Androids are all wife & I have ever owned. My son's 17 and 24 both have iPhones. I needed iOS to run my new network player and was gifted a new iPad pro. All I use it for is to run my music. It would be nice to have my phone do that too but my LG V20 is still like new and works great. Once it fails I will probably go the route of Apple..
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,398
    I've only had droids for the few years I've had a cell and have no plans of switching. Apple made that choice easy for me when I heard how they slow down their older phones hoping that you'll buy a new and "faster" one.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,570
    Android does the same thing in my experience.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,286
    I've only had droids for the few years I've had a cell and have no plans of switching. Apple made that choice easy for me when I heard how they slow down their older phones hoping that you'll buy a new and "faster" one.

    This was disturbing, but they stopped.

    No right answer here, but I stick with Apple because the phones just work, battery life is great, I have a 7 plus thats 3+ years old and still runs like a champ. I’ll keep it at least one more year and probably until they stop provides OS updates for it. And I do like the shared iCloud and my ability to lockdown and monitor my daughters iPad.
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,398
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Android does the same thing in my experience.

    Not in mine. My oldest droids are ancient G3's and (knock on wood) run no different now than the day I bought them several years ago.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,889
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    I had an early IPhone and hated all the bloatware, lack of ability to add a SIMM card and have owned Samsung android phones ever since. But I can understand why people like IPones/APPLE
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,622
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Android does the same thing in my experience.

    Not in mine. My oldest droids are ancient G3's and (knock on wood) run no different now than the day I bought them several years ago.

    Yeah it would depend on the manufacturer. Another plus Android has is multiple manufacturers, this is why Android phones advance faster than Apple mobile devices do, there is not a monopoly on Android so everyone competes for the newer better features.

    I am Android but I have nothing to add, if you like your phone go stay with it. The differences at the end of the day are pretty minimal.

    For what it's worth LG and Samsung phones emit the LEAST amount of radiation BY FAR compared to Apple phones.

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  • KexKex Posts: 3,754
    ... Apple made that choice easy for me when I heard how they slow down their older phones hoping that you'll buy a new and "faster" one.
    FWIW, that’s not entirely accurate. You could make your phone faster simply by replacing the battery, not the phone.
    1. Software was designed to slow older phones ONLY IF the battery had insufficient battery capacity to run properly without random shutdowns (when the phone draws more power than the older battery can provide) and ONLY IF conditions would require it (such as colder or hotter temperatures, outside the optimal operating range).
    2. In response, they provided the option to replace ANY iPhone battery (6 or newer) for just $29. That pricing ended in December, and a new battery is now $50 for an 8 or older, and $70 for a X, XR, or XS. This effectively extends the useful life of the phone, and costs a fraction of the cost of a new phone, so they can hardly be accused of trying to force anyone to upgrade. Random shutdowns would be more likely to do that.
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  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,125
    Ever since a fling with an iPhone 3G, I've been all Android. It's been my preference mainly because there are so many options. For example, my current phone is a OnePlus 6. The build quality is comparable to other top tier phones, but it cost a lot less. Software is pretty much stock Android. I wouldn't trade it for an Apple or a Samsung.
  • halenhalen Posts: 548
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    I had an early IPhone and hated all the bloatware, lack of ability to add a SIMM card and have owned Samsung android phones ever since. But I can understand why people like IPones/APPLE

    Sorry. But you are wrong on all accounts. iPhone started off with AT&T because another carrier turned Jobs offer down. iPhones started with SIM cards. Bloated? Nope.
  • halenhalen Posts: 548
    People tend to talk Android. But it is not true Android. The base mobile OS is Android, the foundation. Cell companies then bloat the API on top. The dependency injection is a joke. If you are a software person worth your salt you would understand.

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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,398

    Kex wrote: »
    ... Apple made that choice easy for me when I heard how they slow down their older phones hoping that you'll buy a new and "faster" one.
    FWIW, that’s not entirely accurate. You could make your phone faster simply by replacing the battery, not the phone.

    From the horse's mouth
    https://money.cnn.com/2017/12/21/technology/apple-slows-down-old-iphones/index.html
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,765
    In with 69
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  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,510
    I wouldn't have had any problems going with Apple if they offered a SD card slot. Their pricing per GB years ago really turned we away, not as bad now but still prefer the option of a card slot.

    I agree both have their pros and cons
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  • KexKex Posts: 3,754
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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,267
    halen wrote: »
    People tend to talk Android. But it is not true Android. The base mobile OS is Android, the foundation. Cell companies then bloat the API on top. The dependency injection is a joke. If you are a software person worth your salt you would understand.

    Halen

    I'm not a programmer. What is a dependency injection?
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  • halenhalen Posts: 548
    edited July 2019
    msg wrote: »
    halen wrote: »
    People tend to talk Android. But it is not true Android. The base mobile OS is Android, the foundation. Cell companies then bloat the API on top. The dependency injection is a joke. If you are a software person worth your salt you would understand.

    Halen

    I'm not a programmer. What is a dependency injection?

    It is the fallacy of giving the properties of its inherited class its identification. In simple terms, a fancy word for class properties.

    If your favorite number is “e” you will understand.

    I am not a programmer either. I develop the functionality for people to program other things. Such as a remote control.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,797
    Really all depends on what you use your phone for. For integrating business and personal in one device, Apple seems to have that edge. If all you do is play games, calls/texts/internet/social media....pics or just watch Netflix......android works for most.
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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 5,011
    Have had a Galaxy Note 5 for quite some time now. Zero issues.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,797
    Phones are kinda like TV's.....it's all about the processors and screens. My phone is ancient by todays standards, a regular HTC. Not lightning fast like the newer models, but fast enough. Calls, texts, pics, surf the internet, GPS.....about all I use a phone for really. Plus I refuse to pay 4-500, even a thousand, for a newer top model phone that will be outdated in one year.

    Like I said, depends on what you use a phone for. If your the type that likes to control everything with a phone over web based apps.....Apple is the better choice as their security is top notch.
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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    I totally agree Tony, I still am using my 2012 Samsung Note 2 as my phone. It does everything that I need it to do and I can still update the apps that I use on it.

    I also have 2 other Samsung phones that I use as mp3 players and ebook readers, and to have backups in case my Note 2 decides to die on me.
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,398
    I know I'd be happy to do the ultra fast 2 thumb texting like the kids do no matter what the brand. Too many fat thumbed mistakes when I try that even at my sloth speed.
  • jflail2jflail2 Posts: 2,886
    I was a droid fan for years and then switched to apple on a whim about 7 years ago. I’ve had 2 iphones and they do everything I need them to do. They’re intuitive and their privacy efforts seem to be better than the other manufacturers. I can’t see switching back at this point. But to each their own. If you like to tinker with it, install a different OS, etc the droid is probably the better choice.
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  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 2,563
    Switched from an iPhone to Pixel XL, and have not looked back. Hated the user experience on Apple, the limited cloud storage, and the clunky iTunes interface for synching to the computer. Seriously iTunes is so horribly bad I hated it. With the Pixel the camera is amazing, I get unlimited photo and video storage at no charge, and the screen is beautiful. Then there are the little things that just work... like all I have to do is squeeze the phone and up comes the Google Assistant. Lets not even get started on Siri vs. the Google Assistant. Siri is seriously behind in comparison to the Google Assistant on most everyday questions and tasks. Short answer... you will love it after a couple of days, unless Apple has ensnared you into their ecosystem - in which case good luck getting out of their web.
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