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dj9928
Jul 14, 2012, 01:29 AM
Maybe its just me but I have been to android, I've been to Windows phone, I've been to symbian but in the end I always seem to return to iOS purely because the rest are so unreliable.

Here are a list of the handsets I've had and the issues I've had.


iPhone 3G
HTC Desire (Android) - Rubbish battery life, wouldn't even last a day
Back to iPhone 3G
Samsung Galaxy (Android) GPS Issues and Signal issues
Switch to iPhone 3GS
HTC Mozart 7 (Windows Phone) Appalling battery life, was dead by lunch time.
Back to 3GS
HTC Incredible S (Android) same old story, battery and signal issues
iPhone 4
HTC Sensation XE (Android) Had a death grip issue, hold the phone at the bottom wifi went, hold it at the top cell signal went
iPhone 4S

I am not being picky with these phones I've had, I compare them to the iPhones I have owned and I can genuinely say I have never had an issue with any iphone I have owned and I've owned them all bar the 1st gen, the problem is at the moment, iOS hasn't really changed from it was released and to be frank its all a bit boring at the moment but whats the alternative? Even at the moment the competition is the ONE X and the S3, and as per usual there are issues, HTC have admitted a hardware problem with WiFi and of course the usual old problem of poor battery life that seems to have effected HTC from day 1, and then the S3, I have heard some reports of over heating but other than that I've not heard many bad reports about the S3 thus far, but in the end the old 4S still seems to be the most reliable but as I say at this stage of the game its bloody boring.



mentaluproar
Jul 14, 2012, 01:37 AM
iPhones tend to have issues too, though, not as severe. Here is what I have noticed.

1. Hates my car stereo, even though prepay flip phones worked fine.
2. With custom ringtones, the phone will fail to ring until reset. You never know this happens unless vibration is on.
3. Calls with go straight to voicemail if I am in a call 50% of the time.
4. Bluetooth earpiece cannot be used without resetting the phone if an attempt to pair was made during dialing.
5. Sometimes, when I hit the sleep button, it will immediately wake up, then sleep, then wake up again, and my tapping it again makes the whole cycle repeat.

Sometimes, I have to fight with my phone, but it has never been so bad that I have wanted to change. These are mostly software glitches anyways, and we are more likely to see fixes than android users so I don't mind.

Technarchy
Jul 14, 2012, 01:41 AM
If I wasn't using iOS, I'd be on Windows Phone.

Nokia Lumia series most likely.

onthecouchagain
Jul 14, 2012, 01:41 AM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CNvTTmFnuhQ/TmkBKC3OGGI/AAAAAAAAAJA/eOxlD4V18xU/s1600/wonkasmall.jpg

Oh, your life must be so difficult.

dj9928
Jul 14, 2012, 01:53 AM
If I wasn't using iOS, I'd be on Windows Phone.

Nokia Lumia series most likely.

My wife has a Lumia 800, it has its issues to, It started of with appalling battery life but in fairness to Nokia its been sorted, it still lasts no where near as long as an iPhone though, it also has temperamental wifi issues, when you wake it from sleep it can take ages to connect and some times you have to go in and select the router again which is a pain, but yes I'd rate Windows phone higher than android.

onthecouchagain
Jul 14, 2012, 01:58 AM
If I wasn't using iOS, I'd be on Windows Phone.


For someone who cries about how important 500,000 apps are for iOS, that's an odd choice. You hate Android that much.

irDigital0l
Jul 14, 2012, 02:01 AM
Galaxy Nexus

If I had to go Android I would chose that hands down. Its the "iPhone" in the Android world.

JayLenochiniMac
Jul 14, 2012, 02:04 AM
A real alternative: You need to get out more.

ineel
Jul 14, 2012, 02:10 AM
I've been kinda impressed with the nokia lumia. So i bought it for my dad to use and I'm stunned at how smooth the UI is and how easy it is to operate. I still have my iPhone 4 waiting for the 5 to come out. I will probably get the 5, but I may consider any new windows phones that are in the market at that time.

Technarchy
Jul 14, 2012, 02:27 AM
For someone who cries about how important 500,000 apps are for iOS, that's an odd choice. You hate Android that much.

I dont think android is a good product.

I think Windows Phone, especially 8, has great potential.

I'll take my chances with a unproven rookie that has potential over a palooka any day of the week.

The day Google goes back to the drawing board and does Chrome OS Phone, or Android II which is actually made for touch screen devices from day one, I might reconsider...or maybe not. At least not until Google goes back to "dont be evil".

Agent-P
Jul 14, 2012, 02:30 AM
I used to have an iPhone 3GS for the longest time, but I traded it for a Windows Phone and I love it. With the announcement of WP8 this fall, I plan on sticking with the platform and buying a Nokia Lumia device. But If I had to switch away from Wp, I would go back to iOS as my next choice.

AlexJaye
Jul 14, 2012, 02:51 AM
I dont think android is a good product.

Android has actually matured quite a bit. I used to think Android was awful, which it was, but Android today has surpassed iOS in usefulness and features. As much as I hate to say it, Apple is playing catch-up with my iPhone 4. The Galaxy S3 is a better phone (except for camera quality - iPhone is still better here).

Tarzanman
Jul 14, 2012, 06:33 AM
OP. Either get a nice android phone (running ICS or Jelly Bean), or go get a blackberry.

Leonard1818
Jul 14, 2012, 06:37 AM
Android is the best alternative

ChrisTX
Jul 14, 2012, 08:24 AM
If I wasn't using iOS, I'd be on Windows Phone.

Nokia Lumia series most likely.

While I agree, that's the best in Windows Phone, it's a shame it won't receive the windows 8 update. Not a great way to welcome people into the WP ecosystem.

Technarchy
Jul 14, 2012, 08:34 AM
While I agree, that's the best in Windows Phone, it's a shame it won't receive the windows 8 update. Not a great way to welcome people into the WP ecosystem.

I think MSFT has done a terrible job of launching Windows 8.

For early adopters it is a nightmare. For new buyers though, the leap in features and performance should be huge.

The apps situation is still terrible though, but overall I think Windows Phone will have a big 2013.

kmpoboy2
Jul 14, 2012, 09:14 AM
iPhones tend to have issues too, though, not as severe. Here is what I have noticed.

2. With custom ringtones, the phone will fail to ring until reset. You never know this happens unless vibration is on.


Care to elaborate on this. I have never seem this and I always have custom ringtones an vibration on.

Jb07
Jul 14, 2012, 09:46 AM
The Galaxy S3 is a better phone (except for camera quality - iPhone is still better here).

Doesn't the Galaxy S3 have the same camera sensor as the 4S?
I was under the impression they had the same one.

jdlindsey7
Jul 14, 2012, 11:52 AM
Maybe its just me but I have been to android, I've been to Windows phone, I've been to symbian but in the end I always seem to return to iOS purely because the rest are so unreliable.

Here are a list of the handsets I've had and the issues I've had.


iPhone 3G
HTC Desire (Android) - Rubbish battery life, wouldn't even last a day
Back to iPhone 3G
Samsung Galaxy (Android) GPS Issues and Signal issues
Switch to iPhone 3GS
HTC Mozart 7 (Windows Phone) Appalling battery life, was dead by lunch time.
Back to 3GS
HTC Incredible S (Android) same old story, battery and signal issues
iPhone 4
HTC Sensation XE (Android) Had a death grip issue, hold the phone at the bottom wifi went, hold it at the top cell signal went
iPhone 4S

I am not being picky with these phones I've had, I compare them to the iPhones I have owned and I can genuinely say I have never had an issue with any iphone I have owned and I've owned them all bar the 1st gen, the problem is at the moment, iOS hasn't really changed from it was released and to be frank its all a bit boring at the moment but whats the alternative? Even at the moment the competition is the ONE X and the S3, and as per usual there are issues, HTC have admitted a hardware problem with WiFi and of course the usual old problem of poor battery life that seems to have effected HTC from day 1, and then the S3, I have heard some reports of over heating but other than that I've not heard many bad reports about the S3 thus far, but in the end the old 4S still seems to be the most reliable but as I say at this stage of the game its bloody boring.

Find a Galaxy Nexus and give it a try. It's the truest sense of Android. If you don't prefer it then you'll know that iOS is right for you. Just my thoughts

ChrisTX
Jul 14, 2012, 07:51 PM
I think MSFT has done a terrible job of launching Windows 8.

For early adopters it is a nightmare. For new buyers though, the leap in features and performance should be huge.

The apps situation is still terrible though, but overall I think Windows Phone will have a big 2013.

Only time will tell. It was just funny to see MSFT introduce WP7 as a single core device into a world of dual core phones.

Cripps
Jul 14, 2012, 08:29 PM
Bored with iOS = bored with life :eek:

vistadude
Jul 14, 2012, 08:54 PM
Droid razr maxx. It has android 4.0 without being overly moto blurrred, has excellent battery life, and those smart functions which seem pretty high end.

blakjak220
Jul 14, 2012, 09:02 PM
I really don't get the need to bash the OP for posing a question... anyway

I've always been on Android and it definitely has it's problems.. but I've the Epic4G Touch for about a year and I haven't had any problems that weren't caused by me flashing custom ROMs and what not.
The stock GB on here is really fast and the battery will literally last for about a day and a half with moderate usage.

My friend has a Win7 phone and the serious lack of apps would discourage me from that OS at this point. Plus it suffers from a serious lack of customizability. Granted I've only had experience with that one Samsung Win7 phone so it may be different for some.

The quick answer - the only real alternative is Android.. it has it's own set of problems but being bored with it shouldn't be one of them...

mentaluproar
Jul 14, 2012, 11:51 PM
Care to elaborate on this. I have never seem this and I always have custom ringtones an vibration on.

I make my own ringtones. So if I set it to, for example, Archer's mom moaning, then cursing, the sound will play fine for a while, then suddenly stop all ringtones until I reset.

Also, I can't always end calls with the end button. It will either ignore the press, or show the press and do nothing. Hitting sleep ends the call and everything works as normal.

These are software bugs and are fixable.

sentinelsx
Jul 14, 2012, 11:55 PM
If I wasn't using iOS, I'd be on Windows Phone.

Nokia Lumia series most likely.

Yup, sums up my feelings.

WP8 and Lumia 1000 cannot come fast enough :(

Give it all the apps and WP8 is as good as iOS at least, actually better for me as i own a PC. I am sure owning a mac makes an iPhone a no brainer with the integration. I however like the silo-less approach of windows phone and its future.

Android is not bad, it is just that, some thing doesn't feel right whenever you use one for a while. And then you are back to iPhone again lol. Story of my smartphone life :P

swoosh0217
Jul 15, 2012, 12:07 AM
You'll get bored with the IOS and youll end up picking up an Android device but Ill bet ya that u will eventually get tired of it and youll end up switching back to IOS...

Technarchy
Jul 15, 2012, 12:28 AM
Yup, sums up my feelings.

WP8 and Lumia 1000 cannot come fast enough :(

Give it all the apps and WP8 is as good as iOS at least, actually better for me as i own a PC. I am sure owning a mac makes an iPhone a no brainer with the integration. I however like the silo-less approach of windows phone and its future.

Android is not bad, it is just that, some thing doesn't feel right whenever you use one for a while. And then you are back to iPhone again lol. Story of my smartphone life :P

If the HTC One X had launched as a Windows 8 device there is a good chance I would never have gotten the iPhone. The biggest drawback is the app selection is horrible

G-Mo
Jul 15, 2012, 05:34 AM
If I wasn't using my iPhone, I like the Samsung Galaxy series, however, I find the OS very disjointed, like 10 different people developed it seperately without a shared style guide.

VulchR
Jul 15, 2012, 06:46 AM
@OP: Just remember that in some cultures 'May you live in interesting times' is a curse. ;)

ucfgrad93
Jul 15, 2012, 09:22 AM
If I wasn't using iOS, I'd be on Windows Phone.

Nokia Lumia series most likely.

I would be using an Android phone if I ditched my iPhone. I love the HTC One X.

cube
Jul 15, 2012, 09:29 AM
Gratuitous platform switching is not valid.

The alternative is Android.