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toypadlock
Aug 9, 2012, 09:29 AM
Serious question here - it's kinda difficult to work out what I'd miss if I switched to Android. I have an iPhone 4 as well as an iMac, an Apple TV and an old iPad.

One of the things that springs to mind is automatic over the air iCloud contact etc syncing which I really like, although I think that might be doable through another means.

Also being able to use AirVideo to display stuff from my iMac on my AppleTv, although i could do that with my iPad.

So - apart from the Apple iOS phone interface - is there anything that would make my experience worse if I switched to one of the new androids or similar.

Sorry for such a vague question!



-MRB
Aug 9, 2012, 09:32 AM
iTunes sync.
App Store.
Easy software updates.
The camera.
iOS & it's fluidity.


Well, at least that's what I miss.

Want300
Aug 9, 2012, 09:35 AM
The quality and fluidity of the apps... It is easier for app developers to produce apps on iOS due to the minimal fragmentation among iPhone models.

mattopotamus
Aug 9, 2012, 09:36 AM
Serious question here - it's kinda difficult to work out what I'd miss if I switched to Android. I have an iPhone 4 as well as an iMac, an Apple TV and an old iPad.

One of the things that springs to mind is automatic over the air iCloud contact etc syncing which I really like, although I think that might be doable through another means.

Also being able to use AirVideo to display stuff from my iMac on my AppleTv, although i could do that with my iPad.

So - apart from the Apple iOS phone interface - is there anything that would make my experience worse if I switched to one of the new androids or similar.

Sorry for such a vague question!

well you hit the nail on the head in terms of losing that Apple Eco-system. That was the biggest compromise for me when I gave android a shot....the google equivalents are atrocious.

As far as contacts and syncing go, google contacts works just as well as the cloud. A big complaint of mine was the default email client (not gmail) just flat out stinks. I search my mail a lot and it seemed to never find anything. The OS is just as easy to learn and many things are much faster with widgets. For example, click a flashlight widget that instantly toggles the LED without having to launch the app like you do on the iphones.

You will find some things you like and some things you dislike. It really depends on each person and what things are most important to you. The only way to know is if you give it a try.

Get a nexus if you go android or else you will wait 6 months to have the newest OS, which is just terrible.

Want300
Aug 9, 2012, 09:43 AM
well you hit the nail on the head in terms of losing that Apple Eco-system. That was the biggest compromise for me when I gave android a shot....the google equivalents are atrocious.

As far as contacts and syncing go, google contacts works just as well as the cloud. A big complaint of mine was the default email client (not gmail) just flat out stinks. I search my mail a lot and it seemed to never find anything. The OS is just as easy to learn and many things are much faster with widgets. For example, click a flashlight widget that instantly toggles the LED without having to launch the app like you do on the iphones.

You will find some things you like and some things you dislike. It really depends on each person and what things are most important to you. The only way to know is if you give it a try.

Get a nexus if you go android or else you will wait 6 months to have the newest OS, which is just terrible.

I use the camera as my flashlight app, so I can launch it from the lock screen. When in video mode, if the flash is set to on, the led just remains on, and you do not have to start filming anything for it to come on.

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This allows me to skip typing in my passcode on the lock screen

THE JUICEMAN
Aug 9, 2012, 09:46 AM
The few times that I left and came back I missed. The screen quality, the mute switch, tap the clock to scroll to the top ( it sounds little but it's huge, i.e. every web page) , the keyboard (huge miss), one hand usage, hardware build quality, faster charging, and battery life. I think that is all.

And my last android try was an unlocked galaxy nexus with official jelly bean.

Edit: reader view in safari is pretty nice as well. I just wished it synced like Chrome does.

Edit 2: this is going to sound really cheesy and it is probably why Apple fans get called all the names. But in all honesty iOS is just a pleasure to use. I don't know what it is but the other day I spent 30 minutes + playing with an S3 in the AT&T store. It was nice. Then I spent a few minutes playing with an iPhone 4S and it just felt so much better to use and intuitive and smooth and fast and fluid and a pleasure LOL. The stale boring factor is starting not to matter to me anymore. Maybe it is because it is what I am used to...or maybe not. Everyone has their preference I guess. Ok I'm done editing this post. :-)

Knowlege Bomb
Aug 9, 2012, 09:48 AM
iTunes sync.
App Store.
Easy software updates.
The camera.
iOS & it's fluidity.


Well, at least that's what I miss.

That's the biggest one for me. There's just so many things about iOS that make it stand out. I also had a hard time getting used to hardware that wasn't a solid brick of glass and steel. I know some people like lighter devices but I'm not one of them.

mattopotamus
Aug 9, 2012, 09:51 AM
I use the camera as my flashlight app, so I can launch it from the lock screen. When in video mode, if the flash is set to on, the led just remains on, and you do not have to start filming anything for it to come on.
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This allows me to skip typing in my passcode on the lock screen

I guess you would have to try it on S3 to see what i mean. They have a widget for the flashlight that literally is like a "tap on, tap off". It is instantaneous.

The few times that I left and came back I missed. The screen quality, the mute switch, tap the clock to scroll to the top ( it sounds little but it's huge, i.e. every web page) , the keyboard (huge miss), one hand usage, hardware build quality, faster charging, and battery life. I think that is all.

And my last android try was an unlocked galaxy nexus with official jelly bean.

agreed about the keyboard and tap to top. I tried every keyboard and never got one comparable.

randy98mtu
Aug 9, 2012, 09:52 AM
For me the biggest would be iTunes/iPod. The more I read these threads, I realize I'd miss the mute switch and the tap to go to the top of a web page.

Want300
Aug 9, 2012, 09:57 AM
The few times that I left and came back I missed. The screen quality, the mute switch, tap the clock to scroll to the top ( it sounds little but it's huge, i.e. every web page) , the keyboard (huge miss), one hand usage, hardware build quality, faster charging, and battery life. I think that is all.

And my last android try was an unlocked galaxy nexus with official jelly bean.

The mute switch, my favorite phone feature. When I had my GS2 for work, I hated having to toggle volume up and down. Tap to top is super nice as well.

I guess you would have to try it on S3 to see what i mean. They have a widget for the flashlight that literally is like a "tap on, tap off". It is instantaneous.

I get what you are saying, and I understand how nice that is. When you want the flashlight feature, you usually want it open and working as fast as possible.

I use the camera to make it as fast as i can on the iphone.

JamesHP
Aug 9, 2012, 10:15 AM
Having switched to the GS3 from the iPhone 4 a month ago, the things I'm missing are:

iMessage: never thought I'd miss it quite this much, but sending pics etc without being charged is something I miss, considering hardly any of my friends have whatsapp or similar.

Volume up to take a photo: My photos on the S3 are much more blurry than the iP4, probably because volume up to capture allowed me to hold it still much better.

iTunes: Kies is absolutely terrible in comparison, especially on the Mac. It doesn't work nearly as well and it seems like an afterthought, whereas with the iPhone/iOS products it's just another piece in the jigsaw. It's just not user friendly in the slightest.

The music player: It's just so much more usable on iOS than the S3. Okay, it's bearable, I just prefer the Music app on the iPhone much much more. Coupled with iTunes it makes for a much nicer experience. Add to that scrolling to the left on the multitasking bar for iPod controls - I know the S3 has music player controls in the notification bar, I just prefer the iOS version.

Apps: Android is catching up with iOS, no doubt. But on the whole the quality of the apps is still lacking compared to iOS, particularly when it comes to games.

Mute switch: Very convenient feature, and I do miss it.

Tapping the status bar to get to the top of the page: Keep finding myself trying to do this, even though the feature doesn't exist. That's how used to iOS I was.

I also find the S3 awkward to use in one hand because of its size, though it's an okay tradeoff for the screen size. There are some things I prefer, notably the screen size, the speed of the phone and expandable memory, but I'm considering trading it off for the new iPhone once it arrives.

soulreaver99
Aug 9, 2012, 10:15 AM
Posted this from another thread:

1. iMessage / Facetime Integration with MacOS - This works really well for me. Love how everything integrates with other iOS devices as well as Mac OSX. Sure there are Android alternatives to texting on your desktop like Mighty Text but it isn't as refined as how iOS does it. If WhatsApp had a desktop application then I'd easily drop iMessage.

2. Shoot pictures using the volume button - the way the iphone is designed, it's shape makes it a perfect point and shoot sized camera.

3. Photos automatically upload to iPhoto and Aperture libraries through PhotoStream - sure there's Drop Box but with PhotoStream, I don't really have to think about it when I want to pull up photos from my Mac

4. Mail App. I hate the default Mail App on the Galaxy S3 (for exchange mail). So much smoother on the iPhone and the Corporate Directory is very well integrated.

5. Most car audio systems including my headunit has better support for the iPhone especially for Pandora and other Music players. I can use Bluetooth on Android but sound quality through the cable is much better.

THE JUICEMAN
Aug 9, 2012, 10:24 AM
Having switched to the GS3 from the iPhone 4 a month ago, the things I'm missing are:

iMessage: never thought I'd miss it quite this much, but sending pics etc without being charged is something I miss, considering hardly any of my friends have whatsapp or similar.

Volume up to take a photo: My photos on the S3 are much more blurry than the iP4, probably because volume up to capture allowed me to hold it still much better.

iTunes: Kies is absolutely terrible in comparison, especially on the Mac. It doesn't work nearly as well and it seems like an afterthought, whereas with the iPhone/iOS products it's just another piece in the jigsaw. It's just not user friendly in the slightest.

The music player: It's just so much more usable on iOS than the S3. Okay, it's bearable, I just prefer the Music app on the iPhone much much more. Coupled with iTunes it makes for a much nicer experience. Add to that scrolling to the left on the multitasking bar for iPod controls - I know the S3 has music player controls in the notification bar, I just prefer the iOS version.

Apps: Android is catching up with iOS, no doubt. But on the whole the quality of the apps is still lacking compared to iOS, particularly when it comes to games.

Mute switch: Very convenient feature, and I do miss it.

Tapping the status bar to get to the top of the page: Keep finding myself trying to do this, even though the feature doesn't exist. That's how used to iOS I was.

I also find the S3 awkward to use in one hand because of its size, though it's an okay tradeoff for the screen size. There are some things I prefer, notably the screen size, the speed of the phone and expandable memory, but I'm considering trading it off for the new iPhone once it arrives.

FYI in case you didn't know the S3 has a "tap to top" feature. I found that it didn't work that well for me. And I'm not 100% sure it is designed to work in the browser but I know it works I contacts. Maybe you will have better luck. It is under setting and the motion controls. You are tapping the actually top of the phone. Not the screen like on iPhone.

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Posted this from another thread:

1. iMessage / Facetime Integration with MacOS - This works really well for me. Love how everything integrates with other iOS devices as well as Mac OSX. Sure there are Android alternatives to texting on your desktop like Mighty Text but it isn't as refined as how iOS does it. If WhatsApp had a desktop application then I'd easily drop iMessage.

2. Shoot pictures using the volume button - the way the iphone is designed, it's shape makes it a perfect point and shoot sized camera.

3. Photos automatically upload to iPhoto and Aperture libraries through PhotoStream - sure there's Drop Box but with PhotoStream, I don't really have to think about it when I want to pull up photos from my Mac

4. Mail App. I hate the default Mail App on the Galaxy S3 (for exchange mail). So much smoother on the iPhone and the Corporate Directory is very well integrated.

5. Most car audio systems including my headunit has better support for the iPhone especially for Pandora and other Music players. I can use Bluetooth on Android but sound quality through the cable is much better.

+1 for taking a photo with the volume button.

JamesHP
Aug 9, 2012, 10:25 AM
FYI in case you didn't know the S3 has a "tap to top" feature. I found that it didn't work that well for me. And I'm not 100% sure it is designed to work in the browser but I know it works I contacts. Maybe you will have better luck. It is under setting and the motion controls. You are tapping the actually top of the phone. Not the screen like on iPhone.

Yeah, I didn't have much luck with it. If it didn't work in such a limited number of applications (Contacts and Email only) I would probably get used to it, but I found myself trying to tap the screen in apps such as Facebook, Twitter etc. Adding to my post slightly I think I just prefer iOS in general compared to Android - it's got better, no doubt about it. It's just not for me.

THE JUICEMAN
Aug 9, 2012, 10:26 AM
The magnifying glass that pops up when editing text. I missed that a lot too.

-MRB
Aug 9, 2012, 10:32 AM
The magnifying glass that pops up when editing text. I missed that a lot too.

This!

Also - Rooting compared to Jailbreaking is much harder. There are SO many versions of Android it's un true. Cydia also had its uses along with the apps inside it.


The ONLY thing I prefer on my S2 is the screen size. That's it.
Contacts app is crap. Messaging app is crap. Settings UI is crap. LOADS of useless bloatware apps pre installed.

Why did I ever jump ship ;)

cynics
Aug 9, 2012, 10:33 AM
Depends on that you have on your iPhone. I don't really miss much either way just cause of how I use my iPhone. I've never liked iTunes either.

Although I don't know if you can mirror but there are apps that work with appletv like twonky and air sync double twist. They will also stream to an Xbox or ps3.

toypadlock
Aug 9, 2012, 10:46 AM
hah, okay - it seems like i'd be better off sticking with the new iPhone for my next upgrade in september then. thanks!

bembol
Aug 9, 2012, 10:52 AM
iTunes. How it organizes it, access to my Purchased content.

I love Macs and it's really the only reason why I keep going back to the iPhone. I had the 3GS, 4, 4S and soon 5.

Calidude
Aug 9, 2012, 10:55 AM
If you have all those other devices, yes, its better to stick to iPhone.

Most of us Android phone users don't have all those devices. We simply have an iPad or a Macbook at most.

sentinelsx
Aug 9, 2012, 11:16 AM
The ONLY thing I prefer on my S2 is the screen size. That's it.
Contacts app is crap. Messaging app is crap. Settings UI is crap. LOADS of useless bloatware apps pre installed.



If Apple made two 4.3 inch and 4 inch iPhone variants they would rake in sales like no tomorrow. Still easy to keep things under control compared to hundreds of android models and satisfy everyone. They do it with their computers, why not with tablets and phones?

I love my GS3 but iOS even with its iron fist is a pleasure to use compared to android. Just feels far more polished, smooth and intuitive. However, the moment i hold an iPhone now i just can't shake the feeling i am holding a miniature phone. The 3.5 inch screen starts to feel even smaller after using the GS3 for a couple weeks.

Mac.World
Aug 9, 2012, 11:52 AM
Volume up to take a photo: My photos on the S3 are much more blurry than the iP4, probably because volume up to capture allowed me to hold it still much better.

Seems I need to bring this up sinse I know people aren't reading the manual. You don't have to push any buttons at all with the S3. You can take pictures on verbal command or via the timer. You can create time varied photo's by keeping the aperature open longer (think fireworks), you can set the metering and iso manually...

The S3 is more than a regular cheap point and shoot camera or an iPhone. You actually need to know how to use it in order to get great shots. The iPhone is easy and requires zero effort to take okay shots. The S3 CAN do the same, but I would at least change two settings so there is no blur and colors look more natural. Make sure the anti-shake and auto-contrast are on.

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This!

Also - Rooting compared to Jailbreaking is much harder. There are SO many versions of Android it's un true. Cydia also had its uses along with the apps inside it.)

another false rumor I hate seeing spread. Although when we had Jailbreakme.com on 3.0, that really was simple, so simple a cave man could do it.

Anyway, jailbreaking 5.x and rooting a newer phone like the S3 is exactly the same knowledge level. Both require you to download a piece of software that actually does the jailbreaking/rooting and both require a file that is used. Both are downloaded and then 2 or 3 clicks, wait the few minutes while the magic happens and done.
Now if you want to ROM an Android phone after rooting, so you can change the look and actions of your phone, well that is some extra steps, but since iPhone doesn't have this ability (and no Dreamboard doesn't count as it is not the same thing) we won't go there.

nickchallis92
Aug 9, 2012, 11:52 AM
Having been an android user all my life, I bought an iPad to see what the rave was about iOS. I honestly couldn't see it.

You all see a couchy easy to use OS whereas I see a ridiculously boring wall of squares. I also hate iTunes with a passion. Also how deluded is it having all your settings in the settings menu. A seriously overrated experience.

Mac.World
Aug 9, 2012, 12:02 PM
Having been an android user all my life, I bought an iPad to see what the rave was about iOS. I honestly couldn't see it.

You all see a couchy easy to use OS whereas I see a ridiculously boring wall of squares. I also hate iTunes with a passion. Also how deluded is it having all your settings in the settings menu. A seriously overrated experience.

Please don't come in here just to bash on Apple, iOS or its users. Your experience would be typical for a life long Android user. We do things for ourselves, where as iOS takes care of it for you, getting it out of the way, so you don't have to think about it and can therefore just enjoy whatever it is you are doing. This is Apple'smdesign philosophy... KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) This is not derogatory in any way. This is also a Navy Seal saying. The iPhone appeals to more people, since it is appealing to the masses, both technologically dumb and smart alike.

Personally, I prefer my S3 to an iPhone, with all of its features, but that doesn't make the iphone or ios crappy or overrated.

sentinelsx
Aug 9, 2012, 12:07 PM
You all see a couchy easy to use OS whereas I see a ridiculously boring wall of squares. I also hate iTunes with a passion. Also how deluded is it having all your settings in the settings menu. A seriously overrated experience.

My GS3 looks the same with wall of icons. I tried some widgets but i probably looked at them once in 3 weeks lol. Useless and overrated IMO.

Also like having settings in one settings app. It is a pain not to know how to set up something because you are searching in the wrong place.

-MRB
Aug 9, 2012, 12:10 PM
another false rumor I hate seeing spread. Although when we had Jailbreakme.com on 3.0, that really was simple, so simple a cave man could do it.

Anyway, jailbreaking 5.x and rooting a newer phone like the S3 is exactly the same knowledge level. Both require you to download a piece of software that actually does the jailbreaking/rooting and both require a file that is used. Both are downloaded and then 2 or 3 clicks, wait the few minutes while the magic happens and done.
Now if you want to ROM an Android phone after rooting, so you can change the look and actions of your phone, well that is some extra steps, but since iPhone doesn't have this ability (and no Dreamboard doesn't count as it is not the same thing) we won't go there.

In my experience of jailbreaking my first gen iPhone, 3G, 4 and a friends 4S - Jailbreaking is much easier than rooting/custom ROM installation.

Jailbreaking only requires a program (in most cases)
Whereas rooting/custom ROM's require a corresponding kernel, Odin, the correct ROM etc (There are more but I can't remember)

Not to mention the VAST amount of fragmented versions.

Mac.World
Aug 9, 2012, 12:18 PM
My GS3 looks the same with wall of icons. I tried some widgets but i probably looked at them once in 3 weeks lol. Useless and overrated IMO.

Also like having settings in one settings app. It is a pain not to know how to set up something because you are searching in the wrong place.

It's a pain while you are learning. It's not a pain, once you figure it out. We will see the same thing when Windows 8 launches. IOS is pretty intuitive. Most things are not, and therefore take time.

And I agree, most widgets are useless battery hogs, as are most live wallpapers. There are some real gems out there though, that don't eat battery life and are extremely helpful. One in particular you should check out is called Blingboard. Don't let the name fool you! I also like 'iphone notifications' app.

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In my experience of jailbreaking my first gen iPhone, 3G, 4 and a friends 4S - Jailbreaking is much easier than rooting/custom ROM installation.

Jailbreaking only requires a program (in most cases)
Whereas rooting/custom ROM's require a corresponding kernel, Odin, the correct ROM etc (There are more but I can't remember)

Not to mention the VAST amount of fragmented versions.

You are confusing rooting and rom-ing. Rooting is the same thing as jailbreaking. Simply gives you access to the root folders and commands of the phone. You only need Odin and the .tar file that allows root. Nothing more. Download the two, plug your phone in and 3 clicks later you are done. Same as jailbreaking.

As I said above, if you want to install a rom, different kernal, etc... Now you can since you are rooted, but there is no need to do this. I rooted just so I could use apps that required root access, but everything else on my phone is stock.

sentinelsx
Aug 9, 2012, 12:22 PM
It's a pain while you are learning. It's not a pain, once you figure it out. We will see the same thing when Windows 8 launches. IOS is pretty intuitive. Most things are not, and therefore take time.

And I agree, most widgets are useless battery hogs, as are most live wallpapers. There are some real gems out there though, that don't eat battery life and are extremely helpful. One in particular you should check out is called Blingboard. Don't let the name fool you! I also like 'iphone notifications' app.

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You are confusing rooting and rom-ing. Rooting is the same thing as jailbreaking. Simply gives you access to the root folders and commands of the phone. You only need Odin and the .tar file that allows root. Nothing more. Download the two, plug your phone in and 3 clicks later you are done. Same as jailbreaking.

As I said above, if you want to install a rom, different kernal, etc... Now you can since you are rooted, but there is no need to do this. I rooted just so I could use apps that required root access, but everything else on my phone is stock.

Thank i will try it.

This is not my first android btw, and i have been using androids alongside iPhones since Eclair came out. But i could never keep widgets on my screen. I had gmail on my captivate a while ago and figured i still needed to go into the app everytime anyway, so i deleted it and freed the screen and processor of extra overhead.

Dontazemebro
Aug 9, 2012, 01:18 PM
Having been an android user all my life, I bought an iPad to see what the rave was about iOS. I honestly couldn't see it.

You all see a couchy easy to use OS whereas I see a ridiculously boring wall of squares. I also hate iTunes with a passion. Also how deluded is it having all your settings in the settings menu. A seriously overrated experience.

I kinda understand where you're coming from being a long time android user as well. Fortunately for me I never was an apple enthusiast. I've never owned a mac, or apple tv or ipad. Just an iPhone and ipod touch. So I never really got drawn into the whole apple ecosystem. I've probably invested a grand total of $25 worth of apps (mostly games on sale) but nothing to where I feel I'd be losing my investment if I were to hop on another platform.

iOS as a whole though is far from overrated. Everything is based on simplicity and I admit they perform that to a tee. The biggest thing for me to get used to was that there was no back button. This used to aggravate me at first but after awhile I just realized that the os is different and once you acclimate yourself to it, you see that it has its merits.

For me, that's why I prefer to have the best of both worlds. There are certain things I enjoy more on the iPhone and what my iphone can't do. I always have my Android device there to pick up the slack.

AustinIllini
Aug 9, 2012, 01:21 PM
3. Photos automatically upload to iPhoto and Aperture libraries through PhotoStream - sure there's Drop Box but with PhotoStream, I don't really have to think about it when I want to pull up photos from my Mac

Automator is your friend. Enable auto addition to dropbox photos folder from android phone, have Automator on your mac automatically add photos to iPhoto. Works in less than a minute.

Wide opeN
Aug 9, 2012, 02:55 PM
The few times that I left and came back I missed. The screen quality, the mute switch, tap the clock to scroll to the top ( it sounds little but it's huge, i.e. every web page) , the keyboard (huge miss), one hand usage, hardware build quality, faster charging, and battery life. I think that is all.

You said a mouthful here sir, as all of these are VERY HIGH up on my list of why my GSIII will likely be going back and me waiting it out for the new iPhone.

Also you can't air print from the GS3 or get iCloud backups, which put your device EXACTLY like it was before you backed it up.

I just tried the top Android equivalent My Backup and it's a JOKE!!!

Bored as I am with iOS, it really is true; IT JUST WORKS!!!

Big.Mac.Daddy
Aug 9, 2012, 04:34 PM
IT JUST WORKS!!!

Barf :(

blackhand1001
Aug 9, 2012, 05:11 PM
You said a mouthful here sir, as all of these are VERY HIGH up on my list of why my GSIII will likely be going back and me waiting it out for the new iPhone.

Also you can't air print from the GS3 or get iCloud backups, which put your device EXACTLY like it was before you backed it up.

I just tried the top Android equivalent My Backup and it's a JOKE!!!

Bored as I am with iOS, it really is true; IT JUST WORKS!!!
You can do full backups in android and there are plenty of wireless printing programs. Samsung probably included one with the s3.

Fiddlers
Aug 9, 2012, 06:13 PM
iTunes sync.
App Store.
Easy software updates.
The camera.
iOS & it's fluidity.


Well, at least that's what I miss.
Camera is great on most of the Android phones, even bether then Iphone ! :p

Wide opeN
Aug 9, 2012, 06:16 PM
You can do full backups in android and there are plenty of wireless printing programs. Samsung probably included one with the s3.

It should all be seem less and intuitive is the point!!!

Sigh...

Dontazemebro
Aug 9, 2012, 06:37 PM
You said a mouthful here sir, as all of these are VERY HIGH up on my list of why my GSIII will likely be going back and me waiting it out for the new iPhone.

Also you can't air print from the GS3 or get iCloud backups, which put your device EXACTLY like it was before you backed it up.

I just tried the top Android equivalent My Backup and it's a JOKE!!!

Bored as I am with iOS, it really is true; IT JUST WORKS!!!

Yea my backup sucks but a nandroid backup image is better than anything ios has to offer. It's all about choices with Android.

RMXO
Aug 9, 2012, 07:16 PM
Use Samsung Easy Phone Sync to help you switch from iOS to a Galaxy device.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/06/22/samsungs_easy_phone_sync_helps_users_switch_from_ios_to_galaxy.html

Its not true about Air Print. Look into "google print" from the play store. You can print to any print that's connected to your desktop or laptop.

For app backups use Titanium Backup. Did you try that since its the premium backup for apps.

Clockwork Mod Recovery is the premium backup for device back ups.

irDigital0l
Aug 9, 2012, 08:05 PM
Why don't you try Android and then find out...

Vegastouch
Aug 9, 2012, 09:36 PM
This!

Also - Rooting compared to Jailbreaking is much harder. There are SO many versions of Android it's un true. Cydia also had its uses along with the apps inside it.


The ONLY thing I prefer on my S2 is the screen size. That's it.
Contacts app is crap. Messaging app is crap. Settings UI is crap. LOADS of useless bloatware apps pre installed.

Why did I ever jump ship ;)

You have got to be kidding. Rooting is so easy. And you can do it on any version . You dont have to wait for the 3 man Dev team to come up with a jailbreak when the phone gets an update. Not sure why you had trouble with it. Its pretty easy man.
Seems there arent many people here posting in this thread that spent much time with an Android and the OP isnt getting much good feedback. Anytime you have spent years on one system, it will be an adjustment to another. The key is sticking with it for a good time to figure it out.

I have no issues getting things on my GS3 or any other Android ive had. Music is easy to load on it.
Personally i hated iTunes and glad i dont have to use it.
I find it funny that some are naming the silence button as a great thing you will miss. How lazy are some of you? Hold in the power button and the silence option comes up. So you have to look at your phone...OMG :rolleyes:

The silence button also breaks. Mine did.

batting1000
Aug 9, 2012, 09:45 PM
You'd miss the amazing customer support / care for hardware and software, speed / fluidity of entire OS, high quality apps, ease of use, high quality, timely, and consistent updates.

Vegastouch
Aug 9, 2012, 10:00 PM
It's a pain while you are learning. It's not a pain, once you figure it out. We will see the same thing when Windows 8 launches. IOS is pretty intuitive. Most things are not, and therefore take time.

And I agree, most widgets are useless battery hogs, as are most live wallpapers. There are some real gems out there though, that don't eat battery life and are extremely helpful. One in particular you should check out is called Blingboard. Don't let the name fool you! I also like 'iphone notifications' app.

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You are confusing rooting and rom-ing. Rooting is the same thing as jailbreaking. Simply gives you access to the root folders and commands of the phone. You only need Odin and the .tar file that allows root. Nothing more. Download the two, plug your phone in and 3 clicks later you are done. Same as jailbreaking.

As I said above, if you want to install a rom, different kernal, etc... Now you can since you are rooted, but there is no need to do this. I rooted just so I could use apps that required root access, but everything else on my phone is stock.

You dont even need that. Ive never rooted using Odin but it is another easy way to do it.

In my experience of jailbreaking my first gen iPhone, 3G, 4 and a friends 4S - Jailbreaking is much easier than rooting/custom ROM installation.

Jailbreaking only requires a program (in most cases)
Whereas rooting/custom ROM's require a corresponding kernel, Odin, the correct ROM etc (There are more but I can't remember)

Not to mention the VAST amount of fragmented versions.

Actually that isnt true, all of that comes with the ROM and the ROM usually Roots your phone as well if it isnt rooted already. If you want to change the kernal, that is up to you. You dont even have to use Odin to install a ROM. I never have. Ive only used Odin to put my Vibrant back to stock like it was out of the box.

SurferMan
Aug 9, 2012, 10:53 PM
You said a mouthful here sir, as all of these are VERY HIGH up on my list of why my GSIII will likely be going back and me waiting it out for the new iPhone.

Also you can't air print from the GS3 or get iCloud backups, which put your device EXACTLY like it was before you backed it up.

I just tried the top Android equivalent My Backup and it's a JOKE!!!

Bored as I am with iOS, it really is true; IT JUST WORKS!!!Titanium Backup Pro, Clock Work Recov etc.... titanium rocks and you can set it for automated backups, think I set mine for 2 or 3am everyday. And I print wirelessly all the time with my GSII.

ReanimationN
Aug 9, 2012, 10:56 PM
No tap to top? That's a big one for me. Are there any tweaks you can add to Android to give you tap to top? It's such a handy little feature, and one that would make me think twice about switching from iOS.

daveathall
Aug 9, 2012, 11:04 PM
In not sure what the fuss is about when it comes to muting the phone, all one has to do is pull down notifications to use the choice of mute or vibrate.

alent1234
Aug 9, 2012, 11:31 PM
biggest thing i'd miss is the ability to connect to my car's USB port for music

otherwise, icloud is so so. siri sucks. don't care about airprint, don't even own a printer. and i wouldn't pay a premium for one with airprint if i did.

someone i know just got the Galaxy 3 and it's a very nice piece of hardware

blackhand1001
Aug 10, 2012, 12:13 AM
No tap to top? That's a big one for me. Are there any tweaks you can add to Android to give you tap to top? It's such a handy little feature, and one that would make me think twice about switching from iOS.

You can just throw your finger up twice real quick. Android scrolling is much more inertial than iOS scrolling. Its very easy to scroll down a long page in android compared to iOS as when you let go it scrolls a lot further.


By the way if you get an s3 this feature is available in the stock system.
http://www.ekoob.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/samsung-galaxy-s3-tap-top.png

matttye
Aug 10, 2012, 01:23 AM
You can just throw your finger up twice real quick. Android scrolling is much more inertial than iOS scrolling. Its very easy to scroll down a long page in android compared to iOS as when you let go it scrolls a lot further.


By the way if you get an s3 this feature is available in the stock system.
Image (http://www.ekoob.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/samsung-galaxy-s3-tap-top.png)

It won't scroll in all apps though. For example, it doesn't scroll in the web browser.

It mainly only scrolls in pure list apps like the settings.

-MRB
Aug 10, 2012, 02:58 AM
You have got to be kidding. Rooting is so easy. And you can do it on any version . You dont have to wait for the 3 man Dev team to come up with a jailbreak when the phone gets an update. Not sure why you had trouble with it. Its pretty easy man.
Seems there arent many people here posting in this thread that spent much time with an Android and the OP isnt getting much good feedback. Anytime you have spent years on one system, it will be an adjustment to another. The key is sticking with it for a good time to figure it out.

Waiting for a dev team to release something doesn't make it difficult.

Look here for the process of rooting (http://androidforums.com/galaxy-s2-international-all-things-root/482994-rooting-galaxy-s2-dummies-guide.html)

For first time rooters this is a mine field compared to jailbreaking which only requires the latest jailbreak program.

sentinelsx
Aug 10, 2012, 04:06 AM
To the OP, if you have a mac, re consider buying an android phone. I hated iPhone too because i use a PC. There is the big problem for me. Since Apple wants you to use all their products, they have made iOS and OS X integration so much better that unless you try it you don't know what you are missing.

Case in point, i was complaining to one of my friends about having to manage my photo albums through iTunes to load on the iPhone and how painful it was. He proceeded to show me how easy it was to do using iPhoto on his mac. Day and night difference.

I am not planning to buy a mac soon, hence that is out of question for me. While i am happy with my GS3, i am very eagerly looking forward for windows 8 and windows phone 8 to come out. Having a PC alternative to the mac and iPhone integrated environment is very appealing and one of the selling points of WP8 for me. Plus the fact i already like how responsive my samsung focus is compared to the stuttering GS3 at times, and that sort of seals the deal.


Camera is great on most of the Android phones, even bether then Iphone ! :p

Having used many flagship androids, i would not say most. One X and GS3 along with GS2 bring a good camera, but the iPhone 4S camera is no slouch and hard to beat. Don't forget they share the same sony sensor but it is the image processing that counts after.

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You can just throw your finger up twice real quick. Android scrolling is much more inertial than iOS scrolling. Its very easy to scroll down a long page in android compared to iOS as when you let go it scrolls a lot further.


By the way if you get an s3 this feature is available in the stock system.
Image (http://www.ekoob.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/samsung-galaxy-s3-tap-top.png)


It is no where as universal as in iOS. I can tap on statusbar on the iPhone and no matter what app i am in, it will always scroll to the top. On the GS3 this is limited to the contacts and email app so far from what i have tested. Pretty disappointed to not see it working OS wide and in all the apps, especially in browsers. Another half-done job.

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How lazy are some of you? Hold in the power button and the silence option comes up. So you have to look at your phone...OMG :rolleyes:

The silence button also breaks. Mine did.

Honestly, the silent button implementation is better. You might want to think that people are lazy to prefer it but i now own a GS3, and have owned many symbian phones in the past, and the one thing i hate is having to mute by mashing on the volume controls. Flicking a switch is simple, to the point, and you get used to it fast.

Dontazemebro
Aug 10, 2012, 07:58 AM
Honestly, the silent button implementation is better. You might want to think that people are lazy to prefer it but i now own a GS3, and have owned many symbian phones in the past, and the one thing i hate is having to mute by mashing on the volume controls. Flicking a switch is simple, to the point, and you get used to it fast.

Why don't you just put a silent toggle switch on one of your homescreens.

Some of you are making too big a deal of this. :)

DanteMann
Aug 10, 2012, 10:46 AM
Why don't you just put a silent toggle switch on one of your homescreens.

Some of you are making too big a deal of this. :)

What exactly are we talking about here? Are people complaining about turning off the ringer? If so, there is already a row of toggles in the notification bar. Or holding the power button down. Or if the ringer goes off, and you want to mute it, just turn the phone over. So many options and all easy. Don't understand how anyone can complain about this.

Vegastouch
Aug 10, 2012, 10:20 PM
Waiting for a dev team to release something doesn't make it difficult.

Look here for the process of rooting (http://androidforums.com/galaxy-s2-international-all-things-root/482994-rooting-galaxy-s2-dummies-guide.html)

For first time rooters this is a mine field compared to jailbreaking which only requires the latest jailbreak program.

That is because the carriers here wanted different versions of the GS2 so there are apparently 4 model numbers and that guide is telling you to find your model so you can get the right files. In anycase, that requires some reading is all. Im sure at XDA it is probably easier.

There is a superoneclick rooting file that is easier than that. Still shouldnt take long and jailbreaking still isnt as good as rooting because when you jailbreak, it just allows you to get some things that Android has had for years and many cost money. Rooting an Android opens up a whole new world for what you can do to your device.

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Honestly, the silent button implementation is better. You might want to think that people are lazy to prefer it but i now own a GS3, and have owned many symbian phones in the past, and the one thing i hate is having to mute by mashing on the volume controls. Flicking a switch is simple, to the point, and you get used to it fast.


Yeah it is easier but that button also breaks. Mine broke and i had to get a whole new back cover just to fix it. Im just saying how hard it is to look at your screen for 5 seconds while putting it in silient mode? If you are a office worker who needs to do it often, get NFC tags. That is even easier.

yeah
Aug 10, 2012, 10:58 PM
Camera is great on most of the Android phones, even bether then Iphone ! :p

MAYBE the camera app, but DEFINITELY not the camera quality.

sentinelsx
Aug 11, 2012, 04:29 AM
Why don't you just put a silent toggle switch on one of your homescreens.

Some of you are making too big a deal of this. :)

Because it is unnecessary clutter on my home screen?

You simply don't get it. Why not leave our aesthetic choices to us then if it doesn't agree with you?

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Yeah it is easier but that button also breaks. Mine broke and i had to get a whole new back cover just to fix it. Im just saying how hard it is to look at your screen for 5 seconds while putting it in silient mode? If you are a office worker who needs to do it often, get NFC tags. That is even easier.

Been using iPhones for three years alongside androids and none of the mute buttons ever broke on me. The ones i see broken are from people who are very careless with their devices anyway.

Just like the person above, it is hard for you to understand why i prefer a silent button. So I'll give you this: why is it so hard to open an app for 5 seconds instead of putting a widget on screen? Or why is it so hard to go into settings and flicking an on/off switch than using an onscreen/notification area toggle?

Dontazemebro
Aug 11, 2012, 06:31 AM
Because it is unnecessary clutter on my home screen?

You simply don't get it. Why not leave our aesthetic choices to us then if it doesn't agree with you?

Well you said you didn't want to mash the volume button. That flicking a switch is much simpler (your words). So why not access silence mode through a toggle switch or the pull down notification bar?

So if you miss the mute switch feature of iOS, granted it's actually a physical switch instead of an onscreen switch. Wouldn't this solution be an acceptable compromise? It's still the same concept, silencing your ringer with one action.

CPD_1
Aug 11, 2012, 08:56 AM
Well you said you didn't want to mash the volume button. That flicking a switch is much simpler (your words). So why not access silence mode through a toggle switch or the pull down notification bar?

So if you miss the mute switch feature of iOS, granted it's actually a physical switch instead of an onscreen switch. Wouldn't this solution be an acceptable compromise? It's still the same concept, silencing your ringer with one action.

Here's my number one reason. I walk into a room for an interview, meeting, presentation, or any number of other situations that etiquette dictates phones are inappropriate for, at least twice a week. I suddenly realize that I haven't muted my phone. I reach down while I'm talking, slip my hand in my pocket, and flip a switch. It's off. There is no way it's going to ring on me.

Compare that to having to take a phone out of your pocket turn it on, unlock it, toggle your software switch, and toss it back in your pocket. One is distracting; maybe even rude. The other is inconspicuous and likely not noticed by the rest of the folks in the room.

Dontazemebro
Aug 11, 2012, 11:14 AM
Here's my number one reason. I walk into a room for an interview, meeting, presentation, or any number of other situations that etiquette dictates phones are inappropriate for, at least twice a week. I suddenly realize that I haven't muted my phone. I reach down while I'm talking, slip my hand in my pocket, and flip a switch. It's off. There is no way it's going to ring on me.

Compare that to having to take a phone out of your pocket turn it on, unlock it, toggle your software switch, and toss it back in your pocket. One is distracting; maybe even rude. The other is inconspicuous and likely not noticed by the rest of the folks in the room.

Yea I can see that but that's just one special circumstance.

sentinelsx
Aug 11, 2012, 11:29 AM
Well you said you didn't want to mash the volume button. That flicking a switch is much simpler (your words). So why not access silence mode through a toggle switch or the pull down notification bar?

So if you miss the mute switch feature of iOS, granted it's actually a physical switch instead of an onscreen switch. Wouldn't this solution be an acceptable compromise? It's still the same concept, silencing your ringer with one action.

It is just like people wanting on screen or notification toggles and widgets. Why can't they just open the apps or go into settings?

I hate unnecessary stuff on screen. Hard concept for some people but that is just me. Flicking a button is 100000x times easier for me. You may agree to disagree but that is how i see it.

Vegastouch
Aug 11, 2012, 12:54 PM
Because it is unnecessary clutter on my home screen?

You simply don't get it. Why not leave our aesthetic choices to us then if it doesn't agree with you?

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Been using iPhones for three years alongside androids and none of the mute buttons ever broke on me. The ones i see broken are from people who are very careless with their devices anyway.

Just like the person above, it is hard for you to understand why i prefer a silent button. So I'll give you this: why is it so hard to open an app for 5 seconds instead of putting a widget on screen? Or why is it so hard to go into settings and flicking an on/off switch than using an onscreen/notification area toggle?

I understand why you like it better. I just dont understand why it is a big deal. There are a few ways to put it in silent mode that takes a few seconds.

I liked the silent button on the iPhone too but mine broke and ive seen others break. I dont abuse my phones at all. My 2G is in emaculate shape and looks nearly brand new and i save the boxes and everything else that come with all my phones.

CPD_1
Aug 11, 2012, 10:42 PM
Yea I can see that but that's just one special circumstance.

It's one special circumstance that reoccurs for me on a frequent basis, and I'd imagine for students who are supposed to have their phones on silent (or not on them at all), or any numbe of people working in the professional world. It's no really much of a "special circumstance" as it is a "lots of people find themselves in a situation just like this all the time circumstance".

Dontazemebro
Aug 11, 2012, 11:06 PM
It's one special circumstance that reoccurs for me on a frequent basis, and I'd imagine for students who are supposed to have their phones on silent (or not on them at all), or any numbe of people working in the professional world. It's no really much of a "special circumstance" as it is a "lots of people find themselves in a situation just like this all the time circumstance".


Even still it's a trivial feature that shouldn't be a deal breaker.

Of all the features I value on my smartphone," icgonito silence " is not one of them.

sentinelsx
Aug 12, 2012, 04:25 AM
I understand why you like it better. I just dont understand why it is a big deal. There are a few ways to put it in silent mode that takes a few seconds.

I liked the silent button on the iPhone too but mine broke and ive seen others break. I dont abuse my phones at all. My 2G is in emaculate shape and looks nearly brand new and i save the boxes and everything else that come with all my phones.

Just like widgets, ROMS, and toggles aren't a big deal.

Even still it's a trivial feature that shouldn't be a deal breaker.

Of all the features I value on my smartphone," icgonito silence " is not one of them.

If widgets and toggles can be a deal breaker for many, in fact things like notification LEDs, why can't a mute button? Because some people don't care about it?

Vegastouch
Aug 12, 2012, 12:23 PM
Just like widgets, ROMS, and toggles aren't a big deal.



If widgets and toggles can be a deal breaker for many, in fact things like notification LEDs, why can't a mute button? Because some people don't care about it?

Who has said widgets or toggles are a deal breaker? Those are usually mentioned as perks but nobody has ever said, ...."wow if i cant have widgets or toggles, im out"!
As for ROMs, ...that is just another element way beyond what we are discussing here.

Its a silence button. Either you can adapt to some small things or you cant. I prefer a capacitive home button but it doesnt have it. Im living with it,....as hard as that may be....lol <that was sarcasm>

blackhand1001
Aug 12, 2012, 01:21 PM
MAYBE the camera app, but DEFINITELY not the camera quality.

The one series HTC phones, the s3, and the xperia ion all have better cameras that the 4s.

CPD_1
Aug 12, 2012, 03:37 PM
Those are usually mentioned as perks but
nobody has ever said, ...."wow if i cant have widgets or toggles, im out"!

Those bolder words are kind of a dangerous statement. I know plenty of people who have said that they would never own a phone that didn't allow a weather widget. I point out that I can get weather in any app from any screen just by pulling down from the top edge, but that functionality isn't what they want, and some insist that it isn't what they need.

We all have itches that we like having scratched. For me, I have grown accustomed to having a hardware switch for silencing.

Mac.World
Aug 12, 2012, 04:03 PM
It is just like people wanting on screen or notification toggles and widgets. Why can't they just open the apps or go into settings?

I hate unnecessary stuff on screen. Hard concept for some people but that is just me. Flicking a button is 100000x times easier for me. You may agree to disagree but that is how i see it.

It's funny when I read comments like this because if you have been using iOS all this time, simple concepts to Android users, are simply not thought of by Apple users.

You ask above, why can't they just open an app or go into settings, instead of wanting widgets to display information. Well, because it doesn't require any effort to glance at a screen and see your info or mute the phone by tapping a button. But even better than that, and this is something an iPhone and ipad user can't comprehend, because it has always been denied to you, is the notification LED. We know if we have an email, text, mms, if an app updates, if a weather alert comes in, if there is traffic on the way he me, if a meeting time has changed, etc... Just by a blinking light. Phone can be muted and in standby and you know what is up and without disturbing anyone else, like if you are in a meeting.

yeah
Aug 12, 2012, 09:31 PM
The one series HTC phones, the s3, and the xperia ion all have better cameras that the 4s.

http://reviews.cnet.com/best-camera-phones/

Wrathwitch
Aug 12, 2012, 09:51 PM
Automator is your friend. Enable auto addition to dropbox photos folder from android phone, have Automator on your mac automatically add photos to iPhoto. Works in less than a minute.

Explain this sorcery to me!!!


Camera is great on most of the Android phones, even bether then Iphone ! :p

The one series HTC phones, the s3, and the xperia ion all have better cameras that the 4s.

So far in many lighting conditions and distances I have not been able to match the picture quality of my iP4 with the GS3..... It's p####g me off too.

blackhand1001
Aug 12, 2012, 10:57 PM
Explain this sorcery to me!!!






So far in many lighting conditions and distances I have not been able to match the picture quality of my iP4 with the GS3..... It's p####g me off too.

Make sure your lensr isn't dirty. My nexus had something on the lenses and once I wiped it off it made a huge difference.

kevinof
Aug 13, 2012, 03:14 AM
Ditto. Was getting white streaks on all my photos. Cleaned the lens cover and hey presto - getting great quality photos now. I think the lens cover is very sensitive to smudging so it pays to keep it clear.

Make sure your lensr isn't dirty. My nexus had something on the lenses and once I wiped it off it made a huge difference.

sentinelsx
Aug 13, 2012, 04:23 AM
It's funny when I read comments like this because if you have been using iOS all this time, simple concepts to Android users, are simply not thought of by Apple users.

You ask above, why can't they just open an app or go into settings, instead of wanting widgets to display information. Well, because it doesn't require any effort to glance at a screen and see your info or mute the phone by tapping a button. But even better than that, and this is something an iPhone and ipad user can't comprehend, because it has always been denied to you, is the notification LED. We know if we have an email, text, mms, if an app updates, if a weather alert comes in, if there is traffic on the way he me, if a meeting time has changed, etc... Just by a blinking light. Phone can be muted and in standby and you know what is up and without disturbing anyone else, like if you are in a meeting.

Yet the convenience of a mute button is regarded as something that is not relevant at all....

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Who has said widgets or toggles are a deal breaker? Those are usually mentioned as perks but nobody has ever said, ...."wow if i cant have widgets or toggles, im out"!
As for ROMs, ...that is just another element way beyond what we are discussing here.

Its a silence button. Either you can adapt to some small things or you cant. I prefer a capacitive home button but it doesnt have it. Im living with it,....as hard as that may be....lol <that was sarcasm>

Exactly. But if you cannot adapt to a huge screen or some other element of a competitor all of a sudden you get labelled as a "fanboy".

daveathall
Aug 13, 2012, 04:46 AM
Exactly. But if you cannot adapt to a huge screen or some other element of a competitor all of a sudden you get labelled as a "fanboy".
But it's OK for you to label people as fanboys, right?

The amount of samsung fanboys i see berating other android competitors nowadays shows that "sheep" usually just needs a new hyped up toy. If it is not an iPhone, it is a galaxy. iFans, meet the sFans!

sentinelsx
Aug 13, 2012, 12:54 PM
But it's OK for you to label people as fanboys, right?

Goes both ways. Like it or not.

If anything, most people here are quick to jump to label anyone not using a samsung as an "iFan", "isheep", or plain stupid than the other way around. They have hard time believing their new mobile lord which liberated them from the old one can do no wrong. They have fallen into the same state they accused others of.

daveathall
Aug 13, 2012, 01:16 PM
Goes both ways. Like it or not.

If anything, most people here are quick to jump to label anyone not using a samsung as an "iFan", "isheep", or plain stupid than the other way around. They have hard time believing their new mobile lord which liberated them from the old one can do no wrong. They have fallen into the same state they accused others of.

You accused others of using the label fanboys, within thirteen minutes you used that label. It does go both ways, but you cannot be taken seriously when you use double standards within a quarter of an hour. I have got to ask. did you not even think? Or did you just forget what you typed 13 minutes previously? I find that incredible.

Im done with you, your discussions are worthless, you contradict your so called values within 15 minutes.Period.

sentinelsx
Aug 14, 2012, 05:19 AM
You accused others of using the label fanboys, within thirteen minutes you used that label. It does go both ways, but you cannot be taken seriously when you use double standards within a quarter of an hour. I have got to ask. did you not even think? Or did you just forget what you typed 13 minutes previously? I find that incredible.

Im done with you, your discussions are worthless, you contradict your so called values within 15 minutes.Period.

I don't see how my one post can mess up your zen but whatever floats your boat.

As for labelling, i labelled the mindless fanboys around i see in many place. I did not label any specific person here. In fact the people i have been replying too are hardly fanboys. I respect their choice on what they use especially the way they explain it. I also call people ifans on many occasions if that makes you feel better lol. There are people on both camps which are simply too attached to their stuff and i don't see why you are so worked up over it.

I myself use a GS3. How is that for irony?

Calidude
Aug 14, 2012, 05:21 AM
There are people on both camps which are simply too attached to their stuff
Yes, but there's definitely more fanboys on the Apple side than the Android side.

This is pretty much a fact.

LeandrodaFL
Aug 14, 2012, 05:23 PM
thi interface for Android and its apps are not as good as in iPad. For a tablet, its crazy, an android tablet is way inferior to an iPad, not only becasuse of the OS, but also because of form factor

But for phones, there isnt much diference, as they all make and receive calls, and this is the most important in a phone.

Android is actually a great OS, but its only good when compared to iOS, and going from iOS to Android, that will be a huge bad move

cynics
Aug 14, 2012, 05:35 PM
thi interface for Android and its apps are not as good as in iPad. For a tablet, its crazy, an android tablet is way inferior to an iPad, not only becasuse of the OS, but also because of form factor

But for phones, there isnt much diference, as they all make and receive calls, and this is the most important in a phone.

Android is actually a great OS, but its only good when compared to iOS, and going from iOS to Android, that will be a huge bad move

The form factor is so bad Apple sued Samsung for copying it.....

Do you have any reasoning or just a blanket statement? I use both iOS and Android daily so I don't really see what people are on about. I just picked up a new iPad over the weekend and I'm still typing this on my year and a half old Xoom. Lol.....

AlexJaye
Aug 15, 2012, 11:30 AM
The few times that I left and came back I missed. The screen quality, the mute switch, tap the clock to scroll to the top ( it sounds little but it's huge, i.e. every web page) , the keyboard (huge miss), one hand usage, hardware build quality, faster charging, and battery life. I think that is all. - The screen quality of the iPhone 4/S and S3 is pretty close. I love the S3 screen. The S3 also has an option for "tap here to scroll to top" in Settings (found that yesterday at the AT&T store). The S3 keyboard is about the same as iOS-ish... but Swype is much better than what either iOS or Android stock keyboards offer. Many, or most, Android phones can be used w/one hand. I think my glass phone would break faster than an S3. And battery life of the S3, and many new Android phones, has shown to last a full day charge. Also, you can buy expanded batteries that last even longer and change them out yourself! :)

Edit 2: this is going to sound really cheesy and it is probably why Apple fans get called all the names. But in all honesty iOS is just a pleasure to use. I don't know what it is but the other day I spent 30 minutes + playing with an S3 in the AT&T store. It was nice. Then I spent a few minutes playing with an iPhone 4S and it just felt so much better to use and intuitive and smooth and fast and fluid and a pleasure LOL. The stale boring factor is starting not to matter to me anymore. Maybe it is because it is what I am used to...or maybe not. Everyone has their preference I guess. Ok I'm done editing this post. :-) - This simply depends on the person. I've been using iOS for years and aside from becoming boring, it's becoming less useful in comparison to Android, and more difficult. In Android so many things are just easier to get done quickly. A huge change from a few years ago, when I wouldn't have touched Android with a 10 foot log.

Replies are in bold/italics. The main Android phones I've looked at are the S3 & HTC One X. I don't like older Android phones at all. Some of this is, of course, opinion.

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MAYBE the camera app, but DEFINITELY not the camera quality.

... DEFINITELY the camera app, MAYBE the camera quality (depending on phone), lol. The Stock camera app sucks on iOS.

THE JUICEMAN
Aug 15, 2012, 11:36 AM
Replies are in bold/italics. The main Android phones I've looked at are the S3 & HTC One X. I don't like older Android phones at all. Some of this is, of course, opinion.

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... DEFINITELY the camera app, MAYBE the camera quality (depending on phone), lol. The Stock camera app sucks on iOS.

I have held the screens of the S3 and the iPhone and the One X side by side. The one x is the best because of size, brightness and sharpness. iPhone is second and S3 is third mainly because of its brightness and sharpness. This is because of the pentile display. IMO

I was excited when I read about the tap to top feature on the S3 but when I went to try it, it was a joke. For me, it didn't work half the time and doesn't work on the browser which is where I use it the most.

I have tried android so many times and it seems that I just prefer iOS. Android has come a long way and it is a great choice now but just not for me. .

sentinelsx
Aug 15, 2012, 11:38 AM
Yes, but there's definitely more fanboys on the Apple side than the Android side.

This is pretty much a fact.

LOL. Which scientific analysis lead you to that? If anything, every website i go to nowadays has the "call apple users idiots" mantra embraced fully well by most of its users. A simple peek at XDA shows the hardcore iPhone hate from all members too.

Mac.World
Aug 15, 2012, 12:59 PM
LOL. Which scientific analysis lead you to that? If anything, every website i go to nowadays has the "call apple users idiots" mantra embraced fully well by most of its users. A simple peek at XDA shows the hardcore iPhone hate from all members too.
A simple peak at Appleinsider. com shows the hard core android hate from all members too. ;) both sides are out there.

Calidude
Aug 15, 2012, 04:15 PM
LOL. Which scientific analysis lead you to that? If anything, every website i go to nowadays has the "call apple users idiots" mantra embraced fully well by most of its users. A simple peek at XDA shows the hardcore iPhone hate from all members too.
Calling somebody an idiot doesn't necessarily mean they are a fanboy. It may just mean they feel somebody is dumb for buying an inferior product. If somebody buys a Hyundai and gets made fun of by a BMW owner, it doesn't mean the BMW owner is a BMW fanboy.

A fanboy is somebody who has a religious fanaticism over a brand rather than a product. I don't think you can call as many people a Google fanboy as you can call people an Apple fanboy.

sentinelsx
Aug 16, 2012, 12:53 PM
Calling somebody an idiot doesn't necessarily mean they are a fanboy. It may just mean they feel somebody is dumb for buying an inferior product. If somebody buys a Hyundai and gets made fun of by a BMW owner, it doesn't mean the BMW owner is a BMW fanboy.

A fanboy is somebody who has a religious fanaticism over a brand rather than a product. I don't think you can call as many people a Google fanboy as you can call people an Apple fanboy.

Actually i can, and i have personally witnessed some such people in real life too. Believe it or not, that is your problem :)
As for "inferior" product. After using iOS and android side by side, that is just subjective. There is no inferior product. Both are equally capable for 99% of my needs and rest are trade offs on both sides.

Different philosophy yes.




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A simple peak at Appleinsider. com shows the hard core android hate from all members too. ;) both sides are out there.

XDA shows the same hate towards iOS. Try mentioning the word just once and watch the barrage incoming.