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vhl71
Oct 3, 2012, 12:47 PM
Been a iphone user forever since the first iphone came out. Had every one of them including iphone5.

Obviously love everything about iPhone and iOS. But finally pulled the plug yesterday when i went with a different provider. Ordered the Samsung galaxy 3.

Main reason - kinda of bored with iOS and iphone. Want to try something new. So far i know nothing about android..but anxiously waiting for the phone to arrive..don't know how i'll feel..might lov it or hate it..

will let you know once i get it.
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?



isoft7
Oct 3, 2012, 12:49 PM
You're gonna love it! Amazing device it is.

Ideally you would own both an Android and iOS device. ...and why not a Windows Phone 7+ as well.

Then you have access to all major platforms.

mattopotamus
Oct 3, 2012, 12:51 PM
I tried the s3 and the nexus. I think they are both great "stand alone devices", but since I have an apple ecosystem the iphone is the way to go. The best way to describe a situation where it really came into play.....

I brought my appletv over to my GF's house but left the remote. If I had my iphone I could use the remote app and all would be well. I had the s3 at the time, so we were left with a hockey puck looking device that we could not watch. I tried all of the remotes on the google play store and none worked.

Also, syncing everything between my mac is much easier and with IOS6 that ecosystem got much, much better. If I was to have a phone and use it as just a phone, the nexus (whenever the new one comes) would be my choice. Jellybean is really smooth and google now is great.

joshwithachance
Oct 3, 2012, 12:53 PM
You'll come crawling back more than likely. The S3 is a phenomenal device, but it lacks the polish and sophistication of the iPhone 5. And if you're syncing content from a Mac, it's a total mess.

And this belongs in the "Alternatives to iOS" section.

chakraj
Oct 3, 2012, 12:58 PM
Been a iphone user forever since the first iphone came out. Had every one of them including iphone5.

Obviously love everything about iPhone and iOS. But finally pulled the plug yesterday when i went with a different provider. Ordered the Samsung galaxy 3.

Main reason - kinda of bored with iOS and iphone. Want to try something new. So far i know nothing about android..but anxiously waiting for the phone to arrive..don't know how i'll feel..might lov it or hate it..

will let you know once i get it.
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?

to get the best user experience, you will want to unlock it, flash a custom rom, and a custom kernel.

xda-developers, or rootzwiki are the best android sites.

iEnvy
Oct 3, 2012, 01:16 PM
You'll be back

Hpye
Oct 3, 2012, 01:23 PM
Been a iphone user forever since the first iphone came out. Had every one of them including iphone5.

Obviously love everything about iPhone and iOS. But finally pulled the plug yesterday when i went with a different provider. Ordered the Samsung galaxy 3.

Main reason - kinda of bored with iOS and iphone. Want to try something new. So far i know nothing about android..but anxiously waiting for the phone to arrive..don't know how i'll feel..might lov it or hate it..

will let you know once i get it.
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?

dont worry , you wiill come back to iPhone in the future. Youll be frustrated with android OS. I am selling my s3 because it is so sluggish, too much apps running in the backgroud without opening them, i used advance task killer but it does not work well. It kills certain apps and the apps rerun by itself without opening it. The battery life sucks, charge the whole night, woke up at 8 and the batt is around 30 percent by 2pm. Plus the OS looks cheap. Compare your IOS instagram and Android one, or path, FACEBOOK, etc. you'll see. Youll be frustrated with os update too. ICS is a year old and ICS is still running on what people claim " latest and greatest android phone s3" where the hell are the update? so fragmented. GOOD LUCK

avanpelt
Oct 3, 2012, 01:31 PM
You'll come crawling back more than likely. The S3 is a phenomenal device, but it lacks the polish and sophistication of the iPhone 5. And if you're syncing content from a Mac, it's a total mess

I second this. I took the iPhone 4 back in 2010 and got a Droid X because I was having issues with the proximity sensor on the iPhone 4 and my cheek was constantly hanging up on people or conferencing other people in.

I had the Droid X for one year and two months. During that time, I upgraded the device from Froyo (2.2) to Gingerbread (2.3). The OS upgrade itself went fine. It was the waiting for Verizon to push the update that was terrible. That's one of the things that was really annoying about Android. You buy the latest and greatest phone and two or three months later, it has become a dinosaur in terms of updates. Your days of getting an OS upgrade the day it's released by the vendor (Google) are over, my friend.

And, God help you if you have to wipe the device and reload your data. I did that on the advice of Verizon twice because my Droid X would randomly start rebooting during phone calls and becoming generally sluggish after two to three months of use. I don't know if it's still the case now, but a year ago, I had to have three separate apps from the Android Market (aka Google Play store now) to back up my app settings, general device settings, text messages, and call history. If you ever have to wipe your device and reload everything, I suspect you'll be missing the relative seamlessness of iCloud and iTunes backups and restores just like I was.

Finally, this time last year, I wised up, sold the Droid X on eBay, and bought a used iPhone 4. I just sold that iPhone 4 on eBay the other day because I upgraded to the iPhone 5. Sure, the Maps issue with iOS 6 is a big problem; but I'm going to wait it out, use third party apps in the meantime, and know that when iOS 6.1 comes out, I will get it the same day as everyone else and not have to wait weeks or months to get an OS update like I'd have to with an Android handset.

oplix
Oct 3, 2012, 01:34 PM
I bought an S3 too and promptly returned it. Hated the screen. the size was fine but the AMOLED color quality is just crap. pentile matrix is noticeable. not anywhere close to being as sharp as the retina. Hope it goes well for you.

TM WAZZA
Oct 3, 2012, 01:35 PM
I went back when I went to S2 last year.

Getting S3 now is kinda late you should've just went for a Note 2.

qckslvrsiete
Oct 3, 2012, 01:49 PM
Been a iphone user forever since the first iphone came out. Had every one of them including iphone5.

Obviously love everything about iPhone and iOS. But finally pulled the plug yesterday when i went with a different provider. Ordered the Samsung galaxy 3.

Main reason - kinda of bored with iOS and iphone. Want to try something new. So far i know nothing about android..but anxiously waiting for the phone to arrive..don't know how i'll feel..might lov it or hate it..

will let you know once i get it.
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?

Went iPhone 4 to MyTouch 4g back to iPhone 4. Android was fine, just wasn't my cup of tea. Sure, the OS had a lot more "features", but they were things I never really used. For example, I thought the widgets would be awesome, but for the ones I used, I never could get all the info I wanted from the widget by itself -- always had to actually open the apps running behind them. This essentially made them huge animated app icons.

Same as you, I was bored with iOS. Android made me appreciate it more. Android can be a great OS, that's for sure, but only for certain types of people (same case with iOS). I'd say Android is better suited for those who have the time and motivation to take advantage of a more open and customizable OS. Unless you actually want to invest time and effort making Android work great for you, you probably won't enjoy it much -- out of the box, it was very underwhelming to me.

darster
Oct 3, 2012, 01:57 PM
You'll be back

I agree. I pulled the same nonsense. Went from the iPhone 4 to the Razr Maxx. Sure it has LTE, but what a pain. Did not integrate well with my other Apple products. LTE antenna on Razr was average at best. Would lose LTE in my house at times, but so far the iPhone 5 has been rock solid. Battery life better on maxx, but iPhone 5 is no slouch. Had the razr maxx for 7 months, a few months too many. Glad I am back with Apple.

richmds
Oct 3, 2012, 01:58 PM
Choice is good. Try it and you may really love it.
Android is capable of doing much more in the hands of an end user, but unless you the type of person that likes root'ing a phone and trying different kernels and hacks most people dont see this advantage.
After trying both and understanding the limitations of iOS I still prefer iPhones.

oplix
Oct 3, 2012, 02:04 PM
Choice is good. Try it and you may really love it.
Android is capable of doing much more in the hands of an end user, but unless you the type of person that likes root'ing a phone and trying different kernels and hacks most people dont see this advantage.
After trying both and understanding the limitations of iOS I still prefer iPhones.

Much more than what dude? What is this "more" people keep referring to with Android phones? I've used it and there wasn't anything more it could do than my iPhone. In fact in a lot of cases it didn't do the things that work really well on the iPhone.

darster
Oct 3, 2012, 02:07 PM
Much more than what dude? What is this "more" people keep referring to with Android phones? I've used it and there wasn't anything more it could do than my iPhone. In fact in a lot of cases it didn't do the things that work really well on the iPhone.

Well, you know, you can bump the phones to transfer pictures. :D
That ad cracks me up. That's the best Samsung can do to claim it is better than the iPhone 5?

AppleFan91
Oct 3, 2012, 02:10 PM
I own the S3 in addition to the iPhone 5. I use the SIII occasional, but when it comes to a go-to device, I always choose my iPhone 5. I love iCloud and the Apple ecosystem that I have with my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro. However, if I didn't have those then maybe I'd go with the SIII more, not sure

adamj575
Oct 3, 2012, 02:12 PM
I, like you, became tired of ios. I swapped to the galaxy nexus as soon as it came out. At first it was cool, but then after a while i realized how much it sucked (imo) compared to my iphone 4. Upgraded to a 4s. After a while it got boring too. This time instead of swapping platforms I jailbroke it, which I will do from now on as soon as an untethered jailbreak is available. Then knowning the iphone 5 was still 6 months away I again fell for the hype that was the S3. Same story all over again. I loved it at first but after using it a while I noticed some buggyness (this was partly my fault for rooting and installing custom roms) and some slowdown and overall everything was more complicated than an iphone. When the iphone 5 came out I switched back to it and could not be happier that I did. I have learned my lesson and if I feel the need to play around with android again ill get out my nexus 7, which for now is stuck in a drawer and never used - it does not come close to my ipad, and I am contemplating selling it and either getting a macbook air 11" or possible an ipad mini when it is revealed.....sorry for the long post but thats my story...lol

daviddcmd
Oct 3, 2012, 02:21 PM
Been a iphone user forever since the first iphone came out. Had every one of them including iphone5.

Obviously love everything about iPhone and iOS. But finally pulled the plug yesterday when i went with a different provider. Ordered the Samsung galaxy 3.

Main reason - kinda of bored with iOS and iphone. Want to try something new. So far i know nothing about android..but anxiously waiting for the phone to arrive..don't know how i'll feel..might lov it or hate it..

will let you know once i get it.
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?

Stick with it. You won't like it at first but you'll appreciate it once you get comfortable.

Download and learn Tasker. You can program the phone to do certain tasks in the background. Mine mutes the speaker and dims the screen at night. Turns off WiFi when I leave home.

You can change the look of the phone anytime you want. It's really fast.

There's so much you can do with this phone.

I was a long term Iphone user but glad I made the switch.

BJMRamage
Oct 3, 2012, 02:21 PM
Does that cost a lot of money?
to buy a phone every year and then one right after the iP5?

vhl71
Oct 3, 2012, 02:25 PM
Does that cost a lot of money?
to buy a phone every year and then one right after the iP5?

In my case, i'm returning the iphone 5. With my new contract, i'm getting 2 phones..oen for my wife..the iphone5 and the galaxy s3 for myself..

mcdj
Oct 3, 2012, 02:26 PM
In my case, i'm returning the iphone 5. With my new contract, i'm getting 2 phones..oen for my wife..the iphone5 and the galaxy s3 for myself..

riveting.

Black Magic
Oct 3, 2012, 02:26 PM
Much more than what dude? What is this "more" people keep referring to with Android phones? I've used it and there wasn't anything more it could do than my iPhone. In fact in a lot of cases it didn't do the things that work really well on the iPhone.

I have to agree. Actually, the iPhone can do more IMHO due to the fact that there is an app for just about everything. Android is getting there app wise but you still have a few apps here and there that you can't get on Android or don't have the same experience.

The other kicker for me is that it has been known for a while that Samsung is a copier not an innovator. Why would someone want to buy the copy versus going with the original innovator?

It's been said before but let's discuss OS updates one last time. For Android, the newest OS is Jellybean. How many phones new/old do you think are currently running this new OS? Not that many. To make matters worse, how many phones released this year or last year that will get the new OS? Not that many. Why? Because the carriers use this as leverage to get you to buy a new phone. You are literally rolling the dice when you pick Samsung, HTC, Motorola and the various carriers when it comes to phone support/updates.

The other major pain that I'm surprised noone else has mentioned is piss poor battery life. Did you know that to get decent battery life you will end up disabling a lot of features (Live Wallpapers, widgets, and others) just to get your phone to last throughout the day? You better invest in charging cables, extra batteries, and a backpack to carry them in.

Forced Close Messages.....Get use to that as well.

Good luck!

onthecouchagain
Oct 3, 2012, 02:28 PM
Actually, the iPhone can do more

So untrue.

mikeydeezy
Oct 3, 2012, 02:39 PM
Made the same mistake as you. It's such a bad decision...thank God the AT&T store was:


A. Friendly about the matter of returning it.
B. Had iPhone 5's in stock.



I hope you score one easily when you go back in looking to return that Galaxy S III. :rolleyes:

BoxerGT2.5
Oct 3, 2012, 03:03 PM
You'll come crawling back more than likely. The S3 is a phenomenal device, but it lacks the polish and sophistication of the iPhone 5. And if you're syncing content from a Mac, it's a total mess.

And this belongs in the "Alternatives to iOS" section.

What's sophisticated about getting lost? Just curious?

Also if he has a gmail account syncing content is a non issue. If he wants his iTunes library on his phone download the google music app and it uploads them automatically or he can transfer the whole thing to a SD card and keep his music there. So what's there to sync?

cynics
Oct 3, 2012, 03:20 PM
Geez, people are vigorously defending the iPhone. If he think the iPhone is better for him he'll come back if not he won't. No big deal. I love my iPhone but as a tech nerd I know there are plenty of very basic features the S3 has the iPhone doesn't. A lot of cool features it doesn't do either.

Someone mentioned forgetting their ATV remote. If the ATV is JB'd there is an app for android called "Remote for Apple TV". You can also stream to ATV from an Android device with multiple players.

Gatecrasher1875
Oct 3, 2012, 03:40 PM
Hi I recently done the same and posted this on another thread

I was going to start another thread but there are so many already and I just wanted to share some basic thoughts and experiences as someone who moved from the iPhone after 4 years to the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Reason I moved from iOS to Android
I was pretty underwhelmed with the iOS6 update and felt it was time to try something new. I deceided to wait until I saw the iPhone 5 unveiled before i decided to move on as I didn't feel there was enough of an upgrade for me to part with 600 from the iPhone 4.

The Phone
The S3 seems well built, it seems solid and the materials don't feel as cheap as some make out. It's not got the same build quality of an iPhone but at the same time if something goes wrong like the back cover snaps for example you can just buy another one and replace the part thats broken.

The Screen

Probably my favourite thing about this phone, the screen is amazing. I have my screen quite bright so the colours just come out right at you. Watching videos and looking at Hi Res pictures is amazing.

Audio

It's louder and clearer than my iPhone 4 thats for sure I haven't heard any hiss or crackling at all from the speakers. Talking and listening on a phone call is also very clear.

OS

I'm currently on ICS 4.04 and waiting for the Jelly Bean update to come through. I haven't yet expericed lag or crashes from the OS I will see if this changes as the phone gets used more. I like the customization of the OS, I'm not taking about neon coloured keyboards either. It's small things that make the phone easier to use and I often ask myself why this wasn't implamented on iOS (such as changing the default browser). The notifications are also on a different level with the logo of the notification being on the bar at the top of the screen and an LED flashing so you don't even need to lift your phone to see if you have one.

The App store

If you are addicted to apps like me and worried if the Android App store will have the same apps as the one on iOS don't be, I have yet to come accross an app that I couldn't get on my iPhone and if you did there will probably be an adequate replacement. Browsing the store its self takes a bit getting used to though.

Battery Life
At first the Battery life was poor but that was because i couldn't put the phone down, now that my usage has gone down to a more normal level for me I need 1 charge per day the same as my iPhone 4 although when charging time comes its about 10% lower than what the iPhone was.

Faults

I haven't come accross anything major though one bug was a bit frustrating. I was playing about with S Voice and asked it to do an internet search, once the search was completed I closed the tab and browser and the next few times I opened the Browser it had the search i completed with S voice as the page i opened my browser with.

Do i miss iOS?
I'm not completetly done with iOS, I'm keeping my iPhone 4 as an iPod touch type device and still enjoy using it. There isn't anything on my iPhone that i can't do on my S3 though.

I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts if you have any questions feel free to ask.

If your like me you will be happy with your purchase :)

Technarchy
Oct 3, 2012, 04:29 PM
Good luck to you, but after the shininess wears off, you'll be missing iOS.

Between the force closes, battery pulls, and there not being an app for that on android, it gets old fast. And just wait till you realize Samsung has abandoned support for your device after a few weeks.

But good luck to you just the same. It's only natural to want to dabble for variety, which they say is the spice of life.

Zman5225
Oct 3, 2012, 04:33 PM
And just wait till you realize Samsung has abandoned support for your device after a few weeks.



I really enjoy my S3, but I will say I do not like not having the latest and greatest operating system until months after the carriers get it from google and tweak it and then release it. Abandoned is the wrong word though, the phones are just slower to get the updated operating system.

LIVEFRMNYC
Oct 3, 2012, 04:39 PM
Good luck to you, but after the shininess wears off, you'll be missing iOS.

Between the force closes, battery pulls, and there not being an app for that on android, it gets old fast. And just wait till you realize Samsung has abandoned support for your device after a few weeks.

But good luck to you just the same. It's only natural to want to dabble for variety, which they say is the spice of life.

Force closes don't exist over here. Only time I pulled the battery was to insert my sim and sd card. Show me some non existent apps, and more than just one or two.

onthecouchagain
Oct 3, 2012, 05:35 PM
Good luck to you, but after the shininess wears off, you'll be missing iOS.

Between the force closes, battery pulls, and there not being an app for that on android, it gets old fast. And just wait till you realize Samsung has abandoned support for your device after a few weeks.

But good luck to you just the same. It's only natural to want to dabble for variety, which they say is the spice of life.


I'm not a fan of the SIII, but even I can smell blatant obscurantism. Must hurt to know the SIII is doing so well, huh.

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Force closes don't exist over here. Only time I pulled the battery was to insert my sim and sd card. Show me some non existent apps, and more than just one or two.

Technarchy is in the habit of using straw mans. He still thinks we're debating over Android of yesteryear. And he thinks he's the best type of Apple fan when he's really the worst. (Well, maybe Bobby Corwen is one or two levels worse...)

Don't take him too seriously.

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Been a iphone user forever since the first iphone came out. Had every one of them including iphone5.

Obviously love everything about iPhone and iOS. But finally pulled the plug yesterday when i went with a different provider. Ordered the Samsung galaxy 3.

Main reason - kinda of bored with iOS and iphone. Want to try something new. So far i know nothing about android..but anxiously waiting for the phone to arrive..don't know how i'll feel..might lov it or hate it..

will let you know once i get it.
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?

Best of luck, OP. The usability of the SIII, and of the Android platform in general, is many times that of the iPhone (I think you'll appreciate setting toggles; look into them. I also think you'll appreciate the dedicated back button and the dedicated menu button; makes life much easier).

There's a world to discover if you're willing to explore. And it sounds like you are.

And if you don't like it, that's understandable too. There are plenty of shortcomings of Android also.

cynics
Oct 3, 2012, 06:27 PM
Force closes don't exist over here. Only time I pulled the battery was to insert my sim and sd card. Show me some non existent apps, and more than just one or two.

I don't know who you are replying to because I have some people on ignore but they are in serious denial!! Look in the iOS section here, people selecting purchased apps in the App Store crashing the App Store. Other people moving apps on home screens causing springboard to crash. Remember when an apple server crashed and no one had wifi?!? These phone won't even work without apples backend!!

Here is a couple issues I've had.

iPhone reset half my settings then tried to teach me how to reuse the phone. How do I make folders? If I only knew!!!
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/04/de3ajuja.jpg

Return to call? I don't even have signal!!
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/04/9u2ysy5y.jpg

Phone lost half my photos
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/04/aju4upug.jpg

No worries maybe they are on my cloud...it's down, lovely
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/04/geda7aha.jpg

Can't "clear all"
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/10/04/4yga3u3e.jpg

These are all native iPhone apps!! Not a poorly programmed apps, which I have plenty of pics of those.

I've found VANILLA Android and native apps to be more stable then iOS. 3rd party apps are the same. It may have been worse way back when but not in my current experience. The day of the battery pull is gone, just today I had to reset my iPhone because swiping a text from the lock screen would just open the message app but not the particular person that texted me.

Wrathwitch
Oct 3, 2012, 07:45 PM
Been a iphone user forever since the first iphone came out. Had every one of them including iphone5.

Obviously love everything about iPhone and iOS. But finally pulled the plug yesterday when i went with a different provider. Ordered the Samsung galaxy 3.

Main reason - kinda of bored with iOS and iphone. Want to try something new. So far i know nothing about android..but anxiously waiting for the phone to arrive..don't know how i'll feel..might lov it or hate it..

will let you know once i get it.
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?

Here is the ONLY things you need to know about going from Apple to Android.

The OS is NOT the same. Keep an OPEN mind and give it some time to hit the learning curve. For things that you took for granted via Apple, there ARE compatible work arounds or ways to make any Apple devices you have play nice with your phone. It took me a month to really warm up to the device and at least 2-3 to really start enjoying it.

Xda forums are a great place to go for advice, but they don't tolerate retards so do some research in the forums before you post a question.

A more user friendly starter Android forum is Android Central.

In reality, the damn phone works well as it is out of the box. I haven't rooted or flashed any ROMS and I am quite content SO FAR (until I eventually crave some radical change).

Configure the phone as you like. Remember to periodically CLOSE running apps and if you find the battery life is really sucking, get some sort of app like Juice Defender to control your Wifi (this really made a difference in my phone's battery life). I get a full day of use easily out of it and I don't throttle it by selecting the power conservation features.

One thing that kind of blows is getting a solid back up app or program so that when you finally get your phone where you want it, to back it up completely. I would ask around to see what some people recommend without having to root.

Cheers!

wonderspark
Oct 3, 2012, 08:21 PM
Why do folks come to an Apple Forum and Website to brag/discuss them switching to Android? Wouldn't you want to join an Android forum to discuss and learn about your new phone? It's like hopping in a Camaro car forum to talk about buying a Ford Mustang.

It just doesn't make sense.
Sure it does. I have both and iPhone and an Android phone. I also use both a Mac and a PC. I like OS X and Windows, too. Therefore, I'm on this forum as well as other forums.

Not everyone thinks sees in simply black vs. white. Some see the greys as well... or even in color! :)

Vegastouch
Oct 3, 2012, 09:58 PM
Why do folks come to an Apple Forum and Website to brag/discuss them switching to Android? Wouldn't you want to join an Android forum to discuss and learn about your new phone? It's like hopping in a Camaro car forum to talk about buying a Ford Mustang.

It just doesn't make sense.

Maybe you should read the title to this section of the forum.

Incognegro
Oct 3, 2012, 10:07 PM
Maybe you should read the title to this section of the forum.

Maybe you should actually read the posts in this thread and then you would have a clue. Oh wait you edited that out. Maybe you will have a better understanding of the comment made.

Just to get you up to speed, the thread started out in iPhone forum.

onthecouchagain
Oct 3, 2012, 11:36 PM
I don't know who you are replying to because I have some people on ignore but they are in serious denial!!


This is why I speak so adamantly about intellectual honesty when talking about Apple. When I got my 4S I was expecting a near-perfect, effortless, brilliant experience. Why shouldn't I? It's been touted as such by so many people.

And then the reality was drastically different. I've experienced force closes, lag, folder issues, icon issues, MAJOR keyboard issues, and it even froze on me once in a rare while. This was the super smooth super reliable iPhone experience everyone kept telling me about?

This is why people like Technarchy (who is the person the poster you quoted was replying to) and his ilk are the worst type of Apple fans. In the long run, they're only cheating themselves. iOS is where it is largely in part to people like them.

And it's a shame.

Trepex
Oct 4, 2012, 08:16 AM
Been a iphone user forever since the first iphone came out. Had every one of them including iphone5.

Obviously love everything about iPhone and iOS. But finally pulled the plug yesterday when i went with a different provider. Ordered the Samsung galaxy 3.

Main reason - kinda of bored with iOS and iphone. Want to try something new. So far i know nothing about android..but anxiously waiting for the phone to arrive..don't know how i'll feel..might lov it or hate it..

will let you know once i get it.
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?

I got an iPhone 5 and then had a flip-flop moment and bought an S3 to give it a shot. It's a beautiful device, but I just found myself missing iOS too much. And all of my friends and family are on iOS, so going Droid meant losing a lot of benefits of things like iMessage, Find my Friends, shared reminders, and now shared photo streams.

I loved that I could tweak the S3 to be whatever I wanted, and I loved the notification light. On the other hand, even after aggressive efforts to save battery life, it still seemed pretty bad compared to the iPhone 5 or even the 4s.

I finally decided to return it and stick with the 5. For me it was exactly what I needed - to take a survey of the other options out there, then convince myself definitively that I'm still happiest with iOS.

daveathall
Oct 4, 2012, 01:29 PM
There has been a lot of sound advice given, I can only echo that advice.

It's not iOS, dont expect it to be like it.

Bare with it, give it a chance, have it for a week to see what it's really like.

Vegastouch
Oct 4, 2012, 09:16 PM
There has been a lot of sound advice given, I can only echo that advice.

It's not iOS, dont expect it to be like it.

Bare with it, give it a chance, have it for a week to see what it's really like.

Id say at least two weeks. Thats about when you get what you can do and figure some stuff out and are getting comfortable with it.

swy05
Oct 4, 2012, 10:17 PM
I've come from a history of iphones.

My last iphone purchase was the iPhone4 (which I loved). I moved to another country and was contemplating on getting the iPhone 4s. But at the last second, decided to get a Galaxy s2 because it was cheaper.

For the first 2 weeks I hated it. Because I couldn't find anything and everything seemed to be too difficult to do.

But after about 2 weeks, I became accustomed to Android and after about 1 month, everything became natural to me.

With the S2, I admit I've had the phone reboot on me a number of times and have had the phone lockup (but this was more because of a few bad apps).

But with the S3 I purchased, everything has been great. No lockups, no reboots, etc.

The only complaints I have about the phone are the sub-par battery life. But I guess, it's a bit common with the Android phones. Plus, the build quality could be better (my S2 felt more solid than my S3).

But everything else has been gravy.

MadGoat
Oct 4, 2012, 10:19 PM
I had my note for nearly a month and a half. What a beautiful device. But in all honesty, android just doesn't compare to iOS.

It's nice to be able to tweak the OS till the cows come home. But at the same time, the more you do, the faster you kill the battery. If you want your battery to last, you have to kill all the neat things that make an android an android. No widgets, no wallpaper... So now you got iOS.

I did love the back button and I found myself constantly reaching for it when I got back to my iPhone.

I also dislike that once they release a device, they (usually the carriers are pretty bad once they have your money)pretty much stop supporting it right away.

At least with iOS once they release the update, younger it the same day, right from the source.

b24pgg
Oct 4, 2012, 10:48 PM
Has anyone switched from apple to android? any comments? feedback?
Honestly my best advice would be to go to the xda-developers forum (http://forum.xda-developers.com/index.php) and find the "Post your homescreen" thread in the S3 subforum for your carrier. Some of those people come up with some really creative stuff that will give you a sense of what kinds of things you can do.

Vegastouch
Oct 4, 2012, 10:52 PM
I've come from a history of iphones.

My last iphone purchase was the iPhone4 (which I loved). I moved to another country and was contemplating on getting the iPhone 4s. But at the last second, decided to get a Galaxy s2 because it was cheaper.

For the first 2 weeks I hated it. Because I couldn't find anything and everything seemed to be too difficult to do.

But after about 2 weeks, I became accustomed to Android and after about 1 month, everything became natural to me.

With the S2, I admit I've had the phone reboot on me a number of times and have had the phone lockup (but this was more because of a few bad apps).

But with the S3 I purchased, everything has been great. No lockups, no reboots, etc.

The only complaints I have about the phone are the sub-par battery life. But I guess, it's a bit common with the Android phones. Plus, the build quality could be better (my S2 felt more solid than my S3).

But everything else has been gravy.

Disable some bloatware you dont want thru app management and the battery will be better. My battery is really good. My phone has been on over 14 hours with Bluetooth and wi-fi on all day at a place where my signal is weak at times which usually drained my Galaxy s Vibrant without turning on airplane mode, and im using a live wallpaper for my clock.....and i am at 53% at the moment.

Apollo 13
Oct 4, 2012, 11:03 PM
want to get a SG3 bad but the thought of getting the Jelly Bean update and that's it worries me. I would have to depend on rom makers to get the newest update for me at the cost of a broken camera or something else not working. Those are things I will not forget about android. I also have a ipad so I won't have to worry so much about all the apps that are garbage on android compared to their ios counterpart.

Dave.UK
Oct 5, 2012, 04:23 AM
want to get a SG3 bad but the thought of getting the Jelly Bean update and that's it worries me. I would have to depend on rom makers to get the newest update for me at the cost of a broken camera or something else not working. Those are things I will not forget about android. I also have a ipad so I won't have to worry so much about all the apps that are garbage on android compared to their ios counterpart.

What a strange post! Why would you not want the Jellybean update on the GS3? You seem to make little sense.

Any examples of "garbage apps" on Android?

daveathall
Oct 5, 2012, 04:35 AM
Id say at least two weeks. Thats about when you get what you can do and figure some stuff out and are getting comfortable with it.

Yep, there is that. I did say a week because by that time, IMHO, the period of comparing it to iOS has worn off and one can start to enjoy the experience of a different OS.:) I think the main thing is to keep it long enough just to give it a chance.

LostSoul80
Oct 5, 2012, 05:04 AM
What a strange post! Why would you not want the Jellybean update on the GS3? You seem to make little sense.

Any examples of "garbage apps" on Android?

Suggestion: don't feed the troll.
Remember that many people here talk about Android without having ever even tried it themselves.

cookiesnfooty
Oct 5, 2012, 06:11 AM
Suggestion: don't feed the troll.
Remember that many people here talk about Android without having ever even tried it themselves.

Actually I believe you misunderstood what he meant both of you.

Basically he means his carrier aren't pushing the updates so he is having to use cooked roms from the likes of XDA unfortunately a lot have broken features because they are prerelease.

What he should do is stick to a known good version and wait for the proper updates to be released.

Dave.UK
Oct 5, 2012, 06:20 AM
Actually I believe you misunderstood what he meant both of you.

Basically he means his carrier aren't pushing the updates so he is having to use cooked roms from the likes of XDA unfortunately a lot have broken features because they are prerelease.

What he should do is stick to a known good version and wait for the proper updates to be released.

Exactly. Although its nice to have the latest update, I dont know why some people want to rush things and have cooked roms.

My GS3 works very well on ICS and im happy to wait the few months before I get Jellybean.

ChrisTX
Oct 5, 2012, 07:22 AM
As an iPhone user that has recently switched to the S III. I can say there is definitely a learning curve that takes place. My S III has been able to coexist peacefully with my MacBook Pro, iPad 3, and Apple TV just fine. Maybe not as seamlessly as my iPhone did, but it certainly works. When you're used to the iOS way of doing things it can be a bit nerve racking trying to get the Android OS to function the same, but otherwise it's not so bad. I think the flagship Android phones do away with the perceived bugginess better than some of the average, and older models. But for me it was the hardware that was tempting more so than the OS. iOS does a lot of things better than Android, and some things Android does better. The only to truly see what's out there is to dive right in. Sorry for the long rant, hope you enjoy your S III! :cool:

dukeblue91
Oct 5, 2012, 10:48 AM
I don't have the GS3 so I can't speak to that, but I do have moved from a iPhone 4s to a HTC One X a few month ago.

I don't regret the move one bit and have been very pleased with Android and my device.
It took some time to get used of doing things other then the iOS way but once I got passed to compare how things where done and embraced the new way I really liked it.

There things that work better on Android and others on iOS.
At first synching was a big problem for me as my whole house is Apple centric.
But I got passed that and found ways to make it work in an easy way.
I do miss some things like iMessage since many friends and family have iPhones especially the ones in Germany.

As far as apps go I have not come across something I could not find on Android vs iOS at the play store and most of the Android versions are free or much cheaper then the iOS version.

I never had any of the problems some here say all android devices have or what they experienced so I really question some of those people.

If you take your time to learn android and stop comparing it to what you are used to you will find your new device to be awesome, I'm sure of that.

Enjoy your new phone.

Apollo 13
Oct 5, 2012, 03:02 PM
I don't have the GS3 so I can't speak to that, but I do have moved from a iPhone 4s to a HTC One X a few month ago.

I don't regret the move one bit and have been very pleased with Android and my device.
It took some time to get used of doing things other then the iOS way but once I got passed to compare how things where done and embraced the new way I really liked it.

There things that work better on Android and others on iOS.
At first synching was a big problem for me as my whole house is Apple centric.
But I got passed that and found ways to make it work in an easy way.
I do miss some things like iMessage since many friends and family have iPhones especially the ones in Germany.

As far as apps go I have not come across something I could not find on Android vs iOS at the play store and most of the Android versions are free or much cheaper then the iOS version.

I never had any of the problems some here say all android devices have or what they experienced so I really question some of those people.

If you take your time to learn android and stop comparing it to what you are used to you will find your new device to be awesome, I'm sure of that.

Enjoy your new phone.

Have you found found something on android that simular to imessage that can be used on both platforms? I want to give android a try again but imessage and some other things is kind of holding me back. New android phones are coming out this holdiday season and it will be stupid for me to go purchase a SG3 even though it's very tempting.

dukeblue91
Oct 5, 2012, 07:51 PM
Have you found found something on android that simular to imessage that can be used on both platforms? I want to give android a try again but imessage and some other things is kind of holding me back. New android phones are coming out this holdiday season and it will be stupid for me to go purchase a SG3 even though it's very tempting.

Yes I'm using Whatsapp which is available for all OS's and free to use.
The app is free on Android but is $.99 for iOS.