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thefredelement
Oct 10, 2012, 11:28 PM
Sorry, long post. I'm not some hipster Apple fan, I like things that work the best for me and I'd just like some of your thoughts...

Alright, well over the past year I've been opening myself up to using some Apple stuff. I started by running OS X on my PC, then got an iPad for my birthday, then a Mac Pro desktop.

I've really enjoyed the experience, especially coming from a Linux desktop (having bash just as accessible as ms office is a pure win for my day to day, add iTunes to that and I just can't be happier with my desktop).

iTunes U on the iPad is awesome for someone like me (I'm always reading and seem to be curious about everything), the games are fun too and I really like using it as a communication device as well. It's just a great device, when I'm out taking photos I plug in the connection kit and have a blast reviewing them right then and there.

I have been using Android phones since the Evo 4G was released in June 2010 (I got it on release day). I've personally used (more than briefly): Evo 4G, Epic 4G, Epic 4G Touch (galaxy s2), Nexus S, Droid Incredible, Motorola Xoom (a tablet), Galaxy Nexus, GS3.

My favorite by far is the Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean, though I like the form factor of the Nexus S the best. (and the Droid Incredible too, but the finish/curve on the Nexus S felt nicer to me)

Being as the GNex is almost a year old and my recent conversion to Apple tech, I thought this is my year to dive head first in to iPhone, and I did, I "won the reservation lottery" last night and scored 2 iPhones! One 32GB and one 16GB (which I plan to sell on eBay to cover the cost of the 32GB and activation fees) which I picked up this morning.

I've been tinkering on and off with the iPhone all day. I've discovered I've got one with a bit of a problem (a persistent and loud "screen click"), but aside from that I've been trying to get used to it as my handheld. My phone is my life line for someone like me, I have a full time job, 4 clients of my own and hobbies/interests/goals that seemingly require more and more connectivity and data.

I guess I had some type of bias towards liking the iPhone - I didn't even think it would be an issue, I assumed it would equate to the difference in my level of satisfaction that I have using apps on my iPad compared to android tablet apps on my Xoom.

It's just not sitting right. I miss Google Now, not in the Siri way but in the "aware android" type of way. I'm also a HUGE google voice user and the integration on iPhone leaves a lot to be desired after coming from android.

I do love the speed, look and feel of the iPhone and especially the 4" size. It fits great for me, to me it feels like a better made Nexus S (aside from the screen popping issue).

I was never a home screen widget person on any of my phones, I liked it really clean but I find myself having to do more things to the iPhone than I did on android (for instance, a wifi, 4g, airplane toggles on the home screen are handy). I tried to use Siri for these things but there's no access to them.

I'm a little confused, as of now, I kind of wish I could combine a few things, and I'm hoping someone with similar experiences can shed some light (no matter which way you ended up going):

The mail app on the iPhone is awesome, I'm a heavy gmail user but really prefer the iOS mail app. One inbox = easy win.

Google Voice on the iPhone sucks, no API dialer access? no native messaging client integration?

Maps doesn't need to be brought up again.

Access to common features as mentioned above - this is a pain, when I get on a subway, I'd like to hit an airplane mode toggle widget, the same for wifi when leaving the house and 4G when not in coverage, etc.

iTunes on a phone, Android can't touch that, not even close, especially with workout playlists. I got the 32GB so I can load it up for long car trips, vacations, etc. even writing this makes me excited.

Google Now - iOS isn't even remotely close to being this kind of a real assistant

Handset look & feel - no Android phone comes close to the design and feel of the iPhone

Build quality - I've personally never experienced a bummed Android phone, my first iPhone having screen popping/clicks is annoying but understandable and something I'm sure that can get resolved with a little time & effort at the Apple store.

Siri is amusing, probably more entertaining than functional compared directly to Google Now's voice interaction component

Safari is much more fluid on an iPhone than Chrome is on a GNex (at least for the sites I frequent)

Facebook/Twitter - I'm not real big on either but found myself just today sharing stuff to facebook that I have never done on Android (and that sharing API has been around forever)

That pretty much sums up where I am, if anyone has any tips/input on some apps that I might find useful, or workflow ideas, that'd be great. Or consequently if you were in the same boat as me and really kept trying to get in sync with the iPhone but just couldn't, that would be good to hear as well.

Sorry for the long post but thanks if you made it this far...



wordoflife
Oct 10, 2012, 11:32 PM
It sounds like you're just discussion the pros/cons of each device to yourself, so I can't really comment because a lot of things you mentioned, I don't use; while other things I do.

All I can say is that one size does not fit all and that you should go with whatever you feel more comfortable with. You have an iPad though, so you can still have the iOS experience if that's what you're looking for.

FYI, asking on an appleforum will give you answered skewed to "keep iphone"

duneriderltr450
Oct 10, 2012, 11:34 PM
when a jailbreak comes out you can add stuff like widgets, ect.

thefredelement
Oct 10, 2012, 11:43 PM
It sounds like you're just discussion the pros/cons of each device to yourself, so I can't really comment because a lot of things you mentioned, I don't use; while other things I do.

All I can say is that one size does not fit all and that you should go with whatever you feel more comfortable with. You have an iPad though, so you can still have the iOS experience if that's what you're looking for.

FYI, asking on an appleforum will give you answered skewed to "keep iphone"

You know, I feel like I want to keep the iPhone, maybe just make it a little more Android-ish or hear what others have done to come up with workarounds if there are any.

when a jailbreak comes out you can add stuff like widgets, ect.

It's so funny you said this, after I posted this I started doing some research on what can be done with Google Voice and found it can be really tightly integrated into the iPhone once jailbroken.

I've been rooting Androids for the past 2 years and oddly enough, I'm not familiar at all with what's possible with a rooted iPhone...

pilotkid
Oct 11, 2012, 12:19 AM
I have had multiple Android phones between AT&T and Verizon over the last couple of years and I always end up going back to the iPhone. I've had the 3G-iPhone 5 and they have always been the best match for me. Especially if you have an iPad and a Mac Pro. They will all sync wonderfully. Android doesn't support Apple which has always been annoying to me and surprising in the last year or so. Yes, you can get a 3rd party app to sync with Mac's but its not the same as using iCloud or just plugging into iTunes. I vote stay with the iPhone.

thefredelement
Oct 11, 2012, 08:40 AM
I have had multiple Android phones between AT&T and Verizon over the last couple of years and I always end up going back to the iPhone. I've had the 3G-iPhone 5 and they have always been the best match for me. Especially if you have an iPad and a Mac Pro. They will all sync wonderfully. Android doesn't support Apple which has always been annoying to me and surprising in the last year or so. Yes, you can get a 3rd party app to sync with Mac's but its not the same as using iCloud or just plugging into iTunes. I vote stay with the iPhone.

I don't know how much iCloud I'd use on the phone. I use it on my iPad now that it's integrated my desktop for Pages mostly. I like that I can kind of sit on the couch, put the TV on and still work on stuff. I don't see myself doing that on the iPhone.

You're bang on about iTunes - It's very annoying to transfer music from iTunes to an android phone. I always had to show each file in finder then copy it over manually. It's not the end of the world but it's not as seamless as iPhone.

I have tried some android apps to get them to sync with iTunes but they feel cheesy and like a cheap hack.

I'm kind of thinking maybe go back to Android and just get an iPod touch.

I have an appointment at the Apple store today for the screen popping issue - I know if I exchange it I'm stuck with it so if they can't fix it I may just return it for now. I really don't like being forced in to that decision so early on.

darngooddesign
Oct 11, 2012, 08:41 AM
Sorry, long post. I'm not some hipster Apple fan, I like things that work the best for me and I'd just like some of your thoughts...

And I stopped reading after your condescending first sentence.

Just get which ever works for you.

thefredelement
Oct 11, 2012, 08:46 AM
And I stopped reading after your condescending first sentence.

Just get which ever works for you.

It was not meant to be condescending, I have friends who are hipster Apple fans

MacRumorUser
Oct 11, 2012, 08:53 AM
Can you not keep your iPhone and get an android device ;)






Then give it time and if you find you prefer one device over the other, you can decide then to sell one off etc.

I'm using both the iPhone 5 & HTC One X at the moment. I flit between the two, but if I did decide to sell one tomorrow it would probably be the One X and I'd get some other phone, but not replace my iPhone.

Tarzanman
Oct 11, 2012, 09:21 AM
If you stay there will be trouble....

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 11, 2012, 09:32 AM
I am finally leaving iPhone. The reason being is because I want something different. 5 years of iPhone and it is time for a change.

I don't like android skins so I am heavily looking at the new LG Nexus device or any other nexus devices that may come out.

I am also considering the Nokia lumia 920 but I am concerned about WP8.

From reading your post it sounds like you are going to miss the freedom of some of the things on android. IMO jailbreaking has never been able to make up for that. But if you can get over the freedom you lose then you should be fine. iPhone 5 is a great product.

IMO the smoothness, stability, ease of use, consistency, app quality, and pleasure to use factor that once separated iOS from android is now gone. So if you take that gap that is now closed and add the freedom my choice is android.

I hope that helps. Good luck!

thefredelement
Oct 11, 2012, 09:50 AM
I am finally leaving iPhone. The reason being is because I want something different. 5 years of iPhone and it is time for a change.

I don't like android skins so I am heavily looking at the new LG Nexus device or any other nexus devices that may come out.

I am also considering the Nokia lumia 920 but I am concerned about WP8.

From reading your post it sounds like you are going to miss the freedom of some of the things on android. IMO jailbreaking has never been able to make up for that. But if you can get over the freedom you lose then you should be fine. iPhone 5 is a great product.

IMO the smoothness, stability, ease of use, consistency, app quality, and pleasure to use factor that once separated iOS from android is now gone. So if you take that gap that is now closed and add the freedom my choice is android.

I hope that helps. Good luck!


I agree with your last statement 100%, especially with the latest Nexus offerings. The Nexus S is laggy w/jelly bean, but is quite decent with gingerbread.

The Gnex with Jelly bean seems just as quick and smooth as the i5, albeit bigger and not as nice to hold.

Maybe I just want android on an i5 with iTunes sync and some apps ported (properly) - doesn't seem too much to ask for!

tekno
Oct 11, 2012, 09:54 AM
Such a huge number of posts like this now. Apple definitely don't have the hold on their customers like they used to.

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It was not meant to be condescending, I have friends who are hipster Apple fans

He's right. I have gay friends so it's impossible for me to say anything that could be considered homophobic.

thefredelement
Oct 11, 2012, 10:09 AM
Such a huge number of posts like this now. Apple definitely don't have the hold on their customers like they used to.

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He's right. I have gay friends so it's impossible for me to say anything that could be considered homophobic.

Good analogy, I should choose my words more carefully. I just meant I didn't want any blind pro iPhone responses as I'm trying to find real solutions.

Locking in for 2 years is a long time for something I'm not on the same page with.

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 11, 2012, 10:18 AM
I agree with your last statement 100%, especially with the latest Nexus offerings. The Nexus S is laggy w/jelly bean, but is quite decent with gingerbread.

The Gnex with Jelly bean seems just as quick and smooth as the i5, albeit bigger and not as nice to hold.

Maybe I just want android on an i5 with iTunes sync and some apps ported (properly) - doesn't seem too much to ask for!

Haha good luck with that. And personally I hate the way the iPhone has felt since the 4 came about. To square and too hard and too slippery and uncomfortable in the hand.

phr0ze
Oct 11, 2012, 10:42 AM
Locking in for 2 years is a long time for something I'm not on the same page with.

Who says you're locking in. Iphones resell very high. Just sell it, and you'll have enough to buy whatever.

Dontazemebro
Oct 11, 2012, 10:45 AM
Seeing as you've had quite enough experience with Android, why not just get the iPhone 5?

thefredelement
Oct 11, 2012, 10:54 AM
Who says you're locking in. Iphones resell very high. Just sell it, and you'll have enough to buy whatever.

Totally correct, I could give myself a longer trial until the next Nexus comes to Verizon and see what I like better. I may end up doing that, hopefully this iPhone will sell for more than the non-subsidized price for the Nexus if I choose to go that way.

Seeing as you've had quite enough experience with Android, why not just get the iPhone 5?

I have the iPhone and have been doing a fair amount of research. I may be able to make this be the right phone for me once the phone can be rooted and (hopefully) when Apple approves the Google Now / Google Search app update.

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 11, 2012, 11:05 AM
Perfect example ( small example) of something I won't miss on iPhone.

I was in the browser and I received a couple of texts. I figured I would finish reading my article and then go check them. 30 minutes later I have forgotten that I even had texts until I went back to the home screen.

That wouldn't happen on android because of the persistent notification icons in the status bar.

Like I said, this is a minor annoyance but to me I'm looking forward to android notifications again. This is something that could be fixed with jailbreaking though. /end rant

Markyboy81
Oct 11, 2012, 11:07 AM
Who says you're locking in. Iphones resell very high. Just sell it, and you'll have enough to buy whatever.

Iphones do have a good resale value, but that's partly as they're so expensive to start with. And it also depends on when in the cycle you buy it. You will get good resale prices if you buy early on but not if you bought it months after it was released.

MacRumorUser
Oct 11, 2012, 11:24 AM
Perfect example ( small example) of something I won't miss on iPhone.

I was in the browser and I received a couple of texts. I figured I would finish reading my article and then go check them. 30 minutes later I have forgotten that I even had texts until I went back to the home screen.

But they appear in notification centre on iPhone too, or is it just you prefer to have a notification icon persistent on the screen ?

Oohara
Oct 11, 2012, 11:52 AM
Sounds like you want mostly Android functionality for your phone, but the build quality/feel of the iPhone. The upcoming LG Nexus seems to be both at the same time.

http://cdn.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcentral.com/files/imagecache/w680h550/postimages/108579/cc1a27ddcf19a946d81b6ce1979e2a92_1349949832_0.jpg

Then for Apple stuff/iTunes you could just get an entry level iPod touch, like you suggest. It's very small and light so shouldn't be much of a nuisance to carry around at the same time.

Another alternative might be to stay with the iPhone 5 and get a Nexus 7 for the Android stuff. But it sounds like you really need Google Now to be on your phone, and not on a side device (+ widget level access to system settings like wifi/airplane mode etc, which you don't get on iOS).

I have the same dilemma, I need stuff from both worlds too. Will be going for LG Nexus + iPad Mini (if it happens, otherwise I might get a Touch instead.)

Anyway let us know what you end up deciding on :) (I've been on the fence for so long myself, I need support lol)

phr0ze
Oct 11, 2012, 12:32 PM
Iphones do have a good resale value, but that's partly as they're so expensive to start with. And it also depends on when in the cycle you buy it. You will get good resale prices if you buy early on but not if you bought it months after it was released.

What ever the reason, iphones maintain high resale value. The 4s seems to average for $450 on CL for a Verizon/ATT version. The Galaxy 3, also seems to average for $450.

The iphone 5 is over inflated at this time at $850-950, but its not going to go less than $600 until the next iphone arrives.

MacBH928
Oct 11, 2012, 12:43 PM
After looking at S3 I do not think that the perfect solution/product exists.

best advice is to test both and see what you like. I tested the S3 and decided to go with the iPhone.

daveathall
Oct 11, 2012, 12:50 PM
I was torn between the S3 and iP5, I had both since the day the iPhone 5 came out, both are superb devices, on this occasion I chose the S3 because I fancied a change. I'm now selling my iP5.

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 11, 2012, 12:53 PM
But they appear in notification centre on iPhone too, or is it just you prefer to have a notification icon persistent on the screen ?

the thing is i often dont interact with a notification. say im busy reading an article or playing a game.......on iOS that notification is gone and wouldn't know unless i went to the home screen or like you said pull down the notification tray. Like i said this is so minor but so not at the same time lol. in android no matter what im doing the notification is always there in the status bar reminding me that i need to do something.

thefredelement
Oct 11, 2012, 06:47 PM
Well I decided to keep the iPhone 5 until the LG Nexus came out and then try it in the store and if I liked it enough, sell the iPhone and buy the LG Nexus.

When I got to the Apple store today to exchange my i5 with a non-broken one they couldn't activate the new iPhone 5. We tried for about an hour but their app couldn't get Verizon phones to activate while I was there. They also couldn't just call Verizon because then it wouldn't reflect in their system right. They said I could come back but after having been there for close to two hours (playing with my Nexus S, with my VZW Dinc in my pocket, just incase...) I decided to just return the i5.

The people helping were really great and awesome, I was showing the Apple guy some quick stuff about Google Now. We joked about how Google & Apple should merge and just make the best stuff for everyone.

For my trouble of having to wait for so long and not being able to get the new one activated they said they'd hold it for me. They put a blue hold card on a retail Verizon 32GB i5 that's good for 7 days, so if I change my mind I can go back and just grab it.

Just won a GNex on eBay... It was nice to dip my feet in the water but just not for me. Maybe iOS7 or 8 :)

gcnet22
Oct 11, 2012, 06:55 PM
Honestly, I was highly disappointed with the iPhone 5s battery life (I tried everything). Maybe I just got a lemon. I actually ended up selling it for $900 on eBay and bought a used Razr Maxx cheap. After living with the Razr for a week...I have realized I had made a foolish mistake. The battery life is outstanding but thats where it ends. Ice Cream Sandwich is still laggy and choppy. Games played like crap. Most apps don't look as "nice" as their iOS counterpart.

The iPhone and iOS is just far more refined and polished. I am selling the Razr and just bought a 4S off contract. Can't see spending the money on the 5. Luckily I have 3 lines so once the 5s is due, I will upgrade again.

TRUST me, the grass is not greener on the other side. Anyone want to buy a mint condition Droid Razr Maxx for $275?

thefredelement
Oct 11, 2012, 07:57 PM
Honestly, I was highly disappointed with the iPhone 5s battery life (I tried everything). Maybe I just got a lemon. I actually ended up selling it for $900 on eBay and bought a used Razr Maxx cheap. After living with the Razr for a week...I have realized I had made a foolish mistake. The battery life is outstanding but thats where it ends. Ice Cream Sandwich is still laggy and choppy. Games played like crap. Most apps don't look as "nice" as their iOS counterpart.

The iPhone and iOS is just far more refined and polished. I am selling the Razr and just bought a 4S off contract. Can't see spending the money on the 5. Luckily I have 3 lines so once the 5s is due, I will upgrade again.

TRUST me, the grass is not greener on the other side. Anyone want to buy a mint condition Droid Razr Maxx for $275?

I agree, the hardware, the apps, are all really nice on the i5. Just for that go to phone device, for me, at this point, android is the best fit.

I don't play too many games on my phone, if I'm stuck waiting somewhere I'll download something to pass the time but it's not a gaming platform for me. What is important is communication, information and music.

DoubleTwist should help with some of my music sync concerns, and if that sucks I'll get an iPod. I use music on a portable everyday in the car and at the gym, so that's important to me.

I have the iPad and Xbox for games.

Depending upon whether iOS6 ever gets jailbroken (for google voice integration) and how much of Google Now is implemented in their new search app (if it's allowed through Apple review) I'll probably peek in again on the iPhone.

The look, feel and speed of the i5 are great. I don't really dislike the Galaxy Nexus, just not as much as the i5 (or Nexus S).

Lucky for all of us, Google & Apple will keep at it and we can do it again next year :)

onthecouchagain
Oct 12, 2012, 12:40 AM
If you do your research, you can get an amazing Android device. And you may be shocked to find that a lot of the fears and "issues" of Android are incredibly overblown or flat out do not exist.

There's a world to discover with Android, especially with today's Android. Most of the issues that people fear are issues of Android from yesteryears.

I made the switch after the 4S to the Nexus and have never been happier. The functionality and usability of Android is phenomenal. Customization does not mean just aesthetics. It also means the phone's usability is catered to your specific needs and style. Choice of keyboards, choice of browsers, choice of what lock screen you see when you wake your device... it all adds to the experience of making the device uniquely yours.

And it's a wonderful feeling. Do your research and give it a shot. The only regret you may have is not having done so sooner.

MacRumorUser
Oct 12, 2012, 05:33 AM
Honestly, I was highly disappointed with the iPhone 5s battery life (I tried everything). Maybe I just got a lemon.

What battery life were you getting out of interest ?




As a comparison this is my daily usage, starting say 8 AM..

My typical usage is 3 email accounts set to push, about 60 minutes of phone calls during the day. Around 25-35 text messages per day.

Facebook, Google + & Twitter updates two to three times per day on each. As well as checking news walls etc.

I generally snap 2-5 photos each day when I'm out walking by the sea, and upload those to my social feeds via 3G

Bluetooth audio about 60-90 minutes in the day.

TuneIn Radio on 3G for 20 minutes in the morning.

Check my calendars and update reminders and notes and such during the day. Often update with Siri.

Read small bit of content on Engadget & google Currents apps

Watch a 30-60 minute episode of TV via C4:OD or BBC-iPlayer Global via Airplay to my ATV3.

End about 11:30pm phone goes back on charge and I have normally 45-55% left on the handset.

This is a 64GB iPhone 5.

snow blind
Oct 12, 2012, 06:49 AM
Honestly, I was highly disappointed with the iPhone 5s battery life (I tried everything). Maybe I just got a lemon. I actually ended up selling it for $900 on eBay and bought a used Razr Maxx cheap. After living with the Razr for a week...I have realized I had made a foolish mistake. The battery life is outstanding but thats where it ends. Ice Cream Sandwich is still laggy and choppy. Games played like crap. Most apps don't look as "nice" as their iOS counterpart.

The iPhone and iOS is just far more refined and polished. I am selling the Razr and just bought a 4S off contract. Can't see spending the money on the 5. Luckily I have 3 lines so once the 5s is due, I will upgrade again.

TRUST me, the grass is not greener on the other side. Anyone want to buy a mint condition Droid Razr Maxx for $275? Ummm, you bought a Razr Maxx running ICS and... you're... surprised?! Bah, hahaha!:D

thefredelement
Oct 16, 2012, 10:53 AM
My intellectual curiosity has got the best of me and this morning I picked up the i5 again.

I'm going to give it a fair shot, not just 12 hours. I've read some things, so hopefully I can make it a little more my own.

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 16, 2012, 11:01 AM
My intellectual curiosity has got the best of me and this morning I picked up the i5 again.

I'm going to give it a fair shot, not just 12 hours. I've read some things, so hopefully I can make it a little more my own.

LOL. I am laughing because you are doing the same things I have done. I have returned the iPhone 5 twice now. I tried to give it a fair shot but its just time for something different.

thefredelement
Oct 16, 2012, 11:12 AM
LOL. I am laughing because you are doing the same things I have done. I have returned the iPhone 5 twice now. I tried to give it a fair shot but its just time for something different.

I'm ready for therapy after this I think... See, I had own a Gnex on eBay but the display is kind of shot, I think the pixels were pushed too hard using a custom kernel and something with the Pentile display is off. My g/f has one and I just couldn't calibrate them even close, not even all stock.... so this morning, after exchanging emails with the guy I bought the Gnex from, I said screw it. let me try it again.

I'm still hoping for a jailbreak, and if I really can't deal with it, I'll just sell it when the new Nexii come out (probably not the LG though, hopefully something better is in the pipeline).

I'm more curious though, as to why this effects me so greatly. Before my Evo, I had a Palm Treo 755p and really couldn't care at all!

Maybe I've just lost it my "old" age...

gladesmellzgood
Oct 16, 2012, 11:38 AM
I love my Galaxy Nexus and I even have a Lumia 800 which I loved! The thing that keeps bringing me back to iOS is the apps and build quality. Jelly Bean for Android changed the mobile game to me it took away every single complaint I had towards the OS. You seem like a power user and I think you'll be happier with the LG Nexus although I recommend you keep both :D

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LOL. I am laughing because you are doing the same things I have done. I have returned the iPhone 5 twice now. I tried to give it a fair shot but its just time for something different.

I'm with you man! iOS is kinda stale but I'm leaning towards the Lumia 920 since I love the Windows Phone UI. I've kept my iPhone's though since I usually go back to it from time to time but I love dabbling with other OS's. Also the camera on the Lumia is looking amazing!

OceanView
Oct 16, 2012, 12:08 PM
Bottom line is, you're not really gonna know till you try it.
Since this iPhone 5 update is really mediocre, I suggest you take this opportunity to try something new.
That's what I did and I'm happy as a clam :D

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 16, 2012, 12:52 PM
I'm ready for therapy after this I think... See, I had own a Gnex on eBay but the display is kind of shot, I think the pixels were pushed too hard using a custom kernel and something with the Pentile display is off. My g/f has one and I just couldn't calibrate them even close, not even all stock.... so this morning, after exchanging emails with the guy I bought the Gnex from, I said screw it. let me try it again.

I'm still hoping for a jailbreak, and if I really can't deal with it, I'll just sell it when the new Nexii come out (probably not the LG though, hopefully something better is in the pipeline).

I'm more curious though, as to why this effects me so greatly. Before my Evo, I had a Palm Treo 755p and really couldn't care at all!

Maybe I've just lost it my "old" age...

Haha, it is definitely a first world pain that we have but it's fun. It is a hobby, and expensive hobby. I am hoping the new Nexus will keep me satisfied. I would be buying unlocked so I can at least make it a year....I hope.

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I love my Galaxy Nexus and I even have a Lumia 800 which I loved! The thing that keeps bringing me back to iOS is the apps and build quality. Jelly Bean for Android changed the mobile game to me it took away every single complaint I had towards the OS. You seem like a power user and I think you'll be happier with the LG Nexus although I recommend you keep both :D

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I'm with you man! iOS is kinda stale but I'm leaning towards the Lumia 920 since I love the Windows Phone UI. I've kept my iPhone's though since I usually go back to it from time to time but I love dabbling with other OS's. Also the camera on the Lumia is looking amazing!

I absolutely love the hardware on the Lumia 920. If it ran Android 4.1 Jellybean I would be beyond ecstatic. I think WP8 UI is nice and smooth and refreshing but I worry it is too simple and that I could get bored. You don't think it would become just as stale as iOS has?

SA Spyder
Oct 16, 2012, 01:27 PM
OP, really, the best choice for you is a jailbroken iPhone 5 (whenever a jb comes out, that is). The freedom of Android but with the fluidity and ecosystem of Apple.

sagar4995
Oct 17, 2012, 01:21 AM
Bottom line is, you're not really gonna know till you try it.
Since this iPhone 5 update is really mediocre, I suggest you take this opportunity to try something new.
That's what I did and I'm happy as a clam :D

what exactly "new" did you end up getting?
I'm planning on a GS3 this weekend. like OceanView said, using the oppertunity to try new stuff. Hopefully, wont be disappointed. time will tell. :)

OceanView
Oct 17, 2012, 12:05 PM
what exactly "new" did you end up getting?
I'm planning on a GS3 this weekend. like OceanView said, using the oppertunity to try new stuff. Hopefully, wont be disappointed. time will tell. :)

I got a Samsung Note on AT&T and have been very happy. It's a great phone.
The S3 is just as good. My friend has it and it smokes the iPhone 5.

I'm gonna upgrade my phone to the Note II next month when it's available.

phobox
Oct 24, 2012, 04:08 AM
Having been a die-hard iPhone user since the original in 2007 and a Mac user since before that, this year I made the reluctant decision to move over to Android for my phone. Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone (4) and always will and I will still be using it for some apps, games, music and podcasts.. But the iPhone 5 is just not enough for me to justify the upgrade. I dont want 2 years of the same, I need more than that and iPhone 5 simply doesn't offer it. Its essentially the 4, with a longer screen and a better camera. For me thats just not enough. So I took the plunge and ordered a GS3, Im hoping it will satisfy my need for more.
I'll miss the apps and the way the iPhone syncs and works so well with the Mac, but at least I can still use most of that if I use the old iPhone as an iPod Touch.

craftytony
Oct 24, 2012, 03:22 PM
In my opinion I believe you should stay iPhone.

A lot of apps you purchase will be available to you on your iPad and iPhone, in most cases you don't have to buy separate apps.

Any photos you take will be available on your mac, ipad, and iphone automatically.

All your music will be available on your ios devices, and if you sign up for itunes match, all your low quality music will be converted to higher quality.

You can receive apple text messages from your iphone on your mac and ipad.

Your Reminders, and calendar will all be in sync on all devices.

All your documents and notes will also be available on all devices.

Gangnam Style
Oct 25, 2012, 08:55 AM
In my opinion I believe you should stay iPhone.

A lot of apps you purchase will be available to you on your iPad and iPhone, in most cases you don't have to buy separate apps.

Any photos you take will be available on your mac, ipad, and iphone automatically.

All your music will be available on your ios devices, and if you sign up for itunes match, all your low quality music will be converted to higher quality.

You can receive apple text messages from your iphone on your mac and ipad.

Your Reminders, and calendar will all be in sync on all devices.

All your documents and notes will also be available on all devices.

I feared not having those options before I switched over to Android but now that I have switched, its really not a big deal. I've found ways to do the same things and Android has almost all the same apps I've used on my iPhone or similar ones.
I dont miss the iphone at all.

cnev3
Oct 26, 2012, 02:30 AM
I believe in being open minded, and trying new things.

Go Android. If you like it more, stay. If you miss iOS, go back.

I switched from iOS to Android, and after 6 months, I decided to go back to iOS for various reasons.

But everyone should try both, because they both have their benefits.

Aniseedvan
Oct 26, 2012, 04:01 AM
I believe in being open minded, and trying new things.

Go Android. If you like it more, stay. If you miss iOS, go back.

I switched from iOS to Android, and after 6 months, I decided to go back to iOS for various reasons.

But everyone should try both, because they both have their benefits.

This.. Everyone has different needs, and the experience for one may be completely irrelevant for another.
I'm currently in the android phone camp and apple everything else, never had an iPhone, my android is predominantly my satnav. Once apple sort out maps I'll take another look at jumping over for a while.

thefredelement
Oct 26, 2012, 11:22 PM
It's been 11 days since I've returned to the iPhone 5, which after the first one I returned after a really short day has been my first iPhone. I was an android user since the Evo until now.

I overwhelmingly miss the ability to make my phone feel like my own unique phone. I hate that I can't arrange icons the exact way that I want them.

That being said the app experience is drastically different and it's been fun seeing what's around the iOS app store for iPhone and using it. There's a lot that seems to work better for me, but a lot I really miss also. As the days go by I seem to care about it a little less though.

Primarily jog.fm and iTunes have been great on a daily basis. I've never shared as many photos to facebook as I have been with the iPhone.

I thought I would miss Google Now more but it seems like all the information it told me I can just lookup on my own when I want it.

Maps does suck here, it's hard to not trust it like I did the android phones. It hasn't gotten me drastically lost yet but it has not ever gotten me exactly to any location I've tried to go to.

The wifi widget I was after doesn't seem to matter too much, the iPhone 5 battery kicks the crap out of what I had so I just leave it on.

The form factor is nice to get used to, I really liked the Nexus S for it's smaller form factor and the iPhone 5 is right there with it. The display is great, my most recent androids were Nexus S, GSII, GNex and I feel like I had been in a bit of an AMOLED dungeon, so this sharp, bright LCD is a bit refreshing.

Jellybean and iOS6 are real close in terms of performance, from my usage patterns I would say iOS6 is probably slight less prone to lagging, but only slightly. My only recollection of lag on Jellybean was an occasional unresponsive widget or the home button would lag.

I'm still going to see what the LG Nexus is about.

I'd encourage anyone to give both a shot for at least a week if you're considering switching.

MacRumorUser
Oct 27, 2012, 02:02 AM
It's been 11 days since I've returned to the iPhone 5, which after the first one I returned after a really short day has been my first iPhone. I was an android user since the Evo until now.



I commend you for at least trying something different and being open to 'the new' as it were.

People seem to think if people prefer Android or IOS they are basically right or wrong, failing to see that either is subjective, and both have their strengths and their weaknesses.

It's the priority one assigns to these strengths and these weaknesses that will govern if one is better suited to your needs than the other, or creates a like or dislike in one over the other.


I'm happy to be in any camp to be honest, I have had all operating systems in the past 24 months on different handsets including Meego, WebOS, android, windows phone 7, Symbian belle, blackberry 7 and iOS. I will always own an iOS device simply because of the investment I have made on apps store purchases over the years, but see merit in all the other operating systems too.

So I'll keep hold of an android and my iPhone device for the conceivable future and continue to have best of both worlds :). Though I may sell the android and get a blackberry 10 device to try that new OS in the new year.