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kat.hayes
Nov 4, 2012, 01:46 PM
I'm thinking of getting a Note2 and am a Mac and iPhone user. I'm trying to think about the things that I might regret, I don't synch music to my phone, so iTunes is not an issue. The only thing I can think of will be airplay between my 4S and my ATV.

Anyone willing to share anythings they miss or regret about switching to anything other then their iPhones?

Thanks.



nick_elt
Nov 4, 2012, 01:59 PM
I'm thinking of getting a Note2 and am a Mac and iPhone user. I'm trying to think about the things that I might regret, I don't synch music to my phone, so iTunes is not an issue. The only thing I can think of will be airplay between my 4S and my ATV.

Anyone willing to share anythings they miss or regret about switching to anything other then their iPhones?

Thanks.

I just moved to the note 2 from 4-5 years of ios and no I dont miss a thing (itunes is def easier but you dont use that) i was a bit nervous but now when i pick my ipad i just see everything that it is lacking. The note 2 is great! If your tv has dlna you can stream directly anyway

3bs
Nov 4, 2012, 02:01 PM
My jailbreak tweaks/themes and iTunes syncing.

nick_elt
Nov 4, 2012, 02:03 PM
After using the note 2, after a while you will pick up your iphone and wonder how did you use such a small phone for all that time!

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My jailbreak tweaks/themes and iTunes syncing.

Itunes yes, but jailbreaking tweaks? You can do so much more on android with tweaking.

aerok
Nov 4, 2012, 02:07 PM
I'm thinking of getting a Note2 and am a Mac and iPhone user. I'm trying to think about the things that I might regret, I don't synch music to my phone, so iTunes is not an issue. The only thing I can think of will be airplay between my 4S and my ATV.

Anyone willing to share anythings they miss or regret about switching to anything other then their iPhones?

Thanks.


Things I miss from iPhone whenever I switch to Android:

1. People are going to laugh and make fun of me but I actually miss Siri lol. :D But I would probably miss Google Now if I switched back to an iPhone.

2. Music Player is much better for me than the Android one or Play store alternative.

3. There is something about the satisfaction on using the on-screen keyboard that cannot be replicated for me on another phone

I don't really miss the App store anymore, all apps I want are on the Play Store.

nick_elt
Nov 4, 2012, 02:13 PM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c39PXAr9_F8 look at that for a note 2 theme, jailbroken iphone doesnt compete. You can also plug your phone to your tv and use a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you have a computer, you can even plug in your external hard drives to the note 2.

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Things I miss from iPhone whenever I switch to Android:

1. People are going to laugh and make fun of me but I actually miss Siri lol. :D But I would probably miss Google Now if I switched back to an iPhone.

2. Music Player is much better for me than the Android one or Play store alternative.

3. There is something about the satisfaction on using the on-screen keyboard that cannot be replicated for me on another phone

I don't really miss the App store anymore, all apps I want are on the Play Store.

I have to extremely disagree with you about the keyboards. That was one area of plesant suprise after moving from apple. The swype like samsung keyboard + s pen = win.

aerok
Nov 4, 2012, 02:16 PM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c39PXAr9_F8 look at that for a note 2 theme, jailbroken iphone doesnt compete. You can also plug your phone to your tv and use a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you have a computer, you can even plug in your external hard drives to the note 2.

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I have to extremely disagree with you about the keyboards. That was one area of plesant suprise after moving from apple. The swype like samsung keyboard + s pen = win.

Don't get me wrong, Android is amazing when it comes to alternative keyboards (Especially the Note). The problem is me and not the other phones, I just can't seem to get over the iPhone keyboard.

3bs
Nov 4, 2012, 02:25 PM
After using the note 2, after a while you will pick up your iphone and wonder how did you use such a small phone for all that time!

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Itunes yes, but jailbreaking tweaks? You can do so much more on android with tweaking.

Unfortunately there are a lot of things I can't or just don't know how to do on Android. In Cydia there are loads of tweaks that modify one single thing. On Android all I see is ROMs to flash.

nick_elt
Nov 4, 2012, 02:34 PM
Unfortunately there are a lot of things I can't or just don't know how to do on Android. In Cydia there are loads of tweaks that modify one single thing. On Android all I see is ROMs to flash.

I thought you had to flash roms to make al the changes but no all you need is launchers and mods that you can get directly from the play store, ive had a play around and theres some pretty cool stuff you can do, its pretty easy and basic, i used to do lots of jailbreaking but havent had to intsal any cutom roms yet.

But yeh coming from ios it does seem harder, although it isnt, you tube is your friend.

aerok
Nov 4, 2012, 03:00 PM
Unfortunately there are a lot of things I can't or just don't know how to do on Android. In Cydia there are loads of tweaks that modify one single thing. On Android all I see is ROMs to flash.

For some roms, once you begin the flashing, there is a customization menu that lets you decide what to customize on the rom. Also for some roms, once the rom is flashed, you can actually play with the tweaks to fit your needs.

Gatecrasher1875
Nov 4, 2012, 03:11 PM
I actually had a proper think about this and it's no, everything i could do on my iPhone i could do on my S3

3bs
Nov 4, 2012, 03:31 PM
I thought you had to flash roms to make al the changes but no all you need is launchers and mods that you can get directly from the play store, ive had a play around and theres some pretty cool stuff you can do, its pretty easy and basic, i used to do lots of jailbreaking but havent had to intsal any cutom roms yet.

But yeh coming from ios it does seem harder, although it isnt, you tube is your friend.
I'm not having trouble figuring out how to do things, it's just there are a lot of tweaks in Cydia for which there is no equivalent on Android devices, at least none that I'm aware of.

For some roms, once you begin the flashing, there is a customization menu that lets you decide what to customize on the rom. Also for some roms, once the rom is flashed, you can actually play with the tweaks to fit your needs.

I know but those features are no where near the amount of cusomisation you can do with tweaks from Cydia IMO. I don't want to mess with the hardware, I want to mess with the software.

JonL12345
Nov 4, 2012, 03:47 PM
Can you give a specific example of what you are having trouble doing on your Android that you did on your iPhone?

aerok
Nov 4, 2012, 03:52 PM
Can you give a specific example of what you are having trouble doing on your Android that you did on your iPhone?

I'm curious too, can't think of anything.

F123D
Nov 4, 2012, 03:58 PM
Im still waiting until next week for my (first) android device (Note II or Nexus 4). There are two things I miss from my (jailbroken) iPhone. Lockinfo (custom lockscreen notifications) and Activator (swipe activated gestures).

Can someone recommend something similar to these?

3bs
Nov 4, 2012, 04:34 PM
Can you give a specific example of what you are having trouble doing on your Android that you did on your iPhone?

I'm curious too, can't think of anything.

IntelliScreenX is one example. I actually went back to have a look at the list of stuff I had installed back when I was using my 4S and a lot of the apps/tweaks I already have something equivalent to installed on my GS3.

viskon
Nov 4, 2012, 04:37 PM
Im still waiting until next week for my (first) android device (Note II or Nexus 4). There are two things I miss from my (jailbroken) iPhone. Lockinfo (custom lockscreen notifications) and Activator (swipe activated gestures).

Can someone recommend something similar to these?

I don't think that the stock Android experience supports lock screen notifications. What you can get are lock screen widgets. I use the Executive Assistant app that consolidates my calendar, texts,email, news feeds,Facebook and Twitter feeds on the lock screen. .IMO, this is better than notifications.

For swipe activated gestures, the Nova launcher might be something to look at.

3bs
Nov 4, 2012, 04:45 PM
Im still waiting until next week for my (first) android device (Note II or Nexus 4). There are two things I miss from my (jailbroken) iPhone. Lockinfo (custom lockscreen notifications) and Activator (swipe activated gestures).

Can someone recommend something similar to these?

GMD is basically like Activator. Less actions can be triggered but it's the best there is AFAIK. https://play.google.com/store/search?q=gmd+gesture+control&c=apps

Works great on both my GS3 and Nexus 7. I assume you're ok with rooting your phone since you jailbreak? Seems like GMD requires you to be rooted.

vikingjunior
Nov 4, 2012, 04:54 PM
Absolutely nothing! Got a Droid Razr HD and let's just say Apple iphone has peaked and will be on the decline.

phishindsn
Nov 4, 2012, 04:55 PM
I just switched from an iPhone 4 to a Galaxy Note 2. I love the device. I have several things that I miss but I know can be modified or recreated with an app purchase. I am not too much in the whole ROM and jailbreak thing and for the most part stay stock.

Things I miss from IOS
- Notifications on the lock screen, I miss just pressing the unlock button and seeing my notifications. - i know nova launcher :)
- itunes player, its just not the same but I am adapting.
- Air sync, yup I am still one of those who like music local...especially for gym time.

What I don't miss from IOS
- App Updates, no longer do I need to see the little red number for updates. Android just updates...love it.
- Notifications for different accounts and email sync schedules...my phone stops buzzing at midnight - bout time.
- Pop-up browser, a little feature but love it.
- Google Navigation, really integrated and now dont have to deal with another nav app purchase.

sviato
Nov 4, 2012, 05:09 PM
I'm thinking of getting a Note2 and am a Mac and iPhone user. I'm trying to think about the things that I might regret, I don't synch music to my phone, so iTunes is not an issue. The only thing I can think of will be airplay between my 4S and my ATV.

Anyone willing to share anythings they miss or regret about switching to anything other then their iPhones?

Thanks.

AirPlay to ATV works from Android phones

kat.hayes
Nov 4, 2012, 05:13 PM
Are you saying that there is a way on an Android to use Airplay to display my photos, videos, or maybe even my screen to an AppleTV?

AirPlay to ATV works from Android phones

LIVEFRMNYC
Nov 4, 2012, 05:29 PM
Only one thing I slightly miss. That is tapping the status bar to scroll to top, which on iOS works pretty much with everything.

I tried "tap to top" feature on my GS3, but it only works with a few select default apps and you have to tap the top of the actual phone twice vs the status bar.

aznguyen316
Nov 4, 2012, 05:52 PM
iMessage; would switch back for this
Pull down to refresh in most apps
Reeder
Music app with iRemote headphone support (vol up/down + play pause) I know HTC has this thanks to Beats though but this should be a standard. Windows Phone makes this a hardware requirement for headphone jack.

surjavarman
Nov 4, 2012, 05:55 PM
I miss the itunes syncing and games. The games on android suck and there are too few.

I also miss the overall build quality and battery life of the iphone4

thenaes
Nov 4, 2012, 06:19 PM
For people who miss itunes syncing - I think doubletwist is pretty good. Looks like a solid player too and if you buy the AirSync portion of it you can supposedly AirPlay to the ATV.

THE JUICEMAN
Nov 4, 2012, 06:25 PM
For those mentioning notifications on the lock screen: you can just pull down the notification shade even while the phone is on the lock screen.

viskon
Nov 4, 2012, 06:58 PM
For those mentioning notifications on the lock screen: you can just pull down the notification shade even while the phone is on the lock screen.
True. This works if you have the slide to unlock enabled.

Doesn't work if you have security enabled.

sviato
Nov 4, 2012, 07:28 PM
Are you saying that there is a way on an Android to use Airplay to display my photos, videos, or maybe even my screen to an AppleTV?

Just confirmed with my friend that his Android device works with his Apple TV, just needs a free app but has all the functionality apparently.

kat.hayes
Nov 4, 2012, 07:35 PM
It seems like Doubletwist works to do this. Can you ask your friend what he uses?

Thanks.

Just confirmed with my friend that his Android device works with his Apple TV, just needs a free app but has all the functionality apparently.

Wrathwitch
Nov 4, 2012, 09:18 PM
Plants vs zombies (not compatible with my GS3 for some stupid reason).

AppleCare and the customer service.

Better Bluetooth hands free clarity in my vehicle.


Things I don't miss: dinky screen size (4.8" is a bit too large but I would rather larger than smaller.)

Crappy keyboard in iPhone . Swiftkey is amazing. I only have to type in 3 letters and I can fill in the word.

Customizing.


I want a hybrid iPhone/android phone!

torana355
Nov 4, 2012, 09:23 PM
I'm thinking of getting a Note2 and am a Mac and iPhone user. I'm trying to think about the things that I might regret, I don't synch music to my phone, so iTunes is not an issue. The only thing I can think of will be airplay between my 4S and my ATV.

Anyone willing to share anythings they miss or regret about switching to anything other then their iPhones?

Thanks.

Im not missing anything after moving over to Android, its actually quite the opposite, there is so much more you can do on Android.

MikeAK
Nov 4, 2012, 09:29 PM
Im not missing anything after moving over to Android, its actually quite the opposite, there is so much more you can do on Android.

I agree. There is so much misinformation about Android around this forum from users who I bet have never even used it. I'll admit I wasn't a fan of it when I first tried it a few years ago but boy has it ever matured. I am glad I was feeling bored and decided to give it another shot because I have been pleasantly surprised.

Mrg02d
Nov 4, 2012, 09:49 PM
I miss the build quality and the occasional ease of use (small form factor when my gs3 belt clip decides to harass a love handle when driving.)....Other than that, my gs3 with jellybean is a monster of a phone.

Digital Skunk
Nov 4, 2012, 10:07 PM
The only thing I miss is the ecosystem, and by that I really mean iTunes and a few iOS only apps like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Billings (Marketcircle) and Things (Cultured Code)

Other than that . . . . . there's nothing. And this is coming from an EVO owner. I don't miss the dated home screen, the lack of customization, the endless number of taps and swipes needed to change simple things, etc., etc.

If Apple ever got off it's rump and made an iPhone Pro with 4.8" screen and an up-to-date iOS that allows me to delete the standard apps and change settings from within an app then I may jump back and maybe even move up to an on-contract/subsidized iOS device.

diegoesk
Nov 5, 2012, 12:51 AM
EDIT: never mind.......

F123D
Nov 5, 2012, 01:01 AM
I use the Executive Assistant app that consolidates my calendar, texts,email, news feeds,Facebook and Twitter feeds on the lock screen. .IMO, this is better than notifications.

For swipe activated gestures, the Nova launcher might be something to look at.

Thanks for the tip. Will look into those.

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GMD is basically like Activator. Less actions can be triggered but it's the best there is AFAIK. https://play.google.com/store/search?q=gmd+gesture+control&c=apps

Thanks as well.

I would've mentioned iMessage but I called AT&T and got them to add the unlimited messaging and mobile to any mobile for an additional $5 (was paying $5 for 200 text before).

So for $10, I got unlimited texting and unlimited mobile calling to AND from any mobile carrier. Normal price is $20 so not to bad. I've got whatsapp as well but not everyone does so messages like "k", "no", "yeah", "lol" add up quickly.. :D

strausd
Nov 5, 2012, 01:05 AM
Just confirmed with my friend that his Android device works with his Apple TV, just needs a free app but has all the functionality apparently.

What app is it?

phobox
Nov 5, 2012, 05:52 AM
I recently switched from an iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S3 after having used iphone's exclusively since 2007. To be honest I don't miss anything as such, they are just very different. The iPhone still wins with its ability to make some otherwise fairly complex things very straightforward and automatic, such as syncing, backups etc. But with android my world has suddenly been opened up, I can now use my phone for almost anything I can think of and many things I can't think of. The iPhone is limited by what Apple allow, even the apps while great are still limited by Apple's vision of what should and should not be done with our phones. On android there is no limits. This is a blessing in that we can do anything we like with our devices, it lends us enormous power. But of course with that power there comes the responsibility of ensuring that we don't mess things up or worse than an app messes things up. On iPhone you don't get that power but you also dont have that responsibility.

Given the advantages of having that extra power, it makes android the winner for me, despite its drawbacks. I mean hell it was worth it just to have timed profiles back which is something I've missed since my old Nokia smartphone days back in the early 00's.

Apple need to do a lot more if they want to stay ahead of the game. The iPad is still a great device and I'd still buy one if I needed a tablet device, no doubt. But the iPhone is way too limited now, I had high hopes for the 5 but its just more of the same. The hardware is lovely as always but its held back by a rapidly aging UI with limited functionality. And I'm sorry but nice hardware alone isn't enough for me anymore.

vikingjunior
Nov 5, 2012, 09:10 AM
I miss the build quality and the occasional ease of use (small form factor when my gs3 belt clip decides to harass a love handle when driving.)....Other than that, my gs3 with jellybean is a monster of a phone.

Yes the build quality on the GS3 is subpar but on Motorola it's solid.

Dontazemebro
Nov 5, 2012, 10:16 AM
I miss great Indie games

Except for your big company games. Most games aren't creative enough on Android.

spinedoc77
Nov 5, 2012, 02:06 PM
Only thing I think I will miss is cloud sharing and photo syncing. I'm planning on ditching my wife and my iphones for Win8 phones in the near future, depending on how they review. I have been using Skydrive though and I can get most of the functionality of iCloud and photostream so far, but haven't really delved into them too much.

It's amazing how many apps and things in Apples ecosystem I thought I needed, but was able to find alternatives, realize I didn't need them, or found better desktop version of (on my tablet).

kenypowa
Nov 5, 2012, 02:50 PM
Only thing I think I will miss is cloud sharing and photo syncing. I'm planning on ditching my wife and my iphones for Win8 phones in the near future, depending on how they review. I have been using Skydrive though and I can get most of the functionality of iCloud and photostream so far, but haven't really delved into them too much.

It's amazing how many apps and things in Apples ecosystem I thought I needed, but was able to find alternatives, realize I didn't need them, or found better desktop version of (on my tablet).

What did your wife do to warrant a replacement by a WP8 phone?? :eek:

spinedoc77
Nov 5, 2012, 02:58 PM
What did your wife do to warrant a replacement by a WP8 phone?? :eek:

She's been asking for a while actually, but I held out since WP7 wasn't so great. We just sold my ipad and replaced it with a winPro tablet and she is completely hooked, so we will end up keeping her "simple" ipad for the baby!

While I'm completely sold on the tablet side I'm not sure on the phone side, I still need to play with WP8, but at least Microsoft isn't afraid to innovate and take chances and that's what I liked about Apple 3 years ago. But Android doesn't appeal much to me, and iOS definitely lost its bite years ago so I'm not sure which way I'm headed. That galaxy note 2 sure does look savory though.

Dontazemebro
Nov 6, 2012, 06:34 AM
She's been asking for a while actually, but I held out since WP7 wasn't so great. We just sold my ipad and replaced it with a winPro tablet and she is completely hooked, so we will end up keeping her "simple" ipad for the baby!

While I'm completely sold on the tablet side I'm not sure on the phone side, I still need to play with WP8, but at least Microsoft isn't afraid to innovate and take chances and that's what I liked about Apple 3 years ago. But Android doesn't appeal much to me, and iOS definitely lost its bite years ago so I'm not sure which way I'm headed. That galaxy note 2 sure does look savory though.


Hehee ... JOKE




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hyteckit
Nov 6, 2012, 06:46 AM
For people who miss itunes syncing - I think doubletwist is pretty good. Looks like a solid player too and if you buy the AirSync portion of it you can supposedly AirPlay to the ATV.

Couldn't get it to work properly.

Everytime I try playing a video on my android tablet and airplay it to my appleTV, my appleTV say video format not supported.

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The note 2 is probably the only android phone/tablet that can get me to switch away from my iPhone. It's still on the expensive side for an android phone.

Markyboy81
Nov 6, 2012, 08:47 AM
Only miss a couple of things;

1. exchange email on the iPhone is much better and more reliable than I've found it to be on Android.
2. IMessage
3. The ability to easily compress recorded video. I had an ios app that did this in seconds yet can't find anything equivalent on Android. Think it's also baked into ios

sixteen12
Nov 6, 2012, 09:33 AM
Things I miss when I use my Android phone:

1. Music app is way better on iPhone (I know its debatable, but personally I think iOS has a great player)
2. Full headphone controls
3. iMessage, mostly because it links to my iPad and computer
4. Facetime, easier for my older relatives to use than Skype
5. Rowmote. Honestly an amazing app to control a Mac through your phone.
6. iTunes remote. Alternatives in Android Play Store, but they're a song and a dance to get working, and they don't work well at best.

cynics
Nov 6, 2012, 10:04 AM
Things I miss when I use my Android phone:

1. Music app is way better on iPhone (I know its debatable, but personally I think iOS has a great player)
2. Full headphone controls
3. iMessage, mostly because it links to my iPad and computer
4. Facetime, easier for my older relatives to use than Skype
5. Rowmote. Honestly an amazing app to control a Mac through your phone.
6. iTunes remote. Alternatives in Android Play Store, but they're a song and a dance to get working, and they don't work well at best.

Most of this falls under ecosystem. Owning and enjoying the integration between all those Apple products it only makes sense to use an iPhone.

Jibbajabba
Nov 6, 2012, 10:37 AM
I am currently waiting for the Nexus 4 to hit the UK which is when I am ditching the 4S - The problem I have right now is the fact that I have been in the whole iPhone / iOS ecosystem since the very first one (started a lot earlier with iPods etc.) - I will be able to get around the DRM'd music (decrypt or simply burn to CD > rip again), but the amount of money I spend on apps is scary...

Really musn't think about it, otherwise I will be changing my mind and keep whining about things I hate with iOS 6 on my 4S :p

Markyboy81
Nov 6, 2012, 12:18 PM
Is it not possible to sync playlists even if the music is drm? I think you can do it using easy phone sync..

kenypowa
Nov 8, 2012, 12:18 AM
I am currently waiting for the Nexus 4 to hit the UK which is when I am ditching the 4S - The problem I have right now is the fact that I have been in the whole iPhone / iOS ecosystem since the very first one (started a lot earlier with iPods etc.) - I will be able to get around the DRM'd music (decrypt or simply burn to CD > rip again), but the amount of money I spend on apps is scary...

Really musn't think about it, otherwise I will be changing my mind and keep whining about things I hate with iOS 6 on my 4S :p

Many apps are free on Android. Wait for the periodic sales to purchase a bunch of apps at the same time does help a lot.

Jibbajabba
Nov 8, 2012, 03:48 AM
Many apps are free on Android. Wait for the periodic sales to purchase a bunch of apps at the same time does help a lot.

Thanks - I also like that you can return an app within 15 minutes :)

SpyderBite
Nov 8, 2012, 05:09 AM
- Notifications for different accounts and email sync schedules...my phone stops buzzing at midnight - bout time.


You may have made the switch prior to iOS 6, but the DnD feature eliminates this annoyance now.