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hbksabhi
Oct 5, 2013, 01:04 PM
Please Share Your Opinions ?
Specially people who tried HTC ONE , note 2 , s4 and other high end android devices
1>bigger screens
2>apps
3>battery life
4>camera
5>build



alent1234
Oct 5, 2013, 01:17 PM
i have a S3 and an iphone 5 that i use daily and i like the iphone 5 better overall. still use the S3 for reading kindle books on crowded subway trains. otherwise i use my iphone 95% of the time.

Note is a different beast. i've thought about getting one but probably won't since i'll have three ipads in the house soon

sillywabbit
Oct 5, 2013, 01:17 PM
You won't like apple's tiny screen. It's a joke.

Iphone: good camera
Good build quality.
Battery life sux Azz
A lot of restrictions for a person coming from android to iOS. I am sure u won't like it.

Stay with android.

hbksabhi
Oct 5, 2013, 01:24 PM
You won't like apple's tiny screen. It's a joke.

Iphone: good camera
Good build quality.
Battery life sux Azz
A lot of restrictions for a person coming from android to iOS. I am sure u won't like it.

Stay with android.
battery life is much better in iphone ....

there is 5-7 hrs usage and in other phones screen on time is 3-4 hrs max....

i like lcd more than amoled

Sc5sdanny
Oct 5, 2013, 01:28 PM
I just came from an s3 and the iphone 5s is on another world when is comes to speed. The camera isn't better in the day shots but in the night/low light conditions it blow the the s3 out the water. I personally moved cause I like the iMessage and how you can still text if there's no service using wifi. Group messaging is so much better as we'll. I'm getting great battery life and my lte is always on.

panzer06
Oct 5, 2013, 01:31 PM
Please Share Your Opinions ?
Specially people who tried HTC ONE , note 2 , s4 and other high end android devices
1>bigger screens
2>apps
3>battery life
4>camera
5>build

Over the years I've moved between Blackberry to iPhones to Android to iPhone to Android (HTC One) to Windows (Nokia 521) and back to iPhone.

They each had their merits. From a pure ease of use standpoint the iPhone is hands down the simplest to learn and operate over time.

Android was very flexible and I love the large screens.

Latest Windows phones work great with my Windows computers running Windows 8.

But the single biggest reason I keep coming back to iPhones even with their limitations and now the very buggy iOS 7 is the fact that my primary computer is a Mac.

While I have Windows computers I use them for specific task related to work and to play computer games. All personal use and any document production is done on the Mac.

The synergy between my Mac environment in most cases makes up for the confusing contact and calendar syncing when using person and office accounts, as well as the lack of a real file system (which is more of an issue on my iPad).

The fingerprint sensor has turned out to be an outstanding addition to my iPhone and makes it much easier to use VPN with forced passcode since I only need my fingerprint.

I do like the bigger screens on Android and Windows devices but the single handed use of the iPhone can come in pretty handy in many situations.

The single biggest gripe is iOS7. It is way buggy and the iMessage bug is the biggest challenge. Also the TomTom App now crashed regularly after 7 was installed.

Cheers,

scoop2mylue
Oct 5, 2013, 01:33 PM
i have had every iphone since the very first one and no phone has ever tempted me to wanna switch except the note 2....tried it for about 4 months and loved it then realized i was bored with it and wanted to go back to iphone....androids make for a good cheat but apple is my long term

hbksabhi
Oct 5, 2013, 01:42 PM
i have had every iphone since the very first one and no phone has ever tempted me to wanna switch except the note 2....tried it for about 4 months and loved it then realized i was bored with it and wanted to go back to iphone....androids make for a good cheat but apple is my long term

what was the reason u got bored with note 2 and came back to iphone

IFRIT
Oct 5, 2013, 01:54 PM
battery life is much better in iphone ....

there is 5-7 hrs usage and in other phones screen on time is 3-4 hrs max....

i like lcd more than amoled

Usage is not screen on time. The usage stat is whenever the phone is not asleep.

scoop2mylue
Oct 5, 2013, 01:54 PM
what was the reason u got bored with note 2 and came back to iphone

just because the new toy feeling went away and they did lack the quality of apps that the apple store has it felt like any app could get into the android market... apple just has me too invested into them for me to switch to something different for good

hbksabhi
Oct 5, 2013, 02:22 PM
the real question is note 2(used) and save massive money
or zeroed on iphone 5S gold

farmD
Oct 5, 2013, 02:55 PM
Usage is not screen on time. The usage stat is whenever the phone is not asleep.

This. +1 to u sir. At least someone on this forum knows the difference between usage time and on-screen time. Can't compare those two measurements; it's different. Bc there is no way ur iPhone screen is on for 8+ hours. No way.

iosuser
Oct 5, 2013, 03:05 PM
Please Share Your Opinions ?
Specially people who tried HTC ONE , note 2 , s4 and other high end android devices
1>bigger screens
2>apps
3>battery life
4>camera
5>build

Blew my upgrade on the Samsung S3 last year, liked the big screen but nothing else, sold it a month later and back to iPhone. This past June my other line was eligible for upgrade. With a Best Buy deal I got an HTC One for $50 net. Used it for about a month, and again went back to iPhone.

The One's screen and speakers are totally awesome, as is the build quality which is right up there with Apple. But the camera is horrible. I had great hope for this 4MP camera. I've always preferred less quantity and more quality out of camera pixels, and the icing on the cake is the One has optical stabilization on the lens. But HTC couldn't deliver. The 16x9 4MP sensor gives you effectively a 2MP image when you crop to a traditional 4:3 or 3:2. Pictures look very processed when view on the computer screen, and since I"m using almost all the pixels out of an effective 2MP image, it shows all the flaws.

App quality is also no where near Apple's. While many apps takes full advantage of project butter's smooth screen refreshes, many apps are still as jerky as ever when scrolling, such as Google Maps. You can see this even on the iPhone - open Google Maps on your iPhone, pan around. Then open Apple's Maps and pan around. Apple is silky smooth. I am very sensitive to jerky screen movements and will not tolerate it as long as I have a choice. Too many Android apps I've tried are still jerky on the HTC One.

My HTC One has been sitting there for nearly 3 months now. I'm still recharging the thing every 2 to 3 days. Have a look. I don't know how HTC can get away with their 500 hours standby claim :rolleyes: Look at my screen on time, almost zero, yet I have all these awake time. I'm guessing it's Google services doing their thing minding my business :confused:

That said, I still have the One for now as I really like the hardware, and Android (the OS itself) is very smooth since 4.1. 4.3 is supposed to be released for it in a couple of weeks. I'm hopeful (yet doubtful) that it will bring some improvements to the camera.

saldawop
Oct 5, 2013, 03:25 PM
Have had every iPhone since the original, up to and including (briefly) the 5 .
In that time I have dabbled with other phones, such as HTC HD1? ,Samsung Omnia 7, Samsung Galaxy and have always gone back to the iPhone.I honestly thought Apple had their hooks in me (maybe the fact I still frequent Apple forums means they do to a degree)

That is until I bought the Note 2 .I love it. I love the screen size, I love the customisation of Android ,I love the fact that I can set default launchers, browsers, email clients etc, but mostly its the screen size.

Dont get me wrong, sometimes I wish it was smaller so I could use it one handed, but nowhere near enough to make me seriously consider spending hundreds of pounds.
To be honest, the least important aspect of the device is the phone/text functions. I want a web browser and a video player, and on an iPhone its just not good, or rather big enough. Maybe thats my dodgy eyes.

Camera, good enough for me.
Battery life, amazing. Lasts well over a day with, for me at least, heavy usage.Two days, light to moderate usage, although in all honesty, I only tried that a couple of times just to see how it lasted, I usually charge it every night anyway.

Apps? Always get what I need, and that has certainly improved in recent times.Although there is a lot of crap in the marketplace.
Build Quality? Well, its not the most premium feeling phone ,but its not as cheap and nasty as some make it out to be.I have had it for coming up to a year and it is in fantastic condition, certainly better condition than the iPhone 5 I had, which I used only occasionally before passing it on to my daughter.

Saying all that I am still tempted to pick up a 5C ,but then I am tempted by a lot of new phones.Luckily I seem to past the stage where I go out and buy them, only to move them on shortly afterwards.

newcastle1
Oct 5, 2013, 03:32 PM
Moved from a Note 2. I LOVED the giant screen on the note 2, however I find myself enjoying and using the 5s a lot more throughout the day due to the convenience of actually being able to use it with 1 hand.

Camera is better on the 5s. Battery life was only slightly better for me on the Note 2. Im really impressed with the battery life im getting on the 5s. Build quality obviously goes to the 5s as well.

alent1234
Oct 5, 2013, 03:44 PM
iphone has a much better mail client especially for MS Exchange
galaxy s3 is laggy
the screen is better on the iphone. less mistakes typing. when i still had my 4S i compared the quality of the screen to the original note and S3 and the 4S was better. companies have hyped paper specs and lied about them for years in tech.
apps are generally better quality on the iphone
the games are way better and iphone 5 has almost console quality graphics
software is optimized for new iOS and hardware a lot faster than android

the only reason i ever looked at the note was because i like to read and my wife made me leave the ipad at home. so i wanted a bigger screen for reading. once they gave us S3's at work, i started using it as a reader for when i couldn't have my ipad on me.

at this point i mostly see girls with galaxy note's in pink organizer type cases

BENJMNS
Oct 5, 2013, 03:53 PM
Note 3 is an awesome phone. Google apps definitely have better integration on their os.

Simacca
Oct 5, 2013, 04:56 PM
Been using a note 2 for almost a year now and vowed never to go back to a smaller screen, until I played With the 5s, then went home and ordered one. I do love my Note 2, but miss not being able to use a phone one handed. I am really curious what the new Nexus will bring to the table though. Still waiting for my iPhone order to be processed, so plenty of time to change my mind if something better comes along in the meantime :)

Is the 5s battery much worse than the Note 2 under heavy usage?

Kingzope
Oct 5, 2013, 05:12 PM
Please Share Your Opinions ?
Specially people who tried HTC ONE , note 2 , s4 and other high end android devices
1>bigger screens
2>apps
3>battery life
4>camera
5>build

I went from a iPhone 5 to a GS4 then to an iPhone 5S. I bought the GS4 because I wanted a larger screen and Android users told me the OS didn't have problems anymore. Needless to say the big screen was the only thing I liked about the phone. The camera was garbage unless in perfect conditions. The battery was absolutely dreadful in low reception. I went to vegas and the florida keys with that phone and had to bring multiple backup batteries because it died so much. In the vegas casinos it was a joke. My buddies and their iPhones had no issues. Of course I also had to deal with all kind of lag and bugs with the OS. So I finally decided to root and try some other Roms. I tried stock Android and Cyanogenmod first because I've used them in the past. The camera was actually worse with them because stock android has a horrible built in camera app. I could rarely get the camera to focus unless perfect conditions were met. So then I decided to try showstock which is a modified stock rom. Well since it has touchwiz, it ran like garbage as well. Random lag and crashes. So then I decided to freeze touchwiz and everything else samsung and run Nova launcher like I had on a previous tablet. That actually achieved the best results for me but I still had issues that bothered me and missed things like imessage and what I believe to be better quality apps in the app store.

So here I am using the iPhone 5S now. I absolutely love it! I wish they offered a 128GB option but I make due. The smaller screen doesn't really bother me because I enjoy the OS and the rest of the phone so much. It's a better trade off for me.

Of course most of this is opinion so just try out and pick what you like. Don't let the fanboys on either side decide for you. I made that mistake once. I won't again hopefully lol.

Simacca
Oct 5, 2013, 05:43 PM
I went from a iPhone 5 to a GS4 then to an iPhone 5S. I bought the GS4 because I wanted a larger screen and Android users told me the OS didn't have problems anymore. Needless to say the big screen was the only thing I liked about the phone. The camera was garbage unless in perfect conditions. The battery was absolutely dreadful in low reception. I went to vegas and the florida keys with that phone and had to bring multiple backup batteries because it died so much. In the vegas casinos it was a joke. My buddies and their iPhones had no issues. Of course I also had to deal with all kind of lag and bugs with the OS. So I finally decided to root and try some other Roms. I tried stock Android and Cyanogenmod first because I've used them in the past. The camera was actually worse with them because stock android has a horrible built in camera app. I could rarely get the camera to focus unless perfect conditions were met. So then I decided to try showstock which is a modified stock rom. Well since it has touchwiz, it ran like garbage as well. Random lag and crashes. So then I decided to freeze touchwiz and everything else samsung and run Nova launcher like I had on a previous tablet. That actually achieved the best results for me but I still had issues that bothered me and missed things like imessage and what I believe to be better quality apps in the app store.

So here I am using the iPhone 5S now. I absolutely love it! I wish they offered a 128GB option but I make due. The smaller screen doesn't really bother me because I enjoy the OS and the rest of the phone so much. It's a better trade off for me.

Of course most of this is opinion so just try out and pick what you like. Don't let the fanboys on either side decide for you. I made that mistake once. I won't again hopefully lol.

Don't really have any problems with touchwiz on my note 2. Camera is great apart from indoors on white surfaces (pink tint). It's just really bulky and I cant put a case on it because it becomes even more bulky and even heavier. Other than that I really like it!

karmamule
Oct 5, 2013, 06:00 PM
Please Share Your Opinions ?
Specially people who tried HTC ONE , note 2 , s4 and other high end android devices
1>bigger screens
2>apps
3>battery life
4>camera
5>build

1 - I really like the bigger screen and that's one of the things I miss the most. As one other reply pointed out apps on the One (e.g. google maps) can be less smooth, but one reason is that it's pushing around MANY more pixels. For the most part it is surprisingly smooth given that, and the screen itself is lovely, both for its ultra-high resolution as well as colors being natural without being oversaturated.

2 - Apps are fairly close. Still a better selection for iOS overall, and as mentioned above apps on both will tend to be smoother on their iOS versions.

3 - iPhone 5S also has better battery life. Android apps are more likely to misbehave and kill battery life, but if you keep a careful eye on what apps are taking more than their share of the battery then the One is decent battery-wise.

4 - iPhone 5S also has a much better camera. I do miss the Zoe (quick little videos) and Highlights features of the HTC one, but slo-mo on the 5S is a lot of fun.

5 - iPhone 5S has slightly better build. The HTC One is excellent, but there are a couple *very minor* imperfections on mine that, from reading forums, are relatively common. In my case the lower lip under the screen juts up the *tiniest* bit from the screen. You can feel it barely, not enough that I bothered to exchange the phone, but it's there.

Things that also make me miss the One: the speakers, widgets, and their news/social aggregator BlinkFeed which I grew to like a lot (much to my surprise).

Overall I'm happy to be using the 5S as my main driver, but if I were forced to go back to the HTC One tomorrow I wouldn't be terribly upset either. For me personally the iPhone 5S has the slight edge overall, but it is slight.

MigsVuitton
Oct 5, 2013, 06:19 PM
I've tried android a couple times and ultimately went back to iPhone for it's fluidity and refinement. While I adore the larger screens on android for the real estate, it's just not as refined. I even tried out the Nexus 7. Good but not great.

I'm tempted to look at the note 3, but I'm enjoying my 5s so much it's practically glued to my hands.

Battery life is much better on the iPhone than the devices I've tried. It charges much faster as well.

webslinger85
Oct 5, 2013, 07:31 PM
I tried to switch to Android last year after getting bored of iOS, so i bought a second hand HTC Vivid, and i loved it at first, the customization, the OS, all the little differences from iOS. I loved it so much that i considered permanently switching to Android once my contract was due for upgrade.

2 months later, all the little differences started to become very annoying, the battery life was terrible, the OS was sluggish, and the Marketplace was absolutely one of the things i hated the most. So i switched back to iOS and got an iPhone 5 and haven't been happier. The only Android device that has truly tempted me since was the HTC One

I could care less about screen size, the Vivid had a 4.5 inch screen, which isn't THAT big, but at times it almost felt cumbersome, it was a large, heavy phone.

I'm not Anti-Android or Pro-iOS, i just prefer iOS, maybe in a few years i'll look to Android again, but for now i'm happy with my iPhone

onthecouchagain
Oct 6, 2013, 12:50 AM
Need to use the Note one handed? Not a problem:

http://www.androidauthority.com/note-3-one-handed-operation-how-to-280458/

I'm really surprised this feature isn't mentioned more often.

http://cdn02.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/note-3-one-handed-operation-645x401.jpg

mrxrZ8Y0-XE



If Samsung can figure out a way to offer a larger screen while still giving people the ability to use it one handed, isn't it time to finally admit they're moving faster in the industry than Apple is? Isn't what Samsung is implementing more innovative than Apple just saying "nope, screens shouldn't be that big. Can't be used one handed. The end." ?

nooaah
Oct 6, 2013, 01:13 AM
Getting a Note 3 as my business phone but iOS devices are just superior due to touch screen response alone.

webslinger85
Oct 6, 2013, 01:42 AM
Need to use the Note one handed? Not a problem:

http://www.androidauthority.com/note-3-one-handed-operation-how-to-280458/

I'm really surprised this feature isn't mentioned more often.

Image (http://cdn02.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/note-3-one-handed-operation-645x401.jpg)

YouTube: video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mrxrZ8Y0-XE)



If Samsung can figure out a way to offer a larger screen while still giving people the ability to use it one handed, isn't it time to finally admit they're moving faster in the industry than Apple is? Isn't what Samsung is implementing more innovative than Apple just saying "nope, screens shouldn't be that big. Can't be used one handed. The end." ?

Kind of defeats the purpose of such a large screen then

Apollo 13
Oct 6, 2013, 04:37 AM
This. +1 to u sir. At least someone on this forum knows the difference between usage time and on-screen time. Can't compare those two measurements; it's different. Bc there is no way ur iPhone screen is on for 8+ hours. No way.

actually usage time is on screen time on the iphone. The only time usage gets used when the iphone is off is when it checks email and getting text, and that sure doesn't build up hours of usage time. This is from Apple's on web site

Usage: Amount of time iPhone has been awake and in use since the last full charge. iPhone is awake when you’re on a call, using email, listening to music, browsing the web, or sending and receiving text messages, or during certain background tasks such as auto-checking email.

You have to remember it didn't do multitasking until ios 7 and I still get 8+ hrs on my phone. I'm one of those guys that always stare at my usage screen so if a lot mins are getting built up with out me knowing I would had noticed it. You would also see many ppl complaining on this forum about it too, because a lot of ppl also look at that screen a lot.

hbksabhi
Oct 6, 2013, 04:46 AM
actually usage time is on screen time on the iphone. You have to remember it didn't do multitasking until ios 7 and I get 8+ hrs on my phone. I'm one of those guys that always stare at my usage screen so if mins were or are getting built up with out me knowing I would had noticed it.

i think the only usage when the screen is off can be Music

IFRIT
Oct 6, 2013, 05:02 AM
i think the only usage when the screen is off can be Music

No any sort of background task as well such as checking e-mail, syncing, playing music, and you don't really know how long it takes for the iphone to go back to sleep again after it has been woken, might be right away or could be a couple of minutes.

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actually usage time is on screen time on the iphone. The only time usage gets used when the iphone is off is when it checks email and getting text, and that sure doesn't build up hours of usage time. This is from Apple's on web site



You have to remember it didn't do multitasking until ios 7 and I still get 8+ hrs on my phone. I'm one of those guys that always stare at my usage screen so if a lot mins are getting built up with out me knowing I would had noticed it. You would also see many ppl complaining on this forum about it too, because a lot of ppl also look at that screen a lot.

I very much doubt people get 6+ hours of screen on time not with autobrightness on and considering the iPhones tiny battery.

Simacca
Oct 6, 2013, 06:20 AM
Need to use the Note one handed? Not a problem:

http://www.androidauthority.com/note-3-one-handed-operation-how-to-280458/

I'm really surprised this feature isn't mentioned more often.

Image (http://cdn02.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/note-3-one-handed-operation-645x401.jpg)

YouTube: video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mrxrZ8Y0-XE)



If Samsung can figure out a way to offer a larger screen while still giving people the ability to use it one handed, isn't it time to finally admit they're moving faster in the industry than Apple is? Isn't what Samsung is implementing more innovative than Apple just saying "nope, screens shouldn't be that big. Can't be used one handed. The end." ?


Some of these functions are available in the note 2, but it's still really awkward to use one handed due to the weight and balancing issues in one hand. Still a great phone though and will miss it once its gone.

Tsuchiya
Oct 6, 2013, 07:13 AM
Please Share Your Opinions ?
Specially people who tried HTC ONE , note 2 , s4 and other high end android devices
1>bigger screens
2>apps
3>battery life
4>camera
5>build

GS4 user here

1) The screen is great. Big, bright and clear. Watching HD videos online or footage from my GoPro is a joy (though the hardware can't really playback 1080p @60fps :(). It's also a bit awkward to use one handed and I think iPhone screens are probably a bit better in general- like outdoor use.

2) Apps are decent. Most of the apps I use are on both platforms so no issues. I like that you have the flexibility to choose what you want as defaults though. The Play store has some good alternatives for mail etc.

3) Battery life is OK. My S4 will last throughout the day with moderate use but because it's still fairly new I'm playing about with it more then I normally would. I'd still carry around a charger on my busier days. It's probably slightly better than my 4S was.

4) The camera has a lot of shooting modes which are fun to play with, but is generally speaking poor. In the right conditions it will produce some vibrant shots, but otherwise you get blurred or noisy shots. It's currently my biggest gripe with the phone.

5) Build is OK. It's solid, the buttons are responsive etc. However Samsung absolutely do not have the same eye for detail as Apple. The front of the phone is fine. The bezels are tiny, it looks very smart and the dotted pattern under the glass has a nice aesthetic. But the sides and back let the phone down massively. Samsung also didn't bother much with the materials. This absolutely does not feel like a premium smartphone.

Perhaps I'm being overly critical. The phone is just kind of...there. It doesn't inspire any strong feelings. Maybe because it's only been a short while and I'm having withdrawal from being apart from my iPhone. Time will tell, though I doubt I'll keep this phone for too long.

farmD
Oct 6, 2013, 08:56 AM
actually usage time is on screen time on the iphone. The only time usage gets used when the iphone is off is when it checks email and getting text, and that sure doesn't build up hours of usage time. This is from Apple's on web site



You have to remember it didn't do multitasking until ios 7 and I still get 8+ hrs on my phone. I'm one of those guys that always stare at my usage screen so if a lot mins are getting built up with out me knowing I would had noticed it. You would also see many ppl complaining on this forum about it too, because a lot of ppl also look at that screen a lot.

Again the 8 hours of usage time is a misconception. You seriously think you're using your phone for 8 hours? Doubt it. How about you actually time your screen being on throughout the day since it seems like you're on the phone for 8 hours. I would say you get 4 hours - maybe 5 hours top.

The keywords that apple define usage are "awake" and "background tasks". Phone can be awake when running in the background while the screen is off. As for android, they calculate based on the screen actually being visibly on/lit up.

I had an android phone w/ 1600 mA battery. Did the exact same daily tasks that I needed as I am doing now with my iPhone. Both were able to run its course for an entire day. Care to explain? Maybe I should somehow tackle on the hours that the android is running in the background to make the comparison more reasonable. Again, the measurements are different.

onthecouchagain
Oct 6, 2013, 09:55 AM
Kind of defeats the purpose of such a large screen then

How do you figure? You can switch to one hand mode when you need it, and switch back to regular mode when you want the space (like when working or watching movies...).

Best of both worlds, no?

Abazigal
Oct 6, 2013, 10:06 AM
Need to use the Note one handed? Not a problem:

http://www.androidauthority.com/note-3-one-handed-operation-how-to-280458/

I'm really surprised this feature isn't mentioned more often.

Image (http://cdn02.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/note-3-one-handed-operation-645x401.jpg)

YouTube: video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mrxrZ8Y0-XE)



If Samsung can figure out a way to offer a larger screen while still giving people the ability to use it one handed, isn't it time to finally admit they're moving faster in the industry than Apple is? Isn't what Samsung is implementing more innovative than Apple just saying "nope, screens shouldn't be that big. Can't be used one handed. The end." ?

Umm...what Samsung did was basically shrink the useable area of the screen down. So what's the difference between that and using a phone with a smaller screen?

kenknotts
Oct 6, 2013, 11:19 AM
I went from the Note 2, then the S4 to the 5s and couldnt be happier. Before I address the direct questions, i will say its mostly the "little things" that had me go to the iPhone. The radios in the iPhone are superior to the ones used in any Android. I can get LTE and reception in places I never could with any Android and the GPS locks immediately and accurately. Also the actual phone is better than any Android Ive had. Calls sound great and people tell me I sound great whether its regular use or speakerphone. Now to the specific questions.

Bigger screen: I do miss this at times but the 5s screen is so much brighter and easier to see in sunlight and IPS>>>Pentile.

Apps: Think this is an easy win for the iPhone. Even apps like FB and Instagram just work faster and are more responsive than their Android counterparts.

Battery life: I get better battery life from my 5s then my S4 and not much worse than the Note 2 I had. 5s battery also charges very fast which is a bonus. I could plug my S4 in to my car and only get like a 2-3% battery increase in 20 minutes or so. Can get close to 1% a minute on the 5s

Camera: This isnt even close, the 5s wins hands down. I was just able to use both the 5s and S4 together recently and the 5s was better in every way.

Build: Another area the 5s wins easily. Much more solid and quality compared to my S4 and Note 2. Its like the difference between a Mercedes using solid wood and materials to a Dodge using mostly plastic and cheaper parts.

Apollo 13
Oct 6, 2013, 12:21 PM
Again the 8 hours of usage time is a misconception. You seriously think you're using your phone for 8 hours? Doubt it. How about you actually time your screen being on throughout the day since it seems like you're on the phone for 8 hours. I would say you get 4 hours - maybe 5 hours top.

The keywords that apple define usage are "awake" and "background tasks". Phone can be awake when running in the background while the screen is off. As for android, they calculate based on the screen actually being visibly on/lit up.

I had an android phone w/ 1600 mA battery. Did the exact same daily tasks that I needed as I am doing now with my iPhone. Both were able to run its course for an entire day. Care to explain? Maybe I should somehow tackle on the hours that the android is running in the background to make the comparison more reasonable. Again, the measurements are different.


Fell a sleep and my phone reads 23 mins of usage and standby is 6hr 2mins and still at 98%. What i did when i took my phone off charger? Was on ESPN app, sent a text, 1min phone call, went to operationsports, opened battery doctor, and downloaded a small app off of the app store. Did that in a 15min time span. As much as u dont like to believe my phone usage is mostly from my screen being on.


*edit*like i said before if it was the way u said it many ppl would be complaining and talking about it in the forum.

onthecouchagain
Oct 6, 2013, 01:20 PM
Umm...what Samsung did was basically shrink the useable area of the screen down. So what's the difference between that and using a phone with a smaller screen?

Choice.

You can switch to one hand mode when you need it, and switch back to regular mode when you want the space (like when working or watching movies...). You may never need the feature, but it's there.

Best of both worlds, no?

farmD
Oct 6, 2013, 01:43 PM
Fell a sleep and my phone reads 23 mins of usage and standby is 6hr 2mins and still at 98%. What i did when i took my phone off charger? Was on ESPN app, sent a text, 1min phone call, went to operationsports, opened battery doctor, and downloaded a small app off of the app store. Did that in a 15min time span. As much as u dont like to believe my phone usage is mostly from my screen being on.

*edit*like i said before if it was the way u said it many ppl would be complaining and talking about it in the forum.

Lol what you're saying makes what I justified more reasonable. The difference in your time - where does it come from. The numerical number doesn't add up and we don't even know the how much the background data contributes. We don't know the ratio between the two nor do we have hard facts in terms of calculating the "usage". Still your numbers don't add up.

The reason why I say this is that my android with 1600mA battery can last as long as the iPhone 5 with the same tasks on a daily basis. Android's 4 hour on screen time vs iPhone's 7-8 hr usage time. Just looking at the numbers, the difference looks drastic yet the both last til the end of the day.

Edit: lol just like the debate. iPhone does have tremendous standby time though. I'll give you that. Prolly the best.

Shuri
Oct 7, 2013, 03:23 AM
Best of both worlds, no?

No it's not..

When I use my phone both handed I need to have a really firm grip on it, since I mostly use it that way while riding a bike or so.
This feature only reduces the range my thumb has to go, but certainly not the overall physical size of the device. So I still can't grab it like I need to.

yeah, it's a neat feature that makes a good compromise between bigger size and usability, but its usability with one hand is far away from a phone which is smaller.