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chrf097
Oct 6, 2013, 07:15 PM
Hardly any Android phones appeal to me the way the iPhone does, but one device, the LG G2, I'm almost in love with it the same way I am the iPhone.

My upgrade is in April (which is somewhat far, but still close enough), and maybe I'll change my mind or something nicer will come around, but I'm curious. I've been in the Apple Ecosystem for a LOOOONG time. I've always had iPods, including a Nano, 2 touches, and now 2 different iPhone models. I've only had 2 other android devices before, a Nexus 7 and Motorola Droid (off-contract). Here are my questions:

Most of my friends have iPhones and therefore use iMessage. With the new share everything plans I guess texting plans aren't a major concern, but how are people getting on without using iMessage?

As far as iTunes, how is everyone syncing their music library? How well does Google Music play with iTunes? I would still plan to use iTunes as my main music service.

Is there anything from iOS you miss?



Fanaticalism
Oct 6, 2013, 07:42 PM
Hardly any Android phones appeal to me the way the iPhone does, but one device, the LG G2, I'm almost in love with it the same way I am the iPhone.

My upgrade is in April (which is somewhat far, but still close enough), and maybe I'll change my mind or something nicer will come around, but I'm curious. I've been in the Apple Ecosystem for a LOOOONG time. I've always had iPods, including a Nano, 2 touches, and now 2 different iPhone models. I've only had 2 other android devices before, a Nexus 7 and Motorola Droid (off-contract). Here are my questions:

Most of my friends have iPhones and therefore use iMessage. With the new share everything plans I guess texting plans aren't a major concern, but how are people getting on without using iMessage?

As far as iTunes, how is everyone syncing their music library? How well does Google Music play with iTunes? I would still plan to use iTunes as my main music service.

Is there anything from iOS you miss?

Group messaging can be a pain, but if that isn't something you do on the norm, you won't see an impact. If you do, most people use Whatsap

I use dropbox for my photo sharing, I know others use google drive.

If you use itunes for music, iSyncr and Doubletwist are good options.

Ipad for apple tv

That's pretty much it.

Do I miss my iPhone? Nope, not really.

My house consists of an iphone5, 2 ipad minis, a few apple tv's and a couple macs. I went from an iphone 5 to a galaxy s4

nd3eb
Oct 6, 2013, 08:57 PM
I just got the lg g2, my first ever android phone. I have had iPhones for 5+ years.

The phone is a beast. The switch to android takes time to get used to. Group messaging IS a pain, but other than that I'm liking it more every day.

I highly recommend the lg g2, it's a powerful and beautiful phone.

tbayrgs
Oct 6, 2013, 09:04 PM
Hardly any Android phones appeal to me the way the iPhone does, but one device, the LG G2, I'm almost in love with it the same way I am the iPhone.

My upgrade is in April (which is somewhat far, but still close enough), and maybe I'll change my mind or something nicer will come around, but I'm curious. I've been in the Apple Ecosystem for a LOOOONG time. I've always had iPods, including a Nano, 2 touches, and now 2 different iPhone models. I've only had 2 other android devices before, a Nexus 7 and Motorola Droid (off-contract). Here are my questions:

Most of my friends have iPhones and therefore use iMessage. With the new share everything plans I guess texting plans aren't a major concern, but how are people getting on without using iMessage?

I do have unlimited text messaging so I'm getting along just fine without iMessage. The stock messaging in Android is barebones and limits the size of MMS messages but just use any of the third party offerings (my personal favorite is Textra) and you're good to go. My primary concern was regarding texting my kids as they use iMessage on their iPads when they want to text me but since ditching all of my iOS devices, I just have them use Hangouts (can use it as a FaceTime replacement as well).

As far as iTunes, how is everyone syncing their music library? How well does Google Music play with iTunes? I would still plan to use iTunes as my main music service.

I still use iTunes to manage all of my media (music and video) but do not purchase video as the DRM won't allow playback on non-Apple gear, just make digital copies on my own. For music, I keep my entire library store locally on my HTC One (just drag and drop from my iTunes folder to the music folder on my phone) but also have uploaded my entire library to Google Play Music, so it's readily available anywhere/anytime. Just install the Google Music Manager onto your computer and you can set it up to automatically upload to Google Music anything newly added to your iTunes library. I don't generally do playlists so I don't need to sync, but as Fanaticalism mentioned, iSyncr and DoubleTwist are good options to mimic that functionality as iTunes does with the iPhone. I also subscribe to Google Play Music All Access so I all of my music listening is available via a single app (Google Play Music).

Is there anything from iOS you miss? Integration with my iPhoto library. Getting photos from my HTC One to my photo library is a snap, actually works better than Photostream (automatically upload photos to Dropbox when I'm on Wifi, then a simple Automator script on my Mac imports any new photos into my iPhoto library.) The problem is where I could easily browse recent photos via Photostream and easily sync any other photos from my library to my iDevice, I have to manually move any photos that I want to see either into Dropbox or locally onto my Android phone. My photo library is far too large to keep a copy on Dropbox or any cloud solution. This was something I liked about iOS on my iPad, still working on a feasible solution for my Nexus 7.

JackieInCo
Oct 7, 2013, 01:04 AM
I guess when all is said and done, I just use my Nexus 4 as a phone and my iPad Mini, 4S and Nexus 7 for everything else.

I have nearly all of my music on Google Music now except for about 200 songs that I bought on iTunes that were never available in iTunes + so the DRM was never stripped out. A few days ago on my Nexus 7, I was using bluetooth to stream music from Google Music to my car stereo while out driving. Works good.

As far as what I miss in iOS on my Androids: I miss a lot of the actual tablet versions that I have on my iPad that simply are not available on my Nexus 7. Apps such as SiriusXM, Fizz Weather, 9News, and several others, apps where there are no alternative apps to use.

I have thousands of TV shows purchased in iTunes and over 200 HD movies purchased in iTunes so I will always have Apple in my life.

Zplit
Oct 8, 2013, 11:46 AM
I try every iPhone's and try few androids. Gs2,HTC one,gs3,gs4 and always go back to iPhone's till I got my hands on my LG g2 ohhh man best phone I have ever try. Im in love with this phone. For the 1st time I can say I love my android phone. Only thing I miss about my iPhone is how smooth the phone runs. But im not going back. Way to happy with my LG g2.

Brazzan
Oct 10, 2013, 12:40 AM
I've just got an LG G2. It's only a few days old, so I'm hardly an android expert, but these are my experiences so far (some of which are fairly minor) :
-it's light and fits in my pocket really easily
-the screen is fabulous
-from my limited testing so far, the camera seems better than my wife's iPhone 5, although I haven't compared to a 5s
-using SwiftKey for swipe typing is a revelation - I find it easier than the iPhone keyboard
- I used doubletwist to as air sync with iTunes on my mac. It works, but it is clunky and inelegant. For example, it keeps trying to find music on my time machine backup drive.
-other apps have similar minor annoyances. For example, typing this reply via tapatalk was greatly complicated by the app not going back to where I left it when I switched apps, which made it look like the reply had gone missing. Overall, there just isn't that feeling that the developers care about usability that you get with the iPhone.
- another example: on a couple of apps, the pop - up keyboard obscures the OK button to enter the thing you've just typed. Really? Have you tested this thing at all?
-I'm still getting used to the back buttons, so I'll suspend judgement on those
- a minor gotcha that isn't really android's fault: if (like me) you live in an iThing heavy house, make sure you turn off imessage on all your other machines, or any attempts to message you from an iPhone will get imessaged to them, rather than sent to your phone by sms
-it will take you a couple of days to de-stupid the default settings on your apps
-most of the basics (contacts, calendar) carried over well, but then I used Google for those anyway
-battery life is good: I still had 22% left after 24 hours of heavy use on my first test day
-the notification light is annoying when you're trying to sleep!

Update:

- I really miss Mailbox. Boomerang, which is the nearest Android equivalent has been quite flakey for me.

Tsuchiya
Oct 10, 2013, 11:24 AM
Hardly any Android phones appeal to me the way the iPhone does, but one device, the LG G2, I'm almost in love with it the same way I am the iPhone.

My upgrade is in April (which is somewhat far, but still close enough), and maybe I'll change my mind or something nicer will come around, but I'm curious. I've been in the Apple Ecosystem for a LOOOONG time. I've always had iPods, including a Nano, 2 touches, and now 2 different iPhone models. I've only had 2 other android devices before, a Nexus 7 and Motorola Droid (off-contract). Here are my questions:

Most of my friends have iPhones and therefore use iMessage. With the new share everything plans I guess texting plans aren't a major concern, but how are people getting on without using iMessage?

As far as iTunes, how is everyone syncing their music library? How well does Google Music play with iTunes? I would still plan to use iTunes as my main music service.

Is there anything from iOS you miss?

I mostly use Whatsapp and Spotify so couldn't really comment on your first two questions, but as to what I miss about iOS?

Email

Calendar

iCloud in general

iOS aesthetics

Out of box readiness. Android takes a lot of messing with to get "right".

Although I'm quite content with my S4, I won't deny that I'm craving another iPhone...

flybub
Oct 10, 2013, 02:21 PM
I mostly use Whatsapp and Spotify so couldn't really comment on your first two questions, but as to what I miss about iOS?

Email

Calendar

iCloud in general

iOS aesthetics

Out of box readiness. Android takes a lot of messing with to get "right".

Although I'm quite content with my S4, I won't deny that I'm craving another iPhone...

I agree with every word you posted

The Game 161
Oct 10, 2013, 02:41 PM
there is nothing I miss about the iphone to be honest.

spinedoc77
Oct 10, 2013, 04:44 PM
Hardly any Android phones appeal to me the way the iPhone does, but one device, the LG G2, I'm almost in love with it the same way I am the iPhone.

My upgrade is in April (which is somewhat far, but still close enough), and maybe I'll change my mind or something nicer will come around, but I'm curious. I've been in the Apple Ecosystem for a LOOOONG time. I've always had iPods, including a Nano, 2 touches, and now 2 different iPhone models. I've only had 2 other android devices before, a Nexus 7 and Motorola Droid (off-contract). Here are my questions:

Most of my friends have iPhones and therefore use iMessage. With the new share everything plans I guess texting plans aren't a major concern, but how are people getting on without using iMessage?

As far as iTunes, how is everyone syncing their music library? How well does Google Music play with iTunes? I would still plan to use iTunes as my main music service.

Is there anything from iOS you miss?

I have the LG G2, I ditched my iphone 5 after the atrocity that is iOS7 came out. It's decent, beautiful screen, but a bit laggy, the knock on feature doesn't work at times, and the proximity sensor is wonky. I'm also beginning to dislike the rear placed buttons. My biggest regret is losing Siri, I can't function anywhere near as efficient without a personal assistant.

I got it for cheap on CL though, so I may just Gazelle it and pick up the Nexus 5, now that they say it will have an upgrade option to a 3000mah battery. Hopefully that will last me until next year when hopefully Apple releases a bigger iphone.

Sounds Good
Oct 10, 2013, 08:30 PM
How do you guys feel about "auto correct" on Android vs iPhone? I like the iPhone auto correct since it allows me to type very quickly, almost without looking at the keyboard. I tried typing just as quickly on an Android phone and I could barely read what I had typed.

flybub
Oct 10, 2013, 10:05 PM
How do you guys feel about "auto correct" on Android vs iPhone? I like the iPhone auto correct since it allows me to type very quickly, almost without looking at the keyboard. I tried typing just as quickly on an Android phone and I could barely read what I had typed.

For me the iPhone auto correct is far greater than any android keyboard. I can remember typing out emails on my iPhone while having a conversation with my wife and usually never have to proof read what I typed. I honestly think that it had to do with how crammed the keyboard was. It did not require much movement with my thumbs where as with my s4 my thumbs have to move much further and I'm not as accurate. It's very strange but the iPhone was far more accurate for me.

nooaah
Oct 10, 2013, 10:43 PM
Picked up the Note 3 today as my business travel phone (leave the iPhone at home, go on the road with the N3...And when I'm home, the N3 goes in a drawer and the iP5s goes in the pocket).

As much as I griped about the shortcomings of the Ip5s as a travel companion and business tool is how much I'm singing the praises for the N3 without having really set up much of anything. The battery is awesome, the screen gives me way more information at a glance, and the multitasking is better (more of a byproduct of the big screen).

iPhone is still king TO ME for taking pics, organizing pics, portability, RELIABILITY, simplicity, management of music, music quality, integration, app quality, and SIMPLICITY.

Moving over my contacts and bookmarks to the N3 was easy. The OS obviously isn't as intuitive as iOS, but you can do a lot more with it if you take the time to read up and learn. Just don't use any of Samsung's software or LG's to move your data over. Take the time and do manually what Google can't do for you. Trust me.

macrem
Oct 11, 2013, 12:54 AM
I have nearly all of my music on Google Music now except for about 200 songs that I bought on iTunes that were never available in iTunes + so the DRM was never stripped out.
Have you tried using Match? Match should be able to match the vast majority of your DRM songs, then in theory after these songs are matched, you could delete them locally then re-download non-DRM versions of the same songs. I used this method to upgrade my library of songs with a bitrate below 256kbps.

Sounds Good
Oct 11, 2013, 05:21 AM
For me the iPhone auto correct is far greater than any android keyboard. I can remember typing out emails on my iPhone while having a conversation with my wife and usually never have to proof read what I typed. I honestly think that it had to do with how crammed the keyboard was. It did not require much movement with my thumbs where as with my s4 my thumbs have to move much further and I'm not as accurate. It's very strange but the iPhone was far more accurate for me.
Believe it or not, this is one of the big reasons why I keep holding off from switching to Android (the other big reason is iMessage). I do a lot of typing on my phone, and I love that with the iPhone I can just type away without having to go back to make too many corrections. I feel like with Android I'd have to make A LOT of corrections, and I'd really rather not do that. Are *any* Android keyboards as good as the iPhone in the auto-correct department? Or not really?

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Picked up the Note 3 today as my business travel phone (leave the iPhone at home, go on the road with the N3...And when I'm home, the N3 goes in a drawer and the iP5s goes in the pocket).

iPhone is still king TO ME for taking pics...
How much difference is there in picture quality between the two phones? Indoor pics? Outdoor pics?

Thanks!

flybub
Oct 11, 2013, 06:14 AM
Believe it or not, this is one of the big reasons why I keep holding off from switching to Android (the other big reason is iMessage). I do a lot of typing on my phone, and I love that with the iPhone I can just type away without having to go back to make too many corrections. I feel like with Android I'd have to make A LOT of corrections, and I'd really rather not do that. Are *any* Android keyboards as good as the iPhone in the auto-correct department? Or not really?

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How much difference is there in picture quality between the two phones? Indoor pics? Outdoor pics?

Thanks!

SwiftKey predictions are very good, however, I find myself reading the predictions more instead of typing away on the keyboard. So I may only have to press 10 keys to make a sentence in swiftkey but with my iPhone I was faster to just type it out. SwiftKey is a great keyboard as well as Kii and Swype but the iPhone keyboard is still king (personal preference). I've never found a keyboard on Android to match the iPhone. There are emulators you can download but most of them have their bugs, some even have ads.

Sounds Good
Oct 11, 2013, 01:38 PM
Okay, thanks!

gizze
Oct 18, 2013, 04:50 PM
I have been a mac user for the last 10 years, maybe more, iMacs, Macbooks, iPad, appleTVs and Iphone since the 3G, so around 5-6 years.

I thought the iPhone 5 was not worth upgrading to so waited for the next one, the 5S arrived and I just think that is a piss take in regards to 'a new phone' (my wife has one).

Also lightening port annoyed me, dropping video out and the new design meant my Meridian system which cost me serious money, would not work with the 5.
Not a problem as I just dug out an old iPad for that job, but also meant I felt I had the opportunity to break away from the iPhone.

So decided to have a play with the Xperia Z1 and keep my 4s, best of both worlds.

My first week with the Z1 and the iPhone is being sold.

The Z1 makes ios7 seem to restricted and dated imho, all the things I hated about ios7 I can do on the Z1 it seems.
Also, I was really worried about the size, but it is the main reason I love it, doesn't feel bigger in my pocket, but the extra screen real estate makes such a massive difference, I now find my self using the phone because I really enjoy it rather than finding it convenient when out and about.

Also with all the car makers jumping on board with Mirrorlink I can see Android suiting me better, app mode from apple is crap imho, being able to mirror your phone and use the apps you want is much better.


I am sure I will go back to an iPhone, but I want to see apple move things on again, ios8 needs to pick things up, they used to be real innovators and right now ios feels a long way behind imho.
Also, they need a bigger screen now too, even if it is a 4.7" which is thin, it makes a hell if a difference to every day usage.


More than happy to come back, but it has to be better, being 'it's apple' just doesn't cut it anymore.


Still excited about the new Macs on 22nd though, my Air is now 2.5 years old so hoping the 13" retina will have much better battery as I will bite with that.

kenknotts
Oct 18, 2013, 07:47 PM
I am sure I will go back to an iPhone, but I want to see apple move things on again, ios8 needs to pick things up, they used to be real innovators and right now ios feels a long way behind imho.
Also, they need a bigger screen now too, even if it is a 4.7" which is thin, it makes a hell if a difference to every day usage.

Apple is the most valuable company in the world and the 5s has sold somewhere between 32 and 34 MILLION units in under a month. Analysts suggest It would have been well over 37 million if it werent for the shortages. Apple doesnt NEED to do anything. If so many people were dead set on not buying an iPhone until Apple released a larger one, they would speak with their wallets and not buy a 4 inch iPhone. As it stands, the 5s is outselling any other iPhone in the past and no Android phone has come anywhere close to those sales number.

To answer the OP, I have all Apple products in the house. iMac, Macbook Air, iPad mini and Apple TV. Sure, there are apps and workarounds to make your Android phone play nice with your Apple products but its nowhere near as intuitive as it is with an iPhone.

scoop2mylue
Oct 18, 2013, 07:58 PM
I have tried to switch to android only worked for a few months until I realize I had to go back

JC17
Oct 19, 2013, 04:32 PM
Apple is the most valuable company in the world and the 5s has sold somewhere between 32 and 34 MILLION

Source?

kenknotts
Oct 19, 2013, 05:43 PM
Source?

This thing called the internet. Type in "iPhone 5s sales" and the info comes up, it's like magic!

JC17
Oct 19, 2013, 06:59 PM
This thing called the internet. Type in "iPhone 5s sales" and the info comes up, it's like magic!

I found no sales numbers. (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=iphone+5s+slae&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&gws_rd=cr&ei=wRxjUsW0F4-U0QXbx4CACQ#q=iphone+5+sales+worldwide&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial)

Hence why I asked you for your source.. :yawn:

kenknotts
Oct 19, 2013, 08:39 PM
I found no sales numbers. (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=iphone+5s+slae&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&gws_rd=cr&ei=wRxjUsW0F4-U0QXbx4CACQ#q=iphone+5+sales+worldwide&rls=org.mozilla:en-US%3Aofficial)

Hence why I asked you for your source.. :yawn:

It's the first thing you see when you search "iPhone 5s sales" Since you searched "iPhone 5 slaes" I can see why you had a problem....


http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/10/early-iphone-5s-sales-would-have-been-higher-were-it-not-for-supply-constraints

JerZyT28
Oct 20, 2013, 01:08 AM
It's the first thing you see when you search "iPhone 5s sales" Since you searched "iPhone 5 slaes" I can see why you had a problem....


http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/10/early-iphone-5s-sales-would-have-been-higher-were-it-not-for-supply-constraints

pretty sure this doesn't help out the OP....

anyways back on topic I had an iPhone 3g and 4 and I will say this, when I saw the 4 in person, that was the first phone I ever HAD to have. The experience was great. I decided to try out the Galaxy S3 last year (mainly because a friend had an unopened one and sold it cheap), and let me say this....I was highly impressed. I got used to it over time and then realized what I was missing with my iPhone. Fast forward a year, after a S3 and a Note 2, now i'm on a S4, soon to be Nexus 5. To me, nothing beats an Android phone. To me, it's easier to set it up how I want and it's easier to use. As for the tablets, when iOS7 came out, it ruined my iPad 3. No downgrade available so I decided to try the new Nexus 7. The experience has been great. Just as the S3 opened my eyes in regards to Android, the Nexus 7 has opened my eyes in regards to Nexus products. To me, nothing beats it.

Pretty much, you can ask people how they're experience was, but from what I've seen on these forums, it's a bunch of people who live by Apple and only use an android device for a few days then bash it. Best thing to do is to just try an android phone/tablet...and actually USE it for a while...get to know the ins and outs.

Technarchy
Oct 20, 2013, 06:21 AM
Hardly any Android phones appeal to me the way the iPhone does, but one device, the LG G2, I'm almost in love with it the same way I am the iPhone.

My upgrade is in April (which is somewhat far, but still close enough), and maybe I'll change my mind or something nicer will come around, but I'm curious. I've been in the Apple Ecosystem for a LOOOONG time. I've always had iPods, including a Nano, 2 touches, and now 2 different iPhone models. I've only had 2 other android devices before, a Nexus 7 and Motorola Droid (off-contract). Here are my questions:

Most of my friends have iPhones and therefore use iMessage. With the new share everything plans I guess texting plans aren't a major concern, but how are people getting on without using iMessage?

As far as iTunes, how is everyone syncing their music library? How well does Google Music play with iTunes? I would still plan to use iTunes as my main music service.

Is there anything from iOS you miss?

The migration is easy in some ways and infuriating in others.

There is no shortage of messaging applications to replace iMessage. I opted for Google Hangouts, and it's a pretty awesome performer. Since nearly everyone has a Gmail account, getting friends and family to change over is easy.

There is no good substitute for Facetime. Not hangouts, not Swype, or anything else I have tried.

Google Play Music with All Access is something I use far more often than iTunes for actual music, but I purchase video content from iTunes at least twice a month via Apple TV mostly which is part of the Apple ecosystem strength. I also dumped all my music into the Play Music library so my entire library is accessible and takes up ZERO space on my SD card or internal memory.

Siri is a champ and Google Now is not really an alternative.

All in all, the change over process is a 6/10 on the difficulty scale.

ReallyBigFeet
Oct 22, 2013, 09:32 AM
Google Play Music with All Access is something I use far more often than iTunes for actual music, but I purchase video content from iTunes at least twice a month via Apple TV mostly which is part of the Apple ecosystem strength. I also dumped all my music into the Play Music library so my entire library is accessible and takes up ZERO space on my SD card or internal memory.
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The switch to standard Google Play is indeed very painless, and is a great way to take almost all of your iTunes library over to Android without taking up any space.

But I find the Unlimited Access upgrade incredibly overpriced. Google wants $10 a month for something Apple gives you for $25 a year with their upgraded iTunes Match service. Really a ripoff from Google. Just stick with Google Play standard and Pandora or Slacker for the better deal.

Bacong
Oct 22, 2013, 04:41 PM
I had no real migration issues. I used Google Music on my iPhone, and all the apps I used on iPhone I use on Android. I used gmail on iPhone, too.

blairh
Oct 22, 2013, 08:34 PM
Took me about a week to make the leap comfortably. There are only 2 things I truly miss about iOS. Copy and paste and the overall quality of apps. C & P on TouchWiz straight up sucks. I don't know if it's better on Optimus. Most Android apps are just fine but I go mad often using the Android versions of Facebook Messenger & the Comcast Xfinity app.

Leaving iTunes for my music needs has been a blessing. You should just use the Play store if you can for purchases. I uploaded my entire collection to Google Music. I use Music Manager on my Mac to instantly upload new music to my collection. I use AirDroid to transfer music wirelessly onto my SD card. All music is played via the Google Music app which I love.

I have an iPad otherwise not having FaceTime would kinda suck. I use WhatsApp with friends which I find is actually better than iMessage.

I'd still consider an iPhone in the future if they ever offer a screen in the 4.7" - 5" range. Also I love the Gmail app. It made a big leap in 4.5.

chimpboy74
Oct 24, 2013, 04:29 PM
Hardly any Android phones appeal to me the way the iPhone does, but one device, the LG G2, I'm almost in love with it the same way I am the iPhone.

My upgrade is in April (which is somewhat far, but still close enough), and maybe I'll change my mind or something nicer will come around, but I'm curious. I've been in the Apple Ecosystem for a LOOOONG time. I've always had iPods, including a Nano, 2 touches, and now 2 different iPhone models. I've only had 2 other android devices before, a Nexus 7 and Motorola Droid (off-contract). Here are my questions:

Most of my friends have iPhones and therefore use iMessage. With the new share everything plans I guess texting plans aren't a major concern, but how are people getting on without using iMessage?

As far as iTunes, how is everyone syncing their music library? How well does Google Music play with iTunes? I would still plan to use iTunes as my main music service.

Is there anything from iOS you miss?

For me I have unlimited texts but asked my friends to install whatsapp for mms. So far no issues with that (been 2 months on a nexus now)

Music play was a bit fiddly to get set up at first (mainly because of drm but I got round that eventually) I found I had to force the app on my mac to refresh several times before all music would be uploaded. It started showing several hundred songs hadn't uploaded for various reasons. I kept forcing it to rescan and that number kept going down until I was only left with about 20 files that were either voice memos or obscure tracks from unsigned bands so can live without. Since then I've only added one album to iTunes and I manually made the google music manager to refresh (I think it should do it automatically but I wanted the music straight away so just forced the issue)

In terms of using play music on my phone: I really like it. I found iTunes Match to be very hit or miss when trying to download from the cloud (although in google app I did have one album that appeared to have "pinned" but only half the tracks appeared) I like the interface

Overall it was a bit of a fiddle transferring contacts and calendars but once it was done that was it, no more hassle.

What do I miss from my iphone? So far only the remote app for controlling iTunes (I know there are apps that do this in android store but the couple I have tried were very cluttered and annoying)

I still have my iPad and am not a fan of iOS 7.

chimpboy74
Oct 24, 2013, 04:40 PM
But I find the Unlimited Access upgrade incredibly overpriced. Google wants $10 a month for something Apple gives you for $25 a year with their upgraded iTunes Match service. Really a ripoff from Google. Just stick with Google Play standard and Pandora or Slacker for the better deal.

Unless I've misunderstood the service. The standard free google play is the same as iTunes Match (certainly works that way for me) and the unlimited service is more like spotify premium.

Maskusee
Oct 24, 2013, 08:24 PM
I mostly use Whatsapp and Spotify so couldn't really comment on your first two questions, but as to what I miss about iOS?

Email

Calendar

iCloud in general

iOS aesthetics

Out of box readiness. Android takes a lot of messing with to get "right".

Although I'm quite content with my S4, I won't deny that I'm craving another iPhone...

Thank you for your honesty!

I've been with iPhone since day 1, then went deeper into Apple Reality Distortion Field with picking up an iPhone for my wife, his and hers 2011 MacBook Pros & TimeCapsule, 2012 MacMini and iTV. Needless to say I'm in too deep on the Apple Kool Aid.

Been really disappointed with Apples' longer only display move of iPhone 5.
So, now i wait with my old yet very reliable iPhone 4S. Have had an itch eve since one of my best mates jumped from iPhone 4 to Galaxy 4. Screen is big and gorgeous and love the customization of the OS and all the bells and whistles of an Android device. But i still love the OS UI and how everything works so seamlessly with all my other Apple devices (PhotoStream, iTunes, Mail, iBooks, Apps, Etc).

I was almost ready to go out and buy an unlocked HTC One (in hopes of it holding me over till Summer 2014 and iPhone release a bigger (wider) display. Money comes and goes, and i've lost much more, so its not the issue.

I don't want to invest my time to something that i will later feel i settled for.


Thanks friend.

slu
Oct 24, 2013, 08:51 PM
Unless I've misunderstood the service. The standard free google play is the same as iTunes Match (certainly works that way for me) and the unlimited service is more like spotify premium.

This is 100% correct. I am a Google Play All Access subscribers. I love it. It is a combination of iTunes Match, Spotify, and iTunes Radio.

OP, I migrated to the Nexus 4 in April. To me it was pretty easy. Sure I had to migrate from iCloud to Google services, but that was painless. Most things are pretty similar. Once I got used to things, I came to the conclusion that iOS and Android are 90% the same.

I would echo a previous poster in that the only thing I really miss is iPhoto integration. I too use a Dropbox based solution, but it isn't as good as Photostream. With unlimited texting, losing iMessage on the phone made no difference to me at all, but not receiving the same message on my iPad and phone is something else that I miss. I am hoping that I can switch to Hangouts for similar functionality when it gets SMS integration. Most of my family and friends have iPhones, but they also mostly use gmail, so I feel like I have a shot getting them to use Hangouts.

EDIT: I just looked at my phone, I wanted to add two features of Android that iOS doesn't have that I really enjoy:

Widgets - At first I didn't really get much use out of them, but I recently spent a few minutes setting some up that I really get a lot of value out of. I have a direct dial widget to call my wife. One tap on the home screen and it starts a call. I have two Google Maps widgets. One for transit directions to work and one to start driving navigation home. Again, one tap just performs those actions. I have a small dynamic weather bug widget that gives the forecast, current temp, and high and low temp for the day. A widget to start a new OneNote, and a few others. Really useful feature.

Gesture typing - I really like this style of typing when typing one handed. I find it very accurate and fast. Takes a bit of getting used to, but I think an improvement overall. And I just use the stock Google keyboard.

chrf097
Oct 26, 2013, 03:58 PM
You all have been really helpful. I'm glad to know it's not a major hassle to transfer. My only issue is iMessages though...maybe I can get everyone on Kik/BBM...

Dave Felix
Oct 28, 2013, 12:19 PM
Hardly any Android phones appeal to me the way the iPhone does, but one device, the LG G2, I'm almost in love with it the same way I am the iPhone.

My upgrade is in April (which is somewhat far, but still close enough), and maybe I'll change my mind or something nicer will come around, but I'm curious. I've been in the Apple Ecosystem for a LOOOONG time. I've always had iPods, including a Nano, 2 touches, and now 2 different iPhone models. I've only had 2 other android devices before, a Nexus 7 and Motorola Droid (off-contract). Here are my questions:

Most of my friends have iPhones and therefore use iMessage. With the new share everything plans I guess texting plans aren't a major concern, but how are people getting on without using iMessage?

As far as iTunes, how is everyone syncing their music library? How well does Google Music play with iTunes? I would still plan to use iTunes as my main music service.

Is there anything from iOS you miss?

I used to own a Note 2 and an S4.. I came back to Apple because I have a Mac. People are offering to trade a Note 3 for my note and I might pull the trigger. Next year, I'll either get the S5 or iPhone 6 if Apple changes iOS a lot.

You can try Textra - it allows group chat with iPhone and Android users. That's what I used.

ReallyBigFeet
Oct 28, 2013, 01:06 PM
Unless I've misunderstood the service. The standard free google play is the same as iTunes Match (certainly works that way for me) and the unlimited service is more like spotify premium.

I think you misunderstand. Most of the reviewers say the same thing. iTunes Match is equal to Google Unlimited, but at 1/4 the price per year. Seems to offer greater variety as well.

http://gigaom.com/2013/09/18/itunes-radio-sounds-sweeter-than-expected-even-to-this-android-user/

Somewhat of a moot point, however, if you intend on sticking with non-Apple equipment. But for an Apple user, there's really no reason to go to Google unless you are like me and live in a multi-platform world. In that case, pick up the free-based Google Music and just upload all your songs to their cloud. Then throw on a streaming app like Slacker and done.

jsw
Oct 28, 2013, 01:13 PM
I think you misunderstand. Most of the reviewers say the same thing. iTunes Match is equal to Google Unlimited, but at 1/4 the price per year. Seems to offer greater variety as well.
Not exactly, unless I'm misunderstanding.

Google lets you upload 20K songs for free, which is something Apple does not allow for free, at all. All Access allows you to download any song you want and listen to it offline - which, as far as I know Match doesn't.

If you're always online and only listen to radio-style playlists, then I agree, Match is a better deal. If you want offline access to any music Google carries, Match is not as good a deal... but the reduced price makes up for a lot of that.

IMO, the free version of Play is awesome, better than what Apple offers for free (i.e., nothing). The paid version is better or worse depending on your use case.

ReallyBigFeet
Oct 28, 2013, 01:28 PM
Not exactly, unless I'm misunderstanding.

Google lets you upload 20K songs for free, which is something Apple does not allow for free, at all. All Access allows you to download any song you want and listen to it offline - which, as far as I know Match doesn't.

If you're always online and only listen to radio-style playlists, then I agree, Match is a better deal. If you want offline access to any music Google carries, Match is not as good a deal... but the reduced price makes up for a lot of that.

IMO, the free version of Play is awesome, better than what Apple offers for free (i.e., nothing). The paid version is better or worse depending on your use case.

It's possible we are both misunderstanding, but for iTunes Match:

-25K song limit for uploads
-It lets you upload your entire library to the Match service. Works same as Google Music basic. All purchased songs matched right away, anything else in your library is either matched to theirs or uploaded from yours.
-You can stream from any Apple device. But on iOS devices, once you tap a song to play it, it plays and downloads to your device at same time. You can listen to it offline thereafter.

No difference really other than the price.

jsw
Oct 28, 2013, 01:31 PM
It's possible we are both misunderstanding, but for iTunes Match:

-25K song limit for uploads
-It lets you upload your entire library to the Match service. Works same as Google Music basic. All purchased songs matched right away, anything else in your library is either matched to theirs or uploaded from yours.
-You can stream from any Apple device. But on iOS devices, once you tap a song to play it, it plays and downloads to your device at same time. You can listen to it offline thereafter.

No difference really other than the price.
I mean that Google lets you upload 20K songs without any fee. Yes, Match allows plenty when you pay, but Google allows that functionality for free (for any songs, vs Apple only allowing iTunes-purchased ones for free).

Again, when you get the the subscription offerings, each has their own benefits, and most consumers will be able to pick a clear favorite for their needs.

Edit: a Play feature I use all the time is the ability to browse All Access for songs I like while sitting at my desk, then being able to download them to any of my devices with the click of a button. This allows me to preload entire sets without even touching my phone/tablet. By the way, I also subscribe to Match (most of my family is on iOS); I just personally prefer Play All Access.