honest experience

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by quest7, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors member


    Dec 29, 2011
    oklahoma city
    I have about had it with android(GS3). Its a great phone, but lately it has been having an attitude problem. When I hit the back button it just reloads the page and sometimes the screen freezing and goes back to my home screen.

    I'm busy and dont have time for all that trouble shooting and stuff. The screen size and widgets are cool, but I needit to be reliable.

    Now, do you guys have some of these issues? And how do the older(ip4s and ip5) perform after they get older?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    Reset your Android device back to factory settings and see if it still has the issue.
  3. thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 29, 2011
    oklahoma city
    I just wiped my cache partion and deleted my last 5-6 apps. I will do a factory reset, if nothing chances.

    My question is do iPhone users have to go through issues or something similar to this.
  4. macrumors regular


    Nov 8, 2011
    I used to be an Android fan boy until my phone decided to freeze up on me constantly along with GPS issues,lag, constant restarting on its own and mind you that I had the phone replaced "5" times :-x.
    I said screw this! At that time the 4S was just announced and I decided to jump ship. I will "never" look back ..... Apple is a far superior product to Android and continues to be so.
    My 4s has had some minor hiccups but nothing major or anything that would make me look for a different product. Both devices have issues but Androids takes the cake!.
    Oh, Breaking Bad is on ... Sweet !!!
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 28, 2012
    Like wicked, man!!!
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 2, 2013
    Nope. I have a 4s that's almost two years old already and works just fine. No issues whatsoever
  7. macrumors member


    Oct 2, 2012
    Gotham City
    The longest I've kept an iPhone is just over 2 years. That includes the original, the 3GS and now the 4S. All of them have worked just as good on the last day that I used them as they did the first day I bought them.

    I know some people have had issues with theirs, and that's to be expected, but, I've not had any issues where I've had to take my phone in or get it replaced.

    They've all been solid.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    Thing it, buy Applecare (cheaper than insurance) and you have two years to replace your phone twice if you have a problem with it.

    The Home button died on my iP4 and got it replaced same day.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2013
    I was Apple baptized from day one really. I think I was coming from an iPod touch.

    It's really strange. Android, like today, I was watching someone turn her Wi-Fi hotspot off. But it wouldn't turn off. The personal hotspot was switched off, but it was still on.

    That kind of lag just doesn't happen on Apple products. Not even the old ones. Apple products are consistently reliable. It has to be, it's a touchscreen.

    So if I was ever on Android, I would be bald because I would've pulled my hair out.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    Of course, every single smartphone out there will get slower the more crap you put on it over time.

    You hear iPhone owners say the same thing after 2 years ("Oh my iPhone is running slow"), you know what I tell them? Go reset your phone back to factory settings and see if it's still slow :rolleyes:
  11. macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2011
    iPhones hold up better to age then android phones, and if iPhones start going wonky a factory reset usually fixes the problem.
  12. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Now I dunno if the iPhone has the same issue as your Samsung but I gotta think iPhones are not perfect either, but we just Re-load from backup (no thinking) then we're back in business. Samsung has such restore function?
  13. quest7, Sep 8, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013

    thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 29, 2011
    oklahoma city
    A factory reset. But, I have to save all my apps, contacts, etc before doing one.

    I have only had it for 7 months. I got pissed last week and order and iPhone 5 for 300 and then had a change of heart and told the fed ex man never mind.

    Its not slow, just the freezes sometimes and reloading when I hit the back button. Some guy said the reason for the reloads is that some sites have ads that causes the page to reload instead of going back. And it doesn't happen on every site, but enough to make me pause when recommending an android to someone.

    Now if the reloading is caused by the web sites, its not the phone. And if the freezing is cause of a poorly coded app, that's not the phone either, but chasing it down is a a pain.
  14. macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2013
    Perth, Australia
  15. macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    It's not quite an iPhone, but my iPod touch 5 has had zero issues since I got it almost a year ago. Also, not only does it work as well as it ever did, it actually still looks new. (Which is something my iPod touch 4 did not do after I'd had it a year, though it still worked fine.)

  16. macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2013
    One of the reasons I ditched Android a long time ago, and it seems that it hasnt change at all. Its just a bloated, sluggish OS. No real way around it. I have never had a slow iPhone, its always as responsive as the day I get it.

    Some will say they have never had this particular problem with Android, but I am not sure I believe them.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    This is so dependent on WHICH Android phone someone has.

    If we're talking about a Samsung, then yes, bloat is definitely an issue and does slow things down (and in turn, cause the stuttering and lag some people complain about). While I've got the S4 (and the Note 2, S3, and S2 before that), TouchWiz is just awful. The first thing I do with a Samsung phone is root and install a stock, debloated TouchWiz ROM. It's amazing what a difference it makes. And that doesn't even include all the bloat that the carriers add. They just make it worse by putting crap on there that's just a duplicate of stock functions (AT&T's navigation app and Smart Wifi come immediately to mind).

    Some will say that LG is basically cloning Samsung phones, so the same bloat and lag exist, but my experience is that LG phones (starting with the Optimus G) are fast as lightning and have zero lag. I'm not sure what LG figured out that Samsung hasn't, but their "skin", while looking a lot like TouchWiz, sure doesn't function like it. I really like what I'm seeing out of LG over the last year.

    The HTC One, while very nice, did have some noticeable lag present. Sense 5 is very toned down from previous versions, but again, it's resource-heavy and again, once the carriers put their crap on there, you get lag. As soon as I rooted and unlocked it and put a stock Android ROM on there...the lag was gone. But I couldn't deal with the crap camera. It was just awful.

    And you'll hear people talk about the "Nexus experience". I can tell you, it DOES make a difference. While you may not have all the bells and whistles of a Samsung phone (honestly, who uses all that stuff anyway), the trade off is that you get a fast, lag free experience. I got to play around with the Moto X finally, and man...that thing is a joy to use. It's so fast...and I couldn't make it stutter or lag even when trying. Removing all that bloat and focusing on the user experience really makes a difference.

    The only reason I passed on the Nexus 4 (and opted for the Optimus G instead) was because of the lack of LTE. Since the next Nexus will have it, I'm going all-in on the Nexus 5. I really think it'll be the perfect Android phone (other than the lack of SD support...but I'm slowly weaning myself off of it).
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jun 28, 2012
    This is just a lazy, sweeping generalization based on opinion. Android can be bloated and sluggish, but it can also be lightning fast - this depends entirely on how it's set up. My Note 2 is still running TouchWiz but with Nova Launcher Prime on top, and it really is faster than any iPhone I've used. It takes some tweaking work from the user though, but that's a price I happily pay in order to have total control over my phone and what it can do.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Jul 2, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    I have an S3 and have seen some significant slowdown from when I bought it almost 2 years ago or so.

    I did the factory reset and yes its way faster.

    I never explored ROMs or whatever they are called as I am not a tech savy guy and afraid to screw something up.

    I am worried my pre-ordered Note 3 will eventually get the bog down as well after some time so may explore these options in the future.

    I had an iPhone since the first one before coming to the S3 and it slowed down as well.I do prefer the IOS system more but Android also has limitless customization possibilities and bigger screens which win out in the end for me and cant see going back to an iPhone.
  20. macrumors 601

    Oct 27, 2009
    I don't see any real issue with touchwiz. I just permanently disable any bloat from Samsung and Carrier that I don't use and I'm good.
  21. macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    My 4S, which I've had for almost 2 years, was experiencing some lag recently and I turned it off then back on and it's been running without any issues again
  22. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Google's Play Store last few updates killed my phone, and that's when I had it. I wasn't going to wait for them to fix it while they were making my phone unable to unlock without lag and make phone calls due to force closures.

    I had the iPhone 2G from 2007 to 2010, and the iPhone 4 2010 to 2012. Managed to break my S2 Skyrocket's camera before one year after getting it in April 2012.
  23. macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2013
    To each their own, I didn't mean to get you upset or make you feel butt-hurt. It is just my opinion from my experience we all have/use a device that works the best for us. Its mostly preference.

    After all these years some people of the Android OS are still having the same issue that I had with it back years ago. No reason to get angry, or shoot barbs at anyone.
  24. macrumors 603


    Aug 3, 2006
    I happen to agree with him. It sounds to me that you're making a generalization based on a few experiences, most likely not with the newer version of the software either.

    Android 4.3 on my HTC One is blazing fast, and I'll very likely never return to iOS for my phone because of all of the features available.
  25. macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    Absolutely. :)

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