After 10 yrs with an iPhone, switching to the Note 8

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by MarkB786, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. MarkB786, Sep 15, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2017

    MarkB786 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2016
    Rocky Mountains, USA
    The latest phones from Apple and Samsung show that these products are taking very different and diverging paths. Apple continues down some path that is striving for glitz and “a-ha / wow” technology; while Samsung seems to be putting more focus on phone practicality. Neither the ip8 nor the iPhone X has a single new practical feature to make my busy life easier. Meanwhile, customization on the Note apperars to be easy, and the pen is a great add for me (especially the side note feature).

    I will let you know how the transition goes... I still have an iPad and a MBP, so I will need to get them all to work together in some areas (to-do lists, etc.). Not worried about photos, since I have recently abaonded Photos and went to Google Photos, which is a great paltform. Won’t miss Siri, since that feature caused me more stress than it helped me. Might miss my Apple watch, but I've lived without one before and got along just fine. Plus, picked up an S3 from AT&T for $49 as part of a package. Might be good enough; I'll let you know how it compares to the Series 2.
  2. AppleZombie, Sep 15, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2017

    AppleZombie macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    Good Luck! The Samsung Note 8 is a beautiful phone and for the right owner is a keeper.

    For me, I guess I got used to the iOS "ecosystem" and after having the Note 8 for 2 days I couldn't get past using Google Music, Messenger, crappy keyboard(which I purchased an App but was still crappy) and no Face Time. Frankly it was a pain in the arse to get used to Android, it was more narrow than my 6 plus. But if you have the patience and are one of those people that like to mess around with phones then it's for you.

    If I could take the Note 8 and put iOS in it I would keep it forever!
  3. stabile007 macrumors regular


    Feb 21, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    Please do; I too have an iPad and I am curious to know how it goes. What phone did you have before?

    Hardware-wise I think Samsung hits a lot of good points (Though their fingerprint scanner is placed in a weird spot still) but I always and weary software-wise of heavily modded android OS's though Samsung is better about updates.
  4. Italianblend macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2011
    If only apple allowed custom menu colors or text bubble colors.
  5. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
  6. KGB7 Suspended


    Jun 15, 2017
    Rockville, MD
  7. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    I moved last year. Just got the Note today and so far loving it.

    Moving to android took me a solid few weeks to get used to. But now I'm used to it I could never go back. It allows me to truly personalise my phone for my needs.

    I still have my Macbook air and new iPad 10.5 and they all work pretty nicely together!
  8. Nubian82Queen macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2015
    I was thinking the same thing about switching to a Note 8 but every time I switch I run back to IPhone
    Because of the simplicity
  9. ANTAWNM26 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    Note 8 n galaxy 8 plus is some real sexy phones
  10. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    let us know how its goes. i may do the same
  11. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Please keep us updated, haters can choose NOT to open the thread.

    I'm waiting for an updated SE. I'm limping along for now, but I likely won't make it to next summer. So hearing of others experiences would go along way to helping me decide.

  12. fred98tj macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2017
    Central Luzon, Philippines

    For me, one of the great things about the iOS ecosystem is that everything just flat works. I can pick up my phone or iPP or go to the MBPS and everything just works, first time, every time and work perfectly together. I don't need to stop and think oh wait the phone I was just using had touchwiz and this tablet in my hands has Mui. I can't do it this way with mui, I have to pull from top then slide to the right. :p

    Updates are instant in the apple ecosystem. With very few exceptions, not so in the Android world and especially not so in the Samsung world. I've had many Samsungs going all the way back to the S3 and up to the current S8.
    I'm new to apple for the very first time (2 1/2 months ago) and now when I pick up and Android phone everything feels all pieced together basically because it is. :)

    Anyway I'm am beyond happy with the switch right now. I'm more productive for sure not having to download an app to do this or that and another app to do that or this.
  13. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    To me, the path of security and privacy is the more compelling. I would never feel easy putting my data in the hands of Google.
  14. ET3SW macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I got my Note 8 last week and so far i am loving it! I used to carry both phones most recently the S8+ and iPhone 7+ and i decided to go all in and sell my iPhone and Apple Watch. So far i have no regrets. My life has shifted so much over the last year that it made sense. I used to spend my life using OS X and it just made sense. Now my life is spent in windows so being able to have that integration is super helpful. I still have my 12.9 in iPad Pro!
  15. Hichung macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2017
    I'm moving over from android (Samsung) and buying my first iPhone (8/64GB) for pretty much this reason.
  16. rumz macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2006
    How scarce is the Note at the moment? Are they hard to come by or has the price been a deterrent for Android / Samsung users as well?

    This sounds like my experience with Android (not Samsung specifically, it was an HTC One)-- it sounds like it's still the same to some extent. You could customize the hell out of your device, but I *had* to customize some things to get them even marginally satisfactory (messaging, email, etc) and I still felt like thing were never exactly how I'd like and consistent. It was pretty disappointing that Google hadn't covered all the basics as well as I was used to.

    I would guess things have improved since then-- but it sounds like to some extent the same issues exist.

    I went from a Palm Treo (650 and 755p) > Palm Pre > Palm Pre 3 > iPhone 4S > HTC One > iPhone 5S and haven't dabbled in Android since. I'd like to, I just haven't been able to justify it.
  17. KGB7, Sep 15, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2017

    KGB7 Suspended


    Jun 15, 2017
    Rockville, MD
    Food for thought.
    Apple provides up to 4 years of major iOS updates and upgrades for their iPhones.
    Android, provides up to 2 years of OS updates and upgrades. And if you get an Android from a major carrier, then it might be up to 1 year major OS upgrade, plus 6 more month of security updates if the carrier feels like it.
    Android phones if bought from a carrier, can take for updates to be pushed to you as long as 6 month after Google releases them.

    Customer service with Android phones is none existent. You have to call your carrier for support which very limited. Unless you bought an Android from Google.

    Yes, Android phones are cheaper and have more features, features that I find it gimmicky and good luck finding customer service. If your phone needs repairs under warranty, you'll have to mail it in for at least 2 weeks.

    Apple phones do cost more for a reason. The biggest reason, do to one of the best customer services and world wide face to face support at Apple Store.
    So called techs at carrier stores for Android phones...well, lets just say I can find far better answers and faster on google. And the attitude of their employees is even worse if they can't make money of you.
    When I went to local AT&T store to get help, I couldn't wait to leave. When I went to Apple Store for help, I didn't want to leave because people that work there are awesome, even the fresh new employees.

    Apple iPhones do cost more, but you get so much much more in the long run.

    If you decide to buy or stay with Android, I recommend XDA and AndroidAuthority sites and forums, because you will need them and they are imho are go to for info and help.

    Good luck.

    My experience is based on being with at&t for 20 years, with Android for 7 years and with Apple for 4 month.
  18. ripper998 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    This is why I won’t switch to Android. At least with iOS I can get the latest build without having to wait for a carrier or someone else to load in their bloatware and release it.
  19. MarkB786 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2016
    Rocky Mountains, USA
    I upgrade once every two years, so not an issue. Also, the Apple updates have not been amzingly impressive or helpful for what I need. A small feature here and there that slows my phone down. As for service, I have NEVER called Apple for ios support. There has always been plenty of help online, and I expect Android to be similar.
  20. Juan007 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    Thanks for getting out of the way for people who really want to preorder the X. We really appreciate it, now stop posting here, thanks.
  21. JoeyD74 macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2014
    How did you truly personalize your phone compared to the IPhone? This is not a bashing but I see this from people who want to or say they are switching to Android. I\
  22. PhoneI macrumors 68000

    Mar 7, 2008
    With all the Android Malware out there (including plenty of apps in the Google App Store) I would be scared to ever use my online banking app or other apps that access personal data.

    Also, every Android app I have ever tried has a far superior iOS version.

    And finally, no iMessages means no Android for me.
  23. allthingsapple! macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2014
    Really interested in knowing how you got the series 3 watch for only $50...please enlighten me! That's awesome!

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