iPhone XS Any Android users switch to the new iPhone XS line ?

Tig Bitties

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Curious, if any long time Android users, specifically Nexus / Pixel users that have made the switch to the new iPhone XS or XS Max ?

If so, what's your honest opinion so far ?
 

kkh786

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Went from the S9 to iPhone XS and it’s been a revelation. Had the iPhone 8 Plus last year for a few weeks.

The iOS software is the same old same old BUT the gestures are intuitive something Google needs to learn from.

The hardware is beautiful.. probably the best I have held all year.. even surpassing the Note 9.

The combination of hardware and software are unparalleled this year. Smoother than a hot knife on a block of butter.

Well done to Apple. A true S cycle style upgrade!
 

kasakka

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I did. My smartphone ownership has been iPhone 3GS -> iPhone 4 -> Galaxy S4 -> Oneplus One -> Oneplus 3 -> iPhone XS. I went off iOS after iOS 7 because it made my iPhone 4 slow and I was tired of jailbreaking it to have the features I wanted. The iPhone 6/7/8 was also a **** design so that put me off iPhones for years too.

Now that most phones have gone with the tall bezelless display I have found Android phones to be way too big for me to handle. Samsung phones have some accommodations for one-handed use and S9 is a nice phone but I am not fond of the curved display and Samsung software can be iffy at times. It's like apart from Sony and Samsung every other Android manufacturer falls over each other to built the exact same thing: A massive 6"+ screen with an iPhone style notch, latest Snapdragon chip and varying camera specs. All of those are too big for me as are the iPhone XS Max and XR.

As I was already using an iPad Pro and fairly happy with how iOS 11 and 12 handled I decided to try the iPhone XS. So far I'm quite happy with it. It fits well into my hand, surprisingly isn't as slippery as aluminium phones and I have been able to find a suitable replacement for all the apps I used. I think iOS 12 does a far better job with gestures than Android 9 and the gesture system is better integrated in 3rd party apps as well.

I really like FaceID. Combined with the iOS 12 autofill functionality it works very well with 1Password to fill in them quickly and easily compared to having to open the app, unlock, copy and paste etc. On the XS FaceID seems very seamless, don't miss a fingerprint reader at all.
 

Tig Bitties

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I did. My smartphone ownership has been iPhone 3GS -> iPhone 4 -> Galaxy S4 -> Oneplus One -> Oneplus 3 -> iPhone XS. I went off iOS after iOS 7 because it made my iPhone 4 slow and I was tired of jailbreaking it to have the features I wanted. The iPhone 6/7/8 was also a **** design so that put me off iPhones for years too.

Now that most phones have gone with the tall bezelless display I have found Android phones to be way too big for me to handle. Samsung phones have some accommodations for one-handed use and S9 is a nice phone but I am not fond of the curved display and Samsung software can be iffy at times. It's like apart from Sony and Samsung every other Android manufacturer falls over each other to built the exact same thing: A massive 6"+ screen with an iPhone style notch, latest Snapdragon chip and varying camera specs. All of those are too big for me as are the iPhone XS Max and XR.

As I was already using an iPad Pro and fairly happy with how iOS 11 and 12 handled I decided to try the iPhone XS. So far I'm quite happy with it. It fits well into my hand, surprisingly isn't as slippery as aluminium phones and I have been able to find a suitable replacement for all the apps I used. I think iOS 12 does a far better job with gestures than Android 9 and the gesture system is better integrated in 3rd party apps as well.

I really like FaceID. Combined with the iOS 12 autofill functionality it works very well with 1Password to fill in them quickly and easily compared to having to open the app, unlock, copy and paste etc. On the XS FaceID seems very seamless, don't miss a fingerprint reader at all.

Great write up, thank you :)

Now you are tempting me
 

kasakka

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Great write up, thank you :)

Now you are tempting me
I forgot to add that I am still a bit salty about the **** accessory bundle on the iPhone XS. For a 1179 euro phone not having a fast charger or the 3.5mm to Lightning adapter included is insulting when those are standard on a lot of phones. Hell, some phones even offer much better quality ear buds for a lot less money. Personally I'd rather they drop the earbuds if they want to skimp on cost as they are a bit ****.

So for me the phone is great, the pricing and accessories are not.
 

Tig Bitties

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I forgot to add that I am still a bit salty about the **** accessory bundle on the iPhone XS. For a 1179 euro phone not having a fast charger or the 3.5mm to Lightning adapter included is insulting when those are standard on a lot of phones. Hell, some phones even offer much better quality ear buds for a lot less money. Personally I'd rather they drop the earbuds if they want to skimp on cost as they are a bit ****.

So for me the phone is great, the pricing and accessories are not.
 

corriewf

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Also interested in hearing opinions. It’s a tough decision this year as an android user.
 

kasakka

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I can agree with that dudes assessment, except that fast charging on various Android phones hasn't really been an issue. I had my Oneplus 3 for about two years and during that time I did not notice any real drop in battery life. In my use it still lasted a whole day, sometimes even a day and a half.

Wireless charging to me seems a lot of money spent just so you have the convenience of not having to plug in a cable. Maybe one day they can make it so that it doesn't make the phone hot, charges as fast as a cable and comes bundled with the device but that day doesn't seem to come in a long time considering how much trouble they are having getting the Airpower charger to the market.
 

uecker87

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I have a Pixel 2, I love it but have to say that I am tempted. I love new technology, and have an upgrade due, it wont cost me to change so would love to hear comments from those who have changed.
I got a Max from the Pixel 2. Here are some of my thoughts:

Screen is amazing. I love big screens but skipped on the 2 XL because of the bad QC on the XL’s screen.

iOS is iOS. It is smooth. I already miss the customization from Android though. Overall both devices are extremely responsive.

Surprisingly I actually really like FaceID. I thought it would be a gimmick and I really like fingerprint security, but it since I already had to pick up my Pixel 2 to unlock without a PIN, with FaceID it is even easier. I just lift my phone and it is unlocked before I even do anything else. (I do still find my finger in that position for rear fingerprint unlocking though - ha)

Cameras are both great. Prefer the Pixel 2, but I don’t really mind. Both are fine for what I use them for.

Cell reception is definitely better on the Pixel 2 (there are some topics out there that talk about the XS lacking in this area). I am on Verizon though. I didn’t just confirm this via bars, but by comparing RSRP values in field test mode and signal check pro (XS Max about 5-8 dBm worse than my Pixel 2 on B4). Not a dealbreaker yet. But it has been the weekend so I’ll find out more this week.

If you have any specific questions. Let me know.
 

daveathall

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I got a Max from the Pixel 2. Here are some of my thoughts:

Screen is amazing. I love big screens but skipped on the 2 XL because of the bad QC on the XL’s screen.

iOS is iOS. It is smooth. I already miss the customization from Android though. Overall both devices are extremely responsive.

Surprisingly I actually really like FaceID. I thought it would be a gimmick and I really like fingerprint security, but it since I already had to pick up my Pixel 2 to unlock without a PIN, with FaceID it is even easier. I just lift my phone and it is unlocked before I even do anything else. (I do still find my finger in that position for rear fingerprint unlocking though - ha)

Cameras are both great. Prefer the Pixel 2, but I don’t really mind. Both are fine for what I use them for.

Cell reception is definitely better on the Pixel 2 (there are some topics out there that talk about the XS lacking in this area). I am on Verizon though. I didn’t just confirm this via bars, but by comparing RSRP values in field test mode and signal check pro (XS Max about 5-8 dBm worse than my Pixel 2 on B4). Not a dealbreaker yet. But it has been the weekend so I’ll find out more this week.

If you have any specific questions. Let me know.
Hey, that was brilliant, thank you very much, excellent answer. Thank you once again.
 

superlawyer15

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I just switched from a note 8.
I was iPhone 3GS > iPhone 4 > Note 3 > lumia 1520 > iPhone 6 > S7 > Note 8 > Xs Max

I gave everything a fair shake, but I’m never going back to Android. Google is just a creepy stalker at this point and everything feels like a beta. iOS on the other hand is super refined and how everything works together is a huge plus.

I also prefer CarPlay to Android auto.
 

TooDarkPark

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I skipped the X last year and this year, I have no intentions of buying ANY iPhones.

I bought a AT&T Note 9 and a T-Mobile Note 9 this week and I continue using my S9+ on one of my other T-Mobile lines.

I also have an iPhone 8+ that I'm using on my second AT&T line with an Apple watch. I'm really losing interest in the iPhone lately. I just don't get excited each year like I did way back when the 4S came out which was also the last time, I went to an Apple store to buy an iPhone.

When I ordered my second Note 9 last weekend, I was so excited to get it even though I already had the AT&T Note 9 as I get better reception on T-Mobile so my battery life is nearly doubled on T-Mobile phones.

Next year, not sure what I will do as far as Apple is concerned but I know the next Note will be in my hands as it has been every year since the Note 4/Note Edge.
 

Techman82

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I skipped the X last year and this year, I have no intentions of buying ANY iPhones.

I bought a AT&T Note 9 and a T-Mobile Note 9 this week and I continue using my S9+ on one of my other T-Mobile lines.

I also have an iPhone 8+ that I'm using on my second AT&T line with an Apple watch. I'm really losing interest in the iPhone lately. I just don't get excited each year like I did way back when the 4S came out which was also the last time, I went to an Apple store to buy an iPhone.

When I ordered my second Note 9 last weekend, I was so excited to get it even though I already had the AT&T Note 9 as I get better reception on T-Mobile so my battery life is nearly doubled on T-Mobile phones.

Next year, not sure what I will do as far as Apple is concerned but I know the next Note will be in my hands as it has been every year since the Note 4/Note Edge.
Battery life doubled, who ya codding, have you got all 2 day battery life now then?
 
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