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iPhone XS Max Anyone Try the Galaxy S10 and Return Back to an iPhone?

nviz22

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I wanted to find out if anyone recently tried the S10 and returned to an iPhone? I got an itch to switch to the S10 due to the Qualcomm radios, a headphone jack, no need for an Apple TV to mirror a screen to a smart TV, a compact device (S10e), PiP mode, split-screen apps, an always on display, and to save $ over the iPhone XS Max.

However, I am having some second thoughts because the XS Max has great battery life, FaceID, less software quirks, handles SMS and MMS much better with low signal strength, and works well enough to do the core functions pretty well.

I wanted to read up on someone's thoughts on switching over and if they had similar feelings about being unsure about a switch?
 

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I don’t have experience with the S10, but I will add, The user is choosing the platform for either android or iOS, I doubt you will see that many average consumers would be willing to migrate from an iPhone to the S10 and then back from the S10 to the iPhone, especially given if they’re invested in Apple’s ecosystem. To me, it’s all about the platform in terms of software, then it is the hardware.
 

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There's quite a difference in size, platforms aside do you prefer the S10e size or the XS Max?

I prefer the S10e size because the screen is large enough without feeling too cumbersome in your pocket.
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Well this didn't take long 2 days.

I haven't made up my mind yet, but I am wanting to see what other issues others have. My cell signal problems just reared their ugly head with SMS and MMS problems. My iPhone can handle that problem a tad bit better ironically. I might get a cell spot to see if that handles my signal issues. Probably leaning towards keeping my S10e.
 

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I prefer the S10e size because the screen is large enough without feeling too cumbersome in your pocket.

Yeh its a good size, like a iP8 with full 5.8" screen.
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I might get a cell spot to see if that handles my signal issues. Probably leaning towards keeping my S10e.

Here that phone is a blue tick phone on our biggest telco, which is suppose to better in rural areas, only iPhone that has it is the 6S and 8.
 

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Despite the great looking hardware and screen, Galaxies just don't match the level of fluidity and polish I'd expect from iOS, both in overall experience and UI, as well as big name apps still lagging behind iOS counterparts.

Aside from fluidity, I would also add simplicity And uncluttered. That’s what iOS really tries to accomplish, they want to keep it mainstream and where it’s clean, organized and yet simplistic enough where it’s not over complicated for someone who may not be tech orientated, but the immediate difference is noteable between android and iOS.
 
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Yeh its a good size, like a iP8 with full 5.8" screen.
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Here that phone is a blue tick phone on our biggest telco, which is suppose to better in rural areas, only iPhone that has it is the 6S and 8.

So my biggest problem is I get "no subject downloading" messages when I receive MMS. My guess is awful cell signal. Going to the carrier later to confirm this. They may have to order me a cell signal booster in store so I can get a better range.
 

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So my biggest problem is I get "no subject downloading" messages when I receive MMS. My guess is awful cell signal. Going to the carrier later to confirm this. They may have to order me a cell signal booster in store so I can get a better range.

wait till you try and send a video over MMS
 
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I did the opposite. I bought an s10+ and an XS max but returned the iphone. First of all One UI is every bit as good as ios, but what made me return the iphone was the wifi speed. On s10, over my home wifi, I was getting a constant download speed of about 970mb/s, where on xs max about 140mb/s. I really tried to like the iphone, but samsung plays in a different category with these phones (note9 included)

L.E.: on the same spot, same wifi, neither of my second gen ipad pros are having issues. Ironically, the iphone also lags more than samsung
 
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Relentless Power

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It’s darn near impossible for me to switch because of how invested I am in the Apple ecosystem. I’ve tried Samsung phones and they’re great, but I’d just be giving up too much interoperability among all my devices.

This is exactly what I was saying earlier. No one just switches phones for the sake of they want the “hardware from the other competitor” , they switch because they’re not highly invested in Apple‘s ecosystem, for those who are invested in Apple’s ecosystem, it’s a ‘next to near’ impossible a move to Make, especially if you own the Apple Watch, AirPods, etc.,
 

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This is exactly what I was saying earlier. No one just switches phones for the sake of they want the “hardware from the other competitor” , they switch because they’re not highly invested in Apple‘s ecosystem, for those who are invested in Apple’s ecosystem, it’s a ‘next to near’ impossible a move to Make, especially if you own the Apple Watch, AirPods, etc.,

For that reason I'm glad I made the switch after my iPhone 4s. I still have multiple Mac computers and an Apple tv but I never spent money on Apple watches or Airpods so was easier to migrate to Android and ive never looked back.
 
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What's a good sample to try? A ten second 4k clip?
That clip is going to be compressed down to approx 1mb and the quality will pretty much be awful.

A friend sent me a Live Photo that was looped and I couldn’t even tell what it was supposed to be.
 

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This is exactly what I was saying earlier. No one just switches phones for the sake of they want the “hardware from the other competitor” , they switch because they’re not highly invested in Apple‘s ecosystem, for those who are invested in Apple’s ecosystem, it’s a ‘next to near’ impossible a move to Make, especially if you own the Apple Watch, AirPods, etc.,

I never invest heavily in any single ecosystem, preferring to be able to readily switch if desired, either by need or whim.
 

Relentless Power

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I never invest heavily in any single ecosystem, preferring to be able to readily switch if desired, either by need or whim.

If I wasn’t confident in Apples ecosystem, products or services, then I wouldn’t invest in any single ecosystem either. But Apple over the years, has proven with the reliability of their products, customer service and security, that is why I chose their ecosystem to stay invested in. What works for me, may not be for others.
 

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That clip is going to be compressed down to approx 1mb and the quality will pretty much be awful.

A friend sent me a Live Photo that was looped and I couldn’t even tell what it was supposed to be.

Any recommendations for another sample to try?
 

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Any recommendations for another sample to try?
Honestly I don’t know of any. MMS hasn’t really changed, so the quality is no different now than years ago. The beauty of iMessage is that it uses data to send photos and videos, just like WhatsApp and messenger, so the quality doesn’t get degraded.

The downside is that not everyone (my 72 year old mother for example) uses anything other than iMessage.
 

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The downside is that not everyone (my 72 year old mother for example) uses anything other than iMessage.

Yeah my parents similar age are the same and also like to FaceTime my daughter, also i have a Son living in NZ and i don't have free calls/texts to there on my plan, 50c a text where iMessage is free. Sure there is whatsap etc but i like to sync between my iMac/ipad/iphone.
 
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Guda.FL

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I got my pre order wed, Thursday i returned it. My situation was a bit unique, i opened a new business line and wanted to give the s10 a try.

Its a fantastic device, however most of my complaints were with OS, fingerprint id was hit or miss, notificatiosn bothered me or lack theroff, i sometimes ended up missing emails or txt messages sent hours ago....just used to iOS i guess. Amongst other things such as i just prefer simplicity of ios layout and how fluid it is, and things just worked. I found android apps like instagram were somewhat less polished.

I ended up switching to the X. Was a tmo promo for new lines. Felt great within minutes. This is must be my fifth time giving android a try, not for me. And im an ex blackberry guy.
 
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