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Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by DannyDrama, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. DannyDrama macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
    And here are the main reasons why.

    Customization: I miss it more than I thought, though not a deal breaker.

    White: Every damn thing is white, I hate it.

    Signal: Shockingly bad. This is THE reason for switching back. I borrowed an S4 for a couple days and never lost a call or failed to send a text once. On my iPhone I genuinely struggle to even get a signal at home. If I lay it on my mac it's an instant 'no service'. The S4 cares not what I choose to dump it on.

    I may keep my iPhone for the sake of syncing my calendars and all that with my mac, but it's days of being my main phone are over. A great shame, as overall it's a great little device.

    TL;DR: I love my iPhone but as a phone it is literally the worst I have owned in over 10 years' worth of devices.
  2. Brazzan macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2009
    Was this borrowed S4 on the same carrier as your iPhone?
  3. Jinzen macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    Syncing your iPhone to your Mac calendars? What is this, 10 years ago?
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's the apple way, pretty locked down - shouldn't have been a huge surprise.

    You know Apple does sell phones in other colors now, and its pretty easy to change things, by adding a case.

    This is surprising, my iPhone 5 has a good signal, always has, no better no worse then my other Phones including android phones, perhaps you have a defective phone?

    This is one big advantage of the iOS is the integration with apple services and products. True Google as similar services and products but you already use iTunes, calendar, address book, etc its more integrated on an iPhone


    What you don't sync your calenders to your phone?
  5. Jinzen macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    He needs to google the Cloud.
  6. DannyDrama thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
    I meant the OS is too white. I have a black i5.

    I'm just looking for excuses to keep it really. I love the thing but it's near useless to me.

    And yes, same carrier, same locations.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If its useless to you, then its the wrong phone, get one that does meet your needs or wants.
  8. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    I can't imagine ever going back to the iPhone. I loved mine for the time I had it but it's so seriously constrained yet Apple wonderfully shields users from realizing it.

    I've had my Note 3 for about 3 weeks and can't believe how much usefulness the OS has brought to my world since.

    Apple really needs to open up a bit and Android, IMO, needs to just have a massive customization tutorial that walks the average iPhone user like my wife through everything on a Droid once they own one.

    I love taking the time to learn it but she would hate having to learn it all from scratch.

    Both have opportunities ahead of them.
  9. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    I'm a little surprised you're getting better signal strength from an S4 than an iPhone 5. I love my S4, but signal strength is one area where I felt like it had been lacking compared to my 4S. Maybe the metal backing of the iPhone 5 is significantly worse for RF than the glass in the 4S.
  10. DannyDrama thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
    It has to be. If I put my phone flat on the table I get 2-3 dots, if I lay it flat on my macbook I get no service until I remove it. Never used a case with the phone either so it's not that. I may get the metal HTC, the name of which has embarrassingly evaded me! See if that has a similar problem.
  11. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Hmm always have had amazing signal with Apple and Motorola products but never Samsung, ever. Granted I've heard there CDMA phones are not as good as their GSM.

    But that even applies to wifi. If I lay my iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Nexus 10 side by side the Nexus has noticeable worse wifi reception. Same applied to my GTab and GNexus but I didn't own them at the same time to compare. Is notice this outside too, my Apple and Motorola devices got on my home wifi before I'd come in from my car, never Samsung though.

    Maybe they are better now. It was never really and issue though (except the GNexus CDMA which I hated).
  12. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    I have my Google calendar synced to my MBP and my Moto X. My calendar (what I have on it) even shows in the calendar app on the MBP! Same applies to my contacts and I can even use Messages to talk to people using the GTalk protocol (though if I respond from my phone I don't see it in the Messages app on the MBP).

    Music? I can sync my iTunes library to Google Music, just need to install the music manager. I then stream my music to either my phone or my tablet using the Google Music app on that device.
  13. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    The HTC One. It's a nice device, and if I had known HTC was going to get serious about software updates in a way Samsung never has been I probably would have picked up one instead of the S4.
  14. DannyDrama thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
    That's the one! That was like forgetting my own name for a second.

    I now have two GS3's that both died suddenly. Both go to download mode but get stuck flashing in Odin. Probably going to get an S4 and keep trying with these guys, if I can breath life into them that's my money back. Not looking hopeful though!
  15. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX

    But seriously - I get worse signal on my N5 than my 5S....perhaps you received a faulty device?
  16. vikingjunior macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2011
  17. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
  18. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    I'd take that device into apple. The iPhone, for me, has always been at or near the top of the list in terms of reception. I can't speak for everyone, of course, but it's not uncommon to hear from people who get replacement iPhones where their phone gets fairly poor service (actually happened to my Dad...), gets it replaced, and experiences better service after getting an identical replacement. Take it to the Genius bar and see what happens, it can't hurt!
  19. yourmother macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    That is also how I feel. While generally everyone likes iOS 7 it is THE reason I just switched to Android.
  20. deluxeshredder macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2013
    I have yet to meet a single (!) person who likes iOS 7.
  21. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    iOS 7 is very white/bright, I can't argue that. I haven't used an iPhone in a while, but on the iPad it's crazy bright. I'm willing to deal with this since iOS 7 did add some long overdue features.

    As far as the other complaints- none of it is news. I don't think we will ever see the type of customization on the iPhone that Android users are accustomed to. And that's ok, obviously both platforms are doing well.
  22. WilliamBateman macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2013
    I love it on my iPad mini. iOS 7 is bright white and Android is dark, same difference.
  23. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    leaving iphone was the best thing i ever did..

    i will never leave my galaxy note line now...that goes for tablets too.
  24. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    My Galaxy S3 gets better WiFi and carrier reception than my friend's iPhone 5 on the same network.
  25. Eddie Bombay macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2011
    Lol too funny

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