Can't decide on iPhone 7 or switch to android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Hicksmat1976, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. Hicksmat1976 macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2016
    Middleton, England
    I currently have an iPhone 6. I've been considering an iPhone 7 or 7 plus recently but also find myself thinking about moving on to a more value for money phone such as a OnePlus 3T, google pixel/xl, or a Samsung s7.

    I've been an iPhone user for years and never used android.

    The other option is to wait 6 months and see what the phone landscape looks like?

    Comments guys and girls? I'm in the UK btw.
  2. niploteksi macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2016
    If you use a Mac as your main computer iPhone might still be a valid choice :)

    I use Android and what I like best would probably be the easy option to store files on your phone... not sure if that's easily done on iPhone these days...
  3. mjschabow macrumors 68000

    Dec 25, 2013
    I just came back from android. If you do go that route. Get the Pixel. Samsung phones suck once the awesome design and display sets in. Overall the iPhone is still the most reliable for every task I have. Plus the Apple Watch is the best smart watch too if that's important to you.
  4. Shanghaichica macrumors 604


    Apr 8, 2013
    It's easier now with iCloud Drive. I use a mac so I can access anything on my mac on my iPhone.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If you have been an iPhone user for this long, I would perhaps wait until September. Then you can make a better decision on your needs at that time.
  6. Tycho24 Suspended


    Aug 29, 2014
    Get an Android!
    It'll make you appreciate your next iPhone that much more.
  7. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Make a list of apps you use. Next, list the apps you would use if you had an Android phone. You might have to research that.

    If you can find suitable replacements, then it may work.
  8. Hicksmat1976 thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2016
    Middleton, England
    I do use a MacBook Pro and an iPad and I have an Apple Watch v1 (sat in its box as I cannot find a use for it). I was deliberating if the integration of all those devices mattered that much to me. I think I might miss iMessage but after that I am struggling to think of any issues moving to android so it comes down to how good is android and how good are the android phones?
  9. jonhcox macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2010
    North Carolina
    I've been going back and forth for a few years and just recently dusted off my 6 Plus after using a Nexus 6P for 5 months. There are lots of advantages and disadvantages to both. Hardware-wise I thought the 6P was a fine device: excellent AMOLED display, thin and light, great camera, snappy with Nougat, and pretty durable. It manages to fit a larger display in roughly the same footprint as the iPhone 6 Plus. My dislikes or what makes me uncomfortable with Android become smaller with each new iteration of the OS. Currently it's still a lack of a coherent messaging app. I was using Textra and was able to customize it fairly deeply but I was still dissatisfied overall. For those in my family that are not using Android they would have to download Allo and they just don't want to. Some apps still lack a bit of the polish or time that's spent on the iOS equivalents but that number is smaller every day. Battery use was somewhat inconsistent on a daily basis even though usage was similar. Also, there are some software features with the Pixel that I would have liked to had with the 6P that are exclusive and will remain so (rightfully, I think). Though I like the Pixel after playing with it, I don't necessarily like the hardware. My office colleague has a black one and the back glass is starting to show some wear and he's had it for only a few months. I don't like Samsung phones- specifically the software. I do love that Google is starting to make a hardware push (even with HTC's help) and the phones will certainly get better. Android has LOTS of other phones but many of those manufacturers sorely lack on the support side. I've spoken with Huawei and wasn't overly pleased.
    As to why I went back to iOS- consistency. My 6 Plus still looks new after almost 2.5 years. I've noticed that the app animation lag is smoother running the latest Beta though it is not as fast as the 6P. I could also modify the app animation on the 6P, only turn it off on the 6 Plus. Apple Pay. I wear an Apple Watch and it's just works so smoothly together. I enjoy smart watches and Android Wear is lacking in a big way and it doesn't look like ver 2.0 does much better. One thing I have noticed is that the banks I work with, their apps work smoother with TouchID than they do with touch security with Android. It's small things, but they count to me. I plan on getting the 7 Plus next month. I know the 8 or X is coming but I'm ok with giving that iteration a year to mature. I'm interested in seeing where Apple may or may not go with Augmented Reality. I don't really care for VR. I've seen it and experienced it and just don't care enough about it.

    Hope that helps but a lot of the little things are going to be day to day personal use.
  10. Hicksmat1976 thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2016
    Middleton, England
    You are right. Apple took the smartphone concept and polished it in a way other phone manufacturers haven't and to add android is a fragmented operating system from phone to phone. I think pixel is the only game in town to ensure latest version of android first, but as you say dull hardware and a price which in the U.K. Is the same as apple so it would be a no brainier between pixel and apple if they are the same price.
  11. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    East Coast
    Generally speaking, I find that when I find myself asking the question, then it is time to consider making a move rather than "well wait six months" and see then. For whatever reason, the idea of a change has crept in and unless a new model has been announced and a roll out date set, I consider moving ahead once I sort my needs. A million things can happen, I try to work things that need to be worked and leave the future to deal with then.

    That said, I have never own Android. But I have moved from an iP6 to an iP7. I initially poo-poo'd it as just another phone in 6-garb and why bother? Circumstances changed, I made the move, and I must say that I find the iP7 to be a wonderful upgrade from the 6. Not in any 'magic' way, but it has a nice heft (with a Spigen case, glass protector, and Steelie magnet), is very responsive, is rock solid in performance, bright, updated regularly by Apple, and really just an all around nice unit. On the headphone jack debate, I don't miss it. I cut the cord for the most part, there is a dongle if I want the plug in, and I can count on one hand the amount of times I have listened to audio and charged simultaneously (YMMV). The Apple ecosystem has all thee Apps I need and even then, my primary work machines are Windows boxes and I don't find that I am missing anything. I do have a Mac Mini as well, but it get very low use compared to others.

    I won't slag on the Android world. It works great for folks and has some nice devices. I would just never consider going that direction (for now) as there just isn't a need that dictates that change.

    So I say knock yourself out one way or the other. If you're flexible enough to make the jump to Android then you can't go wrong either way.
  12. Brandonjr36 macrumors 68000


    Sep 12, 2016
    Whatever you do don't get the galaxy s7 there absolute garbage. I was a hardcore Samsung fan since they came out. I have had s series 1-7 and notes 3-5, the s7 was terrible I had 4 of them between me, my girlfriend and mom and her husband. They have terrible battery life and overheat like hell. I always hated iPhones. But I decided I would try one. And got the 7 and it's 10x the phone the galaxy was.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 10, 2017 ---
    But if you do decide to go Samsung I definitely would wait til the end of this month or next the s8 is coming out.
  13. Deeds500 macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2014
    Warning: it's not just about what you are looking for in a phone. if you have been an iPhone user for a long time, as you say, I liken moving from iPhone to any android platform to moving from one country to another. So if you're from the UK, it would be like moving to a country where the drivers drive on the other side of the road, where the weather is the opposite of the UK, etc etc. It's a different world.

    I moved from the iPhone 4s to the Samsung Note 3, I lasted 6 months before I went back to the 4s. The Note 3 is the only thing I can base it on, but it's the little things like not being able to find on the Google playstore the obscure apps that may not be mainstream, but are important to you, things like touching the top of your screen to take you back to the top, and all the other little things that are unique to Apple. Do not underestimate the little things, they are as important as the flashy things you think you will find once you cross to the other side. But this works both ways, so alot comes down to what you're used to. With the Note 3 I was constantly having to click the back button to get to where I wanted to be. I was advised by the Note 3 that I should download the Facebook android app for optimum use even though the Note 3 came preinstalled with Facebook, so I ended up having two different Facebook apps, things like discovering that people in other countries with the same Note device as you had more powerful internal specs, no software's just a whole different world when you leave Apple and Apple is all you're used to.
  14. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    And that's a GREAT thing :))
  15. kamalds macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2010
    An iPhone works just fine with Windows as well.
  16. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Not always the case. I've had strictly iPhones ever since the 3GS and switched to Android upon the release of the i7. I was underwhelmed by the same look and minimal improvement over my excellent I finally scratched my itch and bought a Sony Xperia XZ. Both the phone and Android itself are awesome. Three and a half months into ownership I have zero regrets. I feel free now in that I can purchase any smartphone that thrills me the most. Maybe it will be September's iPhone, maybe the new Note 8, or possibly another Sony.
  17. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    The Samsung and Pixel work out about the same as the iPhone if I remember correctly.
  18. dsr2 macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2013
    I use a iPhone 7 as my daily driver but have a separate back up line with a moto droid play z that was essentially free from Verizon. I keep nothing on it. It's just for emergencies. That said, I have tried to switch to using as my daily driver and it just doesn't work for me. Nearly all my friends and family are use an iPhone, which makes group messaging better (don't know why I can't include those with an android; it just doesn't work for me). I use FaceTime a fair amount too. I'm a bit of a techie and I know that can use Verizon message + on both my iPad and Mac to get a smooth texting experience. I can also get most, if not all the apps on z that I have on my iPhone. I can't quite put my finger on why I am uncomfortable with Android. Maybe it's that I'm not a fan of Google's business plan of harvesting your information for sale and if I turned off the voice recorder, location services, etc it would diminish what I can actually do with the phone.

    My son has an Galaxy S7 and loves it, so I guess it just depends on what you're comfortable with.
  19. mjschabow macrumors 68000

    Dec 25, 2013
    For me, I stick with iPhone for the little things.

    - keyboard curser control
    - more consistent battery life (though I hear Sony phones are ok)
    - better performing apps compared to android and new games come out earlier
    - iMessage and general apple ecosystem consistency
    - more intuitive software where every app works well with each other. Android has gotten better here but not on the level of apple.
  20. syphern macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    I love android especially the google pixel but there are a few factors for me that keeps being me back to apple.

    1. Barclays app and Apple Pay. Barclays U.K. Bank doesn't have android pay which sucks.

    2. Apple TV integration. AirPlay etc.

    3. Apps. Certain apps and games are either not on android or are just ******. E.g. Binding of Isaac and several apps I use nowadays.

    4. Apple Watch just bought one can't really sell it. Plus it's the best smart watch package out there.

    Honestly android phones are amazing especially considering the prices of apple devices etc. But when you have all these factors in place you would need to really change a lot to make use of another platform. If you are starting from fresh that's perfect.
  21. Zandery macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2016
    I own both an iPhone and Samsung, you need to research your commonly used apps and messaging apps as many apps aren't available on Google Play, iMessage is hell of a lot better than the stock message app although if you use WhatsApp, it's a non-issue.

    Android Pay sucks in comparison to Apple Pay, Samsung Pay was meant to have been released by now, it hasn't been (it was a major factor in my decision for a Samsung rather than Sony), Barclays require you to use their app on Android whereas they use Apple Pay on the iPhone.

    Any iTunes purchases (bar Music) won't be playable on the Android device and getting Amazon's Video app is a PITA.

    If you do decide to get an Android, go with Sony XZ or wait until the S8 is out from Samsung.
  22. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015

    - keyboard curser control - this is available on Android with both the native Gboard app or alternative like Swiftkey. Also, you get full featured keyboards that can fully substitute the default keyboard (unlike on iOS where some operation on third party keyboards in hindered).

    - more consistent battery life (though I hear Sony phones are ok) - Zero problems with battery on my Pixel. It's every bit as good.

    - better performing apps compared to android and new games come out earlier - Total myth. Apps work just as well, actually some work better in my experience.

    - iMessage and general apple ecosystem consistency

    - more intuitive software where every app works well with each other. Android has gotten better here but not on the level of apple. Again, myth. In fact, I strongly prefer Android who let you specify a default app unlike iOS who force you to use their native apps (Maps for example).
  23. mjschabow macrumors 68000

    Dec 25, 2013
    The Pixel is a good device. I owned it but ultimately decided that the iPhone was better for me.

    And Mario Run still hasn't come out for Android has it? That's the point I was making.

    Again, I did like the Pixel other than the flat screen and overall design.
  24. Ca_lvn macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2016
    Wait and buy the flagship Samsung Note 8 , don't even consider anything else , I switched from android to the 7+ which is the nice phone but I'll go back
  25. Electrolite82 macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2016
    Hi there,I recently bought a Samsung S7 Edge(Been an iPhone user since the very start and have had every one released,I just fancied a change,I still had my 6S Plus)and a week in my home button didn't work and instead of taking the same model I went with the iPhone 7 and I'm glad I did.The Edge was beautiful,Had some amazing features but ultimately the iPhone is what it is,I like it and I know it will receive support for a good few years yet(I find that android really doesn't software support their phones for very long which is a bit rubbish).

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