Considering Android again.

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by QuantumLo0p, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    I have been looking for a solution to the lack of a notification light on my iPhone6+ but after much searching I haven't been able to remedy the problem.

    I have missed many short notice meetings.
    I have missed domain server and email server outages.
    Tonight was the tipping point...after displaying the lock screen many notifications actually prevented me from answering a phone call during a family emergency.
    Siri is completely crippled without a sufficient data connection, even if the command does not require data such as dialing a number from my contact list.
    Aside from the latter I have been receiving a lot of heat from people waiting for my replies and commonly they have to message/call me multiple times to speak with me.

    The iPhone has many nice features, and I applaud Apple for that, but IMO lacking horribly in notifications is too large of a deficiency which the rest of the phone cannot recover from. I think I may be done with my iPhone messing with my life.

    How do you all deal with those problems?
  2. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Most people don't have these problems as the way they use their phone is somewhat different and many of these things don't affect them, while other limitations, while not great, are things they are willing to live with in light of everything that they like about their device.
  3. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Not a problem for me since I'm retired and don't receive that many calls. However, I fully understand where you're coming from. There are some very nice Android phones with features that I also like. But I also like the convenience of being able to use my iPhone with my Mac. Apples and Apples. :)
  4. Conan86 macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2012
    i've seen some of my friends using the LED flash as notification light.. I don't understand how the notifications would have disabled the ability of you answering a call though
  5. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
    Switch to Android if a blinking light on your phone will make you more aware of your missed notifications. Honestly, I have a work iPhone in which I receive all my alerts, emails, calls, messages, etc. I rarely miss notifications. If I set my phone down and walk away, the first thing I do when I come back is check it. Sure a blinking light would alert me to check my phone, but also having the common sense to pick it up and check it goes a long way. Especially if you're the type of person to get a lot of notifications. Taking a look at your phone use and why you keep missing these notifications might be worth looking into as well. If this is something you can't manage, switch to a phone/OS that has LED notifications.
  6. appledefenceforce macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2015
    If I ever get back to Android I'll come with a Nexus. So sick of the phone getting slow down SIGNIFICANTLY after a few months when you start filling it up. Plus third party apps might run a bit better on Nexus. Actually third party apps is the number one reason why I don't use Android.
  7. QuantumLo0p thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    I suppose I got quite used to an indicator light on my previous phones. I do not carry my phone with me all the time and I really don't want to drop everything to display my lock screen every time I glance at it. The rest of the device is still very nice except for Siri's limitations and the fixed camera aperture.

    I cannot imagine Apple engineers overlooked and indicator light. I'd rather think this is one in a long list of patent features belonging to Android or Apple. I recall His Steveness fuming over many of them.
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Pretty sure BlackBerries had LED notification lights as well. In addition to various other phones before (outside of Android).
  9. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2015
    With Touch ID, unlocking your phone to check notifications takes three seconds. Literally. And I don't see how notifications could prevent answering a call. But OK.
    I think you need a different device OP. I'm with iPhone because I don't want a blinky light.
  10. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    There has to be a seriously huge number of Panicky Petes, and/or way too many notification services alerting you all at once to issues, for the alerts to actually impede your ability to answer a call. I'm also on-call for emergencies and major outages, and I've not once had an issue with my iPhone hindering my response.

    If a notification LED is that crucial to you, then perhaps a switch to a different platform is in order. I think the writing is on the wall that notification LEDs are not part of Apple's design language, since the trend among all their devices has been to do any with them (power/status LEDs have slowly disappeared from all Macs over the years, and have never appeared on their mobile products). If you need ever-present notifications without peeking at the lock screen, Apple's answer to this has pretty much been to buy their watch.
  11. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    I've been going back-and-forth for years, I love both but I do have one issue. I read that Apple DISABLES TEXTING over bluetooth, is that true because I can't received/send text on my new 2015 Nissan Murano SL. Not that I'm going to sell my few weeks old 6S but I'm thinking about buying the nexus 6P because of this.
  12. Pathfinder3 macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Okinawa, JP
    I too miss the convenience of LED notifications. I have to keep my phone in silent. On my Android devices, I'd retrieve it out of my front pants pocket just enough to see if there's a light and if so, what color is flashing (blue for Facebook, Yellow for SnapChat, Green for SMS, ect). Just today in the frantic moment of work related activities, I pick up an incoming call. Its only then did I realize all the unanswered text messages the caller sent earlier. Notifications shade and notification bar, that's another story entirely!
  13. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Apple's solution: buy an Apple watch.
    Or you can also use an Android-wear smartwatch. I use my Moto 360 with my 6S. It's not perfect and has many issues with iOS, but it's workable.

    If LED notification is a must, then Android is the way to go. At this point, there's no reason to get any Android phones other than the Nexus, especially since you are in the US and the Nexus phones are available for cheap. Don't bother paying premium prices for Samsung/Sony phones for less service.
    But even things are not perfect in Android. The LED notification only says there's something going on. Sure, you can customize the color for specific app, but it still doesn't work well for me in real life. That's part of the reason I bought the Moto 360. Even on Android, having a smartwatch helps a LOT in not missing notifications. It works very well, and I can selectively decide if I need to get to my phone or not.

    So, my best suggestion would be a Nexus phone and an Android smartwatch.
    Or, you can just get an Apple watch. :D
  14. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    There is a LED light for notifications. Setting - General - Accessibility - Turn ON "LED Flash for Alerts".


    Sent from my 6S Plus using Tapatalk
  15. Shark5150 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2014
    OP---there ya go! Thanks to the Philly poster for reminding us of this accessibility feature!
  16. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Unfortunately that's quite a ways off from what LED notifications are generally referred to (as they work on Android, for example).
  17. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    I use the accessibility thing too, but I think he's talking about an LED that would stay lit until you checked it. The accessibility flashes the light initially (like the vibrate), but then goes out. Its much more noticeable though.

    The watch is the way to go. I frequently didn't feel vibrations from the phone in my pocket, and that was one of the reasons I wanted to try the watch. The watch has a red dot at the top of the screen to show you that you have unaddressed notifications.

    I also fail to understand how a notification would prevent you from answering a call.

    I suspect the reason Apple doesn't have an LED for notifications is that given how many apps send notifications, you'd likely have it on 95% of the time, so whats the point. When I went to the watch, I got into notifications more and have fine tuned which go to the phone and which get extended to the watch. I just have a few things that are really important going through to the watch, so I don't miss messages anymore.

    You should give it a try.
  18. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    You're free to switch between phone, android, windows, or apple. This also means you are free to come back to iPhone once you have experienced Android and get a mutual list of shortcomings.
  19. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    I work in a busy IT environment and easily get over 100 various notifications per day and never had an issue with them. The Notifications dropdown is your friend, a single swipe will show you everything. I've also never had them prevent me from receiving a call, maybe there's an issue with the iPhone itself?
  20. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    Just as an FYI... sending/receiving texts work fine with my 6s and my Toyota Highlander. So it's not an Apple thing. Did you ever have it working?

    There is a setting on the Bluetooth connection to that device (Settings -> Bluetooth -> Toyota Highlander Information, in my case) to show or hide notifications. Check that. I had problems with that with my old iPhone 4 when I first got my car, I think.

  21. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    This. This really isn't sarcastic, the watch works REALLY well for notifications, and best of all, no one has to be bothered by them but you. No more phones making noise, or buzzing loudly on the table when in vibrate mode, or even blinking away and distracting other people. If you set it in silent mode, :apple:Watch gives you a tap and you know something's come in, without even having to have the phone in sight.

    Wanna see if you missed notifications? Just look at the time on your watch. If there's a red dot up top, you've got notifications. Swipe down to see what they are, and you're all good.

    It's pricey, but probably not as pricey as the hit you'll take selling an iPhone to go Android, and then have to deal with all that annoyance. Money well spent.
  22. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
    Either you re-evalutate your use of the iPhone, get an Android phone, or continue to miss notifications. Dropping everything to display your lock screen so you don't miss meetings is something you have the time to spend 30 seconds on.

    But he doesn't want to check notifications when he walks away from his phone. It's really just a veiled excuse to complain about the lack of LED notification system in the iPhone. Now that the camera light notification option has been shown to him, we'll see what excuse he comes up with next.
  23. AYNOM macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2015
    Develop a habit of checking your phone often if work, business or family demands it.

    As a Galaxy Note 3 user.... Switching to android for the led lights is simply not worth it. I use my phone in a similar manner as you but ultimately the LEDs do drain battery when I constantly have 6 different LED colors in rotation going off.

    Developing a better habit for phone use will save you on battery and peace of mind.
  24. yaboyac29 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2014

    I was waiting on this ignorant post. Not the same thing.
  25. bilibug macrumors regular


    Aug 27, 2008
    Somerset NJ
    You can also set notifications to repeat multiple times if you don't acknowledge them.

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