Considering switching from Nexus 5 to iPhone 6, need advice.

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  1. .... macrumors newbie

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    Currently use a Nexus 5 and it is my first smartphone device, so this is a pretty new area for me. My computer is a 2011 iMac. I am considering switching to the iPhone 6 or maybe 5s but I'd like some advice on the matter.

    There is nothing wrong with the Nexus 5 itself but I'd like to have an iPhone for greater unity since I am constantly using mail, calendar, and contacts on my iMac. It's a pain in the butt to keep making these changes manually on my Nexus 5. Looking at swappa, I could probably sell the phone for $280 to $300 and it's probably a good time to sell before the Nexus 6 is released.

    But I do have a couple caveats. I don't like plans and would only pay upfront for an unlocked iPhone from Apple. Currently it looks like I can only by the 6 with a carrier? But you can buy the 5s unlocked? How does the battery life compare with Nexus 5? I'm not exactly a power use and usually have a 30 to 40% by the time I go to bed. Is the iPhone 6 comparable?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. MsRandall macrumors 65816

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    My son did it on Saturday - He thought he could leave iOS after having every iPhone since the original - then had everyone in our family looking for a 64 iphone 6 + in space grey when he couldn't stand it any longer
     
  3. pdxmatts macrumors 68000

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    At least the 6 would be around the same size or bigger if you do the 6+. I don't think I could go back to a smaller screen if you go for the 5S. The 6/6+ will have better battery life than the N5 and better camera. I do like the way the i6 integrates with my MBP since I upgraded that to Yosemite. What carrier do you have now? Can't you pay full price for the carrier one and have it unlocked because you pif for it?
     
  4. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand this... Google Mail, Calendar, and Contacts all sync natively to OSX. Why would you need to do anything manually?
     
  5. jamezr macrumors G4

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    You will love the IP6...great phone. If you want total compatibility get the full price Verizon model from the Apple store. Verizon phones are sim unlocked by design. So they will work with all carriers like AT&T and TMO and it is a world phone. So it works if you travel out of the US.....if you are from the US :).
     
  6. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    Battery life is comparable/better with the 6. Apple is getting unlocked versions in, but its taking time. There are lines at my local Apple Store every few days as shipments arrive.

    The iPhone 6 is a great device and continuity is awesome as well. Everything is integrated and syncs effortlessly.

    *Source: Nexus 5 owner*
     
  7. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    Is battery life really better? I heard the iPhone 6 gets about 3 hours of on screen time.
     
  8. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    The battery life is A LOT better on the 6. I can go out at night with 40-50% battery left. My Nexus 5 used to die by about 7:30.

    A great upgrade if you want to switch back to iOS.
     
  9. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    What was your screen on time at 7:30 on the Nexus 5?
     
  10. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I've been walking around with a work-issued Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 5. While I find Android to be somewhat awkward for my usage, I found the GS4 screen to look a lot better than my iPhone 5. A few weeks back I picked up an iPhone 6. While the screen is slightly lower res than the GS4, I think it looks a lot better. Unlike iPhones before iPhone 6, I can read most web pages in portrait mode without automatically flipping to landscape just so I could read the text. This is a huge time savings for me. On screen elements are easier to hit but there are times one-handed use isn't quite as easy as it was on the phone 5.

    As a person with "old-eyes" I really never want to go back to a screen that is as small as the iPhone 5. If you are choosing between 5S and 6, get the 6. You will be happier with the 6. I found the battery life of the 6 to be better than that of the 5, and I assume it would be better than that of the 5S.
     
  11. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Comparing battery consumption on different devices with different OS's is an exercise in futility. In fact, we could both have the same phone and get completely different battery stats.

    It just so happens that I have both phones you are discussing. Battery life is relatively similar given similar settings. Expect between 3 to 5 hours of SoT for either phone. That is about as close to a real answer as you can get. +/-2 hours SoT between 2 vastly different phones.
     
  12. rockitdog macrumors 68020

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    Better battery life, better camera & better build quality... iPhone 6 FTW!!
     
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    What is it exactly you need to do manually? all those things happen automatically for me (android - osx).

    Check "sync contacts" and "sync cal"... cant be any easier =)
    for example
     
  14. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a

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    I hear you. I am a former iPhone user and the temptation to go back is very compelling but I do enjoy the Android experience as well. I would wait and see what Lollipop brings you and see which you like better.
     
  15. Garen macrumors regular

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    Go with iPhone 6 Verizon edition (it is unlocked) it is a much better choice than 5s or nexus 5
     
  16. luked14 macrumors 6502

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    +1 for this recommendation. Your best bet will be to buy a Verizon iPhone device only from an Apple Store. Only in store, not online. Now the only problem would be actually finding the one you want in stock.
     
  17. maestroX2 macrumors regular

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    can Ip6 get instant email from Gmail ? I've tried Exchange and it doesn't work.
     
  18. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    You heard very wrong.....

    I'm at 1 hour of usage time (screen on) and my battery is at 90%. That includes 5 hours of standby.
     
  19. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    You know that usage is very different from screen on time, right?
     
  20. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

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    The Nexus 5 can still hold it's weight against a iPhone 6 plus unless you're looking for a better screen and camera. And just wait until you start running into the limitations of iOS. Just that fact alone made the experience boring when I had my iPhone 6 for 8 days.
    I believe that the longer you use Android the harder it is to try anything else without the feeling of regret. I always felt like I was missing something when I carried that iPhone. Got to the point that I was carrying both a iPhone 6 and Note 3 around which is non-sense. Long time Android vets know what I'm talking about.
     
  21. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603

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    That depends on the person though. I was on Android for 4 years and jumped to the iPhone and now prefer it. It'll be different for everybody and our tastes differ.
     
  22. nestafaria macrumors member

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    Can confirm great battery life, WAY better than the Nexus. Coupled with a MUCH better camera and screen, it's hard to go wrong.

    Edit: I do miss wireless charging.
     
  23. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Yes if you use the gmail app. The stock app does not have push for gmail any longer.
     
  24. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    Not in my case when I said that. I had been using my device quite a bit that morning checking emails and what not.

    Of course, that also takes into account any background operations that were running while my screen was active.

    Suffice it to say, I wasn't simply listening to music with the display off.

    3 Hours of SOT is low....very low in my experience.

    And my office has absolutely s***** cell service.....my battery gets killed by the connectivity problems and I still get through the work day using a few hours of SOT and only roughly half the battery.
     

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