iPhone XR Dad switched from Galaxy S4...

iF34R

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So, my dad has had the S4 since it was released for Verizon. It just started not even holding a signal, constant restarts, battery pulls.

He has only known that phone for a smartphone. Well, he agreed to try the XR. He was absolutely blown away at how easy it was to learn the basics for the iPhone and how reliable this is compared to his S4. He is 67, and still has a long way to go as far as anything beyond the basics, but he's extremely happy with the phone so far.

He went so far as to say the two days he's had the phone, he knows how to do more with it than it has taken him to learn the S4 he's had for years.
 

iF34R

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He agreed because it was free lol. He didn't realize the prices were so "high", and subsidized pricing was gone. Yes, he loves it a LOT.
 
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So whats your point in the last part of your post? To make out like android is the hardest software to use? Isn't for me lol.

I know how to use iPhones, Androids, PC's, and Macs perfectly.

Anyway, hope your dad enjoys the new phone as its a big upgrade!
 
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My dad was the last person in the family to get a smartphone and he went from a circa-2012 flip phone to a XR and he's gotten along just fine. Pretty sure the only "tech" experience was the sales software he used at work before retiring.

It's been a few years since I've dabbled in Android but from my experience I don't recall it ever being more or less complicated than iOS. It's a different experience for sure but as far as the basics go it's just like comparing PC to Mac. Somebody who's used Windows all their life can still accomplish most of the basic tasks in the same way on a Mac.
 
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iF34R

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My dad was the last person in the family to get a smartphone and he went from a circa-2012 flip phone to a XR and he's gotten along just fine. Pretty sure the only "tech" experience was the sales software he used at work before retiring.

It's been a few years since I've dabbled in Android but from my experience I don't recall it ever being more or less complicated than iOS. It's a different experience for sure but as far as the basics go it's just like comparing PC to Mac. Somebody who's used Windows all their life can still accomplish most of the basic tasks in the same way on a Mac.
That pretty much sums it up better than I did.
 

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It's not surprising. Those old versions of Android were pretty rough around the edges. It probably would have been a fairly similar positive experience with some current Android flagship running Android 9. At least those running a vanilla Android. It's gotten pretty intuitive. Couldn't say how those with a custom interface like Samsung compare.
 

derekamoss

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Honestly Samsung phones are way more like iPhone than vanilla android has ever been. I just wish Windows Mobile took off. Honestly that was the best phone experience I have had and I have used all three extensively. (iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile. If tablets and 2in1's were as mainstream as they are now, Windows 8 and Windows Mobile would have been a completely different story all together.
 

pika2000

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So whats your point in the last part of your post? To make out like android is the hardest software to use? Isn't for me lol.

I know how to use iPhones, Androids, PC's, and Macs perfectly.
Well, you aren't his dad. His point of sharing this is that his dad found the XR to be easier to use than his old S4. That's it. No need to make it like it affects you.
 

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So whats your point in the last part of your post? To make out like android is the hardest software to use? Isn't for me lol.

I know how to use iPhones, Androids, PC's, and Macs perfectly.

Anyway, hope your dad enjoys the new phone as its a big upgrade!
I feel like you’re missing the point of the post.

There are a ton of people out there who grasp things differently than you. The op is explaining how his dad found it to be easier then Android. How do you factor into what his dad finds easy or not?
 

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Android 9 is super simple and easy to use. Comparing lagwiz UI and KitKat android to iOS 12 is not exactly fair
 

iF34R

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He's been super happy since getting this phone. It's not so much he didn't like the Android. He's really happy that it was free, it's way faster than that S4, it was really easy to learn, and it's super simple to use for him.
 
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Shanghaichica

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Android 9 is super simple and easy to use. Comparing lagwiz UI and KitKat android to iOS 12 is not exactly fair
Well yes the S4 is from 2013. I’m sure the S10+ would be miles better than the iPhone 5S which also came out in 2013.
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It's not surprising. Those old versions of Android were pretty rough around the edges. It probably would have been a fairly similar positive experience with some current Android flagship running Android 9. At least those running a vanilla Android. It's gotten pretty intuitive. Couldn't say how those with a custom interface like Samsung compare.
Of course the android OS/ Samsung’s skin have evolved over the years, however they were never as bad as people make out. They were perfectly useable.
 
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