Did anyone go back to Android after trying 6 Plus?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by noobinator, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I did but not because I didn't like the 6 plus but just because I can't justify the price. I'm back using my nexus 5 (which feels small now). The nexus is a great phone and so is the iphone 6 plus but it's not 850$ nicer.

    I have a feeling I'll be back to the 6 plus someday. But for now I'm going to stick to my nexus 5.

    I love the screen, battery life and camera on the iphone over the nexus.
  2. BeK, Sep 29, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2014

    BeK macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2012
    Did anyone go BACK to Android after trying 6 Plus?

    Good for you my friend! Enjoy your buggy OS. I left Android 3 years ago when I purchased my first ever iOS device (which was the 4S) and I never looked back. I've owned 3 android handsets as well as a android tablet in the past and they pale in comparison to the stability and ease of use that iOS offers. There are 3 iPhones, 3 iPads, and 2 Apple TVs in my household and I couldn't be happier. I just got a 64GB 6 Minus for my wife and my 128GB 6 Plus should arrive on Thursday.
    I have no desire to give Android a second look anytime in the near future and this is coming from a guy who used to tease the "Apple Fanboys" until I actually purchased a iPhone myself and got to experience first hand what all the hype was about.
  3. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013

    Pretty much the same experience, even switched at the same time (4S). Though I've had more than 10 Android tablets and phones and I have used them several times since switching to see how they are doing.

    All the features I thought gave Android devices a leg up ended up being features I never used. Never swapped batteries, but I bought extras. Never swapped storage, but I had multiple micro SD cards. Customized with ROMs like CM but found the need to swap ROMs more hassle than I wanted from a phone or tablet.

    iOS just feels more polished to me and the apps are light years ahead in quality.

    This is just my opinion. While I used to bash Apple, I won't bash Android. I'm glad it exists and people like it. More power to the guys who use the extra functionality.

    I've scrapped windows as well. iMac, two MacBooks, two iPads, an Apple TV and multiple iPhones in our house now. The only tech headaches I get at home now are from my esxi cluster :).
  4. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    God no. My iPhone is way better than my galaxy. I'm never going back.
  5. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    I prefer iOS, and I have owned multiple androids (more than I can count off the top of my head).

    That being said, android l look greats. Will be interested to see how it matures.

    Looking to ride the next two years out on my six plus.
  6. newone757 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2011
    What do you mean "850$ nicer?" Does the iPhone cost $850 MORE than the nexus? I'm pretty sure your math is off here
  7. noobinator thread starter macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Ok let me reprhase, I do not think it is worth spending $850 to go from a Nexus 5 to an iPhone 6 Plus 64GB.
  8. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Android has matured a lot over the years and I'm sure it is a great choice for a lot of people, but it isn't a good choice for me. In spite of what a lot of folks say about Apple on this forum, iPhones just work and do what I need them to do, they require no maintenance with the exception of cleaning off all the pics my wife takes, she fills her phone up every couple months. :)
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Sort of... I'm on iPhone 4 til I get the Note 4. I spent enough time playing with the iPhone 6 Plus to know that I didn't want it. Does that count? I wasn't on the fence enough to buy one, that's for sure.
  10. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    I am an Apple fan but that's not a fair statement. iOS 8 has been in the news four times for having MAJOR bugs. On the flip side, Android dramatically improved over the past 3 years.

    Nexus 5 is a fantastic phone btw, you can't beat the value.
  11. noobinator thread starter macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Both OS are buggy, just different bugs. I know I'll probably be posting this thread in a month:

    "Did anyone go BACK to Android after trying the 6 Plus and then go BACK to an iPhone 6 Plus?"

  12. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Agreed. The Nexus phones aren't always the highest spec'd devices and dont always lead the pack in terms of raw power (sound familiar?) but they are generally nice phones that are sold at a great price. Android runs great on them without bloat and carrier/OEM garbage. I really liked every Nexus phone I owned immensely. I love my 6 Plus and am generally an Apple guy, but I wouldn't blindly crap on Android or the Nexus line either.
  13. newone757 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2011
    Fair enough :)

    If I was to go back android it would be something with vanilla android on it or something that shipped with MIUI out of the box
  14. BeK, Sep 29, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2014

    BeK macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2012
    Did anyone go BACK to Android after trying 6 Plus?

    I disagree with you my friend and that's ok because the forums exist sort of as an alphabetical playground for opinions. No OS is perfect, this is true but from my experience Android has always been far buggier and slower than anything I have ever experienced on iOS.
    Last year when iOS 7 debuted it was buggy for the first couple of months until Apple ironed out the kinks and it eventually became a very stable platform in comparison to my experience with Android. I expect the same with iOS 8.
    I have owned 3 Blackberrys and 2 Windows Mobile phones in the past as well. All fail in comparison to the stability, fluidity, and just plain ease of iOS.
    This is not a fanboy rant as I have given all the major mobile operating systems a fair shake. At one point I wasn't very fair to Apple because I poked fun at all who were a fan of their products before even trying those said products out myself. I'm glad that I opened my eyes and finally realized the experience in which I was robbing myself of. No reason to switch when iOS just plain works and works well at that.

    If you're happy with the Nexus and Android then I'm happy for you. It's just that Android is too buggy for my particular taste.
  15. rhylin macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2014
    Nowhere, USA
    Did anyone go BACK to Android after trying 6 Plus?

    In all honesty, the only reason I'm with iOS and apple is the amount of money I have invested in iTunes and the App Store, other than that, not really much to be excited about.
  16. OrderFromChaos macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2014
    No, I have no intention of going back to Android. The iPhone 6 Plus is the first iPhone I've owned but so far I'm enjoying it. Granted, the honeymoon is still young but I'm happy.

    As a developer I love Android for the fact I can tinker with software/hardware for the devices without any approval. My biggest complaint stems from the manufacturers. I hated rolling the dice on if my current phone will be updated to the latest OS. That and the battery. No matter what I did the phone would never go into a deep sleep. I encountered the same thing with my Android tablet. iPad and Surface Pro have no issue with battery power and sleep mode. After a week of sitting on my desk untouched, the Android tablet would be down to ~30% whereas the other tablets would still be 90%+ battery power.
  17. robostig macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Iphone 6+ is my first iphone, and I like it, I love how polished everything is. Only things I don't like are:

    1. the phone feels very fragile,

    2. wifi isn't working as it should (this is very bad)

    3. scrolling in safari is sluggish

    4. overall slow feeling of the OS

    The note 3 I had previously had its own problems, like having to wipe at least once a year. Over saturated colors, and a few other minor things.
  18. malochico1 macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2012
    As soon as anyone mentions android here, someone is ready to attack with how buggy android is or how beautiful iphone is. Its literally impossible to have a regular conversation here.

    I bought iphone 6 and iphone 6 plus both and received it on the 19th. The 6 plus was too big for me so i sold it right away for a nice profit. Now i have the 6 and like it more than i liked my iphone 5s. But i am still debating whether its worth spending $700+ on a phone right now or i can wait it out.

    Thought about buying the one plus one, but that phone is huge too. I liked my nexus as well but somehow i always end up with Ios because its plays nice with my Mac and my apple tv.

    In your case since price is the main focus, i would stick with Nexus or buy the one plus one for 349 and save your money until next year.
  19. scrtagntman, Sep 29, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2014

    scrtagntman macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2014
    I had a 3, 3g, 4, and 4s, but went to Android for a bigger screen. The bugginess I've encountered with Android seems to mostly be around all the custom manufacturer builds and their hardware. Tried the HTC One and it drove me nuts. Went to the Note 3 and was fairly happy with it. With the 6+ I am now back to using Apple and no immediate intentions of leaving.

    Here are my criticisms of each:

    - None of them seemed to have super accurate touch screens. My typing was worse on both the One and the Note 3 than my 4s. That shouldn't be. I fly on the 6+ now!
    - Copy and Paste was not universal. For example, I could copy a pic from my album and past it in a text just fine. If you copy an image from the web it was hit or miss if you got a little box or the image url, but never the actual picture like an iPhone would.
    - Different manufactures seem to implement "standards" differently. Fitbit uses BT 4.0, but only worked with certain BT 4.0 capable phones. Fitbit was doing software updates on there end to make it work across more Android phones.
    - You either have to go Nexus or you get a frankenstein cobbled together user experience that is a mix of Android and what a particular manufacturer came up with. Current Nexus devices are last year mid-tier devices. Upcoming Android L Nexus devices may prove to be interesting.
    - Android's always seem to slow down and get laggy after a few months of use and nothing seems to truly speed them up short of a full reset.
    - For a company that pioneered, what I am sure is the most popular website ever, around it's simple elegance... seems to have never heard of the term "less is more" when it comes to their mobile OS.
    - Even today there is a lot of compatibility issues with other devices and Android, where as almost everything works with iPhone.
    - Very few 3rd party accessories that are device specific, besides cases.
    - Syncing media and data is a laughable joke. Honestly. Your best bet is to just mount the phone as a filesystem and manage it yourself.
    - No standardized method to backup and recover your phone. A million ways to do it? Sure. But see the less is more comment above.
    - Android fanboys who scoff and berate anyone that says anything positive about Apple.

    iPhone (6+ centric where applicable, my opinion don't go all Super Apple Defense League if you disagree)
    - 1GB of ram. My phone pretty much reloads every tab, even with only a few open. It may also be responsible for some of the occasional choppy user interface. In addition I'd like to see what applications developers come up with when they have additional headroom.
    - Mapping is improving, but still not as strong as Google.
    - I prefer Siri, but I did like the Google Now cards. I'd like to see Apple come up with something competitive.
    - I'm not obsessed with ultra-thinness and would have rather my 6+ was literally .7mm thicker and didn't have a protruding camera. Bigger battery and/or smaller top bezel would have been icing.
    - Glad to see some form of widgets turn up in iOS 8. I think they are often a bit overrated, but there are a few that are nice to have. Now that they are here, I'd like to see them with their own section in the drop down "area" instead of tacked onto the "today" section.
    - I'd like to see dynamic app icons. I wouldn't let developers go bat sh** with it and turn them into micro widgets, but allow weather apps to show a graphic of the current weather (sun, rain, clouds, etc) and the temp. Have music apps, including Apples, show album art when it's playing in the background.
    - Would like to see native rendering on the 6+.
    - Clean up iCloud services. Some apps store things directly there and are only visible to those apps, other's use the newer iCloud drive, some things like photo's do both. There are currently 4 different ways that photos can end up being copied to iCloud. Sometimes I feel they forget their own UI ethos. For some types of data I have to choose between it expiring in 2 minutes or 1 year. Nothing in between. Then for photos I have my choice of 4 different ways to upload them to iCloud, and not just 4 choices, but any combination of those choices. lol
    - With the 6's, I feel they put form over function.
    - Apple fanboys that breathlessly defend every criticism of iPhones and berate people people they disagree with.
  20. koigirl macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Seems like a pretty fair assessment of each system. I am too tied into the Apple ecosystem to make a painless switch (MBA, iPad, Apple TV, Time Capsule plus all family members are Apple-centric) but I have looked with interest at the flagship Android and Windows phones in the past couple of years. I actually bought a 2nd gen Nexus 7 last year just to play with (and explore Android OS) and it is a great small tablet for the price. Would be better as 8" device, though, IMO. I wish the Google phones running stock Android came with better cameras - this has always been the tie-breaker for me when I look at Nexus phones (which are excellent buys otherwise).
  21. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    iOS, Android, windows, they all have bugs and issues. Each new release of the software bring a new set of issues.

    Labelling one OS as buggy and claiming another to be solid, is bending the truth to support your current choice.

    Androids biggest problem is the hardware needed for it to run smoothly, and staying upto date with the latest builds if you buy a samsung or HTC.

    Sounds you prefer the locked down iOS, good for you.

    Personally I like windows 8.1, I think its the best of all three, sadly the apps are still very much lacking.

    For me iOS is the best compromise for a hassle free experience, with the most apps/support.
  22. BeK macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2012

    Again, I disagree and that's ok. Enjoy whatever mobile OS makes you happy my friend!
    You better believe I'm enjoying mine!
    iOS for life! (Or at least until something more stable comes along) which I don't see happening anytime in the near future.
  23. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    To answer your question...kinda

    Was on Android for years, switched to the 5S. Love the Nexus but got the ip6 - not switching back.

    I know you are asking about the 6+ but I played with it and have recommended it to several people. Only Android devices I would recommend are the Nexus line as they are fantastic for the price. The 6+ is a solid device and if you are in the ecosystem (I know, I know), it makes sense.
  24. blueflower macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2006
    I want to chime in on this discussion as well. My smartphone history has been Nokia 3650, Nokia N82, Nokia N95 8gb, Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100, Lg Nexus 5 and iphone 5s.

    I do not see myself switching back to android for now. The only phone that had me feeling this great was the Nokia N95 8gb.

    As another user said android slows down dramatically aftet you start using the phone for over 16 months usually requiring a reset, the android experience vastly differs from device to device, it is far more technical and risky to customize the androids with custom roms that some guy baked in his basement, there are far more apps available for ios, better quality apps are available for ios, it is easier to backup an ios device and the list goes on.

    After the headaches my i9100 gave me nearing its third birthday I have decided to never go back to android and samsung in particular. Also I do not find the nexus 5 to be a good value for money. The screen of the nexus 5 is dimmer than its competitors. The Nexus 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 i9400 are around the same price. It is a no brainer which is the better value for money, vanilla android or not. Not to mention the Nexus 5 does not retain its value. It was really one of the phones that took me the longest to sell.
  25. Mxbzz macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2012
    I decided to give the iPhone 6 a try (my previous iPhone was the 5), but eventually went back to my OnePlus One. There's just too much I've grown accustomed to in Android for me to switch back.

    The number one thing I missed was SwipePad, where it let you swipe from a corner of your screen to access your shortcuts within an application. This works WONDERFULLY for my home automation setup. I was able to unlock my front door, or toggle the lights/AC in a simple flick of the finger.

    Aside from SwipePad, I only use a handful of finance apps (available on both systems), text, and browsing the web. Both phones performed just fine in those regards.

    Lastly, it was really hard to justify the $700+ price tag of the iPhone when I bought my OnePlus One for $360. For almost half the price of the iPhone 6, I have 64 GB of memory, a 5.5" screen and GREAT battery life.

    While iOS has an unmatched feeling of refinement and polish, Android just works better for my needs. Hell, with the money I saved, I purchased myself a Moto 360 and am an extremely happy camper. I won't berate anyone for choosing X over Y or vice versa, but I do think it's worthwhile to experience both the latest iOS and Android and figure out what works best for you.

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