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Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Deany2015, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. Deany2015 macrumors newbie

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    right let's see if you guys can help.....

    I have an iPhone 6 currently as previously I've had 5s,5,4s,4,3GS,3G

    See the pattern???

    Well I think I'm starting to get a bit pissed off to be honest. Apple products used to be the "must have" devices but lately I'm just well.....bored.

    I did try the SG3 a while back and I loved it! It was a beast but there was something just niggling in the back of my mind so I went back to my trusty iPhone.

    I'm coming up for a upgrade any time now and I don't know whether to jump and go to the s6 or follow the path and get the "new" but not new iPhone 6s....

    Yes I have other apple devices and all my family have iPhones so iMessage is a benefit but there's also what's app...
    I have spent a ton of cash on iTunes which is also keeping me back but there are cheaper alternatives.
    I need help. I need advice. Let's not start a war of who has the "better" tech.
    I simply want informative info to try help me decide because this is doing my nut in now. I want to make the right choice. Do I stick with the same old thing for another 12-24 months or so I take a leap and try something new but potentially regret it?
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    All this information is in these forums to read by anyone. No one here can tell you what choice is best for you. If you are getting bored with Apple, why would you want to buy another?

    We do not even know, for sure, what the new 6S will offer this fall. The S6 is out right now and is a great phone.

    It is YOU that will be "stuck" with it and I do not understand why you would ask strangers how to spend your money or make a choice that will "do your nut in".
     
  3. Deany2015 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I was looking for info on both sides pros and cons you know? not asking strangers on what to spend my money on as you so put it. But thanks for your 2cents
     
  4. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    For people that have been in the iOS ecosystem for most of their mobile phone life, I only recommend one type of phone. A Nexus. And this year, there will be two Nexus phones released. A Phablet by Hauwei and a smaller 5.2" by LG. You can update your phone the same day Google releases the OS. It is super easy tomove files back and forth between a Mac and a Nexus phone. And you don't have to deal with any of the carrier or manufacturer crapware.
     
  5. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    The grass isn't always greener ... It's often just slightly different grass when all is said and done.

    Temper expectations - prepare to find things you don't like alongside things you do.

    Don't be scared to try something new. If it turns out you prefer it - good. If it doesn't then likewise - nothing to feel bad about.

    You won't know if you like something unless you try it and often you don't appreciate the good things in devices we have until we go try something else and find we prefer elements of what we just left behind.

    Android flagships have never been stronger and when all is said and done you can't really go wrong with any of the major flagship devices.

    Remember it's just a mobile device - if you end up not liking it - sell it / take it back and go back. It's not a life changing decision - it's just a phone.....
     
  6. jamezr macrumors G3

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    Right on target MRU....don't know you like/dislike something until you try it.
     
  7. Knowimagination macrumors 68000

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    So I have a similar history with phones as you. I have owned every version of the iPhone except the 3G.

    I have felt the same "boredom" as you multiple times in my iPhone journey and I have ventured out and tried several different things (SG3, HTC One, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Lumia 920) and they all had some great features and things I really liked about them.. I always ended up coming back to the iPhone though.

    I have reached the point where I am either going to start carrying 2 phones (an iPhone and whatever flavor I am playing with at the moment) or I am just going to leave the iPhone alone and play with other OS's in tablet form.
     
  8. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    You have to test Android before you can know if it works for you or not, nobody can tell you how it's going to be for you.

    If you can get a deal where you can return the phone if you didn't like it, it's a no brainer really, just go for it and test for yourself. If you can't find such a deal - just decide whether testing the alternative will be worth the $100 or whatever you'll lose if you sell the Android to go back to iPhone.

    It's not very complicated really, and like MRU says, not a life changing decision either. As for further info on the alternatives, search for any phone you're potentially interested in on these forums and you'll find all the info you could want.

    Good luck!
     
  9. apolloa macrumors G3

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    You don't need to worry about iTunes as you can copy your music to and from your Android device, you'll loose your apps of course, but if you liked the Galaxy before then try it again, get one where you can send it back after a week or two if you don't like it. No idea what the iPhone 6S will have though? But all the new ios features it'll have you can get right now on your Android device.
     
  10. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Tons of good advice here so I won't pile on..too much ;)...just offer my quick perspective as a frequent user of both platforms. Your situation sounds quite similar to mine (most frequent contacts are also Apple users and heavy investment in Apple ecosystem) so maybe my $0.02 can help.

    There is tons of high quality hardware available across both platforms. What it will likely come down to is preference in ecosystem. There are plenty of elements of Android that offer advantages over iOS (customization and flexibility, better sharing, variety of hardware) but for me personally I just love how seamless all my Apple gear works together. I live on iMessage and use handoffs/continuity all the time. Sharing everything with my family who also choose to use Apple gear is super simple and I get the benefit of using both Google and Apple services (no thanks to Apple for making this much more difficult using Android). For me, this presently outweighs some of the limitations imposed by Apple and iOS. I could live quite well using an Android phone, just like what iOS offers for my personal use case better.

    Regarding your expenditures on iTunes, yes you'll be impacted if much of this is on apps and video but you can very easily use the music in your iTunes library on an Android device.

    I'll echo the sentiments of others here--pick out an Android phone that appeals to you and go all in during your return window--shut off your iPhone and don't touch it for that time, no matter how strong the urge. Too often I see posters claim they tried to switch but after a day just gave up. There will be some serious growing pains--stick it out. You need to immerse yourself in the Android world--set aside some extra time to be able to read, research, configure...just plain play with it. There will be some things you need to re-learn and other elements that will just be completely foreign to you. There is also an immeasurable amount of just plain cool stuff you can do on Android that presently isn't possible on iOS. You may be surprise what's possible and may love it. You also may realize after that few weeks that it ultimately isn't for you--just give it your full attention during that time, don't short change yourself.

    And have fun. :D
     

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