How many of you use your phone to it's full potential?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by UKapple, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. UKapple macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2012
    As the title says really. I've had a few iPhone's (4 & 5) but moved over to the Samsung galaxy S5 and subsequent S6, S7 and now S8+. Despite the ability to customise almost everything on android phones I find myself generally sticking to the stock theme etc so not really utilising the phone to it's full potential.

    How many other android users find themselves doing this? Sometimes I do wonder if I should venture back to iOS!
  2. epicrayban macrumors 604


    Nov 7, 2014
    If you're asking about customization, I definitely cater my device to my preferences and needs. Customization goes a very long way and is more than just about aesthetics. Customization means the phone tries its best to cater to me, the end user. With my iPhone, because it's limited in customization, I find I have to cater to it, and that doesn't always jive.

    However, are you also asking about raw specs? That's how I read the thread title. In that regard, my answer is no. I definitely don't use my phone's specs to their full potential. The games I play are rather simple. I don't really record 4K. Etc.

    If you're merely just asking about customization, here's the beauty: it's your choice. You customize as much as you want or as little. Even tweaking a few small things here and there to cater to your personal usage can make a difference, especially when you consider that smartphones are devices we use daily, multiple times a day.

    And once you're satisfied, you don't have to tweak anymore. A lot of people who don't understand customization often say that they hate having to change things over and over again. Who says they have to? You customize as much as you want.
  3. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    I run custom roms so yes I guess I'm using it to its full potential
  4. UKapple thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2012
    Yeah guess I'm talking about the hardware aspect. I barely use a 25% of the phones capability as apart from social media, YouTube and a few other less taxing apps so it barely breaks a sweat! That said I dug out my old blackberry curve 8900 the other day and I have no idea how I coped with how slow and laggy that thing was!
  5. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015

    I have the high end Haiwei Mate 9 and Huawei Honor 8. I also have a cheap Moto E4 (Snapdragon 425, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal Storage). I found myself able to do everything I need with Moto E4 without any slow down. I am able to browse web, using WeChat, Watching YouTube and I ran Modern Combat on Moto E4 as well.

    All I can say is that the phone is getting faster and more capable overtime. Now days even low end phone can serve people well and I have had hard time found reason for spending more than 500 for smartphone.
  6. Puddled macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2017
    potential for what?


    I have a S6
    I use my phone for work and leisure. I use all of its (quite fantastic) functions, some of which are not available without a faff on the iPhone.

    In fact i am constantly surprised at some of the tricks and tools samsung put on.

    That said, as much as I use of the functions and features, its still after 2 years, ample fast enough.

    An iPhone would drive me nuts.
  7. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I use themes from the theme store on my S7 Edge/Note 5/S8+. Other then that, I'm not really doing a whole lot with them. I use them for the usual social apps and I run apps on each that allows me to download pics/vids from Instagram.

    On my older Note 5/Note4/Note Edge, I have custom ROMs on those simply to be able to use Adaway and it helps with the battery tremendously. They really don't have a stable root method for the S7/S8 yet so it's not worth rooting my US S7/S8 because of the lag you get.

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