If you could do it all over again...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jaysen, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. jaysen macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Let me preface by saying that I understand this is a Mac/Apple based website - so biased opinions are inevitable! Having said that, I am not looking for a FLAME war by any means. I am really just looking for an honest opinion from current users of which ever cell phone they currently use.

    I have the opportunity to get a new phone. I broke my 2 month old Moto X 3 weeks ago to an unusable state :mad::mad: I have been contemplating going back to iOS and just curious for those using the iPhone 6....

    If you could do it all over again - buy a new phone - would you choose the iPhone 6/6+ again?

    Currently I am debating over a Note 4 and the iPhone 6.... however the 5S is a stronger runner up (small screen is really the only issue) as well as the LG G3.

    As for which ecosystem I prefer... well honestly I am more tied into Google's system, however not to the point where I MUST stay.. Most apps I frequently use are available for iOS and have already purchased because I own several ipads.
  2. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    I'm an Apple Fan Boy, but I couldn't resist the note 4. It's a beautiful beast of a phone. If I had to do it again I'd stay with the Note 4. I'm sure I'll have another iPhone, but for now loving the Note.
  3. BigMcGuire, Feb 12, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2015

    BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    I'm probably a good candidate to reply to this. I had the original Droid 1, HTC Thunderbolt, got an iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, then went to the Moto X, then Note 3, and now I'm an iPhone 6+ user as of a few weeks ago. I'm HEAVILY tied into the Google Ecosystem (Google Drive, Google+, Music, Apps, Keep, News, etc...).

    I'm not your average Android user either. I'm a heavy rooter since my Droid 1 days because I HATE adware. I'm a programmer by trade. Most of my coworkers (programmers) are Android fans who were very dismayed to see me going back to Apple.

    If I had to do it all over again, I'd get the 6+ (tho maybe the 64GB instead of the 128GB) without thinking about it. The Note 4 was of little interest. It still didn't have 5.0. Benchmarks showed iPhone and Android neck to neck.

    Android build quality is terrible. Samsung's screens, CPU, 3GB of ram were nice... but the plastic build quality was so bad that the phone cracked INSIDE of an expensive case I put it in - apparently common for the Note 3. Adware is insane on Samsung phones. Touchwiz alone takes 6.7GB. I had to root to make the phone usable but the OS still lags - I can't type full speed even with Google Keyboard. Thanks to Verizon root proofing some of their latest phones, rooting is no longer an option which means adware galore --- so I unrooted my Note 3 during my last 3 months of usage to see if I could stand it. Android 4.4.4 allows you to "turn off" MOST adware but not all. Knowing that Android 5.0 has been out since last year and the Note 3 wasn't going to get it anytime soon also helped push me back to iPhone.

    Now that I have the iPhone 6+... I forgot what it was like to have a solid build quality phone. Metal feels nice. The non amoled screen is much easier to see outside - text is a lot sharper. Apps feel more premium - refined. The UI is smooth and even though I can't customize it as much, I feel I can use the phone without hinderance. I was always trying to perfect my Android with themes or get as close to ASOP as possible. I love my iPhone 6+. The camera opens up with no lag, shots are very noticeably better even though the MP is less. Standby battery life is INSANE. I go to sleep with 100% and I'll wake up with 100%.

    The Bad
    There is no Google Keep app. I use Google Keep for everything and the web version with Chrome isn't as nice. I had to spend $40 in cables (Amazon.com Anker) but now my wife and I can share cables (she's always been an iPhone user). I hate the lack of sharing between apps. I could always share a picture or a website to all apps on my phone with Android but I can't send stuff to Hangouts - but not a deal breaker.

    Yeah, I'd still go iPhone. I'm tired of getting adware infested phones that I pay for with inferior build quality. And yes, I suffer a lot of (good natured) anti-apple humor at work. :)
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Just for a little background, I've owned an iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4s, HTC one, iPhone 5S and now an iphone 6 plus. I really liked the HTC One aside from the camera and battery life, but when I broke it the Nexus 5 wasn't abailable and the iPhone 5s was.

    Anyway, the Note 4 is really nice but I went with the iPhone 6 plus. I use google music, Gmail, hangouts and Google maps instead of the built in Apple apps. I'm probably not as heavy of a Google user as some, but I like the setup and it works well for me.
  5. chad.petree, Feb 12, 2015
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    chad.petree macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    I would go with the 6 plus + a leather case because is too d** slippery! If you could wait though I'd waid until the first of march to see HTC unveil their One M9 , the renders look AMAZING! and the m8 was almost perfect, only the camera was horrible, but this time it looks like they're fixing that! ;)

    Also Samsung is supposed to unveil the new galaxy s 6 with a new amazing camera and an all metal body, but still touchwiz is disgusting, I want to see if they've fixed it for good this time



  6. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    That looks NICE. I may be tempted to sell my 6+ for that thing...
  7. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    The best solution for my workflow and personal preferences is two phones.

    It has been for years. Mine get a real workout since I travel both domestically and internationally monthly. Therefore for short frequent bursts of work... top of the line large screen smartphones are ideal.

    I really enjoy both Android and iOS, each for their own strengths. Currently I'm very happy with my duo, they're almost identical in speed, stability and reliability. Running Android 4.4.4 and iOS 8.1.3 they get the job done quite nicely.

    Perfect? No...

    Excellent? Absolutely :)
  8. the caveman macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    I would go with 6plus, ive been using smartphones since before they were the cool thing to have. Ive used them all and keep coming back to IOS. Currently i have Sony xperia z3 which is a decent phone but it doesn't even compare to 6plus despite having superior specs. Now i know the question here is the note 4, which i had and sold, but i would still recommend the 6 plus. The strength of iOS is in little detail and refinements that android lacks. Dont ask me to list them but they are there i assure you.
  9. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    For me, its really up to the product warranty here where i live.

    Htc or Samsung do not have a very good after sales here and i dont want to invest USD 750 for a phone beside Iphone. Online store will replace a new unit within 7 days of purchase if any problem.

    But if i could really really go back, I might just got a cheaper 4S (now using 6) i bought 6 because i sold my Ipad and the battery and bigger screen could maybe replace, it couldn't. Get a 4s, and get a mini retina would be my choice.

    I dont play game on phone or tablet, got a dedicate handheld just for that.
  10. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I've had an iPhone since 2007. Didn't really get a "proper" Android device until 2010 (Nexus S) so I'm kinda locked into iOS already. Being able to do a backup and restore of all my settings, apps, content, etc when upgrading phones is just super convenient.

    If I were starting out just now, I could have easily gone with Android (Nexus, Moto or Xperia, no Samsung). However, since I'm coming from years of iOS dependence, I don't think I'll be able to wean myself away. That said, I do have a whole bunch of Android devices that I like to play with and use for productivity on occasion. :rolleyes:
  11. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I would still go with the 6 plus. I've been waiting for the right iPhone to come back to iOS after 2 years away using android and the 6 plus is the phone that made me come back. I continued to use iOS devices (iPad, iPod touch, Apple tv) after I switched to android. However my main gripe with the iPhone was the screen size being too small, too low res and the battery being non removable. All those issues have been fixed with the 6 plus and the awesome battery life of the plus makes removable batteries a moot point now.
  12. Rifik macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2013
    I've just switched from an Lg G3 to iPhone 6 64 Gb with no regrets. If I had to choose once again I'd stick with the iPhone. Android wasn't so laggy as it was 5.1 Lollipop but still iOS is a tad faster. But the biggest no no for me was the huge screen. I liked it very much at first but for daily usage - it was just simply too big for me. Always drove me nuts as I couldn't even sit down with LG in my pocket and one handed use was very difficult too. iPhone 6 is the ideal size for me (4,7").
  13. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    I will not sell my 6+ for that thing, I'll keep it as well and have my cake and the icing. :D

    That is if all the rumors about the M9 come to fruition. I'm concerned about the weight mostly though, it is rumored to have a ginormous battery but I guess battery life will be more important to most.
  14. jaysen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    THANKS to all... this is the type of feedback I was looking for!

    @chad - you bring up a great point! I can definitely wait a few more weeks to see what HTC brings to the table. For a long time I was a die-hard samsung fan however over the years TW pushed me away from their devices. This was my biggest fear of the Note 4.

    I was a big root/custom rom/kernel guy for a long time but that stopped once I went to the original Moto X. Which brings me to my next point... I will definitely miss my active notifications.. :(

    Thanks everyone, think I will wait to see what HTC comes out with. In the meant time I might pickup an inexpensive BB Passport :D:D:D
  15. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2009
    If I could do it all over again I would still get the 6 Plus but ideally I would prefer the 6 plus internals in the body of the 6.
  16. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    Now that I've worked a way around using the iPhone with my physical issues and the software issues were also fixed, I'd definitely stick with an iPhone.

    Next time I'll go with the + though.
  17. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2015
    I'd buy the 6+ again without a doubt, its the best phone Ive ever owned. Only one that comes close is the Note 4. I do prefer the iPhone though.
  18. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Absolutely, I would go again with the iPhone 6+ 128GB. No hesitation on that at all.

    I will say: I'm pretty much what would would consider an Apple fanboy because I use quite a few of their products. In my defense though: it's not for lack or trying out other things. In my day job and in my free time, I tinker with Android, Blackberry, Windows and linux systems all the time. All of them have their strengths and weaknesses. And I definitely know what I would switch to if Apple stopped selling iOS or OS X devices tomorrow, or went out of business.

    I'll also freely admit that Apple's products aren't perfect. Not in the the least.

    BUT... consistently, for years now, the Apple products I've tried and used consistently end up being the best of all the possible choices out there.

    Ultimately, the choice is up to you really, and shouldn't be made by any of us. If you haven't already messed around with an iPhone 6/Plus, go find a friend who has one or go to an Apple store and play with one. If you like it, get it.
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I do not even keep up with the other phones. If something happened to my 6+ I would move to my 6 but only till I could get to the Apple store to get another 6+. The Apple eco system works too good for me to give up!
  20. TechnicallyTee macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2013
    I am a fan boy of neither Android or iPhone but I would still go with the iPhone 6+ 64GB that I have now. As the person above said, its just something about the premium build of an iPhone and the more refined apps and a great all around phone without lag or bugs that exist in android. People says iOS has its fair share of bugs and yes that may be true, but I can tell you with my iPhone, I have seen minimal lockups or app crashes since launch day. Everything just works well and I never find myself saying I wish I had an Android to do something. When I was on Android, I always found myself saying I wish I had an iPhone so I could do whatever.
  21. wproct macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2014
    My 2 month old 5s is my first smart phone, although I have been looking and making plans to purchase one for a couple of years. Honestly, during that time I had no intention of buying an Iphone. However, when the time finally come to buy, I found myself attracted to an Iphone because of the following.
    1. The physical size of the 5s, didn't want a larger phone.
    2. The heft and quality feel in the hand compared to other phones.
    3. The attractive price point that I could purchase an Iphone for.
    Now that I have had a couple of months to become familiar and comfortable with the Iphone and IOS system, I would make the same choice if I had it to do all over again. Honestly, my only complaint about the Iphone is that I wish they utilized a removable battery pack like a lot of other phones.
  22. shoppy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    I have have every iphone since day one, but I got my first note 3 last year and now have my note 4 which is my daily use phone as well as a 6 plus, the problem I had was that after being used to using the screen of the note and multitasking etc I find the iPhone some what annoying. Also the iphone 6 plus is in fact a bit bigger then my note 4. I plan on selling my 6 plus and have already got another 6 to replace it.
  23. smooth macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2007
    I have iDevices ONLY because of getting a MacBook 8 years ago which I almost didn't because of the price. So when the thing was still running like brand-new 3 years later (which was never the case with any of my PC's), MobileMe was out and I got a job where I was no longer in front of a computer all day, I decided it was time to get a smart phone. I got an iPhone 4 and was soon hooked on the Apple ecosystem.

    If I never got a Mac I am pretty sure I would have been a phablet early adopter. Once they came out I really thought the iPhones were too small. The Note was very tempting but Apple's ecosystem kept me around and my patience paid off with the 6+.
  24. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020


    Jan 31, 2015
    I have owned both Android and iOS phones.

    I am very content with my iPhone 6 (regular). It's fast, software design is good, generally reliable (yes, iOS 8 isn't apple's best piece of software), good enough battery life, and great build quality. It has all the features I want and need.

    I know Android typically is steps ahead of Apple in technology, but the thing that keeps me buying iPhones is the integration with OS X. SMS relay is my favorite feature by far. The most valuable feature for me is iTunes synching.
  25. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've had android, and Windows phones. I may go back to Windows phone, but what I like about iOS is the apps, and integration with apple services and technology.

    No phone is perfect and the iPhone 6 is certainly not perfect but its a good phone. If I had to do it all over again, I'd get a 6 plus, though I do miss the hand-ability that I had with my old 5c.

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