iPhone 6+ vs. Moto X

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  1. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    I have an iPhone 6+ and I love it. The solid eco-system, security, etc make it the perfect device for everything I do.

    However, I'm at a breaking point because Skype is horribly supported on iOS and my entire workday is spent on Skype with my developers sharing images, documents, etc -- which can't be done on an iPhone since mid last year. Microsoft has intentions on bringing these features back but no ETA.

    On top of that, the speaker isn't loud, unless it's a game the phone calls are incredibly weak in sound. I've had this experience with every iPhone, so it's not the device.

    Lastly, is it even possible for an Android phone to have better cell signal over an iPhone or vis-versa within an area? I ask because I have Verizon and i have 3 out of 5 bars always. Both of my partners have a Moto X & Galaxy S5 and they have full bars. When my phone gets to Wifi it then drops to 1 bar and becomes spotty (any wifi & at my house it's 50down 6up and I can stand next to my Airport Extreme with only 1 bar).

    Thanks
     
  2. co.ag.2005, Apr 6, 2015
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    co.ag.2005 macrumors 65816

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    I've owned a lot of android phones and iPhones...

    Regarding the bolded above ->while it's possible (due to antenna placement and materials used), I never noticed a appreciable difference between Android hardware and iPhones. Also, I think when you are looking at number of bars (and not dB), both software use different threshold for when they change up (or down) a bar depending on signal strength (at least, that's what I recall reading at some point).

    As far as Skype is concernted, I've always had bad luck with Skype, regardless of the platform (Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android), but I also haven't used Skype in a few years now that all my family members have at least 1 FaceTime compatible device.

    Also, I'm really not sure what your question is except for the one regarding signal strength. I've owned both the 2013 and 2014 Moto X (and the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, and now iPhone 6) and I use my iPhone 6 as the daily driver. I even sold my Moto X a few months back on Swappa. I loved that Moto X and was the best Android device used to date, but at the end of the day, the camera was still lack luster and Lollipop in it's infancy had too many issues.
     
  3. pjamieson macrumors newbie

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    What issues did you have with Lollipop?
    My Moto X and Nexus 5 both have the latest versions and they work just fine.. (actually no issues with 5 or 5.1) tho I do not use the phones for extensive photo work (leave that to my Nikon cameras), so I do not have any true comment on that ...
     
  4. co.ag.2005 macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, I can't remember anything major or specific, but I also had the phone before 5.0.1 and subsequent bug-squashing updates were released. I actually think I had more bugs on iOS 8 (with my new iPhone 6 at release) than Lollipop with this Moto X at release. However, I will say that Lollipop in it's infancy was the most fluid and non-lagging Android release to date and far better than Kit-Kat in my experience. My main reason I kept the iPhone 6 as my daily driver was camera and lack of iOS only features (iMessage, FaceTime, etc.) and I didn't really "need" 2 devices ;)
     
  5. eko91 macrumors regular

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    cell phone tower

    First of all, if you are unable to hear sounds well, I suggest you to use a head set. It allows you to hear sounds better. I also don't know where you live and what cell phone tower is near your location, but that also could be the reason why you may not have a full reception all the time. In my neighborhood, we have an AT&T tower, so I had better reception when I had an AT&T carrier. Too bad I switched over to Verizon...
     
  6. AFPoster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    I do use the headsets, but for the amount of money I'm spending the sound quality should be a lot better, I shouldn't struggle to hear you when volume is 100% and I'm in an office with no noise. My speaker shouldn't be quieter than the sound out of the phone either, again, experienced this on every iPhone device.

    Will go back to Apple again to see what they say.
     
  7. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    I have seen several Android phones that show stronger signal strength than an iPhone in the same location and some that even keep LTE inside of a building while the iPhone drops to "4G". Not entirely sure what the cause of that is.

    I usually use an LG Tone+ headset for talking on my 6+ so I don't have any volume issues. The times I've used the speakerphone it doesn't seem any lower in volume than other phones.
     
  8. AFPoster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks CEmajr, maybe I always get duds.
     

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