iphone or move to android its the harder to decide then buying a car!

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by msarway, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. msarway macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2007
    New York City
    i have to say i am a lover of the iphone and apple my home is all apple and in my office i use an imac. but i am board with the iphone for now i have been using io7 since it was released. i am sure many people are in the same boat as me undecided with iphone and android. i have had many android phones and i end up back to the iphone because i spend to much time playing with the droids. i had the s4 it was a bit to big for me i love a 4.3 to 4.5 size. i have only one issue is that me and my wife share a social calendar via icloud and havent figured what to do with the calender issue. now there are so many nice androids out there and i just dont know which one to get if i was to go to android, Btw i am in Verizion. I just hate this dilemma.
  2. Enco macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Yea it's been troubelling me lately too. I'm getting either the next iPhone or Nexus.

    I've got it down to this:

    Nexus 4 (2013)
    - A bigger screen
    - Something new
    - Google Now

    iPhone 5S
    - Stability of OS
    - iMessage
    - iCloud
    - Camera/build quality (might be diff with Nexus 5)
    - Exclusive apps I use daily (alien blue, tweetbot, clear and prismatic)

    Is a bigger screen worth losing out on the above? Not sure about how much difference it will make....
  3. LadyX macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    Simple. Use Google Calendar. It lets you share your calendar with specific users between different devices. You both need to have a Google account and then you'll have the ability to edit each others calendar events.
  4. munakib, Sep 1, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2013

    munakib macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2011
    The decision was made easier for me due to iOS 7. Yes many love it but I personally dont like many elements after I have used the beta's (6). I own a 4S currently so I could definitely understand people with 5's feeling differently.

    1. iOS7 feels too skinny, too much white space in order to give it a simple illusion but unfortunately it makes it less elegant in my opinion and definitely less easy to operate.
    2. Music app is rubbish now (was so simple to operate before)
    3. Phone app poorly designed - You will get lost within it, believe me - things which were suppose to be easy as saving a contact/editing a contact now requires Problem Solving mechanics. The delete key moved up, making it very difficult to operate with one hand!
    4. Unnecessary animations all across the OS
    5. Multi-tasking still felt primitive
    6. Overall design, starting with the childish icons (firstly, are larger :S) which is completely unexpected from a perfectionist company like Apple (this is just my opinion so please ignore it if you feel otherwise). The colors and gradients on these icons just dont make sense - if there is anyone here who went to design/art school, as I, would easily realize it. Blurred dock which is called Translucent but to me just seems blurred out to the point of no recognition - the dock makes any wallpaper look horrid, except single color images such as full white/black/grey.

    Though I love the iPhone's form factor - feels perfect in the hand and not to mention the beautiful/classy shape of the device, I desperately needed a larger screen for myself.

    So thats my rant, and you know what, for 200$'s my nexus 4 should serve me well (which I should receive this Tuesday) till a fully integrated/furnished iOS8 on a larger display iPhone6 arrives end of 2014.
  5. AzureCloud macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I believe that by this point, which platform you use is largely down to personal preference. Both Android and iOS are quite capable when used proficiently, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages that may lead you to prefer one over the other. That being said, if I were on Verizon as you are, I'd be loath to buy anything other than an iPhone. Verizon is fairly notorious for dragging their feet on Android OS updates on their devices, as well as the amount of bloatware they preload. The unlocked device scene is mostly non-existent on CDMA networks, so it is very tough to sidestep Verizon on Android without getting into rooting/custom ROMs.

    It sounds like you keep coming back to iOS, so maybe Android isn't the platform that appeals to you the most. If you are going to switch, you probably want a stronger reason than just something new, as it won't be long before Android starts getting old to you as well.
  6. vikingjunior macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2011
    In other news children are being gased to death.
  7. AzureCloud, Sep 1, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2013

    AzureCloud macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    I'm not sure which animations you are referring to as unnecessary, but I find that iOS' animations are one of the things that makes using it more enjoyable than Android. It adds to the "liveliness" of the UI. I have heard many complain that the animations take too long, though.

    Multitasking probably does feel about the same as in iOS 6, as most apps haven't been updated yet to take advantage of the new multitasking APIs like background refresh. I could be wrong, but I believe that Apple doesn't even allow apps or updates built on the new Xcode version to be uploaded to the App Store at all yet.

    A larger screened iPhone is something I think Apple should do sooner rather than later, and is a big reason for many to use any device other than an iPhone.

    Also, let me know how that Nexus 4 is; I've been thinking about getting one!
  8. msarway thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2007
    New York City
    I was just playing with the moto x wow nice feel and the voice commands are so smooth I think that's going to be next phone
  9. munakib macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2011
    Yah, animations take too long (it makes the device feel slow on the 4s) - I do not like the opening and closing animation which start from where the apps are at - I feel that was unnecessary and the system takes performance hits. Also the parallax effect, it does not seem effective more gimmicky at best.

    Will let you know what my opinions are on the Nexus and if I return it back within the 15 days, hehehe. Been playing around with MIUI rom with wife's phone and I am enjoying all the customizations I can do while keeping the overall lighter look (instead of the techy, tron-like stock android) of the iOS.

    And you are lurking in macrumors forums while dreaming of conquering england ! so classy.
  10. appleisking macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2013
    Yes, should we all stop our lives and focus on this for eternity?
  11. msarway thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2007
    New York City
    i just played with the moto X great phone but will memory be an issue VZ only has 16gb version what are u all doing about music and photos for this issue. with my iphone i love photo stream and because i have 64gb iphone all my ics and music are on my phone at all times. this could be an issue. but i love the voice comands much better then iPhone.
  12. LadyX macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012

    I mean what's going on there isn't right and we do sympathize but we can't do anything about it, right? So we just have to go on with our lives and hope this all gets resolved.

  13. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    If you have good reception and don't mind having media in the cloud then Google music could solve your music problem. As for pictures, I think Dropbox can upload directly. But if you prefer having all your media locally you may need to wait for a higher capacity Moto x (I believe it is coming to Verizon later this year) or get another phone like the one, s4,or iphone
  14. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    Yet you were here posting in a smartphone thread..
  15. JeffiJers macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2012
    if you are on verizon dont plan on being able to get the next nexus.
  16. LadyX macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    Keep in mind that 16GB is the phone's memory in total but you really only get around 12GB of actual storage. The rest is taken up by the phone's software. So is 12GB enough for you?

    For photos, you can sync them to a computer and then delete them from your smartphone.
  17. GR33NIE macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Well I moved from a 4S after being a long term iPhone user to a Nexus 4 and don't really have any regrets, saving some money too.

    Will I be with an Android phone forever? Probably not...I'll be back one day but for now it's a nice change. Here's a few pro's & cons I found

    - Much cheaper phone!
    - Google Music works very well, scans your iTunes library and uploads the lot for access anywhere :)
    - Many of the 'new' tweaks they are making in versions of iOS already exist within Android, you can see where some ideas come from
    - High levels of customisation if you want it
    - Widgets very nice on the homescreen

    - No iMessage, many of my friends are on iPhones these days
    - I just find some apps not as 'polished' as on iOS
  18. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    I got closer news 10 miles away from me. Families still ravaged by Sandy with no ending yet in sight from something that happened a year ago.
  19. hagr182 macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2010
    for me it´s a matter of who you are as a User. I have been an "all-apple" guy for some years now, but I got my 4S last year on a sale over the 5 (about 90 USD for 32 GB plus case vs 300 for the 16 gb 5), and I love it.

    However I bought a Nexus 7 last month to get me started on android (I love to be the "he knows every OS and can fix stuff" guy). I really liked the experience, but on the phone side of things (and tablet side, since I still use my iPad 2 more) I am gonna say iOS for me.

    Android is awesome, mind you, but I already have heavily invested on apps, devices and time getting my life around iOS.

    Android is far more advanced than iOS in its current state, its an OS that allures the casual user, but has the potential for those among the geekiest and techiest of us to modify and experiment, to customize and improve things if so we choose.

    iOS, does not have this, but then again, I want something that just works out of the box, I dont want to thinked with my phone OS as much, all I want is to make phonecalls, have my agenda and media there. For me iOS does this, so why change?

    Not saying you need to mess with android to get it right, just saying I wouldn´t use the OS´s whole potential (which is great), so why invest on a switch?

    There may be a time though, that some feature set may lure me to google´s side, but that time is not here yet.

    Had I to choose for the first time now (without having shelled out money on an ecosystem), Id probably go for a Galaxy or Nexus device.
  20. APhillyApple macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2013
    Its all preference at this point. Truly remarkable these tech companies have become. Go with what works best for your needs, I myself prefer Apple I like the integration of all their products in my home and with iCloud. Thats just me though, I am sure others may like the same or something different.

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