Is it possible to get bored by Android as people get bored by iOS?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Calidude, Aug 14, 2012.


Is it possible to get bored by Android as people get bored by iOS?

  1. Yes

    75 vote(s)
  2. No

    15 vote(s)
  1. Calidude macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Just wondering. I wasn't "bored" but rather frustrated by iOS not having obvious features year by year so this doesn't apply to me. I see a lot of people here say "I'm bored with iOS" so I'm wondering if the same could apply to Android users like myself.
  2. Drunken Master macrumors 65816

    Drunken Master

    Jul 19, 2011
  3. Doggman macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2012
    I have grown bored of iOS after owning an iPhone 4 from the day it was released until now. Bored has been misunderstood in alot of cases recently though on these forums I feel like. Just because someone is bored with something doesn't mean there is something "wrong" with it necessarily. Its just familiar and not "new" anymore. Nothing wrong with wanting a little change. I am bored with iOS but at the same time I LOVE my iPhone and could not go without it to be honest.

    However due to me being "bored" with iOS I did however buy my first Android device today - an ASUS Infinity TF700 - should be here within the week and I'm pretty excited :D
  4. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    I think that much like anything, familiarity breeds contempt. People just get tired of the same ole same ole. There are lots of forums about people switching to iOS from Android.

    People either fear or embrace change.

    Me I am not too keen on change, but it helps keep the brain from getting lazy.
  5. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    When people are trading in their Android for another phone I often ask why. The #1 complain in my experience is instability. Many have phones that are now two years old and doing weird things.

    My buddy had a Droid Eris that would randomly call people or delay input on the dial pad for as much as 30 seconds.
    He had finally had enough and got a 4S for he and his wife.

    He liked the ability to customize his Android but that wasn't worth dealing with phones that were problematic.
  6. Calidude, Aug 14, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2012

    Calidude thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    I think most people will agree that you can do more with an Android phone than with an iPhone.


    To be fair, Android 2.0 was problematic. Android 4.0.4 devices that are selling now have very few big issues. I'm running JB and have never had it call people randomly.

    iOS2 had issues too, not as bad as Android 2.0 did, but the lesson here is that its usually a bad idea to be an early or semi-adopter.
  7. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    Of course.

    The difference is, Android gives you the option to change virtually everything, if you wanted to, without any sort of rooting/jailbreaking/hacking.
  8. nuckinfutz, Aug 14, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2012

    nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    I know, I told a woman recently that a lot of stuff has been cleaned up in Android but like we see iOS people walking across the bridge to Android we see other folks reader for a change as well. There's always going to be churn no matter how good your phone is.
  9. Rennir macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    While that is true, sometimes people become bored of customization in general rather than just the look of it.
  10. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    Yeah, for sure. It takes effort, and at some point, you just get tired.

    That's why I want the Nexus line to succeed. It gives you the option to change the few things you want, but also creates a standard for Android.

    The Nexus line has a lot of room to grow though. This is both good and bad at the moment. The Nexus 7 makes things look promising for the next Nexus smartphone...
  11. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
  12. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    I'm sure its possible if you've been using it long enough and haven't received any updates on your phone model
  13. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    It's not possible, because if you want to run a UI that looks like a LCARS system from Star Trek, and there isn't one, you can program it yourself. Most people probably won't, but it is possible.

    And you didn't ask if it's probable, just possible ;)
  14. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    True, programming the UI to look like a LCARS system from Star Trek doesn't sound boring at all. :rolleyes: :D

    Besides, there is interactive live wall paper.
  15. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    How do you think I ended up with an iPhone...
  16. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Exactly. I wasn't bored of iOS either. I was tired of waiting for features that Android has had for years.

    IOS 6 was what finally drove me to Android, and I gotta say in very happy I changed. Now I perfectly know what I can get from iOS and from Android for future decisions.
  17. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    Sure, I've had numerous friends switch for various reasons. Is Android more buggy? Yes. Does it take more tweaking and downloading of apps to get it how you like it? Sure does. Do people get sick of doing all that and just wanna switch to something simple? Absolutely! People bounce from iOS to Android and back to iOS just much as people bounce from Android to iOS and back to Android.
  18. jeffe macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2008
    I get bored of my devices more than I get bored of Android. I had my last Android device for 1 year 8 months before I was craving something new. I've now had my Galaxy Nexus for just a few months and can't wait for the release of a new this winter (if any happens)
  19. Calidude thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    I don't get how somebody could customize so much that they get bored of it.

    I just get my phone to the way I like, which just involves me downloading a custom ROM and fiddling with the settings for 10 mins, and then I stick to it, forever.


    Yeah, that's what I'm trying to tell people here.

    Nobody would get bored with iOS if it simply allowed a certain level of customization. It doesn't even have to be "Android-level" customization. It just has to be things like being able to change what kind of info is displayed instead of just showing me grids of icons, and picking what programs I can set as default.

    I'll never get "bored" of Android because Android acts how a mobile OS should act.
  20. tekno macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2011
    This was my reason for switching away from Android. I accepted the lack of obvious features with the first iPhone but by the 4S I realised Apple are probably never going to introduce them, so made the switch. I was also getting tired of the tiled homepage.

    I may not be able to remember a lot of them, but the features I got tired of waiting for were:

    - Bluetooth file transfer
    - Easy wifi/bluetooth toggle
    - Easy brightness adjustment (although has that now changed?)
    - Timed profiles (so my phone doesn't beep when I'm sleeping)
    - Removal of the silent switch (too easy to switch on/off in the pocket)
    - Email not given same priority as calls/texts
    - No icons for emails etc. in the toolbar
    - No SD card slot/expandable memory
    - Larger screen
    - Unable to personalise the new email tone

    There were loads more, but that's all I can remember right now.
  21. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

    Feb 28, 2011
    I almost always use android phones and iPhones side by side except recently when i only have a GS3 and no iPhone now. I have yet to discover those "more" stuff that android devices do.
  22. Calidude thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    You just had the post above yours give you a good number of stuff to start you off with.

    Care to be more honest with your next post?
  23. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    i had that with an old blackberry on sprint

    i used to joke it was a carrier scam to run up minutes. funny thing is that it would only call one number like this
  24. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    Done with MacRumors, the trolls have won
    You post a thread claiming to be genuinely curious about your question and then you seem to claim your personal opinion on this matter as fact.

    If you really want a good discussion, accept that other people believe differently about the subject matter. To me, it just seems like you wanted another place to evangelize about how crappy iOS is and how amazing Android is.
  25. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    Yes & Yes...

    Its always possible to get board.

    But board, (or not), people have to face the facts... theres more Iphone than there is Android.:apple:

    Much as i'd like to belive i'm over them too...

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