Keep coming back from Android, lesson learned

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by youngmac, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. youngmac macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    I love trying different phones and OS. I don't know what attracts me with android but honestly after trying so many android phones, i always get an issue every time i give it a try. My last one was the galaxy s6 edge, beautiful phone with lot of potential. BUT i tried every advice regarding battery, i had enough of recharging this phone at least twice a day and lately phone heating up and painfully lagging when i'm just browsing chrome.
    Anyway i got the iphone 6s plus few weeks ago, i don't care about the 7 because i got a good price and i like being on the S cycle.
    I think now i learned my lesson and would be staying with iphone. i will miss some functionality of android though. Considering i never had issue with 3gs, 4s and 5s.
    Iphone 6s plus have the best battery i've seen on any smartphone i've owned, best feeling is not worrying about your battery being dead before going back home. I used it heavily even with gaming and still had 20% left when i got home. What is the point getting a smartphones if you have to disable so many features (to conserve battery) and you have to worry about running out of juice constantly.
    Tried apple pay, love it and so easy and just works. Games and many apps looks better than android ones. I actually use 3d touch. 1080p screen is very good and don't feel downgraded much from the QHD screen. I like the pictures from the camera which looks true to life compared to samsung.
    The size of the plus is ok with me, i learned battery life was the most important for me.
    What i learned here is when i use iphone i keep it for a while, android i kept changing phone for whatever reasons. I know Iphone can be boring for some people but after using android phones after a while that you will miss it.
    The only regret is not getting the iphone 6s plus earlier.
  2. ray737 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014

    I have the iPhone 6 Plus. Best battery life I have ever had!!!
  3. imanidiot Suspended

    May 1, 2011
    Denver, CO
    So, basically, your smartphone is your life, and you spend hours and days contemplating / agonizing over it. Congratulations. A life well spent.
  4. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
  5. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    This is what Apple always promote: OS efficiency and battery life.
    Unfortunately, I still need to recharge twice per day if I use it heavily.
  6. ray737 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    That's what happens when you're a heavy user. Those batteries can only supply so much power
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Yeah, I can only play 3-4 hrs of Freeblade before seeing warning of 20% battery left.
  8. appygirl82 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2012
    I recently went through this exact same issue. Have gone to android a few different times, kept them for a cycle (year) and would always end up back at iPhone. About 6 weeks ago I left iPhone and went to the S7 Edge. Hated it...battery life was horrible. Too much going on....just didn't like it. Sold it and back to iPhone....I feel like I am home again!!! Not sure i'll ever "stray" again!
  9. Gunplay macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2015
    I'm the same, I've tried several android phones and tried so hard to like it but I keep coming back to Apple.
  10. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I can think of worse ways to spend one's life (glances at the hordes of Apple critics who seem to have flooded Macrumours of late).
  11. youngmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    I've heard the s7 edge had good battery life similar or even better than 6s plus. I think a device where the software is optimised for the hardware will never be matched. Also don't know why so many apps looks better and have extra functionality on iOS?
    The thing I will miss from android will the file system and be able to download files straight from browser.
  12. Porno, Aug 27, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 28, 2016

    Porno macrumors member


    Jul 21, 2016
  13. appygirl82 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2012
    The battery life was horrible. I turned off all of the typical culprits (bluetooth, location services, dimmed the screen) and it helped but still felt the battery drain was Way worse than my 6s plus.

    I'm not super savvy at the android/computer systems, I just feel android ends up being to complicated and so much going on. I eventually just miss the "boring" of Apple.
  14. erayser macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2011
    San Diego
    My S7 Edge is doing great on batteries. I'm currently on my iPhone 6+ because I'm doing Zen SBHTML mods to share to the jailbreak community when Zen SBHTML release drops... but below are screen shots my battery usage a few weeks ago on my S7 Edge.

    I'm a heavy music/video streaming user (Currently at 37gb with 6 days left)... but I used over a gig of data the day I took a screenshot of my battery usage. The screenshot shows my S7 Edge was off the charger since 6am when I left for work... and was at 54% when I left for home (9h 19m 51s on battery). Usage time remaining was estimated to go to 6am the following day. That's 24 hours. I'll include my data usage that day below also.


  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Not a shocker. Another thread where someone leaves iOS, only to return back to iOS from Android.
  16. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Considering the amount of time "some people" (in quotes because I don't know how many other people other than MR posters who say so) spend on it, they want the best for them, whatever that may be.
  17. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    My Galaxy S7 Edge is the first Android phone I've had since the Nexus One back in 2010 with really good battery life. My iPhone SE's battery is still a little better, but I can easily get 5+ hours SOT on my Galaxy S7 Edge and very frequently 6+ hours. I've even gotten over 7 hours SOT a few times.
  18. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    The battery meter on the iPhone is pretty deceptive. Takes forever to drop from 100% and when it hits about 50-45%, it's a free fall. It's like a gas gauge where the top half of the tank is bigger than the bottom half. Pretty deceptive but it makes you think it has better battery life compared to other brands where you can see every percent drop.
    Regardless, the iPhone 6s Plus does have a great battery life!
  19. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I used to try various Android devices back circa 2011-2014. After a while you realize that Apple is just light years ahead of the competition in terms of overall end user experience throughout the time of ownership (especially when it comes to after sale service) despite how great some Androids appear on paper. So these days I don't bother checking them out because I know better. 6s/6s Plus are still the best phones on the market.

    I think a lot of people just get used to iOS and want to try something different. Then when you actually use Android or some other OS on a regular basis it puts into perspective just well refined and efficient iOS is. That's when you end up coming back to the iPhone.
  20. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    Nice conspiracy theory. Back in reality, I've never seen that happen on any of the six iPhones I've owned.

    The 6s+ battery life is 'life changing', if like me you rely on your phone for all my productivity, task management, entertainment, as a wallet, and as my primary photography tool.
  21. konicky macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    As opposed to posting on forums, criticising others and trying to make them feel bad. I know who I'd want as a friend !!
  22. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    There's a reason for his username.
  23. Qbnkelt macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2015
    I have the iPhone 6s Plus and the SE for personal devices, the iPhone 6 for work, and the SGS7. Battery life for me is comparable on the 6s Plus and SGS7.
    That said, I would never leave iOS for Android. Or leave the iPhone for any Samsung phone. Because I use both concurrently, I can see which one works best for me. And no way would I ever choose Android over iOS.
  24. Omega Mac, Aug 28, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2016

    Omega Mac macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2013
    I've developed the habit of always plugging my iP6s into a USB charger or in the Car/USB.

    I've read keeping it charged as much as possibly reduces cycles and increase longevity of the battery. I keep an eye on it with which is simple OSX app.

    I recently got a replacement phone, and I noticed that the max charge is higher than the design and it's staying higher as I follow this charging regime. It's approx 45mAh higher than the design capacity. Coconut tell me that my iPhone is at 102.7% battery capacity when charged, that the highest it's ever been. It's gone up and down a little but it's back up to peak yet it never dropped below 101%. I'm not sure if they tweaked the battery in later production models, as you can see form the grab, I'm only 7 cycles and I have it a few weeks now. (see uploaded file)

    I'm not a heavy user but if you are a heavy user then your iPhone is doing more than what a phone was ever asked to do. Lets go back to the king of Nokia phones in terms of getting all the fundamentals totally spot on and putting get revolution of these products in perspective.

    The Nokia 6310i, 15-18 days on one charge, that back in 2002! Simply amazing.

    This demonstrates how for a long time the mobile telephony part of the equation has been brought to a very efficient place. Huge efficiency gains not long after the rise of the mobile phone. Even today some phones will charge for a month and I'm but they are not smartphone class. Nokia 6310i still the best call quality of a phone ever, actually astounding. It's one of the most comfortable phones to use. It should be regarded as a major innovation and milestone for the industry, but were could they go from there?

    Steve Jobs answered that question leaving a once great company like Nokia in the dust.

    What the smartphone is now is really a mobile handheld computer. It's more powerful than the first laptop I purchased in 2003 (windo$e/acer... never lasted as long as my macbooks and cost more!). It's beyond a phone and as predicted they moved that functionality to your watch and it will continue to move to other places.

    So my iPhone is way more powerful that laptops I've owned in the past and has a battery life far in excess of those devices. In the scheme of things, it's really something.

    I moved from two Android devices, and I won't be going back for a lot of different reasons and this is not actually one of them btw. I'm far more enthused about Apple ecology than I ever was and I'm serious about security and feel of all the platforms the iPhone may be the best there is. The latest patch underlines that've gone up a gear in terms of security threats.

    The iPhone could have 15% worse battery than a similar device and I don't really care because the truth is none of the phone have great performance when running heavy computing. Making simple calls, they're probably all the same in terms of your real world subjective experience.

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  25. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    One thing I found out from my experiences with iOS, Android and windows mobile. Every platform does some things really well, and some things not so well.

    I think Android has a lot going for it, and the hardware (at least as of right now), is largely superior to that of the iPhone. windows phones were good in their own way, but MS screwed up so many times that its a dead platform. Apple has a lot going for it, but they're behind the curve with features like wireless charging.

    In the end, you need to pick the phone that best suits your needs, and usage, for my I found the iPhone SE to be that phone and its been a great experience.

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