Keeping iPhone and leaving Android: shoutout to this forum

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by techguy15, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. techguy15 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2015
    I decided im selling my Nexus and sticking with my iPhone. This is coming from a former "anti-Apple" Android fanboy lol
    I really can't do the poor quality Android stuff anymore. The 5X is NEW and has been riddled with issues like ridiculous battery life, poor build quality-loose wiggly buttons, software issues and increase even afraid to upgrade to the latest software for fear of a permanent boot loop!)
    Using a 5C (old I know but I obtained it for free) but I hope to upgrade to an SE soon. Just a little short on cash at the moment.
    Just wanted to shout out to the community here. Everyone has been nice, welcoming and supportive. I've been on other forums and can't say I've received the type of support like on here. So thank you. Now I start my :apple: days again lol
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Good choice to return back. The SE is a solid iPhone and affordable.
  3. swarlos macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2015
    Welcome!! The SE is an awesome phone. I just couldn't go back down to that size after being on the plus iPhones since the 6+ came out.
  4. Sunny1990, Dec 23, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    IMG_0305.JPG @Relentless Power iphone se has the best design in the current iPhone lineup,this is a amazing device (better than Gold iPhone 7 Plus)
  5. Lovelinus macrumors newbie


    Oct 1, 2016
    Great decision! I ditched my Nexus 5X last year to go with the iPhone 6S, then I ditched it to try the LG G5, hated it and when I switched back the SE has been launched :) bought a space grey SE then but I have ditched it to try out the iPhone 7, then eventually bought a new rose gold SE and I'm loving it :)
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think Rose Gold may be my next color. I'm currently using a Gold 7 Plus and silver 4.7 iPhone 7. I like the Rose Gold on the iPhone.
  7. Lovelinus macrumors newbie


    Oct 1, 2016
    I've always been buying gadgets with black screens even though society says people of my gender should buy white phones. I went through more than one iPhone during the 4/4S/5 so I used both white and black variants but I feel sad for missing the 5S and 6 Gold period :( now I'm really convinced that the way iOS looks, looks better on white faceplates so I'll be buying all my gadgets in rose gold from now on <3 it's really pretty! Only my Air 2 is sticking out like a sore thumb without the rose gold color. Go for it :)
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I also have grown fond of the white bezel. Thanks for the advice.
  9. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    Variety. My main phone can be 6S Plus, few apps that I use, but BlackBerry DTEK60 really now that I have both. SIM free, no contract and monthly fees.

    Lighter very solid, USBC and 5.5" along with Android.

    And for extra backup, #3 is 137gm $99 BLU that has 2/16 that does everything, plus dual Sim along with 128GB card.

    I even spent a month with Samsung S7 but was not totally thrilled.

    6S+ can get to be heavy. My first unit, last Jan was buggy, WiFi and battery and something... iOS related? Which was why I delved into trying others, including BlackBerry PRIV along the way.
  10. GrumpyMom macrumors 603


    Sep 11, 2014
    Yeah I haven't read many complimentary comments about the 5x. So far, for good build quality and flagship features at a bargain price, I'm in awe of my HTC 10 for Android. It's been rock solid. My S7 Edge won't recognize my fingerprints very often and sometimes randomly drains the battery at a faster rate than usual, but overall has been fun. But I ran across enough bad Samsungs to be wary of their QC. Going with Android does present some shopping challenges. Research and hours of poring through user comments and advice is a must to get a positive experience, at least it was for me.

    My iPhone SE is just amazing. I think you will be very happy with yours especially if you prefer the smaller form factor. It's the phone I like to use in the spring and summer to carry in my shorts pockets or on a little clutch case when I'm wearing a sundress. People who are into jogging like it a lot. I want to get the Series 2 Nike Watch to go with it for the summer. It's such a great phone I don't even really plan to upgrade it even though I wouldn't mind more storage and some water resistance.

    The Rose Gold SE is actually a very different color from the Rose gold iPhone 7. The Rose Gold SE is very, very pink with no hint of the copper coloring I saw on the larger iPhone. We compared them next to each other at Best Buy. It's a great color and I wish I had gotten it for my SE like I originally planned, but just be aware it's definitely unapologetically pink and not truly Rose gold as there is not a hint of the gold and copper hues.
  11. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    White bezel FTW.
  12. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    Anything outside of a pure Google phone is NOT representative of what Android is as an OS and I can totally understand why people would leave it for iOS. I did too.

    Android's problem has always been the absolutely garbage gunk apps the carriers forcefully push on their customers. Stuff that no one uses anyway but it can't be uninstalled and a lot of times, can't be disabled so they totally keep on sucking battery and other resources.

    And then there's garbage like touchwiz. Not all of it us bad and it's been streamlined a lot lately but still is an overlay add on over what google intended for the os to be.

    Today, the pure Google OS (what comes in the Google Pixel phone) is simply awesome! Fast, fluid, well optimized, full of well though out/useful features and as always, highly customizable. For those who left Android due to problems with the OS, do yourself a favor and pick up a Pixel. Pure Android > iOS
  13. techguy15 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 24, 2015
    Thank you all for the input here :) aside from my 5X that I'm selling I've actually used bigger smartphones like the LG G4 and I couldn't get used to how unwieldy they are. At least for me since I don't have huge hands. I found myself dropping the G4 or having to adjust my hands to type on it. So I don't know if I'd be too comfortable using a 6 Plus or 6S Plus etc. Not to say I wouldn't try an iPhone besides the SE...maybe I'd go with a 6S if I can find one for a good price.
    One additional note I forgot to add from my original post: I know it's thrown around a lot but I'm willing to throw it around more: SOFTWARE UPDATES
    I don't get WHY on earth an Android phone from 2013 like the S4 or Note 3 cannot be upgraded by Samsung but the 2012 iPhone 5 and 2013 5C and 5S are on current software. I don't count custom ROMs since they're not official. I used an S4 before and my buddy has a Note 3 that won't move past Lollipop. There's no reason why companies can't follow Apple's suite and update their devices. This is just one more thing Apple does correctly in my opinion.
  14. GrumpyMom macrumors 603


    Sep 11, 2014
    I think the software update issues are due in part to what @pixel_junkie is talking about, the fact that the manufacturers customize Android. If they decide not to bother with updates past a year or two because they want to sell you a new phone, then they won't, because it's a hassle for them to make newer versions of Android work with their customized interfaces. That seems to at least be part of the equation. However I'm not sure how or if it applies to Nexus phones since I have never owned one. We have a Nexus tablet from about four years ago that was able to be updated to Marshmallow. Our Samsung tablet from two years ago could not.

    I am currently getting timely updates from HTC and got Nougat fairly quickly after they finished testing it. HTC Sense is a much lighter overlay on Android than Touchwiz, that's for sure. HTC would be my ideal source for Android phones if I felt assured they would be around past next year. However, I have my worries about that. I don't know if Google will continue to keep them afloat by having them produce Pixels.
  15. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    I couldn't personally do with the screen on the SE, but the choice to stick with iPhone makes a lot of sense. I've tried going Android recently and just can't do it. It's definitely a nice OS, much nicer than it used to be, but Apple devices just work so well for the key things we need them to do. And they work really well together.
  16. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
  17. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    The 5X is a budget phone and reknowned for having loose buttons, a crap loudspeaker and dreadful battery life. You're comparing apples with oranges putting that up against an iPhone costing double the price.
  18. GrumpyMom macrumors 603


    Sep 11, 2014
    I agree with what you wrote. It's just very hard for some of us to try Pixel because it was just the first generation of Google's new endeavor and the price is so high compared to the deals you can get from Samsung and HTC. Now that early adopters like you have blazed the trail, it won't be such a scary purchase to make.

    My Edge was free. Originally, when we got the deal from AT&T for the Note 7, the second Note 7 was only about $200. When the recalls happened and we had to downgrade to S7's or S7 Edges, we could get the second phone fully free.

    And despite the Touchwiz, that Note 7 phone was sweet. No it was not pure Android but it was really a wonderful user experience. When it was not trying to melt, that is. My first one was great. The second one was scary. I think had the second recall not been imminent and if I had held onto it for another week, it would have melted down. It was overheating badly toward my last couple of days with it. I had severe overheating problems with my loaner S7, too. Samsungs are tons of fun to use, but you have to know what you're getting into buying one. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't dare go with them if I didn't already have other flagship backups around. That company is going to have to prove themselves on the S8.

    I was on the waiting list for a Pixel 128 GB version and when I saw the HTC 10 was selling for almost half as much and offering a high quality audio experience as well, and that owners were saying uniformly positive comments about the HTC 10, I took myself off the list just as the Pixel was about to ship, because I also got hit with an unexpected vet bill for about $572 at the time. I have no regrets. Like I said, I'm very impressed with what I got especially for the price I paid. It's even cheaper now. The audio on it really is amazing. But the external speaker system is just okay. Meh.

    I think they priced the Pixels extraordinarily high considering, unlike IPhone, resale value is unknown and so much else was unknown at the time. I think now after it's been out long enough to prove itself, Pixel could be a formidable challenger to iPhones. But it was a tough sell initially.

    I also balked at hearing the ear mesh is actually made of cloth not metal--from that Jerryrig Everything guy on You Tube. As someone who is always cleaning pocket lint out of my phone mesh, I didn't think the Pixel would survive me.

    I do think on the hardware, they cut some corners. I get that they were experimenting a little. I just didn't want to be the Guinea pig after what we went through with the Note 7. My husband and I wanted to experiment with Android this year, but it was scary getting so close to a thousand dollars on one unproven phone. And after that vet bill came our way, I definitely couldn't. I was pretty crushed to cancel my order at the time, though. I was set to get the Daydream VR headset for free, too. Sigh.

    Ultimately I do think I'll return to iOS over the summer because I miss the Apple Watch and how it works with my iPhone and I want to use the Apple Watch in the pool. I also miss arguing with Siri, as weird as that sounds. She's a snarky witch.

    I'm glad I can use either Android or iOS when I need to.
  19. pixel_junkie, Dec 23, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016

    pixel_junkie macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    Not really a new endeavor, It's a rebranded Nexus. Actually better - no partnership but an all Google effort.

    I see people say this here and there and I don't get it - it isn't a budget phone. Everything about it is top spec. Built quality is great (by HTC, MUCH proven and solid manufacturer, been around for ever), internal components are top, chip is ridiculous, plenty of ROM, all the latest connectivity options but also unlocked so it works worldwide right out of the box. The Camera is (yes it is a new phone for me but I'm being dead honest here) is ridiculous! Seriously, it is the best I've seen on a phone so far. And again, it is pure Google - how is that not worth the asking price? Even dedicated tech support is baked right into the OS (even iOS doesn't have that).

    I think it would have been overpriced if it costs more than an equivalent iPhone but since to me it is the far better option, I see it as a bargain and the clear choice.

    Again, I don't see it. It's Google stepping it up with their own iPhone killer - the hardware is excellent, the software is simply outstanding. I think everything is very well thought out and put together. You're missing out!

  20. rugmankc macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    I won't be leaving Apple. But, always liked Google phones. Owned the first one, the Nexus One. Got it when they first came out. Put a lot of custom roms on it. Solid build. Only issue I remember was a wonky touchscreen. I can chalk it to their first build or being rooted, not sure. But, I liked it.
  21. techguy15 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 24, 2015
    Heck and I'm even comparing it to a 5C from 2013 that's two years older. The 5C has better battery life, no loose buttons and speakers work great. Sad that I'm impressed by an older iPhone. Can't wait to see my own reaction on an SE lol
  22. cracksoup macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2014
    Apple and Google is making things more similar for each year. We've gotten to a point where the flagships from both companies even have similar builds and both have a minimalistic and easy-to-use interfaces.

    However, nothing beats Apples all round stable and realiable package imo. I haven't tried or even seen a Pixel yet, because they're not available in my country, but my sister has a Nexus 6P which has major issues with 4G network connection at times. Also, it doesn't feel as fast as my 6S+ anymore.

    I'm sure some of you have only great things to say about the 6P, but in my experience, Android in general comes with very mixed usability.

    My Note 3 had big issues with standby battery life, sometimes draining over 30% overnight and sometimes only 2%. It's just not consistent enough for me. That's why I headed back to iPhone and I'm not switching anytime soon.
  23. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    It would certainly be a stale stagnant sector if we all liked the same phones. ;)

    After using iPhones from the launch of the 4 up to the 6 Plus and not being drawn to the 7 I decided to try out the Samsung Galaxy s7 edge from this March.

    For my wants and needs it ticks all boxes. The customisation on this thing is off the chart.

    It took a short while to adjust how I use it such as different Ui etc.

    Happy days.
  24. Vlada011 macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2016
    Welcome in :apple: Club.
    iPhone SE is my first iPhone as well and when you used you will not need or think on Androids any more.
  25. GrumpyMom macrumors 603


    Sep 11, 2014
    I actually agree with you on many points. You're missing the point I was trying to make which is that people can know this NOW thanks to people like you who were willing to take a chance on the Pixel and determine that yes, this thing is a legitimate contender against the iPhone.

    Do you remember the torrent of criticisms that preceded the Pixel's debut? Many people balked at the penchant Google has for abandoning its projects so they questioned the longevity of aftermarket service. They questioned the decision to go exclusive with Verizon and the impact that would have on sales. They questioned the lack of wireless charging despite the partial glass construction and they questioned the lack of water resistance when Samsung and Apple now offer it. They questioned the look and the huge bezels and the odd half glass back.

    It is a new endeavor in terms of Google taking upon itself additional responsibilities in the sale and servicing of Pixels that it never did for Nexus. It is wholly claiming Pixel as its own from start to finish in a way it didn't for Nexus. It's enough of distinction from their old way of dealing with the Nexus brand that Huawei did not want any part of it this time.

    I know it's not a bargain phone but the price seems high because they gave it iPhone pricing but the device does not have iPhone's proven track record of customer service, the proven ability to hold a high resale value, and iPhone's brand recognition. It does not have the water resistance the top tier contenders are now offering for the same price. It did not initially have the same pricing and promotional incentives Samsung offers on its flagships, except for the limited Daydream View headset offer for preorders. Except perhaps through the single carrier that offered it, Verizon.

    What it does have is an optimized Android experience. At the time nobody knew what that would entail and if it would be worth taking on iPhone level prices to get it. The Nexus owners who should know and appreciate Android the most squawked the loudest about the situation.

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