Leaving Apple, any regrets?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Brett1203, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. Brett1203 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey everyone, sorry if this has been asked before, but here it goes lol.

    I am heavily emerged in the Apple Eco system. Between my wife and I we both have the 6 Plus, Each have the new iPad Pro's, Late '15 MacBook Pro, 3 Apple TV's, Apple Watches and to round it out the AirPort Extreme.

    Due to the lack luster iPhone 7 coming out, I pre ordered the new Note 7 but as Apple wants us to do lol, I'm starting to stress it and thinking of canceling the pre order.

    Have many of you left the iPhone but had everything else Apple and still loved the Android phone? Or did you try it and go back?
     
  2. bgro macrumors 6502a

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    Same boat. Moving to cross platform apps (Facebook messenger, plex, wunderlist, etc). Makes it easier to switch back and forth between devices if u get bored with either/or. Locking into any ecosystem is no good IMO just makes it harder to switch when something better comes along as is the case with nite 7 vs iPhone imo
     
  3. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    well i have both the 6s plus and S7 edge but i'm planning as it stands to sell my 6s plus/s7 edge to get the note 7 but i also have

    apple watch
    macbook pro
    ipad pro 12.9
    4th gen apple tv

    i will still use my ipad as my daily tablet at home and likely note 7 for most other tasks. I may let my girlfriend have the apple watch to use. I may decide to get the 7 plus but i think at this stage i'm going to TRY and run with note 7 as my daily driver.

    I have a gear S2 to it's not like i have nothing samsung to go with it.
     
  4. Brett1203 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Huawai watch also, due to some days I just like a round watch, it obviously runs off the Android Wear app. I know I'd loose using the Apple Watch but I'd at least still have a beautiful smart watch to use
     
  5. kodos macrumors regular

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    Stay with cross platform services as much as possible. Both Google and Microsoft for instance have lots of great cross platform services. Makes it easy to go back and forth. Just got an iPad Pro after being away from iOS for a while. Being on Google and Microsoft services made it easy to go back to iOS.
     
  6. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020

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    Facetime, iMessage, Final Cut Pro, and Aperture (yes, I have yet to move on to Lightroom) are the 4 reasons I am on OSX and iOS. Other than that I would gladly use Android full time and I am already on Windows 90% of the time. I am already tired of the advancement of OSX moving at a snail's pace.

    I was really hoping Apple would have announced porting iMessage and Facetime to Android at WWDC this year!
     
  7. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    If they did I think they would give people even more reason to leave..can't see them doing that
     
  8. nviz22 macrumors 68040

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    Only few things I miss are night shift, iMessage, better snapchat, and a few apps here and there. I haven't used the iMessage feature on my MBP in months. Night shift apps exist for me. Can't do much about Snapchat, but I can just what I have on my S7. What's App replaces iMessage. All in all, solid move considering what I get the with the S7.
     
  9. bgro macrumors 6502a

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    iMessage and FaceTime are really the only things that might drive me back to iOS but I'm hoping not. And it's not because the apps are so much better than the competition (WhatsApp Facebook messenger etc). It's that literally every single person I know and communicate with use an iPhone. Just makes it much easier to be on one as well but screw that. Tired of paying $ for something when I feel there are superior overall options for my usage.
     
  10. Brett1203 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I saw today the Note 7 in the display setting has a low blue light mode I guess like our iPhones night shift mode but I think it's a manual process, not automatic like our iOS devices
     
  11. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    well with the new blue filter option on the note 7 it's just like nightshift
     
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    Wonder if it's automatic like the iPhone though
     
  14. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    thought of thought so, it's in the drop down menu from notifications so i bet you can do it for anytime you wish
     
  15. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    Switched to the S7 Edge in July as a long-time iPhone user. So far, no regrets! (I also created a topic about it here)
     
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    No regrets here. The gains more than make up for the losses. The s7 edge is the most worry free phone I've ever experienced:

    It's leading class hardware that really matters (screen, camera experience), extra features like waterproofing and fast wireless charging (I never worry about battery life anymore. Ever. It's simply always being topped off no matter where I am when I set it down). Affordable expandable storage that is fast and grants me so much space.

    And the software: TouchWiz and Marshmallow is the perfect pairing. You get the useful TouchWiz features married with stock Android's stability and speed. Truly the best of worlds. And frankly, Android at this point is a much faster, more consistent, and easier OS to use. That might come as a shock to many people, but it's true.

    Simply put, it's an OS that does its best to cater to you.


    All this in a compact, well designed, and unique package.

    Be sure to try and find alternative solutions to iMessage and syncing and whatnot, and realize that updates are different in the Android world. I think this last point isn't a major problem depending on which OEM you go with and which carrier you're with. For the most part, everybody is getting better at updates. Or perhaps you'll go Nexus or at least go unlocked, which eliminates many of those worries. Depending on how you feel about software updates, this might dictate your choices, so I recommend research.

    Android is a worthwhile world to explore. And there hasn't been a better time than now. I think you'll get everything you expect from the new iPhone.
     
  17. MistahMumford macrumors 6502

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    I've left Apple several times over the years. I won't say I had "regrets" necessarily but I always come back.
     
  18. zonazolazia macrumors member

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    There are 3 options, manually, from sunset to sunrise, and custom schedule.
     
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  20. Brett1203 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome, I am excited to give it a try, just can't say if I will make it the 14 days but I am at least wanting to be open minded :)
     
  21. zonazolazia macrumors member

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    You'll probably need more than 14 days to explore android.

    Also, it depends on how much you use the integration apple offer in your daily usage and how willing you are to change certain things.
     
  22. Phil A. Moderator

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    I don't have any issues with anyone moving over to Android (I did it myself when the 5 came out as I wanted a change), but if I was thinking of changing again I'd wait until the 7 is actually announced because there's no guarantee it'll be lacklustre (everything so far is only rumours) and you'll be outside your return window by then!
     
  23. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Same here. And I'm not blind to the many choices of superior hardware now available running Android...I just find I simply prefer living in the Apple ecosystem, using iOS, watchOS, MacOS and how it interacts with my family and friends. Many of the advantages of Android just don't carry as much weight in my use case and I genuinely prefer many of the elements of iOS (ie I prefer how how widgets are implemented on iOS, love swipe navigation and actually use 3D Touch). I'll never profess to say iOS is better, but can acknowledge it's better for me. At least for the moment. ;)

    I always encourage people to try both mobile OS though...won't know if you're missing something unless you give it a serious go. I always have at least one Android device so I can keep abreast of the latest changes.
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    ^This is good advice. We see so many 'i tried xyz Android phone but switched back after a day' threads or posts. Both OS are quite different in many aspects--and then you add on all of the additional differences between Android hardware--it takes some serious time immersed to see if those differences actually turn into preferences.
     
  24. lparsons21 macrumors 6502

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    Me too! But these days I find myself mostly on the Pixel Chromebook using some ChromeOS and Android apps. And the more I use it the more I like it. Hangouts isn't nearly as slick and attractive as the combo of iMessage/FaceTime, but it is certainly fully functional. I've still got all the Apple toys just don't use them as much as in the past.

    ChromeOS w/Android fills lots of gaps and the Pixel is one great box! Right up there with my 12" MacBook in build quality and screen.
     
  25. nviz22 macrumors 68040

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    True. Just was speaking from my perspective on the S7.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 6, 2016 ---
    I think the Note 7's feature will be programmable, like Do Not Disturb mode. I wouldn't worry about it. The Note 7 is the immediate fix for a gap liven by an iPhone or iOS device. The S7 is quite similar to the Note, minus a few bells and whistles.
     

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