moving from android to iOS

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Chis2busy, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. Chis2busy macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2011
    Hello Dear forum users, this is my first post and would like to ask for your help in making said transition..So i need your expertise to guide me through!Here is the stuff i used the most and that i will need mostly on my iphone!
    (iphone 4s that is)

    1)a good file explorer
    2)a gps app that could show compass /grid/speed of movement and number of :
    3)apps that can recognise chinese characters by me drawing them with my finger.. like :
    4)some paint app :)
    5)a nice office like suite (not quickoffice plz, it sux)
    6)an app that back up localy apps so i can offline install/unistall like :★-root/com.keramidas.TitaniumBackup
    7)anything that you consider mandatory for a new iphone! :)

    thanks alot guys..
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Thats a very specific list,

    why are you switching?
  3. Chis2busy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2011
    well..the battery life mostly..
    android as a platform is amazingly fast growing and the new phones are unparraleled in raw power (seen friend streaming 2 1080p flash videos on same web page simultaneously o_O on his gs2), but none feels as optimised and integrated as idevices i come from a htc desire , so the plan renewal time was on!
  4. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    I switched from Nexus S to iphone 4s. To answer your questions:
    1) Doesn't exist in same sense as file explorer on android. you don't have access to file system without jailbreaking
    2) Motion X might do the trick
    3) don't know
    4) there are many good paint apps. My skatch is pretty good
    5) many office apps in app store. Don't use any so i can't really suggest but take a look in App store.
    6) doesn't exist without jailbreaking. Apps installation happen through itunes only. For backup you can use icloud and it will do the trick for you.
  5. baller1308 macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2009
    For #3 I believe it's already built in. You just have to add the keyboard.

  6. Chis2busy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2011
    ah i might have not made it clear..i do not want it for text input..i am learning the language, so i used to use it to identify chars i didn't a dictionary!
  7. Chis2busy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2011
    Oh And please i would like an app thAt finds the deafault unchanged passwords from routers. I get many customers that forget em all the time. I used router keygen app on android.

    Also please recommend an app tHat monitors what runs on background that drains my 4s' battery so much, please!

    Thanks so much!
  8. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    1) there is an app called "router password finder" which gives users the default passwords for many routers.

    2) the multitasking bar accessed by pushing the home button two times gives you a neat list of whatis running in the background.
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Nothing truly runs in the background on iOS (minus key things that cannot be shut down anyway). Everything "running in the background" is actually in suspended animation, saved in ram, ready to be accessed when needed. The only additional things that may drain battery are GPS, location based services, etc. which can easily be set to off.
  10. Chis2busy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2011
    so why am i getting such a huge drain? we were texting with my gf, both phones charged and plugged off at the same time and her iphone 4 lasted a little less than twice my use time..i know its not from settings..i got all puh,locations and notifications i don't need off.
  11. VydorScope macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2011
    As someone that came from Nexus One to iPhone, I can tell you, you will need to start thinking a bit differently and dont try to make the iPhone act like your Android

    Backing up apps? Built in to iTunes, icloud, and the AppStore... you dont even think about them. Backing up settings/etc is built in to iTunes and iCloud. Those kinds of things needed apps in Android land, dont need apps in iOS land.

    As mentioned.. there really is no access to the file system , so there is no concept of a file explorer (well ignoring JB)

    There is no true "running" in the background save for a few apps like those that stream music. So there is no concept of a true task manager. The double click to see "what is running" is a recent apps list, not a task manager in the android sense.

    iOS 5.x has a bug in it that is causing battery life issue for some users, I do not know the percentage impacted. See the "Batterygate" thread for gory details. Some have reported success in fixing the problem by resetting the phone (as in all settings back to default and start over). Others by wiping the phone and starting clean, and others have found no solution. Try lowering your screen brightness, making sure you use wifi (the cliam is it uses less power then 3g, never tested), turn off send diagnostic information, and rope in location services maybe. I do not have a battery problem so can not help you beyond guessing.

    Android is all about changing the phone to make it exactly your dream pocket computer... iOS is more about buying in to the Apple idea of that dream. :) Think different! ;)
  12. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    I'm going to second the above post. iOS is a different paradigm from Android. Jailbreaking mitigates some, but not all of the differences.

    I think of it this way: iOS is more about getting things done, rather than having you spend time tinkering with things. Not there's anything wrong with wanting to tinker, but of that's your primary reason for getting a smartphone, then it might be best to stick with Android.
  13. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Don't overlook the apps subforum as most of your questions are app questions.

    Coverage, usage, the usual suspects that affect battery life on any device.
  14. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Correlation and causation are two different things. iOS5 drains more than previous versions for lots of people. I do not have an answer for you, I am just saying, nothing truly runs in the background on iOS outside of what I already mentioned.
  15. Chis2busy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2011
    i see!well i gotta say i learnt a whole lot!I got quite a few info, and wishful thinking on the other hand that apple will come through..

    If only there was something they could do about my yelowish screen..i gave up after the 4th replacement..this 1 is the least tinted of the previous though, but still nothing like the normal 1...

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