My new Android: ask me anything!

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by heycal, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. heycal, Oct 25, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2014

    heycal macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2013
    I've had a LG G2 for about a week now after debating between this phone and iphone 6. Previously I was using an iphone 4 for several months, and androids before that. Thought I'd give this phone a whirl, and am now trying to decide whether to stay with this new phone or not.


    1. Notification light. This is a big issue for me, the biggest one that drove me to android -- and it's even better than I expected. I've set it to glow steadily if there's a notification, and it's been a transformative experience. I no longer miss messages and no longer pick up the phone 50 times a day to turn it on to check for messages. Sooo much more efficient and delightful to live this way.

    2. Swifkey is great. All the keys I need are right there on the main keyboard, and it works very well. I'm much faster at texting now. In fact, messaging in general can be accomplished a lot quicker on Android than iphone, but no surprise there, as iphone generally takes more steps to accomplish almost every task than an Android does.

    3. Love the weather widget I've got on my home page, and love that that the nice big, easy to see alarm app doesn't ask me to press 'edit' every day just to adjust the time, and I can choose how long to snooze for.

    4. Lock screen shortcuts, or not using a lock screen at all. Very nice.

    5. Love that that the outgoing text doesn't make some pointless, annoying, and confusing sound when I press send. That was driving me nuts on iphone, and having to always use my phone in vibrate to avoid it was not acceptable.


    1. It's more glitchy than iphone. Things might close unexpectantly, or I might find myself on some strange screen and not know how I got there. I expect there may be niggling issues here and there always. Everything is just a little more complex. iphone couldn't do much, but at least it always behaved as it was supposed to.

    2. The stock messaging app is lame, and the text size can't get nearly as big as iphone (or Samsung for that matter), which I need for my aging eyes. This means using different third party apps for both email and texting, and these apps don't look as nice or work quite as smoothly as iphone.

    3. More annoying notifications and other such business. I don't want any prompts to show up asking me if I'd like to connect to nearby wifi networks and such things. Just leave me be, phone. I'll come to you if I need something.

    4. It's a beautiful phone with a lovely big screen, but in most areas, my aging eyes find iphone to be easier on the eyes and nicer looking in general.

    5. It's a little heavier and bigger than iphone 6, which is not a plus.


    It's a tough call. The notification light is a literal life changer and there's some other lovely things, but the glitches spook me. Very undecided.

    iPhone is like a beautiful girl who knows how to cook and clean very well, but is otherwise dumb as a post with few other skills.

    Android is a tempestuous woman, lively, accomplished in so many areas, well-read, brilliant, capable of whipping up elaborate feasts -- but also capable of burning toast, throwing frying pans at you when you least expect it, and otherwise being a high maintenance mistress.

    Which do I want?
  2. leopardhead2021 macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2014
    Uhmmmmm needs to be moved to the alternative threads
  3. nwmtnbiker macrumors 68000


    Apr 5, 2011
    Fidalgo Island
    They both only have a 3mm earphone port so Im not exactly sure what you're purposing here?

    Get both;)
  4. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Please, share more of your opinions. We truly care!!!
  5. TomTomHatesCats macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    New York, NY
    If this is a veiled ploy to revive the LED notifications thread that got shut down, I give you an A for Effort, haha.
  6. fsfty macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2014
    LG G2? The phone is 2 years old and leaps behind my beloved LG G3. Just sayin'...
  7. iWozinator macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2014
    1990 says welcome back
  8. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012

    Agree with the notification light!
  9. muggerfugger macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2014
    Kansas, USA
  10. uchosen macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010
    Cool, let's make an XDA sub forum! Who's with me?! :rolleyes:
  11. The Doctor11, Oct 25, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014

    The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    What you're looking for is down just a tad :)

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  12. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    I lol'd. I literally think of an old school beeper whenever someone talks about the notification light stuff. lol
  13. davedvdy macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2011
    I gotta applaud at least your attempt at the metaphor skills, this cracked me up good.
  14. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    iPhone is a woman solely dedicated to one man who will occasionally "bend" over backwards for you...especially if she's "plus-sized."

    Android is a woman who'se got a lot more talent and capability in the bedroom but she's involved in many, many "open" relationships with a lot of different men and is very prone to having instability and mental breakdowns.

  15. bhags8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2012
    I had the LG G2 6 phones ago. Did I hit the search button by chance?
  16. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I do wish the iPhone had a better notification system. Lighting up the screen once or twice isn't a vague notification and battery killer. Doesn't even have to be a notification light, just a something better like active notifications.
  17. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    so you want a notification light that you then have to touch the phone screen to wake the phone up to see what it was?

    as opposed to a screen that lights up and shows you what arrives?

    I don't get why you want a notification light because its only useful in one situation. when you missed a text or call.

    Personally I don't want an iLookatme distress beacon flashing away on my phone
  18. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    Why start a thread about an old non-Apple phone?
  19. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    My question:

    Why is there an Android thread in the iPhone section?
  20. TechGod macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    You can tell when a thread has been moved from the iPhone section:D
  21. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    Lol yeah it's really like the unwanted stepchild lol.


    Not to be rude, but that really is the wrong question. Only you can answer that.
  22. Shuri macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2011
    Leaps behind? Let's take a closer look:

    The G3 scores 2761 in Geekbench 3 Multicore, whereas the G2 scores 2271. So a little over 20% bump, which I wouldn't consider leaps.
    Anyhow let's come to the fun part:
    The G3 prominently sports a 1440p display, with 534 ppi. You can debate if this step is perceptible, but you cannot debate those facts:
    The g2 display's brightness is measured at 409 nits, the G3's at 379. The G2 achieves 24.1 fps on GFXBench, but the G3 only 20.5. On top the G2 lasts 10.7 hours of web browsing on wifi and the G3? 8.7 hours, despite the fact that it needs 0.2 hours longer to be fully charged.
    Not talking about overheating and performance drop's, reported by users, LG really should stop aiming for meaningless specs.

    Just sayin'...
  23. Dave.UK macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2012
    Kent, UK
    I do love how so many iPhone users on this site are so anti notification lights!

    One of the best features for me and certainly wouldnt be able to go to a phone without one.


    1) Ive had the LG G2 for a year now and personally never noticed any glitches - especially apps closing or ending up and strange screens. Very peculiar.

    2) ChompSMS - Absolutely beautiful and feature rich.

    3) Cant help for the wifi notifications, however for apps you can disable them from showing notifications if you dont want them to.

    4) Pass

    5) Its only slightly larger then the iphone6 - but bear in mind the LG G2 has a 5.2inch Full HD screen as opposed to the iPhone6 with a 4.7inch screen.

    Horses for courses really. Sounds like you want to go back to the iPhone, however only you can answer that.
  24. sparky08 macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2013

    Agreed. I have a separate color for work email, personal email, text, low battery, and poor signal.

    Very useful.
  25. mrex macrumors 68030


    Jul 16, 2014
    you just need more time to get to know the new os. it isnt ios anymore and thinks are done differently. there are more options, different way to handle apps, notifications, settings for each apps...

    start turning these features off and the phone leaves you alone...

    more important question is will you want to learn or stay in old... when you know it, you will know the answer...

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