Note 7 Switchers

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by AppleFan91, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    hey guys, I've bought every iPhone since launch but the iPhone 7 looks to be another iPhone 6. For those that made the jump to the S7, S7 Edge or Note 7, what are your thoughts? Any regrets or plans to switch back?
  2. TechnicallyTee macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2013
    My iPhone is going for sale later tonight. That should answer your question....
  3. AppleFan91 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    Wow...that's a serious answer haha. You think it's that much better? I just ordered mine and get it tomorrow. I'm excited but I'm afraid I'll miss my iPhone like I have in the past whenever I dabbled with Android.
  4. Relentless Power, Aug 23, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2016

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If you have Purchased every iPhone since launch, then switching to Android is going to be a real adjustment for you, should you choose this route.

    That's Not to say that Android or the Note 7 is a poor decision. But I think you're going to find out it's two major oppositions. If you make the switch, you at least have a 20 day return period with the Note 7.

    The Only consensus I have heard regarding the Note 7 is the battery life is somewhat poor and the software to be Laggy.

    Personally, if you can wait, I would wait until the keynote, which is in a few weeks. Then make your decision if you want to make the switch.

    Either way, I plan on upgrading to the iPhone 7, I feel there be enough incremental upgrades in software that will appease to me. Then again, I am also hard-core Apple user, with a heavy integrated product line in my household.
  5. ag29 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    I bought an Iphone 6s plus in September and then switched to a 6s because the plus felt too bulky and then bought an S7 Edge in April because I wanted a big screen phone that wasn't too bulky. I'd be happy to tell you about my experience.

    The main advantage of the Samsung is it's a great big screen phone with an amazing display quality and it isn't too bulky, unlike the 6s plus. And main advantage #2 is you can have as much storage as you want without spending hundreds more on the phone, like what Apple makes you do, especially when Apple basically forces you to already spend $100 more on the iPhone just to get more than 16gb because we all know 16gb storage is way too little.

    Now to compare all the other advantages of both phones

    I'll start with the iphone advantages

    Iphone advantages

    -Fingerprint scanner much better
    -Iphone does everything faster (I know, this surprised me because it only has 2GB ram and a dual core, but s7 has a quad core and 4gb ram but it still lags behind)

    I had this game I really liked to play on my iphone, and it was kind of a battery hog but it ran on my iphone just fine, and when I switched to the s7 edge I had to stop playing it because it was just too laggy and slowish to play.

    Samsung advantages
    -The size of the phone is perfect (It has a bigger screen than the iphone 6s plus, and is much smaller and slimmer in size. I can actually still comfortably use the phone one handed every now and then, whereas on the iphone 6s plus it just wasn't comfortable at all for one handed use)
    -QHD Screen (It's only a minor difference to the iphone screen, but yes you can see the improvement especially when playing games)
    -Always on display (Really cool feature that lets you see the time and date all the time without unlocking your phone, uses only around 1% battery per hour)
    -Fast charging (I can charge my S7 Edge with a 3600 MAH battery faster than I can charge an Iphone 6s with a much much smaller battery!)
    -Great battery life(My phone will last me all day, but sometimes I do need to plug it in for a bit if I use it a lot.
    -Camera (The camera is better than the 6s, much better night time pictures)
    -Water resistance (No need to worry about spilling anything on the phone or dropping it in water)
    -Microsd card support and 32GB base storage(You can have as much storage as you want! just put a microsd card in and put all your pictures/videos/music on there. No need to spend hundreds of dollars on more storage when a microsd card is nice and cheap)
  6. widgeteer Suspended

    Jun 12, 2016
    This. All day long. I'm someone who constantly has a device on both platforms but I continually rely on iOS more simply because it runs in the way I prefer over Android. I fully recognize all the wonderful features Android brings to the table, but at the end of the day these devices need to do the things you want in the way you prefer. My best advice to you is don't switch out of boredom. That's the worst reason. Switch because there's something in Android, or a few things, that you would find helpful in your day to day life vs what your iPhone does. Boredom will produce a quick return of the Samsung device or buyers remorse a couple of months from now after the honeymoon has worn off and you've sold your iPhone.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    That's exactly it. Most Apple iPhone users that are complaining, tiresome, and overall upset with the iPhone line, are looking to rebel and purchase the Note 7. Which is not to say that is not a good phone, but it's more or less out of being rebellious. I think I found most users that switch from Apple to android, find out very quickly they are not content with their decision.

    And guessing from the OP's Username, I feel Android will be very short-lived for him and the hardware euphoria will wear down Eventually. Then again, I could be wrong. But from my past experience and listening to others has indicated this.
  8. jeepik macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2009

    I have the Note 7 and have had every single note since the beginning and also every iPhone as well

    The note 7 is a good looking device. with that said it is SLOW AS DIRT. To me a brand new phone should not be significantly slower then my one year old iPhone 6s plus. The S7 Edge I had did not feel so slow.

    All features and functions aside, the phone hick ups everywhere... to me that is unacceptable. With that said I will be hanging onto it in case Samsung decided to fix this issue. But we all know for a FACT, that the iPhone 7 is going to be exponentially faster then the iPhone 6, so that means the Note 7 will be in big trouble..features are worthless if the phone is slow
  9. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    This describes my exact feelings as well. The Apple ecosystem and specifically iOS may not have all the features and functionality of Android but it all comes down to your personal use preferences. I simply like how many elements of iOS work better than on Android so for now, I'm staying.

    That being said, if you want to try Android, you need to fully immerse yourself for more than a few days, probably more than a few weeks. The adjustment can take some time, plus there is an awful lot to learn and explore. But put the iPhone away and resist all urges to take it out. Only after you live with it for a while (took me a couple months to fully adjust the first time) can you make an honest judgement.
  10. ag29 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    You'll miss the speed of the Iphone and the fast fingerprint scanner, as well as apps like Imessages and facetime.

    The biggest thing that annoys me is the lag and sometimes sluggishness in the Samsung phones, if you can get used to that then you'll make an adjustment to Samsung just fine :)
  11. TechnicallyTee macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2013
    Well you can tell by my previous devices in my sig that I am an habitual phone switcher lol. But on the real side of it I use iOS for awhile and then its a breath of fresh air when I come to Samsung. The display and camera and the freedom to customize as much as I want is what grabs me.

    Of course I mess the fluidity of iOS, Facetime and iMessage but its ok. I still have a Mac that I can do all that from for the most part.
  12. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Best approach is just jump in and try it for yourself instead of letting fanboys sway you away. You'll either like the freedom and how it's much closer to a computer replacement or you won't. Worse case you can return it and switch back but at least you're more informed instead of relying on FUD. Performance isn't as clear cut as some people claim with things like Chrome inertial scrolling much faster than Safari.
  13. mjschabow macrumors 68000

    Dec 25, 2013
    Both top end Android devices and iPhones are great devices. I always find myself coming back to iPhones because of the software. It's so much more intuitive, polished, and optimized.

    I had the Galaxy S7 Edge for 2 months and ended up switching back because the battery was just unreliable and I had too many weird hiccups and random lag.

    With that said, not a bad device, just a preference of iOS.
  14. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    The phone is not slow. It's plenty fast it's just not as fast as the 6S. Most people don't do speed tests with their phones side by side so the note 7 will be just fine when the iPhone 7 comes out.

    I'm in a dilemma at the moment. I have a S7 edge and iPhone 6S plus. I have the note 7 on pre-order. The S7 edge is a great phone. It has an amazing screen, the camera is amazing, I love being able to use two apps at the same time. I love being able to customise my phone. The note 7 is even better

    The problem I have is that I'm too entrenched in the Apple ecosystem. I have my iPhone, my iPad, my Apple Watch, my apple TVs and my mac. If I keep my note 7 I'll have to sell my iPhone because I can't use them both. I'm struggling to use both my S7 edge and iPhone 6S plus. I don't know if I can give up my iPhone.
  15. widgeteer Suspended

    Jun 12, 2016
    Honestly, if someone is serious about switching I'd offer they need to give the phone a full year. Years ago when the smartphone thing started, it was pretty easy to hop around to try something new. All of it was new, so adjusting was easy. Now that you have people on one platform or the other for *years* it just isn't as easy. When you use something for that long a stretch, you are used to it in every way imaginable. It's behavior, how it will handle a given task, etc. With a new OS, you need to give yourself time to get used to the new platform. So even if you don't like something initially, you may grow to get used to it. Or after a year you can fully decide it's not for you.
  16. jeepik macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2009
    Thats the thing... It is slow.. Very slow.. Even compared to the s7 edge
  17. TechnicallyTee macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2013
    Idk whats wrong with you guys devices but the phone is not slow.....Like said before, no its not as fluid as your iPhone but its plenty fast to get the job done.
  18. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    Slow for what? I don't think the Note 3 is slow.

    Or should I be glad it did not get a Marshmallow update?
  19. Casfin, Aug 23, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2016

    Casfin macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2016
    i am also a long time iOS user, and the note 7 really drew me in. Long story very short, I had the note 7 for a few days and it was a stuttering laggy mess ( even my old iPhone 5 was smoother). And I'm talking simple stuff, starting the keyboard, browsing apps...

    Returned it and got a 6s plus, very happy.

    Just one mans experience though, your mileage may vary depending on perspective.

    edit - added:

    clearly I wasn't seeing things.
  20. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    Honestly, for me it's the UX that makes or breaks a phone, regardless of how beautiful the hardware is.

    If you want to experience what Android has to offer, I'd pick up a Nexus device.
  21. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    My wife has ONLY been on iphones. She never had a cell phone before moving to the US, and her first phone was an iPhone, and every generation I'd buy her a new one. She resisted Android for years. Well she took one look at the Note 7 and said she wanted that. She's been on it for a couple of days and says she doesn't want to go back. Trust me, she's the farthest thing from tech savvy you can get. But without me, she's already figured out some really good stuff, she set up a google voice account and got it working on her phone, for example.

    I honestly think the jolt to switch is not as bad as people say. She didn't care about imessage, she doesn't even know what that means. She was already on OneDrive for things like picture backups since Apple's icloud prices are a rip off. Really her main concern was her corporate apps like maas360 and WhatsApp. I think the only thing she says she misses are toast notifications popping up, but I'm researching what app can replace that.
  22. smohr33 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    I have always had iPhones since the 2G, most recent phone was a 6 plus since launch. Still works great. I tried a Galaxy S3 a few years ago and returned it after a day, couldn't take it.

    Picked up a Note 7 to try on Saturday and have been loving it. Lots to offer that the iPhone doesn't.
    - always on display
    - wireless charging
    - screen is amazing
    - size feels so much better than 6/6s plus
    - expandable storage
    - water resistance

    But just this afternoon I find the honeymoon phase wearing off. The N7 hardware is awesome, but the software still isn't up to spec. Battery drains fast even after fine tuning lots of stuff, some random stutters all over, phone seems to get hot frequently, Gmail randomly stopped pushing, couldn't get an MMS message to send, a few apps take forever to load and hangup, etc... this stuff just doesn't happen on iPhones.

    Best analogy I can make is Windows vs OSX. It took me two days to setup the N7 to work well, find all the right settings, turn off battery draining crap, disable bloat - whereas with iOS, you just turn the phone on and it works beautifully!

    I will probably return mine later this week. I'll miss a few things, but in the long run I know I'll be happier with an iPhone 7.
  23. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
    It is OK to like and prefer one over the other regardless if it is android or ios, there is no "right" answer or choice
  24. corrado7 macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2008
    It took me 4 hours to realize. Mine has been sitting in my closet untouched for the last 2 days. Will be returned later this week
  25. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Gave my 6+ to my son (I have only had iOS smart phones), and i made the switch to the Note 7. One of my main reasons was i do use the head phone jack, i also was a little tired of iOS.

    So far i love the note 7, the phone is a real beauty.

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