Now shopping for other phones

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by joneun, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. joneun macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2013
    If someone makes the choice to leave the iPhone, what is the best thing you would look for in terms of professionalism and usability? The one thing that always scared me about leaving iPhone is because of the rich ecosystem, but now I don't really see that as much of an issue anymore because most everyone I know now has Android phones. I mean, there's that Samsung Galaxy that has a nicer screen, it's bigger and it's HD. Is BB10 a contender?

    I've been impressed with some of the things Google has been coming out with, they have innovative features in their new phones and functionality through the roof and even their apps have gotten better especially with Google now and Google Maps which is pretty perfect imo.

    So, what would I be looking at in terms of treading the water into a new ecosystem? Should I just make a list of all the apps I have and see how they transfer over into the new phone.

    This is my first time at this, because I do not want to be hit with iOS7.

    Please help?
  2. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    The App situation is pretty similar at this point. Apple may have an edge in polish for some of the apps but most of the good ones are the same. Android has an edge in the utilities department.

    The nice thing about android is that it conforms to you. If you want it to look professional, it can look professional. If you like the care bears and my little pony, it can look like that. The possibilities are quite honestly endless. And gone are the days of confusion. I can just as easily recommend an HTC or Galaxy device as I can an iPhone 5. I will say that apple has dominance in the Tablet market though.

    As for professional looking devices. You've got:

    Sony Xperia Z
    HTC One
    Nexus 4

    All those have superb build quality and look great. If you don't mind plastic you could get a black Galaxy S4.

    BB10 is also a viable option but app selection is limited (it is expanding however) unless you don't mind sideloading apps.
  3. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Man this has been beaten to the ground. You don't need to justify your choice.
  4. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Did you read the post? :rolleyes:
  5. ogremoustro macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    For help on this you should go on an Android,BB, and/or Windows forum.
  6. abz1981 macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2011
    From talking to the droiders I know they all say the htc one is the best droid handset available at the moment.
  7. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I'd also say the HTC One. Android definitely has the next best app ecosystem after iOS. However, most new apps hit iOS first then Google Play quite awhile later. That may change someday.

    I liked the Z10 my friend has, but there is little app support for it.

    I'd wait to see what your actual experience with iOS7 is before you switch. It seems like a knee jerk reaction to me.
  8. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I'm sorry, you've never purchased a phone before?
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    This is the direction that I'm heading.
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    What does "professionalism" mean to you? The word is meaningless in the context you've used. Do you just mean appearance-wise? If that's the case then you need to clarify what a "professional" phone looks like to you since it's such a subjective matter. Professionals use a wide variety of phones.

    If it meets your needs/wants -- which you haven't provided.

    That's a good start. Like any other part of the device selection process you need to have a good understanding of your needs/wants and then find solutions that fit versus looking at everything out there. It's no different from shopping for anything else.

    We can't help unless you help us to help you. You need to give us a lot more info regarding what you're looking for. Otherwise, read up and look into what sounds like is a good fit for you.

    Best is always highly subjective. You can't poll others to determine which device is best for you. You compare your needs/wants to the options out there.
  11. Smartass macrumors 65816

    Dec 18, 2012
    I went from iPhone to HTC One, till now all apps i had on iphone i can also get in google play store. Buil quiality is superb, camera is great, screen is fantastic plus i get to have wifi/bluetooth/light/airplane mode toggles in my notification center just by installing one simple app from the Play store. So easy :D
    long story cut short - aint missing my iphone
  12. BoostDeuce macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2013
    You have to install an app?
    My old HTC phones would just let me put a widget on to do all of that. And my wifes GS3 lets you do all that just by swiping down from the top of the screen
  13. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    The only phone that really impresses me all around is the Galaxy Note 2. The only reason I really got rid of it was because te display in sunlight. I'm waiting for the note 3 and my 5yr reign of iPhones is over most likely.

    At until they release a 5" phone..
  14. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Depends on the phone. On my nexus 4 I downloaded a widget called power toggles.
  15. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Just as with the early days of personal computing:

    1) decide what apps and utilities you can't do without.
    2) choose the OS that best supports those apps
    3) -THEN- choose the hardware that matches the OS

    Right now, I'd still give iOS the edge for portable gaming from the bigger name publishing houses. It's a narrow lead, and games that are available for both platforms often look better on Android thanks to bigger screens and processors. But iOS remains the ecosystem of choice for many developers.

    If you follow rules 1-3 and choose iOS your handset choices are limited to current-gen or last-gen. If you choose Android, dozens of choices.

    Apps should be your primary focus. If not, you may as well choose a dumb-phone.
  16. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I moved from iPhone 5 to HTC One and haven't looked back. The only thing I miss is iMessage communication with my iPhone friends and the iPhone's better Exchange folder support in the default e-mail client. Other than that the HTC One is an awesome device. The camera and stereo speakers are truly outstanding.

  17. alphabetagaga macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2011
    Hitchin, UK
    for £240 the nexus 4 can't be beat. just an amazing device with superb build quality. and with nexus youll always be first with os updates
  18. panzer06, Jun 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013

    panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    The carrier he's on also makes a difference. In the US T-Mobile has a feature called wifi calling that's fully integrated into their network and allows calls to be made over wifi if you don't get a good indoor signal.

    However, the feature is not available on iPhone nor any Galaxy Nexus devices.
    So a SGS4 or HTC One would be better for those users.

  19. alphabetagaga macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2011
    Hitchin, UK
    that is fair enough. however I wouldn't rule out changing carriers if it meant getting one of the best bang for buck devices around :)
  20. ceva321 macrumors 6502


    To the OP do what I did, go to a store and play around with the phones I still have an iPhone but I love my Galaxy Note 2.

    Can't wait for the Galaxy Note 3 :rolleyes:
  21. eaglesteve macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2009
    For me personally Android has far more problems and limitations than I'm prepared to put up with. I have a Sansung Galaxy S and Note 2 but they're both not able to meet my needs

    There are just two areas that I really really wish to see changed with iPhone: bigger screen and Swype keyboards.
  22. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    What needs do you have that they don't meet? I'm sincerely curious.
  23. eaglesteve, Jun 19, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013

    eaglesteve macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2009
    Quite a few, but the main ones are as follows:

    1) I have lots of music videos and want to be able to play them in the background while doing other things with the phone (no pop up video please), and also with the phone completely switched off. This can't be done with Android as far as I know.

    2) I want to create playlists that contains both music and music videos. This again could not be done.

    3) I want to be able to start/pause/skip/go back in music/video playing while the playing in in the background or when the phone is switched off. With iPhone, we can jailbreak it and install Activator to perform such functions. With Android, this can't be done. I listen to music just before going to sleep every night, and do not want to turn on the bright screen to perform these task. Instead I want to just put my fingers on the hardware buttons that perform these task and to perform them without having to open my eyes.

    If you know of ways to meet the above needs, please let me know because I love to use phones with much bigger screens and I love Swype/TouchPal keyboards that my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offers. Thanks.
  24. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    OP is banned. I don't think this thread is much service anymore.

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