Purchase an S7 Edge, thinking I made a mistake

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by frocco, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. frocco macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    Hi All,

    I took advantage of Verizon's price drop on the S7 edge and am coming from an iPhone 6S Plus.
    We currently are trying them and my wife is not happy with the way android works and the battery life of her S7. Came with free VR

    The S7 pluses for me is:
    1. screen resolution
    2. customizations
    3. notifications and sounds

    minus's are:
    1. many say scratches easy.
    2. cannot find a decent screen protector
    3. bloated software
    4. many apps do the same thing (confusing)

    iPhone 6S plus (likes)
    1. About a year old, no issues
    2. glass screen protector
    3. IOS
    4. have mac
    5. have Apple TV

    I am having a hard time deciding. Would like some feedback. Thanks
  2. Freakonomics101 macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2014
    It mostly depends on preference. If you absolutely love iOS and how it runs, you will likely not enjoy the Android OS at all. If you also like having your Mac, Apple TV and iPhone all synced together, then you definitely won't like Android.

    I tried Android, which was a good phone hardware wise but the battery life wasn't as good and just wasn't a fan of the OS.
  3. dj1891 macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2015
    Northern Ireland
    I had an S7, I had it a month before I returned it. Camera was amazing but it just needed to much mothering and looking after and I couldn't be bothered with that.
  4. DUIduckSAUCE Suspended


    Sep 12, 2016
    I haven't noticed any scratches and I don't use cases or screen protectors. The bloat ware is definitely a problem for the average user who wishes to completely get rid of it. The battery life is inconsistent.
    Battery life is why I am using a 7 plus at the moment.
    The hardware on the s7 is quite Nicer. My iPhone is huge.
    The iPhone might not be the prettiest or have the best specs, but it works right out the box, without messing with it.
  5. dj1891 macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2015
    Northern Ireland
    Yes my experience also with the S7. Needs to much messing and tinkering with.
  6. carltabs macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2016
    You like me craved that change and thought the grass was greener. You know what, it really isn't. iPhones are brilliant, nothing compares to it for the user who wants to simply use apps rather than mess about with them and the phones settings like a toy. Stick with the adult phone.
  7. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014

    I'm inclined to agree. I've tried to switch away from iOS a few times over the years but not for a while now and unless Apple does something monumentally stupid, I won't try again.

    I've still got one Android device but I'm just not a fan of the os. It does keep getting better there's no denying that. But it just seems, awkward in a way.

    It's not, or at least I don't think it's because I'm too used to iOS, I've been a multi platform user for decades. But Android just doesn't feel as refined to me, some things are just more complicated to do whereas I find iOS to be, in typical Apple fashion, simple to achieve pretty much anything.

    And I hate the bloody back button. Why? I mean really why? It's like a relic, something that should have been abandoned in the move to the modern touchscreen. I know it has its fans, I just think it's archaic. I'm all for a series of swipes and finger motions to achieve things on a touchscreen, the more the better, they are just a more natural fit for the interface instead of having to look for a button.

    Still, I'm glad Android exists. We need at least two dominant operating systems to keep each other on their toes. If there were just one platform it would probably stagnate.
  8. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    Thanks everyone, my wife agrees with the too much messing around with. She says her iPhone is much eaiser to use and takes less clicks to get the job done. Guess I will be reactivating her iPhone first. :)
  9. deano1972 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2016
    United Kingdom
    I have to agree

    I was the other way round (used android before iOS), I had always had Nokia phones since the 90s and when I finally made the jump to touch screen in 2010 I upgraded from a Nokia n96 to a HTC Desire android phone .. wow the difference seemed like going from a Commodore 64 to a windows pc upgrading from Symbian to android at the time, and the original HTC desire was a great phone. My 2nd Android phone wasn't quite such a good experience, it was a HTC Sensation which seemed like the natural upgrade from a Desire. This suffered from poor battery life and plenty of irritating bugs as well as considerable lag after a year and an android OS upgrade, so after being impressed with the build quality and battery life of my girlfriends iPhone 4s I decided to to try an iPhone just after the launch of the 5s (as I was looking to upgrade around that time). It didn't take long to get get used to iOS after android and after a few days using it I knew I'd made the right decision, Hence I upgraded to the iPhone 7 on launch day!
  10. concernedone macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2011
    I do like the back button. I am more a fan of the back button on the android than the back button on iOS although I kinda agree with you on the motion swipes... iOS takes a lot of Android ideas and 'refine' them...make them design-y / pretty. For instance the notification menus that you swipe down, that for the longest time was an Android only feature unless you jailbreak.

    Android is funcation over design. Apple is design over function. Android - don't care about how pretty so their stuff can look clunky. Apple's look is more sleek, modern, and again sleek. I think over time Android have improved a lot of Apple's iOS. Made it more functional.

    I think I am forever in iOS's camp because I am way into design and how it looks like some people here. However, I do admire android's functionality
  11. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    The only time I really wish I had a back button is in apps on iOS where the developers are too lazy to incorporate the swipe to go back function. It's much more annoying on larger iPhones to have to click the top left of the screen, even with the reachability feature.
  12. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    I had to chat with Verizon in order to get the two iPhones reactivated. Everything back to normal. Hope I made the right decision. The Samsung was 10.00 a month cheaper.
  13. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    I have both a 7 plus and S7 Edge.

    Thing I hate about the Edge:
    - apps crashes way more often, a couple of times, it even restarted the phone
    - backup sucks, both Samsung and Google
    - Standby battery drains more
    - most apps don't have permission to access SD card
    - switching carriers may require changing the CSC, which wipes the phone (and the backup/restore doesn't fully save everything)
    - fingerprint sensor needs retraining more often, button scratches easily
    - no glass protector works well on curved screen

    Things I like:
    - constantly on wifi, and wifi sharing
    - better screen quality
    - cheaper

    Bottom line: the S7 was nice as my second phone, but I would not trade out my 7+ for it.
  14. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    As a previous owner of both the S7 Edge and Note 7 I agree with all of these points, but one. I found the fingerprint sensors on the Samsung worked better, faster and under more conditions (like wet fingers). My 7+ works really well too, but there are plenty of times that it either won't read my finger or can take a second to register.
  15. cbreze macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2014
    I have an iPhone 7 and an HTC 10. Love both systems but they are very different beasts. IMO I am able to enjoy the best of both worlds. They are both excellent for what they are capable of. I wouldn't trade either one.

    To the OP, it sounds like you are more heavily entwined in Apple's eco-system. probably better to stick with it and not have the wife switch especially if she is already having android likability issues. Happy wife, happy life.
  16. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    Personally, I think the S7 edge is the superior device

    But it all depends whether or not you like android or iOS

    It's really that simple. If you prefer iOS, stick to the iPhone. It's a great phone and very premium, and the gold standard. The 6s plus is still one of the best iPhones around and will be well supported. In 2017 having a headphone jack is still arguably valuable as well

    The S7 Edge you can simply do more with the phone in terms or user customization, features, it's got a better camera, it's IP68 water resistant, has a neat heart rate monitor, always on display, edge features...OLED, sharper and higher resolution screen, wireless charging, VR, fast charging, themes, smaller phone less bezel easier to hold with one hand yet has same screen size etc..

    My suggestion would be to go with what will be best for you. The S7 edge is the better device on paper, and is what I would go with myself, but you may be more comfortable with iOS. And the 6s plus is still a great device on paper too. It is by no means outdated in any way.
  17. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    A friend of mine upgraded to an S7 Edge in September as he was disappointed with the iPhone 7. He loved the camera and the display but quickly realised his battery was struggling to get through the day and the Android interface just wasn't as refined as iOS. He bought an iPhone 6S just before Xmas and put his S7 on Shpock.

    My temptation with android has pretty much disappeared now too. It's not for everybody.
  18. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    Thanks for sharing
  19. Andrewtst macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2016
    I am ex. S7 Edge owner, scratch easier? Nope and I don't use screen protector. The only part it scratch is that lousy home button which is plastic on top.

    Actually the problem is sometimes user get use to certain OS already. Give a fresh mind set and start from new and you will notice they is Pros and Cons on iOS and Android. None of it is perfect and none of it is difficult to use. Both same user friendly and easier to use.

    I am very easier to switch in between any OS in phone. (Remember a lot customization did in any manufacturer did in it own version of Android)

    The only really bad in android and never can win is the battery life especially on stand by.
  20. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I bought a used s7 edge with a near flawless screen. I somehow managed to scratch it all to heck within a few days. I only cleaned it gently with a microfiber cloth. The same cloth I used to clean my 7 plus. The 7 plus didn't get scratched. I'm not sure if the s7 I bought was defective or maybe had a third party screen or what but it was horrible.
  21. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    Do you still have it? This would drive me nuts. I tried looking for a good screen protector, but all seem to have issues with curved glass and a case.
  22. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I sold it for a loss after having it for only a few days because it drove me nuts. It is an awesome phone though and I'd have kept it had this not happened.
  23. Andrewtst macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2016
    Probably the screen is replace already, it is second hand, anything possible.

    Brand new S7 Edge won't easier get scratch. i never scratch any phone I bought since Nexus One and I don't use screen protector.
  24. icymountain, Jan 1, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2017

    icymountain macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2006
    Interesting thread for me.
    I have both iOS (iPad Air) and Android (Samsung Galaxy S3) devices, and find I am quite frustrated with the state of things regarding to mobile OSes.

    In one hand, Android has nice programming APIs and OS foundations (like a real file system, with permissions, file exchange and so on, open source community), in the other hand, it is poor in many ways (thousands of stupid things like stock keyboard that suck, and third party keyboard applications that are all quirky in one way or another, crashing Apps, Ads driven ecosystem, security...).
    Conversely, iOS gets a lot of things right (good stock distribution, UI choices that allow to use the system right away without having to search for third party applications to replace even the core functionalities), but is still a very closed system (no file system, exchanging files between apps leads to stupid duplication, no notion of user, etc).

    Right now, I am very tired of Android and about to leave it (getting a large amount of Ads out of nowhere on my lock screen was the last straw, so I am hesitating between 6s or 7 to replace my Android phone) but am happy it exists. Though, I feel neither of these two OSes is at the level of maturity where I would expect it by now (they are not exactly new, and I find the limitations of each unacceptable at this point...).
  25. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    You are on a near 5 year old Android device that never got updated past ICS, as your example? I'd be having issues with Android too if that were my case! Of course, if I was still rocking an iPhone 4, I'd have similar reservations about iOS.

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