Reasons why iPhone Lover Switched to Nexus 4

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Gaugerer, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Gaugerer, Jan 5, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013

    Gaugerer macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
  2. Elit3 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    He has a few good points in there about why everyone should "switch". But a lot of iOS users have hundreds of apps, hundreds of songs (even though you can just take them out of the iTunes folder, love iOS, love Apple, the premium build of it, the eco-system of a Mac, iPod iPhone and iTV etc, and they like the simplicity, android can be simplistic but you have to get a phone like the SGS3 which in that article he says just isn't good enough, and I agree. The stock android experience to a iOS user can offer A LOT of confusion and annoyance.
    And they simply have CUSTOMER LOYALTY.
  3. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Customer loyalty for years to Apple is actually what made many users switch like myself ... I stayed with iPhone so long and iOS kind of stagnated to a point that the competition caught up and surpassed IMO.
  4. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    This one's better, because it comes from a die hard iOS fan:

  5. siiip5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2012
    ^^^ Now that is a real and worthwhile piece. Didn't know Guy had moved over to Android. :eek:
  6. RetepNamenots macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2009
    What. What. What?

    Seriously though, how can it be confusing?
  7. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Everything in that quote is why I stopped waiting for the Sprint iPhone and switched. It also states the same thing many Mac fans have done, we've switched the mobile side but haven't dumped the Mac.

    I am still looking for a compelling Android tablet. His comment s make we want to really consider the Nexus 7, but I may wait out for a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with all of the features of the Note II.
  8. ChrisTX macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    I used to consider myself a diehard iOS user, but switched when I realized the iPhone 5 wasn't going to be any different than the 4S. I don't dislike iOS but I really love the diversity, and customization of Android. iOS 6 has been the worst iOS upgrade ever.
  9. Elit3 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    I'm not sure, my father can't navigate it, and he can put a computer together, but it is more complicated apparently.
  10. SeanR1 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
    Wow, my 6 year old navigates my wife's Galaxy Note 1 with no problems. He also has no problems with the iPads. He's not allowed to touch my GS3. :)
  11. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
    There are enough differences between iOS and Android that switching from one to another can lead to some confusion. As an Android user, I find using an iPhone to be confusing and annoying at times as things that I thought would work one way doesn't. It is simply not obvious what some of those differences are and that transition period can be a bit frustrating.
  12. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I really don't think I will ever stop using macs. I love OSX and Windows somehow has not grown up a whole lot in the past 10 years. I love my apple TV as well, and obviously that plays nice with mac computers. Even for tablets I think the iPad is the best, hands down. But as far as phones go, the techie in me had to stray away from the iPhone. I just want my phone to do more and I'm not concerned about tight jeans pockets. Keeping an iPad allows me to retain all of my iOS goodies, meanwhile I've been exploring other phones (while hanging on to my 4S just in case). I am going to pick up a Note 2 next week and see how that suites me. I have an upgrade coming this spring and figured I may use that on a Galaxy S4 depending on when it drops.
  13. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I agree I started on android before going to iOS and found some things in iOS to be confusing and unintuitive. For example when I got android I'd use it like a PC so if I wanted to attach a file to an email I'd click the paperclip and select the file. With iOS when I got it you couldn't even attach a picture via the mail app itself, now you can. Attaching only files is nearly impossible and the few (very few) exceptions require you using a third party app. It took me forever to figure out what it was even possible let alone how to do it.

    However I find most things pretty simple to figure out. And I find Siri very easy to use and intuitive.
  14. The iGentleman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    I have to completely disagree with you here. My two year old son has absolutely no problem navigating through his Nexus 7 or through my Nexus 4. He knows how to switch apps using the multitasking button, he knows how to pull up the app drawer and find whatever app he's looking for. If a two year old can handle it, it can't be too complicated.
  15. Ubuntu macrumors 68000


    Jul 3, 2005
    You're missing the point. It's like a Windows user switching to a Mac for example. They have to unlearn some things while learning others at the same time. That said, Android isn't horrendously complicated (since 4.0 especially) but I can understand why a user who is used to iOS's grid-of-apps homescreen can become a bit confused with the home screen/app drawer setup on Android.
  16. The iGentleman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    #16're missing the point. Regardless of what a person is used to, it still isn't complicated. They may not be used to it, but that doesn't mean it is demonstrated by a two year old being able to operate it.
  17. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    What exactly was the two year old doing with the device, though? I assume he wasn't trying to arrange the home screen exactly how he wanted it, or trying to set up a widget to give him weather information, or sync his contacts, calendar and email, or any of the other common everyday usage stuff adults do with their smartphones.
  18. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
  19. The iGentleman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    He knows how to add icons from the app drawer to the home screen, how to use the multitasking to switch between Netflix, Youtube, and several different games. The tasks you mentioned aren't complicated either, if a person can read they can do it...
  20. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    And a two year old can't read, can they? :D

    I just have an issue with "a two year old can do it" being used as an example of how simple something is. The tasks you mention your two year old doing are the most simple things one can do on a tablet, I'm sure when adult users say a tablet OS is too complicated, they are trying to do something a bit more complex.
  21. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Too bad it won't be abandoned since it's a Nexus :D. Not any time soon anyway.
  22. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    I'd like to know if this is actually true.

    Tried Galaxy S III and while it is not jittery, it was far behind the iPhone in touch response times.

    For example look at this video at 17:37 and at 17:39

    The guy scrolls down and then up, and the screen scrolls way after he has flicked his finger.

    Also, what keeps me from switching to Android are three things...

    1. List bounce-back/rubber banding effect - I love it on iOS and it makes the UI feel so much more responsive and alive. I hope Apple loses this patent and Android implements it.

    2. Background audio API - This is implemented in iOS way better than in Android. In Android you're dependent on the developer to code it on his own into his app and after the app has been backgrounded, there is no way to control the audio from it, which brings me to my next point...

    3. Centralized audio controls - I want to control the audio from backgrounded apps and I want it to be universal.
  23. daveathall, Jan 12, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2013

    daveathall macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2010
    North Yorkshire
    IMHO what you are really wanting is that Android does things the same way as iOS.

    TBH, I have a iPad Mini and a Nexus 4, I like both ways of controlling audio on the devices, both work equally well just in a different way. As for scrolling, my Nexus is as smooth as my iP5 was, rubber banding, I can take it or leave it.

    IMHO, if you are going to compare the two OSs while holding iOS as the beacon of excellence that Android should aspire, you will never switch, try each one in its own merits, you will find them both superb, then decide.
  24. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    I'm also considering moving to Android for my next phone. I'm tired of having to jailbreak to get some features that should be standard (like the faster JS engine in all apps, quick toggles for WLAN, Bluetooth etc in notification bar, ability to pick default apps for things, lack of a central place for files). Now with jailbreaks taking longer and longer to come out, Android seems like a more viable choice.

    The only issues I have are:
    • The phones are damn big. Sure, that 5" screen is nice when you're reading something on the device but it's slightly awkward to hold and a bit annoying in the pocket.
    • Most apps, while functionality is good, look like ****. Since there are so many skins, none of them integrate with how other apps look. Even so, the apps are just not the aesthetically pleasing type that is considered standard with most iOS apps (excluding **** like "Perfect" Browser).
  25. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    I know Android does much more than iOS, but those three things are what is holding me from considering an Android device.

    I really, really like how iOS does background audio and centralized controls and I use that feature a lot.

    Bounce back is nice, but I would concede that, however background audio and centralized controls, no.

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