Swapping to a non iPhone for a week...

MrMister111

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Currently have iPhone, Mac, iPad etc. If I go on holiday, switch off my iPhone, and use that SIM in an android, what will I lose for the week away?

Will it just be the texts, and photos (as use iCloud photo library), but I could copy the photos when back home of any off Android phone.

I'm taking my iPad also so FaceTime will be on if needed, within WiFi or I can use personal hptspot. I'll lose the convenience of iMessage for a week, but could use WhatsApp.

I just don't want to take my iPhone 7 plus, whereas my iPad is older and also better for movies anyway, whereas my iPhone would just be for music and texts/calls.

Does anyone else do this? Any comments
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MrMister111

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Why would you want to do this?

No way I would leave my 7+, my primary phone, at home while away from the house.
As I'm going on holiday. Will only want the phone for texts/pics/music. I have a cheap older Android phone which if lose/break/gets damaged/dropped/heat damaged won't care about. Whereas my iPhone 7+ £819 one I would.
 

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As I'm going on holiday. Will only want the phone for texts/pics/music. I have a cheap older Android phone which if lose/break/gets damaged/dropped/heat damaged won't care about. Whereas my iPhone 7+ £819 one I would.
Maybe buy insurance for a month or whatever the minimum term is if you're worried?
 

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As I'm going on holiday. Will only want the phone for texts/pics/music. I have a cheap older Android phone which if lose/break/gets damaged/dropped/heat damaged won't care about. Whereas my iPhone 7+ £819 one I would.
A cautious approach, but I don't see any problems beyond losing/doing things differently w/the Android phone.

Is this the first time you are trying this and what Android phone will you be using?
 

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When I used to be 100% anti cases, I would buy and use a case for holiday/vacation events where I knew I may be 'rough' on my phone, then when I got back home, I'd take the case off.

I'd recommend this over using another phone, but to each his/her own.
 
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I guess if your okay with the photo and video quality of this old Android phone you wont miss much but good quality photos and video. Personally the last thing I would be is leave my trusty iPhone at home when on holiday, thats when I need it most.
 
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I guess if your okay with the photo and video quality of this old Android phone you wont miss much but good quality photos and video. Personally the last thing I would be is leave my trusty iPhone at home when on holiday, thats when I need it most.
on holiday is about the only place I take my half decent compact cam for photos and video so covered that way, it'll be fine for snaps think it's a 5MP

Maybe buy insurance for a month or whatever the minimum term is if you're worried?
rather not have the worry though, and I have insurance via bank anyway, but excess is £100

Did quite a few years ago, before a lot of Apple services came about, iCloud integration etc.

I do have an old Android that's why thinking if using that's all. Means I haven't got to be super careful, poolside, in pocket, sand etc
 
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on holiday is about the only place I take my half decent compact cam for photos and video so covered that way, it'll be fine for snaps think it's a 5MP

rather not have the worry though, and I have insurance via bank anyway, bit excess is £100

Did quite a few years ago, before a lot of Apple services came about, iCloud integration etc.

I do have an old Android that's why thinking if using that's all. Means I haven't got to be super careful, poolside, in pocket, sand etc
Yes but does it have portrait mode and how good does it shoot in low light? Its amazing how much better the iPhone is then most old cameras. But hay ultimately its up to you I'm not going to try and convince you to take your iPhone if you don't want too. If you have a decent Android then go for it.
 
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Ugi

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Is op the typical apple user who can't think of what will happen, when he uses another phone ? Duh such a unnecessary thread.

No iMessage
No synchronous WhatsApp history
No synchronisation of taken photos when you use the apple cloud to synchronise.
No synchronous calendar entries when your calendar entries are on icloud.
Received SMS will stay on your android
No synchronous Browser History
No synchronous appdata when specific app uses iCloud to synchronise
No phone calls from other apple gadgets using your carrier, just FaceTime calls
 

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Is op the typical apple user who can't think of what will happen, when he uses another phone ? Duh such a unnecessary thread.

No iMessage
No synchronous WhatsApp history
No synchronisation of taken photos when you use the apple cloud to synchronise.
No synchronous calendar entries when your calendar entries are on icloud.
Received SMS will stay on your android
No synchronous Browser History
No synchronous appdata when specific app uses iCloud to synchronise
No phone calls from other apple gadgets using your carrier, just FaceTime calls
You do realize Android does a lot of that now. Google Photos, Google drive will sync iPhone contacts and calendar, Google Chrome syncs browser, and you can use Google Dou or the ever popular (cross platform) skype. No iMessage is not the end of the world believe it or not, people survive without it everyday. just saying..
 
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Is op the typical apple user who can't think of what will happen, when he uses another phone ? Duh such a unnecessary thread.
I do apologise, please feel free to not waste your time reading or replying, so unnecessary...
No I don't do that because it sounds a stupid idea.
Ok fair do thanks for input, not sure how trying to look after my iPhone, only for a week without it is that stupid.
 

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I do apologise, please feel free to not waste your time reading or replying, so unnecessary...

Ok fair do thanks for input, not sure how trying to look after my iPhone, only for a week without it is that stupid.
It is your phone and you need to do what it takes to protect it.

Maybe you get blind drunk while on holiday and if so I would not blame you.:eek:

Have a great time!:)
 

zone23

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I do apologise, please feel free to not waste your time reading or replying, so unnecessary...

Ok fair do thanks for input, not sure how trying to look after my iPhone, only for a week without it is that stupid.
because what good is it if you can take it places that matter most? so what other places can't you take it? get some sort of insurance or something so you don't have to worry about it so much. sounds kind of like you carry it around in a box of bubble wrap. sorry just my 2 cents.
 

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You do realize Android does a lot of that now. Google Photos, Google drive will sync iPhone contacts and calendar, Google Chrome syncs browser, and you can use Google Dou or the ever popular (cross platform) skype. No iMessage is not the end of the world believe it or not, people survive without it everyday. just saying..
Gee I know iMessage is not necessary , i was just telling op what will be happening that one week. Calm your tits.

I know that google can do these things but it won't help out if you use apple services by standard and considering the apple cosmos op lives in, I don't think he uses any of the google services.

His current browser will be safari, not chrome. He can switch of course but still after the week he can't merge the data with safari again automatically.
He can use google services for calendars and contacts, but he needs to switch to google for one week and then again switch back to apple services or keep using the google services on all his apple devices.

I wasn't criticising android or google, I criticised op for not being able to think of what will happen. It's easy, everything restricted to apples cloud will have to be transferred to google services. Googles services on the other hand can be used easily on apple devices.

Everything he uses apple services to synchronise his gadgets for won't be available on android for the week. Therefore he needs to make a switch on all his devices for having them synchronous
 

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Gee I know iMessage is not necessary , i was just telling op what will be happening that one week. Calm your tits.

I know that google can do these things but it won't help out if you use apple services by standard and considering the apple cosmos op lives in, I don't think he uses any of the google services.

His current browser will be safari, not chrome. He can switch of course but still after the week he can't merge the data with safari again automatically.
He can use google services for calendars and contacts, but he needs to switch to google for one week and then again switch back to apple services or keep using the google services on all his apple devices.

I wasn't criticising android or google, I criticised op for not being able to think of what will happen. It's easy, everything restricted to apples cloud will have to be transferred to google services. Googles services on the other hand can be used easily on apple devices.

Everything he uses apple services to synchronise his gadgets for won't be available on android for the week. Therefore he needs to make a switch on all his devices for having them synchronous
Not bothered on calendar, safari, contacts, it's a week. I also have my iPad as in op. Won't lose FaceTime if use this with WiFi or personal hotspot.

The photos I can easily just copy off Android phone to my iMac when back to sync.

iMessage probably biggest "loss" as most of family have iPhone, and need to gloat for a week
 
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Currently have iPhone, Mac, iPad etc. If I go on holiday, switch off my iPhone, and use that SIM in an android, what will I lose for the week away?

Will it just be the texts, and photos (as use iCloud photo library), but I could copy the photos when back home of any off Android phone.

I'm taking my iPad also so FaceTime will be on if needed, within WiFi or I can use personal hptspot. I'll lose the convenience of iMessage for a week, but could use WhatsApp.

I just don't want to take my iPhone 7 plus, whereas my iPad is older and also better for movies anyway, whereas my iPhone would just be for music and texts/calls.

Does anyone else do this? Any comments
Thanks
you will lose your sanity
 
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zone23

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Gee I know iMessage is not necessary , i was just telling op what will be happening that one week. Calm your tits.

I know that google can do these things but it won't help out if you use apple services by standard and considering the apple cosmos op lives in, I don't think he uses any of the google services.

His current browser will be safari, not chrome. He can switch of course but still after the week he can't merge the data with safari again automatically.
He can use google services for calendars and contacts, but he needs to switch to google for one week and then again switch back to apple services or keep using the google services on all his apple devices.

I wasn't criticising android or google, I criticised op for not being able to think of what will happen. It's easy, everything restricted to apples cloud will have to be transferred to google services. Googles services on the other hand can be used easily on apple devices.

Everything he uses apple services to synchronise his gadgets for won't be available on android for the week. Therefore he needs to make a switch on all his devices for having them synchronous
I think the expression "cool your jets" would have been better..
 

Ugi

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Not bothered on calendar, safari, contacts, it's a week. I also have my iPad as in op. Won't lose FaveTime if use this with WiFi or personal hotspot.

The photos I can easily just copy off Android phone to my iMac when back to sync.

iMessage probably biggest "loss" as most of family have iPhone, and need to gloat for a week
You won't lose FaceTime if you use one of your other apple devices and if FaceTime is linked with your iCloudaccount and not your current phonenumber. If it's linked with your phone number you'll have to switch to iCloud ID on your remaining devices and tell the people you want to stay in contact with over FaceTime your Apple ID/E-Mail if they dont have it already.

Copying photos from your android to your computer and then syncing these photos from your computer with your iPhone again will lead to you not being able to delete or move the photos on your iPhone. The iPhone won't handle these synced photos like photos which were taken directly on your iPhone. Alternative would be to download them onto your iphone from a thirdparty cloud like google photos or dropbox etc.
 

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Just leave both phones at home and enjoy your holiday without getting disturbed by messages and calls all the time if your camera is good enough for you. :)

Writing postcards is also much nicer.

I wasn't reachable for anyone half of much life while away from home and survived. ;)
 
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