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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Derekuda, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. Derekuda macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2004
    I used to be an iPhone user up to the 5C and then switched to Android. Overall the experience has been wonderful. I recently acquired an iPhone 6 and it unfortunately has the error 3014. I went to the apple store and they told me i could get a replacement for $299.
    SO now to the question. I'm wondering how the iPhone has changed? Any improvements/downfalls to iOS?
  2. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    In my opinion, this is all personal preference with comments here on MR on both sides of the aisle, so to speak.

    If you are wondering get an iphone 7 or 7+ and use it for the 14 days. If you don't like the experience or it doesn't align with what you are looking for return it. IOS is basically IOS as Android is basically android with both operating systems (and hardware supporting each operating system) moving forward since the days of the 5C.

    This may not be the answer you are looking for, but imo, it's the most practical. Give a new iphone a whirl and see if you like it.
  3. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    Not much as changed since the iPhone 5c as regards software goes. It's the same iOS you used on the 5c except with some added features like adblock,updated iMessage, Raise to Wake, 3DT etc. The apps on iOS are still better quality than the equivalent apps on Android

    But if you are used to Android now you may find the iOS experience a bit claustrophobic as you can't customise anything, you can't set default apps as you can on Android. You also lose the beautiful OLED screen and have to use a LCD
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    To Me, iOS is one the best experiences out there. I used to be an Android user years ago and even though I find iOS more restricted in a lot of different ways, it hasn't changed a lot in terms of in appearances and overall performance. But I do feel that iOS has become more seamless across different platforms with other devices with the MacBook, Apple Watch, iPad, etc.

    And of course, I think iOS has some of the best security, that is always trying to improve your privacy.
  5. Derekuda thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2004
    That's a little disheartening to hear that iOS still has not really evolved much. :( In the little over 3 years I have had Android, it has really changed quite a bit.
    But I have to give credit to Apple on the software side. iMessage and Facetime have become sort of the standard among my family and that is why I have heavily thought of switching. Also as much as I love google, I really hate feeling like i'm being recorded with everything I do from the location history to voice responses to even the order in which applications i used at what time of day.

    I have heard people say that the iOS apps are more polished then their Android counterparts but I have yet to notice it. I wish someone would do a comparison video.

    Lastly, I don't really customize my phone all that much but I do agree with the screen. The S7 has a gorgeous display. I wonder if i would notice the difference looking at my iphone 6.
  6. Radon87000, Mar 9, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2017

    Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    Yeah Android overall went through a lot more changes compared to iOS . On iOS it's mostly some design tweaks here and there,adblockers, uninstall stock apps and minor tweaks.

    If your entire family uses FaceTime and iMessage then the iPhone will be much more convenient than Android but you will be in a much more restricted environment as a tradeoff

    Well I can't really explain it in words but compared to the apps on my S6 Edge the apps on iOS just feel more stable

    If you have used an S7, then you will find the screen on an iPhone 6 a very noticeable downgrade. I alternate between S6 Edge and iPhone 7 often and every time I used the S6 after using an iPhone 7 the screen blows me away. It's just more brighter more colourful and pleasant to look at
  7. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014

    You will definitely notice a difference, and if you're coming from an S7 to an iPhone 6....I can only question "why"

    S7 is a newer, superior phone in every way from the (much better) display to camera to battery life (along with fast charging) to little things like much more ram, along with true multitasking (which only iPads with 2GB of ram do on the iOS side) and having expandable storage. But if you have an S7 you already know that.

    If you're used to Android, you'll probably miss all the customization you can do as well. I know you say you don't but hey, real dark themes that take advantage of OLED tech is pretty nice. Worth mentioning although iOS has widgets and their use has improved with iOS 10, it still is not implemented as well as it is on android (widgets are awesome. Anyone who uses macOS will attest to that ;))

    As far as polish goes, iOS is better supported but in today's day and age they are both equally polished, in some ways iOS is marginally more polished in other ways android is marginally more polished. They each have their pros and cons but overall they are pretty much on par now a days. Android has changed significantly and become a much better operating system in the last few years and iOS has simply become more refined. Apple knows the core experience of "straight forward, simplicity" is what it's user base respects and they have added to that. You can also now get rid of (some) iOS bloatware and stock apps with iOS 10 from your home screen which wasn't possible when you last used iOS. That is a great albeit small feature for some people.

    If you're curious about iOS and you want a secondary device then sure the 6 is fantastic. Seems like you can get a very good deal for one, and it runs iOS 10 buttery smooth. It is a pretty effiencent OS and is very well supported. Safari is a good browser, most of the stock apps are adequate and work well, it's easy and simply to use and if you have family who uses iOS devices in other regions then iMessage and FaceTime can be useful features. Hey Siri is a useful feature but not so much on the 6, also you can't use raise to wake on the 6 (whereas you'd have AoD on the S7) and the finger print reader is faster on the S7 too.

    Oh and you lose the water resistance, a better, faster cell phone modem (I mean, people still make phone calls on their phones right?), and better wifi.

    But that's partly because you're going from a phone that is the (currently) most modern galaxy to an iPhone that came out in 2014 and is now 2 generations old.

    You'll eventually get used to the iPhone 6 screen after using it exclusively for a few weeks, but oh boy is it a downgrade lol. I'm just not sure what the attraction is for you in going from an S7 to an iPhone 6?
  8. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    The 6 series with 10.2+ is nice. Had a rough beginning in Oct 2015 and throughout iOS 9 it seemed. 6S/+ now is nice. But still prefer Huawei Mate 9 compared to 6S+. I need both.

    I tried 5 android phones and even Sammy S7 just wasn't my cup tea. Or Blackberry new DTEK60.

    But for $300, you got stuck with a lemon or was a gift? I'd wait for 7S or any 6S from Apple ref'd section, very safe reliable. A year from now... ?

    The Note 8 will likely be pushed to fall while Samsung 8/8+ also taking longer (so not just Apple issue but newest chips etc in general). 2nd tier android can be excellent, SoC has gotten that good.

    Its what Samsung and carriers do though that can make each have too much baggage. And Android is just plain too slow usually with security updates. And that is critical to me, and a vote for iOS.
  9. Derekuda thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2004
    My biggest reason is family. I live in a different state then most of my family and they are all iPhone people. While I was able to get my Mom to use Duo, my dad and sister (and all the rest of my family; cousins, friends, ect..), they all use iPhones are a bit more stubborn. Similar to the "blue bubble elitists" they are all facetime elitists. ALSO, i do get the complaints about the lack of blue bubbles as well. Pretty annoying really, LOL

    I'm just not sure it really warrents switching platforms. Why do we have to have this segregation with these apps. :(

    UPDATE: On the flip side, i did manage to snag an iPhone 5s to try out for while to see how much iOS has/has not evolved. I'm torn on the form factor messing up my comparisons. Im not used to the smaller screen, but i do love the way the 5s feels in my hand/pocket. LOL

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