Switching Between Android and iOS

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by nviz22, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. nviz22 macrumors 68040


    Jun 24, 2013
    So I own both a Note 4 and an iPhone 5C. My 5C is used when I go to the gym mainly. My Note 4 is my daily driver. iMessage creates texting issues on the Note 4 because the way the account(s) work. I plan on using a nano to micro sim adaptor. Any workarounds besides turning off iMessage or using my iPhone 5C as a daily driver?
  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Don't use iMessage is the sure fire solution, especially if you are switching between devices frequently. You can but you will have to deactivate it every time 'before' you swap sim,

    Could you not simply use the 5c offline without a sim or do you really need calls/texts at the gym?
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    There is no work around, other then using a different app. If you need iMessage interactivity then you're stuck using an iOS device, pure and simple.
  4. HiDEF macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2010
    Miami, FL
    Android and MMS

    So, instead of creating a whole new thread, I thought I'd piggyback on the OP's topic.

    We all know that iMessage handles MMS/video extremely well because its data driven instead of using carriers restrictions.

    So, whats the best alternative for sending MMS on android? Is it best to upload a clip to the cloud (i.e. dropbox or google drive) and send the recipient the link for best viewing?

    Or, does Whatsapp, BBM, etc handle this well? Truthfully, I'd like to stay away from those kind of services if I could.
  5. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    Whatsapp has been pretty flawless in my experience, at least for photos and shorter video clips filmed on the spot.

    Truth be told I've had a lot more problems with iMessage, photos not loading and quite often messages not being delivered at all...
  6. mustafu macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2014
    I have a Moto X 2014 and a 5s, I switch between them as I get bored, and they each have their strengths. It's nice to have choice, now I just need a WP8 device ;)
  7. epicrayban macrumors 603


    Nov 7, 2014
    I'm actually thinking of selling my iPhone 6 and going full Android (OnePlus One).

    I'm loving the switch. I find my Android just so much more fun to use, honestly more stable than iOS 8, faster, easier, and a much better value. The only thing the iPhone has over the OnePlus is the camera, but even then, the camera is good on the OnePlus.

    The iMessage thing doesn't bother me. I usually use Hangouts. I don't find it that important to have my whole history of iMessage messages on my Android phone. Whatever SMS I get, I'm fine with.
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I recently have become addicted to the voice feature with imessage. When I am driving it is so much easier to send a voice message than text to speech. I always have to look to verify the text to speech.

    It is always good to commit to google services if you switch phones a lot; gmail, google drive, google caldendar, contacts, etc.
  9. WrenFGun macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2013
    I generally love google services but everytime I switch to Android, there is just no replacing iMessage, the stock mail app and the camera for me. iMessage is so simple but so brilliant if you're texting folks with iOS devices.

    Coming from trying to use google voice with sms (try sending a group text in lollipop from your voice number), iMessage and its simplicity is a welcome change.
  10. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Yup, totally agree. The usefulness of iMessage directly correlates to the number of iOS users in your regular communication circle, for certain. I'd guess at least 75%, maybe more, of those I regularly call/message/etc use iOS so iMessage becomes a feature I find too valuable to leave behind. The newest functionality added in iOS 8 and Yosemite (quick audio and video messaging, continuity, including text messages) made it that much better.
  11. bgro macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    South Florida
    agree for the most part about imessage being superior but have you guys tried out an app like textra? does group messaging very well and has tons of settings. My biggest gripe with my Note 4 is the camera (dark room/night shots only) and the lack of shared photo stream (my family uses it alot). other than this i love android but these are near dealbreakers for me. I constantly switch back and forth between my Plus and Note 4 but everytime i got back to my Plus i'm so happy i'm back with iMessage. really wish it was cross platform
  12. ichii macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2006
    I'm the same way haha, currently it's Nexus 5 (soon LG G3), iPhone 6 and Lumia 1020. I do like how iMessages gets backed up. Is there a app for Android that does that? I think Google Hangout does, but i'm not sure. I would wait and get a Windows phone later, they should come out with WP10 soon.
  13. tbayrgs, Feb 10, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2015

    tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I used Textra for a while, was actually the messaging app I finally settled on after experimenting with a bunch others. Problem is it's just a skin over SMS/MMS functionality so the benefits were really superficial for the most part.
  14. epicrayban macrumors 603


    Nov 7, 2014
    Is it because people don't have unlimited texting? Is that why imessage is so important? Many of my friends use iPhones and I can hangout or SMS/MMS with them just fine. This includes group texting. It all works just fine across platforma for me. Not sure I could tie myself down to a device and operating system that I didn't think was better just for imessage.

    That's just my take if course.
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    imessage is just a great messenger. It looks and performs better than anything out there. Voice messages, read receipts, videos actually retain the high quality. Also the integration across all apple device....mac, ipad, iphone with little to no set up. I like hangouts, but it looks like crap IMO.

    The same way hangouts is better if you are chatting with someone using hangouts. imessage is better with people using imessage, and there are way more people using imessage than hangouts.

    someone else mentioned shared photo streams, which is just flat out great.
  16. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Summarized perfectly. Yes, its benefits are limited to the Apple ecosystem but within that group, it blows everything else away. I probably wouldn't feel so tied to it if my most frequent contacts weren't also using iPhones but as they do, it's leaps and bounds better than anything else I could use.
  17. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I hear you I have managed just fine with SMS and MMS. But I only use MMS for photos and group messaging. Please dont use it for videos. Imessage is certainly more robust. Photostreams are great, but not everyone I know has iOS, particularly my sons great grandparents, who would miss out on pics of my son if I didnt use some cross platform solution like flikr.

    WhatsApp seems like it could be a full fledged replacement, but for whatever reason it isn't so popular in the US, at least in my circles.

    I'm with you, I hate the principle of the 'lock in' drives me crazy. It actually has the opposite effect for me, rather than increasing the stickiness of iOS, it just pisses me off.
  18. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    I used whatsapp on my iPhone and I use whatsapp on my android phone. Cross platform is better than the proprietary solution no matter.
  19. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2015
    Sell both and get an iPhone 6+. It has a screen nearly as big as the Note 4 now ya know :eek:
  20. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    I don't need iMessages mainly because most of my contacts don't use it. I used to enjoy WhatsApp. For MMS, it is one of the best out there. Except it doesn't do voice calls like Viber.

    For MMS or long distance call, I use Viber. Or my parents just call me since they have Vonage. For free text messages, I use the Google Voice app or its mobile site. I really do miss using Talkatone for voice calls. I tried using Hangouts the other day and its dialer for VOIP, I still get confused.

    I can never go back using iOS. It is longer to enjoy Android if you customize and use the apps below -

    Nova Prime and its many launchers
    All In One Gestures
    DynamicNotifications, AcDisplay, Floatify, CM Locker, etc
    Wakeup Touch Nexus
    Screen Off & Lock
    Notification Toggle
    Lazy Swipe
    MoboPlayer or MX Player
    UberMusic w/ Metro UI skin

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