Switching From iPhone 5 to Galaxy S5

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ggibson913, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. ggibson913, Apr 17, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2014

    ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    Getting a Galaxy S5 today or tomorrow. A little nervous because in the past when I have tried moving away from iOS it has been a big pain in the butt and the experience hasn't been as nice so always ended up back on the iPhone.

    However, I always tell my friends and myself that even though I have a Mac, iPhone, and an iPad, I am not an Apple fanboy and that if Android came far enough to offer a better value I would switch again. So, I am switching to Android as the OS has come a long way over the last 4 or 5 years.

    I chose the Galaxy S5 mainly because of the camera though I did love the look for the HTC One.

    I have some questions. As I still have an iPad and am not giving it up, is there any way to keep google and iCloud in synch with each other so I don't have to add events in both places?

    Also is there any way to watch a podcast?

    Any pitfalls I need to look out for in switching? I already deactivated iMessage.

    How do I install apps on an SD card?

    What is the best alarm clock app?

    I can't seem to find fully functional headphones (volume controls work) for the Galaxy, any suggestions

    I appreciate your patience and answers. I am a nervous old dog trying a new trick.
  2. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    Pocketcast for podcasts.

    Stockalarm is fine, but I also use doubletwist alarm... But an alarm is an alarm.

    You can find headphones designed for Android....or you can do it to a pair, such as the Apple Earbuds, with a soldering iron and YouTube.

    App to SD doesn't really exist anymore. Apps are stored on the phone but excess files downloaded by those apps can be set to automatically save to SD. Some do it without asking you, such as Spotify. It's great for media and pictures.

    When from a 5s to the S5 yesterday... Loving it thus far.
  3. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Look up Smoothsync for iCloud in he Google Play store--allows for syncing of iCloud contacts and calendar on Android.

    My suggestion would be just to migrate everything over to Google services, especially if you plan on using multiple platforms going forward. Google services all play very nice with iOS and OS X and make switching between platforms much easier.
  4. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    I switched from the iPhone 5 to S4 last year and was highly disappointed.

    This week I changed from the 5S to S5 and so the process has been far more pleasant.

    One of the first things you'll want to do is use Smart Switch to get all the content off iCloud into your Galaxy.

    Because I have migration experience from last year I was able to change over and be fully operational within a couple of hours.
  5. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Yep most apps will save it's main data package to the SD card automatically, especially games. If for whatever reason it doesn't, you simply go into settings/applications/ select the app and tick the option 'move to SD'.
  6. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011

    Agreed. I have been pleasantly surprised. I don't think the phone is getting enough credit compared to its predecessor.
  7. Wide opeN macrumors 6502a

    Wide opeN

    Aug 27, 2010
    Not to piss in your Cheerios or anything, but you'll be back.

    I returned my GS5 a few days ago. And now I'm happily back on iPhone.

    Too many compromises with Android.
  8. SurferMan, Apr 17, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2014

    SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    would love to hear about these "compromises" ?

    Funny I switched two years ago and never looked back ;)
  9. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    This is what Apple People told me 2 years ago, and guess what, I never looked back.
  10. Neverbepeace macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2009
    New York

  11. Fanaticalism macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2013
    Timely for an alarm clock.
    Headphones that come with them or any non-idevice headphone will work. Skullcandy and others make them.
    I moved to google services for backup and syncing. Cross platform service that just works.
  12. ggibson913 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    Thanks guys for the feedback. I am enjoying the experience so far. Swipe is Definitely a challenge sometimes. The migration was dead easy. I will post my thoughts as I have it for a bit longer.
  13. anderszz macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2009

    What are your opinions today? :)
  14. ggibson913 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    Still loving the S5. I could never go back to the iPhone in its current state. Things could change and we shall see what apple does in the future but do not regret my decision .

    First, the system allows me choice. Don't like stock keyboard? Get another. Don't like stock mail app? Get another. Don't like stock browser? Get another. I can also default those apps for the system.

    Battery life is way better than on my iPhone. Calendar is amazing, If I need to go somewhere, the phone knows, through maps, when I should leave and tells me that I should leave for that appointment.

    Apps are as good or better than iphone. Except for 1 password. Using lastpass now instead. Overall, very happy with my choice. I encourage you to try.
  15. sophiamendezzz1 macrumors regular

    May 20, 2014
    Have you considered the LG G3 instead? It seems to be a better investment than the galaxy S5. I was watching the announcement streaming and I have to say im pretty impressed. I dont know if I would switch to an android though...I'm just an iPhone snob i guess :p

    BUT if I were to go Android, I'd probably get the G3.
  16. Clarkish macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    This is what I'm currently thinking of doing. But I'm going to wait till the end of the year before I make a decision. I want to switch back to Android, but I'm waiting to see Apple's plans for hardware and software through the end of the year.

    I just wish there was more flexibility on the OS over all, but if all Apple does is simply make a larger iPhone then I'll probably switch back.
  17. sophiamendezzz1 macrumors regular

    May 20, 2014
    Do you like Androids better than Apple? I'm curious because before I converted to the iPhone the only smart phone I had was a blackberry and I feel blackberries are a separate entity.

    And if you do like Androids better what about it? I'd love some insight.
  18. Clarkish macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011

    I miss the amount of control you have over the software, and honestly, thats really it. Android, for me, was more like a computer with virtually no limitations. There's pros and cons to this though. You need to be more diligent and careful about which applications you choose to put on the phone; risks of viruses and such. And beyond that, you do need to be careful with which OEM and phone model you choose to make sure you are getting the best support you get.

    On the flip side, I believe you benefit most from Apple if you invest or have invested in their other products. Knowing how well they work so well together is another great benefit where I heavily rely on my MacBook Air, iPhone and Apple TV for my entertainment needs. Also, when I was a heavy user of iTunes for music, instead of carrying both a phone and an iPod, I could merge the two together. But between the music library I already have, and other streaming services like Spotify, I don't use iTunes like I used to.

    It could be that I just want a change, and see how far Android has come.

    Which iPhone do you have and how do you like it thus far?
  19. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    Just set up your iPad to use Google for the calendar syncing.

    Podcast Addict.

    With iMessage already disabled you should be fine. Obviously you won't be able to sync your music iTunes anymore either so make sure you have an alternative for that. I usually just manually dump the mp3 files on the SD card.

    Settings > Apps > choose an app > click "move to SD card"

    The stock one has always been fine for me.

    My inline controls on my headphones (B&W P3) work fine on my S4, no reason why those types of controls shouldn't work on the S5. They didn't used to work on Android but they do nowadays.

    Hope you enjoy it! I moved from the iPhone to the S4 last year and have been perfectly happy, especially with having a decent sized screen unlike my old iPhone.
  20. sophiamendezzz1 macrumors regular

    May 20, 2014
    Thank you for giving me great insight! I have an iPhone 5 right now and I'm planning on upgrading to the iPhone 6 when its out. I have a macbook and an iPod and currently shopping for an iPad. I use my macbook and iPhone A LOT and I agree, I don't use iTunes like I used to. I used soundcloud a lot more and a little bit of spotify. I rarely use my iPod since I have my iPhone.

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