Switching to Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Leet Apple, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. Leet Apple macrumors 6502a

    Leet Apple

    Nov 10, 2009
    Fell off my bike yesterday and my iPhone was destroyed i mean both front and back screens are destroyed and little glass pieces cutting my hand making the phone unsuable

    I'm currently about to switch to a Sony Xperia ZL till i can go into the Apple Store sometime within the next two weeks anyone got an tips for me to survive the transition (BBM comes out Sunday so until then no IM for me) :(
  2. KaijuRed macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2013
    I'd invest in a case (and possibly a bike helmet) in case accidents happen again >.>
  3. Neebee macrumors 6502a

    Get a Griffin Survivor case. It also helps if you have invisible shield or ghost armour skin as well.
  4. TheBama macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2010
    Birmingham, AL
    Fell off your bike and phone cut your hand... Don't text while biking.
  5. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Moral of the story:

    Never buy a smartphone with a glass back ever again.

    Looking back, iPhone 4/4s was a great design FOR ITS TIME. I think I was one of those that fell for the overall glass art beauty that I overlooked that it wasnt practical and even comfortable to hold vs real world abuse. And by buying a case for it covered up everything beautiful about it.

    A glass back was just a bad idea looking back at it all with hindsight. Nexus 4 owners have it tougher. I can imagine Apple and LG skipping the rigorous "drop testing" altogether during the production process. I do like Xperia Z's Dragontail glass. Seems more shatter-proof.

    For all the flaws that get pointed out to Samsung, HTC, Motorola, or Nokia, at least they werent stupid enough to come out with an all-glass flagship phone. But stupid and impractical enough for Apple still sold them MILLIONS. Only Apple can get away with stuff like that.
  6. Neebee macrumors 6502a

    It's all over the news that the iPhone 5 still kicks Android's ass in the display response time. And Android lovers still say there is no lag on their device!!! Maybe not, unless you compare it side by side to an iPhone 5 :p
  7. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    Are you coming hardware or software? Ever since I updated my iPad to iOS 7, it's been extremely laggy.
  8. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    If it is any consolation the S4 showed less durability than the iPhone 5S in recent test. The screen broke from just 5 feet. In an era of glass screens, they break whatever phone you have.
  9. jamojamo macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    Maybe you should do a restore. I've had no lag whatsoever on my iPhone 5.
  10. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    Is this relevant to the OP's inquiry?

    Plus Android = OS, iPhone = phone and how does touch response correlate to lag?


    I did over-the-air updates for an iPad 3 (mine), iPad 2 (sister's), iPhone 5 (mom's).

    My iPad 3 was somewhat choppy, the iPad 2 is slightly smoother. The most pleasant iOS 7 experience is on the iPhone 5.
  11. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    You want tips and none of the other posts gave you any.

    Here are my tips:

    1) Don't go in expecting it to be "like iOS". Alot of things are similar, alot of things are not.

    2) Configure your home screens BEFORE downloading all the apps you want. For example, my S4 came with like 4 or 5 home screens each with it's own widgets that Samsung was trying to hype (like Samsung Hub). It was a strange experience coming from iOS because once you log on to iOS, your Apple apps are just there. Samsung out of the box was kind of all over the place. Here's how my 1st home page is setup:


    3) Configure your phone to how you want. Set the rings tones, vibrations, wall paper, etc.

    4) Download your apps and organize one page at a time. I add a home page once at a time until I filled it up with the apps I wanted. My 2nd home page are my most used apps from top to bottom, no widgets and looks exactly like an iPhone app screen. My 3rd home page is Games. That's all I have. All of my other apps are in the app drawer.

    5) Log into all your accounts. The great thing about Android is that built in accounts are there. You won't have to keep logging into your accounts all the time. The other great thing is that you can share things to other apps with ease. I love been able to read an article on the web and "share" it to Evernote, or to Pocket if I don't have time to read it all. When I go to open Evernote or Pocket, it's got everything I saved. You can't do this on iOS.

    6) Load your music and photos and videos. Here's were people fall apart during the iOS to Android transition. It's nothing like iOS and iTunes. I'm not sure what software Sony gives you, but you can

    6a) download Google Android transfer app to your Mac (if you're on Windows you don't have to worry about this) which gives you access to your phones file system. Now you can drag and drop your iTunes music (open your iTunes folder, navigate to iTunes Media>Music) to your Android music folder. I have an SD card for my S4 so I just have a folder on that label "Music" and drag & drop everything to that.

    6b) If you have Playlists you want to transfer you can 1) download and install iSyncr to your phone and your desktop 2) Use Google Music to upload your iTunes library to their servers. It automatically brings all your playlists with it. I personally use Google Music as my default player, but I don't use it to sync my iTunes as I have way more songs than Google allows (20k). I've got about 8k songs uploaded to their servers, however and it works like iTunes in iCloud. I can download my albums (if I don't have it on my SD card) simply by "pinning" the music.

    7) As for photos, I have a folder system on my iMac. All my "events" are basically 2013_Wife's Birthday. I just drag and drop those to my SD card's folder called "Photos". If you use iPhoto as your only photo storage and organization, this may be a problem.

    I must admit, with iTunes, Apple has the transfer of media to your device down pat. With simple checking and unchecking boxes in iTunes, they made it damn easy.

    8) Configure your lock screen. I use an App called Dashclock and it gives me a nice clean lock screen (I just have the time and date and weather). On Samsung, however, it doesn't work if you have a PIN or Pattern setup and defaults to Samsung's lockscreen. I hear that this doesn't occur on other Android phones so this may be a Samsung thing. I guess when Samsung means PIN enabled lock screen - they truly mean it's a lock screen.

    9) Enjoy that big beautiful screen. The S4 screen is gorgeous to look at. Big, bright, and beautiful. If Apple ever made a proper screen that's not so narrow and makes 4.3" or bigger, I'll be back. But as of right now, I love my Android phone and it's ease of sharing capabilities.

    The apps, however, perform the same function on platforms (Facebook is Facebook) so it's a non-issue. Apple MAY have a slight advantage because now their apps have an iOS 7 "look" to them and I don't think devs will copy that look to Android. Android apps will start to look like Android apps and iOS 7 apps will look like iOS 7 apps, just was Windows apps look like Windows apps. I think it was a good move by Apple to separate their products from Android because both platforms had the apps looking the exact same.
  12. purplekush604 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2011
    Thanks for the great reply! I just switched myself. I have a question is there anyway to put the camera on the lock screen? I really liked how it was on the apple lock screen. Oher than that, and the email, the galaxy is a far superior phone IMO

    Thanks again
  13. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    It won't be like Apple's. You can go into the lock screen and flip on the "favorite apps or camera" and choose camera. When you're on the lockscreen, swipe to the left to reveal the camera. I actually prefer Apple's implementation of this feature, but I want my lockscreen to be LOCKED, meaning no apps - no one can get into my phone. I have a time delay on my lock screen so I can use "multiple widgets" and I assign the camera, maps, phone, and text messaging app to my lockscreen, but once's the truly LOCKS after the time delay, I don't have access to them until I put in my PIN.
  14. chimpboy74 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2007
    Not sure it helps but I just switched too as I was using iTunes Match, contacts, calendars etc etc

    It took a bit of tinkering but got all my music uploaded via music manager app downloaded to my mac (loaded to google play music. Works like match main issue was with removing DRM)

    Contacts was easy. Just copied the vcf card to google people

    Calendar took me a bit longer but eventually figured out exporting the ics file to google

    Email I set up using k9 mail (just cos I love push!!)

    In short it took a bit of fiddling around but everything that was "core" to me in iOS I have now set up via google so I am happy
  15. Neebee, Sep 25, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013

    Neebee macrumors 6502a

    It's relevant to the title of the thread! ;)
    You're being quite anal in your comment about Android =OS and iPhone =Phone. You know exactly what I meant. you're just nitpicking because you have nothing else to post. Don't hit yourself on the way out as you leave this thread :p
  16. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    How does it correlate to the OP considering a switch to Android?

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