Thinking about switching to the darkside

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by SuperMiguel, May 29, 2013.

  1. SuperMiguel macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    So i have a iphone5, but im thinking about getting a HTC one, Samsung 4S, much better hardware, better screen (resolution at least), better network adapter (802.11ac), multiple app on same screen

    Any reason not to switch?
  2. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Asking this question on an Apple forum will provide you with plenty of reasons not to switch. Why don't you compare features of both platform and decide for yourself? In the end, you will be happy with the platform that provides you most of the things you need.
  3. SuperMiguel, May 29, 2013
    Last edited: May 29, 2013

    SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    Sometimes u find smart people in this forums, that can provide some technical reasons not to switch, or maybe someone that has both phones, and has some opinions..

    Im not looking for the normal answer.. "Ohh i have a :apple: computer and i got the iphone 5 because it looks cool."

    Looking for something like the OLED screen on the Galaxy even though has greater resolution, and higher brightness, the colors wont be ass good as the IPS screen on the iphone
  4. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    The only reason I could think of is cause of how slow android updates come. (Samsung just released a nexus gs4 so it will get updates fairly quick)
  5. srsub3 macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2013
    I have iPhone 5 because it is part of a system... the link between MBP and phone is good.... moreover I don't want to get crazy configuring a phone... iPhone works out of the box.... it is easy to use and it has everything i need.... samsung don't know/not interested in.... that's all :)
  6. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    It's a great time to switch, I've got both the One & S4, they're simply outstanding.

    That said, I also have an iPhone 5 which is a place holder, as I wait to see if Apple is finally going to give us a larger display. That's what I need to make it an efficient, fast and effective smartphone for my purposes.

    I've been seeing the photo of the iPhone with curved glass front. Sadly it's rather bizarre looking as it's concave. Thick at the top and bottom and thin in the middle, looks fragile.

    I wonder how many 20 somethings could carry that one around in their back pocket and not have it bend or fracture when they sit down ....
  7. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Switch. Seems you juts like to have the latest and greatest. I used to be like that too.
  8. dirtclod macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2011
    I switched about 18 months ago from an iPhone to a Motorola. I'm eligible to switch back on August 8.

    It's not hard to imagine how this will turn out. :apple:

    Maybe the Motorola is a drag but it's not that bad either. But I really miss my iPhone. I have a MacBook Air and an iPad, so I'm familiar with the eco system and want back in with the device I use all the time - my telephone. Hoping the 5S or whatever it's called will be ready to be on the market by August or not too long afterwards.
  9. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    Based on previous iphones I wouldn't excpect a change in display, size, or shape till iphone 6(fall or summer 2014). I auctally like the 4 inch display on the iphone 5 because of how portable the iphone 5 is, I can barley feel it in my pocket bometimes even get a mini heart attack that i lost it even thought its still in my pocket.
  10. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Nothing wrong with switching, but you didn’t give many compelling reasons in your list.
    Better hardware is debatable. Yes it's technically faster, but in use the the iP5 doesn’t feel any slower. Also most apps take better advantage of the iP5 hardware.
    The Screen. It’s bigger, but the clarity is subjectively the same. The iP5 has better color accuracy. For many people who switch, the size of the screen is a leading reason.
    The 802.11ac Network. It’s interesting, but I doubt most would perceive any difference compared to ‘n’. Still there are edge cases where range could benefit.
    Multiple apps. While it’s not elegant, it could be nice to have. Most of my friends with S4’s thought this would be a killer feature, but after settling into the phone, don’t use it. It’s up to you if this is a benefit.
  11. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I'm reluctant to switch because I'm so heavily invested in iOS apps, movies, iBooks etc. I'm also waiting to see what iOS7 brings--rumors are building that it could be a break out event.

    If you do get an HTC One, I'd wait to see the pure Google variant which is going to be released in June. It will be a "Nexus" experience and you'll get updates far quicker than you would with the current variants that have sense built over it.
  12. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    If you're buying electronics because they look cool, I doubt anyone here can help you with your decision.
  13. SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
  14. ritmomundo macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you like having the feeling that you've got the latest and greatest, don't switch to android. You get too many brands coming out with better phones every few weeks, and whichever phone you get will feel ancient really fast. If you go with the iPhone, at least you'll feel like you've got the best iphone for a year.
  15. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    Of course, it's time to switch. As much as I love Apple, the iPhone is a mediocre and boring product. Unless they do something interesting, I probably won't waste my time with another iPhone after my 5.
  16. SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    u have a point
  17. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Should you? I don't know, but my experience is that I went from the first iPod touch, to iPhone 3G, to iPhone 4, to a Galaxy S3.

    Honestly, couldn't be happier with this (unless you were to put an S4 in my hands), I'm amazed at how much more I am able to get out of my phone now. android 4.0 is the point where iOS and android OS seemed to hit parity, and with 4.1 then onto 4.2.2 IMO the Droid has pulled ahead. It's meant also that I barely touch my iPad now, I find it a little frustrating to use.
    I was fairly invested into iOS software, I have hundreds of apps, very few movies and TV shows, no iBooks, all my music was DRM free after iTunes plus, I have two apple TV's and two airport express for music. My computer is a macbook pro. Yes the iphone integrates perfectly with all this, but droid can do it pretty well too. OTOH I never got into iCloud, my contacts, email, calendars were all google before the first iphone came along, so they just came with me, it would have been a lot harder to do if I was data invested there.
    Right now I'm selling the iPad 3 for a nexus. My wife after seeing the difference traded her iPhone in for a Galaxy note 2.
  18. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    I had about 4 or 5 solid reasons for ME not to switch. I dont know about you.

    But yesterday whilst watching a youtube video of the HTC ONE those reasons kinda faded away as I had found a whole bunch of new reasons to change.
  19. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    U have already invested heavily on the Apple eco system. You have spent years-hours putting together your iTunes library. You have an Apple TV that your iPhone can seamlessly talk to.

    But am going to venture if u hadta ask the question, you have no investment in the Apple eco system. SO GO FOR IT DUDE.

    IP5 measured 525 LUX, S4 258 LUX.

    But there are TONS of iPhone vs Competition posts on the web. I dunno if people here necessarily are "smarter" as they proved by not reading your post fully.
  20. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Simply not true.

    That is from the perspective of top of the line models which are the only ones to compare to the iPhone 5. Samsung for example, widely recognized as the biggest Android smartphone maker, features it's Galaxy Series that updates annually just like Apple.

    I've had every model of iPhone and every model of Galaxy. Their release cycles are very similar. Oh sure, they do introduce a few more alternatives like the Galaxy Note, but that's hardly a frequent occurrence. Before you spread FUD.... attempt to get your facts straight :)
  21. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    The HTC One is a great phone. How much better than iPhone 5? Depends on how you use it. Will you be using the same paid apps? If so, you will have to buy them again. Are you going to take a lot of pictures? Both are about the same. Nothing wrong with switching, but if you will be doing the same things that you do with the iphone right now, is it worth it? Only you can answer that. If you don't mind buying the apps all over again, or buying more accessories, and you want the latest and greatest, go for it.
  22. scott99 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2007
    Interesting situation you find yourself in. I have an iPhone 5 and a Nexus 7, so I'm currently using both operating systems. I will say I do have some frustrations with the Google Store, in that they really only have about 1/2 of the apps I can find in Apple's. Being a person who loves games, it frustrates me that a game I love on my iPhone, isn't available for my Nexus 7. Also, the iTunes store has so much more available as far as movies as opposed to the Google Store. That's my only frustration really with Android based products. I love the freedom you have with the Android operating system.

    As far as iOS, it's so seamless and smooth, I can't imagine using another phone due to that. I love the iPhone 5, and it does everything I need. Yeah maybe those other phones have more bells and whistles, but I really don't need them. That's just me though, the new 4 inch screen on the iPhone 5 is good enough for me.
  23. ritmomundo macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    If that's what you have to say to convince yourself, then more power to you.

    My experience is that Samsung will come out with something top of the line (S4). Then HTC will come out with something just as appealing if not slightly more (HTC One). Then a G-Nex will be even better (next month apparently, someone said above). Then something by Motorola or whatever. Rinse and repeat. It never ends. If all you choose to look at is Samsung's Galaxy line, then true, you will see yearly updates like Apple. But if you look at Androids in general, there is a lot of direct competition and new models are released MUCH more frequently.

    If you can buy an Android and choose to ignore everything else, then great, you'll be happy with it. If you can't, you'll always feel like you're being quickly left in the dust.
  24. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    I've had recent stints with the HTC One and the S4. Both are superb Android devices, but for me what draws me back (and actually pushes me away as well) is the simplicity of iOS. At times I get bored with the ho-hum 2007-esq interface but when I get into Android and start to play around with it I start to get bored with that too. You can have widgets the ability to customize homescreens to you hearts content but ultimately we all want something that at the end of the day works. We want something that works well, is fluid and is dependable and that to me is exactly what the iPhone represents to me and why I'm back there again.
  25. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    If I were you I would switch, if you don't like it you can always come back to apple products

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