Thinking of Switching and looking for Imput

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Visionblue, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. Visionblue macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    So I installed the GM of iOS 8 on my iPhone 5 and I'm pretty disappointed with the stutter/lag. I realize it's might not be the finished product just yet but I have to say I'm not impressed.

    I recently picked up a nexus 7 for next to nothing and I love it. Android has changed so much since I last used it. That being said I'm beginning to feel the itch for a bigger screen and I no longer have the need to pickup another flagship device; with a tablet and a laptop my phone doesn't need to do any crazy tricks or kick butt in benchmarks. if it can last a day on battery and snap a decent shot to share with friends on social media and not stutter and lag then I would be happy.

    I'm thinking of switching to the new moto G; I like stock andoid the best asceticly and the promised fast upgrade to Android L is a plus. And the price is phenomenal. Does anyone have experience with this phone yet? I realize it's a recent release but reviews can be biased or not in depth enough. I realize I would be saying goodbye to LTE which might be a pain. And I'm interested in what the nexus x will be; but the moto g just seems like a really great bang for the buck.
  2. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    There will be LOTS of used Moto X devices coming onto the market once the new one drops, maybe wait for one of those and grab it? I know it's not this year's specs but it's still a great device. The camera isn't the best but in daylight conditions it should shoot a picture you can share. The first-gen X will get L also, though maybe not a week after it's released.

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  3. cmhsam macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    I am actually going back with the ip6 from the lg g3
  4. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    The moto G is amazing bang for the buck. If you are looking to keep your upgrade costs low then that is the way to go.

    I would advise against the Moto X solely because it has a 720 x 1280 display.

    Nothing against motorola (or apple, whose new iphone 6 also has a ~750 x 1334 display), but if you are spending $350+ on a device then it should offer the latest and greatest.

    1080 x 1920 is the current standard for anything with a screen larger than 4 inches.
  5. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    whats laggy about ios8 on iphone 5?
  6. Visionblue thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    The overall experience for me has been comparable to iOS 7 on an ip4. It isn't as laggy as some older versions of android but there is a noticeable delay in multitasking and opening apps and battery life is way worse. Things that weren't present in iOS 7 even in its betas. And that was a complete UI overall.
  7. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I believe the Nexus 5 is the best Android phone you can get. I am sure I will be debated on that but nothing beats the true vanilla Android and software support from Google that is nearly as great as Apple's support for iOS devices! One thing Apple does right is shipping software upgrades to devices uniformly and that is one qualm with Android. The Nexus is pure Google and I do like that a lot.

    Out of curiosity, can you put a Verizon Prepaid Moto G onto a contract?

    I think iOS 8 will get an update much like 7.1 was over 7.0 to greatly improve performance. I agree the performance is still a bit lacking even on my 5s which even a year later is no slouch!

    How much did you pay for your Nexus? I got a Dell Venue 8 3830 and I am really considering switching to Android next go round.
  8. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    The thing with switching is consider what you gain and what you lose.

    When I went from the 5S to S5 I gained a lot.

    Big screen
    Micro SD card
    Big battery life
    Better keyboard (swift key)
    Better DAC
    Greater stability over iOS7

    What did I lose...
    App selection
    OS fluidity
    User experience
    Access Shared private photo albums built up over the past couple of years
    Device compactness when running and working out

    Mind you, I figured I'd go back to the iPhone at some point, and experimenting with the S5 is no big deal. But it's been good, and not I'm in no rush to get another iPhone.

    So just figure out what is more important between the gains and loses.
  9. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    The real thing is the Nexus 5 suffers from the usual issue with the Nexus Lines of "sub-par camera"
  10. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland

    That is something I do not value as much as others as I was fine with an iPhone 4 camera. Granted, everybody will have their own opinion on the matter. Do you think the new Nexus will fix the shortcomings?
  11. Visionblue thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    The Nexus 7 was about $120 refurbed on eBay. Its amazing. Snappy, light weight and it definitely feels like a quality tablet. The camera is useless and the battery isn't mind blowing but definitely one of the best deals out there.
  12. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland

    Good to know! I was deciding between iPad 4th Generation, iPad Mini, and Nexus 7 and got the Mini for $150. Pretty good so far!

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