Those that converted from Android

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TheMacApple, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. TheMacApple macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2015
    Just wondering if your all happy, or ya wanna go back? What do you like or not with the iPhone?What if anything do you miss from Android?

    Me, been on Android since the first moto droid came out. Switched to iPhone on 6s on launch day. I do like the phone and will most likely stay.
    The one thing I do not like on iPhone is the keyboard! Hopefully apple makes it as useful as android some day
  2. adamr7, Oct 27, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2015

    adamr7 macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    I have always used Android before a few weeks ago. I went from the Galaxy S4 to 6s.

    Here is what I don't like:

    - Battery Life
    I knew this would be bad but it has been much worse than anticipated. I haven't even found the standby time to be impressive. Right now I blame iOS 9 and am (hopeful) a future update improves this.

    - No dedicated back button
    I miss this a lot. Some applications have it in iOS but I really wish it was always there like on Android. I would miss this even more if I was using the 6s Plus.

    - Swipe away emails/notifications
    One swipe and I could clear notifications/delete emails in Android. In iOS it takes a swipe and a click. Not a deal breaker but it is a small thing in Android that I wish iOS had.

    - Google Now
    I wish I could make it so when I said "Hey Siri" it brought up Google Now. Siri is not even close to being as good as useful as Google Now imo. It doesn't give as much useful info and I don't find it to understand what I am saying nearly as consistent as Google Now. I can access Google Now on the iPhone but it's not the same as how I set it up on my S4 to respond to Ok Google.

    There are things in iOS that I do like over Android though.

    - Visual Voicemail
    I know it has always been on iOS but it was something I would have to pay extra for on Android/Verizon. Probably a third party app I could have used for free but I really didn't care screwing with it to set it up.

    - Less Bugs
    iOS has plenty of bugs/faults but it is still much better than my S4. When it comes to Android this is known to be an issue with Samsung/LG and not so much Motorola/Nexus phones that run vanilla/close to it Android.

    - Camera
    The camera is awesome and of course it is much better than my S4 was. Samsung and LG make some really good cameras too but it is worth noting that the iPhone camera is really good.

    A couple other things to note. Force touch doesn't seem all that useful to me. I'm sure this gets better over time but right now I feel meh about it. I never use it now.

    One thing that drove me nuts was Continuity between my iPhone and MB. I realize this is a feature but I just have found it more annoying than useful.

    Will I stay with the iPhone? Yeah probably so. I wanted to give it a good shot and not return it after 2 weeks which of courses means I keep it now unless I sell it. Will I buy it again? Probably not. I'm paying full price for this thing and I can't say I think it is worth it base on my usage. I'll probably look at budget phones like the Moto G in 2 years. I'm not saying the iPhone is bad but for my needs I just don't like it to justify paying $750 again.
  3. off_piste macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2015
    My main gripe is the keyboard. I started 10 threads about it earlier tonight (just kidding, tapatalk did that for me). Would love to have a keyboard with the same functionality as my Note.
  4. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    You can always try a third party keyboard like Swype.

    Your battery life was better on your S4? I had an S5, and my battery is WAY better now (on a 6s) than it was on that phone.

    You CAN swipe away emails in IOS. Just swipe farther than you think you need to. Like all the way across the screen.

    You can always try a third party keyboard like Swype.

  5. Hal~9000, Oct 27, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2015

    Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    Some things I love about the iPhone off the top of my head:
    • Apple customer service (top of the line, nothing really compares IMO)
    • Updates directly from Apple (carrier based android phones suck for this)
    • TouchID (Amazingly fast and I love not having to type in a password)
    • Top notch hardware (6s getting a bump in RAM fixed it's only hardware 'issue' if it even really was one)
    • iMessage / Facetime (everyone I know has iPhones, so these are pretty nice freebies to have)
    • Safari content blockers (Android's default browser, Chrome, doesn't have this option and I don't like using 3rd party browsers)
    • Apple being big on customers privacy (Google... not so much)
    • Vertical integration of hardware and software (I have an iPad mini and Macbook Air as well and am always happy to have a consistent experience across all three)

    Just 4 days ago I noticed dust under my iPad mini screen that I hadn't caught before so I took it into the Apple store, they went ahead and replaced it right away no charge and no questions asked. That sort of customer service to me is invaluable and convinced me to drop my Note 4 charade and get a 6s today. On top of that the update to fix the Stagefright threat for my AT&T branded Note 4 took forever to roll out to users, while Apple just takes care of security issues right away via updates directly from them without any carrier stalling nonsense.
  6. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2009
    Irvine, CA
    Every single one of your points are the same for me. I would add ease of development, better app quality, and better phone design. I came from a Nexus 6 and Note 5 after owning a 6+. I switched to android briefly for the lag and RAM issues on the 6+
  7. off_piste macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2015
    Other than adding the Swype functionality it doesn't address not having an extra row dedicated for numbers or an alt key for symbols so you don't have to constantly flip between three keyboards.
  8. iAstonish macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2015
    Over the summer just for fun (I thought) I picked up a 6 plus to try out and ended up liking it enough to get the 6s plus on contract. Prior to that I used android almost exclusively.

    Weird to see the conflicting views here, but I actually like the keyboard on iOS. The auto correct is a bit annoying, but typing on it is very accurate for me. I used swift key on android and tried it on iOS, but prefer stock.

    I miss customizing my home screen and theming on android and the ability to share files from one app to pretty much any other app, but that's about it.

    Honestly it there aren't any revolutionary differences or anything, but the battery has been so much better on the 6 plus series than any android phones I've used (including the note series) that I stayed with the iPhone just because of that.

    ....For now
  9. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2009
    Irvine, CA
    Yes the battery has always been an advantage. I like the iOS keyboard too, but hate the look. I am jailbroken, so I was able to make it look like the dark version of the google keyboard. I would recommend previous android users jailbreak because its so much more free than using iOS. Theres some really cool and unique things you can do also, especially with 3d touch.
  10. bchreng macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    After dealing with constant random restart issues with an S2 and battery drain issues with an S4, I switched to a 6+. Apple having complete control over both the software and hardware make for a better, more streamlined product in my opinion.

    What I don't like is that the default calendar, as well as Google's calendar app, suck compared to the Samsung one. I also miss being able to copy movies onto the phone for playback on the go. Oh and I hate how apps default to Apple Maps for navigation as opposed to Google Maps.
  11. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I miss the back button but I don't miss the widgets that much but they were very good

    I don't miss the laggy mess that my S6 edge is

    Love everything from syncing with my other devices on iPhone to the amazing battery life

    My edge used to die by 4pm when I take it off charge at 5am
  12. yasserSpears macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2015
    i miss some things, like downloading songs from chrome and they would automatically be added to the music app, and some stuff like changing the launcher but with jailbreak its almost the same, so im happy with my iphone 6 ( my only mistake was choosing the 4,7 , i want the 5.5 version so bad but i will wait for the iphone 7) so yes.
  13. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2009
    Irvine, CA
    Yep. I chose the 6S and just today swapped it for a plus. I love the bigger battery and display. I wouldn't use an iPhone that wasn't jailbroken though.
  14. xsimplyjosh macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2015
    Downloading stuff on android was something I probably missed but now I don't really do it that often. Also mobile data warnings and shut off on android was a plus that i miss on iOS. especially if ppl like me are on contract you may go over the limit and end up paying even more [10$ 1GB]

    But I prefer iOS because it's more smooth and streamlined and integrated overall. Less lag imo, multitasking seems to retain the web pages without constant freshing which is a godsent... my previous samsung s6 keeps refreshing webpage for no reason causing me data lose for nothing..
  15. Fancuku macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2015
    PA, USA
    My first smart phone was the iphone 4S. Used it for two years and got bored with iOS so went to Android. Galaxy S4. Kept it for a year and a half and then got an Asus Zenfone 2. That was until this past Saturday when I went to AT&T store and walked out with a new 64GB 6S. :D
    Three days using it now and it has been a pleasure. Very smooth and I can't lie, I missed iOS even though I was bored with it when I had the 4S.

    There are things that I dislike with the iphone. First it's too thin. A phone does not need to be that thin. And the camera sticking out that much is pretty ridiculous. I can see how the lenses would scratch if you don't use a case with the phone. And I will definitely miss the back button of Android phones. It's ridiculous that the iPhone doesn't have it. And the fact that I could install a 128GB SD card in it with all my music. This I will miss the most I think.

    My beef with Android was all the bloatware that was preinstalled by the manufacturer and AT&T on the S4 and Asus on the Zenfone. The Zenfone has 4GB of RAM and it was using almost 2GB with no apps running. That is unacceptable.

    Anyway. I am enjoying the 6S and it's definitely the best phone that I have had plus iOS is better these days it feels.
  16. TheMacApple thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2015
    Gotta be honest here, I came to apple due to security (or more control on it over google) If one roots and android device, I have to say it shames a jailbroken iPhone(guys at work have them and they were always pissed what my old note 4 did :).. most android developers over at xda actually gave samsung ideas they now use and call there own.. anyway any rooted or jailbroken device has little to no security ,,just my .02 cents worth
  17. Broadus, Oct 28, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2015

    Broadus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    It's interesting hearing former Android users praise the 6s battery (we know the advantage of the 6s Plus in that department). The 6s battery is one thing all reviewers criticize.

    Having said that, my 6s's (moved up from a four-year-old 4S) battery lasts all day with my usage. That generally works for me, though I would prefer a thicker phone if that meant a larger battery.
  18. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    I haven't had any issue with my iPhone 6's battery. It lasts me through a whole day (18 hours) with 2.5-3 hours of SOT and still has roughly 40-50% battery. On my Moto X, I put 12 hours of use and 1.5 hours of SOT on it and it would be at 30%. The iPhone kills the competition when it comes to battery life IMO.
  19. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    I used an iphone up until the 5, then went to android, and now back on the iphone 6s+. I've used: Note 2, Note 3, Nexus 6, Note 4 and sparingly the Nexus 5.

    Things that I dont miss:

    - Constant ROM flashing to get the newest update from the developer. Sometimes it'd break the whole ROM, so you have to reflash and put everything back the way you wanted. Iphone is a lot less stressful in that regard, and icloud stores everything, including the place your apps are on your homescreen.
    - Locked bootloaders. My note 4 had a locked AT&T bootloader which was a nightmare. No custom roms, can't get rid of the bloat that AT&T leaves behind.
    - Battery life on my 6S+ is actually better than any phone I've owned. I attribute that to the ease of use of apps. I watch shows on my phone and the iphone version of Plex is simple to use and it converts the files directly to the format your phone loves best. This means less stress on the CPU which means less battery drain while watching shows. Also, on android you'd find yourself with a bug in the ROM or app or something where it'd drain battery in the background. For example, several versions of the nexus 6 ROM made it so that if you had GPS turned on, it'd drain the battery like crazy.
  20. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2009
    Irvine, CA
    I agree with everything. The worst thing was when a rom flash failed or gapps crashed and you had to clean flash. Then you have to log in to everything again and get all your data back because android can't save your data. I tried Titanium, but it was so complicated and always left me with a has crashed. Battery life has been so much better than my note 5 and nexus 6. The N6 had a terrible screen too. low brightness and pink screen.
  21. Shanghaichica macrumors 604


    Apr 8, 2013
    Well it's been about a year since I switched back to iOS. In the beginning I missed a lot of things but now there isn't much that I miss. A lot of it in the beginning was just habit, like the back button but now I use swipe to go back wherever possible. Most of it for me is about what I'm used to. Now that I'm used to using iOS devices I find myself getting irritated when I use an android device and it doesn't respond in the way I'm accustomed to when using an iOS device.
  22. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    Not to repeat what everyone else said, but I was a long time Android user who wanted to get an iPhone for a while. I pre-ordered the 6s, had it for a week, and had to return it. The camera was worse than my G4, and I just couldn't handle all the little quirks compared to Android, so I got a Note5 instead.
  23. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2009
    Irvine, CA
    Yeah its not for everyone. I love iOS and jailbreak tweaks, but I also love the customization and incredible hardware of android phones (Nexus and Note specifically).
  24. Chicki macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2015
    The only thing I really miss is swiftkey for android. Other than that idk I'm enjoying the differences. I don't even miss the back button as much as I thought I would.

    Thanks to Samsung for taking away removable battery and SD, I don't think I would have tried an iPhone if they hadn't, and now i'm almost ready to say I'm a full convert.

    I do wish we had a screen like the Note 5/S6 Edge+ though, that screen is really beautiful and immersive.
  25. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    I moved from a GS3 to an iPhone 6 last year. I do iOS and Mac OS support professionally, so I'm surrounded by Apple gear all day every day. It made sense for me to give the iPhone a try. But, on the other hand, I used Google Services like crazy, so staying Android also makes sense for me. Luckily, Google stuff works on iOS. In contrast though, I love Apple hardware, but I don't particularly like their services. Apple Maps is a little ho-hum, Photos and iCloud Photo Library is weird and I don't like it. Apple Music was so bug-ridden it was pretty disappointing. There's nothing Apple has that Google isn't already doing better, and for cheaper.

    After a year with the iPhone 6, and basically liking it a lot, I might be switching back to Android with a Nexus 6P. The price is a steal compared to the iPhone.

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