Try android before buying. Emulator?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Oldschool8484, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Oldschool8484 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014
    Is there anywhere on the web to try out android before buying? Like an emulator I could play with? all the display phones in the stores near me arent turned on.

    If not can anyone recommend any videos on YouTube?

    I'm thinking of the s5 or m8
  2. kuroe macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2013
    Emulators exist, but the experience on an emulator is very different than from holding a device in person.

    If you still insist on one, though, genymotion is supposed to be pretty decent. Note that, since you'd be running it on an Intel machine (PC, etc), a lot of the apps in the play store will straight up be incompatible.

    You can, alternatively, buy one of the devices and try it out in the return period. If you don't like it, pay the restocking fee and return the device.
  3. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    Play with them in a store. Reality is, Android and ios are very similar now. You just have more freedom to customize the look and feel of your UI on Android. But basic functionality is nearly identical.
  4. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    I was going to say that this isn't exactly accurate, but I have yet to use IOS 8
  5. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Think of it like this and you wouldn't even have to try android: Android is everything the iphone does plus widgets + multitasking + customization options...its just a matter of choosing the best android phone for your purposes. The current high end phones are the S5, m8, and LG G3. All of these will give you a smooth experience except for the LG G3. The future high end android phones are the Note 4 and the Nexus 6 and both will be the best phones for android until next spring.
  6. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    There's a lot more to each OS than a list of features and functions. It's very much a "feel" thing. I encourage the OP to find a store that has working display models and play around on them.
  7. Quotenfrau macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    you can install Android on a x86 VM:


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