Using Both iPhone and Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ILowry82, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. ILowry82 macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2014
    Are there any nerds like me that use both an iPhone and Android on a daily basis? I’m talking for personal use. Not a personal line and business line. I have both an iPhone X and a Pixel 2XL. I’m using T-Mobile Digits so my phone number works on both phones. Through out the day I am switching back and forth between the two. I love it!
  2. jr866gooner macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    Do you not have issues with apps? Whilst I was deciding what I wanted to do I kept switching between an iPhone 5S and Galaxy S6. What’s app started complaining of too many activations.. wish it would activate against an email id or something!!
  3. Mark316 macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2012
  4. ILowry82 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2014
    No issue with apps. The work fine on both phones
  5. Aneres11 macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2011
    I wish I could do this, but it just isn't a viable option for me both from a costing and use case perspective.

    Firstly, like the other poster said, WhatsApp would have a field day and because there's no way to sync or backup chats (officially that I'm aware of) from iOS to Android and vice versa, it makes it very tricky to swap all the time.

    Secondly, I wouldn't get the true value from carrying two flagships. Sure, it'd be nice to have both to use whichever one would suit my day / activity best, but I wouldnt feel like I was getting my monies worth if one was sitting in a drawer for days on end until I swapped it back out.

    I LOVED my iPhone X, and I love my Pixel 2 too. Current battery issue aside.
    In an ideal world I guess I would love to have both to pick between. But in that ideal world I'd have to be having them run on two different numbers - so therefore have a use for two lines (as we don't have anything like that TMobile thing over here) and I'd need to be pretty wealthy.
    I'm definitely not in that ideal world currently. :p
  6. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    Nah mate. I can't understand people having more than one phone under one ecosystem, let alone different ones....
  7. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I have an iPhone SE as a backup to my Note8 but very, very rarely use it now (I kept hold of it for the times my Note was too big to carry round, but it's not been an issue in Winter as I always have a jacket on with an inside pocket).

    I do use iOS daily on my iPad Pro as Android on tablets is still a bit of a mess and miles behind iOS
  8. ILowry82 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2014
    I use google apps for everything and Evernote for my notes. Google apps work great (some times better) on iOS
  9. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I have both a Note 8 and iP7+, but don't use my iP7+ on a daily basis.
  10. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    Google Apps is one of my faves. Also use Chrome on my IOS devices. But I have a limit of one phone. I used to carry 2 - one for work & was liberating getting rid of one.

    Now I'm a hybrid user - Apple devices, but using many Google Apps.
  11. GrumpyMom macrumors G3


    Sep 11, 2014
    I got a second line that we opened to get a BOGO deal on Note 7's. It now costs absolutely nothing extra. AT&T gave me two lines for the price of one and lowered our whole monthly bill and gave us unlimited data to make up for a nasty customer service snafu.

    iPhone 8 Plus is on one line. Pixel 2 on the other. I am actually scared to go back to just one phone. There's been times that texts or email made it to one phone but not the other. So if I hadn't had two phones I would have missed important meetings and time sensitive correspondence.

    Both phones get texts from the schools. The only thing I don't have duplicated to both phones is the iMessage group chats I'm on with other parents for non-school related socializing. And I have some long term iMessage chats with some of my kids former teachers who became personal friends over the years.

    Oh and I have some games on the iPhone and some on my S8+. My Pixel 2, I keep lean.

    I also keep on the Samsung upgrade path for the time being. If the S9+ fails to impress I will jump off that path. My S8+ is used on wifi. I still have my S7 and S7 Edge for VR. I still sometimes make videos on the S7 Edge because it's got amazing stereo audio recording capability that's better even than what my S8+ can do. My S8+ didn't turn out quite as well as I was hoping that's why I had to try a Pixel 2.

    As I posted elsewhere on the forum I'm nearing the end of the road with Samsung and Apple. I've got an SE for when I need a small iOS device. Which I admit isn't often now that I have an LTE watch.

    My 8 Plus is probably as good as it's going to get for me and iPhone for the foreseeable future. It's all I want in an iPhone.

    I had an X. We weren't right for each other. I have no interest currently in the path they're on. I'll hang tight to what I've got until it all dies. I've got good gear from Apple so it's not like a bad breakup.

    It just means I've got all I need and I am set for a good spell while I wait and see if they pull their heads out of their butts good and proper: work all those bugs out, stop removing convenient features like fingerprint sensors and headphone ports, fix that damn fool Siri...stuff like that.

    So anyway for the time being I'm actually running three phones. The iPhone and Pixel 2 get close to equal use at home. On my road trip so far i use the Pixel more. It just works and the iPhone does not, mainly due to Siri suckage. And our iOS devices for the whole family are having less than great battery life.

    My Pixel 2 was the only phone to hold a strong signal through the areas the iPhones were getting only 1 or 2 bars. I was streaming YouTube videos easily.

    I didn't use the Samsung much. I use it more at home. It's easier to juggle three phones at home.

    No, I do not plan to do this indefinitely. It's hard to say for sure but it's looking like eventually I'll go to Android. I've got the lifespan of my 8 Plus and my Apple LTE watch to decide that.
  12. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
  13. dirtymagician Suspended

    Jul 24, 2012
    If it works for you OP then every credit. Personally i think it would drive me mad. However i'm reaching the point where IF Nokia would make WhatsApp work on their 3310/8110 phones i'd give mine the boot and not look back. Out of interest do you prefer one over the other (as in reach for one more than the other?)
  14. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    wish I could but I just couldn't justify doing it..would love to try a pixel XL though If I had the option.

    be nice if google added wireless charging this year
  15. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    My X is my daily driver, but I have a S8 I picked up on the cheap for when I’m at home. The S8 is pretty well used, so I’ll use that when I’m on the beach this summer and don’t want to chance it with my X. It being able to restore my WhatsApp chats from iOS to Android is a pain, but I’m not real worried about it since I’m not going to use the S8 everyday.
  16. ILowry82 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2014
    I pretty much use them 50/50 honestly. Some days I reach for the iPhone X first and some days the Pixel 2. I do prefer CarPlay over android auto so if I go anywhere I always take the iPhone and leave it hidden in the car if I’m using the pixel for anything. If I don’t want to have 2 phones on me then I usually take the iPhone for CarPlay purposes. I have a car stereo that has wireless CarPlay
  17. Eduardboon macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    I'm going to do this with the Galaxy S9+. Only problem is that one has to be on airplane mode for the other to funtion and that whatsapp will ban me if I switch phones too much.
  18. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Couldn’t you just have one for your daily driver and get a sim only deal for the other phone?
  19. Eduardboon macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    Would be way too expensive. I pay 10 euro's a month for Unlimited text, voice and data with 10GB's of data around europe per month. Which is a crazy good deal. With the kind of data usage I indulge in it wouldn't be cheap.

    In the past we had data-sims that could be tied to your account to share the data allowance, but with the emergence of unlimited it all went away..
  20. Vegastouch, Mar 5, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2018

    Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    Nope, im a settler. Ill browse thru TV stations and settle on one. Same thing with the radio. Ill leave it on one unless the song that is on really blows then ill change it but i dont rummage thru everything again.
    So having two phones wouldnt work for me. I pick one and stick with it for a long while. Its also cheaper to it that way lol.
  21. Captmoab macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2018
    I am considering getting the newest iPhone...
    I have been android my whole life.
    I have t mobile as a provider.
    I want to keep my android tablet as it is how I watch TV showsnand movies through apps unavailable through apple.
    Can I have an iPhone phone and an android tablet on the same account?
    There are two separate lines.
    Thanks in advance!!!!
  22. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    I don't consider myself a nerd, but my daily drivers are my iPhone 6S (personal), my Galaxy A5 2017 (work), and my Xiaomi Mi A1 (personal).
  23. Makayla macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2016
    Have an iPhone and an Android device and a Windows device!

    I know I know! I guess I just like gadgets. Lol
  24. fongyuen macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    I have a 6T and a X and I like them both, although the gestures seem to work much smoother on iOS compared to Pie. The parallel apps on the 6T is pretty awesome, can run different accounts of apps such as WeChat, Messenger, etc.
  25. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    You can’t have all the candy in the candy store.

    I like both but a change isn’t iPhone to iPhone. Or android to android. It’s one to the other then back again.

    Complicated doesn’t equal happy.

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