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Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by macness, Aug 18, 2013.
For my self it is lack of communication between apps. What about you guys?
Give me 4.5-5" and I'll consider it.
4.5 inch screen would be all I need to switch, I love everything else about the iPhone and iOS
Root access and the ability to install apps that aren't available in the Play store.
Customization to fit my needs.
Jail breaking partly fixed that but availability and reliability aren't always there.
This plus larger screen
IPhone 5, iPod touch, iPhone 4S, iPad 4 all in my house right now.
To be honest I dont know. I've been on android for 18 months since moving from ios. I've probably spent half of that time moaning about android, yet I just upgraded again to another android phone. I still use my ipad mini though.
The larger screen is nice, but I think I'd be fine with a 4" screen, as long as it was a normal aspect ratio.
For my phone:
- display size
- very little flexibility/customization
- inability to change default apps
- notification system
- Google Play Music
- Android's intent system
There are probably a few more that I missing but, that's more than enough.
For my tablet, nothing as I'm still using an iPad Mini and plan to keep using an iPad for the foreseeable future.
iOS 7 has (finally) caught up to my biggest complaints. So at this point, I'm hoping that at some point we get a 4.5 inch (or so) screen. I like iOS a lot, but I like a larger screen on my smartphone. I do still use an iPad.
Then this doesn't even apply to you....
To me, iOS 7 is ugly and is pretty much a reskin of iOS 6 backed by quality Apple marketing. Once I saw the color palette I thought no way am I carrying that thing around. Functionally, it's still a static UI where anything dynamic gets lumped into a notification center. Meanwhile both Android and WP8 are inherently dynamic via widgets and livetiles.
On the hardware end, rumored specs are incremental improvements. New features are nothing special to me - more like they added that, oh that's nice. Only thing that interests me is the fingerprint sensor.
Basically I already have a pretty good idea of the type of experience I'm gonna get if I bought the 5S, and it looks like it's gonna be the same one I got when I bought the 5, except the UI is now uglier. Meanwhile if I want customization, I can go to Android. If I think the static app grid UI from the Palm Pilot days Apple won't deviate from is old, or want a bigger screen, I can go to Android or WP8. If I want a better camera, I can buy a 928 or 1020. If I want better AI integration, I can buy a Moto X. The iPhone is losing product differentiation and at the pace they're going, eventually the only things differentiating it will be the industrial design and the Apple logo on the back.
Galaxy S4 battery life & ease of wifi tether on my VZW unlimited.
This thread is for people who left, so your post in here makes no sense...
What's keeping me from going back?
So many things, but one very important no one has mention yet is the physical home button. After mine broke one year after I bought my iPhone 4 I won't consider going back until I get gestures like on the iPad or a capacitive home button.
Wonderful question! Very relevant.
If you've read my posts it's likely you know that I've never "left" iOS, since I have a smartphone addiction heh! I have been using both Android & iPhones concurrently for years, since they were first released.
Recently over the last 12 months Androids advances have been so substantial, useful and fun, that I must admit that I'm now a lot happier with Android than iOS. So much so, I currently own a selection of models running 4.2 or 4.3.
1) Galaxy S4
2) HTC One
3) Nexus 4
4) Note 2
I have nothing bad to say about Apple, they simply have chosen the most lucrative path for themselves. Profits above all else has been their choice.
Conversely Samsung, Google & others have chosen innovation and advancement over worshipping the dollar. Both business plans have their strengths.
I'm not obsessed with apps since my heavy smartphone use revolves around the ability to view desktop websites via the spacious Android displays like the gorgeous 5" of my S4. Plus I largely detest mobile web views and mobile apps that capture you're data.
Evernote, Chrome, Firefox, Readability, Pocket, and many of the other apps I do need are readily available so I'm very happy with the efficiency I enjoy.
The overall size of the S4 in particular is ideal and is the most ergonomically comfortable for me. Battery life is excellent. There's nothing it lacks for all that I require from it.
The Apple lover in me, a guy who's used and enjoyed their laptops for years, would be truly happy to be able to say I like iOS best, but it's too limiting. With a readily accessible file system and the convenience of an Androids stand alone, PC like functionality, it's going to remain dominate in my work work flow for quite some time.
The consumer focused single operation based architecture of iOS is Apples weakness. Jailbroken or not.
Honestly, the only thing keeping me with Android right now is the hardware. I much prefer iOS at times, but the screen size needs to greatly improve. However, I'm really considering the move back when the 5S is released.
My issue is the hardware and not iOS (Control Center was long overdue). 4" screen is too small. No notification light. No official Google Music app.
Oh, good one! This, strangely enough, may not be Apples fault. Rumors claimed that Google would have an official app on the App store in about a month. Of course, it's been 2 1/2 months now...
I actually never was with iOS. When I first decided to get a smartphone, what made me not get an iPhone was that there was no version with a physical, landscape slider keyboard. I got a Symbian phone then an Android phone.
What is keeping me from going back is Android. It does pretty much everything that I need and want. I feel I would be losing a lot if I decided to switch to iOS. Changing default apps, alternate keyboards, widgets, alternate launchers, inter-app communications and more. I don't see what iOS can offer me that is worth giving these features.
Take a look at this screen and this is why I switched to the Galaxy Note 2.
I'm feeling you, Joe. The diminutive size of the iPhone display is really getting to me.
Lack of basic customizations, lack of intents, small lower res screens, lack of expandable memory, less modularity compared to Android, and the painful absence of a real keyboard!!!
A launcher and ability to share to whatever apps I feel like using could make me take a look again once you can replace the iOS keyboard. Basically it's dead to me without a jailbreak.