With the iPhone 8 coming - why Android?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ozreth, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    My iPhone 6 recently stopped working. I'm thinking of just using a cheap replacement until the iPhone 8 comes out. I'm used to iOS and it has always just worked for me.

    That being said, the S8 is a beauty and whenever I play with one in store it seems like a lot of fun and a feature packed device...as opposed to the same old iOS that doesn't do much other than work really well.

    So, since I'm new to all of this, I'm asking a redundant question that I haven't seen asked here in the context of the S8, Note 8 and iPhone 8 being released.

    Why would you still choose one of these over the iPhone 8? Maybe hard to answer since we haven't seen an iPhone 8 or used iOS11 yet, but give it a shot!
  2. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    Well....why iPhone 8? Why not Android? That idea flows both ways. Both mobile OSes have great features.
  3. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    iPhone is always my choice. Nothing can change that. Period.
  4. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    I get your point but...if I'm asking the people who choose android over iOS then the question is only flowing one way. A biased question required a biased answer :)
  5. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    And...... who cares?
  6. Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    IPhone 8 = very pretty nice looking phone, but still running iOS yuck. Can't put lipstick on a pig and call it beautiful.

    People are getting way to hyped up about the brand new design and look of the iPhone 8. At the end of the day the new look wears off fast, and your left with the software day in day out.

    I'll take stock Android all day long on an ugly looking phone, compared to the cute iPhone running lame iOS.

    Unless the iPhone is Jailbroken, then that a different story.
  7. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    I care :)......IOS over android, always.
  8. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009

    Well hardware wise, the iPhone 8 will highly narrow the the gap from flagship Android devices.

    But I'm wondering, will that be a good thing or bad thing(initially)? For myself, I've always viewed the iPhone and Android phones as too different to make a legit comparison. But after the iPhone 8, things might change.

    As a consumer, I might have more demands. Like demanding Always On Display. Demanding better onscreen battery life. Demanding wireless charging to be problem free, cause I will be pissed it I get "wireless charging not compatible" popups. Demanding letting me choose higher Youtube resolutions without being on wifi. Demanding the biometrics(Face ID) to be no less than flawless. I can go on and on.
  9. kkh786 macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Well I don't want to miss out on either OS experience so I usually have one Android device and one iOS device on the go (granted in the past couple of years my Android handsets have been the main devices whilst the iOS devices remained relegated to back ups for the occasional "iOS itch" scenario).
  10. skottichan macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    As an iPhone user (been one since the 3GS), why not?

    Not everything, nor everyone, needs the same solutions to their daily needs. Personally, I'm a big fan of diversity in products, even if I tend to mostly go to Apple (as well as Wacom and Sony to a lesser extent), not everyone wants or needs what I do.

    Personally, I wish Microsoft and RIM had done a little better at capturing marketshare.
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I see advantages to both platforms. I have been an iOS user for years, but Android has increasingly improved with some nice features and capabilities. Both platforms offer different experiences that will appeal to everyone differently. But I like what Android has to offer and IOS is still my preference due to the ecosystem with my other devices.
  12. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    I choose Android because it works better for me.

    That being said, don't switch just because you're bored. That rarely works out.
  13. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I'm seriously considering making my 6S and 6S+ the last iPhones I ever buy. I am getting tired of trying to make my Adguard App work correctly since Apple is now banning apps that block ads in apps using VPNs. It seems like every time I restart my phone, Adguard no longer works and I have to work to get it working correctly if it does at all.

    On my Android phones, Adguard just works plan and simple with NO hassles. Blocking ads in apps is a big deal to me.

    My 6+ and 6S are still jailbroken so I can easily block ads without using an app. My 6S+ needs a new battery already after almost two years with just 151 cycles on it.

    If I hadn't invested $2000 on Apple watches back in March, I would walk away today.
  14. /jdmd3/, Aug 20, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2017

    /jdmd3/ macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2013
    As someone who uses both OSes and is on the iOS 11 beta 5, I prefer Android for the following:

    1. Home page with widgets

    2. Efficient access to apps from the homepage with gestures

    3. Lock screen that immediately shows notifications without requiring a swipe

    4. A back button that works for every app

    5. The ability to set 3rd party apps as the default app

    6. A notification for available wifi networks that doesn't require me to go to the settings to connect

    7. A notification for available Bluetooth devices that doesn't require me to go to the settings to connect

    8. Dark mode for the system ui and 3rd party apps

    9. A simpler and more efficient notification implementation

    10. 3rd party keyboards that allow me to have a number row and shows a preview of punctuation and signs that can be accessed through long press

    11. The ability to clear app files and caches without having to delete the app

    12. Simultaneous access to apps through multi windowed multitasking

    13. The ability to download YouTube videos through a browser

    14. Ad-blocker for most apps and browser

    15. Samsung pay can be used on many shops in the US that still don't support NFC dependent apps like Apple Pay

    16. Easily import/export files through drag and drop. No need to use iTunes or the Photos app to transfer files from my Mac

    17. The ability to do all those listed about without rooting or jailbreaking

    The areas where Android falls short for me is the lack of an iMessage substitute, the shorter support life (3 years max for Android vs 4+ years for iOS), and no stores where you can easily take your device for repairs (in the US).

    Different people have different use cases so it's not surprising to see people stick with Android despite the huge leaps made with iPhone 8 and iOS 11.
  15. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Android is much more functional, just look at how much more functional widgets are. But one of the reasons I stay with Apple is because I feel like they value my privacy, where Google just wants every shred of every detail of my life in order to make money off of it. I know it's a terrible reason in today's world of zilch privacy, but I just cant ever get over the feeling of someone looking over my shoulder when using an Android phone.
  16. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    Most of these things sound wonderful. No imessge substitute is a big one for me though.
  17. slitherjef macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2012
    Because an iPhone is not the "defacto standard be all end all device" at least in my book.

    Get what you want
  18. Zackmd1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2010
    Maryland US
    Because the iPhone 8 is rumored to be $1200+. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm not willing to pay that much for a phone no matter what tech it has. The affordable and more available models of this year's iPhone will be more of the same in terms of design and features. Top it off with an OS that is still using the same basic home screen from 2007 and Android looks like the clear winner in my book this year.
  19. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    That's right. It's not. Only the user decides what smart phone and platform is best utilized in there every day life. The iPhone is a great device, as is Samsung, LG and the Google Pixel. It's all about the latest features and specifications, as much as it is about the experience one achieves from the device.
  20. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I also like the fact that with Android, I don't have Google or Samsung telling me what I can or can't have on my phone unlike Apple. That whole issue with the ad blocker apps just hit the nerve for me and insured that I will not be buying another iPhone. I just can't put my money on something like an iPhone any more.
  21. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Another thing that comes to mind is looking at how massive Android updates are recently vs iOS (Android O vs iOS 11).
  22. tpham5919 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2016
    chandler, az
    This. it's the biggest factor that prevents me from going apple route. the platform seems too restrictive and confined to a single eco system.
  23. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    OP if you're used to and like iOS just get another iPhone
  24. Klyster macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2013
    That does seem to be a huge factor, iMessage always seems to pop up in these types of discussions.
    Personally for me, I'd probably be fine with an iphone if I gave it a shot but I've become far to accustomed to using things that I can't get from an iphone.
    Most mid-range to high-end phones these days seem to be pretty good devices, we have so much choice really.
    I continue to buy Samsung, I can't really say why as I haven't really tried that many other devices, I can't say blah is better than blah as I have no reference.
    I guess it's a testament to Samsung and my own personal experience with their devices as I've never had any reason to stop buying them.
    I'm well aware that others have had an opposite experience with Samsung.
    Anyway, I hope you get your phone sorted.
  25. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Well said, and my sentiment exactly but for an iPhone. Just replace Samsung in your post with Apple and you’ve explained my experience.

    I think more times than not people choose their mobile device based on the OS more so than the hardware. I’m reasonably familiar with Android and its capabilities as I’ve used a handful of Android smartphones over the past few years. I just tend toprefer how iOS works and the synergies between the iPhone and the other Apple products I love to use, even if it ‘comes up short’ in hardware or software capabilities.

    You want to dabble in Android, go for it, might find you’ve been missing out on some of the things Android offers. Or if anything, time with Android will confirm why you’ve liked using iOS for all these years. Win-win scenario either way. :p

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