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Ever switched from IOS to Android?

So I've been on iPhone since 2007, yes first generation.. It's been a wonderful journey but last couple of years I've been more and more impressed with the alternative hardware and have stuck with IOS/iPhone just because that's where all my stuff is..

However I've moved to Netflix / Spotify and no longer need iTunes.. I have 65gb of photos in iPhoto/iCloud so that concerns me a bit..And my other hardware at home is Apple..

Have you made the switch? Did you lose stuff? I'm trying the Samsung smartswitch app now but it's painfully slow although claims it will pull my app / data from one phone to another..



* it's a Galaxy S6 I'm playing with .. Really nice but may be for sale soon if i can't get my stuff on it.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

I made the switch...havent missed IOS since I moved to Android...

On a side note do you really trust the cloud that much to store 65GB worth of data on it?
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

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I made the switch...havent missed IOS since I moved to Android...

On a side note do you really trust the cloud that much to store 65GB worth of data on it?
I have zero concerns about storing my photos in the cloud, in terms of integrity. Plus I have two other backups to other media. It works for me, i can access my photos on each of my apple devices or any other device via iCloud.com .. My concern is around accessing them and adding to them from an android device.

Much as i love the samsung hardware, so far the ability to do/access my stuff is not happening..
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

I've switched to Android and didn't miss my old iPhone at all
I didn't use the Cloud though so I transferred the stuff that I want to my laptop and from my laptop to my phone. Synch Android to an Apple macbook is not as easy with iPhone, but I like Android phone better, so it's worth the hassle for me.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

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* it's a Galaxy S6 I'm playing with .. Really nice but may be for sale soon if i can't get my stuff on it.
Use a cloud service - such as Google Music or Amazon. Upload your entire library and you're good to go. I've moved from iOS to Android and back again a few times. The platforms are largely equal now and it's only a matter of personal preference.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

So far I've not found a single compelling reason to switch to Android. In fact most of time I start investigating a switch I hit a deal breaker - although I would have to admit that my usage case is somewhat unconventional, and would not apply to the vast majority of people considering a switch.

Also with the latest Android flagships moving into Apple pricing territory and also ceasing to offer either removable batteries or SD card storage (Samsung, I'm looking at you here) the idea of switching becomes even less attractive for me.

For the vast majority of people the platforms are about equal, but there are certain niche areas where iOS is still way out in front, and I happen to be one of these niche users.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

I've tried Android, and I just can't get on with it, but I'm determined to get out of the iPhone loop - with iOS9, my three year old phone is very frustratingly slow to use, and 1000 CHF for a new phone and around 600 for one not much younger than mine is plain stupid.

I've had a look at Windows phones, and from the little I've seen, I think I'm OK with it. It's a pity there's not a one week test-drive option for buying phones. At least 2nd hand Windows phones aren't eye-wateringly expensive, so at least I can test the water without breaking the bank.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

Mirf, I've got a 4S running on iOS 9 and it's fine - in normal use it seems just as responsive as my 6.

There are a 3 optimisations that you might want to do to get your phone back up to speed again

Turn on "Reduce Transparency" (Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Increase Contrast -> Reduce Transparency)

Turn on "Reduce Motion" (Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Reduce motion)

Turn off "Predictive Text" (Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Predictive)

The last one really helped with SMS and typing in general.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

https://www.android.com/switch/
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

In case people are not aware, Google Photos offers free and unlimited storage of all photos and videos (limit of 16 megapixels and 1080p respectively). Its cross platform so works with iPhones and will back up all the photos and videos you take.

With regards to the whole iOS v Android debate, in terms of usability its as stated previously more a question of personal preference these days. I personally prefer iPhones because they are clean, uncomplicated and all play well with things like peripherals, apps etc.. A good example is BMW Connected Drive which in conjunction with a phone streams music, calls, voice commands, service data etc.. Its supposedly compatible with Android but I cannot get it to work reliably with either my LG or Motorola handsets. Drop an old iPhone 5 in and everything works perfectly, same with some bluetooth headphones/speakers, stereo docks etc.. The reason is that a peripheral manufacturer can never test their product on every single variant of Android handset (there are thousands).

My other well worn gripe with Android is the poor value proposition. Flagship Android handsets (which are generally the only ones that interest me) are usually similarly priced to equivalent iPhones and yet they depreciate like a lead zeppelin. With an iPhone you are paying for the hardware and software, which allows Apple to strictly control the user experience. With the latest Xperia or Galaxy you are only really paying for the hardware since Android OS is free to OEMs. So the whole thing is really exposed when companies like OnePlus or Xiaomi produce something equivalent to the Galaxy S6 for half the cost. Just to put it into perspective I recently sold an iPhone 6 for 70% of what I paid for it 11 months earlier. The price of a new Galaxy S6 in the meantime has dropped by 40% at some retailers since it launched 6 months ago, which means a used one will be practically worthless in a year.

Thats one fact you cannot argue with, iPhones are more expensive but they hold that value and thats important if you like to upgrade on a yearly basis like I do.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

There is one more thing that puts me off Android in general and that is the general lack of OS updates.

Sure if you buy a Google or Motorola handset, which are mostly vanilla Android, you're generally good for the next major release. With Samsung you're probably good for the next major release, but they do so much buggering around with Android that you'll get it late if at all.

If you buy midrange or landfill Androids then you're probably stuck on the version that came with the phone, and even then it's likely to be an old version. OK you say, you're fine with an older version because it does what you want. Well, think about the vulnerabilities - A recent story in El Reg claimed that in the last 4 years an average of 87% of Android devices remained unpatched against known vulnerabilities basically because the manufacturers were simply not updating older handsets.

By contrast my 4S has now been through iOS 5, 6 ,7, 8, and now 9, plus all the inbetween maintenance & security point updates.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

Slow iOS9? Enroll for the public beta and go to 9.1. It's faster than 9.0 (and, in my case on a 5S and 1st gen iPad mini faster than iOS 8.4).

My iPhone 5S works perfectly; the old iPad works smoothly after I turned on "Reduce Motion" and "Reduce Transparency" under accessibility. - same as Slaphead recommends

On a similar vein, OSX 10.11.1 is faster than 10.11. Public beta gives it to you now, but otherwise I believe it'll be released in a week or so.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

For me, I just got the chance to try a few handsets, you may have seen a couple for sale. The Samsung S6 really impressed me, screen and camera mostly. I think the screen quality blows away my iPhone 6 plus.

Last time I played with androld I found the ui totally unusable but this is OK and growing on me.

Still undecided, the iPhone is in my bag and you may see the S6 in the for sale folder soon, we'll see.

Price wise I'm OK with iPhone because I generally sell/buy every year and only need to pay the difference
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

I've switch between Blackberry, iOs, Android and Windows Phone...
If you want to use cloud services, choose a provider that cater/compatible to all. I use either Dropbox or OneDrive. But since i am using mostly Microsoft Devices now, I chose OneDrive.

I have a Lumia, a Xiaomi and a THL phones at the moment. All connected to my OneDrive .
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

I switched some years ago, my last phone was an Iphone 4...
At work they gave me the chance to get a Iphone 5s or an Samsung GS5...
I chose an Iphone 5s and had it for about 2 weeks and then got the Samsung GS5...

You can do a lot more with a Android than with a IOS...its more open, you dont have to jailbreak although you can (root).

If you want to be told what you can or cannot do with your phone, stick to IOS...if you want to decide what to do or not do with your phone...Switch to Android!
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

If depreciation is a "problem", buy used 6 months down the line and get it for free. After that most phones practically flat-line so you're not going to lose money when you go to the next trade, or you're going to lose little.

Regarding upgrades, Sony has gotten their stuff together, and they have a very good record with their Z line. Everything runs Lollipop and everything will go to Marshmallow.

As far as the switch is concerned nowadays Google has its "universe" equally adapted to both, so if you're in Google the transition will have minimal impact. Getting photos, contacts, etc cross-platform is not a huge task however, even if you don't have everything in Google.
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I switched some years ago, my last phone was an Iphone 4...
At work they gave me the chance to get a Iphone 5s or an Samsung GS5...
I chose an Iphone 5s and had it for about 2 weeks and then got the Samsung GS5...

You can do a lot more with a Android than with a IOS...its more open, you dont have to jailbreak although you can (root).

If you want to be told what you can or cannot do with your phone, stick to IOS...if you want to decide what to do or not do with your phone...Switch to Android!
Most people want their phone to just work.
Apple excels at that benchmark.
The market for people who want to tinker with their phone is marginal, at best.
In the meantime, there's not much left that you cannot do in iOS that you can in Android. And those features alone aren't game-changers.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

Just getting back to the original subject .. Copying the data from IOS to Android..

I used an app from Samsung called SmartSwitch .. It was't very smart!

Claimed it would copy all of my data, photos, contacts, music, messages, call logs, whatsapps and basically any other data .. If the appropriate app was not installed on android it would direct me to the play store to install it ..Just plug the two phones together with appropriate cables. Sounded great.

Actually (after I unencrypted my iPhone and did some other undocumented stuff) it scanned my iPhone for 50 minutes taking the android battery from 90% to 20% then copied all of my photos twice, messages and call logs.. No whatsapps or any other data and no app suggestions. The iPhone has loads of apps!

Anyways .. Hey ho.. I know i can do all this stuff but i hoped for a one click solution.
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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

Hi,

I upgraded from IOS to Android and never looked back, such an incredible improvement. However, I still use and IOS phone for work . Everything is synced between the phones which I do over google.

It does not matter where I enter a contact, take a picture etc it is all synced. I would strongly recommend using the cloud to "move" the data. The main thing is to never have anything other than transient data or data that has been backed up elsewhere on the phone.

One of the great things of using Android is you can choose which application launcher to use. Personally I use the Google Now launcher.

I could never see me downgrading again to IOS. I need a device that does make me to want to reprogramme it with a sledgehammer.

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Re: Ever switched from IOS to Android?

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Most people want their phone to just work.
Apple excels at that benchmark.
Yeah sure...they bend too...

No really..like I said in my post, it depends on what you want from your phone! There is no "best choice"..."there is a best choice for what I need"...

But you still cannot do 1/5 of the stuff an Android phone can do! I mean software wise...
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