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How much has Android improved?

The last Android phone I used was an HTC Desire.
Just wondering how much Android has improved since then. Towards the end of my HTC Desire's life, I found it pretty unstable, and I wasn't a huge fan of Android's loads-of-ways-to-achieve-the-same-thing schtick.
Quite happy with my iPhone 5, but thinking a change might be nice......

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 3, 2014 at 12:39

I liked Android up to and including the Desire and Desire HD.
To be honest: I'd be trolled to death if I said what I really think about Android...
Suffice to say: the last couple of Android devices I used - an Xperia Z1 and a HTC One? I wouldn't use them as my 'everyday' device IF I got them free of charge. Android is a convoluted mess. Code velcro that binds you to permanent update stickiness.

I find it also the least appealing OS in terms of aesthetics - which is of a completely personal nature, of course (I don't find iOS much prettier...).

Having said that: I wouldn't mind if iOS and WP copied a few of Android's features.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 3, 2014 at 12:43

Oops... as to your actual question: It has improved quite a bit. Tha's all :p

I reckon you might wanna give WP8 a try. It's oddly similar to iOS and yet different enough. And it's come a long way... Still: Microsoft..

mrew42  Jan. 3, 2014 at 16:24

It has come on in leaps and bounds but since my Desire days i've steered clear of the handset GUI changes. When I got my Sensation first thing I did was to put Cyanogenmod on it. Now with my Nexus 4 I feel even less need to 'tweek' and native Android is no where near as cluttered (in terms of ways to do things, duplicate apps etc)
I find myself sticking to the native apps (other than Swiftkey) for virtually everything and now rather than spending all day falshing roms etc, I find myself just 'consuming' and putting my unlimited data plan to use,
But I think i'm getting tired of Android now. I want something new and shiny and... slick. I don't want to HAVE to have a quad core just to make the screen transitions look good.
My Niece is upgrading her iPhone 4s to a 5s so I'll give the 4s a go for a while, but (given that I've got an iPad) I can't see me wanting iOS as an alternative.
WP, maybe?
At the moment I just want something that doesn't visibly drop %age battery just by turning the screen on and needing a recharge before I set off for home......

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 3, 2014 at 17:07

mrew - iPhone 5c has astonishing battery stamina. The one I used for 10 days got me through almost 2 days - with heavy use! And the Lumia 925 and 1020 have impressed me a lot more than most other devices I tried in 2013. I used the Xperia Z1 over the holidays - and I HAVE to finally admit to myself that I'm wasting time bothering with Android. It just isn't for me. The Z1 is both stuning and incredibly meh... But that must be me, right?
I never expected this, but I have to say: WP 8 is a pleasure to use despite its shortcomings and gaps in its appstore. For me it is the right mix of getting-things-done-without-fuss and harmless entertainment. It's a bit like iOS meets webOS - in a good way. If they make a Pureview 4-incher I won't hesitate....

mrew42  Jan. 3, 2014 at 17:24

Jan, I am open to stuff I haven't tried before. The Nexus 4 has two major flaws for me at present. Awful battery life, and a tendency to freeze while charging overnight and hence the alarm I scheduled not waking me up when it should.
On that basis (and a splendid Full Monty SIM contract) I can be a bit more open to my ultimate choice, and chop and change as I see fit.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 3, 2014 at 18:11

1020!!! If too much bulk, then the 925! Smooth, gorgeous screen, no-nonsense and acceptable battery life - unlessyou play too much with the camera - which you will, at least initially... Of course, I have no real idea of what your apps needs are.

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