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Android users, what would it take to get you to buy an iPhone 6?

People who use Android! What would it take to make you consider buying an iPhone 6? If anything ;)[MOD EDIT: a suggestion - please let us know what Android device you currently use. Thanks]

microSD slot? and/or removable battery? and/or more customisation?

Let's assume the iPhone 6 has a fast processor, plenty of RAM, good camera.....

Most Useful Answer Certinfy  Jul. 16, 2014 at 17:32

Nothing. Moved from an iPhone 5 to LG G2 and haven't looked back. Even if Apple ditched iTunes and had the best smartphone battery on the iPhone 6 I still wouldn't bother when Android does everything I want perfectly now.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 16, 2014 at 14:17

Good question.

Of course, quite a few bestselling overhyped Android hotties have no SD card slot, no removeable battery, no Mass Storage Mode...

Leaves the customisation...

You left out: easily access pirated apps. :p

I also reckon you actually just talk to/about a minority of users.
It's tech bloggers and some hardcore fiddlers who have the hots for themes, UI skins, launchers and custom ROMs. But they are a very verbose clientele. They set the tone in the online debate, In real life I do not think there is such a fight between Android and iOS.

spruceyb  Jul. 16, 2014 at 15:06

4.5" or greater screen, IR Blaster, custom launchers available, open file manager, decent battery life and less than £400.

esskayy  Jul. 16, 2014 at 15:47

Good question.

Of course, quite a few bestselling overhyped Android hotties have no SD card slot, no removeable battery, no Mass Storage Mode...

Leaves the customisation...

You left out: easily access pirated apps. :p

I also reckon you actually just talk to/about a minority of users.
It's tech bloggers and some hardcore fiddlers who have the hots for themes, UI skins, launchers and custom ROMs. But they are a very verbose clientele. They set the tone in the online debate, In real life I do not think there is such a fight between Android and iOS.


OP merely mentioned "Android users", in which case, I think you will find the majority to be Samsung, HTC, LG users who aren't "hardcore fiddlers". It seems the group you are referring to are Nexus users (or Android purists). They don't really represent a threat to Apple, but you are wrong to think the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, etc aren't putting up an even match against Apple.

Anyway, to answer OPs question, I would leave behind my Nexus 5 if the next iPhone is slimmer, has a bigger screen, a capacitive home button and...iOS becomes completely open source :D Of course, the latter will never happen so I'm happy staying with Android.

mrew42  Jul. 16, 2014 at 15:57

Wot spruceyb said, plus micro-usb charger so I don't have to spend a fortune on 'a charger (that works and won't blow up) in every room, in the car and at work'
I do like to tweak the interface (just been trying Jolla Launcher) and fiddle with ROMs ( got GPE running on my M8)

TJ Skywasher  Jul. 16, 2014 at 16:31

If early indications are anything to go by there's already going to be a lot of Android users getting an iPhone 6. I suspect more will make the move once the device is actually launched and as contracts are due for renewal.

Certinfy  Jul. 16, 2014 at 17:32

Nothing. Moved from an iPhone 5 to LG G2 and haven't looked back. Even if Apple ditched iTunes and had the best smartphone battery on the iPhone 6 I still wouldn't bother when Android does everything I want perfectly now.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 16, 2014 at 19:14

Good question.

Of course, quite a few bestselling overhyped Android hotties have no SD card slot, no removeable battery, no Mass Storage Mode...

Leaves the customisation...

You left out: easily access pirated apps. :p

I also reckon you actually just talk to/about a minority of users.
It's tech bloggers and some hardcore fiddlers who have the hots for themes, UI skins, launchers and custom ROMs. But they are a very verbose clientele. They set the tone in the online debate, In real life I do not think there is such a fight between Android and iOS.


OP merely mentioned "Android users", in which case, I think you will find the majority to be Samsung, HTC, LG users who aren't "hardcore fiddlers". It seems the group you are referring to are Nexus users (or Android purists). They don't really represent a threat to Apple, but you are wrong to think the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, etc aren't putting up an even match against Apple.

Anyway, to answer OPs question, I would leave behind my Nexus 5 if the next iPhone is slimmer, has a bigger screen, a capacitive home button and...iOS becomes completely open source :D Of course, the latter will never happen so I'm happy staying with Android.


I understand what you're saying, and I accept that I wasn't as clear as I could have been. I maintain, however, that the vast majority of smartphone users do NOT care... Size, colour and, to a degree, what does my bff use...



Anyhoo...

I'm temporarily p.o.ed with Apple. Their handling of the iOS7.1 disaster and, almost at the same time, their screwing up the Finder in Mavericks and majestically f*cking with iPhoto (more of a handicap than an app, anyways) have put me off Apple. I do not care what iOS8 or the next iPhone brings - at this point I want to see if they can launch a bug-free OS.

krogothnx  Jul. 16, 2014 at 21:00

MicroSD, Removable battery, shutter button, drag-and-drop filesystem, not ridiculously massive.

My standards are impossible to meet in any smartphone ecosystem, so good luck getting me to buy an iPhone.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 16, 2014 at 22:18

What are you using now, krogo?

spruceyb  Jul. 16, 2014 at 23:07

MicroSD, Removable battery, shutter button, drag-and-drop filesystem, not ridiculously massive.

My standards are impossible to meet in any smartphone ecosystem, so good luck getting me to buy an iPhone.


Other than the removable battery, it sounds like you need a Xperia Z1 Compact

tapi  Jul. 17, 2014 at 00:04

If early indications are anything to go by there's already going to be a lot of Android users getting an iPhone 6. I suspect more will make the move once the device is actually launched and as contracts are due for renewal.

thought I'd never type this, but what the hell....."citation needed"

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 17, 2014 at 06:52

@tapi,
I'm too tired to search much... but this is from last year http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/08/19/study-finds-20-of-apple-iphone-users-switched-from-android-in-past-year

I know a similar thing has been published not long ago for 2013/14.....

And note: TJ didn't say the opposite wasn't happening, either...

2 of my colleagues in real life recently switched from Android (their 1st smartphone)
to iPhones. Neither are Apple fans, and just happened to try iPhones when they were annoyed
by bugs and too many unneeded features. 1 switched from Sony Z, the other from a Galaxy S3.
They are light users and found Android just 'too much' and too complicated for what they need.

InNARA  Jul. 17, 2014 at 08:03

NOTHING!!!!!!

krogothnx  Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:00

What are you using now, krogo?

Still stuck with my dying gnex. Almost killed it for good on sunday too, CM's internal updater **** it up spectacuarly, good thing i had an old ParanoidAndroid ROM on the phone i could flash and get a working CM rom again.

On the plus side, it now gets 6 hours battery life instead of just 5. (with 1h 15m screen on time)


MicroSD, Removable battery, shutter button, drag-and-drop filesystem, not ridiculously massive.

My standards are impossible to meet in any smartphone ecosystem, so good luck getting me to buy an iPhone.


Other than the removable battery, it sounds like you need a Xperia Z1 Compact


I've used nearly every sony android flagship (started on an X10, that died, have an Arc S i bought as a backup phone at home, that's unbearably slow, had an S for a week but it went back because of awful battery life, and recently owned a Z1 for all of two days before i sold it again.) and i've honestly given up on Sony. their software and build quality honestly are pretty awful.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:13

I probably wouldn't ever change to use an iPhone. I don't like the OS, I think rue displays are too small, I don't like being a told how to use my phone, I like being able to charge via MicroUSB, I like having great battery life...I could go one almost endlessly.

I guess if an iPhone fulfilled all my needs, I might buy one. Other than that, I'll stick to Android (especially with cheap flagships such as the Nexus 5 available).

BryanAdamsCanada  Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:44

Nothing. Love the freedom of Android. Sd card slots, custom roms, apps, easy to use with simple drag and drop. Had the Note 2 since launch and wont be changing unless the note 4 is something special.
Buy my greatest hits cd.

Stelph  Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:19

A lot of people have mentioned Androids Open Source on here but in all honesty for the average consumer I dont think that makes any difference, so I dont think even if Apple announced it would go open source that it would make that much difference to people jumping ship.

At a guess I would say an iPhone with a larger screen and/or a reduced price would be the two things that would cause a large movement towards iOS since it tends to be those two things that differentiate android devices from iOS devices ("I want a bigger screen" or "I cant afford/dont want to waste money on an iPhone")

mrew42  Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:35

My daughter went from a Galaxy ACE 2 to an iPhone 5c
I got the Ace on contract for her 18th birthday. Soon as that was done (and now she's working) she went for the 5c. Mainly because of the colour and her fondness for her iPod touch
A workmate moved from HTC to iphone because he's got 2 ipads and a Mac and wanted to get into the ecosystem more.
My brother in law went from iphone to SGS4 ("it just works and the batter is MILES better")
My niece had a 4s, went to a 5s and is now thinking about android, again for the battery life.
I can't honestly see myself getting an iphone (bigger screen or not) in the near future. That whole ecosystem is far to expensive for my liking :)

AhmadCentral  Jul. 17, 2014 at 17:37

Android users, what would it take to get you to buy an iPhone 6?

Needs to run Symbian OS

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 18, 2014 at 09:24

As to the beloved SD card argument.
Currently in my household a HTC One M8, a BB Z10, a Lumia 1520... don't kid me: 3 SD cards I usually use... NOT ONE will work in all 3 phones. Basically, every phone demands I format the card to its needs, making swappability a farce.
Dito the card in my camera....

shuwaz  Aug. 12, 2014 at 21:42

Currently on a Meizu MX2 after having sold my Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4, HTC One X and Lumia 925 (hey! I had a clear out... OKAY?!).

I'd love a phone that:

- looks like the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, etc.
- Has a minimum 5 inch screen.
- has a power button, volume buttons and silent/vibrate button located where the iPhone has them.
- Has a removable battery
- Has a micro SD slot
- Has a micro USB charging socket
- Doesn't cost the earth
- Has SWYPE (or similar)
- Has heavy customisation like Android (love my widgets and live wallpapers)

Aaaaanyway, you get the picture. I guess I could live with an iPhone running a custom ROM'd Android but even then I find certain apps are still unreliable (cue eBay, Skype and Chrome).

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