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Should I move from iPhone to Android?

A few friends suggest I move to Android instead of getting a new iPhone, though they're not being very impartial or constructive :p

Any thoughts? Tips? Reasons why one is 'better' than the other - advantages or disadvantages? Why is Android so popular?

Thanks!

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Sep. 30, 2013 at 20:22

Are they suggesting you move because you complain? Do you miss anything?

"Advantages" of Android: endless possibilities to personalise the appearance of the user interface. Themes, widgets, alternative launchers etc etc etc...

No dependence on iTunes for file transfer etc... SD-cards and swappable batteries on some Android devices. More choice when it comes to screensize etc.


"Disadvantages"? All the above.

Too many endless personalisation options. You can spend ages and never be able to try every
available launcher, themes, skin and ROM...
Freedom from iTunes, yes. But then there's the devil you know, right?! Invest in new apps. Invest time in device management and setup etc... Get used to new pitfalls.

I could go on and on.

It largely depends on you.
If you enjoy tweaking and tinkering with your gadgets, then try Android.
If you like to use a device that doesn't require your constant attention and are too busy to
familiarise yourself with a different "eco system", avoid it.

I initially hated Android. Then, for 2 years or so I loved the endless possibilities.
But now I can't be bothered even trying new Android devices. It's just " too much".
It's out of my system.
I prefer the straightforwardness of WP, Meego, iOS and even Blackberry OS.
And all OSs have disadvantages. All devices have their Achilles heal - be it the iPhone or Note or HTC One.
Try, buy and use whatever suits you. If your mates try to convert you, ask them to
lend you their phone for a week. Swap for a couple of days. Both parties could learn something.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 30, 2013 at 20:22

Are they suggesting you move because you complain? Do you miss anything?

"Advantages" of Android: endless possibilities to personalise the appearance of the user interface. Themes, widgets, alternative launchers etc etc etc...

No dependence on iTunes for file transfer etc... SD-cards and swappable batteries on some Android devices. More choice when it comes to screensize etc.


"Disadvantages"? All the above.

Too many endless personalisation options. You can spend ages and never be able to try every
available launcher, themes, skin and ROM...
Freedom from iTunes, yes. But then there's the devil you know, right?! Invest in new apps. Invest time in device management and setup etc... Get used to new pitfalls.

I could go on and on.

It largely depends on you.
If you enjoy tweaking and tinkering with your gadgets, then try Android.
If you like to use a device that doesn't require your constant attention and are too busy to
familiarise yourself with a different "eco system", avoid it.

I initially hated Android. Then, for 2 years or so I loved the endless possibilities.
But now I can't be bothered even trying new Android devices. It's just " too much".
It's out of my system.
I prefer the straightforwardness of WP, Meego, iOS and even Blackberry OS.
And all OSs have disadvantages. All devices have their Achilles heal - be it the iPhone or Note or HTC One.
Try, buy and use whatever suits you. If your mates try to convert you, ask them to
lend you their phone for a week. Swap for a couple of days. Both parties could learn something.

dicksteel18  Sep. 30, 2013 at 21:28

No. Next question?

dicksteel18  Sep. 30, 2013 at 21:34

Seriously though, it depends.

Personally I prefer iPhones and iOS. But then the more you use anything the more you get used to it and the more you get bored of it.

There came a point for me where I was bored of my iPhone and so for the past 6 months i've had an xperia Z.

Although I moved to android, I would still say that I prefer iOS. I'd just got bored of it and needed something different. After six months i'm getting a bit bored of android now and i'm almost ready to move back to iPhones.

The questions you need to answer are: What do I prefer? Am I bored of my current OS? How easily can I switch back if (when) I don't like my new OS?

TJ Skywasher  Sep. 30, 2013 at 23:42

If you do decide to make the switch then just be sure it's what you want, lots of people have had iPhones since day one and have that bored feeling so make the switch on that basis. I've had no end of people email me who switched to Android, in particular when the Galaxy S3 came out, at first they loved it because it was something new and different. After a while they wanted to switch back to the iPhone and iOS as Android just didn't do it for them. Trouble is once you've locked yourself into a lengthy contract it's difficult to get out of if you decide it's not what you wanted after all a few months down the line.

judgey  Oct. 1, 2013 at 01:50

Yes move apple sucks

cowbutt  Oct. 1, 2013 at 07:56

In response to JanSt, just because Android has customisation options, don't think you have to make use of them all, all the time. If the default SMS app or launcher works for you, why bother changing?

Fundamentally, Android is popular because it offer lots of functionality, on very capable hardware, for very competitive prices. Samsung in particular do well, as being a semiconductor manufacturer, they can use next year's components in this years devices that retail at less than other manufacturers' devices using the same or equivalent components.

However, the biggest issue with Android is the way most manufacturers significantly modify the version of Android that they ship on their devices, but without the skills and capacity to keep it up to date compared with Google's upstream version. Often, they also introduce their own problems, too. For this reason, after two different third-party Android devices (a HTC Hero and a Samsung Galaxy S II), I'm waiting for a Nexus 5 and suggest you do too. That way, it will get updates directly from Google, and probably for longer than from any of the third-party manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, Sony, etc). The downside is that you'll almost certainly have to do without an SD card slot and a removable battery, as Google doesn't believe in them.

Dougal1709  Oct. 1, 2013 at 09:54

Don't change just because someone else says it's better. It's all very subjective, I changed to Android from iOS because I used to jailbreak my phone to give myself the ability to do stuff that Apple didn't like me doing like having access to the file system. However, Apple release OS updates often and I'd lose my jailbreak and sometimes have to wait ages for a new one and not be able to use stuff that I wanted to use.

For that reason I moved to Android where I could run stuff like XBMC, Tasker and FolderSync three incredibly useful apps Apple wouldn't allow anywhere near the iPhone. I've been happy with Android, it works ok, it does what I want and some of the phones you can choose from make the iPhone look like a toy.

That being said, I would say don't move unless you really need to, you'll lose all your apps and Apple do not make it easy to move things like contacts off of your iPhone.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 1, 2013 at 09:55

cowbutt re "In response to JanSt, just because Android has customisation options, don't think you have to make use of them all, all the time. If the default SMS app or launcher works for you, why bother changing?"
That was my point. That's why I said, "try" etc...
Android may well work for him/her... That is alao why I said the strengths are the weaknesses etc etc... Fact is: same way people get tired of iOS for lack of customisation etc, Android users get tired of too much this and that...
It's all about personal 'choices' and 'preferences'. Which is why the Android-loving fans of the OP's suggested Android. Why not WP or BB? ;)

The problem is that the OP doesn't state what s/he likes about iOS or hates about her iPhone.

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