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After about 7 years I have decided to move across to the 'dark-side' and give an iPhone a go. I love tech, so just wanted to see how it fairs as a smartphone compared to what I have been used to. For … Read More
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5m, 2w agoPosted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
After about 7 years I have decided to move across to the 'dark-side' and give an iPhone a go. I love tech, so just wanted to see how it fairs as a smartphone compared to what I have been used to. For those embedded into the Google ecosystem what did you notice / miss when you jumped ship?
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5m, 2w agoPosted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
I moved from iPhone 4 to Sam s4 then s5 and now s7, I love the fact I can simply copy and paste! Without the pain in the a$$ iTunes! My missus has the iPhone 6 and just getting photos off or removing something is ridiculous,,
#2
Custom launchers, I absolutely despise the default iOS one. Everything else does work surprisingly well for me on the iPad.

Apple will however have to pry my Android phone from my cold, dead hands.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Dec 06, 2016 19:14: ..
#3
themes, ability to change fonts and icons, oh and the main one - any type of fast charging. get ready for your phone to take 2-3 hours to charge...
#4
Widgets apple attempt is poo, all my key info was on various widgets without having to open apps
#5
I have recently moved from Android to IOS as I used to own a Sam Gxy Note 3. I miss simple things like when writing a text how the full stop is right at the bottom, not being able to edit, save documents easily. Not being able to share files easily and download 'things' you would do using a client . Android gave me a lot of flexilbility.
#6
Memory card ... apart from that nothing.
#7
I don't miss my Android phone. Everything works nicely on the iPhone whereas apps seemed to crash a fair bit on Android but that could have been my phone I guess. The memory card was a nice touch, I'm finding my 16GB version not enough but it's renewal time in March so I can sort it then.
#8
Once I jailbroke mine, did not miss a thing. iOS without restrictions is better than anything out there
#9
rollmesome
Once I jailbroke mine, did not miss a thing. iOS without restrictions is better than anything out there

Are you on iOS 10 jailbreak? Would love to as iOS 10 has put a dampener on iPhone for me, ruined the control centre !
#10
Apps which you have paid for. If you have invested cash in to paid for apps the you will have to fork out again.
#11
darkstryder360
rollmesome
Once I jailbroke mine, did not miss a thing. iOS without restrictions is better than anything out there
Are you on iOS 10 jailbreak? Would love to as iOS 10 has put a dampener on iPhone for me, ruined the control centre !


No no. Ios10 jailbreak scene has been slow. iOS 9. Refuse to update.

Looking like a lot of programmers not bothered about bypassing iPhone now so might have to move to android
#12
I would imagine most people have missed the money in their wallet.....
#13
westy125
I moved from iPhone 4 to Sam s4 then s5 and now s7, I love the fact I can simply copy and paste! Without the pain in the a$$ iTunes! My missus has the iPhone 6 and just getting photos off or removing something is ridiculous,,
Surely you just use a photo service like Google Photos or similar? I can't remember the last time I had to plug my phone into a laptop?
#14
adamspencer95
themes, ability to change fonts and icons, oh and the main one - any type of fast charging. get ready for your phone to take 2-3 hours to charge...
I'll charge it overnight so not an issue.
#15
gyro85
Widgets apple attempt is poo, all my key info was on various widgets without having to open apps
Yes, widgets is so far, the only thing I might miss a little.
#16
nokiafusion
Memory card ... apart from that nothing.
128gb so should be fine.
#17
jazzuk777
I would imagine most people have missed the money in their wallet.....
I was looking at the Pixel XL, but the iPhone 7 Plus deal worked out £200 cheaper over the lifetime of the contract...
#18
punji
I have recently moved from Android to IOS as I used to own a Sam Gxy Note 3. I miss simple things like when writing a text how the full stop is right at the bottom, not being able to edit, save documents easily. Not being able to share files easily and download 'things' you would do using a client . Android gave me a lot of flexilbility.
Can't you download a ne keyboard? Isn't the google keyboard available? https://www.cnet.com/how-to/5-reasons-to-install-googles-keyboard-on-your-ios-device/
#19
I used to switch back n forth between iOS and Android. I always found Android to have greater flexibility to customise and really liked the various widgets and multiple home screens however I found it difficult to get an Android device with a really good battery life. Lets face it most smartphones with the latest and greatest regardless of manufacturer dont have great battery lives but I managed to find compromise with the iOS and can easily go the whole day using an average of 30%. Sat Nav, maintstream social networking apps, Safari and Screen brightness seem to be the key drains for me but on Android it literally killed the battery with that and all the bloatware. Personal preference.
#20
I've relatively recently moved the other way, iOS to android and the things I miss are.....
Updates - iphones get updates very regularly and are supported for a lot longer than any android phones.
imessage- just brilliant simple functionality. great when most people you know use iphones.
facetime- as above. works better than any app based solution on android.
warranty/support - any problem with your phone within warranty and simply go to an apple store and come out with a brand new phone.
Appstore - apps look and work better than android in general, apps are also normally released on iPhone before android.
battery life - the iPhone doesn't have fast or wireless charging but the battery life is superb, particularly standby battery life.
apple pay - still nothing close available on Android.
lightning connector - got slated when it was released but its brilliant, and Android is only just catching up with USB-C.
not sure why so many people complain about iTunes as it us simply not required. I have connected my phones to iTunes about 3 times in 9 years, and that was only to network unlock them. to backup photos now you just log into icloud and download them.
expandable memory is nice but I'd still prefer to have a 64gb internal storage which many android phones don't have.
what I prefer about Android
price - phones are a bit cheaper that apple equivalent
widgets - I've found these very useful
NFC- many practical uses, NFC in iPhone only really does apple pay.
play store - lots of choice when it comes to apps, many slightly dodgy ones (kodi etc) which aren't on IOS
#21
ipswich78
westy125
I moved from iPhone 4 to Sam s4 then s5 and now s7, I love the fact I can simply copy and paste! Without the pain in the a$$ iTunes! My missus has the iPhone 6 and just getting photos off or removing something is ridiculous,,
Surely you just use a photo service like Google Photos or similar? I can't remember the last time I had to plug my phone into a laptop?


Since my iPhone, and subsequently galaxy's I backup all my photos to my hard drives, so since the iPhone 3 etc me and my missus have around 200gig of photos, so I don't really want them all on the cloud not that any of them support such sizes without me paying, but free to backup myself. I really need to go through them
#22
nitro228
I've relatively recently moved the other way, iOS to android and the things I miss are.....
Updates - iphones get updates very regularly and are supported for a lot longer than any android phones.
imessage- just brilliant simple functionality. great when most people you know use iphones.
facetime- as above. works better than any app based solution on android.
warranty/support - any problem with your phone within warranty and simply go to an apple store and come out with a brand new phone.
Appstore - apps look and work better than android in general, apps are also normally released on iPhone before android.
battery life - the iPhone doesn't have fast or wireless charging but the battery life is superb, particularly standby battery life.
apple pay - still nothing close available on Android.
lightning connector - got slated when it was released but its brilliant, and Android is only just catching up with USB-C.
not sure why so many people complain about iTunes as it us simply not required. I have connected my phones to iTunes about 3 times in 9 years, and that was only to network unlock them. to backup photos now you just log into icloud and download them.
expandable memory is nice but I'd still prefer to have a 64gb internal storage which many android phones don't have.
what I prefer about Android
price - phones are a bit cheaper that apple equivalent
widgets - I've found these very useful
NFC- many practical uses, NFC in iPhone only really does apple pay.
play store - lots of choice when it comes to apps, many slightly dodgy ones (kodi etc) which aren't on IOS
That's an interesting read, thanks. How is Apple Pay different to Android Pay? I've used Android Pay and was of the impression that fundamentally they are the same thing?

Edited By: ipswich78 on Dec 06, 2016 22:48
#23
westy125
ipswich78
westy125
I moved from iPhone 4 to Sam s4 then s5 and now s7, I love the fact I can simply copy and paste! Without the pain in the a$$ iTunes! My missus has the iPhone 6 and just getting photos off or removing something is ridiculous,,
Surely you just use a photo service like Google Photos or similar? I can't remember the last time I had to plug my phone into a laptop?

Since my iPhone, and subsequently galaxy's I backup all my photos to my hard drives, so since the iPhone 3 etc me and my missus have around 200gig of photos, so I don't really want them all on the cloud not that any of them support such sizes without me paying, but free to backup myself. I really need to go through them
I use cloud and a local backup, but yes at 200gb you'd struggle for a decent cloud based backup for free.
#24
ipswich78
nitro228
I've relatively recently moved the other way, iOS to android and the things I miss are.....
Updates - iphones get updates very regularly and are supported for a lot longer than any android phones.
imessage- just brilliant simple functionality. great when most people you know use iphones.
facetime- as above. works better than any app based solution on android.
warranty/support - any problem with your phone within warranty and simply go to an apple store and come out with a brand new phone.
Appstore - apps look and work better than android in general, apps are also normally released on iPhone before android.
battery life - the iPhone doesn't have fast or wireless charging but the battery life is superb, particularly standby battery life.
apple pay - still nothing close available on Android.
lightning connector - got slated when it was released but its brilliant, and Android is only just catching up with USB-C.
not sure why so many people complain about iTunes as it us simply not required. I have connected my phones to iTunes about 3 times in 9 years, and that was only to network unlock them. to backup photos now you just log into icloud and download them.
expandable memory is nice but I'd still prefer to have a 64gb internal storage which many android phones don't have.
what I prefer about Android
price - phones are a bit cheaper that apple equivalent
widgets - I've found these very useful
NFC- many practical uses, NFC in iPhone only really does apple pay.
play store - lots of choice when it comes to apps, many slightly dodgy ones (kodi etc) which aren't on IOS
That's an interesting read, thanks. How is Apple Pay different to Android Pay? I've used Android Pay and was of the impression that fundamentally they are the same thing?


sorry, I should have made that bit clearer. yes android pay and apple pay work in the same way, I was referring to the fact that all iphones from the last 3 years support apple pay whereas with android you need to ensure your phone supports NFC, and a surprisigly large number still dont.
Also having re-read my post it comes across as very pro apple and anti android. that's not the case, but I do think as an all round package from apps to hardware and support Apple is right up there, but then so are their prices. I love the flexibility of android, as well as the huge choice of available hardware.
#25
The general consensus with all the major tech site is the iphone on android platform.
#26
ipswich78
jazzuk777
I would imagine most people have missed the money in their wallet.....
I was looking at the Pixel XL, but the iPhone 7 Plus deal worked out £200 cheaper over the lifetime of the contract...
*If* you buy a Pixel - the beauty of android is you can buy something that does all most people need or do quite capably on a smartphone a quarter or less of the price of an iphone.
#27
nitro228
I've relatively recently moved the other way, iOS to android and the things I miss are.....
Updates - iphones get updates very regularly and are supported for a lot longer than any android phones.
imessage- just brilliant simple functionality. great when most people you know use iphones.
facetime- as above. works better than any app based solution on android.
warranty/support - any problem with your phone within warranty and simply go to an apple store and come out with a brand new phone.
Appstore - apps look and work better than android in general, apps are also normally released on iPhone before android.
battery life - the iPhone doesn't have fast or wireless charging but the battery life is superb, particularly standby battery life.
apple pay - still nothing close available on Android.
lightning connector - got slated when it was released but its brilliant, and Android is only just catching up with USB-C.
not sure why so many people complain about iTunes as it us simply not required. I have connected my phones to iTunes about 3 times in 9 years, and that was only to network unlock them. to backup photos now you just log into icloud and download them.
expandable memory is nice but I'd still prefer to have a 64gb internal storage which many android phones don't have.
what I prefer about Android
price - phones are a bit cheaper that apple equivalent
widgets - I've found these very useful
NFC- many practical uses, NFC in iPhone only really does apple pay.
play store - lots of choice when it comes to apps, many slightly dodgy ones (kodi etc) which aren't on IOS
Interestingly, as an android user who had helped a few people lately with their ihpones when they got stuck, I'd say Android is actually more intuitive! iOS being more user friendly is largely a myth imo, I think it comes down actually to familiarity. As for battery life, it is undoubtedly a mixed bag on android because there are so many devices out there, however some are absolutely fantastic for battery life, and iphones have had a reputation for poor battery life in their day as well.
#28
westy125
ipswich78
westy125
I moved from iPhone 4 to Sam s4 then s5 and now s7, I love the fact I can simply copy and paste! Without the pain in the a$$ iTunes! My missus has the iPhone 6 and just getting photos off or removing something is ridiculous,,
Surely you just use a photo service like Google Photos or similar? I can't remember the last time I had to plug my phone into a laptop?

Since my iPhone, and subsequently galaxy's I backup all my photos to my hard drives, so since the iPhone 3 etc me and my missus have around 200gig of photos, so I don't really want them all on the cloud not that any of them support such sizes without me paying, but free to backup myself. I really need to go through them

You can back up *all* your photos to Google drive for free if you don't mind reducing the native resolution to the Google standard size. I forget what the resolution is but it's fine for most uses, especially if you also back up locally and use cloud as your emergency back up...

Of course you can't change your mind later.
#29
jazzuk777
ipswich78
jazzuk777
I would imagine most people have missed the money in their wallet.....
I was looking at the Pixel XL, but the iPhone 7 Plus deal worked out £200 cheaper over the lifetime of the contract...
*If* you buy a Pixel - the beauty of android is you can buy something that does all most people need or do quite capably on a smartphone a quarter or less of the price of an iphone.
Did you read my message correctly? I was going to get a Pixel XL but at £200 more expensive than the iPhone 7 Plus...
#30
ipswich78
jazzuk777
ipswich78
jazzuk777
I would imagine most people have missed the money in their wallet.....
I was looking at the Pixel XL, but the iPhone 7 Plus deal worked out £200 cheaper over the lifetime of the contract...
*If* you buy a Pixel - the beauty of android is you can buy something that does all most people need or do quite capably on a smartphone a quarter or less of the price of an iphone.
Did you read my message correctly? I was going to get a Pixel XL but at £200 more expensive than the iPhone 7 Plus...

Pixel has only been out a couple of months, I'd wait until after xmas they will drop and that way you get to keep all your paid apps/settings and you will avoid the infuriating limitations of IOS. Apple has always been way ahead with ease of use etc in the past but with the newer versions of Android that gap has been closed.

The Pixel is everything an Android should be. Even if you don't wait i'd say the money you will save on rebuying all your apps and then the cost of selling Iphone rebuying an android if you dont settle with it , will be more than the £200 premium now.

Edited By: acholmes2000 on Dec 07, 2016 09:30
#31
acholmes2000
ipswich78
jazzuk777
ipswich78
jazzuk777
I would imagine most people have missed the money in their wallet.....
I was looking at the Pixel XL, but the iPhone 7 Plus deal worked out £200 cheaper over the lifetime of the contract...
*If* you buy a Pixel - the beauty of android is you can buy something that does all most people need or do quite capably on a smartphone a quarter or less of the price of an iphone.
Did you read my message correctly? I was going to get a Pixel XL but at £200 more expensive than the iPhone 7 Plus...
Pixel has only been out a couple of months, I'd wait until after xmas they will drop and that way you get to keep all your paid apps/settings and you will avoid the infuriating limitations of IOS. Apple has always been way ahead with ease of use etc in the past but with the newer versions of Android that gap has been closed.
The Pixel is everything an Android should be.
I'm not so sure, the Nexus 6P never really dropped dramatically in price. There was the odd offer of £50 off etc. I think Google are now going down the premium route and ensuring their prices stay higher to give the item more of an exclusive feel.
#32
acholmes2000
ipswich78
jazzuk777
ipswich78
jazzuk777
I would imagine most people have missed the money in their wallet.....
I was looking at the Pixel XL, but the iPhone 7 Plus deal worked out £200 cheaper over the lifetime of the contract...
*If* you buy a Pixel - the beauty of android is you can buy something that does all most people need or do quite capably on a smartphone a quarter or less of the price of an iphone.
Did you read my message correctly? I was going to get a Pixel XL but at £200 more expensive than the iPhone 7 Plus...
Pixel has only been out a couple of months, I'd wait until after xmas they will drop and that way you get to keep all your paid apps/settings and you will avoid the infuriating limitations of IOS. Apple has always been way ahead with ease of use etc in the past but with the newer versions of Android that gap has been closed.
The Pixel is everything an Android should be. Even if you don't wait i'd say the money you will save on rebuying all your apps and then the cost of selling Iphone rebuying an android if you dont settle with it , will be more than the £200 premium now.
The cost of replacing apps would be circa £30. I've had an iPad for years so some of the apps will already have been purchased.

The other consideration was resale value. iPhones tend to hold their value better than Android phones in my experience.
#33
Android quality control, updating and battery life is poor, Microsoft better but not by much and I jumped back to a iphone 6S with 2 years 0% five years later after leaving iOS in its infancy - and the OS is great as is battery.

I dont use apps greatly, more the browser so all 3 work for me, but Apple has come on leaps and bounds

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