- 09-06-2012, 08:41 AM #76
I've had every iPhone since the 3G in 2008. While I love iOS and Apple's hardware, I've too thought about switching or adding a second device. My biggest problem with Android is that there isn't one single device I love as much as my 4S. If I could take the design/specs of the One X, mix in some of the features of the GS3, and shrink it down to the size of the One S I might be happy. Android devices seem to offer good design and build quality, features, OR the size I prefer, but never in one single device. Not to mention the 450+ apps I own for iOS. I don't use all of them, but I like the option I can re-download any of them at any time.
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I have the iPhone 4S and a Google Galaxy Nexus and must say hands down I prefer the iPhone 4S. I'm a tech guy, I love all the new toys and the software to go with them. I thought the bigger screen on the Nexus was nice, but the quality isn't that great. Also the phone was too big for my taste. I'm 5'11, pretty much average, and the phone just isn't comfortable for me to use, specially with one hand. With my iPhone it fits into my hand so well and I can use it with one hand as if it was an extension of my body. The Nexus I find I after have to use my other hand, even for simple task.
Also the UI for Android just isn't that consistent. Sometimes you have to click on things at the bottom, which you can generally do with your thumb, but other times, what you were clicking at the bottom is not on the top, far right, and it's either an awkward stretch to get to it or using your other hand.
The battery life isn't very good, no where near as long lasting as my iPhone. Also takes longer to recharge.
Jelly Bean is nice, and it's a vast improvement over Gingerbread, which I used on an old Android phone. It's definitely much smoother as well compared to ICS. I would say that it really just comes down to person preferences, and would try them both out as some people enjoy being able to almost completely customize their experience. Also Android is catching up in terms of having the mainstream apps, the only thing I haven't been able to find on Android is a decent Twitter app. I use Tweetbot on iOS, for Android I've tried the official twitter app, Tweet Lanes, Tweedle, Plume and don't like any of them.
I find when a new Android phone comes out, I'll want it, and then another one comes out and I'll want that one, etc. etc. It's much easier to getting a new iPhone every year, just sell the "old" one and that pays for most if not all of the upgrade cost. I purchased the Nexus from Google because I wanted updates as they were released and not having to wait months.
Other things I love about the iPhone is the amount of accessories that are available. All kinds of cases, car carriers, battery extenders, screen protectors. I like the Apple ecosystem and everything works between my MacBook, iPad, iPod with iCloud.
I would like to see the next iPhone have as nice a display as the HTC One X. If the HTC One X was available on the Google Play store, I would have purchased that phone just for the display. Two co-workers have that phone and it's just gorgeous.
I hate the SMS default client in Android as well. It's so much better on iOS. And I can message my wife who's also using an iPhone with iMessage that works over wifi.
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- 09-06-2012, 03:26 PM #86
I sometimes also get bored with my 4s. I played around with a One X that my friend just got and it is a very nice device. The camera impressed me too. But as I fooled around with it, I just found too many quirks and inconsistencies with the operating system. There's something about it that feels a bit scattered and disorganized. Most won't mind that but having been an Apple user since 96, it was very apparent to me that I like things a certain way and apple has always been able to hit that spot with me.
That being said, I am intregued by the Lumina 920 that Nokia debuted but the recent stories of them faking images in an about about the camera performance took the shine off that one for me.
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I love the concept of Android, with it at least being an open-ish OS that talented people like those at Cyanogenmod and XDA can take and mod. That appeals to me as a geeky tech person. What I don't like is how the carriers and manufacturers take so long to put out the major updates (if they do at all, since there's really no revenue in it for them). I also don't like all the added junk that the carriers put on the devices that cannot be uninstalled without rooting/voiding the warranty. Apple is in control of the whole system. So you give up some flexibility and hackability, but you get updates in a timely fashion and usually across all relatively recent models at the same time. That just makes it easier for me, and I find myself less susceptible to the "gotta have the newest device because it's the only one with the updated OS" thought process.
- 09-06-2012, 08:36 PM #89
this is one of THE best threads I have ever read on a mobile nations forum. Usually there is so much bashing and stupid name calling when it comes to different devices. this was incredibly constructive, I feel proud lol
as for the topic. I am constantly drawn to new devices, and more importantly, customization and tinkering of devices. I have an old galaxy S that I have rooted and use ICS on and there is even JB available for it.
I do find iOS boring and really restrictive for "speed user." I say this because the keyboard is terrible and autocorrect is even worse. Not to mention not being able to have different notification sounds for any app. Sure developers can put in their own sounds, but they continually base it on the tri-tone (that sound is like nails on the chalkboard to me). In Android you are able to take advantage of the file system and sd card which is really helpful. iOS is indeed more smooth and is much more uniform. Some stock apps are better on apple for sure, if not less useful (mail, photos). Widgets are fun, but nothing more than that to me. Having an app launcher hidden away is awesome to me. Also being able to put apps where I want them and not to mention toggles in the notification pull down. WOW apple, where are you on this?
I could go on and on with stuff I like more or less. I do end up coming back to the 4s because it works better than the fascinate (it better!) and I also have a network of apple products/friends on iPhone. Not to mention I am a case junkie, and there is nothing better than owning an iphone for this purpose lol
I do constantly get drawn by the "neat" things that are offered in android, and I 100% believe that JB has eclipsed iOS. I say this because google is finally figuring out how to streamline the OS and making it smoother to use. They already have unbelievable hardware specs to pull along the OS.
Overall, I am very unhappy with how little Apple has been innovating with their OS. They only have 1 device a year and thats fine, but I think they need to push the bar on the software side. (if not make a different looking device once in a while )
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- 09-06-2012, 08:53 PM #90
I have both a 4S and Galaxy Nexus as well. I bounce back and forth lately but always seem to migrate back to the 4S - fluidity of the OS/user interface. Even with 'project butter' on my GNex running JB 4.1.1 it still feels laggy often times. Keyboard and typing on iOS I find better.
I like the larger screen size and rounded back on the GNex but overall it's still a very big phone. Honestly I'd like something in between the GNex and 4S - hoping the iPhone 5 hits the spot.
The screen quality of the 4S is unmatched. The pentile Amoled on the GNex has nice saturation but that's it and that sometimes looks too much. Definitely lacks sharpness like the 4S's IPS panel. There are still times where I find the GNex screen more soothing for some reason.
I do wish iOS had better integration with other apps - such as sharing links and images - something Android definitely does better.
I like the notifications on Android - I find them less intrusive. The customization is nice - although as others said, it kicks my OCD in high gear sometimes lol.
App support is less and less a dividing issue. Most of the best apps are available on both.
Features like iMessage and FaceTime are tough to beat if you have friends and family with iPhones and/or iPads. In addition to having a huge investment in iTunes and owning most Apple ecosystem products (MacBook pro, iPad 3, iPod, iPhone 4S, Apple TV 3).
But sometimes I just want something different. Been also using iPhones since 2007 and sometimes feels stale despite the evolution of iOS.
So I guess I'm on the fence as much as the OP lol. We'll see what the iPhone 5 brings to the table. Otherwise a GS3 does start to look tempting. Not to mention I need to switch from AT&T to Verizon soon...
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most of my notifications are setup for Badge only - Sound > OFF, LockScreen > OFF and Notification Center > ON. i check my notifications when i feel like it