1. godspeed87's Avatar
    I went from 6+ to Note 7 for 2 weeks. Here're some of my observations :
    - android Bluetooth is PITA, I couldn't make it talk to Google Now using my car(2016 Honda Civic). I tried everything! It looks like Google just doesn't care to update their protocol. With my old 6+ I only paired it once and it was done. I use Siri a lot in my car and the only way to use Google Now was via plugging Note through usb(which will activate Android Auto). Usually I have phone in my bag and I simply don't have time/too lazy to take it out and plug it in. Can't wait for Siri start talking to third party apps in iOS 9!
    - stuttering and hiccups(especially in Chrome). That alone drove me nuts. I disabled like every little bloatware Samsung put into Note and it still was laggy. My wife's S7 is was snappier! Samsung put like every feature possible into Note 7, but didn't optimize it. It looks like 4GB of RAM is barely enough. You won't get lag-free experience you got used to on iPhones. End of story.
    - a lot of ghost touches on edges even with a case on. I got better at it, but I still wish they released one with flat screen. Edges are really in the way. Also, there're numerous reports of screen shattering on every Android forum - as soon as edge hits hard object(even in a case) it's done. And screen replacements are expensive, because they have to re-seal waterproofing parts. I was always worrying about dropping my Note. I dropped my iPhones(original, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 6+) countless times and I never broke anything.
    - software design and UI design are far behind Apple. No news here, Android still looks non-uniform. Apps that made along Material Design guidelines looks good, but still not quite there.
    - quality and optimization of apps is trash. Real dealbreaker. Yes, you have lots of options with Android, but usually they're not good.
    - fingerprint scanner is just ok. Sometimes it couldn't recognize my finger because of positioning. Never happened to me on my old 6+.
    - battery life is just ok. Yeah, you could charge it fast and it has wireless charging(something I really love about Android phones), but it's not near as reliable as my old 6+.
    - keyboard lag. I am one of those people who would feel it. I tried all usual suspects - Google keyboard, Swiftkey, Chrooma, but they all fall short behind native Apple keyboard.

    I really wanted to keep Note. I honestly tried. I love camera, screen(not edges though), feature like always on display and night clock, but Apple's software design and quality of apps brought me back. Returned Note few days ago and picked up pretty much brand new 6S+ off Craigslist. I always buy phones outright, so waiting for iPhone 7 Pro is not on my list - I simply can't go back to screen that is smaller than 5.5 inches, so 7 Plus is the only way to go and simply don't have cash to buy it outright. The only reason I bough Note 7 outright was because Samsung Canada ran a promotion of giving you $200 off when you trade-in ANY phone. I brought an old Alcatel and they gladly took it. They were trying really hard to make people buying Notes, but with recall it all went downhill... I always buy my iPhones in the fall when the new one is released - you could pick them up for cheap, so the cost of yearly upgrade is very reasonable. Note is a great phone, but just not for me.
    Chrisy likes this.
    09-06-2016 11:17 PM
  2. Evilguppy's Avatar
    I'm not surprised in the least. Every Samsung device I have owned (GS 3, Note 2 and Note 3) has looked glitzy and full of bells and whistles but all fell flat after that first software update. Then I started refusing the software updates so Samsung forced them on me.
    When they bricked my Note 3 while I was working in the backcountry and needed to rely on my phone, I said enough. I came back to Apple with first the iPad Air 1 and the iPhone 6. I am now on the IPad Pro and I'm about to upgrade my 6 Plus to a 7. I'm never going back to Samsung. If for whatever reason I had to go back to Android it would be with Nexus. At least they can do Android.
    09-07-2016 09:30 AM
  3. James Falconer's Avatar
    To chime in here, I actually feel very much like the OP. Doing what I do here at iMore and Mobile Nations, I'm quite comfortable hopping between iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry. The OS's themselves have matured so much, it's easier than ever to make the switch. And that switch used to be a BIG switch. Not so much anymore.

    I will say that this year, the choice for me is definitely between the Note 7 and iPhone 7. I had the good fortune to spend some time with the Note 7 prior to the recall, and I have to say it is a solid, well built (and beautiful) device. It's a shame about the problems they're having, but I'm sure Samsung will fix the problem as soon as they can.

    The last piece of the puzzle for me is today's Apple event. Super eager to see the iPhone 7 (and maybe some other goodies) to find out all the specs, price, etc. At this point I'm probably leaning towards an iPhone 7 purchase, but I'll reserve that judgement for later today, or the very near future
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    09-07-2016 10:18 AM
  4. toneofark's Avatar
    I'm actually enjoying the Note 7. However, this latest recall business gives me an opportunity to see just what the iPhone 7 is going to look and function like before deciding to swap for a new Note, or go with the iPhone. Just a few more hours now.
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    09-07-2016 11:48 AM
  5. Jamie Wooten's Avatar
    I'm actually enjoying the Note 7. However, this latest recall business gives me an opportunity to see just what the iPhone 7 is going to look and function like before deciding to swap for a new Note, or go with the iPhone. Just a few more hours now.
    So I'm curious did you decide if you're gonna drop the Note 7 for the iPhone? I've actually got a S7 edge and an iPhone 6s. I'm torn between both. Lol
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    09-09-2016 05:31 PM
  6. toneofark's Avatar
    So I'm curious did you decide if you're gonna drop the Note 7 for the iPhone? I've actually got a S7 edge and an iPhone 6s. I'm torn between both. Lol
    I agonized over it for a bit, and I already returned my Gear S2 Classic watch. I think I'll take the chance on the iPhone 7.
    09-09-2016 08:06 PM
  7. bhatech's Avatar
    Always have the latest iPhone and latest Android flagship phones. Returned Note 7 and waiting for V20 and Google phones from Android side. Waiting for the iPhone 7+ to deliver on the iOS side. Will be using iPhone 7+ as daily driver until I get bored and then switch it up with Android as daily driver.
    09-09-2016 08:18 PM
  8. jcstek's Avatar
    Yeah I have two lines so I usually run an iPhone and an Android of some kind. Both 7 gen phones will be really really good. For me, apple has the ecosystem nailed. I love that all my apple devices talk to each other so well.

    Samsung hardware design is really good though and TouchWiz does have some compelling features. I think it will come down to what you use your phone for mostly.
    09-09-2016 08:57 PM
  9. KarmelVixen's Avatar
    I thought about upgrading from my note 5 to the note 7. I loved that it came in a actual black & not a blue ish black, but it that was it. I really don't care about constantly upgrading my android line. Now I'm happy I didn't considering they have been recalled.
    09-09-2016 11:00 PM
  10. Chrisy's Avatar
    Yes.
    09-10-2016 12:56 AM
  11. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    Nope. Might try new Nexus/Pixel though.
    09-10-2016 11:14 AM
  12. tech_fan's Avatar
    I was on the fence for awhile and almost made the move to the note 7 a couple weekend ago and the gear s2. Being that the entire family is on Apple and all the problems Samsung currently has with the note 7, I ordered the 7 plus for myself.
    09-10-2016 01:07 PM
  13. Jamie Wooten's Avatar
    I was on the fence for awhile and almost made the move to the note 7 a couple weekend ago and the gear s2. Being that the entire family is on Apple and all the problems Samsung currently has with the note 7, I ordered the 7 plus for myself.
    Whole family has apple. I went and got a S7 edge and a gear S2. Like the setup but thinking about going back to my iPhone. Lol
    toneofark likes this.
    09-10-2016 01:40 PM
  14. toneofark's Avatar
    Whole family has apple. I went and got a S7 edge and a gear S2. Like the setup but thinking about going back to my iPhone. Lol
    That's the other thing. The Mrs. and my oldest have iPhones, she and my youngest have iPad minis, and I have a Mac at home. Just waiting on my loaner to arrive (an iPhone 6), so I can return the Note and plunk the refund down on a 7 Plus.

    (That's what I get for breaking up an Apple home...... LOL)
    09-12-2016 08:50 AM
  15. TLD1's Avatar
    I've been around mobile devices, and been on mobile-specific websites seemingly forever. I used to be a huge BlackBerry guy, then as they dropped out of the picture for the most part...I became familiar with and entrenched in the Apple ecosystem. Fast forward to today, like James said...the jump from OS to OS is simpler than ever, and I find that I can jump from BBOS10 to Android, and to iOS without much of a learning curve. iOS is still, without a doubt (IMO) the smoothest, fastest & most polished of all the most popular operating systems...but, it can become a bit boring as it hasn't changed a lot over the years. That made me glance over the fence to grass that appeared to be greener lately...

    That said, I have been curious about the "new" Android OS...and Samsung phones in particular, especially since their build quality and materials have come up to the same level as Apple or some other high-end mobile manufacturers. Fueling my curiosity, I have tried the BlackBerry Priv, the Samsung Note 5 & the Samsung Galaxy s6 in recent months. And, before all the explode-gate stuff went on...I was really considering at least trying the Note 7 before I went ahead and upgraded to the iPhone 7 or 7+ as I had planned, and was my regular method of operation each year.

    But...even as coming from iOS to Android is easier than ever, I never could get comfortable with Android at all. It kind of bums me out, because the Note 7 is a gorgeous device, and I know I like the S-Pen because it was my favorite part about the Note 5. But, I have personally resigned myself that I am just an "iOS Guy" and will be as long as there is iOS. And, that's not a bad thing.
    09-12-2016 09:40 AM
  16. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Reading all these responses is very interesting.
    I used to buy the latest and greatest from all four major US platforms. Little by little I've lost interest in keeping up with that, for various reasons.
    I'm with iOS and unless something dramatic happens, I'm staying with iOS and dropping everything else.
    When I think of all the money I've spent on phones, it makes me cringe now. Maybe I finally grew up.
    verks likes this.
    09-17-2016 12:21 PM
  17. badelhas's Avatar
    Reading all these responses is very interesting.
    I used to buy the latest and greatest from all four major US platforms. Little by little I've lost interest in keeping up with that, for various reasons.
    I'm with iOS and unless something dramatic happens, I'm staying with iOS and dropping everything else.
    When I think of all the money I've spent on phones, it makes me cringe now. Maybe I finally grew up.
    Yeah, we should be able to stick with something we like and don't let the upgrade bug bite us.
    qbnkelt likes this.
    09-17-2016 03:35 PM
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