1. planoman's Avatar
    This 100%
    The 2013 high end android flagships still have a bit of lag on them. Android makers End of Life their phones after about just a year. After that, you better be good at unlocking bootloaders and flashing custom ROM's with sketchy stability. I don't buy an HDTV that doesn't work flawlessly as-is out of the box so I can "have the chance" to screw around with it. Same goes for any electronics. iPhone works better than Android without screwing around with it. As an electronic device should be.

    Yes, I agree you can do more stuff currently on an android. But it's not worth the trade-offs. Car analogy time! The Korean car company Hyundai, much like Samsung and LG, are basically into making cheaper knock-offs of the more expensive premium Japanese automakers Honda and Toyota. Hyundai cars include more features for free as "standard" than Honda does, who will offer some of those as paid option packages. But When it comes to quality, performance, and workmanship Honda blows Hyndai away by a long shot.

    Hyundai: Android
    Honda: iPhone

    /car analogy

    You have not driven a Hyundai lately have you?
    04-11-2013 11:44 PM
  2. phonejunky's Avatar
    Actually I have a question. I have not really found the value of iMessage yet. What makes it different/better than say Skype or Facebook messengers? (This isn't an arguitive question, I seriously would like to know the value)
    I totally agree. What's really it's purpose. Just so I can have a blue text message. Most people don't have every friend or person they need to talk to on an iDevice believe it or not. Most have a few people or most on an android device depending on your crowd. So I just don't even see the need.


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    04-11-2013 11:45 PM
  3. mij9895's Avatar
    As a fellow GNex owner myself I feel your pain. This was Samsung's fault. They did not invest enough in the GNex because it was a Google device, not their flagship Galaxy S series. The GNex radios/antennaes suck and because of it, Samsung has lost me as a customer for life. Except I may get the GNote 3 because I want a phablet, but if the Motorola X is a nice phone with a huge battery, I will get that instead.
    Samsung hasn't lost my business, as I'm extremely interested in the rumored sph-l500 they built for sprint. I need an android phone that can be reliable for times when I need to use sensorly for plotting Sprint LTE.


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    04-11-2013 11:47 PM
  4. androidluvr2's Avatar
    Samsung hasn't lost my business, as I'm extremely interested in the rumored sph-l500 they built for sprint. I need an android phone that can be reliable for times when I need to use sensorly for plotting Sprint LTE.
    I'm on verizon.
    04-11-2013 11:53 PM
  5. Richard Nieves's Avatar
    Great post. The biggest thing I can complain about with iOS now is customization, and Siri needs some real work compared to it's counter-part Google Now.
    This is what I thought at first too, but without rooting there are a few customizations android doesn't have like customizing individual contact message tones or customizing how notifications appear. There aren't any real visual ones though (which is probably what you meant) as far as Siri goes I find its even. Google now spoiled me with its it's speed and knowledge and more realistic voice, as well as its notifications based on triggers. However google now isn't as quick to access as Siri. I can grab my iphone and hold down the menu button and get Siri without even needing to unlock. On google, you have to at least unlock and then you can hold down the search button (if you are lucky enough to have one, most new phones don't) I can't imagine it's better on newer phones as most of them have virtual buttons and no search. Surprisingly I use Siri more than google now just because of how much easier it is to access.
    04-12-2013 10:29 AM
  6. phonejunky's Avatar
    This is what I thought at first too, but without rooting there are a few customizations android doesn't have like customizing individual contact message tones or customizing how notifications appear. There aren't any real visual ones though (which is probably what you meant) as far as Siri goes I find its even. Google now spoiled me with its it's speed and knowledge and more realistic voice, as well as its notifications based on triggers. However google now isn't as quick to access as Siri. I can grab my iphone and hold down the menu button and get Siri without even needing to unlock. On google, you have to at least unlock and then you can hold down the search button (if you are lucky enough to have one, most new phones don't) I can't imagine it's better on newer phones as most of them have virtual buttons and no search. Surprisingly I use Siri more than google now just because of how much easier it is to access.
    You're mistaken with google now all you do is swipe up from the home button. It's easier and quicker to access then Siri. I'm talking about the Nexus 4 Androids iPhone really. I think you're thinking about various android handsets. But Google Flagship phone access Google Now far quicker. Nothing to be held down at all. Look it up on YouTube.


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    04-12-2013 12:01 PM
  7. Richard Nieves's Avatar
    You're mistaken with google now all you do is swipe up from the home button. It's easier and quicker to access then Siri. I'm talking about the Nexus 4 Androids iPhone really. I think you're thinking about various android handsets. But Google Flagship phone access Google Now far quicker. Nothing to be held down at all. Look it up on YouTube.


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    Even if the phone is locked And screen is off? If so that's pretty awesome! But unfortunately the nexus line isn't always the best choice. I know the nexus 4 is pretty damn awesome but it didn't come out on sprint and didn't have lte (which I have and would never go back to sprints slow, battery draining 3G. My lte lasts far longer than when I'm on 3G!) I really hope google goes big with the new Moto phone. I feel like the nexus line only appeals to a smaller audience. Even when the galaxy nexus made it to all carriers it was no where near the best phone. They definitely improved that with the nexus 4, but Verizon and sprint combined make up a pretty significant portion of the American market. I think google should honestly put more regulations on manufacturers to produce higher quality phones like the nexus and make the "skins" completely removable. That way buyers can have a good selection of good quality phones
    04-12-2013 10:24 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    You have not driven a Hyundai lately have you?
    No doubt...
    04-12-2013 10:27 PM
  9. phonejunky's Avatar
    Even if the phone is locked And screen is off? If so that's pretty awesome! But unfortunately the nexus line isn't always the best choice. I know the nexus 4 is pretty damn awesome but it didn't come out on sprint and didn't have lte (which I have and would never go back to sprints slow, battery draining 3G. My lte lasts far longer than when I'm on 3G!) I really hope google goes big with the new Moto phone. I feel like the nexus line only appeals to a smaller audience. Even when the galaxy nexus made it to all carriers it was no where near the best phone. They definitely improved that with the nexus 4, but Verizon and sprint combined make up a pretty significant portion of the American market. I think google should honestly put more regulations on manufacturers to produce higher quality phones like the nexus and make the "skins" completely removable. That way buyers can have a good selection of good quality phones
    The Nexus 4 has always been LTE capable just kept the software locked down. I believe they are about to unlock it for T-Mobile though. And yes Google Now can be accessed from the lock screen.


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    04-13-2013 06:54 AM
  10. androidluvr2's Avatar
    The Nexus 4 has always been LTE capable just kept the software locked down. I believe they are about to unlock it for T-Mobile though.
    LG would have to go through the FCC approval process for them to unlock the LTE functionality of the device. I doubt they would invest in that now given the age of the device and how fast the technology moves and that the Nexus 4 hardware isn't optimized for LTE.
    04-13-2013 08:12 AM
  11. tanson1011's Avatar
    I also just switched from android to iOS. And believe me when I say this but I've owned almost all android devices that's currently out...the Note 2, S3, Nexus 4, Raze Maxx HD and Droid DNA. I've also owned the Nexus 7 tablet which I just sold.

    For me making the switch back to iOS is the fluidity (is that even a word..lol) of the iPhone. I'm sure no phone is absolutely perfect but my issues with apps forceclosing, lag, lack of accessories and wondering if your device will be updated or not was just enough for me to decide to switch back iOS. People swear up and down some of the issues I stated is non existent in phones like the nexus 4 and note 2 but they are. People also say, well root and flash a rom and you'll be good to go. But my theory is I shouldn't have to flash a rom to make the phone operate the way it should out of the box. And that's one of the big differences between iOS and android..people jb iOS products to add more customizations and features..etc. While on the other hand, most people root their android device in order to flash a rom that has a few tweaks that's supposed to make it run better than being stock.

    The issues I have with the ip5 is that it's small in size and not open to customization like android but for me I can get pass that...especially since it can be jailbroken.

    In the end though its all up to personal preference and what people need their phone to do. But for me ip5 is what I'm gonna rock for now and probably for awhile until the next big thing comes out ...S4...possibly, but who knows..lol


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    Lag? On nexus 4? Update issues? You say you don't want to root and Rom and love ios for not having to do that. But mention you jailbreaking to customize the iPhone? Lol. Your a joke
    04-13-2013 11:47 PM
  12. nj1266's Avatar
    HDR takes 3 pictures, and melds them into one - one exposure to cover bright areas - one for dark areas, and one "normal" exposure... you can elect to save a "normal" version of a picture & the HDR.. when HDR is on, it only saves the HDR version unless you elect to save the "normal" version as well... keeping HDR on & saving the normal gives you the best of both worlds... you can later keep the version(s) you like.
    So how do I elect to save the HDR version only? Where in the settings do I do this?
    04-14-2013 09:29 PM
  13. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    So how do I elect to save the HDR version only? Where in the settings do I do this?
    At the bottom of the photos & camera settings page you want to turn off "Keep Normal Photo"...
    04-14-2013 10:36 PM
  14. annaharris's Avatar
    Congratulations for your new iPhone and welcome to iMore. Feel free to share your thoughts on iPhone.
    04-15-2013 09:01 AM
  15. serwan's Avatar
    welcome, I am pretty sure you will like it.. it is easy to use and it offers some great features
    04-17-2013 06:36 PM
  16. Bl00dRunzC0ld's Avatar
    Welcome. I jump back and forth between iOS and android. Android has come a long way and there are things that I miss once I get back on to iOS from android, but in the long run, iOS is more polished. It works, it works well, and it's overall better than android. I think that's why I always end up back on iOS.
    04-20-2013 02:30 PM
  17. swarlos's Avatar
    100% agree OP Android is an awesome OS and I've used it for the last 2 years after coming from the OG iPhone then moving to Blackberry but same as you mentioned I rooted every Android device I owned and flashed rom after rom and kernel after kernel, after owning my last device a Samsung Galaxy Nexus I was done because the battery life was terrible and the apps were't up to par like the iOS counterparts. Now I'm happily back on iOS loving my iPhone 5 and glad you gave Apple a shot!
    04-21-2013 09:43 PM
  18. mulasien's Avatar
    Lol. Your a joke
    Are comments like this really necessary? It reflects very poorly on you.
    05-02-2013 02:38 PM
  19. alexnaoumi's Avatar
    My first phone was a blackberry then I went to android and have been with them since version 1.5 cupcake. I absolutely loved everything about google's OS and still do. I just recently got the iPhone 5 like 2 days ago and I really like it. It's even more awesome because its jailbroken. I don't know why I ever gave iPhone owners so much crap lol
    05-11-2013 03:31 AM
  20. theKHMERboy's Avatar
    For me I have never owned an android phone but I do sometimes play around with my bro Samsung galaxy 3 and it is a good phone but it's to complicating for me.. Even tho iPhone layouts has always been almost the same ever since the first iPhone.. I just find it to be more simple to use and I have an iPhone 5 now and I am comfortable with the size it's not to big it's not to small the galaxy 3 seem to big for my comfort
    05-11-2013 09:34 PM
  21. cdf3's Avatar
    When I read all of the reviews of users enjoying their iPhone, sometimes I feel compelled to switch over from Android. I purchased an iPad 3, Apple TV, and MacBook Pro. I use them daily, and enjoy using them. All of the Android devices I've had in the past would suffer from serious lag issues and poor battery life. The Razr Maxx had the best battery life out of any phone I've ever used, but it would lag sometimes. When rumors of the new iPhone 5 with a larger screen was rumored, I was all set and ready to grab one. When it finally came out, I was disappointed to see that they only made it taller and not wider. I knew this would be an issue because I read excel spreadsheets on my phone a lot, and I knew I would have to scroll left and right a lot. While not sure if I should still get it, the Samsung Galaxy Note II came out. It had almost the same size battery as my Razr Maxx, and it had a ton of features. The only downsize was the screen size. I felt it was just too big for me. I like using iCloud for iOS, but it seems limited. Therfore, I use Dropbox, because with Dropbox I can import and I export any type of file I wish. iOS is limited when it comes to the Dropbox app in comparison to Android. Android also has more app features for Google Drive as well. The Note 2 was my last attempt at Android. If I didn't like it, I was going to return it and get the iPhone 5. It turned out to be a much better device than I thought. It runs so much better than all of the Android phones I've previously owned. The screen size doesn't seem so big as I get used to it. I'm loving the Note 2, but at times I still get the urge to grab an iPhone to see what it has to offer.

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    06-03-2013 02:02 PM
  22. TitansJonne#CB's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. I know exactly what you mean.Android is an excellent platform but in a effort to be "open", google has lost control. Receiving updates takes around 6months to a year and support is dropped from a phone quick.


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    06-04-2013 09:42 AM
  23. Richard Nieves's Avatar
    After a 9 months I have enjoyed my phone. I did recently get an upgrade from sprint and was happy to buy an iphone 5s! I even was able to sell my iphone 5 and buy a 64gig iphone 5s! Man these things retain value!! Anyway I don't see me switching anytime soon. I haven't been this satisfied with a phone possibly ever. I will say with ios 7 (and a tad bit more after getting a 5s I have noticed some bugs, some of which I had with android. These include

    - freezing apps
    - random reboots
    - Siri not always working when she should (says phrases like sorry about this... Or just hangs
    - more app crashes

    However I also know this update was huge and 64 but processors caused its fair share of problems even on the pc so I am not too concerned yet. When ios 7.1 comes out though I do hope it fixes these issues. (Non apple app crashes are likely just caused by newly updated or not updates apps however apple apps shouldn't crash yet they crash for me the most.

    Another small complaint I've noticed is that the spellchecker is pretty lacking. Sometimes if I spell something wrong it won't give me the write choices or auto correct it even though it is sometimes only two letters mixed up. Not a huge issue at all but I've noticed this is just an apple thing as pages for iCloud works the same.

    I'm glad I made the switch! Ios seems to get better and better and in the time I've owned an iPhone I have gotten several updates (even if only minor) whereas with an android phone your lucky if you get an update within mine months.

    For android, these things need to change.

    - updates: sorry it's a smartphone world now and phones need to stay updated. When I read the next update kit-Kay was going to make the update available across more phones I though that was great! However google also mentioned way back their phones should be updatable for at least a year and a half and that's not exactly panning out. Main problem is google doesn't put its foot down with carriers

    - spam/security: this actually became a real issue towards the end of having android. Some apps would look like legit apps in the AppStore and then be crap and download tons of spam apps to my phone. Others would just spam me with notification adds with no way of turning them off. Did anyone see the ridiculous blackberry messenger scams??? What's the point of having a market like that if it's going to just let anything in! Google needs to be stricter.

    - quality standards my phones quality was alright I don't think it was anywhere near the quality of the equivalent iphone at the time but it wasn't the worst either. However something that needs to be done by google is have better quality standards. I know people who have had android phones that barely work and aren't really usable for much outside of calling because of lag. Cheaper phones should still be functional for basics!! The new Moto G is a prime example of what a cheap android phone should be. Also they need to push manufacturers to optimize better. There should be no android phones that lag considering the specs they have! Some of which are better than some laptops!!!

    - app quality needs to improve some... Big names get nice updates but everyone else doesn't seem to care.

    - don't force me to use crappy skins!!! For the love of god don't make people use the skins that manufacturers add! Personally if I ever did go back to android I would go to Motorola whom seems to be doing right by android. However I think the skins can really kill the experience of any phone. Let skins be an option that can be turned on or off...

    What it a really comes down to is android needs to back the OS more. Be tough on manufacturers, app developers, and carriers. Not in an overbearing way but in a way that promotes an awesome os experience that android could be capable of if google would just back it more. Windows phone has proved that having multiple manufacturers doesn't have to ruin the os experience and apple has shown updates can come out universally. Motorola is a step in the right direction but there needs to be more. Also android doesn't seem to have hardware like the iphone. Most of the top phones are plastic. I know that previous Moto razors were metal and kevlar which was cool but I'm not sure if it's metal anymore. Honestly I don't care if a phone is plastic because I always case them but I know many people do care.
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    12-08-2013 05:19 AM
  24. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Over the last 10 months I've had three different brands of smartphones; Android (SG3), Blackberry (Z10) and of course Apple (5s). I liked all three for what that phone(s) can do, however I like (love) my iphone the best. I don't have a long drawn out story about why I switched and what each platform can or can not do. All....I repeat "ALL" phones have pro's and con's, especially when it comes to how each individual uses a particular device. I gave up the Android in lieu of the 5s and decided to keep the Z10 for it's communications ability and other reasons. The bottom line for ME is what makes ME happy today and hopefully in the days to follow and I know the iphone 5s is the ONE.
    12-08-2013 06:44 AM
  25. Elizabeth2's Avatar
    Over the last 10 months I've had three different brands of smartphones; Android (SG3), Blackberry (Z10) and of course Apple (5s). I liked all three for what that phone(s) can do, however I like (love) my iphone the best. I don't have a long drawn out story about why I switched and what each platform can or can not do. All....I repeat "ALL" phones have pro's and con's, especially when it comes to how each individual uses a particular device. I gave up the Android in lieu of the 5s and decided to keep the Z10 for it's communications ability and other reasons. The bottom line for ME is what makes ME happy today and hopefully in the days to follow and I know the iphone 5s is the ONE.
    Hi Derrick welcome again to the iPhone family. You are right that every platform has its own specialty. I think that the iPhone has the best combination of all.
    Spencerdl and blackmagicwoman like this.
    12-08-2013 06:37 PM
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