1. Richard Nieves's Avatar
    Yep, I've seen your remarks on all three, and each has its merits, suffice it to say. While I've tried the iPhone before, it is a solid unit, but try as i may, I have never gotten decent with its keyboard. Next time my daughter comes in, I'll have her try SwiftKey 3,and see if I can do better. I use it on the S3, and it is a work of art.

    I've never wanted to post a why I switched or why I'm leaving post. I very always tried to take a new device on its own honor, and if the shoe didn't fit, I found another one. There are comparisons and lessons to be learned, though, in everything that happens!
    I do miss swift key :-) I am one of the few who misses the physical keyboard days and swift key made it easy, especially when they added flow, which added a more accurate swipe-like experience. I agree apple needs some work on the keyboard. I personally would also like haptic feedback, though I know not everyone likes it. I find if I keep the sound on the keyboard though, it feels ever so slightly, as if there is a vibration. (Might just be going crazy though)
    05-12-2013 07:19 PM
  2. Tpence2177's Avatar
    I do miss swift key :-) I am one of the few who misses the physical keyboard days and swift key made it easy, especially when they added flow, which added a more accurate swipe-like experience. I agree apple needs some work on the keyboard. I personally would also like haptic feedback, though I know not everyone likes it. I find if I keep the sound on the keyboard though, it feels ever so slightly, as if there is a vibration. (Might just be going crazy though)
    I loved the physical keyboard on my droid 3. Easily one of the best keyboards on any phone I have ever had. That being said I love the iOS keyboard better than any other on screen keyboard that I have ever had. I gated how loose the screen got on all the droids after a few months of use. It would always move like a 1/4 of an inch while you we're just trying to use the screen. Felt super cheap.


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    05-12-2013 09:52 PM
  3. theKHMERboy's Avatar
    I like how the htc one looks and the features on it but I am not ready to go all complicated on android.. Sticking to iPhone
    05-13-2013 08:42 PM
  4. tylerj67's Avatar
    I am currently waiting to get my iPhone in the mail right now after using a nexus 4 for about a month. Don't get me wrong the nexus 4 is an amazing phone and google has done many great things with jellybean on the phone and if there were any other phone I would use besides an iPhone it would have to be a nexus 4 because I believe the only way to use android is by keeping it fully stock and not putting "skins" on top of it. Regardless I am getting an iPhone 5 again because I love the way it works with all my other apple devices and how easily apple has made it for me to stay connected. Apps are higher quality, battery life is better and one of the major things I miss is iMessage. iMessage makes it so easy for me to stay connected with my friends and family and works amazingly. I believe that SMS is going to be out dated soon and apple new that. iOS may not be for everyone but if you like something that works seamlessly and is simple to use then get an iPhone because I believe that androids are more for people who love tinkering with their OS.
    05-13-2013 10:20 PM
  5. Aquila's Avatar
    I am a long time Android user, and right now I am not considering changing that in the near term, however I am very interested in iOS announcements this June. What has me curious is this: (please let me know if this should be a different thread, but the users here seem to be somewhat familiar with both OS's I'm asking about, so I figured I'd start here)

    I am a big technology fan in general, however I have never owned anything Apple. I have played with my wife's old iPod touch and with iPhones and iPads owned by my friends and family members. I intimately know all of the arguments in favor of Android over Apple, but I'm curious as to what the value proposition is from the other side of the fence. I'm not really asking to be convinced, because I know it's all about individual preferences in the end, but would anyone be willing to indulge me with the best aspects of iOS (don't necessarily have to be compared to Android) and perhaps some specific things that can be compared, where the execution is better on the iOS side?

    Thanks!
    05-14-2013 04:31 AM
  6. delta7's Avatar
    Customization gets old after a while and you're gonna want something that just works as planned. Having my backups placed in the cloud or on itunes saves me from re-inserting passwords into every program on phone and spending hours getting things to how I like them, it's very convientant and good to use. I get more done with a iPhone because it's just a phone that I use to handle my personal business and keep in touch with people. I don't care about wallpapers, rooting or whatever new hip or cool feature android has because honestly that's not why I buy a phone.

    As for the screen size well to be honest even a 5 inch phone can't access a full desktop site without having to zoom in so I don't get the point with this big screen stuff. You're still better off with the mobile view.

    And the apps still aren't there and it's gonna be a while till Google give incentives for developers to make apps for android, not root or adblock or any other apps to change the OS but apps that people actually can be productive with. I can side load any APK into android and bam! free app without paying and this still hasn't changed and I don't need to be rooted either.

    I'm convinced that former apple users are just bored with IOS so they switch to android but they switched out of boredom not outta productivity.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/sam...too-large.html

    This poor girl is aging quickly trying to figure out with Android won't compress her videos she takes and wants to send to her friends.

    Android is good for some people, those who like to tinker it's great but for regular folks who just use a phone as a communication, media tool I prefer the iphone better.
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    05-14-2013 09:24 PM
  7. xanadome's Avatar
    I don't care much about large screen phones and customization. So I don't any reason to switch to android. Staying with the iphone 5 and enjoying its one- handed usage and iOS stability.
    If future iPhone should go beyond the current size, I might search for something smaller. To me, the iPhone 4s was the sweet spot. If I need to see something in a cellphone size screen, I rather reach for my iPad or laptop. 5" phone or Sammy Note II is ridiculous.
    05-15-2013 12:08 AM
  8. swarlos's Avatar
    The benefits of iOS greatly out way the drawbacks for me and I used to be on the Pro-Android/iSheep fence but decided to come back to iPhone after my 2 year hiatus with the 5 and being able to reflect on my time with Android I'm very happy I came back.

    As for the benefits that I so adamantly cherish are the excellent battery life compared to my 4 android phones I've owned, the cohesiveness of the OS and the quality of apps, the assurance of knowing only one device will be coming out a year versus the multitude of devices per quarter on Android, the joy of knowing when the update to iOS will be and that nearly every iDevice owner will get it at the same time!

    I know the argument about rooting, customizing and that iOS is for old and stupid people but really I've been down that road and it was a pain in the arse flashing a rom, then logging into all my services, and restoring all my apps then turning on all the tweaks I wanted from that rom plus the kernel flashing to get amazing battery life and this was a weekly if not daily occurrence with my last Android, a Galaxy Nexus.

    It's not that I still don't stalk AC or the forums I've been reading a ton of the One and S4 threads and kind of laugh at the sticky threads for bugs because they have a laundry list of issues that most iOS users don't. I'm not saying that iOS doesn't have it's share of bugs but compared to both those phones it's very minuscule and me personally haven't experienced a one and with that along with the other benefits I mentioned is why I will not be going back to Android.

    I still plan on getting up and watching the Google I/O keynote tomorrow! 😃


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    05-15-2013 02:16 AM
  9. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    I actually recently switched from a Droid Razr HD. I've bounced back and fourth for a while now between Android, iOS and even BlackBerry. There are things I love and things I hate about each platform, but in the end I do always find myself coming back to iOS. I think Android has a lot of very solid ideas and features, but the way in which a lot of them are implemented is horrible.

    Android, from my experience anyway, can be wildly inconsistent in the speed and fluidity department. This was especially apparent on my Razr HD. One day it would fly along like a jet engine, the next even simple tasks like swiping between homescreens would cause a pitiful display of lag that really made it look like a phone that's been out for a couple of years.

    I still love Android (as I love iPhone and iOS), but I'm completely satisfied with my iPhone 5 for the time being. No regrets in coming back.
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    05-15-2013 08:23 AM
  10. anon5664829's Avatar
    I am a long time Android user, and right now I am not considering changing that in the near term, however I am very interested in iOS announcements this June. What has me curious is this: (please let me know if this should be a different thread, but the users here seem to be somewhat familiar with both OS's I'm asking about, so I figured I'd start here)

    I am a big technology fan in general, however I have never owned anything Apple. I have played with my wife's old iPod touch and with iPhones and iPads owned by my friends and family members. I intimately know all of the arguments in favor of Android over Apple, but I'm curious as to what the value proposition is from the other side of the fence. I'm not really asking to be convinced, because I know it's all about individual preferences in the end, but would anyone be willing to indulge me with the best aspects of iOS (don't necessarily have to be compared to Android) and perhaps some specific things that can be compared, where the execution is better on the iOS side?

    Thanks!
    International ecosystem. more availability, "polish" of apps i.e. Gmaps on iOS vs Gmaps on Android.or Infinity blade 2 or mailbox etc.
    05-27-2013 03:10 AM
  11. mcmillan27's Avatar
    I haven't tried an Android device yet and have no desire to do so. I prefer consistency in a platform; Android has too many variables for me. I was a die hard BlackBerry fan and did not like Apple's "walled garden" but, as a photographer, when I saw a photo taken with a friend's iPhone 4 my jaw dropped. Compared to what I was getting from my Torch, well, there was no comparison. This was around the time we lost Steve and the iPhone 4S was about to be released. I got the 4S and there is no looking back.

    The iPhone can't replace my Canon DSLR but it's a darn good camera when it's the only one you have with you at the time. So needless to say, for me, with an iPhone I'm walking on the greener grass. I could list the reasons why I think so, and they go well beyond the camera, but if you have an iPhone and really like it, you already know why. Oh, and don't get me wrong, I have all the respect in the world for the other platforms out there. It's just that they aren't for me.
    05-31-2013 08:10 AM
  12. Nophix's Avatar
    Personally, I can't really decide. Luckily, I have to run 2 lines. My personal phone is a Galaxy S3. It does social very well, it's fun to tweak, and I don't worry about battery life on my personal phone. The big screen is great, and the Google integration is second to none.

    My i5 is far more stable, is much easier to use in a hurry, and does my business work better than I could hope for. Siri may not be perfect, but it does dictation far better than S Voice.

    Everyone has a different use case, and will use what fits them. For instance, my wife uses the HTC and loves it! She's also had several HTC devices prior, and although she has tried others, nothing worked for her. She even tried the GNex. For the record, she hates iOS as a user interface.
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    05-31-2013 10:14 AM
  13. TitansJonne#CB's Avatar
    I have been on android for about3 years and while I loved it, my biggest quib was that no matter what phone you get, how good the specs. It was susceptible to lagging and updates came months after announcement. Android to me was only useable when rooted and running stock. Unfortunately I grew tired of needing to modify my phone in order for it to run correctly. So I left for a more closed iOS where updates come day 1 and carrier intrusion is non existent. No bloatware, no lag, no rooting necessary. Although I can jailbreak if I just get really bored which I have not been.


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    06-04-2013 09:54 AM
  14. return_0's Avatar
    I have been on android for about3 years and while I loved it, my biggest quib was that no matter what phone you get, how good the specs. It was susceptible to lagging and updates came months after announcement. Android to me was only useable when rooted and running stock. Unfortunately I grew tired of needing to modify my phone in order for it to run correctly. So I left for a more closed iOS where updates come day 1 and carrier intrusion is non existent. No bloatware, no lag, no rooting necessary. Although I can jailbreak if I just get really bored which I have not been.


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    No bloatware or lag on my Nexus 4. Your complaints are legitimate but only apply to OEM devices, not real Android devices.
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    06-14-2013 10:37 PM
  15. Premium1's Avatar
    A great discussion has sparked up over in the Android Central Forums, started by a member that switched from iPhone 5, to HTC One and back again within 2 weeks. Member fettym outlined some great points as to why they ultimately decided to stick with the iPhone, as well as some of the more positive aspects of the HTC One.

    We've featured this on the main blogs here, but wanted to jump in and bring the discussion over to the iMore Forums. Have you switched to another platform? Did you switch back? What made you make the jump in the first place? What made you come back?

    Let us know either here in this thread, or in the comments on the post!
    I switch quite often from android to IOS and vice versa. I played around with the HTC One and the S4 and neither really felt like anything special. Now they didn't lag or anything but they weren't all up to the hype like some made them out to be. I stuck with my iphone 5 because they just didn't entice me enough back over. If apple makes a larger screened iphone I would never even consider switching back. The larger screen is really the only thing I miss from android.
    06-14-2013 11:28 PM
  16. anthony81586's Avatar
    This is the third time is switched to an android device and the third time in clawing tooth and nail to get back to ios. I've switched simply because I was bored and wanted to try the new flavor of the week android... Hopefully I've learned my lesson

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    06-15-2013 02:23 AM
  17. Richard Nieves's Avatar
    I have been on android for about3 years and while I loved it, my biggest quib was that no matter what phone you get, how good the specs. It was susceptible to lagging and updates came months after announcement. Android to me was only useable when rooted and running stock. Unfortunately I grew tired of needing to modify my phone in order for it to run correctly. So I left for a more closed iOS where updates come day 1 and carrier intrusion is non existent. No bloatware, no lag, no rooting necessary. Although I can jailbreak if I just get really bored which I have not been.


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    I agree this is what made me think about getting an iPhone. My epic 4g touch (sprint gs2) was giving me issues and I had been through like 5 roms just to get the phone to work normal! The official Samsung rom was actually worse with bigs that you would expect from a rom not official software. My battery life slowly got worse and I had 3 different batteries (battery life was never that great) I said screw it thinking and intending to get a gs3 off contract on eBay to hold me over until my upgrade at which point I would sell my gs3 and get whatever the latest and greatest phone was...however, before I had the money ready, I started to wonder if getting another android phone was even worth it. I do like android and its holo UI and the customizations! However, I was sick of crappy or no updates, bad battery life, bad quality apps, and sluggishness. I had a windows phone before my gs2 and it was much smoother and the specs were far below my s2. I decided I'd try the iPhone. I was already planning on getting an ipad (I do NOT like android tablets at all because all the apps are pretty much just blown up mobile apps and apple had several more productive apps for the ipad) so why not get the iPhone? If I didn't like it, I could simply sell it when my contract is up and get something else.

    Now, if I do sell my iPhone when my contract is up, it will be for the iPhone 5s. Stability and battery life is awesome! They even refreshed the design with ios7 which has some similarities to the holo design I loved on android. I am happy. I also am pretty impressed with the camera! I almost use it exclusively now unless I want a really good night/low light picture or to zoom.
    06-18-2013 12:14 AM
  18. Spaz888's Avatar
    The HTC One is a very beautiful phone.If I was to get an Android phone (I already have a few older Droid phones) I'd get the One of Note 3 (latter not out yet); however, it's still an Android. Call it being picky or sensitive. I doesn't matter. Android devices start to lag after some use. I have the Nexus 7 tablet. I thought that it being a Vanilla (pure) Android device that lag will be gone. No sir. Not a chance. How many times do I go into search mode (google) to search for an app on the device and it is super slow or can't find it? How often does that happen on iPhone? I have over 280 apps on my iPhone. If I search for an app, it shows up almost instantly.

    The only good thing I can see, aside from the customization of the Droid OS with the One is the larger screen, very fast LTE chip, and higher sensitivity with wifi. I can't speak of the camera but I do know Android gives you much more options and settings in your camera mode.
    06-18-2013 10:43 PM
  19. frooglepoopillion's Avatar
    No bloatware or lag on my Nexus 4. Your complaints are legitimate but only apply to OEM devices, not real Android devices.
    While I love my N4 it is not without it's drawbacks. I still get some lag while updating/downloading apps and with several widgets. It's nowhere near as bad as any of the other cheaper Android phones but it still exists. The battery life is also subpar (not terrible, but not great either). I'd say the biggest drawback of the N4 is the only real option for carriers is T-Mobile for fast data speeds. ATTs support for it a joke (they don't even have it listed as a usable IMEI number). While I love what T-Mo is doing, they are not ATT or Verizon when it comes to network coverage or reliability and is very highly dependent on where you live. In my city, it works mostly great but in the suburbs not so much.

    I have actually been considering switching to iPhone when iOS7/iPhone5s is released. I like Android but the only real advantage it has at this point are widgets (and I find most of them completely useless) and if you're into ROMs/rooting. Stock Jellybean is great but there is next to no carrier or even product support for it. With phones like the S4 and Note2 that rely heavily on Touchwiz features, stock would make the phone almost useless for what it can do with Samsung's software.

    I still enjoy most of Google's services but finding myself more and more intrigued by iOS7 and the iPhone5.
    06-20-2013 01:13 PM
  20. mulasien's Avatar
    No bloatware or lag on my Nexus 4. Your complaints are legitimate but only apply to OEM devices, not real Android devices.
    I've seen this comment elsewhere (just saw one on Engadget), and my response is the same:

    "Let's carry this thought one step further, then. If the only real Android devices are Nexus devices and not the OEM models, then what does that say about the default argument that Android's market share is superior if Nexus devices are the only 'true' Android device?"

    My only other complaints about the Nexus 4 are that 1. the camera is subpar compared to the flagship OEM Android models (S2, One) and the iPhone 5, 2. From what I've heard, the battery life is also subpar as well.

    Except for the above bits, I agree that a Nexus device is the superior Android device, hands down. Problem is that Google needs to convince OEM's to make a Nexus device perform as well as their flagships, which they never will because they don't want their core brands cannibalized.
    06-21-2013 05:06 PM
  21. dios07's Avatar
    I switched from the iPhone 4s to the HTC One a few days ago, and I feel that: 1) iOS is superior to android OS in terms of user-friendliness, smoothness, common sense-ness 2) the iPhone's width is much more comfortable and manageable than the HTC One. However, I will try to learn and use the HTC one whole heartedly for the next few weeks. I am rounding the learning curve of Android 2.1 but will admit that there is much more to experience and learn. But as of today, I believe that I will go back to the iPhone.
    09-09-2013 03:12 PM
  22. jdhooghe's Avatar
    I also came from an HTC One. Although the hardware was beautiful, HTC is going under and I don't want to be stuck with a phone without any support. The audio was great but the camera...it was not great. I'm a huge photographer and I just could not deal with it. My first HTC One was exchanged due to battery issues. Even with Google's nlp and network locator wakelock issues, it was still bad. My second One had an issue where low light or room pictures attained this red and purple haze. That was the last straw. If HTC pulls out of it and they fix the camera and upgrade the MP, I will possibly go back for a secondary device as the build quality was incredible


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    09-10-2013 01:40 AM
  23. Uselessbass's Avatar
    Get the phone that works for you simple, there is no better os becouse that's all someones opinion they are both capable and both have strengths and weakness's

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    09-10-2013 11:51 AM
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