View Poll Results: Who Is Jumping Ship TO Apple from BlackBerry or Android?

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  • YES - Leaving BlackBerry

    11 15.28%
  • YES - Leaving Android

    18 25.00%
  • NO - Staying Where I Am

    35 48.61%
  • Not Sure What I Am Going To Do Yet

    8 11.11%
  1. Alik Malix's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Alik Malix -
    "Which is why so many FLOCK to it"? Seriously, why do people mention one simple thing about iDevice and make that the overall reason why Apple outsells just about all of other devices? Yes, iOS is incredibly easy to use even with plethora of features added on over the life I owned an iPhone - this is something that other manufacturers are struggling to do to this day. BUT there are so, so, so much more core reasons why people are "flocking" (like sheep, right?) to iOS. How about apple store and real face to face support on demand, how about +95% updated devices virtually instantly, how about design (regardless for lack of gigantic screen sizes) people still buy it. And I can put money on the fact that i5S/C will outsell its predecessor and all other brands low and high (obviously where iPhones are sold). Regarding the keyboard, why do android/bb/etc users act like iOS keyboard is just like the crappy one that comes stock on their devices? I mean, you guys pay extra money to correct this issue, for crying out loud. You do realize that the keyboard has predictive, habit learning, can be programmed to fill in a paragraph with a few letter input, and support for all those features in other languages (it corrects my spelling while typing in Russian for example).

    Your attempts to make iOS or I devices insignificant by your choice of words is pitiful at best. Good luck.

    Originally Posted by Chetan Takyar -
    I know Fairclough he wasn't bashing Apple or Apple users.
    Before iMore, my sources for Apple news and discussion were articles from the tech sites. You are bombarded by troll, even clever trolls, so you get used to defending your choice and clearing up misconceptions about Apple products. I'm like a dog that's been beaten by original owners that finally found a good home, I guess I still got my tail between my legs everytime someone approaches.

    For what it's worth...
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    09-13-2013 04:33 PM
  2. anon5664829's Avatar
    Before iMore, my sources for Apple news and discussion were articles from the tech sites. You are bombarded by troll, even clever trolls, so you get used to defending your choice and clearing up misconceptions about Apple products. I'm like a dog that's been beaten by original owners that finally found a good home, I guess I still got my tail between my legs everytime someone approaches.

    For what it's worth...
    Trust me, I've been there. In fact I'm defending the iPhone 5S on Android Central fit now.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    09-13-2013 07:40 PM
  3. 21stNow's Avatar
    Actually everyone who has said they have a point, they have an opinion is wrong in this case. The thread title is If you're thinking of leaving your platform post. It didn't say anything about if you're not leaving or what is your opinion there are other threads for that.

    So thanks to the people who have been straight up about switching. As an iOS user it has been interesting to read your thoughts and reasons. Hopefully more will join in.
    Since one of the poll options is "no-staying where I am", it would be assumed that comments from those voters would be welcomed, as well. Since those are in the majority, the thread would be quite empty without those comments.
    09-13-2013 10:39 PM
  4. fightcrazy's Avatar
    I just sold my iPhone 5 to update to the 5S. I am a long time Android owner and hacker for years. Love the ability to change it around and hack the hell out of It. I had the chance to use the iphone 5 for a few days and I enjoyed it. Bought the iphone 5 in white with 64gb of internal storage. Spent allot of $ on apps and accessories. Now I'm waiting for the 5S, getting it in white & silver or maybe gold with 64gb of internal storage. Never enough internal storage. I really miss SwiftKey keyboard, have it on all my Android phones. Fantastic keyboard. Apple needs to allow 3rd party keyboards. now saying all that I am also going to buy the new Note 3 with 64gb of internal storage if available. That phone is a real beast. More powerful than most home laptops. The S-Pen has been upgraded. Able to do just about anything with it. Great for work. May even grab the new Samsung watch, makes a great team. I build custom homes in the Boston area, the noise level is deafening sometimes. I can leave the Note 3 in my truck glove box and retrieve my notifications, answer and make calls from the watch. Put the watch on vibrate so I can feel my data coming thru. I really enjoy both OS and love the direction tech is going. Better get my *** back to work, going to need some scratch this month to buy all these great devices.
    This is a great forum,
    Vinny
    Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 2
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    09-14-2013 07:50 AM
  5. Larry Pager's Avatar
    My S3 is still running strong and I'm slowing down on upgrading every year. The big thing is cost. But since the 3GS I've always gone back and forth between iOS and Android. Keeps things interesting.

    The things that make me want to stay with the S3-
    - bigger screen- playing with the iPhone 5, I feel like this is what I would miss the most
    - google apps- I'm a big, big user of google apps, esp. google docs. Still wary of the whole maps fiasco. Without google maps, I probably would have wasted weeks of my life last year being lost since I travel a lot.
    - widgets and live wallpaper- I've toned down on the widgets. To be honest, the most useful ones for me are the calendar and weather. And that's pretty much it. Live wallpaper is cool looking and always have it.

    The things that make me want to switch to iPhone 5S-
    - 3rd party apps- soooooo much better than Android in terms of quality and selection. iPhone is far more fun because of it.
    - fingerprint scanner- I love it. I absolutely HATE typing in keycodes, patterns, etc.
    - I wanna try out iOS 7

    I'm not so sure about the colors this year- I've had two white phones in the past. I thought I would love the gold but the official pictures have turned me off to them a bit, the black is so-so. What I need to do is go check it out in person. The other thing complicating the decision are the Lumias- I wouldn't mind trying one out, see what it's like.

    Ultimately, it comes down to cost.
    But hey, if you guys can help me win the iMore contest, sure, I'll pick up a 5S!
    09-14-2013 09:57 AM
  6. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    As stated until apple goes to at least a 4.5" screen and offer battery life equal to what I'm using now I'm staying.


    sent from my Droid RAZR Maxx HD using Tapatalk 2
    We still recognize and welcome Android or Droid users in our Apple friendly forum. Join in anytime and keep us up to date on that battery life ok?
    09-14-2013 04:57 PM
  7. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    When I started this thread I must have put in an answer for battery life but I can't find it anywhere...hmmmm! anyway as long as a few would like to be on the subject I wonder although the 5 and 4S mainly will not have the A7 chip and many of the software saving the way things are going to work with the combo of iOS 7 along with the A7 i would like to know once enough of us upgrade your OS to 7 will it improve the battery life mainly because of what OS 7 has built into it and thee way it controls things?
    Are there any volunteers to make sure we get screen shots and keep it going to do some comparrisons? Well Swarlos than you so much, that is really nice of you to help and volunteer.
    09-14-2013 05:04 PM
  8. mrb666's Avatar
    I was all blackberry for years. Around 3years ago I was due an upgrade and as my bb was in perfect condition I thought I would gave a play with iPhone then well sell it.
    Within the week the bb was sold and I've never looked back. I've now the 5, Apple TV and a mini oh and imatch.
    I personally believe that there are numerous phones on different platforms that come close to iPhone but FOR ME Idevises tick the boxes.
    09-14-2013 07:16 PM
  9. Furt's Avatar
    My decision to switch from Android to iOS isn't so much due to the announcement of the new phone, I've just been tired of Android for a long while now. when my music app force closes on a daily basis and I can't seem to ever get reliable GPS no matter what I do, there's a bit of a problem that I never had on my iPhone 4. and since its been a few years, I'm pretty excited to see all the improvements over iOS 5.

    Plus, Gold.
    09-14-2013 07:44 PM
  10. jkel777's Avatar
    My decision to switch from Android to iOS isn't so much due to the announcement of the new phone, I've just been tired of Android for a long while now. when my music app force closes on a daily basis and I can't seem to ever get reliable GPS no matter what I do, there's a bit of a problem that I never had on my iPhone 4. and since its been a few years, I'm pretty excited to see all the improvements over iOS 5.

    Plus, Gold.
    I hear ya. I'm still a big Android guy, but for me, the quality control of some of the manufacturer's Android phones is just horrible. I went though three HTC One GPe's before asking for a refund. All had dead pixels. Now, this could just be an HTC thing, because my old One X had it too. But I've also heard similar stories from Samsung owners on various phones. You can't deny the build quality and quality control of Apple products. Never had an issue on my iPhone 4. About time I have a phone that just works with no flaws, and does a good job at it. And, if there's an issue? Boom, take it in to the local Apple store instead of waiting a week to get it back and dealing with authorization charges on my credit card.
    09-14-2013 10:46 PM
  11. xman1102's Avatar
    I enjoy reading alot of good info here since I'll be jumping ship from my GalaxyS3 to the iphone 5s next week.

    However, the banter between IOS and Android is so juvenile I don't know how much I'll post.

    It's like I'm back in high school all over again. I left that crap behind 20+ years ago.

    Sent from me phone
    09-14-2013 11:59 PM
  12. swarlos's Avatar
    Trust me, I've been there. In fact I'm defending the iPhone 5S on Android Central fit now.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    OMG Chet read through that iPhone 5S rant thread I believe started by DroidArmy man I want to slap that guy!! What a classic example of a rampant apple hater.


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
    09-15-2013 01:23 AM
  13. swarlos's Avatar
    When I started this thread I must have put in an answer for battery life but I can't find it anywhere...hmmmm! anyway as long as a few would like to be on the subject I wonder although the 5 and 4S mainly will not have the A7 chip and many of the software saving the way things are going to work with the combo of iOS 7 along with the A7 i would like to know once enough of us upgrade your OS to 7 will it improve the battery life mainly because of what OS 7 has built into it and thee way it controls things?
    Are there any volunteers to make sure we get screen shots and keep it going to do some comparrisons? Well Swarlos than you so much, that is really nice of you to help and volunteer.
    Wait wait what?! LOL.


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
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    09-15-2013 01:25 AM
  14. anon5664829's Avatar
    OMG Chet read through that iPhone 5S rant thread I believe started by DroidArmy man I want to slap that guy!! What a classic example of a rampant apple hater.


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
    Yeah some of the stuff he said was insane. You should go to the "Why exactly does iOS 7 need to be 64 bit" to see real Apple haters. Me and another guy are gonna go insane defending Apple on there.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using iMore Forums mobile app
    09-15-2013 04:31 AM
  15. swarlos's Avatar
    Yeah some of the stuff he said was insane. You should go to the "Why exactly does iOS 7 need to be 64 bit" to see real Apple haters. Me and another guy are gonna go insane defending Apple on there.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using iMore Forums mobile app
    That on AC also?


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
    09-15-2013 04:49 AM
  16. anon5664829's Avatar
    That on AC also?


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
    Yup

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using iMore Forums mobile app
    09-15-2013 04:58 AM
  17. iwoodland's Avatar
    Yup

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using iMore Forums mobile app
    Read it all! Well defended!
    09-15-2013 06:13 AM
  18. claudeburdel's Avatar
    I've jumped around for four years between BB, iPhone, WP7, Android, WP8, and now back to iPhone, having ordered the 5C.

    I originally bought an iPhone 3G in 2009. I liked it, but after several months I downloaded the new iOS version (I forget which one it was). Apple said that it would run on the 3G, but it made the phone slow and laggy. I was so annoyed that I swore "never again" for Apple. (Now that I'm slightly more savvy than I was about smartphones, I realize that it's probably not the best idea to download a new OS onto a two-year-old device.)

    Having tried WP and Android, I'm now excited to be returning to Apple. I liked WP, and found the graphics and style strongly appealing. My problem was the apps. I never used a ton of apps, so although I knew going in that there wouldn't be the same app availability as Apple's or Android's, I didn't think I'd have a problem. What I didn't realize was that you don't have to be a heavy app user in order to have an app problem on WP. If one new service/app comes out that you really want to use, and you can't because your smartphone platform doesn't have that app, then your experience of the phone is significantly impacted, and now you have an app problem.

    In my case, the last straw was Uber. I grew up in NYC and never learned to drive, and my current job involves going to different locations in my metropolitan area every day, so I rely a lot on public transportation. Uber would be very useful for me, since sometimes I need to get to locations that aren't served by public transit. But Uber only has an Apple and an Android app. They did have a WP app for a short while, but it was only a web wrapper and received such wretched reviews on the Microsoft app store that Uber pulled it. I realize I could use the Uber's mobile site, but it surely wouldn't be as easy and pleasant to use as an actual app.

    Now that I'm waiting for my iPhone to arrive on Friday, I've been researching what apps I'll want. I knew Apple's selection would be better than Microsoft's, but I'm shocked by the vastly greater quality and quantity of apps. It seems like developers are simply not going to devote the same resources to developing for WP as they do for Apple and Android, if they even bother developing for it at all.

    I also grew frustrated with Microsoft's seemingly glacial pace in terms of updating their phone OS. It seemed like they were only ever going to allot a certain amount of resources to WP, and no more, and all of those resources were spent in improving the software to handle new hardware, with very little being spent on actually improving the user experience. It's nice that Microsoft just invested $7 billion in mobile hardware, but it would have been nicer if they would have spent even a fraction of that over the past two years on improving the OS in ways that users would notice. WP8.1 will be out next year, so there will be some improvements there, but Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do and they don't seem in very much of a hurry.

    I'm still enamored of the WP interface, though, and I do think a Windows Phone would work well for a lot of people who really don't need to use apps at all, just the main smartphone functions. I wish Microsoft well, and I hope those users who are patient and loyal enough to stick with it get some good improvements and app progress, which they certainly deserve. I'm very much looking forward to using iOS 7 for many of the same reasons that I like WP -- I love the whole flat-bright-color thing, and the thin, sans-serif typography.
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    09-15-2013 10:49 AM
  19. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Wait wait what?! LOL.


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
    Come on you know you want to to help us keep track of that great battery life you have and most of us follow!! Send the info through the Raven....LOL
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    09-15-2013 11:32 AM
  20. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I've jumped around for four years between BB, iPhone, WP7, Android, WP8, and now back to iPhone, having ordered the 5C.

    I originally bought an iPhone 3G in 2009. I liked it, but after several months I downloaded the new iOS version (I forget which one it was). Apple said that it would run on the 3G, but it made the phone slow and laggy. I was so annoyed that I swore "never again" for Apple. (Now that I'm slightly more savvy than I was about smartphones, I realize that it's probably not the best idea to download a new OS onto a two-year-old device.)

    Having tried WP and Android, I'm now excited to be returning to Apple. I liked WP, and found the graphics and style strongly appealing. My problem was the apps. I never used a ton of apps, so although I knew going in that there wouldn't be the same app availability as Apple's or Android's, I didn't think I'd have a problem. What I didn't realize was that you don't have to be a heavy app user in order to have an app problem on WP. If one new service/app comes out that you really want to use, and you can't because your smartphone platform doesn't have that app, then your experience of the phone is significantly impacted, and now you have an app problem.

    In my case, the last straw was Uber. I grew up in NYC and never learned to drive, and my current job involves going to different locations in my metropolitan area every day, so I rely a lot on public transportation. Uber would be very useful for me, since sometimes I need to get to locations that aren't served by public transit. But Uber only has an Apple and an Android app. They did have a WP app for a short while, but it was only a web wrapper and received such wretched reviews on the Microsoft app store that Uber pulled it. I realize I could use the Uber's mobile site, but it surely wouldn't be as easy and pleasant to use as an actual app.

    Now that I'm waiting for my iPhone to arrive on Friday, I've been researching what apps I'll want. I knew Apple's selection would be better than Microsoft's, but I'm shocked by the vastly greater quality and quantity of apps. It seems like developers are simply not going to devote the same resources to developing for WP as they do for Apple and Android, if they even bother developing for it at all.

    I also grew frustrated with Microsoft's seemingly glacial pace in terms of updating their phone OS. It seemed like they were only ever going to allot a certain amount of resources to WP, and no more, and all of those resources were spent in improving the software to handle new hardware, with very little being spent on actually improving the user experience. It's nice that Microsoft just invested $7 billion in mobile hardware, but it would have been nicer if they would have spent even a fraction of that over the past two years on improving the OS in ways that users would notice. WP8.1 will be out next year, so there will be some improvements there, but Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do and they don't seem in very much of a hurry.

    I'm still enamored of the WP interface, though, and I do think a Windows Phone would work well for a lot of people who really don't need to use apps at all, just the main smartphone functions. I wish Microsoft well, and I hope those users who are patient and loyal enough to stick with it get some good improvements and app progress, which they certainly deserve. I'm very much looking forward to using iOS 7 for many of the same reasons that I like WP -- I love the whole flat-bright-color thing, and the thin, sans-serif typography.
    Hello there again Claude. I just greeted you in the Introduction forum with several others and again thank you for jumping right in.

    What you just posted is just about what anyone trying to explain themselves and their feelings for their history with Smartphone can explain. We truly appreciate you jumping right in and participating and I am sure since you indicated your Pre- Ordered a 5C you have read all about it and can give us a hand in the 5C forum. We are overwhelmed in all the new forums and Would like to have someone us lend a hand and start some conversation so go on over and kick back and jump right in. Again thank you Claude and stay in touch with the blog as well we have.
    09-15-2013 11:39 AM
  21. claudeburdel's Avatar
    We are overwhelmed in all the new forums and Would like to have someone us lend a hand and start some conversation so go on over and kick back and jump right in.
    Absolutely! I'm obviously no expert, but when I receive mine I'll definitely post and offer to answer any questions I can.
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    09-15-2013 05:11 PM
  22. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Absolutely! I'm obviously no expert, but when I receive mine I'll definitely post and offer to answer any questions I can.
    Good for you and those are the kind of members we are looking for and all we can ask of anyone Claude. Thank you for offering to help once you get your phone because many of the Mods and Ambassadors already have IP 5s and I have a 4S which I will upgrading to to a 5S so we can use all the help we can get.
    09-15-2013 05:43 PM
  23. swarlos's Avatar
    Good for you and those are the kind of members we are looking for and all we can ask of anyone Claude. Thank you for offering to help once you get your phone because many of the Mods and Ambassadors already have IP 5s and I have a 4S which I will upgrading to to a 5S so we can use all the help we can get.
    Oh good a volunteer!! With all the work my raven was going to do all you guys wouldn't be getting my insightful comments since he would be dead! LOL.


    Carried by a raven from The Wall.
    09-15-2013 06:41 PM
  24. Redneck Trash's Avatar
    Form factor. I'm currently on a Nexus 4. And I like it. But the 4.8 inch screen is pushing one handedness. I can use it one handed but it requires shifting it in my hand to use it with one hand. The next Nexus is all but confirmed at 5 inches and that's not going to work for me. The iPhone form factor is something I can use one handed without having to shift the phone around in my hand. I'm not saying that I'm committed to purchasing an iPhone 5S but for the first time I'm looking at the iPhone.
    09-16-2013 03:34 AM
  25. Furt's Avatar
    I hear ya. I'm still a big Android guy, but for me, the quality control of some of the manufacturer's Android phones is just horrible. I went though three HTC One GPe's before asking for a refund. All had dead pixels. Now, this could just be an HTC thing, because my old One X had it too. But I've also heard similar stories from Samsung owners on various phones. You can't deny the build quality and quality control of Apple products. Never had an issue on my iPhone 4. About time I have a phone that just works with no flaws, and does a good job at it. And, if there's an issue? Boom, take it in to the local Apple store instead of waiting a week to get it back and dealing with authorization charges on my credit card.
    I went through 3 HTC One's on T-Mobile until getting a refund also. there's definitely something wrong with HTC's quality control these days. But I'm in the same boat about just wanting something that works. If one more person tells me "Oh, just root and put on a custom to fix those issues", I'm gonna scream. Having a good phone should never be that involved of a process. I had to for my Note 2, but so far, I've been on the same ROM (jelly'beans') for the last 6 months with reduced issues besides the GPD and force closing, but I'm so ready to have a polished phone that just runs straight out of the box.
    09-16-2013 08:14 AM
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