1. Volcanicstrad37's Avatar
    Hey folks, I am coming back to iOS after using android since the Droid Eris. I'm giving my wife my S4 to use her upgrade. I do really like Android and didn't really have any real reason to want to switch except something different for a while and I can always sell an iphone if I wanted to go back to android. Anyhow, I do have a third generation iPad (yes the one that was out for 6 months and know iOS well enough, but honestly I use it to watch a lot of videos. I am wondering what I can do to make the transition less of a headache. If I have everything backed up on Google (contacts, calendar, g+ photos) will syncing all those be work without much hassle?
    Also, for anyone who has done a switch back to iOS what did you download or do that made you glad you came back?
    10-06-2013 10:25 PM
  2. metacuate's Avatar
    Just sign into gmail in the accounts section and it will sync your contacts. Make sure you uncheck the mail, though, so that you can use the Gmail app (far better than the apple version since the Gmail app actually uses those useful inbox dividers and won't show a million notifications. I think G+ photos can be synced if you use the G+ app, but really anything that is google is already on iOS, and the Google Music app ought to be arriving here soon. Really, anything you had on your android is available on iOS and works just as good (and sometimes better) than it did on android.
    10-07-2013 12:31 AM
  3. Aguaski's Avatar
    I was a long time android user that made the switch to iPhone. Google makes the switch really easy by using their native apps. I prefer almost every Google app over the competing Apple version built into iOS. Chrome over Safari, Gmail over Mail, Google Now over Siri, Google maps over iOS maps. That is my preference and there will be others that prefer Apple's apps. The only thing I have not been happy with is there is not an official Google Music app yet, but there have been recent rumors one is coming soon. I think Apple makes a terrific phone and operating system, and I think Google provides excellent services so I get the best of both worlds when I support both companies products.
    10-07-2013 12:49 AM
  4. Jeryl31's Avatar
    There are google apps that aren't completely native to iOS but do work for its functionality. I got my 5s coming from a long relationship with Android as well and I can say the transition has been pretty smooth.


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    10-07-2013 02:10 AM
  5. taz323's Avatar
    Welcome back
    10-07-2013 02:13 AM
  6. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    Welcome back to elegance
    10-07-2013 02:27 AM
  7. li2327's Avatar
    Welcome back. I had a droid Eris when it first came out as well. Android is a wonderful operating system and I used it for many years. As well as blackberry, palm, etc. iOS just does something for me now. The new iOS 7 makes it even more enjoyable.


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    10-07-2013 03:21 AM
  8. Sekelani Zwambila's Avatar
    Ive been using the galaxy note 2 for a few days and I find the whole android experience unique and intricate. I find myself using my girlfriend's iphone 5 constantly to post to this forum, browse the net and play games. Ios has me at heart and to let go of it, would be like getting divorced lol
    I dont think I could change
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    10-07-2013 04:13 AM
  9. Volcanicstrad37's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses so far. It'll be a few days until I get my 5s but I'm getting pretty excited. I'm interested how ill feel about using a 4" screen again. What I notice though with many mobile sites ect is much of the screen is wasted on my gs4. Gmusic coming to ios will be great!
    10-07-2013 04:18 PM
  10. Aguaski's Avatar
    Gmusic coming to ios will be great!
    Well technically there already is an app on iOS called "GMusic" but it is made by a third party developer and not Google. The GMusic app is decent, and it works with All Access, but it has some flaws that only a native version from Google can correct.
    10-07-2013 07:52 PM
  11. mbar9607's Avatar
    I switch all the time from iOS to android and back it's super smooth only thing I can't wait for on iOS is the google music app
    10-07-2013 09:53 PM
  12. TheRewardisCheese's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses so far. It'll be a few days until I get my 5s but I'm getting pretty excited. I'm interested how ill feel about using a 4" screen again. What I notice though with many mobile sites ect is much of the screen is wasted on my gs4. Gmusic coming to ios will be great!
    Coming from someone who loved using biga** screen for a while, you will have no problems readjusting to a 4" screen (unless your eyesight is not the greatest, and even then the iphone has ways to adjust text size). It absolutely works with the 5S. The 5S is an absolutely stunning piece of hardware, and couple that with iOS7, it only gets better

    Be sure to post back your thoughts on the 5S when you receive it.
    10-07-2013 10:43 PM
  13. wbkm85's Avatar
    glad you got your common sense back!

    welcome back!
    10-08-2013 12:05 AM
  14. dc9super80's Avatar
    As many have said Google services play very nicely with iOS. Contacts and Calendar can be setup in the accounts menu in settings. If you use the dividers etc, then yes use the Gmail app, I prefer to use the native email app though as I dont like the dividers. You have the option to use Chrome as well, I prefer Safari on iOS 7 though. I do use Google Maps, which ties in well with the other Google Apps if you choose to use them.

    Best news though as we are expecting an update to Google search which would include the now view when you open the app and notifications. Almost Google Now. . I have that app in my dock and use it constantly since Apple got rid of web search in spotlight.
    10-08-2013 10:02 AM
  15. Peter Cotton's Avatar
    When I came back from the S3, I was blown away with how much smoother iOS is. You get used to it when you have an Android for a while and it's not until you get back to apple that you realise how well designed and fluid iOS is. Welcome back and I think you'll be impressed with the 5s!
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    10-08-2013 11:27 AM
  16. dcharleyultra's Avatar
    I have found using card dav works better for me for maintaining Google Contacts on my 5s.


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    10-08-2013 11:32 AM
  17. ankush77's Avatar
    good for you,welcome back
    10-08-2013 02:19 PM
  18. Volcanicstrad37's Avatar
    Looking like Thursday I should be able to go out and get one. I'll definitely be posting as soon as I get it though! Probably going with the grey unless they somehow have a gold by then....lol. Either way it will go in a case.
    10-08-2013 09:09 PM
  19. wendybeee's Avatar
    Welcome back volcanicstrad.....eventually everyone always comes back
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    10-08-2013 09:31 PM
  20. bgl321's Avatar
    I have found using card dav works better for me for maintaining Google Contacts on my 5s.


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    Just wondering why you think card dav works better than just setting it up through the native gmail app? What are the advantages? Thanks.
    10-08-2013 11:00 PM
  21. dcharleyultra's Avatar
    Just wondering why you think card dav works better than just setting it up through the native gmail app? What are the advantages? Thanks.
    Card dav pushes, the native gmail app fetches. This means the native app needs to be open to sync, card dav does not.
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    10-08-2013 11:39 PM
  22. bgl321's Avatar
    Card dav pushes, the native gmail app fetches. This means the native app needs to be open to sync, card dav does not.
    Thank you! Good to know if I decide to go back to gmail/google.
    10-09-2013 11:35 AM
  23. Motorbones's Avatar
    I started with Android and switched to IOS with the 4s and I don't believe I'll return to it anytime soon. For me the bottom line is while Android can tout it does more, I actually do more with the IOS than I ever did with Android and that happened coming out the gate after the switch.
    10-09-2013 02:46 PM
  24. swarlos's Avatar
    Ive been using the galaxy note 2 for a few days and I find the whole android experience unique and intricate. I find myself using my girlfriend's iphone 5 constantly to post to this forum, browse the net and play games. Ios has me at heart and to let go of it, would be like getting divorced lol
    I dont think I could change
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    10-11-2013 01:13 AM
  25. swarlos's Avatar
    Ive been using the galaxy note 2 for a few days and I find the whole android experience unique and intricate. I find myself using my girlfriend's iphone 5 constantly to post to this forum, browse the net and play games. Ios has me at heart and to let go of it, would be like getting divorced lol
    I dont think I could change
    Sent from my GT-N7105 using iMore Forums mobile app
    Nuff said so based on this comment you've had an adulterous affair on your iPhone with the Note 3 cause you "couldn't let go of iOS".


    Carried by a raven from the Wall.
    10-11-2013 01:15 AM
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