1. Infiniti7's Avatar
    I'll just start ofF by saying I love my iPhone and how the operating system works and is so easy to use. But, It seems like more and more people are switching and buying the samsung galaxy than ever. I'm not trying to take a side of the galaxy, I just wanted someone's honest opinion who have owned and mastered both phones and their operating systems. Everyone who has one says they love it and you can do so much more with it than the iPhone. People say apple limits you ect. What can you exactly do that's more and what's the pros as cons of the galaxy? Thanks
    05-08-2014 01:06 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Don't pay any attention to what any of the people around you seem to be buying... just get whatever device best meets your needs and suits how you use the device, then don't look back afterwards.
    05-08-2014 01:20 PM
  3. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    I've been using a galaxy s4 that I'm selling for my brother. And that thing is so laggy! It's not even funny! My iPad mini first gen runs nicer than it does- with half the cores, 1/4 the RAM and less than half the clock speed. The GS5 may be better than that, but I've heard many people complaining about the pentile display as well. It ultimately comes down to what you prefer. You'll have a decent experience on any platform, but iOS is still the worlds most advanced mobile OS!


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    05-08-2014 01:22 PM
  4. Infiniti7's Avatar
    I also see and hear more people leaving their iPhone and trying something different and then coming back to the iPhone and iOS. Just wanted people's honest non biest opinions who have used and owned both haha
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    05-08-2014 01:37 PM
  5. rws381's Avatar
    I had an iPhone 5 and decided to try a Galaxy S4. Used it for about three months, decided that I wasn't a fan of Touch Wiz and switched to a Nexus 5. About six months later, I'm back on a 5s.

    My honest advice, if you've been on iOS for a long time and like it, just stick with it.
    05-08-2014 02:14 PM
  6. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    As an owner of both an iPhone and a Galaxy Note 3 (previously a Galaxy S3 and S2), I can say that as soon as the iPhone 6 comes out, i am getting rid of the Note 3 as quick as I can and moving over to iOS completely.

    I have an iPhone for personal use and a Note 3 for work (because of the larger screen) and I find that I am getting sick of Android's flaky nature. Whilst you can do more on Android,, such as customisation for instance, once you've customised your phone, you hardly customise it again.

    The SD Card doesn't work properly sue to an error introduced in the last version of KitKat 4.4.2, so that is a pain in the proverbial.

    If I had to pick one phone and forever use it from now until time immemorial, it would not be an Android device, that's for sure.
    05-08-2014 02:15 PM
  7. koerk's Avatar
    The OP has to consider that he won't likely find many persons here on imore that tried galaxy and stuck with it in the long term/in the end. I'm not saying that the members here cannot contribute in a right way but the popular opinion will nearly always tend towards apple in an iCommunity. Go to an android community and they tell the opposite.
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    05-08-2014 04:43 PM
  8. Darthstorm528's Avatar
    I recently switched to the Galaxy S4 from the iPhone5 and I loved it, customizing the homescreen with those fancy widgets and much larger screen. So what went wrong, well I had a flickering screen issue and if people thinks iPhone auto correct is the worse, try typing with that Galaxy phone. It's like a million times worse, I'd take iPhone's any day any time.

    After 3 weeks, I switched back to iOS with the iPhone 5S. My upgrade will come in late March and I will get the iPhone 6 but not in 16GB. It is getting to the point where you can't put much anymore in a 16GB unit

    At the end, iOS is the most user friendly OS and simple. Yes it's limited but I don't care, camera is better and very smooth.


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    05-08-2014 06:39 PM
  9. In Flames's Avatar
    I got an s4 last year for about three weeks because I wanted to try something new, and I couldn't handle it. I found the software very laggy and too many gimmicks added into the software ( bloatware ). I soon sold the s4 and purchased my 5s and haven't thought about Samsung again. I'm not against Samsung but it wasn't for me


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    05-09-2014 12:22 AM
  10. agalaria's Avatar
    I am an iOS user but my mom uses android. She bought it 3 months back. Now she is repenting as the phone lags and battery is very bad. Battery is not all that great on my iPhone 5 but compared to android it any day better. So my suggestion is always iOS.
    05-09-2014 03:13 AM
  11. Speedygi's Avatar
    Just try both devices and see how both of them work, maybe use them for awhile, a few weeks and get acquainted with them. Stick with the one you like more.
    05-09-2014 06:05 AM
  12. mwboost's Avatar
    I'm a fan of both. Used both.The galaxy S5 has definitely improved on previous galaxy S's.
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    05-09-2014 07:20 AM
  13. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    I recently switched to the Galaxy S4 from the iPhone5 and I loved it, customizing the homescreen with those fancy widgets and much larger screen. So what went wrong, well I had a flickering screen issue and if people thinks iPhone auto correct is the worse, try typing with that Galaxy phone. It's like a million times worse, I'd take iPhone's any day any time.

    After 3 weeks, I switched back to iOS with the iPhone 5S. My upgrade will come in late March and I will get the iPhone 6 but not in 16GB. It is getting to the point where you can't put much anymore in a 16GB unit

    At the end, iOS is the most user friendly OS and simple. Yes it's limited but I don't care, camera is better and very smooth.


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    Exactly!!!! Typing on a galaxy, or any android for that matter, is HORRIBLE!


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    05-09-2014 08:09 AM
  14. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I actually find typing on a LARGER screen easier. I have both an iPhone 5s and Galaxy Note3 and honestly those myths about Galaxy being a subpar smartphone is just that ...MYTHS. I use both devices devices totally different. The 5s is my communication hub (mostly for phone calls and work out device) and the Note3 is my media hub (mostly for email reading, videos, sms, notes, customization, games ect.) in which I use for a tablet so to speak. I ENJOY both devices and it would be hard to choose just one, but if I had to I would probably go with the larger screen (Note3) due to the eyes not being what they were (no need for reading glasses). My iphone 5s is smooth and fast, but so is my Note3. Even though my Note3 isn't quite as fast as my 5s, it's not "laggy" as some have said and/or experienced. Both are GREAT devices...just different.
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    05-09-2014 08:49 AM
  15. jburke82's Avatar
    I used an s4 for about three days before trading for an iPhone (AT&T had the s4 refurb for $40, so I went with that just to trade for an iphone 5 and save some $$), and I did enjoy it a bit. It is a cool phone, there are a lot of gimicky features, but it was laggy and android is (in my opnion) not as refined as the iPhone's os.

    Again, these are my opinions...no one is right or wrong in what they want or expect out of a smart phone. The best advice is what kch said above....just do what you want and what feels right for you, and don't pay any attention to anyone who will tell you otherwise!
    05-09-2014 09:19 AM
  16. BERRYNOID's Avatar
    Ok I've owned a galaxy before and now i have a 5s. If you use a lot of apps, camerawise, stability etc keep your iPhone. If you just want to tweak your Phone go for the galaxy line.. And.. I almost forgot ... The galaxy line is hella laggy, whoever disagrees is lying.


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    05-09-2014 02:38 PM
  17. shief24's Avatar
    I've had a lot of samsung devices and two iPhones and currently use a 5s.

    My thoughts on the Galaxy:

    Galaxy allows for more customization
    You can switch your keyboard, native browser, etc
    Has a cartoony feel
    Loads of features that you will use or completely ignore
    Screen is bigger than an iPhone
    NFC, Battery life (On a note 3), bluetooth file transfer
    Can sometimes freeze/stutter/

    iPhone:
    IMO battery life sucks on my 5s but it may be different for you
    5s speakers are pretty loud
    Support and customer service are unmatched
    Apps are endless
    When a jailbreak comes out it can be customized as much as an android
    Stable and easy to use
    Designed beautifully
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    05-09-2014 11:41 PM
  18. shief24's Avatar
    Exactly!!!! Typing on a galaxy, or any android for that matter, is HORRIBLE!


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    The beauty is that you can change your default keyboard and Swiftkey is pretty good.
    05-09-2014 11:43 PM
  19. david9962000's Avatar
    The beauty is that you can change your default keyboard and Swiftkey is pretty good.
    +1 Swiftkey is awesome.
    05-09-2014 11:57 PM
  20. nason54's Avatar
    I don't see what's good about the galaxy. Nothing about it appealed to me. My honest opinion.


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    05-10-2014 01:35 AM
  21. Shanicenicolle's Avatar
    The galaxy phones are nice but I always end up back on iPhone. A jailbroken iOS device is just a better fit for me.


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    05-10-2014 03:44 PM
  22. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    I recently switched to the Galaxy S4 from the iPhone5 and I loved it, customizing the homescreen with those fancy widgets and much larger screen. So what went wrong, well I had a flickering screen issue and if people thinks iPhone auto correct is the worse, try typing with that Galaxy phone. It's like a million times worse, I'd take iPhone's any day any time.

    After 3 weeks, I switched back to iOS with the iPhone 5S. My upgrade will come in late March and I will get the iPhone 6 but not in 16GB. It is getting to the point where you can't put much anymore in a 16GB unit

    At the end, iOS is the most user friendly OS and simple. Yes it's limited but I don't care, camera is better and very smooth.


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    The newer Samsung phones use a customized SwiftKey. The Autocorrect is fine and the UI for replacing words after the fact is very very good. I stopped using SwiftKey after moving to the Note 3 cause the stock keyboard is good. The iPhone auto correct and typing experience is not as good, especially making corrections after the fact, moving the cursor around, etc.



    The 5S camera is only better when it's extremely dark (assuming it can get a picture without flash itself). In Daylight the S4 and Note 3 will win almost every time, and even sometimes in low light using Smart Stabilization. The Galaxy phones also have noticeably superior FFCs on them. Higher resolution, 1080p video, and better image quality there.

    I don't do much customization. I use nothing but the weather widget and only have three home screens, so I've never much cared for that. I use mostly stock apps (many developed to provide equivalents to iOS features and since a lot of people I know have Samsung devices, they are useful to me).

    Also have a friend with the S4 who got the 4.4.2 update and his phone doesn't lag. There were stutters before the update, but the performance went up afterwards. His battery life is as good as my 5S was.

    The only reason I could see for him wanting that update were for the battery and performance gains. Cause it didn't add much else...

    My note 3 has performed flawlessly. Moved to it from the iPhone 5S.

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    05-10-2014 03:49 PM
  23. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I like Swiftkey. I wish Apple would make it the stock keyboard on the iPhone. I use the Swiftkey Note app for various writings. It integrates with Evernote. If you use an iPhone and want to check out Swiftkey, here it is.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swif...mUvbUpU2250576


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    05-10-2014 04:35 PM
  24. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    I like Swiftkey. I wish Apple would make it the stock keyboard on the iPhone. I use the Swiftkey Note app for various writings. It integrates with Evernote. If you use an iPhone and want to check out Swiftkey, here it is.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swif...mUvbUpU2251334


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
    Yea, I owned it and used it exclusively on my Galaxy S3 but haven't used it since getting the Note 3 because the Samsung Keyboard Layout is superior, has Emoji built in, and tends to perform better and uses less RAM.

    There is also Google Keyboard, which works well. I was actually faster typing on that than Swift key due to the more compact layout. I like the buttons to have a bit of separation. It allows me to type faster more accurately.

    Sometimes I miss a smaller screen but for using apps like Coach's Eye the 5.7" screen is a killer advantage over the iPhone, as well as the S Pen for drawing on the screen.

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    05-12-2014 07:21 AM
  25. i7guy's Avatar
    The newer Samsung phones use a customized SwiftKey. The Autocorrect is fine and the UI for replacing words after the fact is very very good. I stopped using SwiftKey after moving to the Note 3 cause the stock keyboard is good. The iPhone auto correct and typing experience is not as good, especially making corrections after the fact, moving the cursor around, etc.

    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/11/u9ynepyn.jpg

    The 5S camera is only better when it's extremely dark (assuming it can get a picture without flash itself). In Daylight the S4 and Note 3 will win almost every time, and even sometimes in low light using Smart Stabilization. The Galaxy phones also have noticeably superior FFCs on them. Higher resolution, 1080p video, and better image quality there.

    I don't do much customization. I use nothing but the weather widget and only have three home screens, so I've never much cared for that. I use mostly stock apps (many developed to provide equivalents to iOS features and since a lot of people I know have Samsung devices, they are useful to me).

    Also have a friend with the S4 who got the 4.4.2 update and his phone doesn't lag. There were stutters before the update, but the performance went up afterwards. His battery life is as good as my 5S was.

    The only reason I could see for him wanting that update were for the battery and performance gains. Cause it didn't add much else...

    My note 3 has performed flawlessly. Moved to it from the iPhone 5S.

    Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
    There are things to like on both platforms. For me IOS aligns much more closely with what I want my phone to do. Plus with an all iPhone family FaceTime is great to have.


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    05-12-2014 08:34 AM
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