1. aggie's Avatar
    I feel like this thread is one big AA meeting or support group.

    Hi. My name is Andrew and I'm a serial phone switcher. Popkurn and I have been going back and forth through some PMs about this stuff. So she knows how messed up I am and how much time I spend fretting over what I'm using or going to use.

    Currently I'm on an iX 256gb. I honestly think it's a fantastic phone. But I do not think it is in any way even remotely close to worth it for the price I paid. There are so many little annoying things about it - I just can't put my finger on it as to what I don't like. But I know I don't really want to keep it. So then I look into what else I would use on iOS and I feel like I'd be using the same thing I've been using for years, just with a little bit more lipstick on it.

    So to turn away from iOS would be to leave behind iMessage, which isn't the biggest deal in the world, as my whole family uses Google Photos or Facebook Messenger. But it is still an inconvenience. And that leaves me with two options: the Pixel 2 XL or S9 Plus. There really isn't anything else I'd use.

    The S9 Plus seems to be a good compromise for me as to what it offers, and the only thing it's missing would be quick updates. The Pixel 2 XL has those updates, but is missing wireless charging and SD card support.

    Decisions! Decisions!

    ***As a side note, I've been in Disney World for the past week and the X has worked just fine. But man it seems like 99% of people have an iPhone. And I'm weird - it turns me off. I hate feeling like a sheep. I like to be a little bit different. And I feel like I'm just one of the flock with this phone.

    P.S. I hate the Notch
    LOL. Yea we all sound like a bunch of crazies going on about first world problems. Serial switcher is one thing. I seem to switch several times a day. I went between the S9+ and iPhone X more than a few times yesterday. Every time I pop my sim in one there is something I miss about the other.

    I actually took true low light shots last night with the S9+ for the first time. It's in a league of its own in that department. It still needs some fine tuning via updates. There's some noise that's annoying but the amount of light it brings in with the f1.5 aperture is amazing.

    You've been wanting to switch for a while. The S9+ is a fantastic phone and if I only had it and didn't have an X, P2XL, Note 8 id probably be perfectly happy with it. It's definitely the nicest overall device Samsung has put out. If the Pixel doesn't check all the boxes for your needs it (IMO) is definitely the device to get.
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    03-31-2018 07:31 AM
  2. Wildo6882's Avatar
    LOL. Yea we all sound like a bunch of crazies going on about first world problems. Serial switcher is one thing. I seem to switch several times a day. I went between the S9+ and iPhone X more than a few times yesterday. Every time I pop my sim in one there is something I miss about the other.

    I actually took true low light shots last night with the S9+ for the first time. It's in a league of its own in that department. It still needs some fine tuning via updates. There's some noise that's annoying but the amount of light it brings in with the f1.5 aperture is amazing.

    You've been wanting to switch for a while. The S9+ is a fantastic phone and if I only had it and didn't have an X, P2XL, Note 8 id probably be perfectly happy with it. It's definitely the nicest overall device Samsung has put out. If the Pixel doesn't check all the boxes for your needs it (IMO) is definitely the device to get.
    Don't get me wrong. I like the iX. I just don't think it's demonstrably better than my 6s Plus. And the Notch is a friggin joke. I despise it. Can't see my battery percentage unless I swipe down? That's a feature? Ha! There is just something about it that I really don't like. So if I stay with Apple I have to use a phone that looks just like the same phone I've been using for 2.5 years.

    So I think it's time for a switch back to Android.

    Just not sure if I want a Pixel 2 XL or S9+. I have to decide today because today is when the $200 credit expires on the Pixel through Google.
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    03-31-2018 08:30 AM
  3. aggie's Avatar
    Don't get me wrong. I like the iX. I just don't think it's demonstrably better than my 6s Plus. And the Notch is a friggin joke. I despise it. Can't see my battery percentage unless I swipe down? That's a feature? Ha! There is just something about it that I really don't like. So if I stay with Apple I have to use a phone that looks just like the same phone I've been using for 2.5 years.

    So I think it's time for a switch back to Android.

    Just not sure if I want a Pixel 2 XL or S9+. I have to decide today because today is when the $200 credit expires on the Pixel through Google.
    I agree. I really like the X and the direction that Apple is taking iOS as far as being more gesture based. The X aside from the ridiculous notch is the most sleek, elegant electronic device I've owned. The notch isn't necessarily a deal breaker for me but I just seem to enjoy Android more mostly due to the notification system and that for me at least Android now feels like a more efficient, well thought out OS. iOS seems all over the place with settings, the battery percentage being hidden, having to learn finger gymnastics with the side buttons to perform basic functions. I'm sure it will improve and I still really liking iOS but those things make me prefer Android for now.

    The biggest thing for me though is just how much better Android Auto is than CarPlay. There has been very little improvement in CarPlay since it's inception. Android Auto with Waze and Gmaps is amazing. Google Assistant is so much more usable than Siri when driving and it understands what I'm saying every time. I could go on and on. Hopefully Apple opens up CarPlay to Google Maps and improves Siri. I'd love to come back to iOS full time because there is so much about iOS that I love.

    The Pixel 2xl at 200 off is a great deal. Makes for a difficult choice between it and the S9
    03-31-2018 10:22 AM
  4. popkurn611's Avatar
    I agree. I really like the X and the direction that Apple is taking iOS as far as being more gesture based. The X aside from the ridiculous notch is the most sleek, elegant electronic device I've owned. The notch isn't necessarily a deal breaker for me but I just seem to enjoy Android more mostly due to the notification system and that for me at least Android now feels like a more efficient, well thought out OS. iOS seems all over the place with settings, the battery percentage being hidden, having to learn finger gymnastics with the side buttons to perform basic functions. I'm sure it will improve and I still really liking iOS but those things make me prefer Android for now.

    The biggest thing for me though is just how much better Android Auto is than CarPlay. There has been very little improvement in CarPlay since it's inception. Android Auto with Waze and Gmaps is amazing. Google Assistant is so much more usable than Siri when driving and it understands what I'm saying every time. I could go on and on. Hopefully Apple opens up CarPlay to Google Maps and improves Siri. I'd love to come back to iOS full time because there is so much about iOS that I love.

    The Pixel 2xl at 200 off is a great deal. Makes for a difficult choice between it and the S9
    It's very difficult comparing both ios and Android. I've been back and forth within weeks, days, even down to the hours. I think the biggest factor is what works best for your lifestyle, and also what you enjoy using the most. I don't enjoy the iPhone as much as using an android device, but when I get videos Sent to me from ios users on an android, that doesn't fit my lifestyle. Being around an entire family and friend base of ios users has almost forced me to use an iPhone. To use what I enjoy more, still won't make it enjoyable enough because I need that cohesiveness between my family and friends it is really important to me.

    Aside from that, hardware wise the X is by far the nicest looking phone apple has made. Like you said the notch isn't the greatest thing and I did despise it and do at times, but not enough to throw the phone in the garbage and run to android. In fact, Android devices are adopting the notch!! With little tweaks and improvements I think apple can make some things better with X. The X is the future, there is no turning back for Apple, no more touch ID, no more bezels. There will still be an LCD IPS model to launch, but it will physically look like the X! I think Apple does some things really well, and some things make my head spin. It's a love/hate relationship! I can find things with Android too, there just is no clear winner. Always on display with the pixel doesn't show battery.....why!!!! It's almost as bad as having no percentage visible on the X. Pixel 2 XL does not have the best display, I could never get smart lock location to work consistently, and the phone isn't the most comfy in hands. S9/S9+, updates will be delayed, the curved display I don't care for, hate all the bloatware. And if you go with the unlocked model to avoid the bloat, the updates come even later than the delayed carrier models!

    Idk, there's a reason why people buy Apple. There's also many reasons why people buy Android...the two will never join forces though!
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    03-31-2018 10:45 AM
  5. aggie's Avatar
    It's very difficult comparing both ios and Android. I've been back and forth within weeks, days, even down to the hours. I think the biggest factor is what works best for your lifestyle, and also what you enjoy using the most. I don't enjoy the iPhone as much as using an android device, but when I get videos Sent to me from ios users on an android, that doesn't fit my lifestyle. Being around an entire family and friend base of ios users has almost forced me to use an iPhone. To use what I enjoy more, still won't make it enjoyable enough because I need that cohesiveness between my family and friends it is really important to me.

    Aside from that, hardware wise the X is by far the nicest looking phone apple has made. Like you said the notch isn't the greatest thing and I did despise it and do at times, but not enough to throw the phone in the garbage and run to android. In fact, Android devices are adopting the notch!! With little tweaks and improvements I think apple can make some things better with X. The X is the future, there is no turning back for Apple, no more touch ID, no more bezels. There will still be an LCD IPS model to launch, but it will physically look like the X! I think Apple does some things really well, and some things make my head spin. It's a love/hate relationship! I can find things with Android too, there just is no clear winner. Always on display with the pixel doesn't show battery.....why!!!! It's almost as bad as having no percentage visible on the X. Pixel 2 XL does not have the best display, I could never get smart lock location to work consistently, and the phone isn't the most comfy in hands. S9/S9+, updates will be delayed, the curved display I don't care for, hate all the bloatware. And if you go with the unlocked model to avoid the bloat, the updates come even later than the delayed carrier models!

    Idk, there's a reason why people buy Apple. There's also many reasons why people buy Android...the two will never join forces though!
    You pretty much describe my dilemma perfectly. Wife has 7 plus, daughter has an X, mom and dad have an iPhone and all my good friends have iPhones. Even though there are workarounds for sharing things imessage is just so dang convenient. Although I don't video chat much, FaceTime is so much better than using Facebook or any of the other alternatives (Duo is really nice though but nobody uses it). It's the dang ecosystem that makes it so hard to leave. You are right, the ecosystem just makes the iPhone fit my lifestyle better. Android enhances my work productivity and helps when I'm on the road (which is a lot). Guess I'm destined to keep at least two devices lol
    03-31-2018 11:43 AM
  6. popkurn611's Avatar
    You just need to hold the volume up button and the side button at the same time then slide the power off. No need to press the volume down. So 2 steps not 4
    Holding volume up and the lock button at the same time takes a screenshot
    03-31-2018 02:58 PM
  7. doogald's Avatar
    Holding volume up and the lock button at the same time takes a screenshot
    Pressing and releasing volume up and the wake/lock button takes a screenshot, but holding either of the volume buttons and the wake/lock button at the same time eventually brings up the swipe to shutdown screen without taking a screenshot.
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    03-31-2018 03:16 PM
  8. cwbcpa's Avatar
    Holding volume up and the lock button at the same time takes a screenshot
    Pressing both and releasing does a screenshot. Pressing both and holding them will bring up the shut down slider.
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    03-31-2018 03:17 PM
  9. popkurn611's Avatar
    Pressing and releasing volume up and the wake/lock button takes a screenshot, but holding either of the volume buttons and the wake/lock button at the same time eventually brings up the swipe to shutdown screen without taking a screenshot.
    Ahh there we go...thanks!!!
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    03-31-2018 03:17 PM
  10. cwbcpa's Avatar
    Pressing and releasing volume up and the wake/lock button takes a screenshot, but holding either of the volume buttons and the wake/lock button at the same time eventually brings up the swipe to shutdown screen without taking a screenshot.
    Pressing both and releasing does a screenshot. Pressing both and holding them will bring up the shut down slider.
    You said it better. Wish I would have seen your answer before I posted.
    doogald likes this.
    03-31-2018 03:19 PM
  11. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I feel like this thread is one big AA meeting or support group.

    Hi. My name is Andrew and I'm a serial phone switcher. Popkurn and I have been going back and forth through some PMs about this stuff. So she knows how messed up I am and how much time I spend fretting over what I'm using or going to use.

    Currently I'm on an iX 256gb. I honestly think it's a fantastic phone. But I do not think it is in any way even remotely close to worth it for the price I paid. There are so many little annoying things about it - I just can't put my finger on it as to what I don't like. But I know I don't really want to keep it. So then I look into what else I would use on iOS and I feel like I'd be using the same thing I've been using for years, just with a little bit more lipstick on it.

    So to turn away from iOS would be to leave behind iMessage, which isn't the biggest deal in the world, as my whole family uses Google Photos or Facebook Messenger. But it is still an inconvenience. And that leaves me with two options: the Pixel 2 XL or S9 Plus. There really isn't anything else I'd use.

    The S9 Plus seems to be a good compromise for me as to what it offers, and the only thing it's missing would be quick updates. The Pixel 2 XL has those updates, but is missing wireless charging and SD card support.

    Decisions! Decisions!

    ***As a side note, I've been in Disney World for the past week and the X has worked just fine. But man it seems like 99% of people have an iPhone. And I'm weird - it turns me off. I hate feeling like a sheep. I like to be a little bit different. And I feel like I'm just one of the flock with this phone.

    P.S. I hate the Notch
    Me, you, and popkurn should start a support group.

    My SIM is in my S9+ currently but I have my iPhone X connected to WiFi. I can't decide which one I want more. iOS obviously has better software updates and I love how all of your iMessages can just be on your next iDevice without having to connect it to anything (other than your Apple ID, of course).

    But the S9+ feels great to use! The battery life is better. I actually prefer FaceID to a fingerprint sensor as I feel FPSs are a step in the wrong direction. Iris scanning is great, but it doesn't work well when I'm wearing my prescription eyeglasses. And I know I'm in the minority when I say this, but I actually prefer the display on the iPhone X vs the S9+. I'm not a fan of the super punchy cartoony look anymore.

    As far as cameras, the S9+ easily beats the X. The low-light photos are relatively noise-free. The dynamic range is great, but I still think the X takes better daytime photos.

    Decisions, decisions...luckily I still have 28 days to decide. Yay Xfinity Mobile 30-day return policy!
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    03-31-2018 03:33 PM
  12. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Me, you, and popkurn should start a support group.
    Except I don't think we'd ever get ANYTHING accomplished.

    I'm still on the fence. No matter how annoyed I am with Apple. I really have a love/hate relationship with my iPhone X and Apple on the whole.
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    03-31-2018 03:36 PM
  13. popkurn611's Avatar
    Except I don't think we'd ever get ANYTHING accomplished.

    I'm still on the fence. No matter how annoyed I am with Apple. I really have a love/hate relationship with my iPhone X and Apple on the whole.
    Andrew failed to mention that we already have a support group going, just need to include @Retinella into the chat group! Hahaha
    anon(5630457) likes this.
    03-31-2018 03:44 PM
  14. sleepnclass's Avatar
    I bought both colors as well op. You aren’t alone.
    04-02-2018 11:01 PM
  15. Shahzad Ghani One's Avatar
    I bought both colors as well op. You aren’t alone.
    So after going between phone x and iphone 8 plus constantly now i am at 8 plus from two weeks and i m not missing iphone x much any more.

    I have used iphone x alot in previous months and i can surely conclude few things about it.

    Phone gets warm up quickly even in normal usage situations where as my plus models always stayed cool in those situations.. i have tried many iphone x’s so its safe to say every one had same behaviour .. it gets warms up while using high brightness and surfing some facebook instagram etc but it get very warm if u play any demanding game .. leaves a bad feeling in my mind whenever i try to use this phone and than i stop using it more.. probably due to the feeling dissatisfaction.

    Battery usage is not good at this phone coming from plus models it is almost 30 to 40 percent less .. I don’t understand how in youtube videos it defeats iphone 8 plus while in daily usage situations it has crap battery drainage comparing to my iphone 8 plus.. i used to get 4 to 5 hours usage from all of my iphone x’s with my normal usage of instagram facebook whats app little bit of candy crush 20 mins of gps while i get 8 to 10 hours easily from my iphone 8 plus in same usage pattern infact i touched 12 hours a few days ago ...

    Either there is some crazy optimisation of iphone 8 plus or there is some bad optimisation in iphone x is responsible for all this.

    Totally loved the design and form factor of iphone x and Fid is an innovation in its own but not yet ready or fast enough for masses.
    04-04-2018 01:54 AM
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