1. worknman's Avatar
    Hello all,

    I've been using Android for about 3.5 years, starting with the Droid Incredible in May 2010. I decided to get an iPhone 5s for work, because.... well, why not? I'm not one of these people who have had any real issues with Android, as I normally stick with Nexus devices and stock Android. Anybody who says stock Android has performance issues on a good phone like the Nexus 4 is either lying, or grossly misinformed. My Nexus 4 right out of the box is EVERY BIT as smooth as the 5s is, but, hey... that's not why I'm posting here I'm just saying that I am not one of these disgruntled Android users, and I have rooted & installed custom roms, so I am well aware of what Android is capable of.

    The first thing I noticed about iOS is that, while it is definitely limited in some ways vs Android, it tends to lay things out how I would normally use them anyway, and I get out of the box what I would normally have to install 3rd party apps or launchers for to get the same functionality on Android. And a lot of times, it's the little things that make the most difference. Like the contact favorites list is presented as a list, rather than the weird grid view that Android uses. Even though I didn't want to, I had to upload images to my Android phone, even for people I didn't have pictures for, just to keep from accidentally dialing the wrong person in my favorites list. Notifications on the lock screen is another thing I LOOOOVE! I haven't seen a lock screen widget on Android that is as good at this as iOS.

    I also like having the 'unread count' numbers over app icons, something you don't get on stock Android either. And unlike Google Now on Android, I've found that dialing contacts using Siri actually works reliably, and the camera... well, the iPhone wins hands down And the lightning connector... being able to plug it in from either orientation is worth whatever markup Apple is charging for these cables, IMO. I haven't played with the do not disturb mode, but that's another thing stock Android doesn't have that I really wanted, and this is DEFINITELY not something I wanted to rely on some janky 3rd party app for, which could force close and leave my phone in silent mode.

    I've only had the phone for about a day, so I haven't had a chance to play much with apps. But I DID have a chance to play with Google Voice. And, although it's not as tightly integrated as it is in Android (which I thought would be a deal-breaker), I find its layout to be cleaner than the Android version, and it seems good enough to be used as the primary dialer. And since my phone contacts are synced with Google, I don't have to keep up with separate contact lists.

    Am I saying that iOS is for everyone? Hell no :P I have friends that would be absolutely miserable with it. They install custom roms almost nightly, use tasker for all kinds of automation, have NFC tags strewn all over their houses, etc. Fortunately, I have no need for any of that, and I find that I'm pretty happy with the iOS stock keyboard as well. I got out of the custom rom thing over a year ago... you can do some awesome stuff with them, but everybody has their priorities, and that just isn't mine anymore.

    Am I going to switch to iPhone as my primary phone? Not sure yet. There's still a couple of deal-breakers, such as the inability to wireless tether. However, an initial Google search indicates there's a hack or two floating around to do this without jailbreaking, so I plan to look into that. And although I don't really need a full-blown file manager like Android has, I need to look into ways of transferring music/photos/etc to/from the PC without needing iTunes. Apple does good stuff sometimes, but iTunes is not one of them :P Also, this phone feels damn tiny compared to the ones I'm used to. I know Apple isn't all about options, but they really need to get on board with bigger phone sizes.

    But as a work phone, I think it's going to do just fine
    Last edited by worknman; 10-12-2013 at 05:28 PM.
    10-12-2013 04:38 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    "inability to wireless tether"... if you have the feature as a part of your service plan, it's as easy as going to Settings>> Personal Hotspot>> and turning it on...
    jmr1015 likes this.
    10-12-2013 04:42 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Thanks for the initial review and welcome to iMore. Hopefully, the iPhone 5S will become your daily driver, but if not, no biggie. It's all about finding what suits consumers best. Anyway, take care and have a great weekend....
    Spencerdl likes this.
    10-12-2013 04:42 PM
  4. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore. If you need help use the search tool found here: Search iMore If you can't find what you are looking for just ask. That's why we are here. Again Welcome to iMore and enjoy your stay!
    10-12-2013 05:03 PM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Tethering is only related to your carrier plan, not the iPhone. It tethers via wireless, Bluetooth, or USB cable just fine.
    10-12-2013 05:07 PM
  6. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    As far as not needing iTunesfor photos, use Dropbox or Flickr which is now offering 1TB of storage and can be set up to automatically upload all your photos. Dropbox can also be set up this way. Video and music can be handled via cloud services as well. I like iTunes Match, but Google and Amazon also have music "locker" type of services and there are apps to access the music on them.
    10-12-2013 05:10 PM
  7. worknman's Avatar
    Tethering is only related to your carrier plan.
    Actually, it isn't. There are quite a few ways on Android to wireless tether without rooting, irrespective of whether or not you're paying your carrier more money to use data that you're already paying for. On my Nexus 4, I just hit a button that says 'wireless hotspot'
    10-12-2013 05:30 PM
  8. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Actually, it isn't. There are quite a few ways on Android to wireless tether without rooting, irrespective of whether or not you're paying your carrier more money to use data that you're already paying for. On my Nexus 4, I just hit a button that says 'wireless hotspot'
    That depends on your carrier. Verizon has a court order that prevents it from preventing third party tethering apps. Other carriers are not under this court order and could block it if they detect the traffic. Maybe they choose not to, I don't know, but in my eyes that is still "based on your carrier" because they could shut it off if they wanted to or force you to a different plan for violating the terms of your contract. (Whether you think the contract is fair or moral because you already paid for the data is irrelevant when determining whether you violated its terms.)
    kch50428 and jmr1015 like this.
    10-12-2013 05:43 PM
  9. pr1nce's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore. We're Glad you decided to stop by our community. Enjoy your 5S!
    10-12-2013 09:06 PM
  10. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Without a doubt enjoy your new 5S as many new members like yourself and even seasoned members are. We are happy to have you hear and wish you the best. Thank you for the great opinion on your new phone.
    10-12-2013 09:13 PM
  11. Speedygi's Avatar
    I'm definitely of that same camp where as I grow older, I feel like I have less desire to tinker. I know that feeling really well.

    It's good you took that step to try iOS and I hope you experience much more wonderful things as you discover this fresh new plateau!
    10-12-2013 09:55 PM
  12. abazigal's Avatar
    It continues to baffle me why Telcos have an issue with how people choose to use their data. If I want to tether my phone so I am browse the web on my ipad or laptop, it's my choice, plus at the end of the day, I am still paying for it, and not using any more data than initially allotted.

    That said, I hope you enjoy your spanking new 5s, and don't hesitate to approach us if you need to figure out how to perform a particular task.
    10-12-2013 10:10 PM
  13. eve6er69's Avatar
    welcome to the imore family
    10-13-2013 12:55 AM
  14. Eileen89's Avatar
    Welcome to the iMore community. If you need help with anything, just ask.


    Sent from my iPad Mini using Tapatalk Pro
    10-13-2013 08:15 PM
  15. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore
    10-14-2013 08:40 PM
  16. rayz336's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore and I hope you'll enjoy the phone as much as most of the users here do!
    10-15-2013 10:29 PM
  17. worknman's Avatar
    So far, after using the iPhone 5s for a few days, I've only ran into one major aggravation... why do so many app devs on iOS seem hellbent on not letting the user change their default notification sound? So far, Facebook is the only app I've seen the does. Even the pager service that we use at work (Pagerduty.com) has an iPhone and Android app, and if you look at the settings for each one, you see the iPhone version (on the left) has one glaring, and annoying omission:

    Long-time Android user gets an iPhone 5s (long post)-pagerduty.jpg

    Google Plus and Google Voice, though not quite identical to the Android versions, have the same limitation on iOS. So, what gives? Is there like a hidden panel for notification sound in Settings that I'm missing, or something?
    10-16-2013 01:27 AM
  18. Xx BEN xX's Avatar
    Welcome to the forum! Nice job on giving the 5s a go


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    10-16-2013 02:14 AM
  19. Peligro911's Avatar
    10-16-2013 03:47 AM
  20. wendybeee's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore worknman and enjoy your new 5s
    10-17-2013 08:42 AM
  21. JSHidaka's Avatar
    So far, after using the iPhone 5s for a few days, I've only ran into one major aggravation... why do so many app devs on iOS seem hellbent on not letting the user change their default notification sound? So far, Facebook is the only app I've seen the does. Even the pager service that we use at work (Pagerduty.com) has an iPhone and Android app, and if you look at the settings for each one, you see the iPhone version (on the left) has one glaring, and annoying omission:

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    Google Plus and Google Voice, though not quite identical to the Android versions, have the same limitation on iOS. So, what gives? Is there like a hidden panel for notification sound in Settings that I'm missing, or something?
    Welcome to Apple world, sadly they don't let you customize many things(or none at all) like android let you...
    10-19-2013 11:55 AM
  22. li2327's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore. This is to best place to find out anything you need to know iOS based. Enjoy your new device.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    10-19-2013 12:15 PM
  23. amyleslo's Avatar
    Such a really nice and great informative post.After read thread post i have gain lot of experienced related to iPhone App and Development.Thanks for share with us.
    10-29-2013 08:10 AM
  24. John Yester's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore.. Solid review from a real user, vs some news article...
    10-29-2013 08:18 AM

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