Saying Goodbye to iPhone

Quis89

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After my first foray into iOS and iPhone, I've decided to go back to Android. After having an iPhone 6s Plus (64GB) for about a year and a half, I've come to realize that it's ok...Not spectacular... Just...ok.

I'm trading up to a Galaxy S8 Plus. The only thing I will miss will be the 3D touch. I can live without it.

I prefer wireless Qi charging, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (with up to 256GB microSD), Chromecast/Miracast support, RAW image capture (built in), IP68 water proofing, retina scanner, finger print, face recognition, and Samsung Pay.

I'll get my shiny new S8 Plus in three weeks.

Buh, bye

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I will say I can empathize with the "ok" feeling. But honestly, I feel that way about all current tech. Working in wireless allowed me the opportunity to play with the latest and greatest as they released. In this day and age, there really isn't much that "wows" me anymore.

But out of curiosity, why is wireless Qi charging so important? You still have to place your device on a charging mat. Is it THAT much more convenient than simply plugging in your device? You save what? A fraction of a second.

In what ways does that 4GB of RAM improve your experience? I still notice the same levels of browser page refreshes on my buddys S7 as I do on my 7 Plus. For the most part, the RAM isn't an issue at all. It's a talking point that is only around because tech companies market it as a huge advantage. My 7 Plus has 3 GB of RAM and it performs just fine.

Chromecast/miracast support would be another reason to switch if you need that.

Raw image capture. The iPhone is capable of that through the use of many pretty great camera apps. What does having that feature built in provide that my apps do not?

Water proofing? If you're in wet environments then absolutely. But the iPhone 7 devices are water tested and proven to handle submersion just fine.


If you truly require more than 256 GB on your mobile device then that would most certainly be a reason to switch. But with cloud storage, I have very little need for anything beyond the 256 GB I've got on my iPhone.

Retina scanner? Cool to discuss absolutely. But not something I'd use. Seems more inconvenient than simply placing my finger on the home button.

Finger print. Got it.

Face recognition...do you truly use something that can be so easily manipulated by the use of a picture? Honestly. Just wondering. Or is it simply another checkbox to mark off as you list features?

Samsung Pay. Definitely a great feature but is the support for it greater than Apple Pay? I truly don't know so I'm asking. In the places that support Apple Pay my experience has always been great. But if more places support Samsung Pay then it's a great reason to switch, possibly.
 

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That's nice and all. But the S8 and S8 Plus has the 835. Furthermore, the S7 uses the 820. Most of those "slow" Android phones you are talking about are not competing against Apple. They are competing against OTHER low to mid range Android phones. Apple doesn't make a low to mid range phone. The majority of the world can't afford iPhones or even high end Androids.

The SE is a mid-range phone...
 

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I will say I can empathize with the "ok" feeling. But honestly, I feel that way about all current tech. Working in wireless allowed me the opportunity to play with the latest and greatest as they released. In this day and age, there really isn't much that "wows" me anymore.

But out of curiosity, why is wireless Qi charging so important? You still have to place your device on a charging mat. Is it THAT much more convenient than simply plugging in your device? You save what? A fraction of a second.

Yes. It IS that much more convenient. That was one of the things I missed when I got rid of my Lumia Icon. Just sit it on the charger, and voila! No having to plug in.

In what ways does that 4GB of RAM improve your experience? I still notice the same levels of browser page refreshes on my buddys S7 as I do on my 7 Plus. For the most part, the RAM isn't an issue at all. It's a talking point that is only around because tech companies market it as a huge advantage. My 7 Plus has 3 GB of RAM and it performs just fine.

Probably the best question yet. I don't have an answer. I will find out when I get the phone.

Chromecast/miracast support would be another reason to switch if you need that.

I use it a lot. Especially when I'm traveling. I have a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. I can project to it with my Surface Pro 3 and my Galaxy Tab S2. Apple limits you to Apple TV which is not as widely used as Miracast/Chromecast.

Raw image capture. The iPhone is capable of that through the use of many pretty great camera apps. What does having that feature built in provide that my apps do not?

Yes, and you have to pay extra for them. RAW capture is builtin to the stock camera app. If the camera is a certain resolution, you can enable it. No extra money.

Water proofing? If you're in wet environments then absolutely. But the iPhone 7 devices are water tested and proven to handle submersion just fine.

I live in Hawaii...'nuff said.


If you truly require more than 256 GB on your mobile device then that would most certainly be a reason to switch. But with cloud storage, I have very little need for anything beyond the 256 GB I've got on my iPhone.

4K video eats up space really quick. It takes a while upload a video to the cloud. For the record, I use OneDrive (I have 1TB of space). Even with my unlimited plan from Verizon. Verizon throttles after 22GB of uploading/downloading.

Retina scanner? Cool to discuss absolutely. But not something I'd use. Seems more inconvenient than simply placing my finger on the home button.

Good point. I will see how well it works.

Finger print. Got it.

Yeah. Not many people are happy with the position. We'll see...

Face recognition...do you truly use something that can be so easily manipulated by the use of a picture? Honestly. Just wondering. Or is it simply another checkbox to mark off as you list features?

Again, good point. Again, I will see how well it works. I used it on my previous Galaxies I've owned and it worked fairly well. Btw, MFST also has it on the 950/950XL.

Samsung Pay. Definitely a great feature but is the support for it greater than Apple Pay? I truly don't know so I'm asking. In the places that support Apple Pay my experience has always been great. But if more places support Samsung Pay then it's a great reason to switch, possibly.

It is much more widely used (or available I should say) than Apple Pay. If the card reader has a magnetic swipe capability, it will work.

Samsung Pay: What is it, how does it work and how do I use it? - Android Authority
 

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Security is of the utmost importance to me. There isn't a company I know of that has the SECURUTY that Apple does. My company is all Apple and I know of other companies that use Apple as well
Having been on every Samsung Note and update issues I decided to personally make a switch. Yes they are beautiful screens and the colors are saturated. My iPhone is gorgeous as well
It's personal preference. I love NOT having battery or security issues. Apple works. That is important to me
I don't trash any platform. But I ended up frustrated and unhappy. That's what's great about having choices. I chose to make a change.

I hate to bust your bubble, but Apple devices are not that much more secure than Android devices, and are still not as secure as Windows Mobile devices. All platforms now offer device encryption out of the box (Microsoft/Lumia being the first to do so).

I don't hate iPhone or Apple. I just think Apple products or OK. There is nothing spectacular about them, and I actually feel limited when it comes to compatibility. If I were 100% in the Apple ecosystem, then I wouldn't be writing this. If Microsoft could produce a phone that could truly compete with Android, I would switch back to it instead of Android/Samsung.
 

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Apple is secure. To each their own. That's why we are given choices. I am pleased with switching to Apple. Good luck with your S8. Samsung makes a beautiful device but after the Note 7 debacle and my issues with Note 5 it was my decision to switch. Apple updates don't cause battery issues. My iPhone has never lagged nor any other issues I had on android
 

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After my first foray into iOS and iPhone, I've decided to go back to Android. After having an iPhone 6s Plus (64GB) for about a year and a half, I've come to realize that it's ok...Not spectacular... Just...ok.

I'm trading up to a Galaxy S8 Plus. The only thing I will miss will be the 3D touch. I can live without it.

I prefer wireless Qi charging, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (with up to 256GB microSD), Chromecast/Miracast support, RAW image capture (built in), IP68 water proofing, retina scanner, finger print, face recognition, and Samsung Pay.

I'll get my shiny new S8 Plus in three weeks.

Buh, bye

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It's never goodbye. It's 'until we meet again'. 😃 once you go iPhone you always come back. Some just take longer than others. Haha, I'm just joking.

I wish you all the best with your Galaxy S8. Android definitely allows for more customization. The SD card is always a nice option.

You never know, the iPhone 7s or 8 may get wireless charging. I know some Apple users have been asking for it.
 

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It's never goodbye. It's 'until we meet again'. ?????? once you go iPhone you always come back. Some just take longer than others. Haha, I'm just joking.

That's definitely true of me! I got my first iPhone, the iPhone 4, in the early part of the summer of 2011. I ended up becoming fascinated by Windows Phone (I still like it, but I got fed up with Microsoft always dropping the ball) and got my first one in November 2012. I used a total of three Lumia phones from then until late September 2015, when I went back to iPhone with the iPhone 6s. So happy to be back and not going anywhere else anytime soon! :D
 

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I'm waiting till the Note 8 comes out and that will be my next phone. I will always use both iPhones and Android phones and have since the Nexus 4 came out in 2013. The Nexus 4 was my first Android phone, I bought it because I thought the iPhone 5 wasn't worth buying that year. Since the iPhone 5, I've skipped every other year but I've bought an Android phone every year. This year I skipped the iPhone 7 but I also bought a iPhone SE but still have a 6S and a 6S+ plus a 6+.

I'm also still using a Note 5 and a couple of S7 Edge phones. I never get rid of old phones because I keep going back and forth between them.

As for wireless charging, it's convenient but takes longer to charge a phone then plugging in a cable. I let my S7 Edge phones get down to 5% before charging them. If I plug in a cable to charge them, it takes 90 minutes. Wireless charging takes anywhere from 2-2.5 hrs to charge. Many times I just don't want to wait to wireless charge because I don't have the time to wait.
 

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I might go to the Note 8, as well, from the iP7+.

Been going strong since the 5S, but I'm really feeling the need to change. Every since I started using my Mac predominantly in Windows, the utility of my iPhone were severely diminished.
 

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I might go to the Note 8, as well, from the iP7+.

Been going strong since the 5S, but I'm really feeling the need to change. Every since I started using my Mac predominantly in Windows, the utility of my iPhone were severely diminished.

Just don't sell the iPhone. You might find in a few months that you miss using something on it. I never get rid of my old phones.
 

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Just don't sell the iPhone. You might find in a few months that you miss using something on it. I never get rid of my old phones.

It's definitely getting sold. I'm not a fan of wasting money via keeping old phones these days. Absolutely not going to do that "just in case."

Selling the iPhone doesn't chain me to the Note. I can sell that, too, but I'm about 99% sure that won't happen because outside of work and training barely ever use a smartphone, and the decisions to switch is driven by clear deficiencies in iOS as it relates to the device's use in those environment.
 

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