iPhone to Android; anyone made the move?

#41
I moved from Apple to Android a few years ago. First got the Samsung Galaxy S6, then went to HTC which was bonk so went back to Samsung and now have the Galaxy S8 which is a cracking phone. I don't think I'll ever buy an Apple product again.
 
#42
I've used both simultaneously for a couple of years now - work and personal. They both have their pros and cons but for overall "polished" feeling, iPhone is better. But the new iPhones (and the Google Pixel3) are just wacko in terms of pricing. I mean you can buy a brand new Macbook for the price of an iPhone, it's crazy!

I am NOT spending £1000-ish something for a damn phone!
Thing is, the latest iPhones are as powerful as a MacBook in a much smaller package. They should cost more.

The average person spends two hours a day looking at their smartphone screen. It’s worth spending a few quid.
 
#43
You will be fine. The current iPhones are not that much of a jump over the 6. I had a work 6s till recently and honestly after playing with my cousin's iPhone X for a week didn't really feel the need for an upgrade. You can easily wait for another year at the very least.

And yes, I always go for SIM free as well. I used to go on contract bundled package initially but haven't done that since the last 7 to 8 yrs.
I’ve got a 6s and an XS. There’s nothing wrong with the 6s but the XS is a big step up. Much better battery life, apps open instantly and the camera is really good. The screen is also bigger and much sharper.
 
#44
Thing is, the latest iPhones are as powerful as a MacBook in a much smaller package. They should cost more.

The average person spends two hours a day looking at their smartphone screen. It’s worth spending a few quid.
Do I really need that same level of performance on a device which I really don't use it for work type applications. It's not like I will be using my phone to create any meaningful presentations, modeling, complex calculations etc... I am sorry but for me (personally), that's taking the piss, price wise. That's why I have a Macbook pro and a less expensive phone. Works for me, but again it's different for different needs.
 
#45
I’ve got a 6s and an XS. There’s nothing wrong with the 6s but the XS is a big step up. Much better battery life, apps open instantly and the camera is really good. The screen is also bigger and much sharper.
Forgot to add, I am also not a fan of the notch, be it Apple or Google - the Google one is particularly hideous. I do like the other aspects of the XS...but price needs to be at least £200 less for me to consider it. Hey, if someone likes it, and has the dosh for it, go for it.
 
#46
Battery management is a fact of life and a true 1st world problem.

Buy a load of charging cables and position them where you're going to be sat on your arse and make it a personal SOP to plug in every time you go firm. I have one in my car, one at my desk, one next to my TV chair, one in kitchen, bedside etc and unless I'm going on the lash in light order, I also carry a lightweight charging pack which is about the size of a c cell battery. I'm told that the new batteries prefer to be kept topped up as opposed to drained and recharged.

I used to have a phone case with a built in charger which was very practical but made the phone very bulky and heavy and resulted in a shattered screen when I dropped it.
 
#47
2 year old iPhone SE in an Otterbox case. syncs with iMac, MacBook, good camera, especially in low light - anyone remember the faff of having to use a tripod on a film camera in low light? And as many people have them, there's usually a charger to borrow if I need to.
 
#48
And yes, I always go for SIM free as well. I used to go on contract bundled package initially but haven't done that since the last 7 to 8 yrs.
For number of years I've used giffgaff Come join giffgaff, the mobile network run by you

I'm normally on a goodie bag & pay £10 a month for 3gb data & "unlimited minutes & tests"

However for 3 month after your add credit you have free giffgaff to giffgaff calls which could be quite useful for UK low user of phones

I also bought my iphone 6 from giffgaff as it was the only place I could get a sim free handset with a discount (£10 or so cheaper than the apple store)

o2 simlocked handsets also work on giffgaff + tesco
 
#49
For number of years I've used giffgaff Come join giffgaff, the mobile network run by you

I'm normally on a goodie bag & pay £10 a month for 3gb data & "unlimited minutes & tests"

However for 3 month after your add credit you have free giffgaff to giffgaff calls which could be quite useful for UK low user of phones

I also bought my iphone 6 from giffgaff as it was the only place I could get a sim free handset with a discount (£10 or so cheaper than the apple store)

o2 simlocked handsets also work on giffgaff + tesco
I don't really care much about UK minutes as I hardly ever cross 50/month even in heavy usage. They all are just waste to me. I have Three UK £20/month rolling contract plan with unlimited data and "feel at home" which gives data etc. for free when I travel outside the UK - which is a lot. And works not only in EU countries but also in lots of other parts of the world like back in the U.S., OZ, NZ, etc. For me, it's perfect.
 

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#50
shity lighting cables, they soon fall apart

I got some Belkin apple certified ones.... then they did another update & they would nolonger allow charging.... twats
That's my experience too. Apple's cable build quality is really shocking. Example - I have had Skullcandy and Soundmagic earphones which have been absolutely abused, yet they lasted 2 years and 3 years respectively. Apple cables seem to fall apart within months even when babied and cosseted, especially the adaptor for the 3.5mm socket.

I have been an iPhone user since the iPhone 4S and I'm clinging onto my 6 for dear life. When it eventually dies, I will jump ship and go to Android. Removing the headphone socket is a real pain in the arse and with Apple breaking generic cables' functionality every update it just grates.

Also, with iOS 11(?), they moved to a 64-bit OS which had two effects - it slowed my phone to a crawl and it broke pretty much half the apps I use. Apps that I paid hundreds of pounds for over the years.
 

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#51
Forgot to add, I am also not a fan of the notch, be it Apple or Google - the Google one is particularly hideous. I do like the other aspects of the XS...but price needs to be at least £200 less for me to consider it. Hey, if someone likes it, and has the dosh for it, go for it.
I'm not having a pop at you, honestly I'm not, but I had no idea until recently that the notch is such a big issue with users. It doesn't seem as big an issue as some phones having protruding camera lenses on the back, so that if you drop it, it lands lens first. That just seems bonkers to me.
 
#52
I think you will find that a VERY big downside. Now every time someone watches porn on that thing, the experience is ruined knowing it's your name on the back....

Special order? Was it a gift from your ex, before you guys broke up?

If you wanted a G4 dual sim in anything other than white in the UK you had to order it off Moto's website which also allowed a bit of free customisation one of which was an inscription on the back of the case.

I ordered mine and it arrived in 3 days - from Shenzen!
 
#53
I’ve got a 6s and an XS. There’s nothing wrong with the 6s but the XS is a big step up. Much better battery life, apps open instantly and the camera is really good. The screen is also bigger and much sharper.
My 6 used to do that, until apple slowed it down. It is noticeably slower than when new, thats one reason I doubt i will go Iphone again. As for the headset socket on phone, Its the same with the macbook and the change of ports which mean all my hard drives wont work with a new one.
 
#54
Thing is, the latest iPhones are as powerful as a MacBook in a much smaller package. They should cost more.

The average person spends two hours a day looking at their smartphone screen. It’s worth spending a few quid.
This for me. £1000 is a ridiculous amount of money for a phone. But for a phone, good compact camera, portable music player, sat-nav, PED, e-reader etc it's not that bad.

I've always been an Android user and have had Galaxys since the S1, because of that I find iPhones incredibly unintuitive. What I did use to like about my Mrs' Apple collectiin was that everything just worked and synced seemlessly. That gap has now been closed I think. My S8 manages to sync all my e-mail accounts and calendars into one place, syncs seamlessly with the car (via an App), has some reasonable office automation functionality and the battery will comfortably last a day. Better for third party apps and hardware too.
 
#55
I've got an iphone x and was a fan of Apple's until the IP67 rated phone got caught in the rain and stopped working whilst attached to my bike. I went into Apple fully expecting it to be covered and left with a £500 bill as they don't guarantee it for water damage. They do promote it by showing ads of people cutting about in the rain with it mounted to the handle bars but say they don't know what else you could've been doing with it and if I had apple care I could've dipped it twice for no fee.

So although it's a company phone I'll be going Android next as I feel conned by Apple.
 
#56
My 6 used to do that, until apple slowed it down. It is noticeably slower than when new, thats one reason I doubt i will go Iphone again. As for the headset socket on phone, Its the same with the macbook and the change of ports which mean all my hard drives wont work with a new one.
I've long wondered whether they deliberately slow old phones down, but the latest version of iOS has sped my 6s up a lot.
 
#57
I've long wondered whether they deliberately slow old phones down, but the latest version of iOS has sped my 6s up a lot.
Don't you read any tech news? Apple slow the speed down intentionally under the guise that it's to do with battery life. They were rumbled and lost lots of customers. Now they are trying to bring a feature to IOS 12 and promising not to slow phones down anymore - but the trust has gone and so are the previous sales that older Iphones have. Iphones are now 'yesterday's' thing. Android makes up 86.2% of O/S market share, with IOS trailing behind at 12.9%. People talk with their wallets and the tech savvy younger generation seem to prefer Android to IOS - due to having less restrictions placed on their O/S.

Apple apologises for iPhone slowdowns

Also with things like Nvidia Shield TV, Android Tablets, Phones etc - it's easy to use your apps on all these devices - and you're not stuck in Buying a certain brand device when you want to update - and your apps/photos/music etc can go on your new device easily if you have syncing turned on - the same as IOS - but without needing to buy a specific brand.
 
#60
I thought about making the change for ages, but just prefer the simplicity of IOS versus Android.
Even with the option of having a free Android phone I opted for an iPhone SE as my last change.
I could have had SWMBO's 7plus but my hands are too buggered to securely hold a larger phone.

I use a battery case in my SE that not only protects the phone (I drop it almost daily) but gives two and a half extra full charges and has a built in USB outlet so it can charge other devices too such as Bluetooth headphones.

With a combined total of three and half full charges battery life is never an issue.
 

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