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To be or not to be an Android user?

For the past few months, I have been using a new phone different to my habitual iPhone. It has an Android operating system (that wasn't a Samsung!). It was difficult at the beginning but later I found it much more user-friendly than my iPhone. For years, I have been an iPhone user. My first iPhone was an iPhone 4, then I changed and now I have an iPhone 7 and I want to change it again now. With my latest good experience with an Android phone, I'm contemplating leaving the Apple iPhone and moving on to an Android phone. I'll lose certain facilities such as my friends, iCloud etc... but I'll get some benefits such as paying less for the phone and getting a more user-friendly device. Has someone from our community gone through the same experience, switching from an iPhone to an Android phone? How was your transition? What kind of difficulties can I expect to encounter? Any advice for or against the switch will be helpful. Thank you.

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To be...

Since you enjoy Android you will also enjoy much greater variety. More phones of all kinds, size, features, colors, and price points. Lots to enjoy and very customizable. Check for tip adapters so that you can still use your old chargers... if you want? Enjoy!

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Switched in November 2018

I had been using iPhone forever, but my wife has always used Androids. My last iPhone was iPhone 7 Plus. The latest iPhone price increases were more than I could stomach. I bought a Google Pixel 3 XL. I am on AT&T so I just removed my SIM card from the iPhone and put it in the Pixel. Google provided a cable to transfer my data from my iPhone to the Pixel. Within 2 hours I was up and running. Google automatically installed over 100 of my apps that were on my iPhone. It took a few days to locate and install other apps. I had to repay for some apps. After 2 months, I would still make the move. The good: easier to use, faster, more intuitive, better pictures, cheaper. The bad: less privacy. I turned off location services but some apps turns it back on, Battery life is comparable. I love the fingerprint sensor on the back. Most apps behave the same way, but a few are not as smooth and have less features. The only thing that behaves worse is wi-fi calling on AT&T. AT&T just recently added this feature for Pixel and it still needs work.

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Forgot to add

My Pixel is far better than iPhone in fringe signal areas. I travel Texas and have large areas with no signal. For example, I recently traveled to a routine destination about 300 miles one way. With iPhone I typically had no signal for about 150 of the 300 miles. With Pixel I had no signal only about 60 miles.

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I’ve considered Android, but . . .

I had wanted to upgrade from my iPhone 6s in 2017, but the price of the iPhone X made that a non-starter. I’m not paying $1000 for a new smartphone, and 64GB is not enough. 256GB is simply overkill for me, and $1150 for that next step up had me entertaining the idea of switching to an Android phone. However, because I had become accustomed to the integration of my iPhone, iPad Pro, and MacBook Pro and didn’t want to give that up, I decided to wait a year.

So last fall Apple treated us to the XS (or “Excess&rdquoWink and XS Max. The price was high and higher, but then Apple finally released the XR. It’s not cheap, but I can live with paying $800 for a 128GB phone. I really like the XR, but I may very well have switched to Android had the options been only the XS or Max.

I empathize with switching to Android because of the price options, but I keep my phones for a while and like how iPhones get iOS updates for up to five years, in addition to the integratedness of Apple devices. For now, I’m staying with iPhone.

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Prefer Android

I used to be a solid Apple lover till I learned how to use my android. We got Samsung 7's in 2016, I had an iPhone5 and my husband had a 4, he really needed a new phone! We were planning to get iPhone's when we renewed our contacts but it would have cost almost $1,000 more for both of us get new iPhones, that's why we initially moved to android. We are not real techy and we are 60+, so it was a huge learning curve but I have to say I love it now! The camera is amazing in the Samsung 9. I love that there are no buttons, it is all touch screen. The Samsung is water resistant (I dropped my I very first Iphone in the toilet and destroyed it) It is so easy to multi task on the android. Everything seem available more readily, the back button is so user friendly, I felt like I was always losing things with my iphone. I love that I can just swipe down and have everything I need at my finger tips. I'm not paying more for Google storage like I was with Apple. There seems to be more free apps with android. I'm still learning new things, but at this point I don't think I'll ever go back to an iPhone although the one thing I really like about iPhones is when you have photos open you can see all your photos along the bottom of your phone. I feel like iPhones are more prestigious, lol, but I'm more about a good useable phone that meets my need rather than prestige! We still have a very old ipad, I think it's a 2, so when I need an Apple fix I go there. Hope that helps, good luck!

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Question

How much cheaper were your Samsung 9's than the iPhones you looked at? I heard they are about the same price.

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Google's Android is far far better

Android is far better than IOS as per my view. It is more customizable, more user friendly. I used both but found Android is far more powerful and customizable. So I'd suggest stick to Android.

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A good switch

I, too, am a former iPhone user and decided to try an Android for a period beginning last August. My choice of phone was the LG ThinQ G7 and am pleased with it. It didn't take me long to get accustomed to the Android system and I find that navigating through the Settings options is a bit easier (or sensible) for me.
Both IOS and Android are good and have pros and cons so it is a matter of personal preference. My wife continues to use an iPhone and sometimes jabs me for switching, but I have no regrets about the switch.

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To be. NOT not to be

Android is more configurable, more versatile, and gives you a much wider choice of hardware. IOS phones are lagging about two generations behind Android phones in their capabilities, a performance gulf that will only increase with the passage of time.

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Android (easiest switch from iPhone is to a Pixel phone!)

I love Android - I used to have Samsung, but because they are so SLOW in updating the OS of the phones (they'd prefer you buy a new Samsung, than update an existing one you own), I switched to Google Pixel (which are updated almost immediately with the latest Android OS). The Pixel's are great phones, are simple (no manufacturer crap-ware in the way), and work great! I am using a Pixel 2 XL, it is a year old, and still charge it every other day. It is a big phone (similar to the Note), but you can get a regular sized Pixel, if you go with a non-XL version. The camera is so good now (especially the night-shot), that I don't carry a regular camera anymore. It is a Google phone, so it is pure Android, so no mfgr crapware, quick updates, and therefore closest to an iPhone, in my opinion) - I have never had a problem with it.

And easy to carryover info when you change/update the phone to a new one = contacts/pix/etc too. And with a Pixel, you get a ton of free photo storage (it seems to be unlimited at high def for me so far!)

And I have found it easy to sync contacts/calendars with desktop/Outlook (although if I add the desktop contacts to my smart phone, the smart phone has WAY too many contacts, lol). I use Outlook for Android (free app), and Skype for Business for Android (free there as we well, but you have to have SFB at work, to use SFB on the phone). Also, Microsoft Office for Android is 100% free.

Best of luck with your switchover!!

Post was last edited on January 13, 2019 7:30 AM PST

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Beauty is in the Eyes of the...

I know that discussions like this eventually will bring out the "fan boys" (yes, I've been called a "Fan Foe" and I'm proud of it). From what you say, you've tried BOTH and your opinion is what counts. Thats it. As long as you've done your homework. Since I refuse to accept Google policies and couldn't use them for work, I've stayed with my iPhone. Had to do with Google stating you can't run medical information through their services (no HIPAA compliance?) and their employees have not had background checks so federal law enforcement rules did away in that area.

You can keep your friends! In iTunes, you can sync your calendar with outlook and your contacts too. Once the stuff is on your desktop, I imagine Android as something similar or there might be 3rd-party apps that take care of that for you.

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Never Android

Every time I am forced to use an Android device in helping someone, I am reminded how much better iOS than Android. That said, I know a lot of people love Android and they have their reasons to choosing Android. I would never switch to Android for the complete lack of security in the platform. If I could not have an iPhone, I would would go with no phone before using Android.

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Never Android

@bigjim01... That is funny because I have exactly the same reaction to anyone asking me to help them with their iThing device. It is so counter-intuitive to me. Trying to dig down to guess where the developers decided to hide email settings and passwords. My hat is off to you.

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HAVE ALWAYS USED ANDROID

Actually this is in reply to "Never Android's" post. You sound as narrow minded as I do about Android. Apparently there are many people who disagree - I'm just so pleased that we have choices and can discuss those choices. No doubt both are wonderful and both have problems. I personally prefer Android because of the way I can customize it to my needs and not fall in line with the iPhone crowd who have basically no choices. Android is not proprietary the way iPhone is therefore making it "my" choice. I get my choice not the phone maker's choice.........

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Control...Apple or ME!

I have always been an Android user, root my phone and customize the heck out it. I was given an iPhone as a work phone. Wow! I want control. First issue is the keyboard. I use Swiftkey on both phones BUT iPhones don't allow a number row or arrow keys! REALLY! All computers and laptops have both. I could not find ANY keyboard app that allows these so it must be an Apple control issue. How ridiculous! I NEED to be able to customize my devices to meet my needs. Apple does not allow that. I play Spotify on it and that's about it. Go Android!!

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In Business

Or at least, at the enterprise level, you don't always get a "choice". It's good business even if you, as a person, like having choices. We couldn't use Google, at least not Gmail, because they didn't conform to federal security standards and we also had, in addition to CJIS concerns, HIPAA concerns. Medical records of prisoners. Google does not allow medical records to be used with their services unless you have a business agreement (BAA-PHI). You can probably look it up if you want to. But, especially if you work for a government contractor, you just don't get choices. It all relates to the business and their contracts. If you use Android and you have root your phone, you could have people (even Google employees) seeing things they should not see. All of out devices were locked-down solid.

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Small Con of moving from iPhone to android

I sold my previous android phone to someone who had an iPhone and he found that those that had texted him from their iPhone to his now needed to remove him from their address book and add him back so they could get their phone to learn to interact with a non iPhone as apple loves to make it more of a chore to talk with non apple products.

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That's True

But probably no BIG deal. If a contact's phone is listed as iPhone, you get to use things like iMessage that provides some features (including the use of the Internet v. Texting).

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Go for it!

To be sure, this is another case where it would be easier if you hadn't been doing "the other" before.

I mean, it is easier to learn to play the tenor banjo if you haven't been playing the guitar before. Driving on the other side of the road is also that way. Or switching between MacOS or Linux and Windows. I guess it is because of the additional step of unlearning "the other," which leads to extra frustration.

Does that mean "don't do it?" By no means. I am just trying to warn you of that frustration. But you will, of course, get over it in due course. And then you will be conversant with both ways of doing things and it won't be a hassle at all.

Like with the banjo. The tuning of the strings is different, so the chords are different. Your fingers know what to do on a guitar (in your sleep, just about) and on the banjo you are a sclumsy as a beginner (even more so, because you have to suppress the urge to do it "the guitar way."

I am an Android user - never had an iPhone. But from time to time I am asked to download some photos or do some other simple task on a friend's iPhone. (The friend is a bit naive and figures that "Gerd knows everything about computers, phones and so on." It is frustrating to her as well to realize that "this unfathomable wealth of knowledge" comes to a sudden end when it comes to the unfamiliar platforms.

That is why I am writing this here: To prepare you for the frustration that will undoubtedly come your way. And to give you some strength for the journey, at the end of which there is good knowledge of two phone platforms, one as useful as the other. Differences are a matter of taste or of "what you know." And where Apple has its iCloud, others also have somewhat similar cloud offerings - plus there are independent services, such as Dropbox.

Good luck! And let us know how it went when you feel comfortable enough.

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Have never looked back

I switched from an iPhone to a Google Pixel and I've never looked back. I had no problems adjusting and it was simple to transfer things from the iPhone to the Pixel. I love that Google doesn't hold your data hostage like Apple does. I will never, ever go back to an iPhone.

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Opposite

I bought the Samsung S6 Active when it first came out. It was my first smartphone. I've not been that thrilled with it. It doesn't seem to recognize my swipes or taps sometimes. I mean, I have to try 15 times sometimes just to get it to sync my email or to get it to do a web search after I've typed in the criteria. It's very frustrating. This phone has Gorilla glass. I don't use a screen protector or anything, so I see no reason why the phone is not always responding well. I don't know if anyone else has this issue with Samsung or other phones or not. So, I've been thinking about going to the iPhone. I tried one in the store and it seemed to be pretty touch responsive.

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Currently an Andriod user

Bought my first smart phone about 5 years ago. I spent days at the store looking through each of the OS's. At the time, there were 3. IOS, Android, and "Windows". Didn't take long to drop Windows from the lineup. Didn't like the difficulty in turning off services in IOS. Finally settled for Android on the HTC610 Desire(phone still works great, but I couldn't bring to my new provider).

Last year I changed providers, and got the Galaxy S8. It was fine at first, but with constant updates (where several times it enabled what I had disabled (sounds like something Microsoft is doing with Win10)), I'm ready to return to the dumb phone!

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But you know ...

... that unlike Windows 10 nothing forces you to install the updates in Android (depending on supplier - I noticed that with Samsung it is getting harder.)

In general, it may make an interesting study to determine how intrusive the individual flavours of Android are nowadays. I notice lots of little things on my Note8 that never were an issue on my old Note3 - but then the Note3 may just have grabbed the access where the Note8 is asking me time and again, hoping that some day I may slip and give it access.

Example: It seems of ultimate importance for Google and/or Samsung to know where I am (and/or where I stay.) So, the Maps app keeps trying to lure me into allowing it to access the location service (which I keep switched off - none of their business - although I keep hearing that even if I say no they note my location anyway.)

So I may want to use the map to find out quickly if Timbuktu is further south than Addis Abeba (neither of which are near me) and the Maps App says - before I even start - "Tired of typing? Let us find out for you where you are." Of course, my question about these places should come to the same answer regardless of where I am - or at least, so I hope.

But the intrusiveness of phones and computers should make a great subject for another discussion here one day.

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Apple User since 3GS

Have been Apple user since 3GS model. Have looked at Android but always stayed with Apple. Now, I have a lot of Music, Movies, Apps which were purchased. I’m not willing to repurchase all that investment. I’ll just keep the phone a little longer. I had the same problem with movies purchased on Comcast, you can’t take it with you. So I’ve adopted Apple as my standard. For Better or worse. One thing GREAT about Apple (for older folks anyway) if you live near an Apple Store you can visit the Genius Bar for FREE if there is any problem. That is worth a Tonne if you were to pay going rates.

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Oh, the old Nokia ...

I have been using Samsung basic for a few years now. It is ok ... because I use my cell for talking, old-fashioned sms, email (both personal gmail and professional), WhatsApp, morning alarm, occasional browsing, rare photo of nature / landscape (no selfies, or group selfies, ever).

I still miss my old E-series Nokia. Fashioned like the Blackberry, with a full keypad ... ohhh, how I miss it.
Nokia is a classic case study of hubris and arrogance killing the product in the market, and then killing the business ... it is trying to rise like a phoenix. Sorry Nokia, too late. You lost the game

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Depends on the user's skills

I am a technologist who uses both iPhones and Androids- I prefer androids because I am cheap and do not like the cost and closed ecology of the Apple infrastructure. On the other hand, my wife is a 'black magic' technology user who has no desire to learn more than she absolute must know to use her technology. She tried a Moto G 5+ phone for half a year and was not happy with the camera on the phone (not an android issue as per se, but very aggravating for her. ) and the change to the Android open architecture ecology frustrated her as she had too many choices - She had the opportunity to get a used iPhone 8 when our daughter upgraded to a iPhone X and leapt at it. She is back in the Apple ecology and outside of missing the bigger display she had is happy with her phone.

The lesson is that if you are just looking for an appliance, do not work in other operating system and are content with the apps Apple lets you have, you will probably be happy with iPhones. If you are used to lots of different computing systems and devices and do not like being dependent on one gatekeeper Apple is a better choice.

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Just guessing ...

The end of your post was meant to say "Android is a better choice." - Right?

By the way, I agree. But I understood the OP to ask if there were any gotchas to look out for and not whether to switch at all. That is why I gave that story about changing from one to another is usually harder than to learn somethin for the first time.

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Depends on the user's skills

What?? Apple is the better choice? Is that what you meant?

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Moto G5+

I actually bought my technology wary wife a Moto G5+, her first smartphone, because the camera got excellent reviews. (Taking into account the price.)
Another strong argument for the purchase was that it`s almost clean Android, and that it is, therefore, frequently updated.
I have only had iPhones myself. I experienced a couple of non-intuitive differences when helping my wife with the setup of her Android. But using her phone was unproblematic for me. (On the other hand, the iOS system isn`t entirely intuitive either.)

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"I" anything has never been for me!

This may be way too old for most of you, but I vividly remember bench testing a very early PC computer and an Apple MacIntosh. It became impressively obvious that the Mac left a whole lot to be desired. The highly restrictive proprietary "hands off" aspect of that early Apple product and every one since was disappointing to anyone who builds or wants to update our own IT.

You made a very wise decision and will be much happier, and financially better off as well. Welcome to the club and keep up the good work!!

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