Linked by Adam S on Thu 12th Jun 2014 23:36 UTC
Android

I am taking the plunge and moving from an iPhone to an Android device. I've been waiting a long time for Android to get to the point that it was fast and responsive enough, with a big enough application warehouse, wide enough support, and a smooth enough experience, to support me. Android is maturing with a consistent, system-wide look-and-feel, almost every major service now has an Android app as the counterpart to its iOS-first experience, and has a bright future with wearables, home automation, and more.

I certainly won't be the first person to change ecosystems entirely. Several have done it before, some looking for change or claim freedom, some aiming to save money, some because someone prompted them, some think they may be conforming by going with the ever-stylish Apple. I am doing it for this reason: for me, Android is now a better platform than iOS.

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poor choice
by henderson101 on Fri 13th Jun 2014 00:34 UTC
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

Now seems just about the worst time to be jumping ship. I have a Nexus 4 as my main phone, but used iOS for about 5 years prior (iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4) and would probably go back to iOS with my next phone because even stock Android on a Nexus device is flakey. Only today, stock camera app crashed taking a picture and rebooted the OS, and this is running 4.4. I do like my nexus, but it's not the best phone I've owned by a long chalk. Most of the supposed freedom of android is pretty hollow if you are just trying to be an uber geek and run some whacky Unix process on your phone. If all you do ius read news, Facebook, email, SMS, and instagram - I wouldn't bother. Believe me, I've sat and developed apps on my phone in AIDE, and it was great, but average user, this is overkill.

Edit: Android autocorrect screwed up just as badly as you believe iOS does. Nothing is perfect. Sigh.

Edited 2014-06-13 00:37 UTC

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v RE: poor choice
by WorknMan on Fri 13th Jun 2014 01:37 in reply to "poor choice"
RE[2]: poor choice
by Adam S on Fri 13th Jun 2014 01:47 in reply to "RE: poor choice"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

Well, great news for you, buddy. The HTC One is just a test device for work. I actually got a Moto X.

Although, my guess, based on your tone, is that any device would've gotten the same reaction from you. You don't seem judgmental at all.

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1) The iPhone does support using the LED for notifications, check your accessibility settings.
2) What do you mean custom sounds for each app? My iPhone makes plenty of custom noises. Just in the last hour, AP News, Facebook Messenger, SMS, and GroupMe have all made different sounds to alert me.

Edited 2014-06-13 01:49 UTC

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RE[2]: poor choice
by henderson101 on Fri 13th Jun 2014 11:51 in reply to "RE: poor choice"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

You must've gotten a lemon then.


No. Google "nexus 4 camera reboot" and you will get plenty of hits.

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RE: poor choice
by JAlexoid on Fri 13th Jun 2014 15:30 in reply to "poor choice"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Only today, stock camera app crashed taking a picture and rebooted the OS, and this is running 4.4.


And for a good few months opening camera from the lock-screen on iPhone5s would reboot the device immediately. System reboots are very uncommon for Nexus devices, while not uncommon for latest iPhones.

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RE: poor choice
by leos on Fri 13th Jun 2014 15:53 in reply to "poor choice"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Gotta agree. I was recently playing with a Nexus 10 we have at work. On paper, the thing is more powerful than an iPad (at least pre-Air). Even with 4.4 the experience still sucks on it though. Returning to the home screen often flashes black for a split second before it can manage to load the wallpaper and icons. UI is laggier than iOS, Chrome quite unstable watching videos and often crashed. No thanks.

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RE[2]: poor choice
by darknexus on Sat 14th Jun 2014 06:07 in reply to "RE: poor choice"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Gotta agree. I was recently playing with a Nexus 10 we have at work. On paper, the thing is more powerful than an iPad (at least pre-Air). Even with 4.4 the experience still sucks on it though. Returning to the home screen often flashes black for a split second before it can manage to load the wallpaper and icons. UI is laggier than iOS, Chrome quite unstable watching videos and often crashed. No thanks.

You had a better experience than I did with my Nexus 7. The bloody screen didn't last four months before it cracked. I didn't treat it badly, in fact I had put it down on my desk, walked away from it, and came back and the screen was cracked. No one entered or left the room where I was in that time. My guess is it was a tiny crack that had been there (a flawed device from the start) and it finally gave out. Worse than that, neither Google nor Asus will help me without paying about as much as a new tablet would cost, and they were rude on top of that. They won't even sell me a replacement screen and digitizer which I'm quite capable of installing myself. The after-market replacements have shitty multi-touch support, and the only way to get one is to buy a broken N7 at about half the cost of a new one. I'm not paying $100 US for something broken, thanks.
iPad on the other hand? Going strong for over a year. Not a single problem and, if there was, I'd not get a brush-off from Apple. True it would cost something to get it fixed as the warranty has expired, but they are at least willing to listen to the problem before outright blaming me and hanging up. That's one thing I will give to Apple, top-notch customer service at least for English speakers. I don't know how they are in other languages... might be a fun way to practice my language skills to call Apple in Sweden. ;)

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RE: poor choice
by ricegf on Sat 14th Jun 2014 13:19 in reply to "poor choice"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

... even stock Android on a Nexus device is flakey... trying to be an uber geek and run some whacky Unix process on your phone... I've sat and developed apps on my phone in AIDE...


I'm wondering if the latter two are the cause of the first.

My Nexus 4 has been just as stable as my Nokia N900 (though your first love always holds a special place in your heart ;-). But I don't run wacky Unix processes or develop more than the occasional Python script on my phone. I also may just be lucky, of course.

In fact, while I bought the Nexus 4 for $200 off-contract specifically so I could dual-boot Ubuntu eventually, I still haven't. My phone is just too central to my life for geek experiments. To my surprise (maybe I'm getting old), I value stability above tech prowess in devices on which I rely frequently.

My collections of cheap ARM bareboards were born to be abused, of course. ;-)

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