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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RE: poor choice
by WorknMan on Fri 13th Jun 2014 01:37 UTC in reply to "poor choice"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

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.


You must've gotten a lemon then. My Nexus 4 has only spontaneously rebooted once (that I know of) in the nearly 2 years I have had it, and the camera app has never crashed. It's a HELL of a lot more stable than the iPhone 5s that I have through work. If you think that iOS is really that rock solid since v7, you need to do some research.

The two things that irritate the SHIT out of me about the 5s that probably won't be addressed in the next hardware/software update are:

1. No LED light (once you've gotten a taste of dynamic notifications, it's hard to go back to turning on your phone every time you want to check for new notifications)
2. No custom alert sounds in most 3rd party apps. (Really, Apple... WTF?)

As for the article itself, when the first thing the guy started bitching about was the icons, I'd have bet $100 that he got an HTC One for an Android phone, and the article confirmed it later on. iTards tend to be attracted to cosmetics and shiny things, so that wasn't a big surprise.

Edited 2014-06-13 01:56 UTC

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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[3]: poor choice
by Morgan on Fri 13th Jun 2014 02:08 in reply to "RE[2]: poor choice"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

1) The iPhone does support using the LED for notifications, check your accessibility settings.


I think he meant a front-facing LED, not the rear camera flash LED. But yeah, his tone was decidedly harsh and negative, to the point of being awkward.

Anyway, I'm curious what your opinion of Windows Phone is, compared to iOS or Android. I saw passing mention of a BB10 device in the household, and I'm wondering if you've ever used a WP device? If so, I'd love to read your opinion of it.

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RE[3]: poor choice
by WorknMan on Fri 13th Jun 2014 02:09 in reply to "RE[2]: poor choice"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Although, my guess, based on your tone, is that any device would've gotten the same reaction from you.


No, just the HTC One. The Moto X itself isn't really that great, but at least people don't buy it for no other reason than it is shiny. And because I know you're going to ask:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/30/5764836/motorola-shutting-down-us...

1) The iPhone does support using the LED for notifications, check your accessibility settings.


Yeah, a notification LED on the back... that's handy ;) And a battery drain as well.

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.


According to one iOS dev I asked, 3rd party apps are not allowed to access the built-in iOS notification tones in their apps, so they have to incorporate their own. The end result of this is that a lot of 3rd party apps (including Google Plus and Google Voice) end up using the default iOS Tri Tone, with no option to change, which is goddamn annoying. Plus, there's no multi-color LED or anything to distinguish between which app(s) you have notifications for.

Edited 2014-06-13 02:15 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[3]: poor choice
by Morgan on Fri 13th Jun 2014 14:51 in reply to "RE[2]: poor choice"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I can back that up; in the brief time I used a Nexus 4, about every third time I tried to take a picture the phone would either freeze or reboot, or the camera app would crash until I rebooted the phone. I looked into it and found it was a common issue without a timeline for a fix. It's one of the main reasons I stopped using the phone, as the camera is an important tool for me at work.

Edited 2014-06-13 14:51 UTC

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RE[3]: poor choice
by dsmogor on Sun 15th Jun 2014 08:12 in reply to "RE[2]: poor choice"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

If you're getting reboots on led supported photos it's probably phone HW, namely the power circuit not able to deliver enough peak power.
I get the same effect on my Note from time to time, I got this every time on non-original battery.

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