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[2]: poor choice
by Adam S on Fri 13th Jun 2014 01:47 UTC 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[4]: poor choice
by Adam S on Fri 13th Jun 2014 02:12 in reply to "RE[3]: poor choice"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

I have used WP, but not for enough time or with enough access to give a real opinion of it. From what I've read, it's just now coming into its own, so it may be a more compelling option in the next 12-18 months. For now, I'd steer clear solely because of the lack of apps. I can replicate my entire iPhone homescreen on Android, but I cannot do it on WP... yet.

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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[4]: poor choice
by henderson101 on Fri 13th Jun 2014 11:50 in reply to "RE[3]: poor choice"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I'm going to be honest - the LED is okay, and minorly useful, but I wouldn't base my entire phone buying around that feature. Plus - honestly, I don't even know which apps make what colour.. I know blue is the regular, and something like Facebook uses green, but most just use the stock.

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RE[4]: poor choice
by darknexus on Sat 14th Jun 2014 05:01 in reply to "RE[3]: poor choice"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

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.

Ask a few more devs, because that one is an idiot. I've got plenty of gripes with Apple and iOS, but that sure isn't one of them. If an app is bringing custom sounds, it's because the dev wants it and there's plenty of that on Android too. And btw, tritone (which is not a tritone in a true musical sense I should add) is no longer the default since iOS 7, though it will remain your default if you've upgraded from 6.

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