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OFF-TOPIC Any Diehard Android Fans Ever Switch To Apple?

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Oct 25, 2012
Any diehard Android Fans ever switch to Apple iPhone? What are the Pros and Cons of Android and Apple? If you did switch from Android to Apple did you regret the decision? What do you like about each platform? The main reason I could see for switching is the quality of pictures. Which features make or break your choice? Which System is more Secure and Offers More Privacy?

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I tried (as a diehard Apple fan) to switch to Android, because I really wanted to integrate the Google phone into the rest of my entire Google life. Unfortunately, three years ago, the Android platform and even the Google UI was so inferior to Apple that I switched back.

Apple is just intuitive, and the fact that 100% of the apps are vetted and work was critical at the time. Android seems to be better for tech geeks (and cheaper). Apple UI is predictable. Apple is going to have to give me a reason to switch to ever try it again.


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I was a die hard android fan in 2010 or so (was following the project before Google took it over, too).

I switched in 2012 over to Apple and enjoyed it a lot more as a Mac user, and never switched back.

Been thinking of going back to Android but the Apple ecosystem is just so nice:happy:

Also, Android is shit for privacy, which really turns me off.

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I switched the opposite way, from Apple to Android. Went from an iPhone 6+ to a Samsung Note 8, which I still have.

At the end of the day, they're all phones. Each has their positives and negatives. On Android, I had a friend of mine set up my phone for me. He configured it with Nova launcher, Gboard, and a few other must haves. It is very intuitive and works really well. If I didn't have that friend, though, I would probably not have had as good a time with it.

For me, Apple did some really annoying stuff. Forcing me to use iTunes to manage my phone is awful. iTunes drives me nuts. The whole thing with 'if iTunes doesn't like your phone for some reason, it will simply not show up in the list of available devices' is infuriating. What am I supposed to Google? "iPhone doesn't show up in iTunes" brings up a list of very unhelpful things to try, including some command line options. Oh, and backing up a phone to my Mac laptop - I had a 64GB phone backing up to my 256GB MBP, with no way to change the backup drive except by doing things on the command line. Seriously? And then, all my photos get stored in a database on my Mac, not the file system. Ever tried backing up a database?

And on.

I'd say that if you do everything the way Apple wants you to, you're fine. Stray much outside the reservation, though, and you get zapped. If something doesn't work right, best of luck.

I went back to Windows, switched to Android, and am just as annoyed as when I had my Mac and iPhone.

Maybe I'm just a grouchy tech user.

Edit: there are a few things that iOS and OSX do that are beyond brilliant. Those brought me great joy. Until I wanted to do something that wasn't in the approved list of activities. (copy pictures from one place to another, etc)
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The people who would consider themselves diehard Android fans would almost exclusively do so based on things that Apple brand culture will never adopt/are vehemently against - the potential of crossover is miniscule.

On the other hand, for the avg consumer not interested in more advanced manipulation like flashing new images or rooting etc the list of reasons not to go with Apple's customer centric brand, the seamless integrations, incredible support and flawlessly idiot proof UI is steadily eroding.

Realistically, there are only a handful of Android manufacturers at best who can produce comparable units at the flagship or even midrange market. Outside of Samsung, Motorola has been hit or miss with their rotations, Google has had some success in the midrange segment but is prone to making very strange pivots not always well received by consumers - particularly when it comes to hardware, LG has made some very high quality phone's but they are diamonds in the rough as they have been horribly inconsistent.

The only thing they have in common is precisely where Apple shines the brightest - customer retention and loyalty. I sincerely doubt there are many people who will only ever buy LG or Motorola phone's - there is a lot of flip flopping between them and no real staying power.

It's highly doubtful that any of the major Chinese companies will ever get a large market share in the US/North America simply due to the very real concern of spyware and other security risks - which is unfortunate because both Huawei and OnePlus have produced some of the best quality phone's in the past few years.

Apple is going to continue sapping away customers, and I wouldn't be surprised if one or more of the top 5 manufacturers ends up winding down or selling their mobile division -

I have a feeling it will be Google, but who knows how long Lenovo and LG will keep hemmorhaging cash to keep the the division going. LG loses 100s of millions each year and Lenovo itself has shown yearly losses due to the poor performance of Lenovo.

In a few years we might very well see Apple/Samsung being the only relevant brands.

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When my former employer switched off the Blackberry, we were given the option to go iOS or Android. Since I was already proficient in Android (had the first Motorola Droid!), I figured it was a good opportunity to learn a new platform.
Granted it was an iPhone 4S, but I couldn't stand it. I really went in with an open mind, but it was probably tainted with missing the ease of email/text communications vs. The Blackberry. The iPhone seemed like a toy and I couldn't get used to not being able to muktitask among open apps. I know things have changed with iOS (and certainly the cameras) , but I never bought into the Apple ecosystem after the iTunes wackiness.
So when that job was done, I was done with the iPhone. Never regretted that. But glad I stayed open to the experience to try it before buying it. Perhaps in the future I'll decide the Apple ecosystem is actually worth their margins.
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I've always used Android and lately I have been thinking about going to Apple just to see the "ecosytem" everyone is talking about but than I remember how shit Apple is as a company. Good luck finding a place that will fix your phone that's not the apple store. Also they never fix anything. They'll just tell you, youre phone is unfix-able so you can buy a new one. Apple is completely against the right to repair. But the major draw back that I have with Apple products is that you need their software to access the phone. With Android I can plug it in in any old windows computer and it'll work like a USB memory stick. I can see all the files I have and do more with it.



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Soon they will be way more equal and it won't really matter which one you have. Maybe Corona has slowed it down but it is coming.

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