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Old 09-30-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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iPhone to Android

Lets say, just for fun, I was to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone.

Without the geeks on both sides mucking up this argument;
-why would I?
-How difficult would it be considering my music is in iTunes currently?
-Apps? Would any of my apps that are available on iPhone AND Android work on an android? I assume I'd be starting over, but not positive on that one
-Android play well with a macbook air or has Apple made it so that there may be "issues".
-Do Android phones come unlocked? ie: can I pop in a local sim worldwide with little to no drama?
-I enjoy figuring things out, but at the end of the day, I get more frustrated when things don't work. Should I stay with Apple?
-Which phone would I consider?

Lets keep this civil on both sides please!
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:56 AM   #2
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Lets say, just for fun, I was to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone.

Without the geeks on both sides mucking up this argument;
-why would I?
-How difficult would it be considering my music is in iTunes currently?
-Apps? Would any of my apps that are available on iPhone AND Android work on an android? I assume I'd be starting over, but not positive on that one

-Android play well with a macbook air or has Apple made it so that there may be "issues".
-Do Android phones come unlocked? ie: can I pop in a local sim worldwide with little to no drama?
-I enjoy figuring things out, but at the end of the day, I get more frustrated when things don't work. Should I stay with Apple?
-Which phone would I consider?

Lets keep this civil on both sides please!

Pertinent questions as Jurgen is this close



to going Samsung Galaxy Quest III from the iphone 3GS
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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Can't answer all the questions, but here are a few:

1) If you mean iTunes local on your Mac, then should be no problem - I copied all mine from my Mac to my Samsung Dart via USB, but then I don't buy tunes from Apple, I just import them from CDs I buy (I don't let Apple control me the way some people do - or Amazon for that matter).

2) I've had no problems with my Macs and my Android phone.

3) I bought my Samsung Dart for $100 unlocked. Lots of unlocked Android phones - but like any unlocked phone they will cost more unlocked.

Whether you can pop in a different SIM depends on the phone and the SIM (but generally yes). Many phones, whether iPhone or Android or Windows are not necessarily compatible "worldwide" though - it is not just about the SIM, it is about the freqs and modes they use - you would need to research where you are going and whether the phone you are buying will work there and work at home too.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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I used an Android device for a week as a trial for work. I had a Google Nexus on Verizon. I regularly use a BlackBerry for work and an iPhone personally.

You are starting over with apps. There are fewer apps available and independent analysis has said the quality is lower than iOS. However, the bundled apps are pretty damn nice. Google started a campaign earlier this year to increase the quality of the apps. This has been good for users but pissed off some developers and their apps are getting rejected.

You can definitely tinker more with the OS. However, it appears to slow down the more you tinker. A few IT sites agree with this assessment and a few disagree. YMMV.

I had more app crashes on the Android device in 1 week than 2 years with my iPhone. However, I don't think I have ever had a crash on my BlackBerry.

Apple used to have DRM on the tracks purchased from iTunes. They dropped that in 2009. If you have tracks purchased before then, you may have issues copying to any other device.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:49 AM   #5
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I went from an iPhone 3S to a Droid X a while ago, then back to the iPhone after about a year. I like the iOS much better and the apps are better quality in general. I got tired of putting up with all the glitches and crashes.

The Google OS is WAY more open to modifications. You can change just about anything, but you can also turn you phone into a paperweight if you don't know what you're doing. If you into tinkering, android is the way to go, especially if your one of those that get all pissy about iTunes not letting you do some obscure crap to your music library. On the other hand, if you want a phone that's stable and doesn't demand constant tweaking, keep the iPhone.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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Lots of great info here. Keep it coming!


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Old 09-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #7
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Me too.

I have a Macbook air and I am considering the Samsung to replace the Iphone 4 I have now as the contract is almost finished.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:36 PM   #8
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Hardware is another issue. With Apple, you get one phone. Period. Build quality is highly rated. With Android, you are all over the place. Some manufacturers are really good and some, well, aren't. That adds another possible failure point in the decision process.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:52 PM   #9
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You can buy a locked phone and they'll unlock it for overseas use on Verizon at least.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:02 PM   #10
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do get sick of Apple's my way or the highway... but iphone does work good. there's work around if one really digs...

for instance, Apple wouldn't let you transfer songs not purchased at itunes store. what a bunch of crap! those songs were from CD and records I own.

finally found Mediamonkey that bypassed Apple's control.

here's an interesting test: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Drop Test

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Old 09-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #11
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I've got thousands of songs from ripped CD's and MP3 downloads. Not a single MP3 was purchased through iTunes and it will put them on any Apple or non-apple device that I want.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #12
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Ditto. I use iTunes to manage my music on my iPhone4, only because I have to, but I keep ALL my music ripped separately, and only drop the stuff into iTunes I want to load at the moment. Never had a problem. I can put all my music on or off whatever I want.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:31 AM   #13
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I've got a Galaxy S3 and I like it.

I have a Verizon phone and it takes Micro SIM. I'm assuming that next time I go to China I can pack it along and swap the SIM card there but I'm not positive about this.

Also takes an extra memory card, so get the cheaper phone with the lower capacity and then get some big-ass micro SD off Amazon for $25.

I think you will have to repurchase your apps (at least Tapatalk says so).

Any problems I've had with my phone have been resolved fairly easily. First, reading the manual helped (no duh right? ), second you can figure out a lot of shit just by using search engines. Guess I don't know how Apple forums are, but the Android forums seem pretty active so common problems are easy to find info about.

To me, the big reasons to have the Galaxy S3 over the Apple are:
1. Bigger screen (sometimes a pain but I'd rather have it bigger when working with maps etc)
2. Google apps (maps) are great
3. 2GB RAM
4. Memory slot for you to do your own upgrades on the cheap
5. Cables are cheaper and more universal (my Samsung and the wife's Motorola use the same cable now).

However I doubt that if you got the iPhone that you would throw it out a window. Before iPhone 5, the Galaxy would have been the one to get but now I think it's a pretty even match.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #14
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Google Music puts all my itunes songs (even ones purchased through itunes) on my Android (Thunderbolt) Works great except for battery drain.

I have an iphone 4 through work. I agree it feels like a better built piece of kit and display is better than my 'bolt......
That said, I can't see me ever leaving the andriod OS. I think its so much easier to use and I don't root either. a "back" button and "menu" button are better than just one honkin' physical Home button. It just makes sense. (sorry for the pun, HTC fans)

99% of apps for Apple are also available for android ( I made that number up, but its gotta be close to that)

You do have to do some homework if you go Google, because not all phones are created equal. Sounds like the Samsung GS III is still more phone than the iphone 5 and is a few months older. I believe you can get one unlocked, but not sure.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:52 AM   #15
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I don't buy this notion that you have to tinker with an Android phone. I've had a Galaxy S for a while, and i don't do shit to it. It just flat works. I've never NOT found an App I was looking for. I've never had to plug it into my computer. I've never had to sync anything. when I want to move a bunch of pictures or videos, I can do that by simply moving the SD card to another device. no iTunes, no cords, no device recognition, no Apple tech support, blah blah..
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