Why I Finally Switched to the iPhone

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folkhearts

I finally switched from my Virgin Mobile phone so I wouldn't have to keep borrowing my wife's iPhone to play Whirly Word. She was getting touchy about it....

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DaveT

Looks like Flo switched over just to fit in with her tech friends.

Boring.

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TechNTools

I'm a big fan of the HTC Incredible as well. It was my first smartphone and now that I'm out of contract I don't feel the need to rush out and upgrade.

Having said that I do like a larger screen. If for no other reason than I can't see my screen as well as I used to without reading glasses.

Current favorite is the Droid Max or the Note. I will wait til later this year in hopes of a larger iPhone.

I don't think one phone necessarily works better than another but for me it's about the form factor. Now between my Air and iPad I could see another Apple device fitting in quite nicely.

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pentax75

I manage a Windows network and Windows PCs at work. We switched to a Mac so I wouldn't have to work on computers when I got home and to greatly reduce my wife's frustration level. We later switched from an EVO 4G to iPhone 4S for the same reasons.

I agree with most of the comments already posted, but we don't have issues with Notifications at all. We also limit witch apps can use notifications and they are currently limited to weather, phone, messages, reminders, and calendar. My wife gets more notifications on her iPad, but she plays Words with Friends a lot.

One other benefit of moving to an iPhone is the significant decrease in advertising. Google is all about ads and in many cases there is only a free version of an app with advertising, while that same app on iPhone can be purchased ad free for $0.99.

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mike Hartman

I have a rooted Android and a jail broken 4 S. While you made some good comments, I disagree that if one wants total control Android is the choice. A jail broken iOS device is just as flexible and more forgiving, in my opinion.

No question needing iTunes is the Achilles heel of iOS. Thankfully, tools like iFunBox make it less painful.

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DFMM19

I just switched to an iPhone 4s from a Droid Incredible. I am not new to Apple at all, in fact, a longtime fan with 4 Apple laptops, 1 iMac, an iPad and an iPod. All of my information is contained in iCal and Address Book. Thus, the iPhone was a logical step for me. The 2 device thing was not as important, as I have been carrying a phone and a Palm or iPod touch device for about 14 years.

The problem is, as I read your first paragraph, I was thinking: check, check, check, check,........ Oh, and let me add that I miss SWYPE fervently! The long press, the back button, the direct dials and direct texts on my home screens deliciously renamed via GoLauncher, GoLauncher customization, the options that can be set in the camera, the ability to view the picture you just took, the smart sorting as you dial on the keypad, and the list goes on. Did I mention SWYPE????? and PicSay?????

I can't decide what to do. Everyone thinks I'm crazy to leave iPhone, and I want to make it work for compatibility, but I MISS MY IRREVERENT LITTLE ANDROID!!!!!

Any thoughts from anyone who has merged their iCal and Address Book information successfully with Google/Android and iCloud? I would love to hear from you and time is of the essence. Thanks!!!!

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pentax75

About six months ago we switched from an EVO to iPhone. I was using Gmail and switched to iCloud. The easiest way I found was to use my Mac for the switch. After connecting the iCloud account on my Mac, I logged into Gmail, went to the address book and exported my contacts. I then imported them into Address Book. It did not take long and was fairly simple.

When you have time, you should go through your contacts and change the Google labels for phone numbers to the Apple labels. If you had anyone on your Favorites page on Android, those labels will import into your new contacts and they will need to be deleted as they will cause frustration if you don't. This part is time consuming.

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smith.willie34

welcome to the family

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brandonwalkermedia

Welcome to the Family (Finally!)

P.s. Androids AppMarket (& developer software/ Center) has always been flawed.

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MC0101010

I can really appreciate that just because we are Apple people in general does;t mean every Apple device is our favorite. I've loved my iPhone since I got an older 3GS but I'm also not involved in much of the Google ecosystem, I don;t use Gmail or Google Docs or any of those other services outside of YouTube. That does;t mean that Google didn't do some really cool things with their OS. I can totally see why someone would love some of the features that Flo did and that kept Flo as a user for so long.

But I think the difference here is actually more substantive and core to Apple than we realize. Appl is about control and integration. The fragmentation of the Android OS is insane. I have 3 friends with Android devices and none of them are using the same version, none of them have been upgraded from one version to another either. While I know a few people on iDevices who got left behind at a certain point in the development cycle all of them are at the same iOS even though it's behind 5.1.

From the standpoint of being "the guy who knows Apple" in my circle of friends that similarity is huge. I can be reasonably sure of what they are looking at and what options and problems they are likely to have. It also means that when they upgrade or get a new device it looks and feels the same, but with some new features. I mean just looking at charts like the one on the understatement shows you how terribly different a user experience can be based not only on hardware differences but core OS feature differences

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kmikl

I follow on somethings, Battery life particularly, but the iPhones I've used are just as guilty on every front.

The other thing... there's still popups. LOADS of them esp. on free Apps. You can't go to System and just disable all of them in one fell swoop, you have to do it with each and every stupid app and if you miss any, they'll pop on you right in the middle of a meeting.

I've got both iOS (iPad) and Android (Samsung Nexus S), and I'll keep Android for my own personal use. I prefer a larger screen, the back button, the drill-downs etc. I can deal with the battery life issues by turning features off when I don't need them, or buying a larger battery (they're cheap enough now).

Plus, there's something that the Nexus S has that no iPhone, hacked or otherwise, can provide: The old tube-TV power down animation. :)

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Fion

It's true. The Notifications panel has been the particularly aggravating part of this whole switch over. I hate that everything pops up and yells at me, sometimes in the middle of the night. I also found myself missing the hold-down feature that gives you a list of options.  To save a phone number from an email, it only gave me the option to call the number rather than input it into my contacts. God, and don't get me started on that Address Book. I liked Android because I could save a Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter account to a friend and merge all of their contact info in one fell swoop. I spent about an hour last night deleting and merging contacts.

But overall, the iPhone has been the better media experience for me. I finally have a device that does all the media stuff I want. I've already bought into the iTunes ecosystem with music, podcasts, and apps, so it was only natural that I would go this direction. That doesn't mean I won't consider an Android tablet for the future, however.

 

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viscara

I just picked up my iphone4s just a little more than a week 1/2 ago. I am seriously shocked at how much I like it. I had serious reservations about touch screens in general for any type of phone as I am rough on my phones as I have big brutal hands with big fingers. That said I thought I would have a hard time with typing or selecting text etc.. Not at all. I switched from Blackberry and then to Druid droids. I have to say I am really happy right now. The deal breaker for me was the camera "Hands Down" that nothing out there can touch honestly. I also say that with some serious knowledge about camera's. I am actually a photographer by trade for a full time living. "Not weekend warrior" buying the latest gear calling himself a photographer but one that makes his living at it for 16 years. There has not been a day that has gone by were I am simply amazed at the photos this little guy takes. Couple it with a few free apps and you have a seriously powerful little tool in the palm of your hand that seems to be with you all the time when you need it. That is the key factor there the phone is with you all the time. I capture images that I easily would surely loose by not having a decent camera at hand all the time. I find myself using the 4g far more than I expected as well. Siri is been a huge help for my major attitude towards the texting world. I can quickly spout off a text where before I would be pissed I had to answer a clients texts by typing. Now I can just say it and send it! So so more easy to do. The other reason is the phones album of photos and slideshow is fantastic displaying my photos and works to clients. One last thing is I am glad I waited to get the 4s model as if I had got the 4 or earlier models I may have turned iphone down later not wanting to come back. Good article Florence. "For a change for Maclife compared to other writers in the office."

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kickbackpunk

I find it hard to believe that working for Mac|Life you haven't known this. That quality of the user experience is vastly better than what Android can provide. Does Android have more freedom to customize yes but I could customize a POS car doesn't make it a better car. This I know for sure, I used to recently work in test lab for a major U.S. carrier certifying handsets for use on the their network, and the bulk of the testing is android and iOS. While Android has some interesting features and abilities at the end of the day they were so unreliable and rushed to market before the bugs had been worked out that they were also some of the carriers biggest headaches. iOS is about quality and ease of use the trade off is you cannot customize it to your hearts content. Does your device really need to be that different then everyone else's? Android on the other hand is about getting the retail price as low as possible to sell as many as possible to appear relevant but cutting way to many corners to get there. It's a race to the bottom just like PC's.

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viscara

I often tell clients and others when they say "But a pc is cheaper" or "Iphone you have to pay for apps" well it may be free but is it even worth the app loading time for a free product that does not work at all or just plain chokes your os on android? No... Just because its cheaper does not make it "Worth the trouble" As florence points out the "Huge" screen does not mean its a good idea to have one. Battery life.. size fitting in your pocket etc.. This is where the open market makers like android have no restrictions will run amuck. The public inherently naive and dumb. Dont give them what then want because half the time they dont know what they want and "Why"..

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DaveT

You say: "As florence points out the "Huge" screen does not mean its a good idea to have one. Battery life.. size fitting in your pocket etc.. "

I'm sure you'll so easily forget THAT statement about screen size and become a hypocrite once the iPhone 5 comes out with a bigger screen as well right?

I'm sure you'll also ignore the FACT that Apple is only having the bigger screen because it's being FORCED to by the competition. In terms of outside phone 'design' Apple is slipping.

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elitegangsta

Funny, I was thinking the same thing as I read the mentioned comment. I for one am actually "holding out" on hopes of a larger screen. A complaint I had with the 4s announcement here around the office. Everyone disagreed with me, but my 3gs is getting old, and I am almost tired of holding out for a larger screen. If iPhone 5 doesn't deliver it may be back to android unfortunately (though we've all seen the rumors and leaked shots, so larger screen should finally be here).

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kmikl

You make it sound like there's no programming standard, or that they let any old app on the play store. Not quite, the entry barriers are a lot lower, but that doesn't mean the apps aren't tightly coded on the whole.

I've had my iPad for longer than my android phone, but if the experience is the same on a tablet, I'm ditching my iPad once it's time to upgrade. I've had apps crash on both devices, but it happens more frequently on the iPad and more often than not, I end up deleting the app.

BTW: the one MAJOR difference between the App Store and Google's Play Store, you can get a refund from Google if you don't like an app you DLed. That's suspiciously missing from Apple.

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elitegangsta

"BTW: the one MAJOR difference between the App Store and Google's Play Store, you can get a refund from Google if you don't like an app you DLed. That's suspiciously missing from Apple."

Wow, I wasn't aware of that. I've been on iOS for some time now and haven't been back on android in a long while. That is an awesome feature... I doubt Apple will ever introduce that, but it sure would be nice!!

Thanks for that post, I learned something new today!

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