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Switch From Apple iPhone or Windows Phone 8 to Google Android

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]id you change from iOS or Windows Phone to Android?

Yes, a little over a year ago. I already had my Galaxy Nexus that I got in May 2012 because I liked Android 4.0 and had been wanting to play around with it, but I wasn’t totally happy with the G-Nexus’s hardware. So I traded my aging iPhone 4 (my last iOS device) in for a Samsung Galaxy S3 in July 2012, then quickly took the S3 back after I found out how dim the screen was outside in the sunlight (only slightly brighter than my G-Nexus, still not gonna cut it). Plus I didn’t like TouchWiz. So I returned the S3 and stuck with my G-Nexus. The G-Nexus got destroyed in a freak accident at work in March 2013 (long story there), so I replaced it with my current Nexus 4 in April and have been using it ever since.

Why did you do it?

Mainly just because I wanted a bigger screen. That was it. I was mostly happy with iOS, so all I really wanted was a bigger iPhone with a bigger screen (say, 4.5″ or so) and a bigger battery. Basically a bigger, badder, faster, beefed-up iPhone. Apple wasn’t going to make one for me, so they kinda “forced my hand” there.

Are you planning to stay?

Maybe, we’ll see how my Nexus 4 holds up and what’ll come out over the next few months. Recent issues I’ve been having with my N4 (overheating, random severe input lag, crashing) have made it harder to say for sure one way or the other anymore. I’m a pretty basic user and don’t want to get into rooting and all that; I just want things to work as advertised. I’ve been very patient with Android over this past year, but now my patience is wearing thin and I’m starting to look at other options.

Anything you like/dislike?

Likes: Bigger screens/variety of screen sizes and designs available, being able to set my own default apps, intents/sharing between apps, notifications, not limited or restricted to iTunes, Swype/SwiftKey/gesture keyboards, practically endless customization options, the Nexus program.

Dislikes: Carriers’ excessive amount of control and influence over Android devices and updates, the lack of a comprehensive backup/sync utility (i.e. no Google/Android equivalent to iTunes/iCloud), e-mails looking like crap and being poorly formatted (I can’t zoom all the way out and fit the whole text on the screen, so I have to scroll sideways back and forth just to read an e-mail – very annoying. It doesn’t happen in every e-mail but often enough to piss me off), mediocre battery life on my N4, unpredictability of the back button (I never quite know for sure where the hell it’s going to take me), Google Play Music and the weird glitches and synching issues it was creating (so I stopped using it entirely), Chrome and its lag and glitches (plus still not being able to find a suitable replacement for Chrome despite all the other browsers that are available – I’ve tried many other browsers and don’t like them either), having my N4 randomly freeze up, kick me out of whatever app I was in, and say, “Unfortunately, System UI has stopped (seriously, WTF?), not being able to find a device I want with all the features I want despite the vast variety of Android devices out there.

Anything else? Nope, that’s about it for right now.

Written by Vizkakas

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  • blessyz

    Actually I moved from iOS to Windows Phone

  • Allan

    You complain about Carrier Control yet fail to mention that Apple completely control your device unless you jailbreak it. There are tons of apps available on IOS through jailbreaking that are so innovative that Apple have stolen them for their IOS7 release coming soon
    BTW, I prefer Chrome to Safari on my iPhone 4S

  • Rosani Masau

    Stupid article. You never discussed anything about Windows Phone 8 on how it is vastly inferior to other OS’es. Unlike you an iOS user, 90% of Windows Phone 8 users are happy with their Phones. So I’m not really sure what makes it VASTLY inferior?

    • Yuan Taizong

      Most of this websites anti-Windows Phone articles (that usually praise Linux-Android) have these titles to catch eyes, after skimming them (since they’re not worth the actual time to read) I decide that they’re not worth my time, unlike your comment which has more substance than the entire above article.

  • Phil Ormsby

    Carrier control? On a Nexus 4? What carrier control? My N4 came unlocked and has NO bloatware at all. Sounds like you have loaded it with crapware. Why not just do a factory reset and run stock for a while. Want formatted emails? Try using Gmail…. hint, it’s made by Google, a perfect partner for a, you know, Google phone.

  • Jamie Young

    how does WP 8 have a place on the headline and not BlackBerry 10.2? Personally I do think that WP8 and BlackBerry 10 are the two newest and best OS platforms on the market. BlackBerry is the best.

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