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  1. sb1370's Avatar
    Every post that I've read here regarding switching platforms and also many of Microsoft important people (Joe Belfiore, Bill Gates, etc.) , mentioned android as their destination.
    But why? Why not iOS?
    Last edited by sb1370; 10-09-2017 at 01:25 PM.
    10-09-2017 09:15 AM
  2. Pacus1x's Avatar
    iOS is a very close OS, not much space to customize or change - add more features... Unlike Android which you can add many changes and functionalities of the OS, besides there are tons of hardware options in Android, from cheap low end phones to devices like the Note 8 or the Pixel 2 XL.
    10-09-2017 09:26 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    I think it's split actually because Windows Phone/Mobile have similarities with both.

    As for why, it depends on the person. As said by Pacus1x , there are way more options for Android phones. iPhones come in three sizes and ~5 colors (the amount of colors depends on the model).

    It really depends what you care about really. Some just seek a smooth, propriety experience like Lumias had and don't really care about making changes to their phone. Others like being able to customize what they want.

    Personally, I tried Android first because of that customization thing and it felt like too much. I missed the simplicity of WP so I had to try iOS. I was able to get that feeling back with it because of how it is. Now though, you can get that with a OnePlus 5 or a Google Pixel.
    10-09-2017 09:53 AM
  4. jes1888's Avatar
    I have an elite x3 (which is for sale now, by the way) and needed a phone to support some work apps and environments. Bought the s8+ thru at&t next and an offer for $23 and bit the bullet, it’s kinda to much in the customization department, while that’s not bad those aren’t my days anymore and don’t bother in customizing it much, it’s not bad like it is, just put a dark theme and backgrounds and still trying to customize a w10 launcher to emulate wp10, but I would prefer to get an iPhone if they improve more, hate the 7 and 8 design, which is old, and the x have a lame a$$ “sensor bar” covering a bit of the screen on the top which looks flugly. Why they didn’t made the screen straight on the top like the s8 is beyond me, but this generation is a no buy for me. I do prefer the simplicity of the IOS since I already have an iPad. But this android is gonna have to suffice for now. I do love Samsung hardware, it’s really a beautiful design and gorgeous screen while also miss the 2+ days of battery life that the elite gave me... It’s really a mixed feeling for me...
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    10-09-2017 10:06 AM
  5. Andreas Lagos's Avatar
    This is helpful... So reluctantly torn between an iphone and a pixel 2. Never owned other OS before, have played with my sister's iPhone and some androids but I am just frankly not drawn to either. Curious about the pixel, but despise Google as a company/philosophy. Surprisingly difficult choice to make for all the wrong reasons.
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    10-09-2017 11:15 AM
  6. sb1370's Avatar
    ... besides there are tons of hardware options in Android, from cheap low end phones to devices like the Note 8 or the Pixel 2 XL.

    Almost all of them switched to high-end phones like S8.
    10-09-2017 01:28 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    Almost all of them switched to high-end phones like S8.
    The S8 is basically available everywhere (I mean on every carrier and everywhere in the world) so of course that makes for an easy choice. Samsung is excellent at marketing so people who don't really know Android options could easily think that it is between Apple and Samsung.

    Sometimes people don't want to buy phones outright, sometimes they really think that Samsung is the best Android OEM. I wouldn't put much stock in the fact that people switched to it.
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    10-09-2017 03:39 PM
  8. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    For me its personal. I will never purchase an Apple product. I went with an S8 Plus which is smaller than my Elite X3 but its ok. The one thing I miss the most is Cortana.
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    10-09-2017 09:56 PM
  9. Zulfigar's Avatar
    I see the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8, but don't forget about the LG V30, especially if a 3.5mm jack is still high on your list of important features.

    Back on topic though, iPhones tell you what you want, Android let's you decide what you want.
    10-09-2017 10:22 PM
  10. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    For me its personal. I will never purchase an Apple product. I went with an S8 Plus which is smaller than my Elite X3 but its ok. The one thing I miss the most is Cortana.
    Did you try the Cortana app? https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....cortana&hl=en
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    10-10-2017 01:31 AM
  11. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    This is helpful... So reluctantly torn between an iphone and a pixel 2. Never owned other OS before, have played with my sister's iPhone and some androids but I am just frankly not drawn to either. Curious about the pixel, but despise Google as a company/philosophy. Surprisingly difficult choice to make for all the wrong reasons.
    I personally despise all companies. Especially IT companies. They're all fake and exploitative.

    You shouldn't base your decision on whether you like a company or not. What you should do is decide on what works best for you.
    10-10-2017 01:32 AM
  12. anon(7929613)'s Avatar
    Android offers more freedom to deploy apps and features than iOS. Microsoft could easily deploy apps like Cortana, Edge and even Arrow launcher and integrate it tightly within the Android system. Things are not that easy on iOS with Apple restricting most of the things. That may be the reason why Microsoft is supporting Android more than iOS.
    Last edited by Satish Singh; 10-10-2017 at 05:43 AM.
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    10-10-2017 02:43 AM
  13. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    Yes, right away. However I was very disappointed. Very limited functionality right now.
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    10-10-2017 06:39 AM
  14. dov1978's Avatar
    Every post that I've read here regarding switching platforms and also many of Microsoft important people (Joe Belfiore, Bill Gates, etc.) , mentioned android as their destination.
    But why? Why not iOS?
    Because I'm sure the first thing they did was install a Windows 10 style launcher so they could still enjoy the feel of Windows but with their favourite apps :-)
    10-10-2017 06:48 AM
  15. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    Because I'm sure the first thing they did was install a Windows 10 style launcher so they could still enjoy the feel of Windows but with their favourite apps :-)
    That's what I did.
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    10-10-2017 12:20 PM
  16. tgp's Avatar
    Because I'm sure the first thing they did was install a Windows 10 style launcher so they could still enjoy the feel of Windows but with their favourite apps :-)
    I'm guessing they're using the Arrow/Microsoft launcher.
    10-10-2017 01:14 PM
  17. jmshub's Avatar
    iOS offers little customization, you do it Apple's way. And sometimes that way is aggravating. I think Android is more Windows Phone like, in that you have some customization. Especially with varying handsets, you can pick the features that are important to you, headphone jacks, wireless charging, good camera, expandable storage, etc.
    10-10-2017 03:32 PM
  18. blends's Avatar
    I've tried both. I went from a Lumia 1520 (after 3 prior Windows phones) to an iPhone 6. Great phone but the battery life tanked after 7 or 8 months and an annual OS update. I got bored with iOS. It wasn't obvious to me that I wasn't really into the phone anymore but over time I gravitated towards some of the android forums, podcasts and blogs. I jumped on a $50 Moto E or G and a Moto 360 smartwatch I managed to get on sale for $80. The phone was no way close to meeting the performance I was used to on the iPhone but with all of the Google services (especially Waze) baked into the experience I bailed on Apple and got a Nexus 5X. A very capable phone. Camera was pretty bad though. 6 months later I sold it and picked up a Galaxy S7 for less than $500. I still have it and use it often. This spring I picked up an S8 because of all of the free extras (SD card, clearview cover and free netflix) and promotional pricing. I love my S8. I am the only android guy in my family and friend circles. At work it's different. It's like 50% iPhone and 50% Galaxy S7/S8. I also have a Gear S3 (gorgeous and not a square "watch") that generates a new compliment at least once a week. From my experience, iPhones have better apps but Google and Microsoft's services on Android are second to none. Samsung Pay works pretty much everywhere and is better than Android Pay (especially when trying to choose which card you'd like to pay with). The display on the S8 is better than anything you're going to get on an iPhone. Quick charging is a reality on Android and I could never go back to a phone without it. I no longer charge overnight since I can charge my phone so quickly. I get +65-70% battery life in about 30-35 minutes of charging so if I'm down to 15% I can hit 80-85% while getting dressed in the morning or on my drive to work. Wireless quick charging on the S8 is decent. It's as fast as plugging the phone into a non-quick charging charger. I use the wireless charger all the time when watching TV. Avoid the ones that are fanless. Your phone will get extremely hot and stop charging until it cools down again just so it can overheat again. I just stick with the Samsung OEM wireless charging pad after trying a few aftermarket ones. The iOS lock screen and notifications center sucks compared to Android. Android has widgets and shortcuts-a-plenty. iOS is stable, fast and extremely popular so apps and interactions with others will be easier. OS updates tend to slow things down unless you're on the latest hardware. Battery life will go from AWESOME to "can I borrow your charger?" in under a year. Games are way better on iOS. I can't really think of anything else to add.

    TL;DR
    iPhones and iOS are great but Android keeps it more interesting and competes extremely well on everything except for performance (and you won't really notice it on mid-tier and flagship hardware).
    10-11-2017 12:57 AM
  19. TennisGuy45's Avatar
    Why would anyone want to switch to iOS??

    Seriously, I do understand why some people would go to iOS. There are a lot of people out there that like simple and get overwhelmed with choice.

    I'm just not one of them and I would not be surprised if a lot of people in this community are like me.

    Android gives you countless hardware choices and endless software choices.

    In my opinion going with Apple is like living in a country under a dictatorship.

    As a user (citizen) of Apple you dont get to choose what you want on so many aspects from software to hardware.

    Apple "decides" what is best for its users (citizens) and imposes its will on all of them as it sees fit.
    Sometimes they truly do what is best for the users but every decision also is influenced by what is best for Apple and its leaders as well. (what lines their pockets the most).
    10-11-2017 08:30 AM
  20. ssgklu's Avatar
    Yes. Android is the OS to migrate to. iOS is too locked down, icons are static, and doesn't play well with others. With Android, I can set Microsoft Edge as my browser, use widgets (to include the Windows Central widget), and run Microsoft Launcher. I currently run launcher on my Android phone and Android tablet, so it is a universal MS feel.
    10-17-2017 09:35 AM
  21. BSobotta's Avatar
    I see the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8, but don't forget about the LG V30, especially if a 3.5mm jack is still high on your list of important features.

    Back on topic though, iPhones tell you what you want, Android let's you decide what you want.
    Picking up a V30 on Friday. Can't wait.
    10-17-2017 09:45 AM
  22. ryanlrobinson's Avatar
    As I've thought about this, I probably spend 70% of the time thinking I would go Android and 30% iOS.

    In terms of my priorities, Android has better customizability including changing default apps to Microsoft ones, better notification system, broader range of features, less locked into one ecosystem I don't currently use (still somewhat locked in), and far superior digital assistant/AI.

    iOS has security. That is a huge deal for me. Every time I hear of another vulnerability in Android or Google launches another product that collects ridiculous amounts of data on you to sell to advertisers, I think I want an iPhone. In theory, I much prefer the business model of keeping your privacy at the cost of more up-front hardware cost.

    And then I imagine actually having to use an iPhone, and go back to thinking Android is worth the loss of privacy. As long as I go Pixel or maybe BlackBerry (I do miss the physical keyboard, and they need to care about security more than most third parties).
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    10-17-2017 09:48 AM
  23. Paul Gorski's Avatar
    Anything but Apple.
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    10-17-2017 09:54 AM
  24. Asybuhari Hakim Mohamed Johari's Avatar
    Lumia 640 (non-LTE) user here!

    Really like the long guaranteed updates of iOS and its "walled garden" that's akin to W10M... but it's hardware is prohibitively expensive for me

    Android gave the freedom to choose, and some of it fit my budget and usage needs perfectly. But the sketchy update path and most running outdated Android (Marshmallow in 2017!) is a major turnoff for me

    Must stay hungry to not be poor
    10-17-2017 10:00 AM
  25. Stephen Michaels's Avatar
    I didn't consider Android. I already had an IPad and literally everyone in my circle has an IPhone. I decided if MS forced me to switch, I would go all in. Next purchase will be an IMac to replace my slow Windows PC. And the fact that Microsoft seems to be going to Android probably means they will lure their users over there and pull the rug out from under them. Actually, Safari on IPhone works better than Edge ever did on WP. I have MS Outlook, Groove and OneDrive, which is decent for pictures. I wish MS would port Photos over. The Apple Mail, Calendar and Contacts apps handle outlook.com real well so I really don't use MS Outlook anymore. By the way I tried to post this in Windows Central App on Windows 10 and it doesn't work again.
    10-17-2017 10:00 AM
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