Mobile Phone Forums
Welcome to the Mobile Phone Forums

Go Back   Mobile Phone Forums > Mobile Phones > Phones
Register FAQ Mark Forums Read

Phones Mobile handset related discussion - Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Panasonic, Sharp, Siemens, Blackberry etc.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-12-2012, 9:38 AM
jhclare jhclare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Phone: iPhone 4
Network: O2
Posts: 5
jhclare is on a distinguished road
Considering switching from iPhone. Android, Windows, Handset?

Hi all,

This is my first post here.

I wonder if someone can help me.

Basically, I've been an Apple user for a few years (I own a MacBook Pro and iPhone 4).

I use my phone for business and until recently (basically the iOS 6 update) loved everything about the phone and its integration with everything else Apple, except the maps fiasco (it's the app I use most) and the fact that the interface hasn't really changed at all since the original iPhone. And yes, after all the updates, I still get the proximity sensor issue!

I use iCloud (formally MobileMe) to keep my contacts, calendars, bookmarks, etc in sync seamlessly on my phone and laptop, and I use the Remote app to access my iTunes library when sat on the sofa!

I love visual voicemail!

However, I was expecting a lot more from the iPhone 5. It seems like they've made a few tweaks and it's really a iPhone 4s mark II, not a whole new version of the phone.

So, for the first time, I'm considering switching to something else. So...

1) Which operating system will allow me to continue to enjoy the same functionality? Either integrating/syncing with my existing Apple system, or migrating to another system.

2) Will I be able to download an equivalent Remote app?

3) I don't use social media or Facebook much, so these features aren't a high priority

4) I want visual voicemail

5) Google maps is a must

6) As is IMAP email

7) Hardly use it for music or games, just browsing

So, Windows or Android? And then, which handset?

I've been quite happy with O2 since the launch of the original iPhone (they were the only network that supported Visual Voicemail, not sure if this is still the case).

I live and work in London and occasionally visit mum in Suffolk where the signal is ropey but then it is on most networks I've found.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Regards,

John
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-12-2012, 9:49 AM
jhclare jhclare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Phone: iPhone 4
Network: O2
Posts: 5
jhclare is on a distinguished road
Oh, in addition, one thing that has always driven me nuts on the iPhone is how you have to jump through hoops to turn the various services on and off (3G, Location Services, Wi-Fi, etc)

It's even worse in iOS 6.

Can't they implement usage profiles like on the ancient Nokia phones?

You'd have one called, say, "At Home" then you could set the ringtone, volume, turn wi-fi on, 3G off, Location Services off, etc.

Then "Out and about" could have Location Services on, 3G on, Wi-Fi off, etc.

Then you just select the profile you want, rather than have to go back and forth through the maze of illogically designed menus....

At the very least just group all these settings together in one place! I was really hoping for that in iOS 6.

John
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-12-2012, 1:19 PM
jhclare jhclare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Phone: iPhone 4
Network: O2
Posts: 5
jhclare is on a distinguished road
Anyone?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-12-2012, 1:36 PM
Wilkas's Avatar
Wilkas Wilkas is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Boldon Colliery
Phone: HTC One X
Network: T Mobile
Posts: 41
Wilkas is on a distinguished road
Come over here Android Forums lots of former iPhone users.. I've heard samsung is the easiest to migrate too but a lot go for the form factor of the One X too.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-12-2012, 1:41 PM
rksst228 rksst228 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Phone: iPhone 4S 16GB
Network: o2
Posts: 5
rksst228 is on a distinguished road
i am an android user so i can only tell whats going on from this perspective..
contact and calender sync is possible. native or via a third party app. bookmarks can be synched through chrome.
visual voicemail (google voice) is integrated in 4.+ (but sometimes not supported by the carrier)
to be honest, in my opinion the size/quality of an app store is such an important indicator, that i wouldn't neglect it.
that's why i wouldn't consider wp8. of course the store will grow and the os will mature, but i wouldn't want to wait for it

• Number of apps available in leading app stores in September 2012 | Statistic

the s3 is a nice device and the best android phone. the nexus 4 is also pretty good and cheaper.
if your are not in rush you can wait 2 or 3 moth for the new superphones
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-12-2012, 7:00 PM
jhclare jhclare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Phone: iPhone 4
Network: O2
Posts: 5
jhclare is on a distinguished road
Thanks for your replies.

Anyone else? It's hard to find detailed info reading phone reviews online, I thought there would be more iPhone users who've had a similar dilemma?

I want to be sure Android is capable of all the above before I make the switch.

John
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-12-2012, 2:55 PM
lee's Avatar
lee lee is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Uk
Phone: Samsung Galaxy s8
Network: 02
Posts: 1,399
lee is on a distinguished road
Hi Jhclare.

Welcome to the forums.

Yes the maps fiasco hurt apple deeply which is why Tim Cook headhunted some google employees to help strengthen this app. Remember google have had years to perfect this software. I'm sure this will be continued to be improved through future iOS updates.

The beauty about idevices and iOS platforms is their simplistic way of integrating and being probably the most stable secure of platforms on the market today.

The con side of this is that a lot of apple product users get stuck in this Eco system !

I use the iPhone 5 on iOS 6.0.1 and personally find it covers all of my bases.

I understand your opinion about having profiles and remember my Nokia phones having this simple but effective menu option and that you could even set up a time out on it too.

I'm sure in time the un tethered jailbreak will be available soon which allows you to use certain tweaks to allow the user to have quick access to primary menu options such as Bluetooth etc. I'm surprised apple have not allowed this option yet as they follow the jailbreak community very closely and often adopt tweaks into their next iOS updates.

To get some balance on both apple iOS and android operating systems I would suggest you visit a forum board that has android users online and create an thread asking for their opinion.

It is known that android fans and apple fans can sometimes be rather biased and don't get along so try not to read too much into the replies your going to get.

Good luck.
__________________
Welcome to phoneforums.
May I introduce myself > Iím the Forum's Super Moderator.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 14-12-2012, 10:47 AM
jhclare jhclare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Phone: iPhone 4
Network: O2
Posts: 5
jhclare is on a distinguished road
Thanks guys.

Well, after yesterday's announcement of Google Maps App launching again on the iPhone, I've decided to keep my iPhone 4 for now. I've changed my tariff - got a good SIM only deal paying half of what I was previously!

Going to skip the 5 and wait until the next iPhone update.

Just got to put up with the sticky Home button....

John
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 14-12-2012, 6:04 PM
lee's Avatar
lee lee is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Uk
Phone: Samsung Galaxy s8
Network: 02
Posts: 1,399
lee is on a distinguished road
Hi,


Its good to hear that members input helped you along to your final decision and thank you for taking the time to re post to pass your thanks on.

Take care.
__________________
Welcome to phoneforums.
May I introduce myself > Iím the Forum's Super Moderator.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pick the best iPhone, Android, or Windows phone for you - Wireless Week News News 0 16-09-2012 5:50 PM
Switching between Android 4.0 ICS and iPhone 4S - SlashGear News News 0 05-02-2012 8:04 PM
Smartphone OS showdown: Android vs. iPhone OS, Windows Mobile vs. BlackBerry ... - PC World Magazine News News 0 16-10-2009 8:16 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 11:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin Version 3.6.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.0.0 RC6 © 2006, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright ©2015 PhoneForums.org