Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
James

Why did you buy an Android phone?

Recommended Posts

48 minutes ago, ElfFriend said:

It's far more customizable without having to jailbreak it and if I want even more customization I can always root it.

 

Also the phones themselves tend to have more features.

As this image from a few years ago so succinctly explains:

iphone-vs-nexus-4.jpg?w=600&e=06d82d8272

 

As I recall, Ron later had misgivings about posting that, because it didn't really tell the whole story (for instance, the iPhone kicked the ever-loving ass out of the Nexus 4 and most 2014 Android phones in performance, and Apple Pay is far better than Google Wallet).  That and it was purely antagonistic.

Link to post
Share on other sites

cheap, a mid end smartphone now is actually a high end smartphone last year

 

i only use facebook because family and friends, reddit, whatsapp, gps and a couple of youtube from time to time. i don't need super powerful hyper expensive phone to do just that

Link to post
Share on other sites

Currently using Mate 10, upgraded from Mi 4.

  • 3.5 audio jack (fuck dongles).
  • Superior battery life.
  • Dual sim.
  • App drawer.
  • I can install apps outside Playstore with ease.
  • Custom ROMs. 
  • Price.

I bought a used iP6s at one point, the last iPhone with 3.5mm jack iinm. Used it for like 2 months and sold it because i can't stand the launcher cluttering my home screen. I need app drawer. Battery life is garbage too, <20% left after i got back from work. Compare to my Mi 4 with >40% and Mate 10 with >60%, slightly heavier usage on Mate 10 too. 


| Intel i7-3770@4.2Ghz | Asus Z77-V | Zotac 980 Ti Amp! Omega | DDR3 1800mhz 4GB x4 | 300GB Intel DC S3500 SSD | 512GB Plextor M5 Pro | 2x 1TB WD Blue HDD |
 | Enermax NAXN82+ 650W 80Plus Bronze | Fiio E07K | Grado SR80i | Cooler Master XB HAF EVO | Logitech G27 | Logitech G600 | CM Storm Quickfire TK | DualShock 4 |

Link to post
Share on other sites

Pretty much sums it up. I can customize it how I like it with custom roms, UI tweaks, and I can use apps from other sources, like Block This!

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, sof006 said:

Not forced to use iTunes is my main reason. 

I have to agree with this. I got the original as an xmas present in 07 coming from a Nokia N95 and at the time thought it was wonderful. Then itunes was introduced and the dreaded quicktime. During the 2 years i had it, it was the buggiest, most rage inducing PoS software to ever be required for loading / unloading files into my phone. Considering i came from drag/drop, i couldn't believe how frustrating it was. Soon as the contract ended i sold the phone, spent AGES getting itunes & quicktime off my dam PC and got the Blackberry Bold (since my pals had it and we could use blackberry chat for free) Then i got a HTC Sensation XE (actually still have it and sat it infront of me next to my Note 9 atm. God, this XE used to be a "Big" phone 😂😂), my introduction to Android, and never looked back at Apple ever again.

 

edit- im also glad i never got sucked into their eco system. As watching over the years the incremental additions to the iphone to milk money, the requirement you "must have X" for it to work and will be hard to work with anything else etc plus the ridiculous prices they charge and the restrictiveness of the OS, solidifies i chose right in not choosing apple over android.


 Motherboard  ROG Strix B350-F Gaming | CPU Ryzen 5 1600 | GPU Sapphire Radeon RX 480 Nitro+ OC  | RAM Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000MHz 2x8Gb | OS Drive  Crucial MX300 525Gb M.2 | WiFi Card  ASUS PCE-AC68 | Case Switch 810 Gunmetal Grey SE | Storage WD 1.5tb, SanDisk Ultra 3D 500Gb, Samsung 840 EVO 120Gb | NAS Solution Synology 413j 8TB (6TB with 2TB redundancy using Synology Hybrid RAID) | Keyboard SteelSeries APEX | Mouse Razer Naga MMO Edition Green | Fan Controller Sentry LXE | Screens Sony 43" TV | Sound Logitech 5.1 X530

Link to post
Share on other sites

Android is open source. You name the pros. The philosophy of open source software is much more worth supporting than a proprietary, completely locked down, closed platform. We want the whole tech world get better, not just a single company.

Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, Commodus said:

As I recall, Ron later had misgivings about posting that, because it didn't really tell the whole story (for instance, the iPhone kicked the ever-loving ass out of the Nexus 4 and most 2014 Android phones in performance, and Apple Pay is far better than Google Wallet).  That and it was purely antagonistic.

Sure, but I like software buttons, split screen apps, etc. and as far as I know iOS doesn't have those yet.

Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, ElfFriend said:

Sure, but I like software buttons, split screen apps, etc. and as far as I know iOS doesn't have those yet.

Any iPhone with a notch uses screen gestures to navigate, no physical buttons.  I'd argue that it's better than dedicated on-screen buttons since it's still easy to use but doesn't take up screen real estate.  Android Pie's controls are a bit of a mess, to be honest!  iOS does have split-screen on the iPad, but not on the iPhone (yet, at least).

Link to post
Share on other sites

I run my business almost entirely from my Note 8, so:

Better multitasking

Stylus Integration

Themes/3rd Party app support

Ease of repair when compared to an iPhone (Parts availability)

USB-C

Headphone Jacks (sometimes, but at least we have the option)

Proper organization of the "Desktop". No junk drawers for me!

3rd Party Dev support when the device reaches EOL with the Manufacturer (Or even before, for that matter!)

Generally more lenient EOL (Apple's is 2 years for hardware, even Samsung is better than that)

Cheaper devices with similar CPU performance

Upgradable storage via Micro SD (Sometimes, but atleast its achievable.)


Spoiler

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rQVYnH

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6 GHz 6-Core OEM/Tray Processor  (Purchased For $200.00) 
CPU Cooler: be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler  (Purchased For $88.09) 
Motherboard: MSI - MEG Z390 ACE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  (Purchased For $229.00) 
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  (Purchased For $130.00) 
Storage: Crucial - MX300 1.05 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (Purchased For $200.00) 
Storage: Western Digital - Green 1.5 TB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Storage: Western Digital - Red 8 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Purchased For $180.00) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda Green 1.5 TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Storage: Seagate - 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Storage: Seagate - 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 670 2 GB Video Card  (Purchased For $30.00) 
Case: Fractal Design - Define R6 ATX Mid Tower Case  (Purchased For $139.99) 
Power Supply: Corsair - HX Platinum 1000 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  (Purchased For $130.00) 
Optical Drive: Asus - BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer  (Purchased For $75.00) 
Monitor: Dell - U2417H 24.0" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Monitor: LG - 34UM69G-B 34.0" 2560x1080 75 Hz Monitor  (Purchased For $0.00) 
External Storage: Western Digital - My Passport Slim 1 TB External Hard Drive  (Purchased For $20.00) 
External Storage: Seagate - Backup Plus 1 TB External Hard Drive  (Purchased For $20.00) 
Total: $1442.08
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-27 10:40 EDT-0400

Main PC: See spoiler tag

Laptop: Early 2014 Macbook Air. Intel i5-4260U, 4GB RAM, 128GB Apple PCI-E SSD, Intel HD Graphics 5000

Phone: iPhone XS Max 64GB: A12 Bionic. 4GB RAM, 6.5-inch 2,688 x 1,242 OLED, 3,174 mAh 

Wearables: Sony 1000XM2

Random devices in various stages of working: Dell Inspiron 1000 (Works perfect other than battery), Late 2008 Macbook Aluminum Unibody (For Sale), Gateway Solo W2000 Laptop (For writing floppies, needs a battery), iBook G4 (For Sale.), Surface 3 (Touch screen is borked, perfect otherwise.), Lenovo G580 (For Sale)

 

Spoiler

"Love is a bitch with a blindfold" You clicked the wrong spoiler! Hah! Bet you feel really bamboozled now!

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

It was mainly cost at the time for my first phone. Once you get in to using a platform is hard to change. I continue to buy Android devices because I use Google Services a lot. 


You ever notice that many establishments have a sign that as "No Shirt, No Shoes, No service"? They never say anything about pants............ You know what that implies. You dont have to wear pants. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

android user have full control of phone

and apple controls iphone users

 

Other than that, apple always has many non user friendly issues every year

- new cable for each phone

- camera bump

- no back button!!!!!

- basic tech falling massively behind , dual cores, sd card, led mon, wireless & fast charge, low resolution

- ultra expensive accessories and software.

Link to post
Share on other sites

My Galaxy S7 was only $260 and gave me a 1440p OLED screen, an awesome camera, and all the performance I need. If I want, I can expand the storage, and it’s still waterproof! I’ve customized my home screen to look unlike anybody else’s phone. Also, it’s got a gold front face, which looks gorgeous.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  1. Wide spectrum on price range. You decide if you want an expansive phone or a dirt cheap one.
  2. Variety hardware specs. You decide what you want. Want one with a better front camera and don't care rare camera? Want one with good sound and don't really mind worse camera? Anything you want (as long as you can pay).
  3. Software customisation. You can use whatever you want as long as you can find it. Want to change launch? Tens of thousands exist on Google Play. Want to make the icons in manual arranged in a dick shape? Just move them.
  4. Can move files directly to a pc. Like seriously, I don't want to install iTunes or whatever to simply transfer my porn anime files. I just want to plug in and drag-and-drop.
  5. Customise OS. Most popular Android phones have customised OS on the web for greater functionality or smoothness. 
  6. Ppl don't know my phone's price and spec immediately (unless they're very "mobile-savy"). This is quite important if you have nosy co-workers... (WOW u hv a 1.2k iPhone u must be rich REEEEEEEE)
  7. CHEAPER than iPhone (mostly) and better bang for the buck. 
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Commodus said:

As I recall, Ron later had misgivings about posting that, because it didn't really tell the whole story (for instance, the iPhone kicked the ever-loving ass out of the Nexus 4 and most 2014 Android phones in performance, and Apple Pay is far better than Google Wallet).  That and it was purely antagonistic.

Apple pay might work better than Google pay... but Samsung obliterates them both with MST incorporation.

 

Plus the most hilarious thing about that welcome to 2012 thing was that he predicted apple wireless charging in 2016. Reality was 2017)

 

 


LINK-> Kurald Galain:  The Night Eternal 

Top 5820k, 980ti SLI Build in the World*

CPU: i7-5820k // GPU: SLI MSI 980ti Gaming 6G // Cooling: Full Custom WC //  Mobo: ASUS X99 Sabertooth // Ram: 32GB Crucial Ballistic Sport // Boot SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB

Mass SSD: Crucial M500 960GB  // PSU: EVGA Supernova 850G2 // Case: Fractal Design Define S Windowed // OS: Windows 10 // Mouse: Razer Naga Chroma // Keyboard: Corsair k70 Cherry MX Reds

Headset: Senn RS185 // Monitor: ASUS PG348Q // Devices: Galaxy S9+ - XPS 13 (9343 UHD+) - Samsung Note Tab 7.0 - Lenovo Y580

 

LINK-> Ainulindale: Music of the Ainur 

Prosumer DYI FreeNAS

CPU: Xeon E3-1231v3  // Cooling: Noctua L9x65 //  Mobo: AsRock E3C224D2I // Ram: 16GB Kingston ECC DDR3-1333

HDDs: 4x HGST Deskstar NAS 3TB  // PSU: EVGA 650GQ // Case: Fractal Design Node 304 // OS: FreeNAS

 

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

As a UI/UX guy

  • Hate how Apple's UI looks
  • Hate how everything is on the home screen
  • Don't like the lack of customizability
  • That button thing that floats around on screen bugs the hell out of me
  • Have experiences where code for hybrid app works in every environment except an iOs device.

Also, I don't really use my phone for anything else except basic phone stuff and social media. The most intensive thing I have on my phone is MyBoy GBA emulator. A $300 phone is perfect for me.


Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.9 Ghz  | Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 |  PaliT GTX 1050Ti  |  8gb Kingston HyperX Fury @ 2933 Mhz  |  Corsair CX550m  |  1 TB WD Blue HDD


Inside some old case I found lying around.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Emulators and actually being able to download from the internet. I found it had better value for me as well.


H440 Red+Black | i7 5820k | MSI r9 280x 3G | MSI x99a sli plus | Corsair h115i + Noctua ippc 3000 pwm fans | 1tb + 240 gb intel ssd | 4x4 gb Corsair Lpx 2400

Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, bleedblue said:

-Snippity-

John gba is >>>


H440 Red+Black | i7 5820k | MSI r9 280x 3G | MSI x99a sli plus | Corsair h115i + Noctua ippc 3000 pwm fans | 1tb + 240 gb intel ssd | 4x4 gb Corsair Lpx 2400

Link to post
Share on other sites

1) Came free with my calling plan

2) Nice looking screen

3) Beyond average battery life at the time

4) Did what I needed it to do (Check social media, make calls, tether 4G over wifi without root, takes pictures that look visible)

 

If an iPhone at the same price and specs was available I'd get that/might get that. But such devices are usually older generation flagships so that's never ideal anyways vs a budget phone that's more recently made. This is particularly true about being offered for free with the calling plan by carrier.


-------

Current Rig

-------

Link to post
Share on other sites

Windows 10 Mobile is discontinued and the only other (current/recent) phones I really like are made by Samsung.


Yup the yup.

 

Socialism is for figs.

Not supporting the political facade known as "Gay Pride."

 

Pyo.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Far fewer problems with compatibility. My sister wanted me to back-up all of her photos from her iPhone to her laptop - iOS makes this such an insane hassle due to Apple wanting to keep everything within their ecosystem; with Android, if I want to back up photos or whatever else, I can simply go to the folder they're in and copy and paste them to whatever other device I want to store them on - no hassle. Apple's implementation of many features that most people wouldn't think take that much effort are suddenly far too convoluted and take far longer to sort out than they should, and even when (if) you do get your issue sorted out, there's usually some obnoxious caveat that makes everything needlessly frustrating.

 

Larger selection of apps. I don't have to rely on the Google Play Store to get apps I need/want on my phone. Don't want to deal with ads on YouTube for free? Just download a third-party app. Wan't to play games that fans created a mobile port for? No problem, and in all of my searching for mobile ports of games, I have yet to come across any iOS option.

 

Basically, Apple likes to have everything deeply ingrained into their own ecosystem - which I'm sure works great when you have everything together and only use (and pay a fuckton more for) their products - but I strongly prefer the usability, compatibility, and openness that Android provides.

Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, FloRolf said:

Tried copying pics from a friend's iPhone to my PC which was literally impossible without iTunes or we were just too stupid. 

It’s that last bit :P  iPhones have a folder for pics in file explorer. 


Laptop: 2016 13" nTB MacBook Pro Core i5 | Phone: iPhone 8 Plus 64GB | Wearables: Apple Watch Sport Series 2 | CPU: R5 2600 | Mobo: ASRock B450M Pro4 | RAM: 16GB 2666 | GPU: Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580 4GB | Case: Apple PowerMac G5 | OS: Win 10 | Storage: 480GB PNY SSD & 2TB WD Green HDD | PSU: Corsair CX600M | Display: Dell UZ2215H 21.5" 1080p, ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED 23.6" 1080p, Samsung SyncMaster 940BX 19" 1024p | Cooling: Wraith Prism | Keyboard: G610 Orion Cherry MX Brown | Mouse: G303 | Audio: Audio Technica ATH-M50X & Blue Snowball
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, dgsddfgdfhgs said:

- new cable for each phone

Apple has used the 30-pin connector from 2003 through the iPhoen 4s in 2011. Since then, they replaced it with the Lightning connector, which has been the only connector used for the last 6 years (newest iPad Pro aside).

 

Alternatively, over the same period (let's just look at 2008~ onward when Android was relevant in the smartphone space), there was Micro-USB until a couple years ago, and then Type-C. 

 

That's two connectors for both platforms, and lightning replaced the 30-pin connector when there were only a vastly inferior alternative -- Micro-USB.

Quote

- basic tech falling massively behind , dual cores, 

Apple's SoC has always outclassed the highest end SoC available on an Android device -- this has been especially true since Apple started designing their own SoCs almost a decade ago.

Quote

- ultra expensive accessories and software.

Sorry to break it to you, but this is pretty par for the course for most first-party accessories.


PSU Tier List | CoC

Gaming Build | FreeNAS Server

Spoiler

i5-4690k || Seidon 240m || GTX780 ACX || MSI Z97s SLI Plus || 8GB 2400mhz || 250GB 840 Evo || 1TB WD Blue || H440 (Black/Blue) || Windows 10 Pro || Dell P2414H & BenQ XL2411Z || Ducky Shine Mini || Logitech G502 Proteus Core

Spoiler

FreeNAS 9.3 - Stable || Xeon E3 1230v2 || Supermicro X9SCM-F || 32GB Crucial ECC DDR3 || 3x4TB WD Red (JBOD) || SYBA SI-PEX40064 sata controller || Corsair CX500m || NZXT Source 210.

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, 79wjd said:

That's two connectors for both platforms, and lightning replaced the 30-pin connector when there were only a vastly inferior alternative -- Micro-USB.

HEY! There was Micro-B! 

 


Cor Caeruleus Reborn v6

Spoiler

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K

CPU Cooler: be quiet! - PURE ROCK 
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste 
Motherboard: ASRock Z370 Extreme4
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 2x8GB 3200/14
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Storage: Western Digital - Blue 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA - 970 SSC ACX (1080 is in RMA)
Case: Fractal Design - Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 750W with CableMod blue/black Pro Series
Optical Drive: LG - WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit and Linux Mint Serena
Keyboard: Logitech - G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech - G502 Wired Optical Mouse
Headphones: Logitech - G430 7.1 Channel  Headset
Speakers: Logitech - Z506 155W 5.1ch Speakers

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, ARikozuM said:

HEY! There was Micro-B! 

 

I think everyone in the industry is trying to forget that abomination of a connector.


PSU Tier List | CoC

Gaming Build | FreeNAS Server

Spoiler

i5-4690k || Seidon 240m || GTX780 ACX || MSI Z97s SLI Plus || 8GB 2400mhz || 250GB 840 Evo || 1TB WD Blue || H440 (Black/Blue) || Windows 10 Pro || Dell P2414H & BenQ XL2411Z || Ducky Shine Mini || Logitech G502 Proteus Core

Spoiler

FreeNAS 9.3 - Stable || Xeon E3 1230v2 || Supermicro X9SCM-F || 32GB Crucial ECC DDR3 || 3x4TB WD Red (JBOD) || SYBA SI-PEX40064 sata controller || Corsair CX500m || NZXT Source 210.

Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, 79wjd said:

I think everyone in the industry is trying to forget that abomination of a connector.

It'll come back if you call its name. 


Cor Caeruleus Reborn v6

Spoiler

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K

CPU Cooler: be quiet! - PURE ROCK 
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste 
Motherboard: ASRock Z370 Extreme4
Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB 2x8GB 3200/14
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 
Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Storage: Western Digital - Blue 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA - 970 SSC ACX (1080 is in RMA)
Case: Fractal Design - Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 750W with CableMod blue/black Pro Series
Optical Drive: LG - WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer 
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit and Linux Mint Serena
Keyboard: Logitech - G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech - G502 Wired Optical Mouse
Headphones: Logitech - G430 7.1 Channel  Headset
Speakers: Logitech - Z506 155W 5.1ch Speakers

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


×