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Why did you buy an Android phone?

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Just because I like how it works better. How the menus are for example. How android looks.  Android on my phone is quite stock.

 

You don't have to have all apps on the front pages but you instead have an app drawer.

 

That you can have apps at the bottom of the home page (you know, where it's easier to press them) without having apps at the top.

 

That android have an back button always at the bottom on the screen (you know, where it's easier to press it) instead of it being an in app back button on the top of the screen.

 

More reasonable priced, I am not going to spend 1000 € on a phone.

 

Other than background and move apps around on the home screens, I don't actually care that much about customizebility.


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I bought android phone because I can find information about chiplet of the phone and can build my own Debian system on it 

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Honestly, after being mostly an iOS user for most of my Smartphone life (Barring a short stint with HTC and Windows Phone 6, yikes...), I finally switched to a Google Pixel 3 and I couldn't be happier, for one single reason:

I don't need to compromise with it.

I'm a Windows 10 user, and it's integration with iOS is.... Pretty weak. I wanted to use Firefox on my iPhone as I used it on Windows, and wanted to be able to easily pick up where I left off. iOS made that bloody difficult for me, always insisting I just use Safari.

Nor could I easily reply to messages or quickly pull photos off my phone from my PC. I was spending hundreds on this expensive phone that I just couldn't use how I wanted to. WIth the Pixel, that's a thing of the past.

 

I get near Mac to iOS level integration between Windows and Android, I can super easily continue my web browsing, or document editing, or general conversations between my two devices, and I just don't feel like I need to fight my device any more.
 

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9 hours ago, Bigbootyjudy said:
  • no ecosystem that it easily integrates with

Taking a cable and plugging it into anything is not easy to integrate ?

 

Android phones are literally big USB flash drive with bluetooth and Wifi how easier can it get ?

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I switched from Windows Mobile and as much as I despise its lack of integration there were ways to get Android to allow me to  at least have a better experience closer to WM than I would have gotten through iOS, it was [and I admit] a difficult decision to make. My choice came down to which OS I would be less aggravated with... I could also mention price but I bought an S9+ for the wife and a Note9 for myself replacing the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL and I was not happy ...

950: $250       S9+: $720

950XL: $500   N9: $1200

 

For very similar performance. Yeah I wont be buying new phones for next 5 years minimum. I know someone will tell me that I could have bought a cheap variant but my choice was driven by having Dex which is the same as Windows Mobile desktop function of which I use a lot in my job. 

 

Windows Mobile is still better imo.


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11 minutes ago, Franck said:

Taking a cable and plugging it into anything is not easy to integrate ?

 

Android phones are literally big USB flash drive with bluetooth and Wifi how easier can it get ?

There is no seamless call/message/video integration between Android and some desktop platform, there is no quick and consistent backup and restore program, there is no real continuation of a task from mobile to desktop or vice versa you can't toggle a hotspot on by just trying to connect to a nearby phone, there is no built in universal clipboard, proximity auto unlock, etc...

 

Android doesn't natively have the level of cross platform integration Apple has as they don't control a prominent desktop OS. Of course, to get that integration you need to be using MacOS and iOS, but if you are, then you have a far more united ecosystem.


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I bought my S7 new at the time because while I new I was probably going to run into more issues than my sibling's Iphone 6S, the customization and various things I could actually do to the phone were way better than the apple device, most notably expandable storage.

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Because I don't want to pay $1000 for a phone? Or get a model that is 2 years old or used for $800? That is the only reason I need.

 

I could afford it, I just don't want to. It is ridiculous.

 

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1 hour ago, Otellino said:

Honestly, after being mostly an iOS user for most of my Smartphone life (Barring a short stint with HTC and Windows Phone 6, yikes...), I finally switched to a Google Pixel 3 and I couldn't be happier, for one single reason:

I don't need to compromise with it.

I'm a Windows 10 user, and it's integration with iOS is.... Pretty weak. I wanted to use Firefox on my iPhone as I used it on Windows, and wanted to be able to easily pick up where I left off. iOS made that bloody difficult for me, always insisting I just use Safari.

Nor could I easily reply to messages or quickly pull photos off my phone from my PC. I was spending hundreds on this expensive phone that I just couldn't use how I wanted to. WIth the Pixel, that's a thing of the past.

 

I get near Mac to iOS level integration between Windows and Android, I can super easily continue my web browsing, or document editing, or general conversations between my two devices, and I just don't feel like I need to fight my device any more.
  

This is true, Apple really insists on you using all of their products to get a good experience. People who say iOS "just works" and is great in integration etc. must own only Apple devices, use apple software and services. (Mac computers, Apple TV, Apple watch, Safari browser, Itunes, iCloud, Apple music, etc. etc.).

 

As soon as you try to use literally anything else, be it hardware, software, or services, things go downhill FAST and support is abysmal. Take it from a former iPhone user and current Macbook owner.

 

You have to play within Apple's walled garden, which is annoying and expensive. I know they do this to keep people attached to their products, but for me it has the opposite effect. As soon as I don't want ONE of their devices (i.e. the iphone), I might as well not have ANY Apple devices at all, because it just doesn't work anymore.

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Been a longtime Android user myself, starting with the Moto Droid X phone back in 2011. Back in the last weeks of 2018 I switched to the iPhone XS, as I had a negative experience with my previous phone, the HTC 10, and was persuaded to switch by relatives and a sale. Ended up getting a full refund of the phone 10 days later, as I had real misgivings about being married to Apple's ecosystem, and the lack of customization in iOS was a sore spot. 

 

Ended up getting a OnePlus 6T that same day in the same store. So far, any problems I had read about the phone are non-issues for me. I thought I would miss the headphone jack, but tbh I don't care. Lack of wireless charging is a bit of a stickler for me, but meh I can deal with the lack of it in exchange for the extremely rapid charging. Fingerprint scanner is a bit spotty with speed and accuracy, but I use face unlock for everything but using fingerprint authentication (like to sign into bank app, authorize purchases, etc.)

 

I went balls deep with customizing the phone, from installing Nova Launcher, to getting into KWGT and KWLP, to installing GCam (Pixel camera software). I'm not sure if I could root the phone or not, due to T-Mobile's bootloader, but tbh I don't really care enough to do it. 

 

I switched to T-Mobile a month ago because I could save a nice chunk of cash off my bill compared to Verizon, while also having an unlimited data plan to boot. Better cell reception too.


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I straight up didnt have a choice on my first Android. AT&T wouldnt let me get an iPhone 5 back in the day so I ended up with an S4. And then I never looked back xD. Android is purely better, Most of what I had to jailbreak for on my iPod at the time could easily be done on stock Android. IOS now to me is like a pile of trash compared to what Android has to offer :P 


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My first Android based phone was LG with 1.x version and I followed it ever since and really liked how it evolved and improved. It was also the first time I messed with custom ROMs which was awesome. Customiation in general is just amazing and really a must have. So naturally I got another one later on in time the Xperia Z the og one. After that one I got Galaxy S6 which I use now. Phone works great. 

I Knew about iPhone from start too, aside from their unattractive pricings in general, their OS never appealed to me at all, saw 0 reasons why I would get it even if it was cheaper. Nothing that I couldn't do on Android and more, and I've seen every version of it. 

 

You can do a TL;DR: why would you get an iPhone that offers less for more price. 

 

Besides, to answer the title question in another way too; what else would you buy? Most people want a phone for fair price first of all and for those phones will serve them for anything they do. Aside from diehard Apple fanboys or wealthy noobs that don't know better, rest of people go for Android. So much variations of phones to choose from, price and brands. And there's no 3. contender anymore like WP was. 

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I actually switched to android from an Iphone mainly for the "normal" stuff you could do with a Galaxy instead of an iphone. Like adding more storage with the sd card slot, wireless charging (although now that iphones can do it too nbd) and having a headphone jack is nice but i dont really use it.  


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1 hour ago, Franck said:

Taking a cable and plugging it into anything is not easy to integrate ?

 

Android phones are literally big USB flash drive with bluetooth and Wifi how easier can it get ?

Ecosystem as in Itunes, Siri on mac, all your files are shared, you can text on macs. Apple has built their own ecosystem that pretty much keeps your preferences and files over each device that you have while android, like you said is more of a glorified usb storage device.


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20 hours ago, Constantin said:

Because we like freedom 

depends on your definition of "freedom"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are lots of reasons why I prefer Android, customisability etc, but two major reasons are ROMs for if the phone needs newer versions or to get rid of bloatware/slowdowns etc... and switching between apps support. It's just too clunky on IOS, no back button or menu button (for switching between apps you've already used and are still in RAM).


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10 minutes ago, Bigbootyjudy said:

Ecosystem as in Itunes, Siri on mac, all your files are shared, you can text on macs. Apple has built their own ecosystem that pretty much keeps your preferences and files over each device that you have while android, like you said is more of a glorified usb storage device.

To me i have all these features on my device. But i don't know the apple versions to know which small details are different. My browser tabs are kept between my phone and computers (including windows and ubuntu), My files are all shared thru google drive. Phone and text i have them through my cast or screen share on Windows/Linux/smart tv.

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3 minutes ago, Mira Yurizaki said:

Nit picking. Press the home button twice. It's the same thing as pressing the Overview button, plus a bit more.

 

(that's why I didn't mention it in my post :P )

Ahh I see, didn't know that, thanks :D

 

Even the owner of the phones/tablets didn't know that I hasten to add.... I personally only handled them for the purpose of trying to fix whatever they were doing, and couldn't figure out how, lol.


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Because there's so many brands using Android, which mean you can choose the one that suit your need. Apple on the other hand have pretty much two style of smartphones to choose from (pre iphone X and after iphone X).

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For me it's mainly because of customization.

I want to be able to decide how the on-screen keyboard reacts, how long it shows me notifications, which ones I wanna see and how to group them.

Message previews and quick responses work so much better on Android and if there's something that I can't customize, I can probably install an app for that.

I have an iPhone at the moment because it's my business phone and it's grinding my gears. I feel like it's a phone for users with too much time on their hands. Everything seems to take a second or a click more (Although, there are a some exceptions that just took me a while to get used to the iOS way of doing things). I don't remember exactly, but I think I just customized all these values within the first few days after buying a new Android.

 

Another reason is multi-tasking. I like to do google research, watch a Youtube video and answer a Whatsapp at the same time - this doesn't always work perfectly on Android but multi-tasking is not really possible on other mobile operating systems at all.

 

And last but not least: I want my phone to be versatile. I am willing to spend more money for a good accessory or gadget if I think it is worth it but ONLY if it works with all my (and if relevant with my friend's) devices. Buying something that only works properly with other devices from the same brand is a deal-braker to me. 

 

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Because I don't like iOS, I had an iPhone 3GS back in the day, but even after jailbreaking I just wasn't really a fan, so I put it down and accidentally picked up a Galaxy S (because they look so similar /s) and have had android ever since


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4 hours ago, Mihle said:

That you can have apps at the bottom of the home page (you know, where it's easier to press them) without having apps at the top.

whoa, can you not re-arrange apps on iphone?

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1 minute ago, poochyena said:

whoa, can you not re-arrange apps on iphone?

I think he means not rearranged automatically. I don't find that to be a con since I usually keep my apps in folders and always keep different pages for games and general use. 


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