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iOS vs Android
« on: Feb 14, 2020, 07:52 PM »
We were at the local T-Mo store today reviewing phone options for my wife. The only phones that appealed to her were the Samsung Galaxy S10e and the iPhone XS. T-Mo is currently selling the base model of both phones for $699 each. Anyway, she very quickly lost interest in the Samsung and mostly focused on the iPhone.

If I had to take a guess, she will go with the iPhone. We'll see what happens. She's going to talk it over with our youngest daughter tomorrow morning. Our youngest has been using an iPhone for over a year now and will probably never return to Android.

As for me, I'll see what my options are toward the end of the year.

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Re: iOS vs Android
« Reply #1 on: Feb 17, 2020, 09:46 PM »
We went to Costco today to do some shopping, and we stopped by the cell phone display while wandering the store. We almost bought an iPhone 11 Pro, for $900. Almost, as in damn close almost. As I was getting ready to whip out payment, my wife decided to hold off so she could think about it some more.

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Re: iOS vs Android
« Reply #2 on: Feb 18, 2020, 12:34 AM »
Samsung has my favorite hardware, but I hate their software. I love the Google Pixel series, but the hardware just isn't up to par with Samsung.

I wouldn't touch iOS with a 1km pole for my own personal device! :)
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Re: iOS vs Android
« Reply #3 on: Feb 18, 2020, 09:55 AM »
We just talked about the Pixel 3 - 4 in anther thread, seems to be a poorly executed bit of hardware.  What is your current phone, and what's next?
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Re: iOS vs Android
« Reply #4 on: Feb 18, 2020, 10:22 AM »
Hmm. Where to start? To begin with, I'm mostly in agreement with you. I have also never liked Apple products for various reasons, and have had the same attitude as you. However, I'll do my best to be objective...

I'll start with what I don't like most about the Android platform:

  • Android has too many manufacturers with endless models and software iterations, each doing their own freakin' thing. There is no solid set standard.
  • Because of endless models, accessories are all over the place. An excellent case available for one model will not be available for another.
  • Flagship Android phones are becoming WAY too big. Finding a well-built, flagship Android phone with a display under 6 inches is near impossible. The upcoming Samsung S20 Ultra will sport a 6.9" screen (uh... not in my pocket it won't).
  • Even a ridiculously expensive Android phone will only be supported for a couple years. You'll probably get the next big Android OS, eventually, and maybe the one after. Or maybe not depending on endless factors. Security updates can also be hit-or-miss.

This is subjective, but I loathe my Note9's curved-edge screen. I also find that Android based smartwatches and tablets massively suck.

There's plenty I don't like about iPhone as well. They are difficult to impossible to customize, there's Apple's refusal to adopt USB-C, and Apple is secretive about battery size, RAM, etc. It also seems that Apple likes to nickel and dime its customers to death.

What I do like is that the iPhone 11 series phones are exceptionally well made, the 11 Pro has a sweet 5.8" flat screen, and it's very easy to find good accessories. Apple also supports every new iPhone an average of 5 years from date of release, with timely updates and without interference by carriers.

Our 3 daughters have been on iPhone for sometime. All 3 have chosen a medical career, which according to them is much better supported by Apple for their needs. My wife is considering iPhone especially to FaceTime with our daughters. She does not care about technical details, preferring to leave that problem to me. She simply wants a phone that works well, and preferably one that fits in her pocket.