Why did you dump your Samsung Galaxy for an iPhone 6?

When I first asked why people dumped their Android phones for iPhones, I figured most people who replied would come from having a Samsung Galaxy S. Samsung just always seemed like the iPhone placeholder. In other words, the phone you get when the iPhone isn't yet on your carrier or doesn't yet come in the display size you want. Now the iPhone is on almost every carrier, however, and has bigger and better screens. Turns out the reasons were broader and more varied than I imagined. So, why did our readers switch to iPhone?

Over the last month or so we've gone over a lot of the most common reasons — Touch ID and Apple Pay, Apple Stores and AppleCare, better camera, better apps, and better privacy and security.

Some of you seem to have done it for sheer happiness, like reader MrMojoRaisin69:

I dumped the Samsung Galaxy S5 for the iPhone 6 and it was the best thing I've ever done !!! Never going back !

Others found the bloatware typically installed on Samsung phones annoying, like GGIBS

My S5 was also 16gb (never saw a 32 gb in the wild) and that was without the bloatware. Samsung phones on ATT come with lots of bloatware apps I can't uninstall without a jailbreak which honestly I didn't want to do. But space was at a premium all of the time. My new 64gb iPhone means I can put what I want and likely never have to think about it. I still use Google Play music but works just as well on the iPhone.

Same with mattjohnson78:

I was a longtime Android user, mainly the Samsung Note 1, 2, and 3 and other Samsung phones, but as the the phones became filled with Bloatware I spent more time rooting them and installing more ROMs to get rid of the Samsung UI and all the Bloatware installed.

TouchWiz, the interface Samsung shellacks on top of Android, was an issue for akin1025:

I also recently switched from Android (Samsung S4) back to iOS (iPhone 6+). To be honest, I completely loathed TouchWiz and nightlies became tiresome.

davinreader simply felt let down by the Samsung Galaxy S5 in general:

Switched from a Samsung Galaxy S5 to an (albeit older) iPhone 5S and I actually like it more. I mainly switched because I wasn't on a contract (T-Mobile) and I felt like the Galaxy S5 was a letdown. Poor design, laggy software and horrible low light photos made me feel like the phone wasn't "personal" to me, something very important in today's time.

Meh89052 just felt the Galaxy S5 kept getting worse:

I changed from a Samsung S5 to an iPhone 6 Plus. I got an S5 the week that it came out. I loved the phone up and until the first update. All of the following updates made the phone progressively worse. I could no longer rely on receiving phone calls or texts on a regular basis.

The camera, perhaps surprisingly for the megapixel fixated, also drove switchers like missygaw:

My entire family (4 of us) dropped our Samsung Galaxy for iPhone6. Various reasons - my son preferred the greater app options. But all of us HATED the photos that the Samsung took.

Why did you switch to iPhone?

I find all of these answers, and the many more I received, really interesting because Samsung has spent so much money on marketing to make its brand so recognizable in the phone business. Now that I've seen the wide array of responses, however, it makes me want to find out even more.

I'm especially interested because of the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S6, where the company not only jettisoned its own design language to once again ape Apple, but also jettisoned those features — user-changable battery, waterproofing, and expandable storage — that only months ago had been among its biggest competitive differentiators. I wonder if making an iPhone-like phone will keep customers who want an iPhone-like phone but not from Apple, or if it will push even more people towards just getting an authentic iPhone instead?

So, if you ditched your Samsung Galaxy S for an iPhone, I'd love to know why. Was it one specific reason, like the camera or privacy? Or was it a combination of reasons, from hardware to software, quality to feature set? If you haven't switched yet but are considering it, is it because of the changes made to the Galaxy S6? Leave your answer in the comments and we'll use some of the most interesting and insightful in future columns!

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • I switched from the S5 to the iPhone 6 for a couple of reasons. I like iOS better and couldn't get used to Android software. I think iOS is smoother and has less problems. Also, I did not like the water resistant charging port cover. It was cheap, prone to breaking, and a royal pain. I am much happier after switching back to iPhone. Sent from the iMore App
  • Hear you on that charging port cover. Horrible.
  • Clearly you have not used stock Android 5.1 on a Nexus. I agree Touch Wiz sucks. Stock or near stock Android phones run smooth like iOS, though.
  • Well, it was Google's choice to allow others edit their OS and potentially tarnish their first experience with Android. Sent from the iMore App
  • Yeah that is a double edged sword with having an open source OS.
  • Does Samsung sell a "stock-android" phone? (Not trolling, just wondering)
    From why I've heard on podcasts etc, the GS6 is some pretty nice hardware, and they seemed to have addressed the majority of issues I've heard people complain about previous versions. Expect they took away the removable battery, micro-SD & water resistant. Those 3 things are the main reasons my Samsung loyal friends were buying Samsung. Maybe there will be a GS6 Active with these features. Sent from the iMore App
  • I think the Google Play editions are stock, but you might want to double check me on that one. Posted via my HTC One (M7)
  • Right now there are currently no Google Play Editions for sale but they did have a number of different devices available including the S4 and the HTC One M7 and M8 shipping with stock Android.
  • Nothing is stock with the exception of the Nexus line and that is why they are considered the best user experience handsets in the Industry. If any manufacturer could put a camera together like the Galaxy S6 it would be a no brainer among power users.
  • I agree with you on that point. Sent from the iMore App
  • I switched from the s5 to the iPhone 6 Plus a few days ago. It's not my first experience with iOS - I had an iPhone 4 some years back. I was ready to purchase the s6 in April, but I got tired of waiting for AT&T to update my s5 phone to Lollipop - I purchased the s5 the first day it came out and I started to think back about being annoyed about slow updates with other phones and decided I was at my frustration limit. Also, the s6 is pretty much the same size as the s5 and I wanted a bigger phone, but I didn't want the Note. I love Android, and thought I would miss the customization options and a few apps that aren't available on iOS. However, iOS 8 is VERY nice and I find iOS to be a much more "peaceful" phone experience - everything works together and the notification center is stellar. It's a very "comforting" phone and with all the tips and tricks, it's a beast. I was worried about the amount of RAM, compared to Android phones, and I have to say my concerns were unwarranted. Apple does a superb job at optimizing RAM, so nothing is slow...it's very fluid. Yes, that s5 charging port cover was a pain...I had to have it replaced once (at Samsung's expense). iTunes is much better now, than it was when I was had my 4. My phone before the s5 was the HTC M7 - that was a nice phone, but it had some glitch that caused gallery pics to vanish. Android can be a little unstable at times. So yeah, I'm very glad to have my iPhone.
  • Also, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge look nothing like the iPhone 6(+). You have to be delusional to believe Samsung "aped" Apple's design.
  • From one angle, one time, you could say there's a similarity. But that's it. Otherwise I agree, the Galaxy S6 and Edge look nothing like the iPhone 6. They're actually a lot nicer than I was expecting from Samsung (said by someone who has touched them both!)
  • I've touched both of them too, and they look nothing alike. Even the feel of holding both phones is completely different, especially the Edge. Some pedantic people claim that the bottom speakers, mic and usb port looks like the iPhone 6 in terms of placement, but even that is ridiculous. There's only so many ways you can design speaker grills, mics and usb ports. They're freaking holes! How else are OEMs supposed to drill holes for ports?
  • Triangular holes. It's the future.
  • That one angle is just the cherry, the rest (except for camera hump) are close enough to be in one of those kids book puzzles as well. And that could end up being a really good thing, we'll just have to wait and see.
  • Oh Jesus will you give up this Samsung trolling escapade? Yes, the bottom grill resembles the 6 and 6+ a little but the rest of the device is easily distinguishable from a 6 or 6+. You write these articles as click bait instead of writing about Apple stuff like the rest of the iMore staff and you consistently embody a bad stereotype of Apple fanboys. You make the rest of the Apple fan base look bad.
  • They look highly similar from the front as well, and they don't need to. Motorola is a great example of unique design language. Still a phone. Unmistakable. I'm not sure why that's so hard to admit? It's strategic. They have a long history of doing it. They're owning it at this point, so there's no need to be embarrassed by it. I understand calling me names is about all you can do when the facts aren't on your side, but make peace with it and you'll be happier. Internet hug!
  • He does have a point though. This almost goes against your logic with how Samsung "advertises" the iPhone in its ads instead of focusing on what their new device does. There is sooooooooo much that i've seen Apple "reinvent" from others but i always see the acceptable excuse of, "Apple didnt see a need to have this or that. They wanted to do it right the first time" ........something along those lines. Let the Thumbs down begin
  • I know what you mean. Something along the lines of the difference between copying and copying forward, perhaps? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec8BwVYqgjo&feature=youtu.be Sent from the iMore App
  • Renee, the issue is... You come into this assuming everyone else is wrong because... you said so? And that's kind of <edited>. Cause they aren't wrong, you are. Samsung had bottom speakers on the Note 3: http://www.lowyat.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/galaxy-note-3-18.jpg So there is precedent for them having the speaker there on their devices, and the Note 3 wasn't some no-name mid-range phone they sold in emerging markets, either...
  • No he didn't, he simply stated facts and quoted others. With the picture you've engaged a classic Android fanboy mechanism; take a specific point (the bottom-mounted speakers in the S6 look very similar to the iP6), dilute the point (ignore the specific design and focus on the general position), claim this skewed perspective has been done before. Pathetic! Sent from the iMore App
  • This is my first time EVER visiting iMore, and this Renee dude is kind of a douchebag. It seems that only his thoughts are valid, and correct. Even though he isn't even right. Guess there is a reason I never visit this site, the folks over at Android Central don't come off like pompous a-holes the way this guy does.
  • Rene, you are really like kid to me. You have potential to write good thing but you should focus on writing something useful to the community. Sometimes you just need to let go of article which isn't useful at all. This kind of article is like open stage for fighting. You, as writer of famous website like iMore, should think more before hit publish. Be more creative. I believe you can do it.. In case of this article, if you write to ask opinion and not insult the others, this article can be great. Respect..
  • I disagree. This article focussed on a key aspect of tech product success; why people chose one over another. If you take take the rationale of those who've actually used both products as some kind of heresy you should take a good look at your own reasoning. Sent from the iMore App
  • Where did I call you a name? You write alright articles when it actually focuses on using Apple products and stuff to do with them, but it is like once a week you post flamebait articles with no intent other than getting attention. Looks bad, even if it was another staff writer or another site. Yes, the bottom clearly bears resemblance to the 6, but the rest of the device is distinguishable from the 6/6+. What facts are you pointing to? You are really splitting hairs with the copy thing. Even BGR, which is notoriously favorable to any and everything Apple, said the S6 does not completely resemble the 6. Pocket Now said that there are some similarities but still a good number of differences too.
  • You called him the "worst stereotype" of an "Apple fanboy". Fanboy is a dangerous word to start throwing around, by the way, because almost anyone can be characterised as a certain kind of fanboy by people who disagree with their subjective opinions. It's a convenient argument which devalues the person who disagrees with you, relegating their opinions to a lesser importance (because they're just a 'fanboy', unlike you). It doesn't advance an argument at all. I've seen fans of Apple, Google, Microsoft and even Blackberry labelled as the worst kind of "fanboy" on discussion forums, and it always brings the conversation to a screeching halt.
  • When you lost your argument you retorted simply to using the word "fanboy". Thereby using an invalid argument, "it doesn't matter what you say, you are a fanboy". Back to the topic, it's very clear that Samsung came back to its old tactics when their sales fell down hard. Copying Apple, copying Apple to the bone. The charger, the headphones, the sandwhich glass, no-removable battery (apparantly now it is not an important feature), the sides, the keyboard, Apple Pay, TouchID set-up. Don't be delusional, they had the same meeting when the original iPhone came out. 80 slides of the iPhone 6 and copy feature by feature. They don't even care people call them copycats, unlike Xiaomi.
  • Wow, you are an IDIOT!!! Samsung does not copy Apple to the bone, go inspect a Samsung flagship and its software features, you will see it is VERY different. Oh and shut your damn trap! #ByeFelicia
  • What if someone has a Samsung and doesn't like the experience, yet they've never owned an iPhone, and now they are considering it. They search & find this article. Where they should have been able to see a list of pros & cons, for & against, but instead they see a bunch of whining with no supporting statements. If you like Samsung or Android, state your case. If you don't like iOS or Rene's opinions or motives for posting articles on HIS website, that's your problem, move on, you aren't helping here. Sent from the iMore App
  • Eventually we have to admit the articles grow tired. We get it. Rene thinks Samsung copied Apple. He isn't happy about it. The people who got Samsung phones actually want iPhones. But is that all he has to write about? It seems like we've read these opinions from him so many times since the S6 was announced. But he never acknowledges when Apple borrows design and feature cues from other companies. Those are excused while Samsungs are ridiculed.
  • My point exactly. If he can be so quick to call out Samsung for copying he can be fair and call out places where Apple was inspired in designing the iPhone 6 as well as features in iOS 8. I know this is an Apple site, but the rest of the Mobile Nations blogs don't consistently put out articles like this.
  • Once a week? You're being way to optimistic, I'd venture once a day. In fact I wish this site had a filter button just to filter everything he posts. Every post reads about the same anyways, including the comments section. Sent from the iMore App
  • You called him a troll. Sent from the iMore App
  • You dont have to be delusional to see similarities, but if you show them to a non tech person, they have trouble seeing theyre even a different device. Sent from the iMore App
  • The S6 totally copied the iPhone design right down to the headphone jack and speaker placement at the bottom. Sent from the iMore App
  • To add to my comment posted in the story... When I decided to switch back to iOS I also decided to take the plunge and went all Apple. I sold off my Surface Pro and Android tablet and decided to buy an iPad Mini 2 and used MacBook Pro. Recently I have upgrade to the iPhone 6, iPad Mini 3 w/LTE and MacBook Pro Retina. All I can say is the best decision I have made, less problems all around. Would have never seen myself as a Mac person but I am now and happy to be a Mac person. Now I recommend Macs to my friends and co-workers.
  • Did that a few years ago.. In a way, Samsung has been starting to do the same, if you go all Samsung equipment. The only issue I see is Samsung's bad at updating .. They've gotten better with phones, but still.. it's an ongoing challenge.. Seems kind of half hearted, less 'owning the experience' and more fast follower that just happens to mimic, kind of, Apple's continuity experience. Still a ways to go..
  • I like the software upgrades with iOS, they are not dependent on the carrier. One of the big reasons I switched to iOS. I hated that the carriers would rather not upgrade Android software so that they could sell you on a new phone. Its normally not the manufacturer of the phone that is slow to update its the carrier refusing to update since they say they have to test the update.
  • You upgraded from the mini 2 to the mini 3?? Sent from the iMore App
  • Yes I did since my iPad Mini 2 was only 16gb it gave me a reason to upgrade to the iPad Mini 3 and get a 64gb model and TouchID. Also I am apart of the original Jump program at T-Mobile so I just turned in the 2 for a 3 and paid the difference.
  • I have tried the all apple camp and find that it lacks in a few key areas. The biggest being integrated stylus, touch screen full powered computer, and graphics capabilities. To be fair, going all Apple does include some bonuses that, for many, will outweigh the cons. I just know what works best for me. I just wish I could pull the parts I like from each system and make my own Franken-system. Sent from the iMore App
  • The crap they call Windows 8.1 made the change to OS X easy. I might buy another Windows machine when Windows 10 comes out.
  • To look at it the other way around, if I was ever to try an Android phone specifically the S6 edge as that is the most appealing out of the two, the Camera and camera software would need to be on par or better than the iPhone and I would have to be able to remove all samsung and carrier apps without rooting the phone.
  • Why remove all Samsung apps specifically? You can't remove all Apple apps from the iPhone, so what's different? Honest question.
  • Good Point but I think I would want the pure Google experience without the Samsung apps getting in the way. I am sure you can have what ever apps you want as default? But when I have tried Samsung phones in stores Touchwiz is really hideous and I also do not like the other Samsung defaults. Can one remove Touchwiz without rooting? Maybe there will be a Google edition?
  • Your best bet is a Nexus. Touchwiz is the OS, can't get rid of it without rooting and flashing a different ROM.
  • Yes Nexus is the answer but only if the Nexus had the same build quality and camera quality which the current nexus does not have, so if the Samsung S6 was a nexus then and only then would it be an attractive proposition.
  • Android allows you to disable apps even if you can't uninstall them. Touchwiz is Samsung's OS, but, you can easily change the launcher to the Google Now Launcher in order to remove some of the visuals.
  • Yeah, I assumed he wanted it all gone. I use a Note 4 with Nova because I like to change my icons, the rest of the design does not really bother me.
  • Or using Titanium Backup to freeze system apps you do not like.
  • I would had settled for just being able to get rid if "lets golf" on my samsung.. Damn app kept reinstalling itself everytime i thought i got rid of it Sent from the iMore App
  • I can't say about the software, but the camera on a lot of android phones far surpass the iPhone camera. As for the apps, it isn't the Samsung apps that bug me (other than Samsung voice assistant), it is my carrier apps. Sent from the iMore App
  • I was a long time and hardcore android user. I basically became bored with android in general and wanted to try something new. My only complaint with iPhones were the size. And now that we have bigger versions there was no more excuses. I'm definitely upset that I waited so long. iOS is so smooth. No lag. Battery life is great. I'm definitely surprised. Sent from the iMore App
  • If you got bored with Android, come back in three months and tell us how you feel about Apple... Lol Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I got bored with android. Almost two years later. Still happy with apple. Lol Sent from the iMore App
  • You do realize you can customize Android infinitely, basically, right? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • LOL I know exactly how it is.. The nexus 6 and Moto X 2014 wowed me so I switched to those phones after owning the iPhone 6. And damn.. Nothing feels like a complete experience than iPhones.. Finally back on the 5s, while waiting for the 6s. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm in that same boat used Android from 2010 to 2012 and now that Lollipop has been out and the Nexus 6 is piquing my interest but I'm scared that if I go back to Android I'll regret it. I did sell my 5S for a Nexus 5 back in 2013 and didn't even last a week before wanting to be back on iOS. I want to try out the Nexus 6 for a couple weeks to really try or wait for the new Nexus this year but I'm afraid I won't be happy back on Android even though I used to love it. Sent from the iMore App
  • I switched from Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to iPhone 6 Plus. The reason for switching was that I broke my Note 2 and needed a new phone. I chose the iPhone 6 Plus because I simply wanted to try something new and Apple finally had released a phone with a decent size screen and iOS had incorporated the Today view with widgets. Had Apple sticked with small low-res screens I would have stayed with Android.
  • I've been an android user since 2010 and finally made the switch last week to an iPhone 6 for two reasons: camera and battery. 10 out of 10 would switch again.
  • I hear you on the Camera, the S5 Camera was horrific indoors. You would line up the shot, everything looks good, snap, everything is much darker than just before the picture was taken. One of the things that drove me back to iOS as well.
  • I will be going from Samsung back to iPhone for a few reasons. The first is I am too heavily invested in iTunes. The second is I am tired of battling Kies and Android File Transfer on the Mac. Neither work well. Next, when I plug my phone in as a camera, lots of pictures do not import yet are still deleted. Found that one out a Christmas this year. Finally the camera sucks. I bought an iPod to have a better small camera. iDevices just work with the mac.
  • I think Samsung / some Android users watch Apple centered sites, waiting for an opportunity to be heard. My question is, why not another Android device? There are so many other device manufacturers out there. I'm an iPhone user and I really, really like the Moto X. I have a few friends with Galaxies. One wouldn't know if there was a problem with her phone if the screen wasn't cracked. Another wanted to give her S5 back before the third day but for some reason she couldn't. The other swears by Samsung, when using an Android phone. She switches between iOS and Android regularly. As far as Samsung's designs… There aren't just similarities to the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus. They seem to have combined elements of new and old iPhones. Still, the S6 and S6 Edge are beautiful phones.
  • That's great. Sent from the iMore App
  • I usually switch back and forth from a iPhone 6 Plus to a Galaxy Note 4, while the 4 has wireless charging, tap to pay (which my current bank does not support Apple Pay at the moment) and the ability to customize I always feel "At Home" on the iPhone. iOS just feels like a more polished operating system, yes it's closed but you can the quickness of that closed sandbox. Touch wiz on the note 4 is OK, not great but OK. To keep it simply, the iPhone just works for me. No complaints against android, but the iPhone works when I need it. Sent from the iMore App
  • I have an iPhone and a Galaxy Alpha. I like both of them. The iPhone has better battery life, but the Alpha is super customizable. They're both pretty great. Sent from the iMore App
  • Not me, but my wife. She switched primarily because of the bigger screen, and because extensions made most of the types of sharing she did on Android possible from within the iPhone. She misses some of the tighter Google integration, but the camera on the 6plus more than makes up the difference for her - she is not going back anytime soon.
  • I was a big proponent of Android, having owned an OG Droid, Bionic, Razr, and GS4. The GS4 was the straw that broke the camel's back. Forget the bloatware, which was annoying, but the OS was always laggy, features were disabled, for no reason, and "S" apps were useless. However, the biggest thing for me was the camera. The GS4 camera wasn't bad, but just not nearly as quick to load and take a picture as an Iphone. I have 2 small children and my pictures were constantly blurry or downright missed. Now, I never miss a picture, and I don't have to mess with a ton of settings to get a good shot. Apple Pay is a nice touch too.
    The only thing I miss- Apple needs to look to Android for notifications and not make me tap twice to clear a notification.
  • I switched from the galaxy s to the iPhone 4s as soon as Sprint has the iPhone. Back then, I worked where there was only Verizon service... I used Sprint since it was cheaper and I can roam on Verizon at no cost. The galaxy s had a dead 4G chip after 3 weeks of usage and an OTA update.
  • Good advertising. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I had an S4. I switched to the iPhone 6+ once Apple came out with a large screen device. I was tired of waiting 4+ months for Verizon to release the latest Android OS updates. Additionally the phone was filled with bloatware-- both useless carrier and Samsung apps. I've been really satisfied with the iPhone 6+ and the quality of the apps is often higher than their equivalents in Android. I'm also enjoying the benefits of paying with Apple Pay as I had my credit cards replaced twice in 2014 due to the Target and Home Depot hack-ins.
  • I have yet to find a camera on an Android device that's as *consistently* good (consistent being the key word) in as many scenarios as the 6 and 6+. And I was die hard Android user for a long time and have used all the latest / greatest - yes even the Note 4. The trust test of a phone's camera is having multiple young kids that never can hold perfectly still! :) The S6 might pull me away for a bit, however. If I could get over the size, the 6+ would be my daily in a heartbeat... but it's just. so. big. So for me it's the simplicity and consistency of iOS and the camera. We don't even really use other Apple devices. We have an Apple TV, but honestly use Chromecast more often thanks to CEC. But when my wife and a majority of our closest family/friends/coworkers all use iOS devices, things like iMessage and Facetime also become pretty valuable. I actually prefer Android as an OS and can do more with it, but don't hate iOS by any means, so the above benefits keep me coming back.
  • *True test
  • Why did 'you' dump your ..... not "your dump your" Title is in need of proofreading Rene.. ;)
  • I was an iPhone owner since the beginning, but over time I become frustrated with the small screen size. From my 4s I made the leap to Samsung for the following reasons: Screen size (!!!), expandable memory, and being able to change out the battery. Those were the big ones, but I also was ready for something different. I had gotten a little bored with IOS and Samsung (Galaxy s4) had what I thought were really cool features. With the exception of the screen size and memory, everything else was a bust. I needed the replaceable battery because I couldn't make it to lunch every day without being tethered to a charger. The "cool" features kinda worked, but I turned them all off in the first two weeks because they became annoying and were a total drain on the battery. I didn't hate my phone, but never loved it. I had to constantly Google how to do things that came naturally on IOS. I had to install Cache cleaners and antivirus software. A new experience for me on the coming from an iPhone. When Apple announced the iPhone 6+ I knew I was coming home. As soon as I could get my hands on one I did. I never appreciated how "things just worked" on the iPhone until I left for a little while. I missed Siri more than I knew. With the larger screen size, Apple finally made the phone that was right for me. Note: Expandable memory isn't nearly as a big a deal now either since the middle range iPhone is a 64gb phone. Just a little more expensive than a micro sd card but worth it.
  • I switched from an s5 to the 6+. I was never happy with the s5 I was having problems with the alarms not going off for work. I only got that because I felt my iPhone 5 was too small. I am 99% satisfied with my 6 plus. Only feature I want is to add documents to emails. Sent from the iMore App
  • You have been able to add documents to emails in iOS for several versions now. Tap and pause anywhere in the email.
  • I switched from iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S3 in 2012, mainly for the screen size. I switched back to iPhone when the 5s came out, mainly because iOS 7 looked great. I upgraded to a 6 Plus late last year for the screen size. I had a love/hate relationship with my S3. I loved the screen size, but I found managing two batteries to be awkward, and after some updates the phone became bothersome within a year, so I rooted it and tried some alternative ROMs. I now realise that I can't be bothered to stuff around with switching out ROMs, and even though I'm sure I would be happy with a Nexus or something from HTC, I have a bigger problem because I currently live in China and the Google experience proved itself to be far too challenging here. My apps would only update when I went to Hong Kong. It was such a pain in the ass. Not Samsung's fault, of course. My S3 was an international model, but I think the local models are a bit different to overcome the Google problems in China. iOS and the Apple ecosystem makes for a great customer experience. I would like to see more RAM on the 6s though. I'm looking at you Safari tabs. Sent from the iMore App
  • I have an iPhone 6 and a Note 4. There are a LOT of things I love about the Note 4 but the GPS and Bluetooth connectivity are just superior on the iPhone. Also when scanning barcodes with the camera I notice that the Note has difficulty focusing in closely whereas the iPhone zeros in on them very quickly. Finally, almost every single person I communicate with uses an iPhone. I like to be a blue bubble!
  • Handy historical reference for the design duplication deniers: http://www.imore.com/where-samsung-shaped-dent-universe I'll do a separate piece on this later, but it's bad for everyone. The better Samsung does, the more they push the state of the industry forward, the more they lead instead of follow, the more Apple and everyone else has to pick up the pace. Strong competition is what I think all of us wants.
  • So without Samsung innovation, Apple stagnates since they don't invent anything... That's what you just said... Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • So to put this in perspective, I assume the 'Apple Car' will not have wheels, doors and a windshield? Apple will invent a whole new way to move around?
    Nothing wrong with taking a base standard and putting your own spin on it but to say its copying is truly untrue. Just another Rene 'protect my Apple shares' piece as opposed to a well written article. I'm not sure you are capable of the latter... Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I was working for a multinational in oil and gas on their IT helpdesk. They switched from Blackberry phones to iPhone5's and at the time I had an SGS3. Despite repeated pleadings with management they refused to buy even one phone for us to have on the service desk as a reference so we were stuck trying to troubleshoot & instruct people on how to use their phones by using a mix of support.apple.com and images.google.com I kid you not. Googling for images of the settings app and hoping the ones you found were the right IOS version and nothing had moved. It was a complete joke. So I bought my own. I was actually under contract on the SGS3 so I was actually paying for two phones for almost 9 months just so I could do my job. Now I've moved and aside from missing the customisation (My SGS3 was heavily themed in every single area possible) I'm loving the experience of the iPhone and can't imagine going back.
  • I think I'm going to switch back once the S6 launches. I want the more configurable Camera software. Can't set defaults on iOS. It's really, really a PITA having to use like 3 camera apps (Stock, Camera+, ProCam 2) just to get stuff done, when I could do everything I needed in the Stock Samsung Camera app on my Note 3 just fine. Also, I need better CODEC support. Like, FLAC and WMV/WMA. The iPhone has some of the worst CODEC support that I've ever experienced on a Mobile device. Stuff that I had in OneDrive that I could stream on other devices do not play on the iPhone, and since we often use our phones to play music through the rink sound system, that's a big problem. I still find Sharing to be a big problem on iOS. You have to cherry pick apps just to get it working decently. I also hate how poorly iCloud Drive is integrated into the OS. It forces me to keep using third party services when I *should* be able to use 1st party services just fine. If I cut some music and drag it to iCloud Drive on my PC, I cannot really access it in any decent manner to play it on my iPhone, without resulting in some clunky 3rd party app that exploits the File Picker to "act" like a file manager. Why can't they just give us a View to go into iCloud and tap on the Music File and play it in the Music Player? It all seems half done, and kind of messy. I'm still going to wait for reviews of the GS6 to come out, because I'm never too optimistic, but it's looking like a Day 1 buy at this point. I also think Samsung has leap frogged Apple when it comes to Cameras, but that happened with the Note 4. This phone should be even better. I want Optically Stabilized video without the cropping. That's kind of important for what I do (and no, I'm not buying and carrying around a camcorder, when I already lug around 50+ lbs of equipment on a daily basis ;-) ).
  • I switched over from my Note 4 because I like to use different phones. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the Note whatsoever.. If pressed, the only thing remotely negative I could come up with is the 6 plus feels better in the hands.. Lots of things I liked better about the Note.. But there are things I like better on my 6 plus.. So it's a wash...
    I love having the ability to go back and.. So no android hate here.. In fact ill be using the note again later tonight.. Sent from the iMore App
  • I didn't. I tried a 5s for about two weeks (from my S5) and couldn't stand it. I hated the lack of customization, calendar app, contacts app, settings, no widgets, lack of multitasking, keyboard, amongst other things. Just for reference, I also have an ipad mini with retina, so it's not like I wasn't familiar with iOS. The only thing I really didn't like about my S5 was duplicity between the built in Samsung apps that I couldn't delete and the apps that I actually used, so I just installed the stock Android ROM and problem solved, negating most of the arguments in this article. Obviously most people aren't tech savvy enough to do that but for most anyone on these forums, it is.
  • How can someone say they switched because of bloatware? iPhone has a significant amount of bloatware too. At least with an android you can install a custom launcher and hide those unwanted apps. Sent from the iMore App
  • Exactly what I am saying below.
  • When people say bloatware they're speaking more of the Carrier-loaded Bloatware. Verizon Wireless preloads: All of their apps (Messages+, VZ Cloud, My Verizon Wireless, etc.) on a lot of their phones in addition to the entire Amazon ecosystem (App Store, Amazon App, Amazon Music, Amazon Kindle, etc.). It's a lot of apps they preload, and almost all of them are completely redundant (in some cases double or triple redundant). As far as Android itself, yes, Google mandates a ton of apps and even if you got stock it would come with a lot of apps you probably wouldn't use, anyways. Apple has all of their apps built into the phones. Some you can uninstall (iLife, iWork), some like Health, Watch, etc. that I would never use are just there and there's no way to get rid of them. All platforms do this. Blackberry and Windows Phone have apps that may be built in that you wouldn't want, so people expect to deal with a certain level of 1st party "bloat." Where they have a huge issue is when Carriers and/or OEMs make deals and start loading in dozens of additional apps on top of that. If the apps were links to play store (just the icon), people would just disable the links to hide the icons and move on, but in many cases it's the full app and in some cases preloads like Facebook or Twitter (or their integrations into stock apps) can't even be disabled (like on HTC Phones, but oddly they let you disable the Drive and Google+ integrations... on their Android Phones).
  • So I was a long-time iPhone user who decided to switch to a Note 4. I actually loved it...until it started lagging on me just 10 days after getting it. One other big reason was the quality of apps - let's face it, the design and interface of iOS apps is far superior to that of Android. That was the two biggest reasons for me.
  • If that phone started lagging after 10 days, then I'm pretty sure you're either outright lying, or you're hallucinating. Additionally, app situation between both platforms is practically equalized at this point, and in many cases the Android apps have a bit more advanced functionality due to the relative freedom that platform gives developers compared to iOS. Yes, in some cases the iOS versions look better, largely because in many cases the iOS versions are more mature than the Android versions. However, while iOS in many cases makes it easy for developers to do things, Android does make it possible for them to do MORE (this is especially true when you consider the additional resources available to the app in Android flagships).
  • Depends on what apps you use... I prefer my Android phone over my 5s right now Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • I just switched carriers and traded a 16GB Galaxy S4 for an 16GB 6 Plus (still debating on whether I should exchange it for a 64GB). I had never owned an iPhone before although all my other devices are Apple and I almost decided on a Note 4 but I was tired of the Android experience and wanted something new. I like the simple interface and the less bloatware.
  • I will be honest i didn't realize this was a thing but yeah I switched from a GS5 to an iPhone 6. I can say also that I like it much better. Sent from the iMore App
  • I was starting to go through a divorce and needed to get my own cell plan...so I figured with the changes going on in my life why not change my phones os as well and so I decided to get the iPhone 6...and I'm so glad that I did...it's just so simplistic and easy to use...my reason for the switch has nothing to witch Samsungs design or Android just wanted to try something new. Sent from the iMore App
  • I hear you... Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • It's really a simple decision. I hate TouchWiz, hate waiting for carriers to release bloated updates. I missed FaceTime, iMessage, GarageBand and basically, my phone playing nice with my Mac. Sent from the iMore App
  • I went from a Galaxy S5 to a iphone 6 plus for several reasons.
    1. Bigger screen
    2. Cut down to a single connector in the house since my wife and kids have iphones and ipads
    3. For touchID and Apply Pay
  • Coming from a Samsung device I don't feel like you can use the "Bloatware" argument against Samsung. On my iPhone I have a folder labeled "Apple" that has 19.... 19... NINETEEN apps that I cannot uninstall or even hide. On my Samsung device there were many apps that I had to uninstall and other ones I couldn't. The ones I couldn't I hid and disabled. So my homescreen had ONLY the stuff I wanted on it. In my opinion unwanted apps and "bloatware" are more of a problem on an Apple device than a Samsung one. At least with the Samsung device I have options. Great example of this is I just updated to iOS 8.2 and I now have an Apple Watch app. I will not EVER buy an Apple watch. I absolutely should be able to remove this app from my phone. Furthermore I just recently bought an Apple TV. I wanted to be able to use my phone to type in searched so I downloaded the "Remote" app from the app store made by apple. Why is the watch app preloaded on my phone now, but this app wasn't? How is it different?
  • Because Apple TV is more of a necessity if you are entrenched in the Apple universe. Watch is not, it is driven on a preference of wanting a device to triage notifications (as noted in at least three of Rene's articles all on the exact same subject of why to buy the watch) and therefore Apple knows the sales volume will be lower overall. Its pure advertisement. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • And people don't use the Gmail app because of the small advertisement line.... pffffshhhh.
  • I highly doubt the 19 - NINETEEN - applications that are preinstalled on your iPhone (whether with the original firmware or an update) take up that much space on your device and wreak havoc with your system resources. Oh the lag that Apple Watch app must produce. Carriers have a plethora of programs installed on Android devices from the onset. Many you cannot uninstall. Disabling them only prevents the service from running, but the storage space they consume is not recaptured. While they are not on your home screen or app drawer, they are still on your phone. Show me how the unused, default applications on the iPhone that you are unable to remove are running background processes and negatively affecting your usage. Choice? I'm sure people want the choice to add/remove software from their iPhone. I'm sure there are many people that would just rather stick the unused programs in a folder in the event they eventually use them. I'm on the fence because I see where extra apps you don't use could mean the difference between receiving a software update or installing a new program that you will use. Device storage is no longer the premium that it once was. I have 128GB on my iPhone 6. I'm still hesitant to put more than 40GB of content on it at a time - because my mind is still programmed to run off of 64GB. Eventually I'm going to load up on movies, music, games, and apps. Eventually. Looking at the Samsung Galaxy S6 I see a heavy influence from the iPhone 6. It's also no coincidence that both the Galaxy S and Nexus family of devices have each hit their sixth iteration. When you borrow specific design elements and arrange them in a familiar layout, it's not long before comparisons to similar products begin to materialize. For years companies have tried to provide a better alternative to the iPhone. Now what you are seeing is Samsung trying to make a better looking Apple. With the premium device build, modern hardware specs and a refined software experience, people should be forgiven if they mistook the S6 for an Apple iPhone. I'm curious how the S6 will actually perform in the wild, and how durable it will be when put to real world usage stress tests. I don't see many Galaxy phones that appear to be in great condition after six months in. For that matter, I don't see many iPhones without some sort of protection on it - including a hard case and tempered glass screen protector.
  • I don't care if they are taking up resources, I do not use them, I do not want them on there. They are bloatware in my opinion. I don't care how severe it is... still bloatware.
  • You can literally disable the entire Google ecosystem on an Android phone, as well as most of the OEM's own apps. I did so on my HTC One M8 that I use only as a PMP. The S6 will perform great in the wild. Practically all of their phones since the S1 have performed extremely well in the wild. As far as durability, no one expects it to be as durable as a plastic phone. That's part of the reason why they stayed with plastic so long. You can use and abuse them and they barely get damaged. It'll be more durable than an iPhone 4 or 4S, though, since it is using stronger glass than Apple used. But no, it won't be as durable as an earlier Galaxy S device or any Galaxy Note, generally speaking.
  • At least Apple has only one of each software loaded and they are pretty good. For AT&T here is what the S5 has:
    AT&T Address Book, AT&T Navigator®, AT&T Locker, AT&T Mobile TV®, AT&T FamilyMap, myAT&T, AT&T HotSpots, AT&T DriveMode™, Lookout®, AT&T Mobile Locate™. For example, just having the S5 I have three uninstallable address books on my phone, two different uninstallable nav apps, two or three cloud apps. Sorry, I can't agree with that statement concerning bloat. But if you love your Sammy phone great, that is for you.
  • I switched to the iPhone just for the hell of it. I came from an HTC One. God, I miss that phone. Great build, great screen, great sound and a very decent OS. Yes, I might switch back in a year. You don't need to tell me to. Also, Samsung - and TouchWiz -sucks. It's not a surprise users switched.
  • On iMore the only Android phone that will get any attention is a Samsung one because they know they can beat the hell out of it.
  • Not necessarily.....I enjoyed the HTC One (M7) for the time that I had it. The camera wasn't all it was hyped up to be, but it was a nice phone. Sent from the iMore App
  • True but then again that is why there is Android Central.
  • I had the original iPhone, the 3GS and the 4S. The screen size was not getting much bigger over the years so I got a Galaxy S4. Now I'm back to Apple with my iPhone 6.
  • That was pretty much my issue. I've had every iPhone since the first, but there wasn't enough screen for my liking. But I still liked iOS overall. In between iPhones I had the Galaxy S2, Motorola Atrix, HTC M7 and Galaxy S5. Finally, Apple gave us bigger screens so I ditched the S5 and the wife and I bought the 6 Plus. Sent from the iMore App
  • I dumped my galaxy note 3 for the iphone 6 plus for multiple reasons, bloatware, touchwiz, and the fact that if you wanted to get rid of the UI and the bloatware you will have to root and install a custom ROM. I wanted a phone with a great UI that came with no bloatware and didnt have the need to go and root it/jailbreak. Best decision ive made never going back to any samsung or android device. Sent from the iMore App
  • I switched to an iPhone 6+ from an s5. Best decision I ever made. I got the s5 shortly after it released, and broke the screen in 5 days from overheating. Apparently I was "using the wrong charger". Whatever. My replacement ALWAYS got super hot while in my pocket and the battery life was terrible. Then there was the touchwiz lag... We'll just leave that part alone. I used to use a galaxy note 10.1 tablet, and upgraded to an ipad air 2. It was a no Brainer for me when it was time to upgrade my phone, but I still gave Samsung a chance. Messed around with my wife's note 4, but it froze EVER time I used it. Haven't had my iPhone freeze once!! Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't properly qualify for this question since I still have my Samsung (Galaxy Note 3 via Sprint). But since I have been considering making the switch when my contract is up, and a lot of the cited reasons for the switch resonate with me, I hope you won't mind the feedback from an outisder thinking of joining in. Let me say these things first: A) Of the now four smartphones I've had, 1, 2, and 4 were Androids (original Motorola Droid, HTC Thubderbolt, and now, the Note 3). My third phone was an iPhone 5. So that means I've gone from Android to Apple, and now back. B) While I absolutely love MacOS, and while I certainly don't hate (or even partucularly dislike iOS), I definitely do not love iOS, neither am I partucularly enamored with the iPhones qua handsets. C) I have about 1 1/4 of a year left on my contract, so I anticipate to be sticking with my curent phone until then. D) iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone are ALL options for my next phone that I'm taking VERY seriously. E) There is a converse relationship between my order of desire between the three platforms and the order of likelihood that I'll go that way. Windows is the one I have the greatest desire for, and the least likelihood of actually going for - iOS, the perfect polar opposite, and Android, in the middle on both counts. So, if I do end up going Apple, it wont exactly be with delight, and exuberance, and fanfare. It'll only be because the major issues that have kept me at bay from Windows, and that are making me consider leaving Android have not been resolved. Now, all those things behind us, let me make the case for why Apple, despite being the one I like least is still the one that I am the most likely to get: Android Phones start out sooo great! I much prefer the look, the feel, and the spacious freedom of Android over iOS! And I also love the great variety, and swath of innovative features (for less money) offered by the veritable fleet of Android phones vs the locked down, Gucci designer straight jacket iPhones.... ...BUT...every Android I've had, even including this "elite" Note 3 have all started getting seriously buggy after only about 6 months. Mine lags, and will do weird things up to and including straight up rebooting during a phone call. The AMOLED screen is GORGEOUS compared to the Apple screen...until burn-in starts, that is - which it has! Many of the extra featues on Androids, even the really cool ones like S-Pen, I never really end up using. Androids are also chock full of bloatware. And I -STILL- don't have Lollipop! 5.1 is out, and I still don't have 5.0. And even when I do get it, it'll be all TouchWiz'd up, and come nowhere near the stunning, simplistic beauty of vanilla Lollipop. Oh sure, I could root it and get a pure Lollipop experience if I want...but at the expense of my warranty (which of course will happen exactly three days before it magically slips out of my hands and down twenty flights of stairs only to land in front of a Sherman tank. What are Sherman tanks doing in Des Moines? That's not important.) ;-) The point is: you don't have to worry about ANY of this stuff on iOS. In the year I had my iPhone, yeah it got a little quirky, but nowhere near the chaos my Droids degenerated to - and much more quickly. My wife had an iPhone 4 for almost 3 years, and it remained ROCK SOLID the entire time! There is EXPOENTIALLY less garbageware on iOS devices. You guys get your updates within the hour, not within the year (MAYBE), and when you do get it, it's not all monkeyed up by a third party. Plus, the idea of hand-off working so beautifully with my Mac is quite attractive! Windows Phone's app support, while growing at an impressive rate is soooooo expoentially behind Apple and Android that it may never catch up (and even the apps it has are usually markedly inferior to the other platforms' versions.) Plus I've heard reports of bugginess and support problems on that platform too. So those things all will have to improve before I can jump on board. There's ground for hope, though. We have more than a year to go before I have to make my decision, and Microsoft seems to be taking improving the platform seriously. I think especially after Windows 10 with its universal platform app approach, support will only continue to improve rapidly. There is real hope Windows Phone will "be ready for me" by the time I'm ready for it (also hopefully the 1520 or equivalent Phablet won't only be an AT&T phenomenon by then)... There is also real hope that the mediocre Nexus line will have improved enough by the time I'm due for an upgrade that I can spring for a phone which offers a basically vanilla Android experience, and basically no wait time for upgrades... ...otherwise, I'll be one of you...carrying around a piece of fruit in my pocket...when I'm not talking into it, that is. :-) Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • You make it seem like the lesser of three evils. One thing I like in particular within the Apple ecosystem is that I can fiddle around with an idea in GarageBand on my iPhone (or iPad). Save it, open it in GarageBand on my Mac and add to it, and take it to Logic Pro to finish it up. Granted, not everyone wants to make music on their phones....... LOL. But there is a solution (and a smartphone) out there for everyone. Good luck with whatever you choose! Sent from the iMore App
  • You know, I guess I'm a paradox this way in that I think of iOS simultaneously as BOTH the least of three evils, and the least of three goods. :-D I guess what I was aiming for was to be transparent and candid about what I feel are the plusses and minuses of each platform. At the end if the day, I would call myself a fan of all three far more than I'd call myself a critic, and ultimately wish there was a feasible way to have and use all three as the whole phone experience and not just as glorified iPods. But like an idiot, I left my positive treatment of Windows out: I think the whole live tiles UI thing is both aesthetically and functionally flippin pancakes awesome! Windows is easily the most exciting and intriguing platform of the three in terms of the interface and aesthetic (and will only get better with 10). That WP is still such a small part of the market also gives it sort of a cool mystique. But if Apple's handoff is awesome (and it totally is) with 10, Win seems poised for something that has the potential to be even cooler. With the "one OS" approach to 10, and its seemless integration not only between the phone and Win desktop and Win tablet (both available under one roof via a Surface Pro 3), but also XBox One, the possibilities are REALLY exciting, and that's some action I'd really like to be in on if only I'll find Windows Phone as a platform to be more "fully baked" by the time my current contract's up in July 2016. And as far as the garage band thing, yes, that is a REALLY cool feature, and please don't think I ever meant to imply that iOS was not itself endowed with all sorts of neat and unique things. They ALL are...and that's why I really wish I could just have three phones and not have to worry about any of this. You know? :-) Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Speaking of bloatware a lady here at work just asked me why apple installed an apple watch program on her phone. I told her apple knows better than her what should be on her phone. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Maybe Apple will copy of the Samsung built Burj Kalifa http://www.samsungeca.com/projects_burj_khalifa.html Or maybe they could make a super thin Incheon bridge http://www.samsungeca.com/projects_incheon.html
  • I'm very confused why these type of articles exist here. It's the same with the "switch to iPhone" articles. Honestly it just seems like apple fluff pieces or propaganda. You don't see android central or windows central doing these.
  • Well, I didn't dump my Samsung for an iPhone 6, but last year I did that to go back to an iPhone 5 from a Samsung Galaxy S4. I did it to get the larger screen, but wow, was I disappointed. The main problem was Android in general. Its so slow, and has so many bugs, that it totally gets in the way of anything you want to do. I had had every iPhone ever out, before the Samsung, and I never will stray from iPhone again (I have a 6 now). The new Samsung GS 6 is pretty, and sorta iPhone like, but you can put a pretty face on a pig, but it will still be a pig.
  • Because every samsung I have and so far it brakes and i think samsung are a bag of shit I have had an iphone 4 for about a year and it dose not even have a crack in it so personally I think Apple is better than a samsung
    I hope I win an iphone 6 Sent from the iMore App
  • As a verizon customer, I left my S5 for an iPhone 6 because I became frustrated with the update process. Even the with the Nexus program looking like a good argument, Verizon still manages the update process. They handled this poorly with their last Nexus. Maybe when they finally get the Nexus 6 it will be different. For now I switched for what I hope will be a better managed update and control process. Sent from the iMore App
  • I switched from the galaxy s to the iPhone 4s as soon as Sprint has the iPhone. Back then, I worked where there was only Verizon service... I used Sprint since it was cheaper and I can roam on Verizon at no cost. The galaxy s had a dead 4G chip after 3 weeks of usage and an OTA update. I used 4G like once a week due to the fact that it drains battery like crazy and verizon doesn't allow 4G roaming. My iPhone lasts me 3 days on a charge, that's how little I actually use my phone. I used the galaxy s even LESS due to work being in the middle of nowhere and I get at least 2 crashes per day where the phone has to restart in order to function correctly. As soon as my job changes back, I dumped Sprint as well. Good riddance for both bad service AND bad device.
  • I just have both...Note 4 and iPhone 6+..no nore debate for me. I just switch phones when I get bored.
  • I wonder if the "Samsung apes Apple" rhetoric would go away if Samsung simply didn't release a white version of the phone. Kinda hard to argue that a green Galaxy S6 looks anything like a white iPhone.
  • My number reason to dump Samsung Galaxy phone is touch wiz. Sent from the iMore App
  • Some things apple does better. Some things android does better. For Apple I like the fingerprint sensor, mute switch, and integration with other Apple products. For android I like the notification system, access to file system, and possible cordless charging. Sent from the iMore App
  • I've just "converted" from android Note II to iphone 6+, but not dump my old phone. I've been with my Note II for more than two years and decide not to continue my Samsung-Android journey for these reason:
    - sheer boredom: when the "whistle" heard all over my surrounding, it irritates me so much, and that low batt sound, start up sound, oh my...
    - sheer boredom II: when I always see that same white, curvy cornered bar on everybody's hand, from the economic version phones to the supra-flagship (that day) of my Note II, just look the same, not mean to show-off, but sometime people do show don't we?
    - sheer boredom III: the android interface bores me, no special reason, maybe after a couple years of ios use I'll become bored, and go android-ios bac and forth, no super hate or super like for me, because it will hit you back So I think I'm done with Samsung, and temporarily done with Android, hehe... Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I agree, there's to much arguing over which phone or platform is better. Everyone has a preference and a right to their opinion. Rene can write what he wants, it's his opinion. If you don't like it, don't continue to read it or reply to this thread. With that said I don't think iPhone 6 nor SG6 look anything alike. Each is very distinct. Yes buttons and controls may be in the same places, but each is easily recognizable. And who cares who came out with what first. Companies such as cars and appliances have been stealing ideas from each other for years. Also look at books and movies. Why should tech be any different. Buy what you like and don't judge others. Back on topic. In 1998 I started with a Nokia 5110. 2000 the Nokia 3310. 2004 the Motorola Razr. 2007 HTC Touch. 2009 the Blackberry 8900. I still have them in my junk drawer somewhere. But in 2012 I switched to Samsung with the SG3 and then over to the SG5. I loved them, I couldn't stand the bloatware from Verizon or Samsung. Though I could disable them, my OCD knew they were there and taking up much needed space. It was irritating. The cameras were inferior. I was never a good photographer, but these devices took worse pictures then a disposable camera. Don't get me started on up dates and support which were few and far between or nonexistent. Apps were buggy causing many automatic reboots regardless to what you were doing. With Android I love the customization feature, but I couldn't tell you how many apps I've installed and turned right back around to uninstall them because they just didn't work despite rave reviews. I can't even being to tell you how many times I've had to do a factory reset because of buggy apps. I have to say both of my phones held up well and when I sold them they were in pristine condition. My Apple experience started with and iPad 4. I got it as a gift from my mother because she loved facetiming her grandchildren but couldn't do that with my children. I had a Nexus 10 before getting the iPad. What persuaded my mother into purchasing an iPad for me is we both installed the same 3rd party app on our devices ( mine being the Nexus 10 hers the iPad) and the experience was horrible. We tried other apps with the same results. After recieving my iPad I sold my Nexus. I find apps from apple are much more reliable and smoother in functionality and aesthetics. I love continuity. I can start something on my phone, pick it up on my Mac and finish on my iPad. I love airdrop. I can find a recipe I want to share with my mother and airdrop it to her. My kids can airdrop a report or a keynote they are working on and have me proof read it anywhere on any device. IMHO I love how much better google apps look and work on iOS then on OS and they run smoother. Apple utilizes it's battery more efficiently. I can get 3 days with moderate use on one charge where as my SG5 I had to charge every night. Don't get me wrong. I wanted to stick with Android because I love being different but since 16 members of my immediate family are iPhone users not including all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins who use iPhones, sticking with iPhone is just easier and a better user experience. Apple does need to make some changes. My personal one is being able to uninstall apps I don't use. The other is customization. Other then that Apple just has the whole package down to a science and until Samsung and/or Android step up their game I won't be going back anytime soon.
  • Here are my smartphones in order: Blackberry, HTC Incredible, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Galaxy S3, Iphone 6 Plus. I loved the physical size of the S3 (which is basically identical to the regular Iphone 6), but HATED how it lagged after only a year or less. Then it seemed that the S4 and S5 just didn't offer hardly anything different than the S3 that was worth upgrading to. If I would have stayed with Android, it would have been for the HTC One or something running pure android to keep the lag at bay. My wife's Note 2 has been lagging for months. Sure enough, it happened around the one year mark. If there's one thing I miss desperately it's the notification light. Come on Apple, I don't want to turn my phone screen on when I walk into a room just to see if I have a text or missed call!
  • My main reason was iPhone had one phone each year. My phone addiction needed to stop. Had note 4, turbo, g3, note 3, m8 just this past year. Then I started to realize how much nicer and the quality of all the apps are on ios. Even the same apps are much better on ios. Sent from the iMore App
  • I actually switched way back from the Galaxy S2 to the iPhone5. I LOATHE TouchWiz. Therefore, I'm not going back. Sent from the iMore App
  • Bottom line: I just don't particularly like the Android OS. It really is that simple. It is not "bad;" I just don't "like" it.
  • Fair enough. :-) At the risk of sounding like I'm committing "double speak", I certainly don't hate iOS, I don't even partucularly dislike it. In fact, I'd call myself more of an iOS fan than an iOS critic. But between iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, iOS is easily my least favorite as an operating system in terms of aesthetics and functionality. I also am not blown away by the iPhone handsets themselves, particularly vs the fleet of Androids that are less expensive, more diverse in terms of screen sizes, and definitely ahead in terms of interesting, risky, avant garde features (though once again, I would certainly stop short of saying I outright dislike the iPhones.) I wrote about this in my comment proper, but slightly shortened: What I really wish is that I could justify having three phones - one of each. Then it's problem solved. But that's never gonna be feasible, most likely, so I have to pick one. I'll say that Windows is the one I want most, but am least likely to spring for, Apple is the one I want least, but am most likely to spring for, and Android lands in the middle on both counts. This is because Windows has [in my opinion] the coolest UI by far, and the promise of full integration with Windows desktop, Windows tablet, AND XBox One once 10 comes out is very tantalizing. But it is also soooo far behind on app support that it may never catch up, and still reportedly has bugginess problems and customer support issues. Android, well, as I alluded to earlier, I'm much more enamored with Android OS and Android phones than I am the Apple offerings. They start out soooooo good! The problem is they don't stay that way, but get buggy fast. I currently have a Galaxy Note 3, which is supposedly an Android elite, and it does weird things, even going so far as to occasionally straight up reboot on me right in the middle of important phone calls. Also, unless you have a sub-par, over-priced Nexus, you have to wait forever for updates, and by the time you finally do get them, they're so monkeyed up by your handset maker that they dont begin to approach the quality of the pure Android experience. I still don't have Lollipop on my Note 3. And it's possible I may not have it for some time yet, and its highly likely that it will be highly bastardized by Touchwiz when I finally do get it. Not that iOS is bad by any means, or that it doesn't have its own healthy list of unique and impressive features that DO appeal to me, but it's just my least favorite. I like it well enough. I don't think I'd be miserable with it by any means, I just don't like it as much (and it's more expensive, more locked down and more insular), so I don't particulalrly "want it" (outside the context of having all three, that is - which is what I'd REALLY want ). ;-) HOWEVER, it is free of all of those problems that have kept me at bay from Windows, and have been making me seriously consider ditching the Droid. And that's why I say it is my most probable next move. But I have til Jul 2016 on my current contract. That gives Windows and Android both ample time to fix their issues enough that I can go/stay with them. That's ultimately what I'm hoping for.... ....otherwise, as I said at the end of my comment proper: "I'll be one of you...walking around with a piece of fruit in my pocket - when I'm not talking into it, that is." ;-) Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • At the end of the day why would I buy a iPhone copy in the S6 when I could just by the real thing. I see no compelling reason to purchase an S6. It does nothing better than an iPhone. The iPhone with its ecosystem and other product lines make buying an iPhone a no Brainerd. Besides their something about the S6 being a complete rip off that really bothers me. Be original or stay on the sidelines. It just does not seem fair for one company to do all the work and another just waiting so they can make their copy. Sent from the iMore App
  • Went from Note 4 to iPhone 6 plus, the bezels actually help give some extra space for typing and I'm not as much of a power user as I used to be. The iPhone just works and works very well. Sent from the iMore App
  • Switched from the Galaxy S4 to the iPhone 6 for a couple reasons. The main one is security & software updates. I like how OS updates are available the day Apple releases them. Had to wait 9 months for my Android tablet to get upgraded, but by then several newer versions had been released so it was still outdated. The second reason - and this is almost as important as the first - is the lack of bloatware on the iPhone. The Samsung had 2 email programs, 2 browsers, 2 app stores and on and on, plus all the extra stuff the carrier added with no way to remove most of it. Blah.
  • I just switched from Moto X (2nd Generation) to iPhone 6 64-gb on Verizon Wireless. In my smartphone history, I've had a Moto DroidX, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and 1st Gen Moto X followed by 2nd Gen Moto X. Probably the best of these was the 1st Gen Moto X. Looking back, each phone was a bit clunky, apps were sluggish and usually took piss-poor photos (esp the Moto X's). Aside from the fact I use a Mac for work and home, the big reason was being tired of waiting for something simple and basic like texting to not be so cranky and crash-prone. The moment I knew I needed to change was trying to diagnose problems on my phone and finding labyrinthine solutions on the web and realizing, why bother? Just get an iPhone. Glad I did. Still like and use most of the Google software (esp Music), so not like I had to abandon Android completely.
  • I still have my android phone but the iPhone is cool. Sent from the iMore App
  • I always read people "hate touchwiz" but don't offer any real detail. In my opinion hating touchwiz is actually making an argument for android because you can easily switch launchers- there are like 100000 to choose from. At least you have the option. I just find most people still treat their smartphone like a flip phone - how it came out of the box is how it is and you can't change it. I mean very basic things - gallery app, sms app, lock screen, notification style, icon look... list is almost endless. If you don't like it - you can change it! I prefer the overall polish of IOS despite some of its limitations. Sent from the iMore App
  • Because the s5 is a big stinky pile of shit Sent from the iMore App
  • No one should ever buy a Samsung phone, unless they need the S pen from the Note series. Otherwise, get a OPO or Nexus 6, Stock Android absolutely crushes iOS.
  • the other day friend showed me a site that gives awaqy free ipads.you
  • Why did I dump my Galaxy S4?
    My girlfriend js a vintage Apple "nut". Happy Girl friend....happy boyfriend.....
  • I've had three android phones and am now switching to the iphone 6. There are many reasons to switch, as you said, the pointless bloatware apps in the Galaxies. I like the simplicity of the iphone, plus the fact that nearly everyone I know uses an iphone makes it seem a lot easier to use. Galaxy does have it's perks, such as the better camera, but it's os is out of date pretty much the moment you get the phone(which is not true with apple). Finally, the fact that Galaxy is getting rid of it's external battery and storage with the G6 meant there was really no reason for me to stay with Galaxy, so onto the iPhone it is.
  • I had iPhones in the past but didnt like the inability to customise to my liking. I then went back to Android and stayed there, primarily with Samsung Galaxy handsets. It wasnt until I realised the benefit of iMessages that I swapped back to iPhone 6+ and ditched my Galaxy S5. Given I reside in a poor mobile coverage area it was beneficial for me to have iMessage so I could at least maintain contact with my family and friends who primarily have iPhones. I am now trying to get my hubby to convert to the iPhone for the same reason, and because the iPhones seems to have more stable wifi abilities on them compared to his Samsung Note 4. I even replaced my SAmsung Galaxy Pro 8.4 Tablet with an iPad Air 2 and love it!
  • I've been with Sprint now in a little over a year with a S5 in our 2 yr contract. Having a hard cover case and my phone in great shape with a couple pencil tip knicks from dropping it I'm guessing maybe 5 to 8 times. It's still barley noticeable. I wish I could upload a picture of it here.
    I never had issues with it, this morning I was on YouTube and had to charge my phone.
    I became a victim of the blank screen or frozen black screen after trying to power it up. After trying to find the solution from using my fiances S5 I couldn't get rid of the black screen. My notification light still works, incoming sounds etc. I took it to Sprint and learned it'll cost me $200 to have it fixed and done today. I wasn't buying it that dropping it was the reason why my phone had the black screen and I don't make decisions that fast. I also have the option to pay another extra $97.00 totaling 297.00 to have it paid off and be eligible to upgrade, lease, go with a different plan and all. I'm undecided rt now. Paying $27 a month for phone,I Phone6 would be the same after $38 down.
    Last year when I joined Sprint I had a friend that had the Iphone5 at the time. I knew he would get the next Iphone6 and now my year is past I have the option to upgrade to the S6, the Iphone6 or wait it out like I planned to see what the Iphone7 will be like.
    I'm not too happy with Sprint about other crap they pulled as far as my free unlimited everything in a framily plan that I kept getting over charged from June until Oct after several attempts, calls, visits and talking to the Sprint people my agent tried from his office sitting at his desk at a Sprint store that I put my trust to hook 5 new phone lines that day! I'm very aware that Samsung makes my phone, all carriers get the Samsung Galaxie S5. I'm not blaming Sprint for my phone not working but before saying it's my screen that needs to be replaced shouldn't he diagnose the problem? They have to have a way to hook my phone up to something. I did see this morning before I went to the sprint store about plugging your S5 to some HDTV or something. Sorry, should I pay 200 and move on? Just pay 297 to pay it off? Just use a cheap mobile phone look around for a professional tech that can fix it maybe cheaper in the meantime?.
  • I've been with Sprint now in a little over a year with a S5 in our 2 yr contract. Having a hard cover case and my phone in great shape with a couple pencil tip knicks from dropping it I'm guessing maybe 5 to 8 times. It's still barley noticeable. I wish I could upload a picture of it here.
    I never had issues with it, this morning I was on YouTube and had to charge my phone.
    I became a victim of the blank screen or frozen black screen after trying to power it up. After trying to find the solution from using my fiances S5 I couldn't get rid of the black screen. My notification light still works, incoming sounds etc. I took it to Sprint and learned it'll cost me $200 to have it fixed and done today. I wasn't buying it that dropping it was the reason why my phone had the black screen and I don't make decisions that fast. I also have the option to pay another extra $97.00 totaling 297.00 to have it paid off and be eligible to upgrade, lease, go with a different plan and all. I'm undecided rt now. Paying $27 a month for phone,I Phone6 would be the same after $38 down.
    Last year when I joined Sprint I had a friend that had the Iphone5 at the time. I knew he would get the next Iphone6 and now my year is past I have the option to upgrade to the S6, the Iphone6 or wait it out like I planned to see what the Iphone7 will be like.
    I'm not too happy with Sprint about other crap they pulled as far as my free unlimited everything in a framily plan that I kept getting over charged from June until Oct after several attempts, calls, visits and talking to the Sprint people my agent tried from his office sitting at his desk at a Sprint store that I put my trust to hook 5 new phone lines that day! I'm very aware that Samsung makes my phone, all carriers get the Samsung Galaxie S5. I'm not blaming Sprint for my phone not working but before saying it's my screen that needs to be replaced shouldn't he diagnose the problem? They have to have a way to hook my phone up to something. I did see this morning before I went to the sprint store about plugging your S5 to some HDTV or something. Sorry, should I pay 200 and move on? Just pay 297 to pay it off? Just use a cheap mobile phone look around for a professional tech that can fix it maybe cheaper in the meantime?. My opinion about Samsung, slow down the production lines no $550 dollar phone should have this many complaints about S5 black death screens. I had doubts about iphones when they were all bending this padt year.
  • i can't stand this Samsung Galaxy 5. I have never hated a phone so much and for so many reasons. I liked the HTC One I had before this so it's not an android issue. I will surely move over to iPhone after this period of hell is over.
  • Fortunately my carrier Fido doesn't load much bloatware on the Samsung ROMs. Non working widgets, battery drain, sloppy upgrades was too much to bear. I shouldn't have to purchase a new Galaxy device to have fixes. So I went iPhone and I will never purchase a Samsung anything again.
  • I've switch to iPhone because to me the camera is better and iPhone has way more apps.
  • I love my Samsung S4 and was readyvto get the S6, but am getting an IPhone 6s for 1 baby boomer related reason--I just got hearing aids for the first time, and although the Starkey app that allows you to adjust and create personalized settings is available for Android, only I phone has the feature that allows you to stream content to your hearing aids.
  • I'm trading in my Galaxy S6 for the iPhone 6S. I've only had the phone for 3 months but I've had it replaced once and taken it back and forth to the store for fixes. Too laggy of a phone, iPhone runs faster
  • I had Samsung Galaxy s3. At first I loved it. I was coming from an iPhone 3GS and the most amazing feature was the screen size on the Galaxy. The problem with my android was the battery life. After almost exactly one year of owning it the battery life drained to about a 1 hour life span (with little to no use). My mobile phone had now become my house phone. I couldn't take it anywhere because it would literally die in my pocket within an hour. I ended up visiting a Samsung service center and was advised to purchase a new battery. I did so and once again I had a functioning 'mobile' phone. About 8 months later my battery drainage issues resurfaced. I remember my old iPhone 3GS battery lasted long, even after a couple of years... but this Samsung battery was horrible. Two brand new batteries in less than two years and for most of those two years I was suffering with poor battery life. I switched to the iPhone 6 as soon as it came out and I still love it one year later . My battery lasts an entire day .. Sometimes two days depending on how much I use it... And I use it a lot. If I held back and only used it at the same frequency I used my Samsung (which was very little due to fear of it dying) I suspect my iphone would last the entire week on a single charge. Never again will I look at a Samsung.
  • Hi. My reason to switch is a technical one. I owned the Note 4 and really loved that phone. I also used the stylus very often. But on one of my rainy motorcycle trips, the Note 4 got damp in my beat pocket, what sort of grilled my wifi. It simply didn't work anymore. And i really need it for updates and hot-spot. Would actually have switched to the Note 5 but... as I'm a traveller, I checked the available LTE frequencies on each model. And see: Samsung implements higher restrictions than anybody else. If I buy my phone in Europe, I cannot fully user it in Asia or Australia. If I buy it in Australia, then I'll be flawed in Europe! This is in my opinion a shame for an international company like Samsung. Got used to the idea that I would have to do without a stylus from now on (I mean a stylus that actually works). I could've switched to Nexus P6 or Sony. But I decided to focus on the interoperability with my Mac Book Pro. And as the Iphone 6 Plus A1687 is a great device, supporting twice as many frequencies as Samsung and all international ones, this was my pick.
  • I have been an happy Android user since i bought a HTC magic in 2009.
    After 2 years with an Samsung Galaxy S 4 I finaly made the switch to the world of iPhone 6sPlus, and I regret BIGTIME!!
    (I had to replace stock Touchwiz with CM12, despite the bugs I was happy) I am not feeling the premium feeling. It's just big, cold and clumsy.
    It is not better, just different from Android.
    And I can't se why the camera is better.
    Been using Google Photo, when I compare pictures the revolutionary difference is not there. Photos taken inside the same livingroom look worse on my new iPhone 6s plus compaired to my old Samsung S4 photos.
    Outside may be better, inside is worse!!
    Camera specs is close to identical! I miss the back button, back on iPhone is in the top left corner, abort is in the top right corner....I finaly understand why iPone users hate big screens. I never used the top part of the screen on S4 except when using the notifications. The battery is a massive improvement, and the most impressive part of the IPhone.
    The 6s pluss screen is god, but the settings is like backwards country.
    The speed is good, but still see clitches and bugs here and there. I only use 3D touch when moving the cursor on the keyboard, don't use it on the ikons. Apple has NO good cloud services for Windows users.
    As a future Android user, I can't invest in a MacBook. There is just no insentive to switch when I am not happy with the iPhone. I find it strange that I am the only one that regret, that dont see the value in a iPhone.
  • After too many problems with my Samsung S4 phone (with AT&T provider), I finally pitched the phone in frustration and opted for iPhone. Some S4 Problems I experienced:
    1: Far too much bloatware...it really ate up too much of my usable space. (over 20%) There was no way to remove it!!!
    2: Touchwiz software that came with the phone became incompatible with my phone; at any rate, after one point in time I continually received "touchwiz has stopped working" messages and could no longer organize any of my apps. They were randomly squeezed wherever the phone wanted them and some had to be accessed through a 'back-door' vault where all apps are alphabetically filed...A real pain!
    3: Text messages became only sporadically reliable; some would fail. It was hit and miss for me to receive a text sent to me. And all too often simple one sentence texts sent to me were received as some type of attachment that would refuse to open! Sometimes, after many attempts, I could finally open the attachment to read the very brief text, but it became such a burden to read text messages that I discouraged friends and family from contacting me via text.
    4: Things really crapped out when sometimes even a phone call would fail! To be clear: calls placed would not go through, despite cell reception being optimal, battery being fully charged, call being local, etc. The phone simply failed to make a simple call!!!
    5: Overseas, I had zero luck accessing WiFi and my phone was utterly worthless to use there! (It was for the recent occasion of another overseas trip that I finally broke down and invested in an iPhone so that I could use my phone overseas; on the other hand, my husband has always had iPhone and never had any trouble accessing WiFi overseas when I was having so much trouble with my Samsung S4. His phone worked perfectly, even though he had a very outdated iPhone).
    6. Prior to switching over to iPhone, I tried valiantly to unlock my Samsung S4 in hopes to root the phone to achieve at least modest levels of functionality, but NO................this was rendered impossible (at least during the months when I was pursuing this path) due to AT&T + Samsung interventions that disallowed this practice for the AT&T/Samsung combo. Rumors are that the consumers' difficulties to unlock the S4 is due to government employees receiving/using this combo and the government (maybe NSA) wanting pry-rights to government employees. Just a rumor; albeit conspiratorial, who knows? Long and short of it: too many problems and the phone became greater headache than asset. Not sure why; the phone worked fine initially, despite the excessive amount of bloatware that was apparent from the get-go. Functionality failures happened over time. Maybe too many phone apps I used became too outdated and incompatible for original software installed? Or original software of some apps became incompatible with OS updates? I am no programmer, so I hardly know why. My S4 ownership experience was an exercise in frustration! Much happier with iPhone6 so far (which I have had only just a few months now).
  • Whoops! I forgot one more evil of the S4, Android that it is (see evils #1-6, original post above):
    7: Apps must be downloaded cart-blanche--you must accept any and all permissions sought out by the app, no matter how unrelevant, inappropriate, and invasive. For example, why the heck would Audible need permission to access my contacts list? No--I am not about to let them do that! Likewise, why do I want Starbucks to access my contacts? Other apps that have no reasonable reason to seek to do so are still demanding rights to my SIM card, often as well as contacts. Those two permissions are where I draw the line; nobody gets those permissions unless absolutely necessary. I am new to IOS, so maybe I was led astray; maybe downloading apps will prove to be equally invasive as with Android phones, but I my understanding is that with IOS the owner can choose which permissions to allow and which to deny. I hope this is the case. There do seem to be many specific settings iPhone has in place to set boundaries over privacy and other matters. Bottom line: as the phone owner I think I should have the last word as to whether or not I will hand over private information to any Tom, ****, or Harry that comes along asking. Apart from using Norton App Scan or another similar app to research what permissions/access a given app requires, most people using Android don't even realize all the privacy they are handing over to apps having no business seeking complete access to sensitive owner's info (or contacts' info). But since I was using an app scanner [Norton App Scan] I could see all the ridiculously invasive permissions that so many apps were seeking. I wanted a phone where I could actually use an app I found useful (Ex: Starbucks), yet by using this app NOT have to hand over private details about myself and my friends. One more reason I found it expedient to switch to iPhone.