Android vs. iPhone

I’m thinking of updating the Samsung S8. But I’m getting some pressure at work to wait for an iPhone 8. In general I’m skeptical of the whole Apple ecosystem, but it isn’t as if good Android phones are cheap.

Any thoughts from readers who have switched back and forth?

10 thoughts on “Android vs. iPhone

  1. I recently replaced a non-iPhone with an iPhone6 and I can’t complain. It is relatively painless to learn some advanced features and very bug free. Antenna quality is also better.

  2. I just went from a iPhone 7 to a Samsung A3 and so far I’m happy. The Android flagships are too big for my taste, but the dirt cheap A3 is not noticeably worse than my old iPhone. And I’m happy to be back in Android-world after 3 iPhones.

  3. Me also the Moto G4 with 16G. Amazon $150. Can get 32G for a few more $. Does everything Android, but interfaces are not as graphically or ergonomically elegant as Samsung. Camera quality notably inferior but serviceable if not making art. So, a little bit of trade-off, but performs all functions respectably for a price that’s whoa, so very low.

    Comes with genu-wine FM radio pre-installed, with attendant variable static and radio-serendipity–a delight!

  4. I agree that the Moto phones are better and cheaper. Unless you enjoy being part of the Apple cult.

  5. We use Motorola phones in our house too. They are well built and have good reception. I agree that the cameras are not quite as fancy as iPhone or Samsung. Also worth exercising caution if you are fond of frequent OS updates (Motorola is s-l-o-w)

  6. Base Android has matured significantly over recent years and is superior to ios (currently have an iPhone 6s generation)

    Ios has some subtle graphical effects which may impress if not used to them, but overall the ui experience is poor. Apple has fallen a ways

    Though one will need to investigate the manufacturer specific implementation of Android, stock is good

  7. Your instincts are correct, and you’re getting some poor recommendations at work colleagues and in the comments. If you want the best phone, get the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy 8 is good too, but the pen is very useful to jot down that 1 or 2 ideas you have in a day. It’s incredibly convenient to quickly write notes from the person you’re taking a call with, rather than thumb typing, especially if you need to write in two languages or both letters and digits. You can also write on the screen without turning on the phone. It’s body is well design for either 1 or 2 hand use.

    The iPhone 8 in 2017 is trying to catch up to Samsung’s 2016.

    Samsung in spring 2016 = Apple in fall 2017:
    * Waterproof
    * Wireless charging
    * Virtual Reality

    Battery and camera are neck and neck. Samsung Galaxy 7 released with the best camera, but then iPhone 7 released with the best camera, but now Galaxy Note 8 will release with the best camera…

    Samsung makes Apple’s screen for them, and it’s a year behind.

    Samsung in 2017:
    * Iris and Face recognition (iPhone 8 will have this also)
    * Samsung’s Bixby (beta) is already better than Siri in performing complex multi-command tasks.
    * Dex – the only phone that you can attach to a monitor and use as a computer, and it works!
    * Galaxy 8 and Note 8 both have dual screening. View two websites at once, or watch a video on youtube while you browse the web.

    2015 was the last year that iPhone was likely still the best recommendation. Samsung is now about 1-2 years ahead in hardware capability. In software, it’s closer. Apple is still ahead in a few areas where they compete, but Samsung’s software is capable of many more things in areas where Apple doesn’t even exist in.

    If you’re already in the Apple ecosystem, you will have to consider the transfer cost in time spent relearning. So, that is a legitimate argument to stick with Apple. It takes a week to get acclimated to 80% of your similar use.

    If you’re not in the Apple ecosystem, then now is not the time to get into it. It’s 2017, not 2007.

  8. I have personally used android phones but work recently required me to use an iphone. I hardly ever use it and actually despise it finding it not intuitive after android and as all the command sequences are different hard to use. This probably says more about me but I would never voluntarily buy an iphone.

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