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Goodbye iPhone, Hello Android

Longtime tech journalist Andy Ihnatko has published a great piece on why he switched from an iPhone 4S to a Samsung Galaxy S III.

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Longtime tech journalist Andy Ihnatko is, it’s safe to say, best known for writing about Apple products. But he’s also a very level-headed guy. And over at TechHive, he’s published a great piece — the first of a three-parter — on why he switched from an iPhone 4S to a Samsung Galaxy S III.

A sample:

After just a couple of weeks with the Samsung Galaxy S III, my iPhone 4S screen stopped seeming “normal-sized.” At first it became “small” and ultimately it became “too small.”

And when I put my phone in a car dock, the iPhone now seems minuscule. There’s almost always more information on the Samsung’s screen. It’s all easier to read, and the controls are either larger, or they’re or grouped less tightly, which makes them easier to hit. The iPhone seems to disappear in the dash.

Mind you, I’ve been driving with iPhones for years and I was always very happy with them. But to me, the difference between an iPhone 4S or even an iPhone 5 screen and the 4.8″ display of the GS3 is like the 24″ color TV in my parents’ living room and the 45″ HDTV in mine.

The whole story is worth your time whether you’re a diehard iPhone fan, an Android partisan or someone who — like me — has wavered back and forth between platforms and will probably continue to do so. (At the moment, I’m on an iPhone 5, mostly because I still find the overall quality of its App Store offerings markedly superior to those in Google Play.)

Why I switched from iPhone to Android [TechHive]

30 comments
JohnDeaux
JohnDeaux

Android lets users configure almost any aspect of the OS, making it much easier to access what you want, when you want. There is a learning curve when initially setting up things, especially if you are used to Apple's IOS. Once things are set up on Android, it hands down beat the crap out of IOS. I've had my S3 for about 5 months now, the only thing I would trade it for is the S4, Apple isn't even a considerations with its dinky screen.

jimmy6p
jimmy6p

What I've seen in my travels is that iPhones don't let you do as much as the S3 will. There's always a "you can't do that with this" that I hear from iPhone owners. Personally, I wouldn't own a product that was made by someone who used proprietary screws so I couldn't get inside to change out the battery when it needs replacing. Oh wait, they have that glued in. I mean really! You buy something, actually own it, and the company that sold it to you says you're not allowed to take it apart? Not for my money.

Just_passing_through
Just_passing_through

I had a galaxy s3 and while the screen was large, text was fuzzier, the colors were bizarre, and in general nothing was as clear or as smooth as on the iPhone. I sold it and bought an iPhone 5 within a week.

WillieWilburson
WillieWilburson

If you could take a Galaxy S3 and put in IOS in it, it would be the perfect phone. Samsung makes a better looking phone as far as being a larger, nicer screen. But Apple makes a better operating system that is less flawed and more intuitive. 

realokman
realokman

iphone is iphone........android can't beat to iphone.....

ramu.06051992
ramu.06051992

Android is best compared to iPhone or windows phone

craigmarker
craigmarker

Android has several versions out there, and not all apps will work with all versions. Furthermore, the ecosystem is far from mature across multiple devices. If you want a tablet, get one, otherwise the size of the Galaxy "phone" is simply too big for normal pockets... unless you're one of those types that wears your pants halfway down your rear....

_joel_23
_joel_23

@avast_antivirus good !!!

stepru
stepru

@avast_antivirus now you talk!!

MauroVS
MauroVS

@avast_antivirus A: Yes!

thecrud
thecrud

Getting old the eyes just dont have it anymore ol bean.


tom_dauria
tom_dauria

If you want the best looking apps get a windows phone.  The visual studio programming interface is the best on the planet.  Easier to code translates to better looking apps.  If you want the apps that do the most then get a android phone.  Apps are allowed to talk to each other which opens a world of functionality.  If you are a stupid fool who thinks apple is cool then stick with your tiny iphone.

mikedminor
mikedminor

@WillieWilburson Such blasphemy! Now why would you WANT to ruin such a great device as an S3 by putting a vastly inferior "wantabe" mobile OS on it like iOS?  That would be like putting a ford engine into a corvette ZR1!  Go wash your hands for typing such a thing....lol

1topgun357
1topgun357

@ramu.06051992

Had a galaxy 3 and took it back for a iPhone5... iPhones are just better

supamonkey77
supamonkey77

@craigmarker Blah Blah Blah... I can watch my digital media without converting to apple format(especially those from semi-legal sources, like FLV formats) . Most apps I use are free on Google Play and cost money on "iApps". I can play Flac,along with ogg and mp3 AND Amazon mp3 is a lot cheaper and can be downloaded on multiple devices. Oh, also the email /google apps work seamlessly with my University's system.  Its much easier to use/share documents/photos/music/videos on cloud drives such as Dropbox, google drive etc on Android than iOS. 

But to be fair iOS/iPhone is "crisper" and "snappier" and stuff. That much Android lacks

thecrud
thecrud

@tom_dauria xcode is so much better to use it is not even a choice why do you think so many of us programers are using it.


TomTermini
TomTermini

@tom_dauria I guess I'm just a stupid fool who like my tiny iPhone. 

As long-time Objective-C and WebObjects developer, I would say the hundreds of thousands of apps on the App Store speaks volumes about just how difficult it is to code nice apps for iOS (and OS X). Instead of partisan MS vs Apple snipes, maybe a frank assessment of tools, skills needed to utilize, and the marketplace demand curve would be more beneficial to everyone. 

Just sayin'

ukjaybrat
ukjaybrat

@tom_dauria just because visual studio has the most features doesnt mean windows apps are the best designed... i can use visual studio to write and android app if i wanted to. It's just and IDE

bufedog
bufedog

@supamonkey77 @craigmarker I recently switched from my Galaxy S3 to an iPhone (work pays for the phone...). I was actually severely disappointed by it. It's much LESS intuitive than the Galaxy S3. I'm a tech head, but things that are glaringly obvious on Android are buried beneath layers of menus on iOS... 


not to mention that everything is smaller, so you have to be much more precise. After using Android for a number of years... Let's just say it's frustrating to hit the same x four times, and miss all four times.

r.ed2373
r.ed2373

@supamonkey77 @craigmarker dude ! You get what you want . Android lacks nothing . People lack a brain. You know iOS compared to android is like McDonald's compared to a home made meal. IOS makes up fat. Android ? Well that's different you cook it the way up want. So stop being fat and start exercising. Otherwise get a brain. Oops ! Forgive me ! Of wasn't given to u! Lol!

dogfungus
dogfungus

@TomTermini @tom_dauria 

I think it might be over many heads, but not mine, of course.  And besides, it's more like schoolyard fun to have angry shouting matches.