Why I’m Switching to a Galaxy Nexus from the iPhone

I’m currently a somewhat satisfied iPhone 4 user, and while the iOS platform has and continues to be a solid choice for almost everything I need to do, there are a number of drawbacks that I’ve struggled with which appear to be resolved on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not joining the boycott bandwagon or declaring one multinational corporation more ethical than another. I’m making a simple purchase decision based on a number of factors revolving around the hardware and software, not the corporations themselves. Their policies regarding upgrades and software decisions are indeed a factor, just not their legal situation.

I’ve also been an Android phone user in the past. After using an iPhone 3G, I converted to Android through the Samsung Captivate made available by AT&T. The Captivate was a great phone overall, but delayed upgrades and a lack of general support turned me off to Android. It wasn’t long before I jumped from the Samsung Captivate to the iPhone 4, which was an extraordinary piece of hardware at the time.

Today, I’m switching away from the iPhone once again. Simply put, iOS 6 was the last straw for me. As much as Apple intended to improve the platform, it was a rude awakening to discover that even though I have an iPhone 4 and the biggest and best iPad 2, neither of these devices will be receiving Siri. Frankly, I feel as though Apple is doing everything in its power to push its latest hardware and impose a premature obsolescence on devices that are hardly a year old.

What the Galaxy Nexus Delivers

First, I decided to spend $350 + tax to purchase the Galaxy Nexus directly from Google. This gives me a phone that can operate on both AT&T and T-Mobile without a required contract. For $150 over the subsidized price, I’m receiving a smartphone that is free from carrier commitment. This, to me, is a huge cost saver as it gives me the choice to kick my carrier to the curb should it cease to be the best deal.

That aside, I know the Galaxy Nexus (even though made by Samsung) will not suffer the same delayed upgrades of the Samsung Captivate. Because this phone is supported directly by Google, it should be the first to receive a number of major updates and bug fixes. Oh, and many Nexus users are already on Jelly Bean. It could take 6-9 months before other phones receive that same update if the carriers have their way.

While the Galaxy Nexus being made available for GSM providers doesn’t support 4G LTE, it does have much of the same enhanced connectivity that could technically warrant a 4G label. This is about the same as the iPhone 4S, so it’s an upgrade from my current iPhone 4.

The screen is a whopping 4.65″ 1280×720 screen that has a slight curve to it so it doesn’t feel like a giant flat surface against your face. Even the PPI (~315) is almost on-par with what Apple boasts as a Retina display.

Perhaps the biggest reason for making the switch is the long-term costs involved. A contract would lock me in to a capped data and minute plan for two years. During those two years, I’d be subjected to terms and conditions changes which may or may not meet my needs as a customer. I could move, and the new location may also have a difficult time connecting to a specific carrier, leaving me without a proper signal in my own home. Being locked into any type of financial obligation for years on end is never really a good situation for anyone.

Why Not Stick with the iPhone?

The iPhone is a brilliant smartphone, but recent improvements made to the Android platform have forced me to rethink my position. For one, Google Now is a dramatic step forward in speech assistance. It’s not only faster than Siri, but it has proven to be a touch more helpful to folks that have done side-by-side comparisons with Siri from iOS 6.

Furthermore, only the latest and greatest Apple hardware is being touched by Siri in iOS 6. Yes, only the new iPad is receiving Siri. Everything else won’t be receiving it. To me, that means either coughing up $600 for an unlocked phone or signing another 2-year contract to take advantage of that feature. I’m sorry, but that just isn’t in the cards for me at this point.

My iPhone has also been giving me some serious doubts in the battery department. Lately, the battery seems to drain faster than I can charge it, and I’ve resorted to using a Mophie JuicePack to keep it charged throughout the day. Meanwhile, I can buy an extra battery for the Galaxy Nexus and have a full day’s worth of charge without sacrificing slim cases on my phone.

I’m also a fan of widgets. In my mind, the things I like about Windows Phone and iPhone are both present in some way on Android. Switching between applications, multitasking, and a more advanced notifications center are just a few of the features that make Jelly Bean a bit more interesting to me than iOS 6.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend an iPhone to my friends and family. I would, however, strongly advise that each of them take a moment to see what the latest Windows and Android devices have to offer. The Galaxy Nexus is an inexpensive means to an end, and even with more impressive hardware out on the market, I feel more confident that this phone will continue to be supported after everything else has fallen by the wayside.

Apple makes incredible hardware, and I don’t see myself getting rid of my iPad just yet. I’m still a MacBook Pro user, and a fan of Final Cut Pro. This decision is based on a need to build a more liquid financial plan through carrier freedom and a device that promises to retain support for longer than a single year.

What about you? Have you switched from one platform to another? Is there a particular smartphone you’d recommend?

59 comments On Why I’m Switching to a Galaxy Nexus from the iPhone

  • Craig Konieczko

    This is exactly what most everyone should follow. I love my Galaxy Nexus as much as I loved my Nexus One which was my switch from the iPhone 3.

  • You ought to be careful with the idea that “google is doing the updates.” I’m not sure about other places, but in Canada I haven’t even received version 4.0.4 and I’ve have my Nexus since January.

    The problem seems to be that some North American Devices (Canada specifically) are using a ROM version called “yakjuxw,” which is maintained by Samsung. The Google maintained version is called “yakju.” I would think ordering from the Play Store should give you the “yakju” version, so you receive your updates as soon as Google pushes them, but I may be wrong.

    Either way, the fragmentation on Android is still readily present. There are obviously ways to fix it and set your ROM back to “yakju,” but it would be nice if Google actively prevented other companies from doing things like this to Nexus devices.

  • What are you going to do about the battery issue? Doesn’t hold a charge for very long.

  • charliesheenhardcore

    Why choose the galaxy nexus when you can get the wonderful HTC one S. I mean, the galaxy nexus is a super cheap piece of hardware. With speakers that you can hardly hear. If you think battery life is a problem with the iphone then you won’t have much fun with the nexus. You’ll need the extended battery + another one. I agree that IOS has become stale. Android, even though is very very similar to IOS has made really big leaps forward in software for the smartphone. The only thing i hate about it is it feels so light and fake. The software that is. I don’t know how to explain it but it just doesn’t feel like a native OS. It doesn’t render things good. For example when you are texting with the nexus the OS just lags and feels odd. I really don’t know how to explain it in words. IOS just feels like it’s part of the hardware. The way it renders and moves with the touch screen. Android has still not overcome that light OS feeling. It feels like it’s a web based operating system. It doesn’t have the feel of a native desktop OS. With that said it’s made great strides. I’m finding myself wanting to go back to android again. I wish verzion would step their Android phone game up. I’d love the HTC one S.

    • I have to agree with most of this although I’m not going back to android right now but for the most part I have to agree

  • I have actually switched from android to iOS. I was using a Galaxy S. Updates were infrequent, the battery life sucked, the lack of an iTunes equivalent to sync music and podcast wirelessly was a huge downer for me (especially since I bought an iPad).

    I recently bought an iPhone 4S and to be absolutely honest, initially I was a bit disappointed with the screen size. But after using it for sometime, I can safely say, that I love the small size of the phone. The fact that I dont need two hands simultaneously to operate a phone is a refreshing concept to me after using a ginormous android device for a couple of years. It just takes a bit of getting used to. I’m not sure if the android’s way of doing everything large, phablet size, is the perfect way. Android is sure doing a lot of innovation, but all of it is inexplicably cluttered. User experience varies wildly across phones. Even Samsung’s own phones have completely different ‘feel’ to it even though they are using similar processors and the same version of the OS. I’m also not a fan of Samsung’s build quality. Within a month of purchasing the Galaxy S my screen turned yellowish. I take very good care of my phone and I was shocked at this. It took me quite sometime (arguments with Samsung execs who insisted that they would replace the screen “in time” because they didnt have a screen replacement in stock etc.) to get my entire phone replaced.

    It was then that I bought an iPad. I was completely blown away by the responsiveness of the OS. Quite frankly, I was stunned at how useful iTunes is. I still cant believe why Google chooses to not release a universal desktop app for all android phones. iTunes let me download games of more than 1GB on my PC and then sync it with my iPad. On Android, downloading large games via WiFi is a horrendous experience. One has to actually connect the phone/tablet to the power supply while the 1GB download took place and the device usually gets extremely hot as a result. I love the way Apple has worked out multitasking. I love switching between apps, and the fact that iOS lets my app go into the “pause” mode which lets me return to exactly the same screen of the app where I left off is an absolute boon for me. And then the battery life. I wouldn’t say that the iPhone 4S has a great battery life, but it lasts me through a day of normal usage. However, with my Galaxy S, I had to turn the brightness down, install third party tools like Juice Defender etc. to actually make my phone usable, which of course took a toll on the RAM and as a result the overall snappiness of the phone. As for the build quality, well dont even get me started on that aspect. Lets just say, I have seen cheap toys built from better quality plastic. And of course, the never ending barrage of Samsung tweets mentioning “updates are coming SOON”, which is Samsung-speak for “we don’t have a f*cking clue”.

    Gingerbread became extremely laggy and random restarts without any reason became the order of the day. I was dying to buy a new phone. And I had a few options. Would I go for the latest and greatest Galaxy device which would be outdated within a year (like Galaxy S which didnt receive ICS and Galaxy S2 which wont receive Jelly Bean) or would I go for a device whose OS I had already fallen in love with. I chose the latter and I’m only happy that I did. The build quality is amazing. The OS is slick and beautiful animations abound. Also in general I have found iOS apps to be better optimised with a cleaner interface than android apps. I needed an OS which talked with my PC and my tablet. And iPhone 4S was my only choice.

    • Thanks for your sharing. An honest experience. But the fandroids won’t be happy though cause its so true. They would argue now its much better and call you an iturd or something.

  • The galaxy nexus is a great phone. I’ve lived in android land for 2 years now and for me I’m just tired of carrying 3 (yes 3!) batteries everyday. I once spent a day driving through the rocky mountains and with 3 batteries I couldn’t make it through the day due to video and camera use. So I’m going iPhone to see how things go. This is only my experience and in no way does it represent the average android experience so please don’t jump on me as an apple fanboy. I just want to try something different. It may work out or it may not. Like I’ve been saying as well, I’m just tired of beta testing android as well and hopefully in 2 years android will be a little more stable with consistent updates on all android platforms. Really I think google should just release one version of android and then send out occasional updates much like apple does instead of releasing an entirely new OS every few months. Fragmentation must be addressed and cleaned up and I sincerely hope they do this.

  • I had the iPhone 3GS and I found the apps just kept crashing and the devices battery just wasn’t up the the job, so last year when I’m iPhones contract finished I took a chance and went for the Samsung gs2 and I’m very impressed with it, I has ics and hopefully will get jelly bean, the screen is beautiful, and it’s very reliable, I have noticed when I updated my iPad 2 it has started to slow down, could this be a deleberate move by apple.

    • it most likely wont get a jelly bean update, thats what reports are saying, just do a google search. You might get it via custom rom though if you’re into that sort of thing. but i would recommend holding out at least till the warranty period is over. the 3GS was released in early 2009. It is still being supported even after 3 years of its release. I would love to see how long you get updates for Galaxy S2. Official ones of course. You could always jailbreak a 3GS to make it faster. I have an iPad 2 as well, and I dont notice any lag at all. I did notice some lag with the S2 which one of my friends has. But thats just my opinion.

    • I agree with Das, if it’s a Samsung phone you’ll probably never see Jelly Bean and if you do it’ll likely be sans Google’s new voice assistant as it will butt heads with Samsung’s “S Voice” feature.

      As for the 3GS, yes, the phone had issues but then again, that was a tweaked 2nd generation iPhone. The iPhone 4 changed everything and while it won’t have Siri Apple will continue to push as many updates as it can to ensure that people will still be happy with their devices.

      As for your iPad 2, if you have an Apple Store close by make an appointment and see if they can help. I recommend a full system restore. Maybe you lose your place in a game or two but if it means getting back the snappy performance you’re used to I’d recommend it.

      Don’t get all conspiracy theory. These are imperfect products made by imperfect people. Sometimes things just don’t work the way you expect them to.

  • no chris DONT GET THAT PHONE IT HAS LIKE 3HRS BAT LIFE… NO WAIIIIT… EVEN THE EXT BAT SUCKS… u dont want a phone that will die… theres other android choices that will give u good bat life just research… stay away from this landline phone i say landline cuz the second u do anything useful with it ull be plugging it into the landline power supply cough.. trust me i have a lg esteem i wanted to kill the POS until i found a discount extended bat that gave me over 14hrs of hard usage time its a big fat battery that makes my phone ugly but it lasts 14hrs on hard usage.. music, editing movies in the movie editor (i make tiny edits its not that fast to do full videos), playing music, streaming the web, watching utube u name it this sucker can do it for over 14hrs now with stock battery i was screwed in like 3hrs my phone would cut off… this nexus is a major set back not even the extended battery will do u justice… wait chris for a third party bat to come out or choose another phone.. trust me the battery dieing on u will turn u off no matter how great a device is no juice = u cant use it for long wich means its not an enjoyable device when its ALWAYS OFF! take care chris i hope u read this before its to late >_<

    • I Have a Galaxy Nexus, and I get most of a day from the standard battery, but if I tether it to my Xoom, and use that, I get the whole day. I upgraded from a Galaxy S when I broke the screen, and my Nexus has better battery life with a standard battery than the S did with an extended battery. My Nexus is a grey import in Australia, and I have the Google pushed ICS 4.04, and expect Jelly Bean when it is pushed out in a couple of weeks. I certainly wouldn’t say it is perfect. I have an app somewhere that goes feral in the background, and haven’t yet worked out what it is, and some sequence of operations turns off the data connection to my carrier, but the carrier is unreliable (known locally as #vodafail). As soon as my contract is up at the end of the year, I’ll be changing carriers. The unlocked Galaxy Nexus makes this very simple. I’m happy with the phone overall. Maybe Jelly Bean will fix a couple of it’s idiosyncrasies. If not, I can live with them easier than I can live with another 2 year contract in order to afford another phone. Given everyone’s needs are different, this works for me, and I haven’t found it necessary to root the phone. Your mileage may vary.

  • i agree with charlie, i have never used a iPhone and most ppl in my city use android cuz its more available for the popular carriers that dominate my area (the contract free carriers) and the main issue is just like charlie stated the whole android os just lags for no reason at all u will get sudden lag… its the most annoying thing ever. ive done battery pulls on my phone more than id like to simply cuz turning it off takes like several minutes then turning it back on takes several more minutes and when its lagging u click something with ur fingers and the os will respond up to 5 seconds to 15seconds later… the only solution is to cycle on and off the power… android has the worse memory management ever… more powerful phones with more ram hopefully will improve this but for now i do not like android as a phone… there are times where i have recived calls and the screen would stay black while the phone rang before i cud tap the answer button on screen the phone would take so long to register my tap that the caller alrdy hung up and got sent to voicemail it doesnt happen every call but it happens more oftent hat id like it to… the solution? turn off the power and turn it back on again… several minutes of agony.. theres times where the dialer itself has lagged considerably… i don’t know why nobody has brought this up but lets say your having a 911 emergency, and your phone decides to lag hardcore and your dialer becomes unresponsive… u have no choice but to die trying to call 911 for medical assistance… this is bad for a phone. When ever the dialer is launched EVERYTHING ELSE NEEDS TO STOP RUNNING PERIOD.. they give no priority to the dialer or to the users safety everything logs your location, sign into wifi, it logs your location, if not via gps via cellphone triangulation… i think apple does this to but its a very unsafe device. Its lags its issues make it a bearable tablet at best but for a cellphone ugh.. its horrible.. i payed so much money for my LG Esteem and it lags so much. I love the phone cuz of its big screen, and features but theres times that i see it lag considerably and think… what if i was having an emergency while this F-ing phone was having a spazz attack…. think about your purchase twice my friend… im an android user its a great device some of androids phones go far and beyond what apple offers but the lag is a real sucker… there are no words to explain it but the OS gives no importance to user safety or to the real reason u bought a phone FOR MAKING PHONE CALLS AND RECIEVING THEM.. after having my phone on for like a day or two i have to reboot it the lag just takes over from there.. at times it becomes so unresponsive (due to some trash eating the memory that the os doesn’t manage correctly i guess) that i have to do a battery pull… or apps will act wierd and unresponsive until a reboot.

  • I’ve been using windows mobile from version 4 till 6.5. I’ve just switched to iOS on the 4S. I no longer have to reboot my phone 8 times a day and take the battery out 6 times just to make a call…!

  • Two thumbs up! I cut the 2 yr. contract cord and haven’t looked back.

    Jason: Agree. Google needs to take control of Android.

  • I’m happy with the iPhone 4S. I have no intention of switching. The size is OK for me. It easily fits in my pocket. I have an iPad for those times I need a larger display.

    Regarding your battery issues, you might ask about this at an Apple store. It is possible for something to get stuck in the software such that it doesn’t sleep as much as it should. A restore will fix this.

  • Personally, I like the Galaxy Nexus. Frankly, it’s the only Android phone that I would use. It is the only model that will be guaranteed updates (apart from other Nexus phones). While the Canadian model will lag behind somewhat, Samsung will still be pushing out the updates for it. Fragmentation remains a huge issue with android phones; less than 10% of phones with the android OS are currently on ICS, and it’s doubtful that many of these will see Jellybean. I do have to agree with the comments about the short battery life. I do think that this will be a phone that will require three batteries if I’m going to be taking it on an extended trip. Nevertheless, I do view this phone as a viable alternative to the iPhone; whether or not it will be up to the challenge of iPhone 5 remains uncertain.

  • Switched from an iPhone 3Gs to an HTC Evo 4G. I felt that the iPhone was too limited. So many awesome and useful apps were coming out for Android that were either delayed or denied on IOS, because “if uncle Steve doesn’t like it, you don’t get it.” IOS is the king of “user friendly” which is why I still recommend it for some folks. But for flexibility and versatility, no one can touch Android.

  • I read the whole thing but the first few paragraphs made me realize you’re incredibly fickle which dilutes your entire opinion (your basic human right) about your choice to switch…again.

    The Siri argument is ridiculous with the fortitude of wet paper bag. One reason it’s weak is because Siri was never, EVER promised to come to the iPhone 4 or iPad 2 and Apple is never coy about what features will and won’t make it to past products. You might not like it but Apple is always upfront about their upgrade path.

    You wanna talk obsolesce, look no further than almost ANY Android phone. The second weak point of your argument is most of Android phones are still running a nearly 2-year old OS (even tablets and phones people are buying today are running some variation of 2.3) and there’s absolutely no chance they’ll ever see 4.0 let alone all the snazzy features in 4.1. So for all your talk of “I can’t get Siri ’cause I have an iPad 2” is bull because 4.1 and all its glory won’t see the light of day outside of a handful of phones and likely only one tablet in the Nexus 7.

    The fact that more than 50% of iPhone/iPad users are using iOS 5 versus the less than 11% of Android phones are using 4.0 (both about 9 months old) should be a sign that Apple is more interested in keeping their user base up-to-date than the competition.

    If manufacturers didn’t spend so much time “skinning” Android maybe they could push out updates faster.

    Overall, the entire article seems very suspect. Almost like it was written by a Google intern or some other inside operative. The language describing the Google voice assistant sounds like it was lifted from a brochure and your so-called test results between Siri and the voice assistant are folly. Most of the tests from “trusted sources” (not blogs or Android fan sites) have stated that while they both perform well Siri is more deeply rooted into the overall OS than Google and that it’s almost a completely hands-free experience when compared to Google. For the sight impaired or for when you have to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road are important, that’s a big deal.

    Again, your decision to switch is your own but the reasoning appears hollow and dishonest.

    • I dont think you realize but he bought the nexus which means he will always have the latest OS. Until Jelly Bean i agreed but now even I’m doubting why i still hang on to my iPhone 4 :/

      • So what happens in 2 years, will he switch back again because the Nexus line of phones doesn’t support a new Android feature based on the phone he has now? Based on his current logic and his Android-to-iPhone-to-Android it’ll only take a must-have feature for him to spit on Android to defect to iPhone again.

        And just like the iPhone and most technology in 2 years there’ll be something coming to the Nexus line of phones that won’t be backwards compatible so no, he won’t “always” have the latest version.

        If you doubt why you still hang onto your iPhone 4 ask yourself how often you can keep this up? How badly do you need the latest and greatest features? Are you doing this to impress yourself or others?

        Also consider the financial commitment. Other than music (which you can upload to Google Play), none of your apps, movies, podcasts, or other iTunes content will be non-transferable, meaning more money going into the Android ecosystem.

        Something tells me you’re also more fond of iTunes than you think. Once you no longer have a desktop tool to manage your phone (or to download very large apps rather than having to manage everything through the phone) you’ll probably realize how much you rely on it.

      • The same was supposed to happen with the Nexus One, which hasn’t received an update since Gingerbread.

        • Every platform has its update shortcomings. Every single one.

          • No, I totally agree with that. Same reason why the 3GS doesn’t have photo editing features in iOS 5 and the iPhone 4 won’t receive turn-by-turn navigation in iOS 6.

          • currychicken

            its a hardware limitations. iPhone 4 lags enough with iOS 6. Trying running a 2005 computer with windows vista. Don’t get me starting with microsoft.

  • I agree with you, Not to mention i have not found a wireless provider that I like more than US Cellular. The have great service, bought the Samsung S2 and love it. Would love the Note 2 when it comes out.

  • i’ll tell you why you should all switch from an iphone period, it’s because of Apple’s BS patent claims on things they simply cannot. Their injunction seeks, their evil ness. If you havnt been reading the news then you don’t know why you should yet. As far as i’m concerned the Nexus is not even at the momment allowed to be sold in the states, But within a week it will be back up for sure.

  • I’m at the 3rd paragraph and already have a reason to leave Apple’s iPhone. The layout of iOS. Always been the same. Or at least similar. Give us something new, Apple! Something Attractive not that bland set of app pages.

    • Even though android may give you different look or feel here and there, the laggyness and not-as-smootheness negates the whole experience. iOS look is getting abit old, but its the still very useful and gets things to simply work.

  • I love my Galaxy Nexus, haven’t got the update to 4.1 yet. Only problem I have is that sometimes it struggels when I trying to call or send a SMS but I don’t know if it is the carryers fault or the phones… Maybe should try get some help whit it. :/

  • I decided to buy an iPhone 4s that was canceled from Verizon. Page plus activates them easily and without a problem. Now I pay 30 a month for 1200 talk, 3000 text, and 100 megs. Since it runs of Verizon’s towers the signal is great and so is the data! I couldn’t imagine any better way to go about cell service! Just don’t pay anymore than 350 for a 4s or 200 for a 4. Btw they have to be Verizon ( for page plus)

  • $30 a month- for your iPhone on page plus. You can’t go wrong! Just an FYI. I understand you have to be feeling pretty desperate to consider switching to android! Don’t do it before checking w/ CL. I just bought a like new 4S for $160 W/ Clean esn. Don’t settle if you know what you want!

  • I have switched from an unlocked iPhone 4 to the Lumia 900 on ATT, and I love it, up until this day. I believe that Windows Phone has huge potential to being a head to head Android or iOS competitor. The form factor of the phone is super gorgeous, and I love the AMOLED display with clear black technology, which beats the I phone’s display in my opinion. And the support from Microsoft and Nokia is good enough for me. The platform that I’m not going to though is Android, well, not until some drarastic changes are taken. I currently own the original Galaxy Tab, and one thing I can guarentee you is how it lags like on a PC. The app menu takes about 3-5 seconds each time to open, apps run sluggishly, and the screen is not very responsive. There is something about Android that always making me regret buying it rather than the I pad. When the next I pad or I pad mini comes out, I am sure I’ll be switching back onto ios (at least on the tablet portion) I will consider android as my options if Jelly Beans really solve all the lags problem. And also one thing I absolutely hate about android is their update time, yep, I’m still running on Honeycomb without an actual update date on the horizon when Jelly beans has already been announced. And you can’t blame carriers for the slow update time, its Samsung. Mean while, I’ll stick with Windows Phone as my phone OS, and ios or windows 8 as my tablet platform choice, whichever appeals to me.

  • I switched from an iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S II and I am absolutely in love with it. It is the best smartphone I have ever owned.

  • Before this article, I thought siri was on all iPhones. I had just thought the people I know just didn’t use siri, they actually don’t have siri. I’m surprised someone hasn’t hacked siri to work on older iphones.

  • When I see a flame-bait titled article like this, it invariably misses the fact that when you change from iOS to Android or vice-versa, there is a financial penalty in terms of not being able to use the apps that you paid for and perhaps having to pay for the same apps yet again on the other platform.

    Lucky me though, I’m a tech geek that can afford to have both an iPhone 4S and a Google branded Galaxy Nexus. I’m quite happy with both devices although I tend to favor picking up the iPhone 4S for most tasks and picking up the Nexus for geek tasks that I can’t do with the iPhone. I’m still angry with Apple over their decision to disallow app Wi-Fi scanning.

    As for the battery, I find the Nexus battery drain as bad as the iPhone 4 but I don’t think it anymore convenient to carry about an extra battery and peel off / peel on that cheap plastic back to change the battery. So guess what Ryan? I carry about both devices and if one loses battery, I use the other device. Ryan, you could actually use BOTH devices – wow! You don’t have to shill for one eco-system or another and be happy but I understand the need to have a provocative title and get reading reading the articles.

    Finally Ryan, for the average non-technie consumer like my mom, I would still recommend the iPhone because all that ‘customization’ that we geeks like makes it a bit more complicated for non-technies, and do NOT try to tell me that byzantine Android UI is intuitive.

  • Chris are you high? how is the google assistance faster ? its just as slow as S voice. You have lost all respect.

  • The whole Android vs. iPhone is an argument as subjective as Windows vs. Mac OS X. My girlfriend has always had Android phones and loves them. I on the other hand, enjoy the iOS UI and seemless connectivity between my iOS devices and my Mac.

    It is all about personal preference. I remember a time when I couldn’t imagine using anything other than a Blackberry device. Times, Tastes and Technology are always changing. We either change with them, remain content, or get left behind. 🙂

  • I still can’t send a SMS photo to an android phone from my iPhone… I thought it was my phone because it was an issues with a few people’s phone – coming up as little icons saying download – then it actually wouldn’t do anything? blackberries and other iphones have no problem – sort out the basics.

  • Just bought and activated with AT&T because of Sprint delays on my ICS update for my Galaxy s2 as well as a degrading of their data service speeds. So far AT&T is working out good. I will see since I still have my Sprint phone to compare to.

  • My Galaxy device is amazing .

  • I switched from iPhone 3 to a HTC Desire HD 2 years ago. Now where the phone is broken I’ll be switching back to iPhone. Reason is that I use a Macbook and prefer having a homogeneous infrastructure. Heterogenous infrastructure just cause a lot of pain in regards to compatibility.

  • I for one will never buy an Andriod phone for the simple fact that is is a blatant ripoff of iOS. I don’t care how “good” it becomes. Open systems are not always good either, they allow in malware and viruses. Enjoy your “open” phone and your antivirus apps on a PHONE. Lol!

  • Without the problem of fragmentation, un-optimized apps and an overall buggy (although android 4.2 changes things) experience, Android is great but unfortunately I have been spoilt by Apple into expecting fast load times and premium build devices. I’m probably going Windows Phone 8 (Lumia 920) next 😀

  • If you are a cowboy and likes the wild wild west, go with Android. If you like law and order and no porn for your kids, with a smooth experience, go with iPhone. Respect each other and co exist on earth.

  • I’m an Apple Fan Boy. However, I’ve been known to try other things. I had an HTC Incredible, with Verizon, for awhile. The phone was nice, but it just didn’t have a lot of appeal for me.

    I wanted a phone that would easily sync up with my Macintosh computers and other Apple devices. A friend gave me an iPhone 3GS with a cracked screen. I love it. Sure, it’s not the latest model, and I can’t get Siri. I’ll hold onto it till I can afford to buy a new iPhone, off-contract.

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