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Which smartphone OS do you run and why, and which brand?

Android
22 (55%)
Apple
16 (40%)
Windows
1 (2.5%)
Other (is there any other?)
0 (0%)
Go away
1 (2.5%)

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Offline bcruze

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Re: Smartphone poll: which OS and brand?
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2017, 07:41:42 am »
i have an Apple 5 for work.  6s for personal.

i had android phones, mainly motorola and they were junk.

i switched to Apple.  and they just work

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Re: Smartphone poll: which OS and brand?
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2017, 10:59:58 am »
I made the leap from Android to iPhone on late last month and have to say that I'm not at all impressed by any particular feature.  I don't know that there is anything the iPhone does better than Andoird except for having excellent battery life and limiting background processes (to save battery life).  As bcruze said, they just work, which is often times more important than having the latest gadgetry.  My most missed feature thus far is Waze in Android Auto.

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Re: Smartphone poll: which OS and brand?
« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2017, 05:32:58 am »
Android - because iPhone Apple world is a closed shop.

Android is a more open world.

iPhones are very secure however
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Re: Smartphone poll: which OS and brand?
« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2017, 10:32:12 am »
Android with a phone that supports Lineage OS that's in your budget.  You can buy the phone outright or a used phone and get service through a MNVO without a contract.

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Re: Smartphone poll: which OS and brand?
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2017, 10:58:07 am »
I'm on new(er) hardware and the latest version of ios and android, so time for an update. (Sorry it's long, but I feel like ranting.) My phones are a new iphone 7 running 11.2.1 (company phone) and a nexus 5x running 8.1 (personal phone, hand me down from my son who bought a oneplus 5).

tldr; Neither the ios nor the android communities should be blowing their horns about their inherent superiority. Both ios and android have pros and cons. Both apple and google have f*cked over their customers on multiple occasions.

Like the iphone 5s, the iphone 7 is a solidly built phone and it feels nice in your hand. At one point, apple was the only company offering a "premium" handset, but they no longer have this advantage. Samsung has caught up and has arguably surpassed apple. (The latest galaxy phones are beautiful. I really miss my previous company galaxy s7.) OnePlus and others have as well. I give apple major credit for pushing ios out quickly even to older phones. Even my iphone 5s had the same version of ios. However, apple deserves Christmas stocking full of dog sh*t for their latest f*ck up, which is purposely slowing down older phones. F*ch you very much for this apple. This is exactly the kind of trick that turns so many people away from apple.

I honestly don't know what people think is so great about ios. It does what it does well, but it's rigid and inflexible. It's annoying that I can't configure the layout of the screeens in a manner that suits me. ios widgets are a joke compared to android widgets. I also dislike the one-button approach. It doesn't work any better for ios than it does for mac os. Android and windows both benefit from having multiple buttons. I also immensely dislike being forced to use itunes for moving things to and from the phone. Why can't I use USB rather than being forced to install this bloated piece of crap on my pc?

Apple's latest version of the iphone is pretty nice, but it's shockingly expensive for what you get. Also, apple is historically very late to the party with innovations such as minimal bezel, wireless charging, water protection, large displays and long battery life. If Steven Jobs was alive, the iphone would probably still be the size of the 5s. IMO, this is a direct result of the arrogance of apple, deciding what we need and when we should be allowed to have it.

Despite my 5X being a much older phone with less memory and a slow processor, I enjoy using it much more than the iphone. I don't need to keep it, but I don't want to give it up and be stuck on ios. android has come a long way, as have android apps. There was a time when the google play store had far fewer apps, but that hasn't been the case for a long time. I suppose there are apps that are only available on ios, but I haven't encountered anything that affects me personally. Also, there are many things you can do if you root your phone and use apps such as exposed. As I said, I think android's approach of using three buttons is superior and android is much more open and configurable.

What I don't like about android is the cluster f*ck of fragmentation. Google has done an inexcusably terrible job of working with the OEMs to keep android up to date. Treble is too little, too late. Google is touting it as the solution, but they aren't even using it themselves, except on pixel. It will be years before devices with treble are the majority. The 5X does not support treble. They stopped updating the nexus 5 years ago. Google deserves a truckload of coal on their front lawn for christmas for this.

Google also has done a terrible job of providing hardware support to their nexus owners. The nexus 5 has a defective power button, for which google provided no compensation. The nexus 5x and 6p both have a boot loop problem for which google has done a terrible job of providing support. If you bought a nexus 5x from google Canada, LG Canada refuses to support it because it's an "american" phone. Google deserves the same christmas stocking filled with dog sh*t for this.

The other nice thing about android is that there are multiple options for phones and there are some nice ones, such as the galaxy line, oneplus, lg, etc.

In summary, neither the ios nor the android communities should be blowing their horns about their inherent superiority. Both ios and android have pros and cons. Both apple and google have f*cked over their customers on multiple occasions.

Note, if I offended anyone with my language, sorry, but I find it offensive when megacorporations screw over their customers. If you spend hundreds (and now over a thousand in some cases) for a phone, you rightfully should expect better than this.
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Re: Smartphone poll: which OS and brand?
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2018, 05:49:20 am »
Hmm.. Spectre - perhaps iOS is not so secure?
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