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Went back to iPhone 5S

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Over the weekend, I decided to go back from my Galaxy S4 to an iPhone 5S 64GB.  For those who don't follow my mobile post on here, I have been a huge advocate for android and also released two custom roms, NeoDroid and FusDroid.  The reason for me to go back to iPhone was stability and for the email management. In the past, I have issues with most Android phones and Exchange. I do miss the ability to customize and widgets, but it was a compromise I had to make. 

 

What I was not aware of was that Google turned off gmail to be setup as Exchange for free Gmail users.. That sucks. I really like the fingerprint reader. Makes it a lot easier to unlock your phone and to buy apps. iOS 7 has come a long way. It is a lot easier to get around and access to music playing, turning on/off features such as wifi and bluetooth. I don't mind using iTunes to mange my music on my phone, however I do miss being able to copy videos to it without converting and just drag and dropping it. 

 

The Camera is pretty good. Not sure if it is as good as the S4 camera, but it works well. 

 

I also miss being able to save files to the device and emailing them. In the end, it is a great phone and will help me with my job. It also made sense to go back to an iPhone because I just started a new job and my computer will be an iMac, I have an iPad for home and I'm sure they'll give me an iPad for work and also my main computer is a Macbook Pro.. I will happy with this phone, but do miss some of the Android features. 

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kinda does suck that google took away exchange for gmail. gmail isn't my main email anyway and i've tried to stop using google products as they have a history of killing features and products i use

 

welcome back, you will be happy with 7.1 i think too :)

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kinda does suck that google took away exchange for gmail. gmail isn't my main email anyway and i've tried to stop using google products as they have a history of killing features and products i use

 

welcome back, you will be happy with 7.1 i think too :)

Yes, they killed a lot of their products. Feedburner, and some other blog tools. You can get a business gmail account but I don't know how to upgrade my existing one. 

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how do you live without swype????!!!

 

lol lack of Swype + all the things you say you will miss are total deal breakers for me. Also, can't stand itunes. 

 

Hope your transition is smooth and you develop cool stuff for the iphone as well. 

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You can jailbreak and get iswype now.. Along with a few other useful features I missed from Android, but overall I am VERY satisfied with my iphone(s)

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You could have switch to Windows Phone 8 with a Lumia 1520. Very easy to setup exchange email in Windows Phone.

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I also miss being able to save files to the device and emailing them.

 

i understood everything, up until this part.   you said you switched to the iphone for 'email management' but you can't save files and email them?

 

i don't get it, why can't you?

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It's the fact that he has an iPad and an iMac, it makes more sense to have an iPhone because within all his devices, he'll be able to stay exclusively in-sync without relying on 3rd party services (besides exchange). I understand your struggle with the media, and I do wish that MKV files will be a native add-in. But I have to respect the independence in Apple's devices (M4A, M4V, etc, they're higher quality). In the long run, I'll give you 1000 things that'll leave you highly organized as a Mac user. In the long run, I respect Android, but I left Windows and Android because I just didn't feel the harmony. :)

 


i understood everything, up until this part.   you said you switched to the iphone for 'email management' but you can't save files and email them?
 
i don't get it, why can't you?
 
Actually, iCloud Mail. It's more straightforward than Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook for such a 1st party service. Despite file management on the mobile device, you can't be touched with drag-n-drop on an App for the Mac.
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you can drag and drop movie files (avi,mkv) without converting if you download one of the many many video apps like VLC for iOS. just add the movie to the app through iTunes like you would any document in the app tab, file sharing area 

 

you can save files fine through safari or stuff if you have a file manager app like iFiles or good reader, use the open in button and you get a list of apps that read/store that particular file type. you can email attach anything from iFiles. 

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oh, that's not such a big deal, he can email all the files he wants, it's just as easy to get them in the email...

 


Actually, iCloud Mail. It's more straightforward than Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook for such a 1st party service. Despite file management on the mobile device, you can't be touched with drag-n-drop on an App for the Mac.

 

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You can jailbreak and get iswype now.. Along with a few other useful features I missed from Android, but overall I am VERY satisfied with my iphone(s)

 

Which repo do you add to get this? Did you mean iswipe? I tried that out and it would crash constantly.

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Funny, I also went from my S4 to a 64gb iPhone 5S yesterday.  I love the aspects of both operating systems, but in the end I guess I will always love iOS a bit more.  I do miss my camera, and the wide screen ... and I miss SwiftKey Keyboard.  It is like learning how to type all over again on the iPhone Keyboard, is there a better replacement?

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You guys need to try nexus 5. Amazing phone and kitkat 4.4.2

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In the past, I have issues with most Android phones and Exchange.

 

Were there no 3rd party solutions to this on Android?  iOS has decent Exchange support, but I still prefer the 3rd party app "Mail+ for Outlook" for my work's Exchange server.  IMO, it has a better feature set than what comes on iOS.  I would image that something similar is available on Android.

 

Not that I take any issue with you switching to iOS.  I advocate using the (mobile) OS that works best for you.

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I understand your struggle with the media, and I do wish that MKV files will be a native add-in. But I have to respect the independence in Apple's devices (M4A, M4V, etc, they're higher quality).

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Just to add to this:

 

There are quite a few 3rd party solutions to this that are out there.  If you want to host MKV files on a Windows or Mac computer, Air Video HD is great (server side transcoding).  If you want to store your MKV files on your iOS devices, I'm fairly sure VLC and "HD Player" will play them...there are probably other 3rd party apps that will work as well.

 

If you want to convert the files into a completely "Apple friendly" format, Handbreak is a great transcoder with lots of Apple profiles (i.e., iPad, AppleTV).  Handbreak is available for free on Mac and Windows.

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well done, that's a good choice I always had dilemma between the android and iphone but after all I bought an iphone it's was better and faster.

 

-Mina

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one thing i always miss from using android is the swype keyboard would be good if apple brought that in a future update as i don't like to jailbreak.

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I would have switched back to iOS device if the screen size was not from 2009. :(

 

I do have my eyes on iPhone 6 and let's see how that turns out.

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Good choice, the iPhone 5 kicks ass.

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i switched from my nexus 4 to the iphone 5s. the iphone 5s is, in my opinion, the first really capable iphone. its just blazingly fast. overall never been as satisfied with a mobile phone as with this one and im no apple advocate at all. i had a windows phone (one of the first tho), several android phones, the iphone 3gs and now the 5s.

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Company is pushing the iPhone, so I essentially had to switch from Android to iOS. Got the iPhone 5S, and a lot of my frustrations with the earlier versions of iOS aren't a problem any more. There is plenty of functionality that is similar to Android (notification center and control center). I'm just not getting good battery life with the 5S. With the HTC One/Nexus 5, I would easily have 40-50% battery life at the end of the day (right before I plug it in when I sleep), but with the iPhone, I'm closer to 10% battery life left, which is not ideal. I also miss the bigger screen, keyboard is still subpar, speakers suck compared to the HTC One (but every phone does), call quality is not that great compared to One. The OS is okay, but the hardware is still lacking. 

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i switched from my nexus 4 to the iphone 5s. the iphone 5s is, in my opinion, the first really capable iphone. its just blazingly fast. overall never been as satisfied with a mobile phone as with this one and im no apple advocate at all. i had a windows phone (one of the first tho), several android phones, the iphone 3gs and now the 5s.

Fast is a relative term. Wait for iOS 9 and then the 5s would be painful to use.

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Company is pushing the iPhone, so I essentially had to switch from Android to iOS. Got the iPhone 5S, and a lot of my frustrations with the earlier versions of iOS aren't a problem any more. There is plenty of functionality that is similar to Android (notification center and control center). I'm just not getting good battery life with the 5S. With the HTC One/Nexus 5, I would easily have 40-50% battery life at the end of the day (right before I plug it in when I sleep), but with the iPhone, I'm closer to 10% battery life left, which is not ideal. I also miss the bigger screen, keyboard is still subpar, speakers suck compared to the HTC One (but every phone does), call quality is not that great compared to One. The OS is okay, but the hardware is still lacking. 

 

i get great battery out of the 5s - i deactivated most of background services. i only allowed the following apps: google maps, mailbox, whatsapp. i also dont use siri and turned off find my iphone.

maybe that helps.

Fast is a relative term. Wait for iOS 9 and then the 5s would be painful to use.

 

yes thats true

 

my usage of the phone tho happens today and today i have yet to find apps or websites that stutter or dont load quick enough. so for the moment it is a very painless experience. wouldnt you agree.

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i get great battery out of the 5s - i deactivated most of background services. i only allowed the following apps: google maps, mailbox, whatsapp. i also dont use siri and turned off find my iphone.

maybe that helps.

I could do that, but that defeats having a smartphone. I would rather it push emails unless I was in a crunch for battery. I could try turning off Siri, I just don't see it useful as Google Now. I like that Google gives you the Google search app, which shows you all the Google Now cards. I like having Find my iPhone on, just in case. I shouldn't have to sacrifice these features for battery, but I guess I have to if I want the same kind of battery life as I got with my Android devices. 

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one thing i always miss from using android is the swype keyboard would be good if apple brought that in a future update as i don't like to jailbreak.

 

I have a feeling this might be in iOS 8. At least we can hope!

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