Smartphone poll: which OS and brand?



  • Hi all  🙂

    I’m trying to find out the real intrinsic core value argument. It comes from this: I have a Sony Xperia Z2, a very nice phone, but I’m waiting for a new original replacement battery - for 4 weeks now… In addition to the fact that Sony did not update Android after 6.0… (‘apparently’ something do with the CPU, but that is not my problem, but Sony’s problem).

    So, Android means ‘freedom’, yes, theoretically it does, but if the manufacturer refuses to update Android (even, as Sony does, not even security updates…(!)), then it’s not so cool anymore…

    So, I’m looking for arguments for Apple, or for Windows, or for Android, but then another brand than Sony.

    Hoping people will respond to this poll en masse  ;D

    Thank you 🙂



  • I took Android and Sony because Android = freedom and Sony is A-brand and Xperia Z2 = their high end line. However, I got it with Android 6, and Sony never upgraded it, not even with security updates. The audio is marvelous, it has close to stock Android with little bloatware (albeit some), it is high quality built, water proof, NFC, etc, but now my battery needed to be replaced and I am waiting for a new battery for 4 weeks. Without my smart phone for 4 weeks. All together, A-brand Sony isn’t an A-brand anymore to me.



  • I prefer iPhone (have 6S)

    But the wifey is extremely happy w. her new OnePlus 5 - https://oneplus.net/5

    /Bingo



  • Thank you, I was interested in WHY ;D



  • @Mr.:

    Thank you, I was interested in WHY ;D

    what is WHY ?



  • @bingo600:

    I prefer iPhone (have 6S)

    But the wifey is extremely happy w. her new OnePlus 5 - https://oneplus.net/5

    /Bingo

    I like big screen. 5.5 is small.  i using huawei note8 6.6


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I like Android. Less ecosystem lock-in, and more freedom.

    I have wiped and reloaded several of my phones and tablets and loaded more recent versions of Android on them after OEMs stopped putting out updates. Either through Cyanogenmod (or whatever they have turned into now) or via special builds like KatKiss. I keep old phones going a long time after I stop using them since they make great test clients for wifi or various mobile access scenarios (VPNs, etc) when developing.



  • Longtime Android fanboy here ready to jump ship to iPhone.  I have had many gens of Galaxy s[N] and currently an S6.  More than a worn out non-user replaceable battery, my largest issue is slow-down over time.  I now have to reboot my phone daily to keep the audio drivers/services from crashing and therefor missing my wake-up alarm each morning, not to mention audio drop-outs during VM playback etc.  General slowness also occurs unless I reboot and/or manually close all other apps.  I recently wiped my cache partition and saw only minor improvement.

    I recently purchased an iPad pro for flying lessons (see ForeFlight) and was extremely impressed by one feature/setting: background app refresh (or limiting thereof).  It’s the one thing I have always wanted in Android and never been able to find.  Apple had it all along.  The forthcoming Android claims to have added the feature, but it is not user manageable.  Somehow Android will know what apps to allow to refresh in the background?

    I don’t buy it, and will be switching to Apple for that feature alone.  Also, like Jingles pointed out, the fragmented release structure of Android and bloatware pushed by Verizon, Samsung, and anyone else with enough marketing budget is too much for me.  I expect my life will be just fine never having met Bixby.



  • @mhab12:

    Longtime Android fanboy here ready to jump ship to iPhone.  I have had many gens of Galaxy s[N] and currently an S6.  More than a worn out non-user replaceable battery, my largest issue is slow-down over time.  I now have to reboot my phone daily to keep the audio drivers/services from crashing and therefor missing my wake-up alarm each morning, not to mention audio drop-outs during VM playback etc.  General slowness also occurs unless I reboot and/or manually close all other apps.  I recently wiped my cache partition and saw only minor improvement.

    I recently purchased an iPad pro for flying lessons (see ForeFlight) and was extremely impressed by one feature/setting: background app refresh (or limiting thereof).  It’s the one thing I have always wanted in Android and never been able to find.  Apple had it all along.  The forthcoming Android claims to have added the feature, but it is not user manageable.  Somehow Android will know what apps to allow to refresh in the background?

    I don’t buy it, and will be switching to Apple for that feature alone.  Also, like Jingles pointed out, the fragmented release structure of Android and bloatware pushed by Verizon, Samsung, and anyone else with enough marketing budget is too much for me.  I expect my life will be just fine never having met Bixby.

    It’s not uncommon for any operating system to slow down over time due to clutter from applications, temporary files and fragmentation. Before you jump ship, you should do a factory reset. That will get your phone back to original condition. If it’s still slow, there may be a problem with the hardware.



  • I can press “thank you” only once so I had to hit the others with karma-stick  ;D

    Thank you for the qualitative inputs, jim, mhab, and bimmerdriver.

    Yon, absolutely no offense, but there are about ten trillion lists of market shares, I would never want (dare  ;D ) to pollute this board with a poll about this.

    It is more about the deeper reasons of choosing for a certain OS -> brand -> model, just like jim, mhab, and bimmerdriver did.

    Thank you.



  • Android-  Because that’s what the Phones I prefer have running on them.

    🙂





  • Android is the best OS for smartphone.



  • I currently have both android (nexus 5 / nougat) and ios (iphone 5s running the latest update).  my nexus 5 is near death (power button) so will be switching to a hand-me down nexus 5x. Previously I had a samsung galaxy s7, which I really liked.

    Having spent the last month using both, I don’t know why iphone fans are so fanatical as if ios is far superiour. My impression is that ios is nothing special to deserve such fanaticism. I’m using the iphone for corporate email (outlook), salesforce and concur.

    I’ve tried waze on both and it’s virtually the same. Most apps are virtually the same on both OSes. I really dislike how inflexible the UI is on the iphone. Stock android is much better in that you have the app drawer as well as multiple tiles on the display for icons and widgets. I like the widgets on android a lot more.

    The screen on the iphone is ridiculously small. I laugh recalling that Jobs resisted increasing the screen size. It took other vendors, particularly samsung introducing larger displays to force apple to follow suit. Also, narrow bezels, wireless charging, SD cards and many other features that apple has lagged android.

    I will give apple credit for releasing ios updates for all of their (supported) phones at once. The android is definitely behind there, but nowhere else in my opinion.



  • Hoping people will respond to this poll en masse

    In earlier days Blackberry phones and server to be compatible and secure.
    As today iOS smartphones and tablets from Apple is;

    • can be good managed in the company (BYOD)
    • supporting IPSec out of the box
    • many useful apps for business

    In private live I am also prefer to use the Android based Samsung smartphones too.



  • 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



  • 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.


  • Rebel Alliance

    Android - because iPhone Apple world is a closed shop.

    Android is a more open world.

    iPhones are very secure however



  • 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.



  • 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 sht for their latest fck 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.


  • Rebel Alliance

    Hmm… Spectre - perhaps iOS is not so secure?


 

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