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T18skyguy

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Posted: 05/03/20 08:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have owned both, and I am sticking with Android for now. Apple gives you the least hardware for the most money. I got my Note 9 for $500 and it runs circles around the comparable $1000 Apple at the time. It takes an 256 gig sd card and I have 90 gigs of music on it, can't do that with Apple. Plus I don't like Itunes. Apple advantage is faster update, less bloat(I think), and they do support their phones with updates longer than Android. Another Apple advantage is Imessage, but all Android manufactures are working together and will match that soon. Another thing that sticks in my craw was their intentional slowing of phones. I don't buy their bs about needing to do it cause of ageing batteries. Apple is no longer reporting it's Iphone shipments to hide the obvious; the cachet they use to have is wearing away and their just not worth the money. Fully 30% of the parts in an Iphone are made by Samsung anyway, including the screen and battery, so all you have left is essentially the OS.


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Both are good platforms but I much prefer Android. Costs less, more options, including for personalization with Android, and more free apps than iphone. The new Android phones are awesome with incredible battery life, and they last for many years.

But bottom line, buy what you like.

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Posted: 05/03/20 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have two Samsung Galaxy S-series phones and they are excellent. We've never had issues with the operating system nor reliability. Our kids all have iPhones and they are also excellent. We have Windows 10 laptops and I have no issues with those (full disclosure... I made my living on computers in my second career and they were all Windows with access to the mainframe or servers). I recently set up a new iPad for my 89 y.o. mother-in-law. It was easy and straightforward - a very nice device. I would say, considering today's technology in both camps, buy a product that suits your needs and budget but make sure it gets good reviews first.

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Although I'm a long time Apple user, for cell phones I've always gone with Android until recently. I switched to the iPhone SE 2020 version. There are differences between Android and IOS, but I've managed to find all the apps I want and I'm getting used to the iPhone user interface.

One of the reasons I think Android phones are cheaper is that they're typically engineered for optimal use on a single provider's network. You can move some phones between say AT&T and T-Mobile, but when you dig into the details you typically find that your limited to only certain features, bands and frequencies. And over time the carriers drop some of the less used features and/or reuse some of their bands and frequencies for newer technologies making your older phone less and less capable.

The selling points for me on the new iPhone is that it basically covers all the carriers in a single model, something even Apple wasn't doing in the past. So since I bought it outright and it's unlocked, I can switch to any carrier I want to whenever I want. The other feature is that it is a dual-SIM phone, so I can have two phone numbers on two different carriers - nice for traveling especially outside of the Continental US or for trying out different service providers. Sometimes the roaming partner for your carrier doesn't have the best coverage in place you might be, so being able to get an in-country service plan for a short period of time is a nice option.

The only downside that I saw with the iPhone SE is that it doesn't support the upcoming 5G capabilities, but I figure it will take a few years before that's built out enough to really be useful outside of major metro areas. (Side note, the three cell tower companies are trying to build out the necessary towers for 5G and their stock prices are showing it too.) Plus the older 4G LTE will be supported for quite some time into the future.

But $400 for a cell phone was a big pill to swallow as I generally don't go over about $150 and keep it for two years. I've always done pre-paid, no contract service plans and bring my own phone so being able to switch service provides was a big plus for me. There are some deals one can find on the new iPhone SE and it may be possible to get one for about $200 on a contract that can be terminated after a few months though.

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I think if you have been Android for that long, unless you are tech savvy, you will have a learning curve if you go to iOS. For that reason alone, I probably would stick with Android.

That said, I am a big Apple fan, for both computers and phones. They just work. No virus issues. Their support is second to none.

A few years ago, I had to carry a Samsung Galaxy for work. I could use it for personal use, but never did. Despite flying over 120 segments/year, I preferred carrying an iPad for my personal use.

If you do go Apple, sign up for a couple of their classes at the Apple store (once the world starts turning again). It will shorten the learning curve.


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RCMAN46 wrote:


It has one feature I think is very valuable for the older crowd that allows their children to keep track of them.

That feature is find my phone. .


a good reason to get android.
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bob_nestor wrote:

I've always done pre-paid, no contract service plans and bring my own phone so being able to switch service provides was a big plus for me.


This is the only way to do it in my opinion. People who have contracts with any of the carriers with phones that only work on their network are getting taken advantage of. We don't stream with our phones so unlimited data isn't a need for us. I won't get into which carrier is better but I have Verizon. We have two brand new unlocked Android phones capable of using any of the big carriers. I paid $175 for each of them plus two .99 cent SIM cards, plus tax. All in was less than $400. They have Large screens and great cameras. I have a Pay as you go plan on each phone. We each get 6gb of data to use each month, unused data gets carried over to the next month and if we exceed the 6gb I can buy more data at a reasonable price or I can use 3g until the month ends. No contracts, no paying for extra data we don't use. All in for both phones, both plans....$66.00 a month total. $33 a month per phone is fantastic. You can't ask for more than that! Best deal I've ever had and I've had plenty over the years. People that walk into a cell phone store and pay $700-$1000 for the latest greatest phones and then pay $150 or more per month for unlimited data and only use a portion of the allotment might as well just take money out of their wallets and throw it in the trash because that's essentially what they're doing.


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Android.

And add what'sapp for voice, video, voice messaging, and real time video calling (free).


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Long time Android user here. When my job gave me a free phone it was an iPhone. My wife loves her iPhone so it has made supporting her easier, but when work ends I’ll go back to Android. If you do go iPhone make sure you go to Settings->Messaging and turn on SMS or you won’t be able to text with your non-iPhone friends. Apple likes to turn SMS off for some reason.

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I’m an Apple guy but stick with what YOU like. Android.


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