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iPhone 6 v. Samsung Galaxy S5?

shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior MemberPosts: 5,702 Senior Member
For those who use these two models, which one do you use and why? It is upgrade time for me and I'm seriously considering jumping ship to Android.

For those that have used iOS and Android, which do you prefer?
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 20,850 Senior Member
    I despise apple, so three guesses what I recommend? :tooth:
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Hey, I don't use hardly any of the features on my I-phone. It went off this morning with a funny ding ding sound. I didn't know what it was and then I realized it was from you. I think I replied and it got to you??????
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  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,354 Senior Member
    i would have normally bought an iPhone, but at the time they didnt have a large enough screen for my demands/needs.

    you can do the 'what do you have" routine, but if it was me i would do "what do i want/need" routine.

    So, if youre interested, you can do some homework and figure things out for yourself or just buy something that someone else has. but some things to think about.

    1. screen size. This is where i put my emphasis since my eyes aren't the best anymore and i wanted to use it for my travels and use it for GPS and viewing google maps.
    2. battery run time. this was the 2nd parameter that was important to me. I didnt want to have to charge my phablet every 2 hours. Again, since it was for travel, i would be out almost 8 hours per day and it needed to be able to run for at least that about of time. Note that it didnt have to run movies and processor intensive tasks, but to bring up my googlemaps files and itinerary.
    3. memory size and upgrade. most of my requirements are simple and the 32 G would have done fine, but i choose to get one that had a memory slot.
    4. SIM card slot. Since i was going to buy a SIM in Europe, i needed a SIM slot i could swap cards if and when i needed.
    5. Replaceable battery. If my battery died or didnt hold a charge i didnt want to just "toss" the whole device. So a replaceable battery was required.
    6. USB port. I wanted to be able to transfer files using USB so i looked for a device with USB 3.0.
    7. Stylus. It comes in handy.

    last comment.

    If you have any friends that have the devices you are looking to purchase, have a look at theirs and see how you like the size/weight/features you want. Its a lot cheaper to look at someone else's than to buy one and figure out too late that it isnt what you want/need.
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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    I've got the Galaxy and despise it. It has the Dom best spell check and auto complete I've ever seen.
    You have to go to a different section for voice mails as they're not in with your call logs.to many things to list. But the big screen is nice and battery life is nice. It's supposed to be nearly water proof.
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
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  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 752 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    My house is now 100% Apple and you could not PAY ME to turn back and go windows/android EVER again... Stuff just WORKS!!! I NEVER have to turn my phone off to reset. None of my apps hags up my phone ever!!! Don't need an European SIM, iPhones work just fine in Europe, and all other places I travel to. I'm out of the IT support game for the whole family, specially my elderly in laws, because I'm slowly converting the whole family to Apple :cool2:

    I'm with Wambli, after having both systems over the years, I will never go back to Android. My Apple devices just plain work, all the time. I have no complaints. My android phones always have to be shut off, restarted and seemed slow and this doesn't happen with my Apple devices.

    I have an iPad Air and an iPhone 6. I only wish I would have gone with the 6 plus.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,645 Senior Member
    I never drank the I kool-aid. But I do love my Galaxy S-5 sport.
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  • centermass556centermass556 Senior Member Posts: 3,534 Senior Member
    I'm with Wambli....Apple stuff works. Samsung makes a great phone, but Apple is the way..Especially if you have a Mac.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,204 Senior Member
    I have done tech support for both for YEARS. Myself, I prefer the droid to the crApple. "Stuff just works".....if you enjoy your stuff the way Apple says or else. I have to backup my things to icloud or itunes or the phone won't let you. Meh. Also more apps and a wider variety of apps. Nothing wrong with the Iphone, I just don't want training wheels on my smartphone.

    I would actually wait until the HTC M9 comes out and get that. Huge SD card slot (128GB), best speakers period.

    AND HTC is also doing something no other manufacturer is doing.

    Because bad things happen to good smartphones

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Hey, I've been thunking about one of these old fart phones................

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  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,228 Senior Member
    I recently got an S5 and ended up returning it and going with an iPhone 6. Ideally I would like to have the IPhone hardware running Android but that ain't happening. Pick up both phones and you will quickly determine that the Samsung feels cheap in comparison.

    Fingerprint lock on the S5 is useless while practically perfect on iPhone. IPhone is faster and as others have said it just works.

    The S6 is due out in April so I would wait as that looks like a lot better piece of hardware.
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    You have been using an iPhone unless you can't do something you want to do with iOS why change. I know people who switched from iOS to Android and liked it but I think I know more who switched and didn't. Personal preference is so subjective you need to test drive it for you own opinion cause if you go S5 and don't like it going back iPhone ain't cheap.

    Oh yeah, I have an old S3 and use it to make calls and a few other things ... I am not a big user of cell phones.
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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,708 Senior Member
    I'm running a Galaxy note 4 and I haven't had any problems. Been running Android phones for a long time and have not encountered these problems that folks are talking about.
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    I always enjoy the multiple chants of drinking the Apple cool-aid, training wheel, etc. If the TOTAL system is designed to work as a whole, it does everything I need it to do easily and in a great logical manner, with MINIMUM involvement beyond just using it with complete satisfaction, and without me having to mess with CRAP loose standards, untested software and just about non-existent over sight on the integration between vendors, I'll go ahead and DRNK the cool-aid until the end of times...

    Haven't seen ONE single feature, app, or any darn thing in an android or Windows device that makes me want to change, and I get to see stuff 2-3 generations from what comes out commercially.

    I have to agree. I used to have an Android smartphone, and switched to an iPhone a few years back, after using my iPad for awhile. I like the commonality of the operating systems, even to the point of considering switching to a Mac laptop when this Dell eventually gives up the ghost. Surprisingly I am not a tech geek, even tho I too am in the information business; I use what works best for me and use it until it wears out, then move on to the next what's-best-for-me solution.
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,535 Senior Member
    I'm in the opposite camp. I've had Android smart phone devices for about 6 or 7 year now. No issues.

    I just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from my old Note 2. It's a very good smart phone. The new stylus features are second to none and make my uses for the phone easier.

    Screen size can't be beat if it's a need of yours. As I see it, Android phones evolve and Apple phones just get new model numbers.

    Android has user expandable memory...user replaceable batteries....etc. etc.

    Not that Apple phones are "bad" they just don't donit for me.
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    I have an S5, have been using it for about eight months. Other that the alarm clock feature being a little weird, no complaints. Does what I need it to, holds a charge pretty well, and is very simple to navigate through.

    In all fairness, I've never used an Apple product, the main deciding factor for me was that I already had android charging cables when I upgraded phones.
  • rallykidrallykid Senior Member Posts: 657 Senior Member
    I have been in the cellular industry for almost 2 decades and I will only buy a Samsung or Nexus for an Android device. I prefer the Note series. You can't go wrong with a Note 3 or 4 or a high end Galaxy device.
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  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,708 Senior Member
    Note quite sure if it would be a bazillion but Best buy had a crap load of accessories for my Galaxy Note 4.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,490 Senior Member
    Well, I think that this thread is proof that Glock isn't the only polymer-framed contraption that has fan boys...
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,004 Senior Member
    I have been on the apple side of the house since I worked for Apple in the late 90s through the introduction of the first iPod.

    Never had a reason to try anything else. U till my new company issued me an Android phone about 6 months ago. It's a Motorola, and I have to say that it is the most worthless communication device EVER. Android is kludgy, freezes, drops calls, browser crashes, email is unexpectedly delayed, the OS and apps update and restart themselves with no chance for you to tell them no... All in all, I would smash it with a hammer if I could get away with it.

    I also got a free android tablet with service upgrade. It is a hunk of poo as well. Any one that says that android is better than iOS is deluding themselves. Android is a wanna be also-ran.
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  • rallykidrallykid Senior Member Posts: 657 Senior Member
    If you go android I'd wait a few weeks until the S6 or newest HTC one.

    If you are going to buy the S6 you might as well buy the iphone. No removable battery, no expandable memory, glass back like the iPhone 4 and 4s had and the speaker grills are 100% iphone copies.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,490 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    iPhone has an aluminum frame... :tooth:
    2 things..

    1. Meh.
    2. Did I mention a platform?
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  • rallykidrallykid Senior Member Posts: 657 Senior Member
    Only so many ways you can design a rectangle. You could argue the new iPhone is a clone of the HTC one.

    That said, now that iPhone has finally caught up with Android in terms of tech, it really doesn't matter that much which you pick. Go with the one that you like best in terms of size, ergonomics, and software, and cost if buying off contract or without subsidy.

    True, but it seems the glass back, non removable battery and no expandable memory is a step backward. Even apple moved away from the glass back because of durability. The S6 is a step backward from their current phones and even Samsung is in a panic about it. I have had a chance to play with one and I am not impressed.

    The backlash from the industry, the public and Samsungs own people have been horrible. There are Samsung employees that i personally know that are leaving the company over this and the way Samsung is handling the backlash and the phone hasn't even hit the sales floors yet. Even looking at their FB page they are getting ripped apart because of the lack of features and the design looking like an iPhone clone. The backlash from the front line guys is 10x worse. If they go the same route with the Note series then i am done with Samsung products. I am not one to over react about this stuff because it has been my career for so long and I have seen designs come and go but the company is going to take a huge hit for this one.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,004 Senior Member
    Only so many ways you can design a rectangle. You could argue the new iPhone is a clone of the HTC one.

    That said, now that iPhone has finally caught up with Android in terms of tech,.

    Wait, what? Caught up? Apple started the smartphone market. Android is a copy of iOS.
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    Is it me or does it seem ALL cellphone manufacturers leave a little out of new designs so they can come out with a new model about 18 months later and get people to buy the "latest and greatest"? Phones are BIG business and by the time you add in the cost of the phone (monthly financing), data plan and other add ons you pay $80 to $100 a month per line. I like having a cell phone for some things but some families today with kids and such spend more money on cell phones than on any other utility. I gripe about cable/satellite TV but that is nothing compared to cell phones when you think about it.
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  • centermass556centermass556 Senior Member Posts: 3,534 Senior Member
    I think what Wambli was getting at is, even though it might have said LTE signal, you were still only getting 4g or less speeds. Even now, even though my phone says LTE I am only getting 4g speeds.

    Wambli, I know what the stuff in Europe is like. They still thrive on ADSL and 4g or less. Have you seen what the Asian countries offer?
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,004 Senior Member
    Yes caught up. You read that correctly. My past two upgrade cycles iPhone was missing very important features. When I upgraded from my iPhone 3gs. I waited for the 4s to come out hoping for LTE, android had had LTE for 9 months at that time. No dice. When I was next up I waited for the 5s hoping for a normal size screen. Again nope. Wanted a good screen had to go android. The 6 is the first iPhone I would buy since the 3s, but I left Verizon and carrier subsidies for a much cheaper plan (i now pay 40% less for 4 phones than I paid for 2 on Verizon) and the galaxy 5 was $150 cheaper out of pocket.

    That's funny. I almost went android (before I got these android devices and learned how inferior the OS is) for the reason that the iPhone 6 screen is too large. I already carry so much crap with me every day, that making the iPhone larger was almost a deal killer for me. Heh
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,204 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    And now we agree. Also note they do it with absolute top quality hardware and world class support. There is a reason they are where they are today.

    I don't agree at all. Apple doesn't push the envelope. Android phones are always innovating more as they have to compete with each other. Come work with me in the first 3 or four months after the next version of the Apple iOS comes out. In the last four versions I was on board for (iOS, 5, 6 ,7, and HATE...i mean 8), it took Apple nearly six months EACH TIME to get the bugs worked out.

    To me the comparison should be....do you want a Ruger 10/22 (Android). Tons of accessories and you can modify it to your hearts content. Or get the Henry Golden Boy. Less customizable but it works better out of the box.

    Tons of bad language but if you want what I see as the truth, go to youTube and search "iphone versus HTC Evo" Funny and true.
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,702 Senior Member
    Whelp, against my better judgement I tried a Galaxy. I despise this thing. Hopefully Sprint lets me switch to an iPhone again. The interface seemed fine in the store, but once I tried migrating my contacts, email account, etc, forget it.

    Also, it is so damn big.
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    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,204 Senior Member
    Whelp, against my better judgement I tried a Galaxy. I despise this thing. Hopefully Sprint lets me switch to an iPhone again. The interface seemed fine in the store, but once I tried migrating my contacts, email account, etc, forget it.

    Also, it is so damn big.

    Big is your fault. As for the rest.....grab Smartswitch from Samsung.com. It will be able to use either your itunes or icloud backup and allow you to migrate anything compatible from the Iphone to your Samsung.

    http://www.samsung.com/us/smart-switch/
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