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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by Katietsu » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:17 am

ERISA Stone wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:42 am
I didn't read all of the replies but does Apple still have the issue with holding your telephone number hostage for texting? I can't remember all of the details but you basically have to call them to remove your number from your iTunes account.
I can simply switch iMessage off and on in my settings on my phone. There are times where a change it for a single message.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by letsgobobby » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:21 am

mxs wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:50 am
letsgobobby wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:06 am

Also, I just bought myself a replacement Android phone, a Moto G5 Plus. It gets good reviews as a budget phone and cost just over $200. However, it only has 32 gb of memory and 2 gb of RAM. For $299 I can get 64 gb/2 gb. For about double, or $600, I can a Google Pixel. However I think the G5 Plus might do all I need. I usually keep my phones 3-4 years and don’t do anything requiring a lot of power, but on my 16 gb phone I’ve run out of memory to update apps, etc, even though I bought an SD card which holds my photos. Which phone should I get?
I have a much older Android phone (Droid RAZR M) with only 8gb memory, and a 32gb sd card. I am close to full on the 8gb memory with apps/updates. Does the newer OS and your apps really take an additional 24gb of memory? In other words, are you sure you have your sd card set up properly to handle more of the space? I have mine the default for pictures/videos. On some versions of phones you can move whole apps to the sd card. That may be worth looking into.

Also, my wife has an old iPhone 4S, and putting movies on there through iTunes was a horrible experience. I much prefer that an Android phone plugged into a computer acts like a simple hard drive. In general, you have a lot more control with Android, which is nice if you want/use it. If not, and you want simplicity, iPhone is probably what you want.
I store video and photos on the SD card, but only a few of the apps allow themselves to be placed on the SD card. I have 5 gb of apps and many of them can't be removed (came with phone), and another 7 gb of "miscellaneous files" which can't be manipulated/removed (system files I guess?); so usable space is relatively small. I did just clean cache, which freed up 2 gb so now I can at least update apps and security.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by NewPhoneWhoDis » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:49 am

kjvmartin wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:42 pm
gunn_show wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:27 pm
.....Google Photos gives unlimited storage, so she will never have an issues with "too many photos" stored to her phone.....
They own all of your photos, and they use them for their purposes, advertising, whatever. There is no expectation of privacy.
lol no

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by clutchied » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:43 pm

I like Android better and currently use android but I wouldn't advise anyone who is happy w/ Apple's system to switch.

#1 I don't like providing tech support anymore.
#2 you get really used to that single idiot button on apple's devices. It goes all the way back to their single idiot button mouse...
#3 many of android's most useful features are hidden and it can take quite awhile to even become aware of them.


she should not switch unless she wants to. You will get the hate and become tech support. No thanks!

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by LadyGeek » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:46 pm

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by bloom2708 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:11 pm

I have a Moto G4 and have iTunes installed. We have family Apple Music. The 3 kids have iPhones. My wife and I stick with Android phones.

You can continue to use iTunes for purchased songs if that would be a deal breaker.

There are steps to unhitch your cell phone number from iMessage. A quick search online located the steps.

Switching from iPhone to Android isn't hard. You would need a gmail account as your primary email for the device. You can continue to use your previous email associated with your iTunes/Apple ID.

The flagship devices are all trending to the $600 to $800 price point. If you like Apple, stay with them. If you want to escape the ecosystem, then it is setting up a Gmail account, downloading your apps and re-logging in.

I switched my in laws from Windows Phones to Android devices. They were fine. More apps available has caused the most confusion. They are all settled in for several months.
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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by kjvmartin » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:32 pm

NewPhoneWhoDis wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:49 am
kjvmartin wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:42 pm
gunn_show wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:27 pm
.....Google Photos gives unlimited storage, so she will never have an issues with "too many photos" stored to her phone.....
They own all of your photos, and they use them for their purposes, advertising, whatever. There is no expectation of privacy.
lol no
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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by inbox788 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:38 pm

Sandi_k wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:33 pm
JBTX wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:37 pm

The headphone jack really shouldn’t be an issue for me but it is for my daughter. She wears headphones quite often and constantly fails to charge her batteries so quite often she is using her Samsung while charging her phone with a portable charger and listening to headphones all at the same time. That simply isn’t possible with the new Apple configuration and only one port for a cord. Not being able to charge your phone and listen to headphones is a significant limitation in functionality IMO.
There's an adapter for that, with an inline splitter.

That would work, but the proper answer is wireless headphones.

https://apple.com/shop/accessories/ ... headphones

I'm sticking to the headphone jack until these come down in price and I can buy a decent set for $20 or $30.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by hfj » Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:07 pm

Our family of 4 have just switched from 2 pairs of 5s/6 to all Pixel 2's after considering the iPhone 8. This was initiated by my wife, who also wanted to try out Project Fi for international travel, the data sims (which will go into our old iphones), and cost savings since we aren't big data users. We actually haven't gotten to that part yet, having just popped our ATT sims into the new phones until our month is up, so we've just been using Pixel2 on ATT.

It's not seamless, but it's okay. It took a few days to stop instinctively pressing the non-existent home button. Losing iMessage hasn't been as bad as feared; my texts transferred over and my group chats were maintained. It took a bit of searching, trying a few launchers, and customization to get the layout/notifications the way I liked them to be (handling notifications were probably my greatest aggravation). There have been some surprising benefits; my favorite is as cyclist, having a Strava widget that starts recording in one-touch has been awesome. Everyone likes the speed of the phones and the camera on the Pixel2.

It's definitely an individual preference, but for us, just Android vs iOS isn't much of a factor. It would have been easier to stay with what we were used to, but aside from the phones and an iPad, we're not to heavy in the Apple ecosystem so it wasn't a big deal to switch either. There are trade offs for everything, and we decided instead of getting iPhone 8's (not interested in the X), we looked at the big picture, and decided to switch for the great cameras in the non-XL form factor, and to try out Project Fi. We wouldn't have done it unless everyone was on board.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by AntsOnTheMarch » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:07 pm

Your Mrs. is happy with her iPhone and you want to switch. Why? Is the Mrs. a techie? No. Otherwise she’d pick her own phone and it would be whatever: android, a jail-broken iPhone, or whatever “wins” on her list. For the people like your Mrs. and me, a phone is tool. Any new phone is 1000x better than any phone from just a few years ago. As long as it does what we want, the way we want it, we are good to go. This fascination with hardware, 1 gazillion megapixel cameras, and customizing every setting under the sun makes us go “hmmm.”

And yes, swapping ecosystems is a real disruption at best and a nuisance at worst. I bet you’ll make the Mrs. happy if you stick with Apple. Talk her into a cheaper model if you want to save money.

Furthermore, why surrender her digital life to google? Google is at heart, an advertising company and we are the product. I use gmail, google voice and various other google products but not in substantial way. I use them as honeypots for spam and marketing calls and give out my real email and number to the people I trust. Maybe this explains it better.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by FrugalInvestor » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:29 pm

My wife went from an iPhone to a Nexus 5x on Google Fi. She likes some things about each phone better than the other but overall liked the iPhone best. However, the price of the Fi service at between $20 and $25/month for her has won out. Since we use chromebooks Google Fi also integrates very well into our ecosystem.

If she had a choice of the Android vs. the iPhone on the same service at the same cost she would choose the iPhone. If I had the choice I would choose the Android.
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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by Momus » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:29 pm

kjvmartin wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:49 pm
Momus wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:54 am
Iphone sucks. Customization is limited. Hardware is subpar. Technology is about 2 yrs behind flagship Android. Options to do stuff isn't supported. Basic stuff like sharing/exporting files to many program is just not supported. One button only lmao... Yea, I won't buy apple anytime soon. The problem with a lot of people who tried Android is they cheap out and buy a budget android device thinking this cheap android device will compete with Apple $900 phone (it won't). If you buy current Android flagship, they are better than iPhone.
Your information is so far off that I don't know where to begin:

Technology 2 years behind? The iPhone 8 A11 Bionic is years ahead of anything in any Android. It's a desktop class chip in a smart phone. Apple has been consistently ahead of other phone makers by a wide margin. Everyone is always catching up to them.

Source: https://digitaltrends.com/mobile/ap ... enchmarks/

Sharing and exporting files? iOS 11 has the "files" feature which allows you to access files on the storage, share, and export. This works with most cloud providers, including Google Drive.

Source: http://zdnet.com/article/why-im-lov ... in-ios-11/

Android device makers have been copying the iPhone since they came out. They have at times added gimmick features that are new to the market to try and claim they are "ahead of the iPhone." Apple waits until new technology matures a bit and then integrates it. It's such a smooth experience, they work to keep it that way.

kjvm
The only thing iPhone x got going is its processor speed. Everything else is outdated. Wait until it's "maturing" is such a wimpy word. They don't introduce anything new, they just copy whatever Android did. You can't say this any other way. Oh wait, wireless charging got popular, let's copy that! Let's water proof our phone too, copy Samsung. Note or galaxy 8+ has better tech. Next iPhone 11, you guys gonna enjoy split screens, no bezel on the top, fast charging, better resolution display. Typical Apple move, copy whoever does it better. And, you can call that revolutionary LMAO. SMH. Copy copy copy. Ain't dropping $ to old tech. Sorry. You can enjoy your old technology and call it whatever it is but android users have enjoyed the techs 2 yrs back.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by marc515 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:12 am

Momus wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:29 pm
kjvmartin wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:49 pm
Momus wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:54 am
Iphone sucks. Customization is limited. Hardware is subpar. Technology is about 2 yrs behind flagship Android. Options to do stuff isn't supported. Basic stuff like sharing/exporting files to many program is just not supported. One button only lmao... Yea, I won't buy apple anytime soon. The problem with a lot of people who tried Android is they cheap out and buy a budget android device thinking this cheap android device will compete with Apple $900 phone (it won't). If you buy current Android flagship, they are better than iPhone.
Your information is so far off that I don't know where to begin:

Technology 2 years behind? The iPhone 8 A11 Bionic is years ahead of anything in any Android. It's a desktop class chip in a smart phone. Apple has been consistently ahead of other phone makers by a wide margin. Everyone is always catching up to them.

Source: https://digitaltrends.com/mobile/ap ... enchmarks/

Sharing and exporting files? iOS 11 has the "files" feature which allows you to access files on the storage, share, and export. This works with most cloud providers, including Google Drive.

Source: http://zdnet.com/article/why-im-lov ... in-ios-11/

Android device makers have been copying the iPhone since they came out. They have at times added gimmick features that are new to the market to try and claim they are "ahead of the iPhone." Apple waits until new technology matures a bit and then integrates it. It's such a smooth experience, they work to keep it that way.

kjvm
The only thing iPhone x got going is its processor speed. Everything else is outdated. Wait until it's "maturing" is such a wimpy word. They don't introduce anything new, they just copy whatever Android did. You can't say this any other way. Oh wait, wireless charging got popular, let's copy that! Let's water proof our phone too, copy Samsung. Note or galaxy 8+ has better tech. Next iPhone 11, you guys gonna enjoy split screens, no bezel on the top, fast charging, better resolution display. Typical Apple move, copy whoever does it better. And, you can call that revolutionary LMAO. SMH. Copy copy copy. Ain't dropping $ to old tech. Sorry. You can enjoy your old technology and call it whatever it is but android users have enjoyed the techs 2 yrs back.
We get it: you don't like Apple!

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by queso » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:09 am

We have both. Each has plusses and minuses, but one thing to keep an eye on since you mentioned going from an iPhone to an Android device is your SMS settings. Unless things have changed, Apple has a bad habit of hijacking your SMS messages with iMessage. Before you deactivate your iPhone and switch MAKE SURE you turn off iMessage or you will find that you aren't getting text messages from friends/family/coworkers that have Apple devices (but you may see them on your iPad). Other than that the switch is pretty easy.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by p0nyboy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:49 am

I love hearing people complain who have an iphone...then when a new ios update is released it slows their phone down to a crawl...so they complain they have to buy a new iphone, lol. Instead of dumping that con artist of a company they keep supporting them. I love it!

Yes the transition to android is simple. If you're an apple fanboy then you couldnt possible be seen without that pretty apple logo on the back of your phone.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by sunny_socal » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:28 am

PSA: I've been slapped on the wrist enough times to know that this thread will soon get locked. Keep the conversation polite and constructive.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by marc515 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:17 pm

p0nyboy wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:49 am
I love hearing people complain who have an iphone...then when a new ios update is released it slows their phone down to a crawl...so they complain they have to buy a new iphone, lol. Instead of dumping that con artist of a company they keep supporting them. I love it!

Yes the transition to android is simple. If you're an apple fanboy then you couldnt possible be seen without that pretty apple logo on the back of your phone.
Well, I get it you don't like Apple either!

Any older model phone will slow down with newer updated, regardless of brand; same goes with computers, and other electronics requiring software upgrades.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by letsgobobby » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:22 pm

I just got my new Moto G5 Plus for $206 and am shocked by its speed and brilliance. It’s like I’ve moved up from a Yaris to a Lexus. What is it missing compared to top end phones? Apparently an even more spectacular phone; a bigger screen; wireless charging; the faster USB port; more memory. Those are worth something but as for “just working, really fast” this phone is great. It’s even faster than my iPad.

Now I’m a little annoyed because why do I need to spend 6 times as much for an iPhone X? She has somehow decided that is the phone she wants. I’m hoping she’ll play with my phone a little to see what a budget model can still do...

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by pochax » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:36 pm

the G5 plus is a nice phone...got two for my parents this past summer on Prime Day. the thing it lacks compared to flagships are:
1) camera picture quality (probably the biggest drawback compared to the flagships)
2) performance if you are into gaming
3) display is "only" Full HD (1080p) and not QuadHD (1440p)
4) no NFC, super fast charging, wireless charging, waterproofing (but if you don't use these things, not a big deal)
5) no USB-type C (still on microUSB)

most if not all of these things are not deal-breakers for the majority of people, therefore it is a great phone (or at least a great value).

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by mxs » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:55 pm

I am shocked with how much value old phones seem to hold. Sure you can use them as tablets when you move onto a new phone, but I would think they would drop in price quicker than cars and they don't seem to.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by dumbbunny » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:04 am

mxs wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:55 pm
I am shocked with how much value old phones seem to hold. Sure you can use them as tablets when you move onto a new phone, but I would think they would drop in price quicker than cars and they don't seem to.
I'm thinking old phones are holding their value because new (flagship) phones are getting so expensive. Many people are balking at paying so much.
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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by sunny_socal » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:58 am

dumbbunny wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:04 am
mxs wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:55 pm
I am shocked with how much value old phones seem to hold. Sure you can use them as tablets when you move onto a new phone, but I would think they would drop in price quicker than cars and they don't seem to.
I'm thinking old phones are holding their value because new (flagship) phones are getting so expensive. Many people are balking at paying so much.
I'm waiting till the next update cycle. Hopefully the Note8 will be 'only' $600 or thereabouts! :beer

I don't think I'd buy a used phone of any kind since modern designs don't have a removable battery. If looking to save $$ the older designs are pretty good:
- Are fast enough
- Tend to have 3.5mm headphone jacks
- Don't force an 'upgrade' to USB-C
- Cameras are still great, just not as good as the flagship cameras
- RAM and Storage are adequate for every day use. (I sweep my pictures to my laptop annually)

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by mxs » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:33 am

letsgobobby wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:22 pm
I just got my new Moto G5 Plus for $206 and am shocked by its speed and brilliance. It’s like I’ve moved up from a Yaris to a Lexus. What is it missing compared to top end phones? Apparently an even more spectacular phone; a bigger screen; wireless charging; the faster USB port; more memory. Those are worth something but as for “just working, really fast” this phone is great. It’s even faster than my iPad.

Now I’m a little annoyed because why do I need to spend 6 times as much for an iPhone X? She has somehow decided that is the phone she wants. I’m hoping she’ll play with my phone a little to see what a budget model can still do...
I am guessing you got the 2 Gig Ram / 32 Gig Memory version. If this is true, what amount of memory is used from the OS alone, or now that you have added whatever apps, what amount of that 32 Gig Memory is used? I am looking closely at getting this phone, and guessing there is little difference between 2 and 4 Gig Ram, so the built in storage is my only concern. I would put in at least a 32 Gig memory card to cover photos/videos/moveable apps etc.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by LiterallyIronic » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:46 am

Wait, what? Difficult to switch phones?

You just open up the old phone to the list of contacts and then type their names and phone numbers into your new phone's contact list. Done. You have now switched phones.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by AntsOnTheMarch » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:49 am

LiterallyIronic wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:46 am
Wait, what? Difficult to switch phones?

You just open up the old phone to the list of contacts and then type their names and phone numbers into your new phone's contact list. Done. You have now switched phones.
Hahaha. Your forum handle is it’s own sarcasm tag. Well done! :sharebeer

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by letsgobobby » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:13 pm

LiterallyIronic wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:46 am
Wait, what? Difficult to switch phones?

You just open up the old phone to the list of contacts and then type their names and phone numbers into your new phone's contact list. Done. You have now switched phones.
Great question. That was one of the major limitations of my old Samsung S4. To recap, the S4 (which is about 4 years old) had these problems:
- very weak wifi reception, couldn’t use wifi in my house;
- inadequate memory - I had stopped updating apps because there was inadequate memory, obviously a big security problem;
- phone would randomly shut off. This might have something to do with physical damage, obviously it was an older phone;
- I had the 16 gb S4.

I’ve now got all my apps on my Moto G5 plus, and it shows:

7.41 gb Android OS
3.90 gb internal shared storage (presumably all my apps and a few photos. I don’t have any large downloaded files - no videos, music, ringtones, etc).

21 gb of available storage.

Hope that is helpful.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by letsgobobby » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:14 pm

LiterallyIronic wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:46 am
Wait, what? Difficult to switch phones?

You just open up the old phone to the list of contacts and then type their names and phone numbers into your new phone's contact list. Done. You have now switched phones.
Hopefully you understood the question was about changing ecosystems, from IOS to Android.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by dumbbunny » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:48 pm

mxs wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:33 am
letsgobobby wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:22 pm
I just got my new Moto G5 Plus for $206 and am shocked by its speed and brilliance. It’s like I’ve moved up from a Yaris to a Lexus. What is it missing compared to top end phones? Apparently an even more spectacular phone; a bigger screen; wireless charging; the faster USB port; more memory. Those are worth something but as for “just working, really fast” this phone is great. It’s even faster than my iPad.

Now I’m a little annoyed because why do I need to spend 6 times as much for an iPhone X? She has somehow decided that is the phone she wants. I’m hoping she’ll play with my phone a little to see what a budget model can still do...
I am guessing you got the 2 Gig Ram / 32 Gig Memory version. If this is true, what amount of memory is used from the OS alone, or now that you have added whatever apps, what amount of that 32 Gig Memory is used? I am looking closely at getting this phone, and guessing there is little difference between 2 and 4 Gig Ram, so the built in storage is my only concern. I would put in at least a 32 Gig memory card to cover photos/videos/moveable apps etc.
I have the Moto G4 2Gb/16Gb plus a 32Gb SD card. It's running Android 7.0 and uses 6.7 Gb (internal storage) and uses about 1.3 Gb of memory. Moto Gs are great phones.
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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by mxs » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:44 am

dumbbunny wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:48 pm


I have the Moto G4 2Gb/16Gb plus a 32Gb SD card. It's running Android 7.0 and uses 6.7 Gb (internal storage) and uses about 1.3 Gb of memory. Moto Gs are great phones.
Thanks for the info. I am now between getting a G5 Plus on Verizon, or something else and going with Project FI. My wife uses an iPhone, and I don't think she wants to change, so I wouldn't be able to go to Project FI.

Why Project FI? The monthly price should be ~$50 less, or $600 a year. That would easily pay for a new phone, or two in a year or two.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by sunny_socal » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:43 am

mxs wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:44 am
dumbbunny wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:48 pm


I have the Moto G4 2Gb/16Gb plus a 32Gb SD card. It's running Android 7.0 and uses 6.7 Gb (internal storage) and uses about 1.3 Gb of memory. Moto Gs are great phones.
Thanks for the info. I am now between getting a G5 Plus on Verizon, or something else and going with Project FI. My wife uses an iPhone, and I don't think she wants to change, so I wouldn't be able to go to Project FI.

Why Project FI? The monthly price should be ~$50 less, or $600 a year. That would easily pay for a new phone, or two in a year or two.
Then just use Cricket. The price is about the same and Cricket will run iPhones without problems. We have three Androids and one iPhone on our plan and pretty soon we'll also connect our car. That's $100/month total for 5 lines, taxes & fees included.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by remomnyc » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:21 am

I don't know if it's difficult to switch, but I have an Android and my husband as an iPhone. When our son started high school, we gave him the choice of my Samsung S4 or his iPhone 6. Son has used both. Our son chose the android. I upgraded to the Moto G5 Plus and I love it. My husband wants to switch but he's got a lot of music and other stuff tied to Apple that he may not be able to transfer.

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Post by pochax » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:22 am

mxs wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:44 am
dumbbunny wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:48 pm


I have the Moto G4 2Gb/16Gb plus a 32Gb SD card. It's running Android 7.0 and uses 6.7 Gb (internal storage) and uses about 1.3 Gb of memory. Moto Gs are great phones.
Thanks for the info. I am now between getting a G5 Plus on Verizon, or something else and going with Project FI. My wife uses an iPhone, and I don't think she wants to change, so I wouldn't be able to go to Project FI.

Why Project FI? The monthly price should be ~$50 less, or $600 a year. That would easily pay for a new phone, or two in a year or two.
you can stay on verizon with your iphone and use one of their MVNOs to save money. pageplus, US Mobile (pick the "Super LTE network" not the GSM one), and total wireless all operate on the verizon network.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by mxs » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:29 am

sunny_socal wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:43 am
mxs wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:44 am
dumbbunny wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:48 pm


I have the Moto G4 2Gb/16Gb plus a 32Gb SD card. It's running Android 7.0 and uses 6.7 Gb (internal storage) and uses about 1.3 Gb of memory. Moto Gs are great phones.
Thanks for the info. I am now between getting a G5 Plus on Verizon, or something else and going with Project FI. My wife uses an iPhone, and I don't think she wants to change, so I wouldn't be able to go to Project FI.

Why Project FI? The monthly price should be ~$50 less, or $600 a year. That would easily pay for a new phone, or two in a year or two.
Then just use Cricket. The price is about the same and Cricket will run iPhones without problems. We have three Androids and one iPhone on our plan and pretty soon we'll also connect our car. That's $100/month total for 5 lines, taxes & fees included.
I am missing something pricing wise with Cricket. I just spoke with the local Cricket store and asked them how much 2 lines with 1 GB of data would be, and I was told that it would be a $25 activation fee, $30/month per line, and a $9.99 sim card fee that may be able to be waived. I was told that it would be two separate lines, and with the group discount I could do a 4GB line for $40 minus $10 discount, plus a second line at 1GB at $30 (maybe 4GB at $40 minus another $10 discount?). Either way, the website doesn't seem to let you add a second line to share data, and the person I spoke with made it sound like it would be $30 + $30 with two separate lines a month, totaling $60/month at best.

From what I am seeing, Cricket is $30 + $30 = $60 for two lines
FI is $20 + $10 for 1GB + $15 for additional line = $45 (plus or minus on data, plus taxes)

Counting coppers maybe, but FI is cheaper and adds international capabilities. What am I missing with Cricket's pricing/plans?

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Post by pochax » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:01 pm

mxs wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:29 am
I am missing something pricing wise with Cricket. I just spoke with the local Cricket store and asked them how much 2 lines with 1 GB of data would be, and I was told that it would be a $25 activation fee, $30/month per line, and a $9.99 sim card fee that may be able to be waived. I was told that it would be two separate lines, and with the group discount I could do a 4GB line for $40 minus $10 discount, plus a second line at 1GB at $30 (maybe 4GB at $40 minus another $10 discount?). Either way, the website doesn't seem to let you add a second line to share data, and the person I spoke with made it sound like it would be $30 + $30 with two separate lines a month, totaling $60/month at best.

From what I am seeing, Cricket is $30 + $30 = $60 for two lines
FI is $20 + $10 for 1GB + $15 for additional line = $45 (plus or minus on data, plus taxes)

Counting coppers maybe, but FI is cheaper and adds international capabilities. What am I missing with Cricket's pricing/plans?
couple comments:
- if you go to a cricket store/outlet, you will get charged the activation fee (if you do it all online and have the SIM card shipped to you and DIY, you will not have to pay that fee but you will have to pay the $10 SIM card fee)
- the 1GB $30 plan does NOT work with group save or autopay discounts which is why it needs to be 2 separate lines.

also, cricket prices are all-inclusive of taxes and fees

i think you are good either way. Google Fi only seems to use TMobile and Sprint networks (which really stink in my area) whereas Cricket uses AT&T network so that is what made the decision for me.

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Post by BL » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:23 pm

Looks like Costco has a good price for Moto G5 Plus at about 170 this month for members only. I am not a member so don't know if it would be worth it for me compared to Amazon with ads at $185. My kid does belong, however, so that is another option. I have been watching their online site for quite a while.

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Post by ryuns » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:32 pm

BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:23 pm
Looks like Costco has a good price for Moto G5 Plus at about 170 this month for members only. I am not a member so don't know if it would be worth it for me compared to Amazon with ads at $185. My kid does belong, however, so that is another option. I have been watching their online site for quite a while.
FYI, a leaked Costco Black Friday ad shows that deal is expected to come back on Nov 17 on Costco.com: https://bestblackfriday.com/ads/costco- ... 12#ad_view

I'd actually rather get the upgraded 4gb of RAM version for a bit extra, but that's not an option at Costco, so I'll hope for a sale at Amazon.
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered. -- GK Chesterton

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Post by BL » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:58 pm

ryuns wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:32 pm
BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:23 pm
Looks like Costco has a good price for Moto G5 Plus at about 170 this month for members only. I am not a member so don't know if it would be worth it for me compared to Amazon with ads at $185. My kid does belong, however, so that is another option. I have been watching their online site for quite a while.
FYI, a leaked Costco Black Friday ad shows that deal is expected to come back on Nov 17 on Costco.com: https://bestblackfriday.com/ads/costco- ... 12#ad_view

I'd actually rather get the upgraded 4gb of RAM version for a bit extra, but that's not an option at Costco, so I'll hope for a sale at Amazon.
Thanks. I was there but lost track of details. I am still waffling on which way to go, and am not in a great hurry to decide.

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Post by ryuns » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:03 pm

BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:58 pm
ryuns wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:32 pm
BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:23 pm
Looks like Costco has a good price for Moto G5 Plus at about 170 this month for members only. I am not a member so don't know if it would be worth it for me compared to Amazon with ads at $185. My kid does belong, however, so that is another option. I have been watching their online site for quite a while.
FYI, a leaked Costco Black Friday ad shows that deal is expected to come back on Nov 17 on Costco.com: https://bestblackfriday.com/ads/costco- ... 12#ad_view

I'd actually rather get the upgraded 4gb of RAM version for a bit extra, but that's not an option at Costco, so I'll hope for a sale at Amazon.
Thanks. I was there but lost track of details. I am still waffling on which way to go, and am not in a great hurry to decide.
What other options are you considering? My wife has a G5 Plus with the 4gb of RAM and it's a lovely phone. Still has a few budget features (no Quad HD screen, good but not great camera), but overall performance is incredible. I'm probably going to keep using my moto x 2nd gen with the cracked screen until the G5 plus goes on sale, but I periodically get a bee in my bonnet to check out something else. Not much else in the <$300 arena seems to compete with the G5, though the Huawei Honor 8 looks pretty cool, and I'm occasionally tempted to just fork over the $600+ for a Pixel.
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Post by aristotelian » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:11 pm

I am very happy with my Android based $69 Blu R1 HD. There is an R2 now that is a little out of my price range at $109.

I prefer Android purely because of the option of budget and ultra budget price ranges. However, if I already had an iPhone 6, I would just buy a battery replacement kit on eBay. At $15 to fix a $200+ device, it is worth a shot.

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Post by AntsOnTheMarch » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:58 pm

pochax wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:01 pm
mxs wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:29 am
I am missing something pricing wise with Cricket. I just spoke with the local Cricket store and asked them how much 2 lines with 1 GB of data would be, and I was told that it would be a $25 activation fee, $30/month per line, and a $9.99 sim card fee that may be able to be waived. I was told that it would be two separate lines, and with the group discount I could do a 4GB line for $40 minus $10 discount, plus a second line at 1GB at $30 (maybe 4GB at $40 minus another $10 discount?). Either way, the website doesn't seem to let you add a second line to share data, and the person I spoke with made it sound like it would be $30 + $30 with two separate lines a month, totaling $60/month at best.

From what I am seeing, Cricket is $30 + $30 = $60 for two lines
FI is $20 + $10 for 1GB + $15 for additional line = $45 (plus or minus on data, plus taxes)

Counting coppers maybe, but FI is cheaper and adds international capabilities. What am I missing with Cricket's pricing/plans?
couple comments:
- if you go to a cricket store/outlet, you will get charged the activation fee (if you do it all online and have the SIM card shipped to you and DIY, you will not have to pay that fee but you will have to pay the $10 SIM card fee)
- the 1GB $30 plan does NOT work with group save or autopay discounts which is why it needs to be 2 separate lines.

also, cricket prices are all-inclusive of taxes and fees

i think you are good either way. Google Fi only seems to use TMobile and Sprint networks (which really stink in my area) whereas Cricket uses AT&T network so that is what made the decision for me.
Does cricket limit iPhone features in any way? Visual voicemail, for example?

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Post by BL » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:45 pm

ryuns wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:03 pm
BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:58 pm
ryuns wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:32 pm
BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:23 pm
Looks like Costco has a good price for Moto G5 Plus at about 170 this month for members only. I am not a member so don't know if it would be worth it for me compared to Amazon with ads at $185. My kid does belong, however, so that is another option. I have been watching their online site for quite a while.
FYI, a leaked Costco Black Friday ad shows that deal is expected to come back on Nov 17 on Costco.com: https://bestblackfriday.com/ads/costco- ... 12#ad_view

I'd actually rather get the upgraded 4gb of RAM version for a bit extra, but that's not an option at Costco, so I'll hope for a sale at Amazon.
Thanks. I was there but lost track of details. I am still waffling on which way to go, and am not in a great hurry to decide.
What other options are you considering? My wife has a G5 Plus with the 4gb of RAM and it's a lovely phone. Still has a few budget features (no Quad HD screen, good but not great camera), but overall performance is incredible. I'm probably going to keep using my moto x 2nd gen with the cracked screen until the G5 plus goes on sale, but I periodically get a bee in my bonnet to check out something else. Not much else in the <$300 arena seems to compete with the G5, though the Huawei Honor 8 looks pretty cool, and I'm occasionally tempted to just fork over the $600+ for a Pixel.
It looks like the G5S plus has slightly better camera and comes with 3/32 GB ($280 at BB). I don't know what I might want in a few years, but GPS has saved me headaches in traveling, and I might travel to Europe again where a Sim card would be great. I expect the more basic one will be fine; I use Ipad and/or Chromebook where WiFi is available, which seems to be almost everywhere these days.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by CheeseFlip » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:40 pm

I use both daily. Work phone is Apple, personal phone is Android. The Android really has much better notifications and customization options.
The iPhone has one killer feature though, a hardware mute switch. I love that feature. Any Android that adds a hardware silence switch will earn my loyalty.

Overall, this is a silly thread. Both are easy to use.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by knick17 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:00 pm

Same thing as "is it difficult to switch from MacOS to Windows!?" NO! just play around with it!

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by mxs » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:30 pm

ryuns wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:03 pm
BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:58 pm
ryuns wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:32 pm
BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:23 pm
Looks like Costco has a good price for Moto G5 Plus at about 170 this month for members only. I am not a member so don't know if it would be worth it for me compared to Amazon with ads at $185. My kid does belong, however, so that is another option. I have been watching their online site for quite a while.
FYI, a leaked Costco Black Friday ad shows that deal is expected to come back on Nov 17 on Costco.com: https://bestblackfriday.com/ads/costco- ... 12#ad_view

I'd actually rather get the upgraded 4gb of RAM version for a bit extra, but that's not an option at Costco, so I'll hope for a sale at Amazon.
Thanks. I was there but lost track of details. I am still waffling on which way to go, and am not in a great hurry to decide.
What other options are you considering? My wife has a G5 Plus with the 4gb of RAM and it's a lovely phone. Still has a few budget features (no Quad HD screen, good but not great camera), but overall performance is incredible. I'm probably going to keep using my moto x 2nd gen with the cracked screen until the G5 plus goes on sale, but I periodically get a bee in my bonnet to check out something else. Not much else in the <$300 arena seems to compete with the G5, though the Huawei Honor 8 looks pretty cool, and I'm occasionally tempted to just fork over the $600+ for a Pixel.
Looks like Best Buy has the G5S Plus 32 for sale at $239 and G5S Plus 64 for sale at $299. Newegg has those same prices and is throwing in a bluetooth headset for free (motorola brand). Going to try the G5S 64 on usmobile Any suggestions for a screen protector and/or case?

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by pochax » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:43 am

BL wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:45 pm
It looks like the G5S plus has slightly better camera and comes with 3/32 GB ($280 at BB). I don't know what I might want in a few years, but GPS has saved me headaches in traveling, and I might travel to Europe again where a Sim card would be great. I expect the more basic one will be fine; I use Ipad and/or Chromebook where WiFi is available, which seems to be almost everywhere these days.
if you read the reviews, the G5S plus camera is NOT better than the previous G5 plus...it is a dual camera, but the quality is either no better or possibly worse. that might get fixed with software updates, but who knows with Motorola which is NOT known for its camera's picture quality.

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Post by Sandi_k » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:31 pm

inbox788 wrote:
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:38 pm
Sandi_k wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:33 pm
JBTX wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:37 pm

The headphone jack really shouldn’t be an issue for me but it is for my daughter. She wears headphones quite often and constantly fails to charge her batteries so quite often she is using her Samsung while charging her phone with a portable charger and listening to headphones all at the same time. That simply isn’t possible with the new Apple configuration and only one port for a cord. Not being able to charge your phone and listen to headphones is a significant limitation in functionality IMO.
There's an adapter for that, with an inline splitter.

That would work, but the proper answer is wireless headphones.
Unless you're flying, and your phone is required to be in airplane mode. In that case, your wireless headphones are useless.

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Post by letsgobobby » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:55 pm

Just bought the g5plus for $169 at Costco, and returned it to get a refund on the $219 price I paid three weeks ago. Outside of their 14 day price adjustment period but they had no problem with me rebuying then returning. $169 is a great price. I've been extremely happy with this phone, the battery life is stunning. Haven't ever fallen below 50% after a day's use.

It is good I saved some bones on my phone, because my better half is insisting on the iPhone X.

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Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Post by Cash » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:29 am

letsgobobby wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:55 pm
It is good I saved some bones on my phone, because my better half is insisting on the iPhone X.
We all saw that coming :wink: (and I don't blame her)

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