I'm still looking to upgrade from my 2010 iPhone 4. How are Sony phones in terms of added bloatware? I don't want a Samsung, don't really like their build quality and all the shit pre-installed. I've seen friends with the latest phones that have noticeable lag.|
Also considering: Nexus 5, OnePlus One, HTC One Mate, next iPhone and dare I say it...a Blackberry. I may even be interested in a Windows 8 phone. I don't use many apps, just need a few things like Google Maps, Twitter and the National Rail app. The latter I can probably live without because I could use the web browser.
All recommendations welcome.
Which phone should I buy? • Page 4
Fourwisemen 1,077 posts
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If there is one piece of advice I can give, considering you're leaving your options wide open, don't go Blackberry. Awful things.
As for the others, I'm an iPhone 5s user for personal and my work phone is a Galaxy Mini. For me I have to say I much prefer the iPhone but I can understand the attraction of Android.
RedPanda87 2,139 posts
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@BurnoutJunkie Sony phones have minimal bloat. My personal choice would be the HTC One M8- amazing build, very powerful, stylish UI. But they're all good bets except BlackBerry (seriously, don't even consider it). If you're happy with iOS then sticking with that may be the safest option though.
I'm still on iPhone 3, and it does everything I need from a phone:
Text - with ease using the touch screen
Make notes - really simple to type away
Play music videos
Take photo's - which look ok by phone standard
If I really want, I can get on the web, although it is a weak aspect.
Calculator - which i sometimes use
I don't bother with games on phones. I don't bother downloading apts either.
mothercruncher 19,211 posts
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Buy the phone that's right for you guys.
Thanks for the response, guys. Interesting on the Blackberry advice. I used to have a 8900 Curve back in the day, was top notch and had amazing battery life. The browser was shite though, but those days no-one really cared much for browsing the web on their phone.
If blackberry continue making huge losses they will stop being a phone supplier in 12-18 months, they are already focusing more on the service side and less on hardware. Dead brand in waiting.
If you want a vanilla Android experience then go nexus 5, they install nothing but Google apps and that's it. You also get updated first due to it being a Google device. The Sony and HTC M8 are also very good phones.
stevethemeat 957 posts
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Had a Nexus 5 for the past week, cant find fault with it at all.
damagedinc 3,032 posts
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Using htc m8 as i type and i have to say its a beautiful phone and some good deals going around at the mo. Im on 2gb data unlimited usage on calls and texts, no up front cost for 33 a month.
If looking at nexus hold off a little as a new one may be announced soon. I love my ipad but also enjoy android so alsways go for android phones.
Might be worth considering the lg g3 aswell
mikew1985 15,483 posts
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I think there is a good chance that Google have abandoned the Nexus range.
Hasn't been anything in so long.
As someone who's never used Android. What are the advantages over IOS? If any.
Been an iPhone user for the past 4 years and currently have the iPhone 5, the missus has the same and we have an iPad 2.
We are both coming to the end of our contracts and I've been tempted to go for something else other than Apple as much as I've enjoyed he phones I've had.
Really liked the look of the HTC mate but was surprised by the size of the thing next to my iPhone.
Anyone moved from Apple and regretted it?
Are android phones as secure as Apple, are there services similar to iCloud etc...
Edited by CompetitiveDad at 13:02:42 25-06-2014
Are Android phones as secure as Apple? Answer is a big fat NO!
The main difference between Android and iOS is in customisablity. With Apple products you do things the Apple way, doesnt matter if you want a feature or not for your phone to do XYZ. If Apple dont want you to do it you dont do it.
Where as Android is by defination open. You can make your phone look and work however you want. Iam not talking custom roms, just things like widgets and live wallpapers will go a long way to personalizing the phone.
All the old arguments, such as app selection and speed are irrelvant these days. Nothing seperates them in terms of daily use. Regarding secuirty if you stick to google play store it is not any different to apple. Of course you can go further a field and install what you want (not a choice with apple) but you do run risks.
Regarding the move and regret. That really depends on you, i know some people that went Apple to Android and hated it as they were so used to everything Apple they couldnt adjust. On the other hand i also know plenty of people that loved it and couldnt go back even if they tried.
Last point size. Many iPhone owners i know cant understand how i can use a 5" Phone and a few years ago i wouldnt believe i would use one either. However over time you get so used to it and makes web browsing so much better. When i have tried other phones such as the HTC 8X (4.3" screen) i have really struggled which such a 'small' phone. God knows how you iPhone uers cope with only 4", do you only use the phone for calls and no video or web?
Edited by Sharzam at 13:13:14 25-06-2014
If you don't mind owning an impractically large phone with a clunky UI and tonnes of apps that feel like Windows 3.1 shareware, then you can't go wrong with most modern Android devices.
Have an iPhone 5s for work, and a Galaxy S2+ personally. I say this as someone not exactly being an Apple lover, but I do prefer the iPhone's form factor. Android phones seem to get bigger and more unwieldy these days - am seriously considering switching to iOS simply due to the hardware rather than software as the feel of the handset is a lot more solid/manageable for me.
The customisability of Android is certainly great, but to be honest I haven't changed the layout on my S2 for ages and with iOS stuff just seems very well integrated, ie. things just work without a hitch (from my rather short experience with it, maybe 5 months and rather light use of non standard apps). Definitely on the fence at the moment, and wondering if Windows is a contender these days also.
Widgets are overrated anyways. Half the time they don't work correctly (no refresh even though they should etc.), and if they do they drain the battery and full functionality is only achieved by entering the app properly rather than interacting with the widget on the home screen only.
Yeah, Widgets are pants, although they are coming to iOS 8, anyway, along with custom keyboards and inter-app processes. So iOS will be a lot more customizable in its next release for those who care about such trivia.
Report is from earlier this year, everyone knows Android is a security nightmare compared to iOS.
Steve_Perry wrote:Not saying these are current problems but when I think about the widgets I've used over the past months and years, only 3-4 proved to work in a way that made the widget worthwhile. Most of the time it's faster to just click on the app shortcut.
I have a calculator, clock, calendar, google now, power saver and world clock widgets on my phone and not one of them has had a problem. Can't say I struggle for battery either. I can go two days with light use without charge (with the contrast on low).
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