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iPhone Boredom

I've been the owner of every iPhone but the first one but I've reached a point where I'm extremely bored with it. This happened shortly after my iPhone 5 purchase. Although this is the best and most beautiful iPhone ever, I suddenly found myself yearning for something different. I made a rash decision and returned my iPhone 5 for an S3 only to run right back to my iPhone 5. I hated the Samsung apps and Touchwiz in general. Plus I felt a certain incompatibility to my spouse, family & friend's iPhones. Now, around 5 months later I'm beginning to feel the itch for something new all over again; this time for the N4. The thing is I've never wanted any other phone but I believe this iPhone wasnt enough of a Revolution for me; specifically screen size. I'm posting this discussion because I'd like to know if there's anyone out there going through the same experience as I am. Did you successfully make a switch? Are you also bored with your iPhone? Am I forever stuck to an Apple ecosystem?!

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Met

After using an iPhone for so long, you're used to great looks and a certain high quality feel. The only Android manufacturer out there, in my opinion, who reaches that same level is HTC. I suggest you take a look at the HTC One ( gdgt.com­/htc­/one­/2013/ ), to be released at the end of the month.
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efibarra

I've been following the HTC One in detail and it's probably the best looking phone I've ever seen. The thing is I think I'd want to go pure Android without any manufacturer skin. I heard Sense was also bs. Oh and the camera is eh.
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Met

Tbh, it's all talk about manufacturer skins being terrible. Sense is epic and has just been getting better and better with each update. Most Android users end up keeping the OEM skins over the stock Android one.

Camera is eh? It's the best camera on a smartphone! :o It beats the Samsung GS4 and iPhone 5. How much better do you want?
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efibarra

The HTC Ones' camera only beats the S3 & iPhone 5's camera in low light condition. HTC also specifically states the pictures taken on the One are made to be seen on a phone screen so if you save your pictures to your computer and view or share them via monitors or TV's then you'll definitely notice the low resolution.
Regarding Sense 5.0, I can't comment since I've never used any manufacturer skin except for TouchWiz. I've heard Sense was graphically bloated but that 5.0 has been significantly streamlined. Maybe it isn't so bad but when the Samsung apps on my S3 really bothered me and I can only assume the HTC apps will do the same. I guess I've been spoiled by a stock OS's.
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Met

I've only seen comparisons on the computer and the pictures looked pretty impressive. Lower resolution, so smaller image, yes. But the quality looked amazing!

As for the OEM skin, you can always remove that with a custom ROM if you don't like it. Removing the bloatware apps can be done with root, though I find most of them useful.

Sense 5 vs others? Sense 4 is when they REALLY started making it lighter and smoother. It's really smooth on my HTC One X with Sense 4, got much much smoother with the Jelly Bean & Sense 4+ update. Sense 5 looks even lighter.
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efibarra

Well that's a good thing then. How long does it take for HTC to upgrade the OS after Google releases it?
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Met

That's a very up and down thing. Overall if you take all their devices, they are the fastest out there with updates. If you're only comparing the flagship devices, Samsung usually beats HTC by up to a month.

As for a direct answer to your question, how long it takes between OS update and the next varies quite a bit depending on how much Google has changed the OS. For example, there were no ICS phones other than Nexus devices until like half a year later because of the significant overhaul. Sometimes it may take a month or 2, sometimes it could take up to half a year (only happened with ICS so far). But this is an issue with all manufacturers.
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efibarra

Thanks for the info Met.
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nitehawk

You're bored. You need constant stimulation. Buy a PS Vita, PS3 or something else that you can play video games with. If video games aren't your thing, try following new tv shows or watch everything that looks interesting on Netflix.

I understand you're bored with your current setup, but you have expressed that radically changing the hub of your connected life, your iPhone, was too big of a change. So I would recommend to get a PS Vita. It's expensive, but the games are awesome and truly different than iOS games. For me, it's like having a PS3 in my pocket. Yes it's another thing to carry around, but recognize that you don't always need it with you.

For me, PS+ is a great value because I own a PS3 so every month there are new "free" games to play. If you have an Xbox, maybe it's not as good a value, but renting a few games thru gamefly or buying used games will relieve you of your boredom.

Maybe for you, getting a bluetooth controller to try to play games with your iPhone 5 is a more economical option. I would stress looking for other/new apps, games and gadgets are a better option than giving up all the money you've spent in the app store, accessories you've bought and cables that only work with Apple devices.

I've had an iPhone since the 3G and wouldn't dare give up my iPhone 5.
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efibarra

Thanks for the advice.
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rjlramos

The thing I like about Android is you can switch things up. I have an S3 with Apex Launcher. If you don't like Touchwiz, you can always go for different launchers to tailor-fit your tastes and preferences. Don't appreciate the bloat? There's always rooting and flashing for an even more customized feel and more control.

Then again, you're too used to iOS.
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efibarra

Excuse my igorance but what's the difference between installing a launcher, rooting & flashing?
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frankspin

Launchers are just another app that runs on top of your current OS.

Flashing would be like installing a new OS since someone has tweaked or modified it. It'd be the same as you running windows but choosing to install Ubuntu.

Rooting does add a layer of complexity since you essentially become your own manager of the hardware. Flashing can cause bricks or bring on tons of other issues. There are ROMS which are barebones stock just minus bloat which would be the least amount of headaches with flashing.
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efibarra

And by the way I'm not big gamer so I'm not really interested in the PSP Vita but you do have a point about finding another new gadget.
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IdoTDW

The boredom you feel now is because of the strengthening and ever-expanding competition. Even in late 2010, the competition barely scratched the high bar Apple's iPhone 4 has laid down, but that all changed not too long ago. Samsung's dominance is undeniable: last year was the first time I could actually see as many Galaxy devices in the streets as there were iPhones.
It's quite harsh to give up on the Galaxy S III because you did not like its UI - you can basically get rid of it, even without rooting your phone: www.theverge.com­/2013­/3­/23­/4132926­/nexus­-look­-on­-a...
The best Android phone I would recommend you purchase is HTC's One, which will reach US shores at the end of April, after numerous delays. I personally like it much better than the Galaxy S4, as its screen is second-to-none; the build quality and design are absolutely brilliant; the software is great, with a Flipboard-esque Home screen (though, as I noted before, you can easily use any launcher from the Google Play Store to get different forms and functions); the stereo speakers (BoomSound) are phenomenal, you won't need any portable speaker to get louder and better audio; and the camera is terrific for what it is (I mean, will you ever print out a photo you took with your cellphone onto a gigantic canvas? It's good enough for even playing back on a large, HD computer-monitor).
If you did not like the One, or the Galaxy S4, for that matter, maybe you should wait for the next crop of Windows Phone devices. Or you could stick with your iPhone 5 and look where iOS is headed.
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efibarra

I agree that I may have rushed and been harsh towards the S3 but it was a real OS shock to me. The messages app was a piece of crap and the small lag every time I pressed and app really bothered me. Then again, I was comparing a pre Jeally bean S3 to an iOS6 iPhone 5 which wasn't really fair; the iPhone 5 was just much more fluid.
As I've previously stated before I'm in love with the aesthetics of the HTC One but I'm not sure of the OS. Perhaps a simple launcher will change my whole perspective but I feel the safe bet is that I go with a Nexus 4 as my first Android device. Remember there are 2 things pushing me towards Android:
  1. A new "fresher" OS
  2. A BIGGER screen
With 2 being the most influential. Although the HTC One would fulfill both my requirements I want to go the cheaper and safer route by purchasing a Nexus 4 and not dealing with my carrier contract (which I'm already under for another year).
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frankspin

I think your boredom isn't related to the iPhone or Android any OEM but rather the market. The cellphone market is kind of beginning to hit that point of plateau where we're beginning to see hardware become less exciting and software is becoming more about refinement. Over the last 3 years the cellphone market was on a rapid pace of innovation on all fronts but now how much more can they do to excite us (the more tech crowd). The new 'octo-core' in the S4 sounds exhilarating but are any of us really going to notice it? I think the next round of excitement will be coming in software refinements in areas of things like Google Now, Passbook, Siri, PureView, etc.

I'm thinking it's this because that is where I'm at myself, I'm just need something new and refreshing that isn't say Smart Scroll.
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Met

The octo-core isn't 8 active cores. It's either 4 low powered cores for normal tasks or the 4 high powered cores when gaming or doing other heavy tasks. So not that impressive. It's a very misleading term.
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efibarra

Actually frankspin I think it's more related to iPhones. I consider a 4.7" screen to be a "new" feature for me since I've never owned an Android phone. Also iOS is somewhat stagnant to me since I've basically had the same OS for 5 years.
I've been doing extensive research on Android and their flagship phones but I really can't make up my mind. The Nexus 4 seems like the perfect fit but the lack of LTE and the battery life is something I don't want to give up.
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erg208

I have a similar experience. I had the first iPhone, the 3G and 4S. But iOS became stale to me and I got simply darn bored. The move to Android was met with skepticism because of its open platform. However, it became an alternative beyond Apple. I started out with top devices: Motorola Atrix 4G with Gingerbread, LG Nitro HD with Ice Cream Sandwich and selected the gorgeous HTC One with Jelly Bean recently. I have considered the Nexus 4 due to its OS flexibility only to find out at the time that it didn't come with LTE. I just didn't want to be restricted any longer with customizing a gadget I use; and that it what Apple is good at. Android gives me the flexibility and keeps me away from boredom. I still use my iPhones via WiFi and still subscribe to the AppStore. However, Google PlayStore have come a long way -- and it's been worth looking at. I'm still an Apple fan because of the tight integration of their ecosystem, but as of this post Google & Android has swayed me in their court. Who knows when will Apple get me back -- quite possibly when iOS 7 and new iPhone are released this Fall 2013. By far, HTC One is the current revolutionary device.
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Jensanity5000

How about you try the newly announced BLU Life One. That way it isn't too expensive to test out along side the iPhone. I was thinking of doing the same.
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falleninsea

The last couple years i have been Android. I was using the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon (never doing that again) and the HTC DNA was my last phone. About a week ago though i went back to iOS with iPhone 5.

The DNA a great phone and the HTC Sense was not as bad as touch wiz (at least in my mind) but the biggest problem for me with Android phones is Verizon (my carrier). With the iPhone its pretty much the same phone on AT&T, Spring as it is on Verizon (software wise).

Have you considered a Nexus 7 tablet? Or even the Nexus 4 which are booth reasonably priced and you won't affect a contract if you are on one. that is assuming your carrier supports the Nexus 4. But either way a tablet like the Nexus 7 may be a good way to get your feet wet on Android and still keep your iPhone.
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efibarra

I did consider the Nexus 7 and I'm still considering the Nexus 4. The Nexus 7-2 is probably being announced this May during Google IO so that's out of the question. The Nexus 4 is probably the only serious consideration I have. I would love the HTC One if it were stock Android.
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rcereghino

I just installed Accelerate (faster animations) on my iPad mini and it feels like a new machine. Snappy and speedy "feel". Would like this feeling on my next phone. A new visual update would help a lot.
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peterzhu2118

I am sooo bored with my iPad
, I switched to the ASUS Padfone 2. You can try the HTC One X, or the HTC One (if you want to get fancy).
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TheBigBossGuy

I agree, I find that evertime they bring out a new model the only thing different is a new colour or new specs.. I just think it needs something different, something that will make it surpass the Samsung and make iPhone great again :D
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Gem84

I feel exactly the same as you, totally fed up with iPhone, had them for years got the 5 and meh. I went to s3 then straight back to my 5, I then went with the htc one and hated it again went back to my 5. Is there hope out there for something else?
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efibarra

What exactly didn't you like about the HTC One? I ask because I made the successful move to the S4 but it took some time. Once you learn all about Android and truly customize your phone you'll see it has a lot to offer. I love the S4 but I did disable most of the gimmicky features that slowed it down. If you think the iPhone 5 is Meh then you either have to wait for the iPhone 6 or try your hand at another Android.
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Gem84

The One was very laggy, I'm not a fan flipboard and the way it lumped twitter and Facebook together, I'm going to try a s4 because I've heard it's a truly customisable android. That's what I want, something unique :) I've had HTC phones in the past and loved them but HTC one just wasn't what I expected
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falleninsea

One of the problems i have with most Android phones is the bloatware they come with and I'm not talking about carrier stuff but the "enhancements" the carriers add to it. i don't think most of that is needed today. At least not on any phone that can run 4.1 and above.

with that in mind i did order the Google version of the S4. i like the specs on it and like the fact that i will be able to change most of the software option on the phone by installing what i want.

Also for the S4 i like the add on items you can get from Samsung like the different cover option, the different batteries you can get for the device and the micro SD card slot that the One doesn't have.
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