iPhone 5 or HTC One X+
I do miss iMessage and AirPlay. All of my friends have iOS, so FaceTime is a standard. I have all the apps I need for both iOS and Android so I am not torn by ecosystem.
The things I am concerned about giving up from Android: everything I have is google (email, cal, contacts, Google Drive), I really like Google Now, screen size.
Anyone have any wisdom on this choice? Is google drive on iOS pretty good?
However, if this is not the case then it comes down to a matter of OS. For me, the Android OS is improving with every release while iOS either stays the same or even gets worse (see Maps). However, if you get the 5 you are guaranteed at least 2 years of OS releases while there is no telling if your HTC will support the newest version of Android. I have heard tails of Android devices becoming obsolete and not supporting new the newest OS release in a matter of months. That is sad but that is going to come with the nature of the open ecosystem that Google has cultivated with Android. This probably wont happen with the HTC though so it is a bit of a non-factor.
I have used iOS devices for the past 5 years so my opinion is biased but I do plan on getting an Android device once my contract is up is that means anything to you. The only reason is that I just want to see what it's like and, hell, I like change.
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That should help reduce the loss with that issue, but it's still a bit of an issue. I guess it can't really be helped when all these devices are using very heavily modified versions of the root OS so the manufacturers have A LOT of work to do to get it to run on all their devices with all their modifications.
For a two year commitment on AT&T what is not to love about a flag device that feels good in the hand. I have played with my sister's iphone 5 and it is way too light. Having owned the first 4 generations of the iPhone I feel as if iOS has gone stale.
On an interesting side note the unlocked iPhone 5 sold in the USA from Apple is only compatible with US and Canadian LTE bands.
An unlocked 16GB iPhone 5 is $649 whereas a HTC One X+ (64GB) off contract is $549. HTC is part of the Open Handset Alliance so expect to see 18 months of device support to follow.
In the end its better to go in store play with both devices to get a feel for what is right for you. Also Amazon wireless is selling the One X+ at $139 for a two year contract.
If you do need something like facetime, Skype, and Google+ Hangouts are good if not better proxies. Both also are found on iOS and Android ecosystems.
As with Airplay there is DLNA which is an industry-wide standard to which you can share data on a home network.
Good luck choosing.
Then again, when I had an iPhone, it still wasn't so bad dealing with many of these apps.
Most of my friends have iPhones and so does my family so missing out on iMessages and face time are i think legit concerns but if you have an iPad you can have both of those apps and the same is true if you have an Apple laptop.
If you have a Google Nexus tablet already you can also keep Google Now and all of the other services as well.
So in your case i really think it comes down to which device you like the best. The iPhone 5 or the One X+.
And since its a Nexus you get the latest versions of the OS.
I feel the slow death of Android as Windows gains ground in mobile since Android has never been anything but an alternative to iOS. Haters can only hate for so long. Windows is actually different and needs to push more app development and have similar connectivity with Windows devices as iOS has with iDevices.
So long term, Android loses in so many ways. Remember you sign these contracts for two years...
Dimensions > 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm (5.29 x 2.75 x 0.35 in)
Weight > 135 g (4.76 oz)
Camera> 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash.
Features > Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR.
OS > Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
Video > 1080p@28ps.
Internal Memory > 32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Stand By > Up to 360 h
Talk Time > Up to 12 h 45 min
The specifications of Iphone 5 is as follows:
Dimensions > 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
Weight > 112 g (3.95 oz)
Primary > 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features > Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video > 1080p@30fps, video stabilization,
OS > iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.4, planned upgrade to iOS 7.0
Internal Memory > 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Stand-by > Up to 225 h (2G) / Up to 225 h (3G)
Talk time > Up to 8 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)
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