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    Switching from iPhone to Galaxy

    Has anyone switched from an iPhone to a Galaxy? I've been a loyal iPhone owner since about 2008 and feel it has become quite boring. My current phone is a 4s because I really couldn't justify the extra $$$ for a 5 that really didn't do much more than a 4s. Anyway, some friends of mine got a Galaxy and I really like the bigger display. I'm not a techno-nerd who needs the latest and greatest technology and I really don't use many apps, so I'm thinking of going for a Galaxy III mainly for the bigger display. Has anyone made the switch? Will I lose all my iTunes songs? I heard you need anti-virus on the Galaxy also.
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    I don't have an iphone, but use AVG free A/V for my HTC smartphone. I can't complain. It seems to do its job.
    Regarding itunes....


    I might dump itunes eventually. But for now I use it on my mac and ipod.

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    Both my daughters (25 and 29) switched from I Phones (they always used I Phones) to the Galaxy 4, they have 0 complaints.
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    I've got the Galaxy 3... Best phone I've had except I wish the battery life was a bit longer. Personally I'm just not a big fan of Apple stuff. I might be if they didn't command a ridiculous premium.

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    I switched from iPhone to a Nokia Windows phone and I'm very happy. I like the Windows OS much better than I thought I would, even though there are not as many apps available, everything I need is available. The camera on the Nokia phone is fantastic, as good or better than my iPhone. I also sync easily with my Windows 8 laptop, so that makes it nice too. The cost to feature ratio favors the Windows phone, I don't miss my iPhone at all.
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    I did switch from a 4s to a Galaxy 4 and can't wait until my contract expires to go back to Apple. My kids have the Galaxy 4 and love them. I used a 3rd party app to transfer my itunes to the G4.

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    I love love love love love love my Galaxy Note, I had an iPhone, and this is so much better. No complaints and I didn't need an anti-virus.
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    if you don't use many apps - why do you need the bigger display? easier texting? easier dialing numbers?

    i don't have a smartphone yet, but when i get one i know it will probably be an iPhone. Not because I'm an Apple guy (all iMacs and MacBooks at home), but because it's one of the few remaining phones that is an [barely] acceptable size. The Galaxy phones are so big. And the Note? WTF? They are the sizes of ping pong paddles. how do you even put it in your pocket? it's one of the reasons i still ahve a small flip phone. it's SMALL.
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    That's true, even the galaxy 3, which I'm pretty sure is smaller than the 4, seemed ridiculously big to me... But now I can't imagine a smaller phone. I'm honestly considering the note, lol.

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    I wouldn't recommend or bother with antivirus. If you don't open the phone to third party app installs (keep the apps to the google store only) you should be fine. It's like anything else on line, if you install the shady porn apps, you are asking for problems. If you install apps that are cracked versions etc, you are asking for problems.

    I'm on my fourth Android phone and have been using it since it first rolled out, I'm a fan of the flexibility of Android. The functionality of Apple products and the consistent usability is pretty remarkable, but find the environment confining. Apple locks every option out from the user for a singular experience. Android is almost the polar opposite, which you may find confusing at first. You will find different modalities within applications...things like refresh buttons or swipes vary from app to app, things of that nature.

    I would point you to the Samsung Galaxy series or the Google Nexus for the best results.

    LG has a new one coming, maybe the G2? Should be decent and the HTC One is pretty solid too (though I like bigger batteries).

    I got a Galaxy Note 2 about a year ago, and it has been incredible. I read on the commute a lot and the larger screen is great for that and the giant battery makes it an all day phone with heavy web/data use. It is by far the best Android phone I've owned.

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    Yep, I switched a few years ago and I'm about to switch back. #1 issue size, galaxy's are just getting too big. #2 issue integration the hardware/software integration on the iPhone is simply superior to android devices. Now I'm going to miss being able to customize the heck out my phone but since I got a tablet my phone has reverted back into simply being a phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    I switched from iPhone to a Nokia Windows phone and I'm very happy. I like the Windows OS much better than I thought I would, even though there are not as many apps available, everything I need is available. The camera on the Nokia phone is fantastic, as good or better than my iPhone. I also sync easily with my Windows 8 laptop, so that makes it nice too. The cost to feature ratio favors the Windows phone, I don't miss my iPhone at all.
    My last phone was the 1st generation Galaxy S. I liked Samsung's interface and the Android OS.
    But the battery crapped out on me a little bit after a year of use. Instead of buying a new battery;
    I decided to get a Nokia N8 for the 12 MP Carl Zeiss lens camera. I don't like Nokia's interface, the
    Samsung's was more user friendly. But I really like the shots I get from the camera and because this
    model first came out in 2010; it only costs US$230 shipped from Amazon.


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