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    Default Going Back to iPhone 5

    Tried the HTC One for 2 weeks and have decided to stick with Iphone 5. Liked the phone, impressed at where HTC and Android are at this point but...

    -Couldn't get phone to work well with car which is important to me, petty, I know
    -I use an Otterbox and it made it near impossible with one hand
    -I find the Iphone Camera to be better quality as I like zooming further than HTC would allow
    -Too much clutter, IE Blink Feed and Gallery
    -I like the way Mac/Iphone/Itunes sync seamlessly
    -Battery was weak compared to what I'm used to in regards to lasting time and charge time

    Positives though...

    -Google Play was awesome, not taking up storage but having music
    -LTE Speed is ridiculous
    -Speakers are awesome
    -ZOE/Sequence Shot
    -Viewing Angles, especially outside were great, even in Otterbox

    Anyways, thanks for all help
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    Nothing wrong with preferring the iPhone. It's nice to have choices. Just a couple of notes:

    Blink Feed, I'm pretty sure, can be turned off so you never have to look at it.
    I'm surprised about the battery difference, as the few published tests don't seem to show much difference. Probably, though, it's because of LTE. That definitely uses more power in exchange for the extra speed.
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    You can make any page your homescreen and ignore Blinkfeed altogether. And when it comes to the gallery I just use the "Albums" view and it doesn't seem all that cluttered to me... But that's why there are choices. The iPhone 5 is still a great device, but you may miss the One after a few weeks :P
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    As far a sync goes you should be able to use the HTC Manager and I think they have a backup tool as well or you can do it through the cloud as well. HTC Manager will also pull things in from I-Tunes as well.
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    I'm coming from an iPhone 5 and will be sticking with the HTC One

    -Not sure what your car problems are specifically, but mine synced well with the bluetooth setup in my car
    -I can see this with all the Androids out there in the 4.7-5+ inch screen size. I always prefer a thinner case myself, as I never like taking away from the aesthetics of such a beautiful phone (iPhone 5 included)
    -I'd give an edge to iPhone 5 in camera, but would definitely note that HTC One has way more features and editing techniques. Zoe is actually really cool
    -I got Nova Prime Launcher, and took blinkfeed off altogether so no worries there. The clutter in the gallery is a pain with the Facebook integration. I think they dropped the ball there, but I never viewed it as a deal breaker or anything
    -Hey if you're used to the Apple eco-system, that's perfectly fine. I prefer the way Android syncs, because I can treat my phone more like an external hard drive. Plug it into my computer, and drag and drop stuff right on to it... effortlessly. I absolutely hate dealing with iTunes and syncing. I love that I can take my HTC One, connect it to a friend's computer, and drag and drop pictures, movies, music, etc... right onto my phone without having iTunes on my *** about everything. Also, I feel like this is a good place to mention dropbox.
    -I actually have not noticed a drop off in battery... but I guess we'll see over the next few weeks.
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    Default Re: Going Back to Iphone 5

    Quote Originally Posted by Nguyenning View Post
    I'm coming from an iPhone 5 and will be sticking with the HTC One

    -Not sure what your car problems are specifically, but mine synced well with the bluetooth setup in my car
    -I can see this with all the Androids out there in the 4.7-5+ inch screen size. I always prefer a thinner case myself, as I never like taking away from the aesthetics of such a beautiful phone (iPhone 5 included)
    -I'd give an edge to iPhone 5 in camera, but would definitely note that HTC One has way more features and editing techniques. Zoe is actually really cool
    -I got Nova Prime Launcher, and took blinkfeed off altogether so no worries there. The clutter in the gallery is a pain with the Facebook integration. I think they dropped the ball there, but I never viewed it as a deal breaker or anything
    -Hey if you're used to the Apple eco-system, that's perfectly fine. I prefer the way Android syncs, because I can treat my phone more like an external hard drive. Plug it into my computer, and drag and drop stuff right on to it... effortlessly. I absolutely hate dealing with iTunes and syncing. I love that I can take my HTC One, connect it to a friend's computer, and drag and drop pictures, movies, music, etc... right onto my phone without having iTunes on my *** about everything. Also, I feel like this is a good place to mention dropbox.
    -I actually have not noticed a drop off in battery... but I guess we'll see over the next few weeks.
    I can't stand iTunes either bro lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fettym View Post
    Tried the HTC One for 2 weeks and have decided to stick with Iphone 5. Liked the phone, impressed at where HTC and Android are at this point but...

    -Couldn't get phone to work well with car which is important to me, petty, I know
    -I use an Otterbox and it made it near impossible with one hand
    -I find the Iphone Camera to be better quality as I like zooming further than HTC would allow
    -Too much clutter, IE Blink Feed and Gallery
    -I like the way Mac/Iphone/Itunes sync seamlessly
    -Battery was weak compared to what I'm used to in regards to lasting time and charge time

    Positives though...

    -Google Play was awesome, not taking up storage but having music
    -LTE Speed is ridiculous
    -Speakers are awesome
    -ZOE/Sequence Shot
    -Viewing Angles, especially outside were great, even in Otterbox

    Anyways, thanks for all help
    It is sad to see you go. Especially since you are trying to learn how a new OS works.

    I agree with meyer that one can disable Blinkfeed. As for getting it to work in the car, do you have an Auxiliary jack in the car? I fin that while wiring to the car isn't as cool or fun, it works better. The camera is I believe only a 4 MP, which is limiting in how much zooming you can do. And finally, which Otterbox did you use? The Defender? If so, that line is very bulky indeed, and I honestly prefer the Commuter. A little slimmer but still offers the same protection, aside from a built in screen protector. As for the battery, did you have things like wifi, bluetooth, etc on a lot. If they were they can drain the battery fairly quick. Screen brightness makes a big difference too.

    At the very least, thanks for having an open mind in trying Android. You are a lot better than most of the Aple users I know who won't even try Android because it is not Apple.

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    iPhone is better for someone like you who doesn't like a feature on your android phone, but doesn't bother to change it.

    If you don't like blink feed, just get a launcher, you never have to see blink feed again.

    There are alternate gallery apps available.

    Regarding working with car, not enough details to know why, so I will just say my One works flawlessly with my truck.

    Battery life has been good for me so I am not sure the issue for you. You do need to turn off gps and blue tooth when not using, but otherwise it should get you through a normal day.

    I don't get the whole syncing with iTunes thing and why it is even necessary to sync a phone, but maybe because I have been on android a long time. The OG iphone I had was a pain in the **** with the need to sync. I haven't synced a phone since getting rid of that. What are people syncing???

    So, in closing, I guess it comes down to there is a learning curve coming from the iPhone that many people don't want to tackle, and probably a lot of iPhone users are so ingrained to the limits of iPhone that they don't understand that if they don't like something on android, it can almost always be changed. It is a different mindset that seems hard for some iphone users to break out of.
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    The things I miss from iPhone 5 are iTunes seamless sync, the HTC Sync gives me issues adding music, I don't know why... I can add songs to a playlist in iTunes, and I thought it would sync the new songs but it doesn't. I also miss headphone controls... The biggest thing I dislike is that I have everything in iCloud, and that won't change... And therefore, my email I have to manually check it every now and then instead of getting a notification. Forwarding to another email address is simply not a viable solution as my email is very organized and having the email in two places just doesn't work for me. Those are the only things that bother me about the HTC One (Android). Oh and I miss FaceTime and iMessages... The only thing in iCloud that does work are my calendars are fine which are quite important, I use SmoothSync and it works well, and for Notes, I use iNotes which syncs to iCloud.

    Battery is still questionable, standby time doesn't come close to iPhone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nguyenning View Post
    I'm coming from an iPhone 5 and will be sticking with the HTC One

    -Not sure what your car problems are specifically, but mine synced well with the bluetooth setup in my car
    -I can see this with all the Androids out there in the 4.7-5+ inch screen size. I always prefer a thinner case myself, as I never like taking away from the aesthetics of such a beautiful phone (iPhone 5 included)
    -I'd give an edge to iPhone 5 in camera, but would definitely note that HTC One has way more features and editing techniques. Zoe is actually really cool
    -I got Nova Prime Launcher, and took blinkfeed off altogether so no worries there. The clutter in the gallery is a pain with the Facebook integration. I think they dropped the ball there, but I never viewed it as a deal breaker or anything
    -Hey if you're used to the Apple eco-system, that's perfectly fine. I prefer the way Android syncs, because I can treat my phone more like an external hard drive. Plug it into my computer, and drag and drop stuff right on to it... effortlessly. I absolutely hate dealing with iTunes and syncing. I love that I can take my HTC One, connect it to a friend's computer, and drag and drop pictures, movies, music, etc... right onto my phone without having iTunes on my *** about everything. Also, I feel like this is a good place to mention dropbox.
    -I actually have not noticed a drop off in battery... but I guess we'll see over the next few weeks.
    You can keep facebook out of the gallery by breaking the link in the gallery and using facebook on the browser (create a shortcut). There is little if any difference I can see between the app and the browser version (although I am not a big FB user).

    Doing this keeps the facebook feed out of the gallery.
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    I am coming from an iPhone and the difference is definitely you can make Android do almost anything you want. I've been using the iPhone since the beginning... still love it, but was frustrated because it changed how I wanted things done. And after 6 years... it feels weird to break out of that but getting there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c613m View Post
    The things I miss from iPhone 5 are iTunes seamless sync, the HTC Sync gives me issues adding music, I don't know why... I can add songs to a playlist in iTunes, and I thought it would sync the new songs but it doesn't. I also miss headphone controls... The biggest thing I dislike is that I have everything in iCloud, and that won't change... And therefore, my email I have to manually check it every now and then instead of getting a notification. Forwarding to another email address is simply not a viable solution as my email is very organized and having the email in two places just doesn't work for me. Those are the only things that bother me about the HTC One (Android). Oh and I miss FaceTime and iMessages... The only thing in iCloud that does work are my calendars are fine which are quite important, I use SmoothSync and it works well, and for Notes, I use iNotes which syncs to iCloud.

    Battery is still questionable, standby time doesn't come close to iPhone.
    Sorry to hear that your standby time doesn't come close.. I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning my phone basically uses like 1% a hour of battery while asleep..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCjRqrQCnBQ19QoYCtdl View Post
    You can keep facebook out of the gallery by breaking the link in the gallery and using facebook on the browser (create a shortcut). There is little if any difference I can see between the app and the browser version (although I am not a big FB user).

    Doing this keeps the facebook feed out of the gallery.

    How do I "break the link in the gallery"? Not really following
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nguyenning View Post
    I'm coming from an iPhone 5 and will be sticking with the HTC One

    -Not sure what your car problems are specifically, but mine synced well with the bluetooth setup in my car
    -I can see this with all the Androids out there in the 4.7-5+ inch screen size. I always prefer a thinner case myself, as I never like taking away from the aesthetics of such a beautiful phone (iPhone 5 included)
    -I'd give an edge to iPhone 5 in camera, but would definitely note that HTC One has way more features and editing techniques. Zoe is actually really cool
    -I got Nova Prime Launcher, and took blinkfeed off altogether so no worries there. The clutter in the gallery is a pain with the Facebook integration. I think they dropped the ball there, but I never viewed it as a deal breaker or anything
    -Hey if you're used to the Apple eco-system, that's perfectly fine. I prefer the way Android syncs, because I can treat my phone more like an external hard drive. Plug it into my computer, and drag and drop stuff right on to it... effortlessly. I absolutely hate dealing with iTunes and syncing. I love that I can take my HTC One, connect it to a friend's computer, and drag and drop pictures, movies, music, etc... right onto my phone without having iTunes on my *** about everything. Also, I feel like this is a good place to mention dropbox.
    -I actually have not noticed a drop off in battery... but I guess we'll see over the next few weeks.
    I have had every iPhone since the beginning. With each model released, the competition was catching up. I feel like the One is a much superior device than my iPhone 5. The One synced seamlessly to my car. Blinkfeed is a none issue as I set it up to see how it was, then returned it to stock, and changed my home screen, I haven't seen Blinkfeed since. I, in a weird way, like iTunes and the ease of syncing iOS products like the iphone so I set out to find ways to make sure I got everything syncing with my Mac. The only thing I have a separate program for, is podcasts. I think the camera on the One is more impressive. Better colors, sharper images, and many more options in the stock camera app. Battery life is better for me on my One, not by much though. One thing I will say is that I had to really observe the battery life to see how it behaved. The stock battery display is not as detailed and accurate as the iPhone. This could cause the illusion that the battery is draining faster. I love the phone, call quality and clarity, Boomsound speakers are very clear and sound great, more customization, bigger and much more beautiful screen. I thought I was crazy to think I could switch from iOS to Android (my first Android phone) but I am not returning the One. I won't even consider the 5s, but when the iPhone 6 comes out and if it has a bigger screen, a better design form and many more features, I may consider going back. But at that point, the One will have "been there done that" by over a year already.
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    I've got an iPhone 4 and the only thing I don't like about it is I'd like a larger screen. I tried the iPhone 5 six months ago but it had wifi issues, so I returned it. There are a couple things keeping me from pulling the trigger on the One. First, I'm concerned about battery life. I often go 2 days without charging my phone. I never worry about it. I see all these threads on here about tweaking things to maximize battery life. I don't want to spend hours messing with my phone to try and make the battery last longer. Why do you need to turn the gps off if there are no apps using it? I never mess with the gps on my iphone. I don't do push email as it would drive me nuts being constantly notified when I receive an email, so that is a non issue when it comes to battery life.

    The other thing I would miss is extremely minor, but I like having a physical switch for the ringer.

    Syncing is a non issue for me. Who syncs anymore, I have everything in the cloud. The case is a non issue thing for me as well, I keep my phone naked.

    The two things drawing me to the One are the screen and the fact that we use gmail and google apps at work and I use gmail at home.
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    The screen is AMAZING. I hated the iPhone 5 too... love the 4/4s design. The One is beautiful in design. It's definitely not plug and play like iPhone but I am not sure if it's b/c I have been forced into doing things Apple's way or if it's really what I wanted. It's like going through withdrawl.

    These two apps have saved me though... b/c I still use a Mac and an iPad... they let me sync the stock calendar/contacts with iCloud! Yes. Awesome. Works pretty well so far.
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    thanks for all replies, cool forum.

    yea the bluetooth audio and call quality was fine but it wouldn't sync directory properly
    the battery issue, i did use wifi and have bluetooth on. i also used auto brightness
    i had blinkfeed not as default home screen but still, it's clutter i don't need on the phone
    the seamlessness that i like with mac/iphone is stuff like iphoto/photo stream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nguyenning View Post
    How do I "break the link in the gallery"? Not really following
    In the gallery, go to "add online services", select facebook, click the overflow menu, choose remove.

    Then don't use the facebook app. If you do it will autmaticaly add pics to the gallery. You can use the browser version of facebook though.
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    Sorry in advance if I'm coming off harsh, but... Seriously? You miss itunes sync? I use iTunes on my desktop. I have a dedicated folder that syncs to my Google music cloud. I drag the music I want available in the cloud to the folder in iTunes and it magically appears in Google Music. No syncing to the phone needed. I plugged in my daughters iphone 5 the other day to help her copy 1 song to it and the process was so stupid I felt like I had wasted 10 minutes doing something I could accomplish on any Android, blackberry or WP8 device in less than one minute. It was asking questions and the iPhone link button didn't work initially. It's supposed to be easy yet it really isn't. Itunes is a poor product for syncing anything.

    The extent of your learning process moving to Android was limited at best. Most iPhone users have been dictated to for so long that they accept complicated or limited technology like drones. Why is it so difficult for many to realize they can do anything they want with their Android phone? Alas many people would rather continue eating the same Gruel day in and day out instead of spending the time to explore something incredibly diverse.

    I know that everyone is different in terms of their patience for technology. This is why I've said before that iPhones are for people who want to think and learn less about technology. It's a device with very limited uses similar to a DVD player or a toaster. It plays a movie or makes great toast but that is where it ends. Meanwhile your Android phone is a full blown computer. People who want the power to do anything will benefit from what Android offers. This may be more work than its worth for you so going back to an iPhone may be your only option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbrad17 View Post
    Alas many people would rather continue eating the same Gruel day in and day out instead of spending the time to explore something incredibly diverse.
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    Maybe some of us don't see messing with your phone all the time as very diverse. Doing other activities may actually be a more diverse lifestyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viva Terlingua View Post
    Maybe some of us don't see messing with your phone all the time as very diverse. Doing other activities may actually be a more diverse lifestyle.
    This is a tech forum not a lifestyle forum. There are also scientists that spend a lot of time doing things that aren't riding bikes etc. But if they enjoy doing that then it is their choice. That is why I said it depends on a person's desire to learn vs being told how to use something.

    I can choose to buy an overpriced cake (iphone) or choose to make my own cake (android). When I buy a cake I can only choose from what is available. When I make a cake the options are limitless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viva Terlingua View Post
    Maybe some of us don't see messing with your phone all the time as very diverse. Doing other activities may actually be a more diverse lifestyle.
    Well, it is true some of spend a lot of time messing with our phones, especially when we first get them or a new software build comes out - to learn the system and customize the way we want therm.

    After that initial time we have them set up like we want them, know what they are capable of, and don't have to spend the messing with them any more than on iOS - unless we just like doing so.

    The difference is that we end up with a better phone (display, speed, camera, operating system) set up to work the way we want. Going back to an iPhone you just have to live with what they give you, on an inferior phone.

    You can bet that android users going to iPhone would also complain about missing how android works - I know because I have family members with iPhones and they are frustrating for me to use. Again, the difference is, there isn't a thing I can do about it on an iphone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badbrad17 View Post
    You miss itunes sync? I use iTunes on my desktop. I have a dedicated folder that syncs to my Google music cloud. I drag the music I want available in the cloud to the folder in iTunes and it magically appears in Google Music. No syncing to the phone needed. I plugged in my daughters iphone 5 the other day to help her copy 1 song to it and the process was so stupid I felt like I had wasted 10 minutes doing something I could accomplish on any Android, blackberry or WP8 device in less than one minute.
    I'm guessing he misses iTunes because he's just used to using iTunes all the time, and hasn't really been able to explore easy options to sync the One. I think he should give himself more time to understand the phone (imho) and be willing to change his ways (the ones he got from using an iDevice for a long time) a little, and explore the One for a li'l while. He might actually end up liking it better
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    Good luck. A lot of people around here don't like to admit it but in the same way iOS isn't for everyone, neither is Android. Gotta use what's best for you.
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    I also had an iPhone 5, and I sold it yesterday.

    I personally feel free now. Loving it.

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