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    Default Switched Completely from iPhone 5 / iPad Mini to Galaxy Note 2

    Six days on the Note 2 since switching from iPhone 5. Totally got over iMessage in about two days. It's buggy, slow and unreliable anyway. Am loving the big screen but had to sacrifice the ease of one handed functionality with the iPhone which was more comfortable to hold. I figured that being able to READ the screen is more important anyway.

    I have started to discover some really awesome apps when started to completely break away from the iPhone. For instance, I am really starting to appreciate Evernote more instead of relying on Apple's default Notes app. And OMG, Astrid is an amazing Task/To-Do list program which smokes Reminders. As for playing music, I've always been a fan of Google Play which is years ahead of Apple's Music Match. And finally, for piece of mind which heaven forbid I lose my phone or it gets stolen, Cerberus which has just about every feature the most paranoid person wants such as taking pictures of someone who inputs an incorrect passcode on your phone and tracking down their location, etc.

    The Note 2 / Galaxy S3 takes really great closeup shots which is good for food photos! iPhone 5 on the other hand is better for landscape and low light shots but both cameras are pretty darn close in terms of overall quality. One of the things that I do miss is being able to use the volume button to take pictures and the shape of the iPhone 5 is perfect to use as an actual camera.

    Both are really great devices but it really depends what you need out of your portable device. If you want a simple phone to send emails, text messages, take pictures and post on Facebook, the iPhone is great. Now if you want a smartphone that does EVERYTHING else and need the screen real estate for tasks that are suited to you - the Note 2 is an excellent solution. There's of course always the option of getting the Galaxy S3 which is sort of in between the two, but if you were to go big, you might as well get the best

    My iPhone 5 and iPad have both been collecting dust for almost a week!
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    Default Re: Switched Completely from iPhone 5 / iPad Mini to Galaxy Note 2

    I've found the low light setting in the camera to be actually above par...

    Swyped from my Galaxy Note II on the Now Network
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    The best of both worlds......phone and tablet......."Phablet" LOL
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    I left the iPhone as well and I have zeeeero regrets! Note 2 by far is the best phone I've ever owned

    I stopped using Evernote and just started to use S note when I need to make a list. I think I may not be using Evernote to it's full potential. Can you explain some features you like about evernote? Thanks.
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    Default Re: Switched Completely from iPhone 5 / iPad Mini to Galaxy Note 2

    My wife and I recently upgraded from the iPhone too. She told me she didn't need a kindle or ipad mini. Win win.
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    I still have my iPad mini... but only because I like reading magazines on it and there are apps that I specifically need for what I do.
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    I left my iphone 4s in mid December and haven't looked back. I am now considering a Note 10.1 when the VZ LTE version launches, in which case I will sell my LTE iPad3. I still like the bigger tablet to read books and magazines too.


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    Default Re: Switched Completely from iPhone 5 / iPad Mini to Galaxy Note 2

    I'm keeping my ipad 3 64GB too for iOS apps and apps I bought to use for work. It's a good combo for now.
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    I just sold my Iphone 5 & Ipad 3 for the Note 2 & Note 10.1. I cant believe it took me so long to switch. I still have the 27inch 2013 imac however I like that these devices rarely if ever need to connect to the Imac anyway. I do miss iMessage because my entire family is using it and I can text my son on his ipod. I did however find an app called pocket cloud ( remote desktop) I can access on both the note 2 and 10.1. I will log in to send a quick iMessage to him so now I get the best of both worlds. I am very excited to learn all about android as I love the ability to customize the phone to make it work for me.. Not just what apple thinks I should have or need.
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    I like how you said upgraded from iphone! I agree. The note 2 is an upgrade.
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    My wife and I recently upgraded from the iPhone too. She told me she didn't need a kindle or ipad mini. Win win.
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    "One of the things that I do miss is being able to use the volume button to take pictures and the shape of the iPhone 5 is perfect to use as an actual camera."

    You can set this up, click on the gear in the upper left and it gives you the option of how to use the volume button. It also allows you to speak commands if you select Take photos using voice, which is at the bottom of the settings list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepktrckt View Post

    You can set this up, click on the gear in the upper left and it gives you the option of how to use the volume button.
    Don't recall seeing this. Where exactly? Maybe I don't have it on vzw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodyberry View Post
    Don't recall seeing this. Where exactly? Maybe I don't have it on vzw?

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    In the menus you can set the Note 2 to take pictures by voice command,,,, it's a great feature,,,, I always use it.

    On the other subjects,,,, I have an ipad 2, Nexus 10 and the Note 2,,,,,, while I do love my N2 I do miss the smaller one handed use of my iphone 5 (and all my past iPhones),,,,,,and since I like switching gadgets a lot,,,, I might go with the GS4 or the iphone 5s,,, depending on what these new generation phones have to offer,,,, yea, I'm weird,,, I like both platforms, Apple and Android.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodyberry View Post
    Don't recall seeing this. Where exactly? Maybe I don't have it on vzw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tirith View Post


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    I don't see this on my Verizon Note II. I'm running 4.1.1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse2K View Post
    I don't see this on my Verizon Note II. I'm running 4.1.1.

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    I don't think it is available on the Verizon variant, but you can use third party camera app like camera 360 which allows setting the volume button as the shoot button

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    Granted you can't use the volume rocker to take pictures, but you can just say shoot.
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    Whatsapp is good replacement for iMessage.

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    I've never heard a single person say that about iMessages and I have never experienced it.
    My 53 year old eyes read the iPhone 5 screen just fine.
    Every app you mentioned is available on iOS devices.
    The iPhone 5 camera is much better in many ways than the S3 or Note 2. Even reviews on Android sites agree.
    The iPad Mini runs full sized tablet apps.

    Good for you that you like your Note 2 but you don't have to make up reasons why.

    Quote Originally Posted by raziel View Post
    Six days on the Note 2 since switching from iPhone 5. Totally got over iMessage in about two days. It's buggy, slow and unreliable anyway. Am loving the big screen but had to sacrifice the ease of one handed functionality with the iPhone which was more comfortable to hold. I figured that being able to READ the screen is more important anyway.

    I have started to discover some really awesome apps when started to completely break away from the iPhone. For instance, I am really starting to appreciate Evernote more instead of relying on Apple's default Notes app. And OMG, Astrid is an amazing Task/To-Do list program which smokes Reminders. As for playing music, I've always been a fan of Google Play which is years ahead of Apple's Music Match. And finally, for piece of mind which heaven forbid I lose my phone or it gets stolen, Cerberus which has just about every feature the most paranoid person wants such as taking pictures of someone who inputs an incorrect passcode on your phone and tracking down their location, etc.

    The Note 2 / Galaxy S3 takes really great closeup shots which is good for food photos! iPhone 5 on the other hand is better for landscape and low light shots but both cameras are pretty darn close in terms of overall quality. One of the things that I do miss is being able to use the volume button to take pictures and the shape of the iPhone 5 is perfect to use as an actual camera.

    Both are really great devices but it really depends what you need out of your portable device. If you want a simple phone to send emails, text messages, take pictures and post on Facebook, the iPhone is great. Now if you want a smartphone that does EVERYTHING else and need the screen real estate for tasks that are suited to you - the Note 2 is an excellent solution. There's of course always the option of getting the Galaxy S3 which is sort of in between the two, but if you were to go big, you might as well get the best

    My iPhone 5 and iPad have both been collecting dust for almost a week!
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    Every review I have read say the S 3 and Note 2 camera are below par in low light. I assume the S 4 will improve on this. I haven't taken enough pictures with my Note 2 to tell but the iPhone 5 is hard to beat in low light and the Note 2 isn't even close.



    Quote Originally Posted by tirith View Post
    I've found the low light setting in the camera to be actually above par...

    Swyped from my Galaxy Note II on the Now Network
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    Quote Originally Posted by snookasnoo View Post
    Every review I have read say the S 3 and Note 2 camera are below par in low light. I assume the S 4 will improve on this. I haven't taken enough pictures with my Note 2 to tell but the iPhone 5 is hard to beat in low light and the Note 2 isn't even close.

    i think it's below par. and i've been shooting a while, including have had a Nikon F4 35mm as my everyday cam. my iphone4 had a better algorithm for resolving lighting and fill lighting issues.

    i really dig my note2 and it's been eight weeks since i switched from iOS. the euphoria from the initial change has worn off and i can tell you that android is not the polished, all encompassing OS that people make it out to be. it's uneven in its distribution across phones/carriers, glitchy (kind of like windows on how it'll work great on one pc and buggy on another), and the sophistication of apps is not on par with iOS.

    like i said it's been 8 weeks and i'm still trying to figure out why my wifi speeds are 0.1 mbps when i walk into the house (I have to turn off wifi and then back on again everytime).

    maybe the OP can explain how imessage is buggy. that's a first for me too. besides, it's one of those apps that a great deal of folks in the android world wish existed. how cool is it to see you text delivered, read, or just to see that the other person is typing, across all of your devices.
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    I'm also a convert from iPhone 5. I actually did so though, in an unusual fashion. I was bored of iOS. I thought Evasi0n jailbreak would help to relieve the stale feeling, but after a few weeks of jailbreak tweaks I'd had enough. So I sent a Tweet out asking if anyone wanted to swap an iPhone 5 for a Galaxy Note II and a long time Twitter follower took me up on the offer

    I've had five generations of iPhone and it's taken me that long to realise, that essentially, each one I bought in to, was not that much different from the last gen - certainly where the OS is concerned anyway. You do feel a bit 'locked in' with Apple products as you kind of give yourself the impression that you simply cannot now, go elsewhere. Simply not the case. I was surprised at how easy it was to transfer everything to Android. Having paid 30 a year for iTunes Match I was pleasantly surprised that Google offered the same (or near as damnit) for FREE! My love for iPhone started dying I supposed, back when I bought the 4S. Siri was it's biggest selling point and yet here in the UK it was SEVERELY limited as no location based content was available. It took a long time for Apple to sort that out. Then there was the removal of Google Maps, and the final straw was TomTom climbing in to bed with Apple and removing Google search from their iOS app. But primarily, like I said above, I'd just grown bored of the same old-same old OS and this is a worrying trend for Apple as blogs are already rolling out stories about this very subject.

    I must have spent 1000's on apps from the Apple App Store and that was another 'hold you back' element. However when it came down to it, the apps I used frequently, for the most part were free ones anyway, and the odd one or two paid apps I couldn't live without, I simply purchased again on the Play Store.

    I can honestly say, there are only two things I miss about my iPhone 5. Find My Friends and Siri's ability to recognise relationships. Find My Friends I used ALOT. And I miss being able to say "call my wife" and Siri knows who my wife is. I can't seem to replicate that on Android.

    The only other thing is the TomTom app. I have TomTom Live subscriptions so I had to lay down the cash for TomTom Android. Compared to the iOS version though, it REALLY sucks. So many features are missing and it feels unloved by the developers and so outdated.

    What I like about the Note II though, is it's size. I find it an acceptable screen size to do almost anything you would more likely do on a tablet, quite comfortably. Films, books, comic books all quite readable without straining.

    However, as for reasons why I prefer it to my iPhone 5 - widgets for one. I love that I can read the BBC news headlines with ease from my home screen. Toggles is another. So handy being able to quickly enable or disable battery draining features.

    The biggest difference for me though was realising how poor the iPhone 5's GSM and WiFi reception was. One hotel I use a lot, the iPhone 5 would not pick up the WiFi network, however in the same spot the GNII picked it up fine and others around the area too. And indoors at home, my 3 network reception was next to non-existent however on the GNII it's noticeably better.

    Being a PC user too I found it difficult using Apple's software and products to keep everything in sync across devices. There is no denying that Google make this a much simpler process. Whatever I've been looking at in Chrome on Windows 8 for example, is instantly available in the history on my GNII. However I did need to install Google services and software such as Chrome. I dislike the Samsung software that comes preinstalled so had to spend a bit of time working out what I could disable, so that's perhaps one negative point to these Android 'based' devices.

    Overall though, I'm satisfied and somewhat relieved that I kicked the addiction to iPhone. I can't see me going back now unless something drastically changes in hardware and OS design at Apple HQ.
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