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  1. Inevitable Flux's Avatar
    I haven't been able to bring myself to try Windows yet. I've only had one Windows computer for personal use (been a Mac user since the late 90's). The Surface Pros look nice, but for the price of those I could also just get a MBP when they're updated.
    The Surface Pro 4 was a mess at launch (and for a good many months after) -- lots of bugs and performance issues, but it's really become a worthwhile purchase for me in the last 4-5 months as firmware updates and such have ironed out the kinks. That said - I'm with you. At least with similar pricing in a MBP, you might have some assurances it'll just "work" if history is anything to go off of

    I'm new to the Mac OS. I was in the market for an all-in-one about 6 months ago, and when the Best Buy sales rep educated me on bootcamp/Windows OS option, I was sold! Can't imagine ever going back to strictly windows for a desktop when I can have both Mac OS & Windows OS on one machine. It's perfect.
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    08-29-2016 03:08 PM
  2. alexeisch's Avatar
    I didn’t read any of the previous posts because I didn’t want to taint my review. I have been an Apple girl for years. Before that I was a Note girl. I made the switch a few years back only because I thought that the technology was better and was going to progress in a much more expedient manner. I was right…..for a time.

    I have had my Note 7 now since the 18th and I have to say that I am REALLY impressed. The one thing that really makes me happy is the ability to customize the phone’s interface (thanks Nova Launcher!). I just love that I can make my phone totally mine by changing just about everything.

    On top of that I have had no issue with lag and no issue with battery life when compared to my iPhone 6s Plus. I also have to admit that I like the aesthetics and overall feeling of the Note 7 when compared to the iPhone. I do have to admit that I am not utilizing the s-pen as much as I want to but I suspect that as I get to know the phone better that will happen.

    Bottom line is that I don’t have any regrets switching into my Note 7. I am a BIG fan!
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    08-29-2016 03:10 PM
  3. bkrell's Avatar
    What do you think about the Android version of Apple Music? I haven't tried it yet because I signed up for the 4 month free trial of Play All Access when they offered it last month. All I really like about it is ad free YouTube though.
    Seems exactly the same as on iOS. Which, honestly, is still a little confusing for me these days. My wife and I share my Apple ID because I can never get hers to work right with our family iCloud group. So I have a bunch of her music I have to wade through to make my own lists.
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    08-29-2016 03:12 PM
  4. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Anyone wiping cache.. Remember, it can be slower for a bit after that. The phone will rebuild those cache that were cleared.
    08-29-2016 03:21 PM
  5. spasell's Avatar
    You mentioned setting up Android Pay. I strongly suggest setting up Samsung Pay. From what I can tell it does everything that Apple Pay does and more. Samsung pay is what mobile payments should be.

    It does
    NFC payments
    Payments on "swipe" only terminals (Apple can't do this)
    Store loyalty cards
    Add gift cards
    It's my understanding that Android Pay works at any NFC swipe machine and Samsung Pay, like Apple, only works in selected stores.
    08-29-2016 03:45 PM
  6. spasell's Avatar
    With Wallet it's more than that. It's movie tickets, concert tickets, airline tickets, all in one convenient spot.
    That's correct. Very convenient to just hit that app and it's all right there. And my downloaded airline boarding passes without having to go through a bunch of steps to save a photo of it.

    It's just easier. But all that said love this overall device better.
    08-29-2016 03:47 PM
  7. spasell's Avatar
    I tell ya, the Gear Fit 2 is pretty darn nice, especially considering it's price. I only charge it while I'm in the shower, and leave it on all the time otherwise. Great screen, and a decent (as in not cheap feeling like some android wear devices) vibration motor. If you can live without audible commands and replying to texts, it's better than the Apple Watch in many ways (as in has GPS and sleep tracking, better battery life). I also prefer S Health to Apple's health apps.

    I'm sure the Apple Watch 2 will have major improvements, but for now the Fit 2 has been a great replacement for my first gen Apple Watch.
    I got this as the free gift. I already had a 128GB SD card so that's plenty for me. Plus the SD cards retail for $70 and the Gear Fit 2 $179.

    I watched a video on it and loved it. Says mine is shipped and will be here Wednesday.
    08-29-2016 03:49 PM
  8. msm0511's Avatar
    Anyone wiping cache.. Remember, it can be slower for a bit after that. The phone will rebuild those cache that were cleared.
    That's the first thing I tried when I was having stuttering animation. I never had lag per se, but the unlocking animation and some other stuff was really choppy. Cleared it right up. There are still things I wish were a little more snappy though. May come with a software update, but it's not dealbreaking stuff. I still haven't switched to Nova. That's saying something for me. I've used it on my last few Android phones almost immediately after getting them.
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    08-29-2016 03:50 PM
  9. msm0511's Avatar
    It's my understanding that Android Pay works at any NFC swipe machine and Samsung Pay, like Apple, only works in selected stores.
    Android Pay, like Apple Pay has to be accepted by the store. It won't just work because the machine has NFC. That's why there are places that accept Apple Pay, but not Android Pay and vice versa. Samsung Pay is supposed to work anywhere that has a magnetic reader, but I haven't found that to be the case.
    08-29-2016 03:55 PM
  10. wookiee2cu's Avatar
    It's my understanding that Android Pay works at any NFC swipe machine and Samsung Pay, like Apple, only works in selected stores.
    I can't speak about Android Pay because I have never used it. In regards to Samsung Pay it uses NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission, older terminals without NFC use this technology) so it tends to work at a lot more terminals than other payment methods. The con to SamSung pay is the banks have to get on board with it but the list is continuing to grow, here is a link to the banks (and cards) that work with Samsung Pay Which banks and credit cards are compatible with Samsung Pay? When Samsung Pay first came out I want to say there was only 5 or so banks initially so the list has grown quite a bit in the last year +. Some people have said they have issues at Walmart but I had no problem over the weekend so it may be a individual store issue and if they are blocking it for some reason. Now and then it has given me an error but usually if I try it again it will work. One store had just gotten new terminals and it didn't work but I went back a week later and it did so maybe they had to activate something on their end. It doesn't work on machines like gas pumps or ATM machines where you have to insert the card. I would say in the 70+ times I have used it, only 3 times would it just not happen and I had to pull out my wallet and swipe the card.
    08-29-2016 04:05 PM
  11. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    That's the first thing I tried when I was having stuttering animation. I never had lag per se, but the unlocking animation and some other stuff was really choppy. Cleared it right up. There are still things I wish were a little more snappy though. May come with a software update, but it's not dealbreaking stuff. I still haven't switched to Nova. That's saying something for me. I've used it on my last few Android phones almost immediately after getting them.
    Oh since Nova supports the edges, that will be the first thing I download haha.

    I can't stand that you don't have infinite scrolling in the app drawer. I hate apps aren't put on alphabetical order. I absolutely loathe folders in my app drawer, especially ones I can't get rid of.

    After being on TouchWiz as a launcher for so many years, I don't like the limitations of it as a launcher now.
    08-29-2016 04:35 PM
  12. msm0511's Avatar
    Oh since Nova supports the edges, that will be the first thing I download haha.

    I can't stand that you don't have infinite scrolling in the app drawer. I hate apps aren't put on alphabetical order. I absolutely loathe folders in my app drawer, especially ones I can't get rid of.

    After being on TouchWiz as a launcher for so many years, I don't like the limitations of it as a launcher now.
    I definitely prefer the vertical scrolling in Nova as opposed to the horizontal app drawer in TouchWiz. I have TouchWiz set to alphabetical, but after I install new apps I have to click it again. They don't automatically place new apps in alphabetical order. I kind of like it though so I can remember new apps I downloaded just to try out. I know I can scroll to the end of my list and see all my new apps at the end.
    08-29-2016 04:48 PM
  13. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Oh I don't like vertical scrolling at all lol. But I do like to get to the last page and scroll to the first page next.

    I also like having two pages of 8 icons on my dock, the standard 5 is just too limiting for me.

    Not being in alphabetical order? My extreme OCD for organization won't let me sleep if my apps aren't in alphabetical order. 😁
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    08-29-2016 04:55 PM
  14. Silly Putty's Avatar
    I keep reading people complain about a boring iOS experience. Once you finish customizing your android phone, won't you run into the same boredom as iOS, only with a less fluid experience? I've owned multiples of both so I'm genuinely curious.
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    08-29-2016 05:53 PM
  15. msm0511's Avatar
    I keep reading people complain about a boring iOS experience. Once you finish customizing your android phone, won't you run into the same boredom as iOS, only with a less fluid experience? I've owned multiples of both so I'm genuinely curious.
    I personally don't find iOS all that boring, but I guess their point is if they get bored they know they can recustomize in different ways to make it feel new again.
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    08-29-2016 06:04 PM
  16. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    I keep reading people complain about a boring iOS experience. Once you finish customizing your android phone, won't you run into the same boredom as iOS, only with a less fluid experience? I've owned multiples of both so I'm genuinely curious.
    No you don't get bored. You can switch everything. Even when Apple allowed SwiftKey, it was a stripped down version of it. You don't get full use of it at all.
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    08-29-2016 06:10 PM
  17. Silly Putty's Avatar
    No you don't get bored. You can switch everything. Even when Apple allowed SwiftKey, it was a stripped down version of it. You don't get full use of it at all.
    I get that. But how often are you customizing your phone outside of that first week? I can understand if you are rooting it, but I would wager most Samsung users aren't.
    08-29-2016 06:34 PM
  18. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    I get that. But how often are you customizing your phone outside of that first week? I can understand if you are rooting it, but I would wager most Samsung users aren't.
    I change up many things. I don't change wallpaper a lot but I change icons and other things. Not to mention the apps that let me do things that iPhone apps won't let me.

    But it isn't about changing it up all the time, it is about not being able to do A much. That is what bored me in two weeks.
    08-29-2016 06:38 PM
  19. jdfry15's Avatar
    I keep reading people complain about a boring iOS experience. Once you finish customizing your android phone, won't you run into the same boredom as iOS, only with a less fluid experience? I've owned multiples of both so I'm genuinely curious.
    I agree with you to a degree. I have set my android phone up pretty much the same for the last few years, just used to it and where a I put everything. Every os has pros and cons.
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    08-29-2016 06:47 PM
  20. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Thanks for all the replies. Good, openminded, non-biased thread...which frankly I didn't expect on an Android-specific website.

    The above though...and the "Samsungy - Androidish" tendency to lag (come on...everybody knows it lags) and to require cache wipes and reboots to make everything work smoother and do what it's supposed to do is a turn-off to me as the user of an OS that doesn't call for that, at least not on anything like a common basis. I'm not slamming Android at all, but it requires the user to "tinker" with it to keep the ship sailing straight moreso than what I'm used to. When I was younger and had a less-busy lifestyle, I didn't mind having to jack with my Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and BlackBerry devices...because it was pretty much expected. Now that I'm older and less patient with my electronics (ha!) I expect them to work smoothly without my input. Fantasy stuff, I know! But, I know that Android devices take more "user maintenance" than iOS ones do...normally.

    I will say that I took the time to visit my local VZW emporium yesterday and handle a genuine Note 7 for myself...and I was pretty impressed with the design and build quality. It felt really "sexy" and smooth in my hand, even moreso than the iPhone 6s that's my daily driver. I wish I could have waited for a sales rep (it was super crowded) to let me test drive a phone, but for now...it still has my interest.
    While I understand what you're saying, but I really do disagree. I've been using a 6s Plus since December as my daily. My wife has had both a S6 edge Plus and an S7 edge during my tenure with my iPhone. I can count on one hand the times I've had to fiddle with her phone for her. And she is incredibly NOT techy. One of the times was this morning, but all it was was a rogue app playing bad and I force stopped it and all was good. I don't think it requires much more than my iPhone does, if at all. My iPhone has definitely not been error free.
    08-29-2016 09:29 PM
  21. youchew's Avatar
    I love the phone, and the os, but samsungs quality control and customer service really suck.. especially compared to apple. It kind of puts me off purchasing from them in the future. That being said, I love the phone, but I don't like AMOLED screens and all its' trade-offs compared to LCD's. I'm learning to live with it, though.

    I keep trying to use gestures in every app, out of habit, forgetting that I have a back button. Scrolling doesn't feel as fluid (the note isn't laggy at all, iOS is just really fluid). I'm coming from a 6 Plus, not a 6S/Plus, so for me apps open up a lot quicker than they would have on my previous phone, it's nice. I also love having a notification light, it makes me happy

    Also, snapchat/twitter/reddit for android sucks, I'm probably gonna find an alternative to the official app for twitter. I don't like having the tabs at the top.

    It seems like I hate the phone but I really love it LOL
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    08-29-2016 09:59 PM
  22. w7sg's Avatar
    Having been a long time iPhone user, I am nonetheless interested in the Note 7 simply because, no matter how polished & reliable it is...iOS has become a bit stale and in need of a makeover, and it looks like Samsung has finally upped their game as far as hardware and design is concerned.

    That said, I've "tried" the Verizon versions of the BlackBerry Priv, Samsung Note 5 & the Galaxy S6...to see if I was the right "fit" for Android. I came away feeling that Android was more than a bit "busy" and less intuitive than I have found iOS to be overall, or maybe that I was just not enough of t techie to maneuver my way through it. Still I'm curious. And I'm willing to give Android another try...and maybe allow it more time than I have previously, with the Note 7.

    I would really love to hear from some people who have been long-time iOS users like me, and who have passed the honeymoon stage with the Note 7...and will honestly say what is great, mediocre, and what is poor on this phone vs. the iPhone they were using for ages before.

    Please...no iPhone haters, or comments about iSheep and the like. I really want some non-fanboy new Android conversions to speak candidly to help me make a decision.

    Thanks in advance!
    It's a Horse of of a different wheelbase. Each has it's pluses and minuses. Definately not boring, which is my opinion of iOS. Of course, you can't find an iOS with a Pen or expandable memory.
    08-29-2016 10:48 PM
  23. Highrisedrifter's Avatar


    Also, another thing, and i've said it before, Android is a, "see how the sausage is made" kinda phone, while iPhone is a, "just bring me the sausage" kinda phone.

    At first, you might be the latter and be like, "WOW! I never knew sausage (Android) is sooooooo interesting to see all that goes into it & what all "different dishes" i can make with it, but after awhile you might be like, "experimenting with all that sausage is too time consuming & frustrating... Just bring me my dang sausage (iPhone) and let me get back to my life..." lol
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    That is a really good analogy and perfectly sums up where I was with my iPhone and Android experience. I miss a lot of things from Android but this was marred with a really poor user experience from my Note 3 over the nine months I had it (them, I had more than one due to faulty returns). Still, I can't wait to make the switch and try again.
    08-30-2016 01:18 AM
  24. Joshua Luther2's Avatar
    I love the phone, and the os, but samsungs quality control and customer service really suck.. especially compared to apple. It kind of puts me off purchasing from them in the future. That being said, I love the phone, but I don't like AMOLED screens and all its' trade-offs compared to LCD's. I'm learning to live with it, though.

    I keep trying to use gestures in every app, out of habit, forgetting that I have a back button. Scrolling doesn't feel as fluid (the note isn't laggy at all, iOS is just really fluid). I'm coming from a 6 Plus, not a 6S/Plus, so for me apps open up a lot quicker than they would have on my previous phone, it's nice. I also love having a notification light, it makes me happy

    Also, snapchat/twitter/reddit for android sucks, I'm probably gonna find an alternative to the official app for twitter. I don't like having the tabs at the top.

    It seems like I hate the phone but I really love it LOL
    For twitter you should definitely use Fenix. I've been using it for a while and love it. It has a material design with a slide out menu to the left. It's a few dollars but more than worth it. For reddit you can try Relay. The free version is more than enough for me.
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    08-30-2016 04:19 AM
  25. 1213 1213's Avatar
    I love the phone, and the os, but samsungs quality control and customer service really suck.. especially compared to apple. It kind of puts me off purchasing from them in the future. That being said, I love the phone, but I don't like AMOLED screens and all its' trade-offs compared to LCD's. I'm learning to live with it, though.

    I keep trying to use gestures in every app, out of habit, forgetting that I have a back button. Scrolling doesn't feel as fluid (the note isn't laggy at all, iOS is just really fluid). I'm coming from a 6 Plus, not a 6S/Plus, so for me apps open up a lot quicker than they would have on my previous phone, it's nice. I also love having a notification light, it makes me happy

    Also, snapchat/twitter/reddit for android sucks, I'm probably gonna find an alternative to the official app for twitter. I don't like having the tabs at the top.

    It seems like I hate the phone but I really love it LOL
    If you go into display settings you can switch the display mode. The default one is a bit more saturated while the 'standard mode' one is technically the most accurate sRGB display, iirc.
    08-30-2016 05:07 AM
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