03-30-2016 08:45 AM
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  1. Gaprofitt's Avatar
    Can't you use Google Hangouts to send and receive SMS messages on both your phone and online using the
    website or the Chrome extension? This would replace iMessages..
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    03-05-2016 08:13 AM
  2. tube517's Avatar
    Google is working on something similar to iMessaging. They have just purchased Jibe Messaging and plan to have RCS type messaging .


    But, if you are embedded in the Apple system it might be a sign to stick with them for a little while.
    03-05-2016 09:02 AM
  3. tube517's Avatar
    Problem is Hangouts may be getting rid of SMS soon. I wonder if it ties into Google's recent plans of RCS messaging and their purchase of Jibe.
    03-05-2016 09:05 AM
  4. dmlv's Avatar
    don't think of this so much as apple to samsung....look at it as going from the apple services to google. the samsung features will add to the android experience.
    i am heavy in the google verse with a couple personal gmail acc's...my comp used google docs for business...photos....cal..maps..on and on. these services/apps are embedded and work more seamlessly with any mid/high end android device. cool thing is you can use these services with apple but it just is not the same experience ie the gmail app.
    until you are truly ready to cut imessage, you most likely will be pre-ordering the iph 7 in sept.
    John Tortorici likes this.
    03-05-2016 09:45 AM
  5. rkkeller's Avatar
    I have the iPhone 6+ and switching to the S7 Edge. I think they are the same size, but the S7 specs and features are better in every way from what I have seen, even better than the newer 6s+ and even on par or better than the "rumored" iPhone 7.

    I have used the S5 before and want more flexibility, more ways to customize, access to more apps even adult ones :>. Apple and Android have some of the same apps, but Apple seems to restrict features that Android allows. Apple also does not allow a lot of apps so while there are a lot of apps, variety can be limited. Even getting a simple ringtone can be a hassle unless buying direct from Apple.

    I also want to get away from iTunes as every update gives me a problem I have to Google to fix it, it seems to load all kinds of other programs and slows down my computer. When I close iTunes on one of my computers a process will not shut down and uses a lot of cpu and I have to end it manually every time.

    Don't get me wrong, I really like my iPhone 6+, its a nice phone, but it's more like I out grew it. My dad and some older relatives all have and love their iPhones, I just want more.
    John Tortorici likes this.
    03-05-2016 10:14 AM
  6. rkkeller's Avatar
    My biggest issue is how to integrate all my Apple products with a Samsung phone. I already use Google Photos for backing up my pictures, Google Docs\Sheets and Gmail for email (I was actually a beta tester way back in the day). Here are some of the things I love about keeping everything Apple that I don't want to lose, and if someone that has made the jump can help me navigate how to not lose these features I will be in much better shape to make the switch:

    It's not hard, you just adjust to doing things a different way. You are way to far on the Apple side of things to ever feel right for you IMO. My dad is the same way, he has liked some of the Android phones, but doesn't really want to have to learn new ways to do things and just jump in and make the change. He wants to do this this and this like you are and I try to explain this is Android there are no direct replacements to some of the things, you just do them a different way "if" you can.

    I am switching from the iPhone 6+ to the S7 Edge and I am just diving in and going to wing it and adjust.

    You can use Might Text to get the same txt on your computer and Gmail, but not sure if it works on Macs. ALso Google Voice works on your computer and phone at the same time for txt.
    03-05-2016 10:22 AM
  7. GolpherZX's Avatar
    So I'm more so on the poster's side on this one trying to figure out if I want to make the switch back to Android for the 3rd time. I too have had some concerns about the iMessage side of things and doing some research based on the RCS info in this thread I have come across "Verizon Messages+". It seems to have that feature of having messages synced across devices. It even has an iOS app. If you aren't on VZW, perhaps the other carriers have embraced RCS as well and have an app that does this?
    03-05-2016 10:39 PM
  8. NexusGirlX's Avatar
    Why can't you use both phones?

    I probably use my Note 5-S7 Edge more than I do my iPhone these days but there are still things I like using the iPhone more.

    With iTunes, there is an app that you can install on a Mac that keeps all of your iTunes music synced to Google music. Anything you add to iTunes will get added to Google Music very similar to how iTunes Match works except this service is free on Google. I have a 64GB SD card loaded with all my music videos that I've purchased in iTunes that I use on my whichever Android phone I happen to be using. Music videos on iTunes are DRM free and I don't even need to change the format to play them in my S7 Edge.

    As far as the watch... The Apple Watch is still a bit too limited for me. With the Gear S or Gear S2, you can actually make phone calls or send text messages from the watch while your phone is sitting at home as long as you keep the watch activated. For me on T-Mobile, this only costs $5 per month. You can't do this with the Apple Watch.

    Also for me, my Android phones have been the closest things that I can get to actually using a computer such as a file system where I can move things around and the phone still knows where everything is.

    I'm not going to try and convince the OP on why he should switch but I still use both but to me, nothing beats what an Android phone can do these days. It's just incredible. I don't miss using iMessage one bit.
    03-05-2016 11:09 PM
  9. zainsikander32's Avatar
    Look up Samsung Side Sync on YouTube. It'll blow you away for your mac connectivity.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-05-2016 11:53 PM
  10. John Tortorici's Avatar
    Why can't you use both phones?

    I probably use my Note 5-S7 Edge more than I do my iPhone these days but there are still things I like using the iPhone more.

    With iTunes, there is an app that you can install on a Mac that keeps all of your iTunes music synced to Google music. Anything you add to iTunes will get added to Google Music very similar to how iTunes Match works except this service is free on Google. I have a 64GB SD card loaded with all my music videos that I've purchased in iTunes that I use on my whichever Android phone I happen to be using. Music videos on iTunes are DRM free and I don't even need to change the format to play them in my S7 Edge.

    As far as the watch... The Apple Watch is still a bit too limited for me. With the Gear S or Gear S2, you can actually make phone calls or send text messages from the watch while your phone is sitting at home as long as you keep the watch activated. For me on T-Mobile, this only costs $5 per month. You can't do this with the Apple Watch.

    Also for me, my Android phones have been the closest things that I can get to actually using a computer such as a file system where I can move things around and the phone still knows where everything is.

    I'm not going to try and convince the OP on why he should switch but I still use both but to me, nothing beats what an Android phone can do these days. It's just incredible. I don't miss using iMessage one bit.
    I honestly don't want to have to keep up with two phones. The thought of that would probably drive me to get a motorola flip phone and remove text messaging from it. :-) I did think about using the free line I have TMo as a "work" phone, but being that I am on-call 24x7, I would have to have both phones with me all the time.
    03-07-2016 06:38 AM
  11. John Tortorici's Avatar
    Look up Samsung Side Sync on YouTube. It'll blow you away for your mac connectivity.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I will check it out on youtube. I've looked it up but not looked at the videos.
    03-07-2016 06:38 AM
  12. John Tortorici's Avatar
    Just thought I would update this thread. I decided to give the GS7 Edge a shot. Did the 2 for 1 that TMo was having so I could get one for my wife as well. Well the wife did not want to switch, said she liked her phone just fine. I tried to give it a shot. Being that I buy my phones outright, I was able to carry both phones for a few days, and I had an extra line to use as well so both phones were active. After taking a few days getting a grip of the Samsung I switched the sim and made it my primary phone. Before I go any further, I can tell why people do not go to android from iPhone very often. Honestly, the android OS can be a bit overwhelming (and I own an IT company). Options are great, but the number of options in android is insane. And the notifications.... OMG THE NOTIFICATIONS!!! I actually made this switch full bore.... I bought the Samsung Gear S2 for Tmobile as well to replace my Apple Watch.

    Well as you can guess, I was not a happy camper with the switch and it lasted only 24 hours before I was back to my iPhone.

    Samsung Gear:
    1> Super limited - Only samsungs apps really work on it. I was using MySMS because I could text from my laptop, but you can't get notifications for it on the watch. Only the Messages app works.
    2> Only got half the notifications (maybe it was sick of all the notifications too), and missed all the important ones
    3> The cell service on the watch will drop if you put it behind a piece of paper

    Good things about it...battery was pretty incredible, screen is bright and the touch response is second to none. Blew the Apple Watch out of the water in those regards. But if it doesn't work, then there's no point.


    S7 Edge:
    1> Bezel is too small and you end up hitting the edge of the screen all the time, resulting is mis-types and inadvertent screen switches (I think the S7 would actually be a better phone).
    2> The keyboard is a pain in the arse. Letters wrap on the edge so hitting them is hard
    3> The camera is a step backwards from the S6. The iPhone pics were actually better then the Samsung. This was my biggest reason for getting the phone
    4> Speed is so-so. I do like the ability to double-click for the camera. But you can't summon google with a long press like you can siri... had to get a third party app to do a key combination to get that to work. Kind of annoying when you want directions when you are driving and you have to do this secret handshake.
    5> The fingerprint sensor misses a lot, and it can't be covered by anything... not even a clear plastic. My iphone unlocks if I think about touching the home button. It's actually so fast it can almost be annoying.
    6> Always-on screen is a gimmick. You lose 36% of your battery per day if you never touched your phone just to the always on screen (and that's per samsung.... 1.5% per hour).
    7> The notifications! Holy Christmas! I think ESPN went off 30 times per hour after the initial installation. I found myself doing nothing but managing notifications
    8> The phone constantly telling me I had a SD card installed... DUH!
    9> Sidesync is cool, but it's not iMessage. Seriously, in 7 years google doesn't have a competitor to iMessage?

    So needless to say the Gear S2 went back to Tmobile as "deffective". And the two S7 Edge's are sitting in their box. I'll get the VR Headsets in a few weeks and then off to ebay they will go.
    03-23-2016 11:58 AM
  13. cdd543's Avatar
    Yeah it's interesting indeed to make the switch. My issues are:
    1. laggy and jittery--this seems to go in cycles. It'll be laggy a while, then smooth out for a while, then back and forth. I've killed all the bloatware, tried a factory reset, etc and it runs the same. I've had two devices--one on att and now the tmo version and they performed similarly so I don't think it's defective.

    2. Battery life is just mediocre compared to 6s+ for me--I think in my area that tmo is harder on phones in general due to a strained network with lower signal many places

    3. Screen overly sensitive(should be fixable). I also have an issue with the screen not registering touches on or near the curved edge

    4. fingerprint sensor misses a lot

    Love:
    1. Form factor and size is much better than ip6s+

    2. Camera--my shots look great on phone and computer

    3. samsung smart switch--moved texts and other data over easily from 6s+. Cool they included the dongle

    In the middle:

    1. Screen--In direct sunlight it isn't the easiest screen to see--don't remember noticing this on note 5 or s6 edge. Looks great otherwise

    2. gear s2--also noticed it loses signal easily. Also find it too small(style thing I guess)

    Not sure if I'll be keeping mine and I have to admit I'm disappointed that samsung can't match apple or even nexus 6p level of smoothness. It cheapens the experience.
    03-23-2016 02:27 PM
  14. twodaend's Avatar
    Switching from iPhone to Android isn't all that bad, it just takes some prep work to begin using the google services instead of the Apple services. I just switched from the iPhone 5S as I've passed on both the 6 and 6S because I was getting tired of the same ecosystem. Because of that, I started planning ahead to make the switch easier if I did. Also the use of Google services work on both iPhones and Androids so you can continue using your iPhone if you decide not to make the switch, but you are not completely locked into a single ecosystem.

    1) Contacts - Export your contacts from iCloud to Google.
    How To Transfer Contacts From iPhone To Android (5 Ways) | Ubergizmo

    2) Calendar - Export your calendar or calendars from iCloud to Google
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/21296474#21296474

    3) iTunes - You can sync your music from iTunes to Google Music via the desktop app

    4) Email - Most email apps now support multiple emails via the top services.

    5) Photos - Use Google Photos to have your photos backup to Google

    6) Transfer Data - I used Samsung Sync to transfer my content from the iPhone to The Samsung. You have multiple options to do the transfer, direct, via and iTunes backup or and iCloud backup. I used the iTunes backup and I got over all of my text, call logs and alarms. You also have the options to move your photos, music, alarms, bookmarks and receive an app list so you know what apps you may want to re-install (App list is because iTunes apps cannot be directly installed on an Android because you need to use Google Play Store.)

    There is no substitue for iMessage, but if you do switch, remember to turn off iMessage first as if not, some of your messages from you iPhone friends will disappear into text message blackhole. I also used Find My Friends for my family, but I'm not looking at a replacement that works on both iPhone and Androids. So far I'm thinking about Glymps or Life360. All in all, the switch can be done with as little headache as possible, but there will be a few trade offs.
    03-23-2016 10:48 PM
  15. Chase Nelson1's Avatar
    Well I was going to get on here and tell you to stay with iPhone, but it looks like you found out the "hard" way.
    For me, switching isn't the issue. I regularly switch back and forth with ease. The problem when I am on Android comes from OTHER PEOPLE. Me being on Android causes issues with my friends and family. When I am on Android, suddenly all of their group texts and imessages are screwed up, they can no longer locate me on find my friends, etc. I'm not saying they are in the right, but literally like 99% of my close friends and family have iPhones. The pain it causes them with imessage alone is almost enough to make me stay with an Iphone. I hate that its like that, but not all of them are techies, they don't realize what Imessage is, how to turn it off, start a new thread, etc.

    Anyway, just my piece on how sometimes pressure from the ones closest to you can be important, unfortunately.
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    03-24-2016 07:38 AM
  16. John Tortorici's Avatar
    Chase, you're right, that was a major issue. I honestly only have one friend that has an android phone. We will have massive group texts going and that one android screws up the entire thread.... I became the second headache. The other issue was Life360.... it is not a replacement for Find Friends on the iPhone. My family and I use that a lot. I thought Life360 would be a good compromise, but it was killing my wife's iPhone battery.

    Twodaend - I am also on a lot of google services and have been for a long time. I didn't have to move any of my data to the Samsung, just sign into my accounts. That was kinda nice. It was the rest of the issues I referred to. Plus, the hardware just wasn't that impressive. iPhone is still faster. Camera is minimally better than the iPhone (and I'm color blind so it's really less obvious to me). The fingerprint sensor is SLOW on the S7 and misses a lot. Samsung has a knack for putting useless features on it's phones, like the always on display... sorry, but when I take the time to look at my phone I might as well turn it on.

    Honestly, BB called for Apple to make iMessage available to Android. I can now see why they haven't done that. iMessage is by far the most superior texting app, and being that most conversations happen over text then talking, they would be insane to open this to Android.
    03-29-2016 06:54 AM
  17. andrew_ackley's Avatar
    OK, I am asking this question from the practical side of things, not the "why should I switch" side. I have used both Android and iPhone over the years but I have been pretty well engrained in the Apple ecosystem for a while now. I have an iPhone, Apple Watch (that is still in its return period), Mac computers and several iPads (which I do not want to give up). I almost switch the the S6 last year, then the Note 5, but the S7 really has me sold on making the leap back. My biggest issue is how to integrate all my Apple products with a Samsung phone. I already use Google Photos for backing up my pictures, Google Docs\Sheets and Gmail for email (I was actually a beta tester way back in the day). Here are some of the things I love about keeping everything Apple that I don't want to lose, and if someone that has made the jump can help me navigate how to not lose these features I will be in much better shape to make the switch:

    1> iMessages: Is there anything compatible? I love being able to have all my text messages on all my devices at the same time.

    2> Family Locator: Being able to see where my family is on a map is really helpful, especially when someone is lost (which happens a lot). Find Friends is a really useful feature for that.

    3> Music: does iTunes sync to Android?

    4> Pictures: Like I stated, I already use Google Photos for backing up pictures, but how about getting the pictures to my local computer? Is it just like connecting any other camera to import?

    5> SVoice vs. Siri: Does Samsung still force you to use that horrible SVoice application? If not, what is the application now and does it compare to Siri?

    6> Apple Watch vs S2: I love my Apple Watch. By far I think it's the best looking watch on the market and it's really hard for me to separate from it. The S2 Classic is a good looking watch as well, but is it as good? I don't use a lot of apps on my watch because I don't see the point when my phone is always with me and it's infinitely faster, but notifications, directions, answering a call, setting timers.... all the stuff that are nice to have on your wrist I love having. What is the S2 lacking in comparison?

    7> Single location for ALL email: I use the mail app on my iphone and I have access to all my mail accounts. Gmail, Godaddy, iCloud. Last I remember, Samsung had the Gmail app that could only access gmail and then another email app for all the others. This is a major annoyance. Is there a solution to this?

    8> Last, and this is a biggie.... Samsung Pay and Google Pay: Do they both work on Samsung phones? I use two banks and one is supported by Google and the other by Samsung. Kind of aggravating, but I can live with it as long as I can use both services.

    Anything else that you have found a replacement for, or annoyances because you haven't?
    I would say you are too entrenched to switch. It would ruin the experience for you. I have an iPad air and s7 edge and are happy with that. However you can use the stock Gmail app or inbox and use any email you want with it easily. Samsung pay is way better than apple pay bc it doesn't have to be at a special terminal.
    If you are stuck on a smart watch you will find some ok options on android but none that work as fluidly or just feel as polished as Apple watch os does in conjunction with an iPhone. I love android but in the tablet and watch arenas they've got some work to do.

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    03-29-2016 08:48 AM
  18. John Tortorici's Avatar
    I would say you are too entrenched to switch. It would ruin the experience for you. I have an iPad air and s7 edge and are happy with that. However you can use the stock Gmail app or inbox and use any email you want with it easily. Samsung pay is way better than apple pay bc it doesn't have to be at a special terminal.
    If you are stuck on a smart watch you will find some ok options on android but none that work as fluidly or just feel as polished as Apple watch os does in conjunction with an iPhone. I love android but in the tablet and watch arenas they've got some work to do.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    You are right about Samsung Pay, which is one of the things I was excited about, except two of my banks don't support it. Of the three banks I have accounts with, the only one I can add to Samsung Pay was my savings account, and that's kinda useless. Overall I have to say, the only way you can possibly like Android over Apple is if you have never used the Apple ecosystem. I'm not saying this as some sort of "sheep" that people like to put it, but because Apple's technology just doesn't intrude into my life. I own an IT company and this was too much for me to deal with. Google really needs to buckle down on the Android OS.
    03-30-2016 08:45 AM
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