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  1. areyes163's Avatar
    While there are plenty of apps to video call such as Skype. I agree apples FaceTime being built in works well. But if you want a truly cross carrier and cross platform video call you should use Skype or something like that.

    I don't video call anyone but I see why lots of people use the feature.
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    04-13-2016 07:54 PM
  2. ogio's Avatar
    While there are plenty of apps to video call such as Skype. I agree apples FaceTime being built in works well. But if you want a truly cross carrier and cross platform video call you should use Skype or something like that.

    I don't video call anyone but I see why lots of people use the feature.
    i'm not big into video calls, but i use Viber once in a while, over skype.
    04-13-2016 08:40 PM
  3. bullittmustang's Avatar
    Apparently you don't have S7 because the s7 has video calling. Facetime is just a so-called fancy name for video calling and S7 has it's just like Google Hangouts.
    Apparently, you have no clue what you are talking about. The S7 video calling is nothing like FaceTime.
    04-13-2016 10:13 PM
  4. GreatCanadian's Avatar
    For me its the time it takes to draw up the screen and how jerky it is as I move around the map. I have not used it for navigation yet, only to find an address/location.
    Hi Big, and thanks for the response. Just to check out a situation similar to what you described, I searched an address on my PC for a hotel in Fresno California (an area that I know has NOT been previoulsy open in Maps on my phone). I then opened Maps on my 6P, and searched the address. It found it quickly and the map opened up smoothly and quickly. I flicked the map around the display, zoomed in and out, and everything was as smooth as you could hope for. Just letting you know this because if it works smoothly on my phone, it should work smoothly on yours. Are you loading the map over cellular or wifi?
    04-14-2016 08:08 AM
  5. hylex's Avatar
    I wish that could work. Unfortunately iMessage is also huge on my core office team. There's no getting them to switch...
    Heh. It's the reverse here. Whatsapp usage is so widespread, that very few even bother with imessage around here. We got a small group of around 80 users, and hardly anyone bothers responding on iMessage. In fact i discovered 4-5 friends had even disabled the damn service.

    iMessage and widespread usage seems to be a US thing mostly. Rest of the place depending on the part of the world, its other multi platform messenger services.
    04-14-2016 09:35 AM
  6. hylex's Avatar
    Apparently you don't have S7 because the s7 has video calling. Facetime is just a so-called fancy name for video calling and S7 has it's just like Google Hangouts.
    Well it's hard to beat the implementation. Hangouts is a royal mess compared to facetime audio/video. Its just there.

    Hangouts needs a full re-design. The cloud like functionality of telegram and the ease of facetime calling.
    04-14-2016 09:37 AM
  7. jinzen's Avatar
    Heh. It's the reverse here. Whatsapp usage is so widespread, that very few even bother with imessage around here. We got a small group of around 80 users, and hardly anyone bothers responding on iMessage. In fact i discovered 4-5 friends had even disabled the damn service.

    iMessage and widespread usage seems to be a US thing mostly. Rest of the place depending on the part of the world, its other multi platform messenger services.
    US uses Text messaging, iMessage and Facebook messenger.

    You can't WhatsApp someone without a smartphone. You also can't WhatsApp someone without a data connection. You also can't whatsapp someone without their contact information/permission.

    iMessage and Textmessage (same thing, one uses the other as backup if it fails) is almost guaranteed your recipient cell phone receives your message.
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    04-14-2016 10:26 AM
  8. Almeuit's Avatar
    You can't WhatsApp someone without a smartphone. You also can't WhatsApp someone without a data connection.
    If we are strictly talking iMessage than these two go with iMessage as well . iMessage does have the backup of sending a text (as long as that is set) but iMessage needs the smartphone (iPhone) and data connection to work.
    04-14-2016 10:29 AM
  9. erasat's Avatar
    Apparently, you have no clue what you are talking about. The S7 video calling is nothing like FaceTime.
    Not necessary true, it all depends on the phones involved, in my case with 5 S7, S7 edge, Note 5 and S6, of my 7 family plan members alone I can do Video calls just like FaceTime and Messaging similar to iMessage, why? because I have the newest Samsung Flagships and T-Mobile service. T-Mobile added the Video calling and Enhanced messaging last year begining with the latest flagships at that time, and yes, the experience is the very similar if not the same than with FaceTime.

    You must see it like this, Android is a whole universe of phones of different brands and models with different OS skins and versions while iPhone just have 1 OS to deal with, extremely easy to develop exclusive stuff like FaceTime and iMessage. So, one thing we android users won't be seen anytime soon is a standard video or messaging protocol where every single Android phone can use, but at least, it's possible if we share similar phone models (similar to all of us having an iPhone) and carrier as I described above.

    Just saying...
    04-14-2016 12:23 PM
  10. hylex's Avatar
    US uses Text messaging, iMessage and Facebook messenger.

    You can't WhatsApp someone without a smartphone. You also can't WhatsApp someone without a data connection.
    iMessage and Textmessage (same thing, one uses the other as backup if it fails) is almost guaranteed your recipient cell phone receives your message.
    Utterly redundant post. I am fully aware of this, having used iphones since the inception. Anyway i was merely pointing out imessage only dominates in the US market and everywhere else its imessage, not what its limitations are.
    04-14-2016 12:31 PM
  11. Laserbutt's Avatar
    Apparently, you have no clue what you are talking about. The S7 video calling is nothing like FaceTime.
    The advanced video calling feature on my Verizon s7 edge works flawlessly. Much more stable than hangouts. I previously used FaceTime and it's very comparable. I use it everyday with my wife

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    04-14-2016 12:37 PM
  12. fsfty's Avatar
    The advanced video calling feature on my Verizon s7 edge works flawlessly. Much more stable than hangouts. I previously used FaceTime and it's very comparable. I use it everyday with my wife

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Yes, the Verizon Video Calling on the S7E is every bit as good as Face Time. Hangouts is a no go for me.
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    04-14-2016 02:01 PM
  13. BigHonu's Avatar
    Hi Big, and thanks for the response. Just to check out a situation similar to what you described, I searched an address on my PC for a hotel in Fresno California (an area that I know has NOT been previoulsy open in Maps on my phone). I then opened Maps on my 6P, and searched the address. It found it quickly and the map opened up smoothly and quickly. I flicked the map around the display, zoomed in and out, and everything was as smooth as you could hope for. Just letting you know this because if it works smoothly on my phone, it should work smoothly on yours. Are you loading the map over cellular or wifi?
    It was both on WiFi and cell. However, I just tried it again, and everything is running smoothly. Haven't changed a thing, but it's definitely better now.
    04-14-2016 03:33 PM
  14. alhc78's Avatar
    I had the Note 5 as well as numerous other phones and never had any type of burn in. That's interesting.
    Same here I've had more phones then should be allowed. My Samsung note (the original) note 3, note5, s3, s5, and we'll it's a little early but I'll still gonna add my s7 edge have never had a burn in. On the iPhone side I have been luckyet as well. I've owned one of the variants each year except for the original well I had it but got terrible service and returned it.

    Now my daughter on the other hand. Her iphone 5 is yellow along all edges of the screen. Drives me nuts. Looks awful.
    04-14-2016 07:18 PM
  15. bullittmustang's Avatar
    I have had an iPhone since the very first one, still have it. I have also had the Galaxy S4,S5,S6,S6 edge and now the S7edge. The S7 edge is my daily driver. I will the pop the sim in my iPhone 6 plus once in awhile. I can say the S7 edge is the best phone I have had. I thought the battery was good on the iPhone 6 plus, it is even better on the S7 edge. I really am completely satisfied with battery life. I have gone well over 24 hours without putting it on a charger with nearly 6 hours of screen time.
    The screen is amazing. Bright and clear, far better than the iPhone, in my opinion.
    The only thing I miss about the iPhone is iMessage and FaceTime. Apple cannot be beat in that department. I wish they would make an Android app for both. I would be happy to pay top dollar for them.
    Apparently you don't have S7 because the s7 has video calling. Facetime is just a so-called fancy name for video calling and S7 has it's just like Google Hangouts.
    Not necessary true, it all depends on the phones involved, in my case with 5 S7, S7 edge, Note 5 and S6, of my 7 family plan members alone I can do Video calls just like FaceTime and Messaging similar to iMessage, why? because I have the newest Samsung Flagships and T-Mobile service. T-Mobile added the Video calling and Enhanced messaging last year begining with the latest flagships at that time, and yes, the experience is the very similar if not the same than with FaceTime.

    You must see it like this, Android is a whole universe of phones of different brands and models with different OS skins and versions while iPhone just have 1 OS to deal with, extremely easy to develop exclusive stuff like FaceTime and iMessage. So, one thing we android users won't be seen anytime soon is a standard video or messaging protocol where every single Android phone can use, but at least, it's possible if we share similar phone models (similar to all of us having an iPhone) and carrier as I described above.

    Just saying...
    My comments were for puddlejumper who said I apparently dont have an s7.
    Erasat, I'll understand what you are saying. I'm sure the video calling on the S7 works well. It's just that nobody in my circle of family and friends have that option, so I have never had the opportunity to try it.
    All I'm saying is the IMessage and FaceTime are the apps of choice for my family and friends, and they work flawlessly. I use the stock messaging app for messages and Facebook messenger for video. It is a good work around.
    04-14-2016 07:30 PM
  16. jinzen's Avatar
    Utterly redundant post. I am fully aware of this, having used iphones since the inception. Anyway i was merely pointing out imessage only dominates in the US market and everywhere else its imessage, not what its limitations are.
    I just explained to everyone WHY people use it rather than WhatsApp. Most people in other countries use WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat etc... because those countries charge for text messages. Otherwise, as a messaging service, they are definitely inferior to iMessage/SMS because they will fail when servers go down and/or no they have no Data connection by nature of their reliability.

    Whether this post was useful to YOU or not is utterly redundant. I simply helped people understand why the US uses iMessage and Text Messages. US Carriers don't charge for Texts and iMessages usually cost very little data.
    04-15-2016 07:02 AM
  17. vianar's Avatar
    Since this thread consists of people familial with both Apple and Android. I have never owned an Android phone but I am interested in trying; however, I am dependent on the Mac ecosystem especially contacts and calendar native apps on OS 10. How easy/difficult is it to have these apps sync with the corresponding apps on Android devices? Can we do it through iCloud? I am not interested in switching to the Google equivalents on the desktop. Thank you for your help.
    04-17-2016 08:59 PM
  18. jianrong's Avatar
    Stick with iphone if you like icloud.
    04-18-2016 12:11 AM
  19. queenren's Avatar
    And comically, most google apps run better on iOS than they do android.
    I currently have a iPhone 6S+, Nexus 6P, and am using a S7 Edge.

    I do no understand why some people make this claim. Google apps do not run better on iOS than they do on Android. If you think that they do, it's only because in most cases, what is running is a stripped down version on iOS (in comparison to it's Android counterpart).

    For example, in the Calendar app, the iOS version does not have a month view. The Android version does. iOS just recently got a version of Keep. And the iOS version of Inbox won't let you delete emails from the notification bar like it's Android counterpart will.

    There are some features that are exclusive to Android that are not on iOS in some google apps.
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    04-18-2016 02:51 PM
  20. Almeuit's Avatar
    I do no understand why some people make this claim. Google apps do not run better on iOS than they do on Android.
    I second this... The Google apps when I used an iPhone for awhile (to test it out) ran just as good as they do on my Android phones. I am not seeing a difference.
    04-18-2016 02:52 PM
  21. Dopaliscious's Avatar
    I'm about to go from a 6s plus to an S7. I have tried switching before but can't stay away from iPhone for more than a month. I'd like to stay away for a year just to really give it a good amount of time, but for now I'll commit to a month and keep my iPhone in a drawer. I love the smaller phone with awesome specs that an S7 has to offer, but missing out on iMessage and specifically group texts in iMessage once I've switched is a pain in the a**. Also, I miss photo sharing with iPhone people and family in an easy fashion. I love Google Now and Ok Google beats Siri any day. I also love the QHD display on the S7 and the notifications. Any way around that and the group text issue? I'm hoping after a month I can stay with Android. I think the S7 has the potential to keep me there.
    Same boat. Everyone in my family including grandparents use an iPhone. It's tough to get my parents to use the correct group text message, let alone my 95 year old grandma!
    04-28-2016 12:41 PM
  22. starcat42's Avatar
    do it.. i just did it a few days ago and this is by far the best phone i'd ever have. throw that apple crap into the water where it belongs. there is NO comparison.. want to put music on your phone? Drag and drop. done. leave.

    iphone? Synching....install i tunes... download a tutorial.... take 6 months.. slow computer down..

    screw that.
    05-03-2016 04:08 AM
  23. cicastillo29's Avatar
    Honestly do it !! I've been a die-hard Apple fan for a long time now. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone is a great phone. If you want something powerful and gorgeous get the S7 Edge. In my opinion so many people have iPhones because it's a status. People want iPhones because other people have iPhones. I made the switch to android and I don't regret it. Get the iPhone if you wanna blend in with the crowd lol. Jk. But really, the GS7E is a really great phone.
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    05-03-2016 12:43 PM
  24. dizzll's Avatar
    I love both, but until Apple makes a tiny bezel, waterproof, removable storage, wireless charging, low light camera, customizable theme edition- I'm Droid.
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    05-03-2016 05:33 PM
  25. danlnyc's Avatar
    I haven't had the opportunity to try out the bigger iPhone's but I can tell you that the reason I left Apple was because of their tiny tiny keyboards and no SD Card slots.

    I have huge fingers and pressing down 5 letters while trying to text someone was the most infuriating thing I've ever done. And to do it constantly.

    Picked up a Nexus with swype and never looked back.

    It's funny now that I think about it.
    Tatt2014 likes this.
    05-05-2016 06:41 PM
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