After many years as an Droid user, today I've decided to order an iPhone 7 Jet Black - 256GB! Once upon a time I was let down by Apple, and left high and dry with an iPad Generation 1 (original iPad) which is now a door stop, as Apple very quickly, decided it was no longer upgradeable to the latest iOS, that I swore I would never use an Ipad or iPhone again.

BUT... the quality of Droid applications, in terms of their stability has had me in doubts now for many years, iOS applications seem to be developed first, and there is no single Droid platform, e.g. many vendors Samsung, Google, LG, Sony....different hardware processors.... it's understandable why Droid applications have issues, and they do not go through the same Apple process for "certification" before hitting the Appstore.

e.g. Apple pay came first, before Droid, Airline e-ticket apps, are developed for Apple first, Droid may have more mobile phones on the market, and more users...

but looks like Apple is here to stay, also Samsung, Google have priced their phones, at prices similar to an Apple iPhone, so why would you not have the BEST, when it comes to technology and production!

My iPhone 7 256GB - Jet Black arrives tomorrow...(hopefully!)!
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by:James Bilous
The one thing I really hate about apple mobile is their app store. They have a group of moderators who can delete or deny any application without giving a reason at any time.

I had a friend who made an app that used the iphone 7's touch screen as a scale and apple deleted it from the app store for being "improper use of hardware". Without another app store around, it was basically wasted effort. Very developer unfriendly in my opinion.
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by:Bill Torchia
I have been using Android phones for about the last 8 years. I completely understand where you are coming from. I think the main thing that is holding me back is that I currently have no Apple products. If I already had an iPad or MacBook, I would might made this switch when I got my last phone, a Note 4, about a year and a half ago.
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by:Juana Villa
I used to have apple products only but I switched to Android because I started working with a android developer company and  I got so used to Android devices that I switched.
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by:Lucas Bishop
@Andy congrats on the new iPhone. Amazing how a 256GB flash drive is available in todays iPhone and not so long ago, 120GB 7200rpm disk drives were top of the line in my desktop.

@James that app sounds like it could have been an Apple Care support techs nightmare. How many people do you think would actually stand on their phone to weigh themselves, then (after crushing the device) blame Apple because the app came from the App Store...
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
I'm just fed up, with my apps crashing not working, phone rebooting, many Droid Updates......

Droid phone starting, and taking 1 hour to boot with Optimizing Applications, Vendors of products telling me it's Droid, and iOS works fine....

so it's done!

for me in business, I need to have a working phone!!!
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by:Bill Torchia
I'm just fed up, with my apps crashing not working, phone rebooting, many Droid Updates......

Recently had an update destroy my Bluetooth driver. Trying to fix it made it worse. Ended up having to factory reset my phone. Felt like I was back in the 90's dealing with Win98.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
@Lucas, I can go back a little further to the mainframe disks, I used to swap which were 10MB!

and I still have a desktop here an original IBM XT - 10 MB Seagate ST-412 hard drive
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by:Lucas Bishop
I'm one of Google's biggest fanboys and was an early adopter of Android, even bought a Nexus One on launch. The thing I just couldn't take anymore (aside from poor app stability) was how storage was managed. Having a 32GB microSD card with 500MB of space used, meanwhile the OS is telling me that I have no space left, was maddening to no end.

I left for iOS around 2011 and have never looked back.

@Andy... a 10MB disk... wow
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
@Lucas I'm also a fan of the Google-sphere, I'm not going to use any of the Apple Apps, I'm going to Google-fy my iPhone 7!

I believe Apple hardware and Google Apps, gives me the best of both worlds.... Google Maps is far superior!
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by:Lucas Bishop
Don't even get me started on Apple Maps.  It is a monstrosity of beautiful UI with horrific navigation. Frankenstein.

Gmail "Inbox", Google News, Google Maps and Google Photos apps are all required installs on any fresh iOS install.
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by:Brian Matis
@James
I had a friend who made an app that used the iphone 7's touch screen as a scale and apple deleted it from the app store for being "improper use of hardware". Without another app store around, it was basically wasted effort. Very developer unfriendly in my opinion.

Yeah, that aspect of the App Store approval process can be pretty lame. As a consumer, it's great that they do this. Makes it much easier to trust the apps. But from the developer perspective, it's awful that you can put in so much work and just get rejected, and I've heard other horror stories like your friend's.

I know they've got some guidelines about the sort of things they'd reject, but I also know those can't be 100% complete (since it's not really possible to imagine everything someone might try.)

I've thought it'd be nice to have a way to submit some sort of "concept approval" so you don't have to waste time on something where the very concept is one they won't go for.
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by:Brian Matis
@Andy - Welcome to the iPhone club! I've always loved mine and I hope they work out well for you :-)
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
Welcome to the dark side mate.
I thought that as an IT Professional (expert) it would be the other way around, choosing flexibility than prestige ;-)
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
I've tried both now, and Apple wins!

I need stability, and quality!

and I don't think anyone can argue, that Apple products are top quality, compared to over priced Google, Samsung, LG inferior quality, plastic - that are competing for the same space!
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by:James Bilous
@Brian Matis - I'm of the philosophy that, just like on my desktop, the only curator of what can and can't go onto my machine is me. Apple is effectively making that decision for me by hyper-curating their app store under the guise of making the apps "safe" for consumers. What stops them from removing apps that they feel compete with their own products, or clash with their brand image? That is not an ecosystem I want to be part of and I think is bad for competition and therefore consumers in the long run.
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by:Brandon Lyon
iOS has never really been an option for me but Android is getting less reliable. If Microsoft comes out with a good phone I might get one. I like Windows mobile but the app gap is too large. At this point I've lost all hope for an Ubuntu phone ever reaching the US. Jolla Sailfish is on my **** list after their tablet fiasco. Blackberry has given up on their own OS. At this point I'm stuck with Android until something better comes along.
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