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Mike Straw
10 Nov 2015

I have a Verizon Droid Turbo running Lollipop. It's even had an OS update since Stagefright was discovered but the app shows I'm STILL vulnerable. The long release cycle has me seriously considering Apple for the first time since 1992.

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Dave Moran
10 Nov 2015

I have to agree, it is frustrating to find things on the Android devices. I have to set up corporate email on user's phones. I however have no interest in Apple products, to pay twice as much for less performance just to say "I have an apple xyz" is not my preference. I would get a Windows phone first. I would prefer to get an Ubuntu phone just to support the open source mindset.

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Joe Farkas
10 Nov 2015

I am not surprised, there is more to it than fragmentation. The most offending and unpleasant experience is the very nature of the Android Ecosystem: all free apps and even some paid ones, require access to areas where they have no business to be. For example, a simple music player wants access to the Contacts, Phone Logs, Emails, etc. It is understandable that the music player wants access to the the Music Library, but it has no business to be anywhere else! Until this unnecessary predatory, spying mode and security risks will be removed, the Android Ecosystem will be in trouble.

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Robert Bailey
10 Nov 2015

I just upgraded my Galaxy s4 to a new Galaxy s6. It is a beautiful phone and is fast, but battery life is not so good. I am now going through a bad experience with my new galaxy s6. I am locked out for 72 hours because I simply wiped my phone and did a factory reset. An engineer in support told me this when I wondered why I could not log into google with my new password. I am still trying to get to use my new phone, but am still locked out. I just have to be patient. P. S. Yes, I have thought about going back to Apple, but haven't yet. Thanks for your newsletter.

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David Blevins
10 Nov 2015

Way past time for the manufacturers and carriers to "customize" their Androids with add-ons NOT CHANGES TO THE BASE SYSTEM, allowing users to get updates direct from Google.

Hey, Google, how about it???

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SteveFR2
10 Nov 2015

The original Android 5.0 upgrade was terrible on my Galaxy S5. Later versions did improve things but not all the way. I had better battery life and memory usage with 4.0. I also had overheating issues with the original 5.0 upgrade.

Lucky for me Verizon is slow to upgrade my Galaxy S5 to the next Android version. I walk around with extra batteries for my S5 since I can't get through a day with one battery.

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Jon
10 Nov 2015

I've been a die hard Android fan since the G1, and I can admit that my latest HTC M9 running stock 5.1 does not perform the way it should for what it specs out to be. Battery issues, sluggish performance, and now the newest iPhone camera smokes the M9. This is surely superior hardware, so this should not be. I'm not quite ready to jump ship yet, but I am not the one eager to join into any heated "iPhone vs Android" debates any longer. The audio performance and build quality are still far superior, but that does not outweigh the integration versatility of the iPhone product in my opinion.

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Daniel
10 Nov 2015

I for one have been using the Nexus line since the Nexus S 4G from Sprint. I then moved to the Nexus 4 and now the Nexus 5. After seeing all of the bloatware and abysmal upgrade/update cycles for phones with "customized" user interfaces, I vowed to stick with the Nexus for the foreseeable future. I have a 2 year old phone and received Marshmallow within a week of its release (which will probably be the last update though).

Oh, and my upgrade to Windows 8/8.1 was no big deal. I guess I just adapt instead of clinging so tightly to the past.

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Linda
10 Nov 2015

I recently purchased a new Nexus 5 (last year's model, but brand new) so that I could get away from all the crapware Samsung puts on the phone. The phone is not quite as nice as the G4, but I like that it upgrades automatically. My G4 was great, but the phone was using too much battery, even with a new battery. I even factory reset it; this did not help. So, it was time for a new phone. iPhones are just too expensive for me.

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Ken Mitchell
10 Nov 2015

"When Google releases a new version of Android, it can take years for it to filter down to end users. (Unless you bought a Nexus phone directly from Google.)"

Even that's not a guarantee. Android 6, "Marshmallow", was released over a month ago. My Google Nexus 6 from T-Mobile still hasn't been updated, even though I bought a Nexus specifically to get quick Android updates. My previous HTC Evo LTE _never_ got any Android updates, and HTC's attitude was "You got the operating system that was on the phone when you bought it; we don't do updates."

At this point, I'm just about angry enough with Google (and T-Mobile) to swear off Android phones for an iPhone; we'll see if I still feel that way a year from now.

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Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries
10 Nov 2015

"Many Android fans are repulsed by Apple’s high-handed, controlling ownership of the iOS ecosystem..."

I was a loyal Mac owner from 1989 to 1995. Apple's high-handed, controlling ownership of the Mac ecosystem was its ruin. We lacked software and options, and we spent way too much money on what should have been relatively inexpensive items.

I see there's no change in Apple's corporate-think.

I sometimes wish for an iPad. Specifically, when the powers-that-be in the breast cancer community decided to fund studies that require iPad access. I concluded, however, that they are the real losers because they precluded participation by so many of us when they are the ones who desperately need study participants.

The bottom line is that if someone gave me an Apple product, I'd get rid of it as quickly as possible.

No love, Apple.

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Kenny
10 Nov 2015

I would say Samsung has a very dominant place in the android marketplace, and the new Galaxy 6 changes to not allow battery replacement and not being able to add an SD card really turned off a lot of users. If people wanted to have a phone restricted like that might as well get the iphone

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MmeMoxie
10 Nov 2015

I just upgraded from a LG Optimus G Pro to a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and boy, am I happy I did! I loved my LG, but, the Note 4 is just awesome and so easy, for these old eyes to see.

My Note 4 got the new Android upgrade to Lollipop 5.1.1. So far, no noticeable difference. Two members in my household have the new iPhone Plus. They love it and work well with it. I just as soon, have my Note 4. Even going from the LG to the Note 4, was not that bad of change, for me. Yes, it took me about a week or so, to completely adjust, but, it was a painless learning curve.

I didn't get the Note 5, mainly because, the Note 4 has a removeable battery, while the Note 5 doesn't. I still, prefer to have a removeable battery. In the long run, it can save you lots of money and no contract. :)

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Lisa Bishop
10 Nov 2015

I have an LG Tribute with Virgin Mobile Service. VM did push a software update out that addresses Stagefright, but my phone does not have enough internal memory to install it, and I cannot delete enough apps to make it have enough memory. Every time I turn on wifi or data I get a failure-to-download-update message, and I suspect this is affecting my battery life and possibly the amount of data I am using. I don't know if there is a workaround. I have plenty of space on my installed SD memory card and could sideload the file there, but I don't know if it would install correctly. It's frustrating, but the phone still works fine. Still, I am more likely to consider an Android with more memory and an already updated OS than an Apple product that costs six times as much.

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Mike
10 Nov 2015

I switched to Apple a few years back. We now have three iPhones, two iPads and one Macbook in the house. Oh, and one android laptop setting on the upper shelf in the closet. Now life is good.

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Leah Hejl
10 Nov 2015

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5. It came with Android 4.0, when the initial upgrade to 5.0 occurred my battery life increased tremendously. However, the subsequent updates to the system have decreased my battery life to the point I am thinking about an Apple phone. However, I still have 18 months left on my contract so I stay. I have removed app's that I had used for ages in a frustrating process of trying to get a longer battery life. To date nothing has helped. My cell phone provider is At&t and I have been with them for over 5 years. I like the phone, just not the short battery life.

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RandiO
10 Nov 2015

I try to avoid *monopolies as if they were the Ebola virus, to the maximum extent possible. Apple, TimeWarner, AT&T are but a few examples, off the top of my head!
I also detest *proprietary formats/interfaces of any sort.
Then, there is my issues with *planned obsolescence and *disrespect for legacy hw/sw!
All these 4 hang-ups that I have (in combination) is almost the equivalent of someone tying their left and right shoes together in a knot!
I guess my only remaining choices end up being either a Linux or a Windows environment, although each ends up being like the proverbial 'best horse in the glue factory'!

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Nev Holmes
10 Nov 2015

Give me Android any day. I have had many different makes of phone on Android and it really isnt that difficult to handle the different flavours. iPhone is over priced and over restrictive, tying you to the 'Apple way' ... and I am not talking from a position of no experience, my wife and one of my son's are Apple die hards so I have to deal with their phone problems. And on a final note, when are Apple going to introduce a screen that doesn't shatter every time it thinks its been dropped. I have spent more on Apple repairs than I have on Android phones!

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3D Echo
10 Nov 2015

Good article, Bob. I'm an iOS convert from Android.

For me, it was the total lack of support from Android. When I had problems with my Moto X, it was impossible to get assistance. Hardware problems go to the manufacturer, but software issues go, well, uhmmmm... Apple's support has been excellent and easy to find.

It really wasn't the screen size since they're universally too small, and big screens won't fit in my pocket without looking silly. When I do want to have a big screen, I connect my iPhone 6 to a real monitor. At $50, Apple doesn't give away the lightning to HDMI converter. But, it's money well-spent.

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Larry Kaplan
10 Nov 2015

I switched, but it was only after I did so that I realized how superior the IPhone was to the Samsung Android phone I had.

The bottom line is that the Apple mobile devices just simply work better than the Android ones -- more reliable, faster, better connections especially for web browsing. I am only interested in the basics, no bells and whistles.

For example, I have a Samsung tablet and an IPhone. I cannot tell you how often I get frustrated with the glitches and slow pace of the tablet and whip out my phone to finish the job.

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