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Friday Poll: Of Your 10 Closest Friends and Family, How Many Own Android Phones?

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It won’t come as a surprise, especially to anyone reading a blog dedicated to only talking about smartphones, but people are very passionate about their mobile OS of choice. At first, you might have had a lot of friends and family who would only consider an iPhone, or maybe they were still rocking feature phones, but Android has become extremelyΒ popular over the past few years.

We asked this same question back in March of 2012, but of your 10 closest friends and family, how many are rocking an Android device? Back then, the majority of folks said that about half of their friends and family were using Android, and by this point, we would like to hope that number has risen a bit.

So, has your entire inner circle of friends and family started using Android? Will they never turn their back on iOS? We are dying to know.

Of Your Closest 10 Friends and Family, How Many Own Android Phones?

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  • AaronS

    The only iPhone user is my 17 year old daughter, cuz apparently it the cool phone in that demographic.

  • JT

    Android is really lacking in the teen market. I’m a teen user, who used to be a die hard android fan, and would never consider switching. I made the switch to an iPhone. Don’t get me wrong, with android, you get much more for your money: a better phone, and a superior operating system– no doubt about it. However, the social ecosystem that has been developed on iPhone with teenagers is simply unmatched. 19/20 of my friends have iPhones. That’s the number I’d get from my personal experience. I was tired of being left out of group messages because it’s annoying when they’re not iMessage, which is a valid argument. Snapchat simply did not work well on my S4. Overall, standard SMS messages do not work as well as iMessage. Sure, there are third party cross-platform options that are better than both, I don’t deny that, but let’s face it, I’m not gonna get all my friends to use them. So, that’s my opinion, that I felt the need to rant.

  • Higher_Ground

    This is an interesting poll. 10 is an odd number for me, but I’d say that about 45% have android, 45% have iphones, and 10% still have flip phones.

  • fizdog

    I got most people I know to use Android. Sadly my dad thinks apple is best. Not saying it’s the worst just not my cup of tea. Any phone I had other than iPhone could record video. Once I got the iPhone 3g just before the 3gs came. I couldn’t record video! apple limits previous phones and won’t let old phones get the new features ios has unless you upgrade!

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  • droidftw

    People love iMessage too much to switch to Android. And I can’t lie, I’m infinitely jealous of iMessage. The amount of times texts or MMS have failed to send in the last month or I have received messages hours after they were sent is getting to be too much.

    • EdubE24

      iMessage is one of the main reasons I just can’t totally leave IOS.

  • Justin Kos

    Most of the gentlemen have Androids and the women have iPhones

  • loaymansy

    All are switching to windows phone now

  • paul_cus

    My sister has an Android phone. My Dad has a flip phone. Everyone else has an iPhone.

  • Trysta

    Ha! Not only do most of my friends use android. I was at a wedding of one of my good college friends and while we were all taking wedding pictures i realized 6 of us had the Nexus 5 (and one an old Gnex). Of course 3 of them work for Google so that might skew things a bit πŸ™‚

  • iPhone 6

    Friends don’t let friends buy Crapdroid.

    • Elliot Kotis

      LOL cute.

  • Elliot Kotis

    Close friend 1 – Android

    Close friend 2 – Windows 8 (LOL)

    Close friend 3 – iOS

    Close friend 4 – Android

    Close friend 5 – No phone…. *frowns*

    Close friend 6 – No phone…. *frowns* (Will get an android in 2 months)

    Girlfriend – Android

    Dad – Android

    Mum – Android

    Brother – Android (He literally switched today)

    (I CONVERTED THEM ALL WUHAHAHAHA)

  • Fer

    Luckily, only one uses Android, the rest uses 1 iPhone, and Windows phones for most of us

  • AngryBadger

    Mostly android here. Although I recommend iOS as a smartphone starter to non-tech savvy users. After they get a hang of it, most switch to android after. The most glaring detail for me is… how BB/WP is rarely mentioned? lol πŸ˜‰

  • yummy

    The Zero Option, every friend and family rocks ios. They look at cellphones like a conventional phone without wires. Yes, I am descended from Neandertals

  • drathos

    Of my closest 10,
    5 are on Android,
    2 are on iOS,
    3 aren’t on smartphones.

  • Grayson

    Wife – iPhone
    Mom and step dad – iPhones
    Dad and step mom – iPhones
    2 married step brothers and their wives – iPhones
    2 unmarried step brother – iPhones
    Half brother – iPhone
    Parents in law – iPhones
    Brother in law – iPhone
    Best friend – ANDROID!!!

    15:1

    Yeah, iPhones everywhere. To make matters worse, my job for the company I work for is… iOS developer.

  • Maxim James Dowd

    sister’s family has iPhones, but they like the Dallas Cowboys too

  • Jacob Stabl

    While I personally have both iOS and Android and prefer the Android, I had to sway my direct relatives toward iOS strictly because of children. Facetime IMO is the best and simplest app there is for IOS and “It Just Works”, no extra apps to download, resilient, etc. so while I have Android as my daily driver I still suggest iOS in most cases.

  • JDMendiola

    Me- Moto X & Nexus 5

    Family ;
    Mom- Moto X
    Dad- HTC One (M8)
    Bro- Nexus 4
    Sis- Moto G

    (All were gifts from me)

    Friends ;
    Friend 1- HTC ONE
    Friend 2- LG G2
    Friend 3- Moto G
    Friend 4- Nexus 5
    Friend 5- Nexus 4

    (Converted or introduced them to android)

    I can safely say I’m doing a good job πŸ™‚

  • Jeremy Gross

    in my family of 4, everyone has an iphone except me. I am glad they have iphone because that is all they need and dont desire an android. they dont need super android. although most of my friends have androids

  • Salazar Slytherin

    Women tend to be drawn towards ios because most are just basic, and go for the basic phone.

  • Will S.

    My immediate family and closest friends mostly use various Androids and a few BB’s, but all my newer friends that I made at work ALL use iPhones…

    Also, I don’t even know one person with a WP, outside of the internet…

  • Bassenza

    I have always convinced my girlfriend to buy Android and she has always loved it. For people who want a change, I always recommend Android.

  • dreadfulCore

    I always seem to be in the majority in these polls.

  • Joey Wollenburg

    My dad, grandma, and close friend are the only ones that don’t have an android phone. It’s not because they don’t want one, it’s because the plans are too expensive for them.

  • nosedive94

    Mom & pop – Android
    Sister – feature phone
    Brother – Android
    Best friend 1 – iOS
    Best friend 2 – iOS
    Best friend 3 – iOS
    Best friend 4 – iOS
    Best friend 5 – iOS
    Best friend 6 – Android
    Best friend 7 – Android

    …. I need new friends.

    • needa

      naw man… you need to show them the error of their ways.

      • nosedive94

        Have you ever talked to an iOS user? Logic is not something they respond well to. I’ve gotten exactly 1 friend to switch to Android from iOS.

        • jimt

          It’s like trying to get a tea party person over to the left.

        • needa

          i converted one to an x, then he converted his wife and kid to the moto g. i have converted a couple of others to android also. my brother has converted several to the x too. it isn’t that hard. a few ‘ok google nows’ and a ‘you really got to plug that thing in already?’ every now and then… and people eventually get it. a ride in the car showing off touchless control helps also.
          most people my age don’t know what they want and they care nothing about gaming. so the things that makes life easier speaks volumes.

        • JD_26

          THIS^^^^^^^ 1000 upvotes!

      • Justin W

        Fix the ones you have – it’s easier that way.

        • needa

          i used to own apple. i figure i already have.

  • jamaall

    My whole family of 8 is android. But 90% of my friends have iPhones

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    Most of my family members have an Android smartphone while most of my friends have iOS devices.

  • Trevor

    Most the people I know (let alone am friends with) own iPhones.

  • schlanz

    I’m not friends with any teens, women, or senior citizens, and my wife uses android.

  • Jared Muskovitz

    Parents, sister, and extended family all grew up on Apple and use iOS and OSX. Most of my friends use Android.

    I use Android, Windows, and OSX. But Android is my favorite of all three.

  • benjaninja

    I have ten siblings. They all have android phones πŸ™‚ (or tablets)

  • Orion

    Everyone in my circle owns an adroid phone. My influence have helped greatly. πŸ™‚

  • brkshr

    I only know 2 people with iphones. My brother and sister-in-law. I have successfully converted everyone else around me to Android.

    My brother refuses to leave iOS because he has hundreds (if not thousands) into the iOS eco-system. I think my final plan of attack for my brother, will be to buy him the new Moto X and give it to him with a Google Play gift card for $100. My sister-in-law is ready to switch to Android for a few reasons, but she stick with her husband (my brother).

  • itsacardigan

    I get a new android roughly every 2 months…..every time one of my relatives has an upgrade they come to me and ask what they should get. Most of them not being tech savvy…I recommend the iPhone. So far every single one of them has opted to go with Android. So either they don’t trust me (likely) or they prefer android to ios.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      I also tell family members to get an iPhone because I think they’ll get the hang of it quicker. My father got an S4 a few months ago and he’s still calling me with questions about the phone.

  • Blake

    I’m about 75% Android but I’ll note most of the people I know who use iOS did have an Android at one point. I think that run of poor phones in Androids early years really turned people off – I know my mom ended up hating her HTC Hero and a friend of mine hated his HTC Merge and they both swore off Android after that. That said almost every I know with Android has a Nexus (the two off hand that don’t both have Notes).

  • enigmaco

    I have friends who use iphones but they are also artsy as well. But these are also the same people who always ask me to fix their computers to lol.

    • JSo

      “Artsy?” I’m a graphic designer. I draw. I make music. I hate everything Apple.

      • enigmaco

        Just noticing something that is all you may be one of few that don’t.

        • JSo

          I’m not arguing. I know, for some odd reason, artsy and Apple like to be linked together but I don’t know why. lol

          • Droid Ronin

            it’s the hipster culture

          • schlanz

            I’ve run into plenty of hipsters (self described and not) that prefer Android. In fact at this point I’d say the iPhone is borderline un-hip (a word?) and rather passe.

            Top 5 iphone customers of mine:
            teenagers
            middle aged women
            seniors
            young adult women
            clueless husbands who just get what their teenage children tell them to get

          • athom07

            Back in the day, programs like Cubase and Logic were only available for Mac (well Logic is still only available on Mac) and most graphic designers were using Photoshop in addition to Aperture and other software on a Mac. Thats pretty much how. I still use Macs because some of the programs I use are still Mac only, but Apple has started to turn their back on their artistic users after the success of the iPhone. Everything is slowly getting dumbed down into an “app” instead of a serious tool for composition.

      • Jason Brown

        lol

      • jimt

        I think he was trying to say apple sheep or maybe hipster. I got the gist of what he was saying, I think.

    • nosedive94

      Idk more than half the tech-enthousiasts I know rock MacBooks and iPhones. So do the people who know nothing about phones. The people who have Androids are the ones who originally bought a high end device, and realize that it’s a superior operating system.

    • Jeremy Gross

      artsy how? im a filmaker and photagrapher and i have an android

  • sonic

    almost all my friends use I phones probably 90percent. I’m also the only person in my family with an android phone. I think I phones are more popular among teenagers as I am a highschool senior. all my teachers also use I phones

  • Menger40

    Most of my best friends and close family have Android devices. I even converted two close friends and their wives to Nexus + prepaid.

    • What… you successfully converted an average Joe to Nexus?

      • Menger40

        Yup, two of them, and then they converted their wives. They were both sold on the cost savings. One couple has Nexus 4’s and the other waited a little longer and got Nexus 5’s.

        • Nathan Borup

          Keep it going! let it spread!

  • Woody Hermey

    I can’t get Apple out of my mother’s hands! Took her a while to lose the rotary phone too!

  • ROR1997

    My mom would, but the Thunderbolt scared her away. My sister would but she is a 19 year old girl aka iSheep

    • Nathan Borup

      that blasted thunderbolt!

      • ROR1997

        I had to use it while my razr maxx was broke and I had to wait for the G3. Wanted to throw at a wall

        • Nathan Borup

          ha ha yeah, my friend got it when it first came out and I thought it was the coolest ever… then I got a slightly better phone and his just kept going down hill. Even with the extended (HUGE) battery pack, he was only getting like a half day’s use out of the thing

  • EdubE24

    Most of mine were IOS users. And 4 of those were Android users that changed up. Granted all of them were pre Ice Cream Sandwich phones. Gingerbread ran them off!!

  • JSo

    I think it’s pretty even but may lean more towards Android being more popular with the people I know. A lot of them have actually switched from iPhone to Android in the past year too. I’m slowly converting people. lol

  • 213ninja

    aside from my mom’s dumb phone and one of my siblings on an iphone, literally everyone else close to me is on Android. maybe it’s because i don’t provide tech support for anything else πŸ™‚

    • ZxyLady

      I’m the same way, my family asks for tech advice and I give it to them. But if they have apple, I tell them to enjoy being controlled by Apple and I can’t help them, because apple has been so controlling with what you can do with your device, I help them as best as I can, but it IS Apple, so they should try the library.

      • 213ninja

        lmao!

  • bawboh

    My sister uses iOS and I use Windows Phone (now). Pretty much everyone else that I’m closest to uses Android.

  • Me- Android
    Wife- Both
    Son- Android
    Mother- Android
    Sister- iOS
    Brother-in-Law- iOS

    Best Friend (Female)- iOS
    Best Friend (Male)- Android
    Wife’s Best Friend- iOS
    Shared Mutual Friend (Married Couple)- iOS

    Conclusion: It’s my wife’s fault that iOS is in my life.

    • 213ninja

      lmao

    • flosserelli

      Women have been a bad influence since Adam & Eve.

      • 213ninja

        that damn apple….errr….i see what you did there.

        • tomn1ce

          Nice one….lol

      • Michael

        Except Apple doesn’t give you Knowledge, it kind of has the reverse effect. talk about ironic.

    • mcheese

      Lol

  • Dustin Dexter

    Wow. I am surprised. I was expecting about half, but I’m in bizzaro land where 2/3 are iPhone, and 1/3 is Windows Phone.

    • Blake

      That’s surprising. I know people who use Windows Phone but it’s because they work for Microsoft. In fact, the only people I know with a Windows Phone work for Microsoft.

      • I know people who work for Microsoft that don’t use a Windows Phone, hah.

        • Blake

          I do too – I’m not meaning to imply that people at MS only have Windows Phones, just that I’ve never met a person who had one that didn’t work for them.

      • Dustin Dexter

        Yeah. That’s part of my surprise. My immediate family is all windows phone, but they like it mostly because they don’t use a lot of apps, and they like the simple tile homescreen. I can’t say I’m not a bit curious. I’d much rather go that way than iOS like the 2/3. Still, like the hackability of android.

        • Blake

          I’ve tried them, either on my own or a friend’s, and I just can’t get behind it. While I don’t like iOS a ton personally there’s way way too many things missing from Windows Phone, namely Google things (maps, hangouts, youtube, chrome, etc etc), that are at least there on iOS. If I switched I’d HAVE to go to iOS.

    • brkshr

      I have yet to see a windows phone in the wild. I would imagine they’re more of a corporate type phone..?

      • JSo

        The only Windows Phone I have seen anyone use is my girlfriend. She has an HTC 8X. But she wants Android next.

        • Kevin Verdesca

          I would’t blame her, It’s either Nokia or nothing for window’s phone

      • Droid Ronin

        Same. I’ve seen people carry around Windows tablets, but never Windows phones.

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        I saw my first Windows phone in the wild a couple of days ago. That same day I saw an HTC One. That’s only the second time I’ve seen one.

  • creed

    It’s just my wife and I, and she is going to get an Iphone for her next phone. I am strongly considering it as well. I am really frustrated with the only option for a near stock experience being to put cyanogenmod on my phone. You spend so much time with buggy nightly builds, and by the time they are close to a stable release, the next version of android is out. And guess what, the previous version never gets a fully stable release and you are back in the cycle of buggy nightlies. So, long story short, the iPhone is becoming more appealing.

    • creed

      I should also say that both wifes parents, her brother and his wife, my two sisters and their husbands, my mother, my three closest friends and their wives, and so many of my customers use iphones.

      • Kevin Verdesca

        You could easily buy a moto x or a nexus 5. Not to mention the new nexus phone and the new moto x.

        • creed

          Absolutely no desire to own any motorola product ever again. And I would definately get a nexus, but being with Verizon, that isn’t an option and I’m not willing to give up unlimited data yet.

          • Nathan Borup

            Why do you say that about moto?

          • creed

            Horrible experience with the droid x. Not only an awful phone, but an even worse camera. That phone was supposed to be the greatest phone on earth when it came out. It has spoiled me on ever owning another. Moto.

          • Nathan Borup

            A phone that was released in 2010 spoiled you from a company that has changed A TON over the past 4 years? Wow… some people

          • creed

            Wow… Some people don’t realize that a company’s value is based on the perception of the customer. In my line of work, a buyer has already made a decision within the first seven seconds of meeting you as to whether or not they would buy from you. And you think I’m being absurd? There are enough competitors in mobile phones that I don’t have to do business with a company that I feel makes poor hardware. Yet people like you, with thick skulls, fail to see this.

          • ZxyLady

            I owned a Motorola CLIQ, and the lack of customer service and support has soured me from owning a Motorola product again, however, if the right product comes along, say the Motorola 360, I will purchase a Motorola product again. -perhaps they can win me back- I have stuck with Samsung since then and haven’t been even slightly disappointed. But then I have no preference for metal over polycarbonate, and I like TouchWiz. I have owned EVERY S device (s2,3, etc) and the Note 2,3. And in the s5 and Note 3 I haven’t experienced any lag. And I love the camera. I liked some of the features of the HTC devices, but didn’t like the lag or the sense ui… The HTC One M8 is a great phone, but terrible camera. This is just my opinion.

          • Nathan Borup

            Ha ha wow… you are basing this on a phone that was released in 2009 and never got past android 1.5… You need to try moto again. They have totally changed. With the moto X I’ve never had better customer service. I had to get my moto x replaced because of bluetooth issues. They sent me a new one and I had 7 days to return the old one at THEIR cost. Not to mention if you crack your screen, they’ll replace the first one free. That’s better than any other OEM I know of including samsung.

            The fact that you have owned every Galaxy S device and haven’t experience lag issues tell me what kind of android user you are. It has been proven that touchwiz is laggy… Here is the Galaxy S5 pitted against moto’s cheapest phone, the moto E http://youtu.be/3P9vDAY0U0A?t=2m46s

            Clearly moto is doing something right beating a flagship phone with basic tasks

          • ZxyLady

            I am not saying that I haven’t experienced lag AT ALL ON ANY GALAXY DEVICE. I am a power user, gamer and phone customizer (I don’t root- I just use launchers). I am saying I don’t see NOTICEABLE lag on my Note 3 or S5. I was specific with those 2 devices. With stock Touchwiz on those 2 devices, I haven’t seen noticable lag, on the s5, I think the lack of significant lag can be attributed to the redesigned Touchwiz. If you ever owned the Cliq, then you would understand my hesitation. As for switching now, I see no need when I found My perfect phone in the note series. JMHO
            P.s. I may try the moto series if my experience is even slightly better with the Moto 360 than with that awful Cliq, thanks for the heads up.

          • ZxyLady

            Just 1 more thing, I use Nova Launcher on my devices, including the Note 10.1 2014 Edition and have literally NO LAG AT ALL, YEAH! ! I find stock Android a bit boring, but to each his own. πŸ˜‰

          • Nathan Borup

            You should watch the video I posted if you think the S5 doesn’t have lag…

          • ZxyLady

            I did watch the video, I am just saying that that is not my Personal experience with the S5. I don’t know why that S5 is lagging soo much. My aunts doesn’t lag either. But who knows…

          • Kevin Verdesca

            I would definitely rethink that with the new motorola. There phones used to be gross and not supported. Now, it’s the complete opposite.

          • peacemaker

            I hate it when people say they have no desire to ever purchase a product from a company based on they’re experience with one product. unless your reason is poor customer service by the company in question there Is no way you can judge every product of a company future and past based on one negative product experience. for all you know that company will fix all your gripes with they’re previous products in new iterations and you’ll never be able to enjoy those new improved products because you were quick to judge and swore never to buy from that company in future without knowing what they’re future had in store.

    • EdubE24

      I always come back to IOS. I love the designs of Android phones, the screen sizes, the different ways to customize. But every single one I get there is always something that throws me off. The stuttering of the phones drive me crazy after using IOS forever. Battery life is usually worse, the cameras are usually worse and the signal connections don’t seem as good! We need one phone that is the complete package, and I have yet to come across it yet with Android!

      • Kevin Verdesca

        I’ve pretty much found it with the moto x.

        • Mech_Engr_09

          *fart noise*

        • Nathan Borup

          Amen! Unlocked bootloader makes it that much better too

        • EdubE24

          That camera was mess…main issue I had with the X!

          • Kevin Verdesca

            In the beginning, I agree. that camera was terrible. It’s much better now after like 4 updates lol

          • EdubE24

            The X is a great phone though. I think that size and form are perfect!!

          • Nathan Borup

            yeah… seems like 4.4.4 it has been great. Another nice thing about the moto X, UPDATES!

        • creed

          To each his own, but motos cameras are horrible. And that is a deal breaker for most, including me.

      • creed

        I agree. I have been a long time admitted android fanboy, but the is coming to an end. The amount of time wasted trying to customize every little thing is regrettable. Apple does have really good hardware, and that is finally enough for me to finally consider changing.

        • EdubE24

          I’ve seen you on here for a long time…that name and avatar are just fantastic!!

          • creed

            Lol, thanks

      • jake

        battery life is usually worse is utterly false. iphones are notorious for they’re poor battery life. And almost all flagship android phones have superior battery life.

        • EdubE24

          I guess my experience has been different!!

        • James

          I’m not an iPhone user, but that simply isn’t true. In fact, up until recently iPhone longevity was greater (often much greater) than the Android equivalents. The last iterations of flagships has surpassed the 5s, but it’s still pretty average. There are dozens of battery life comparisons available that demonstrate those facts.

          • 213ninja

            James vs. James or is Disqus acting up again????????

          • Nathan Borup

            Disqus is acting up, refresh your page… it happened to me too

          • 213ninja

            haha, thanks for the comment so i don’t look like the crazy one.

          • EdubE24

            No it was James Vs. James and he is now going threw changing the names lol!!

          • James

            Disqus just really likes me πŸ™‚

          • jake

            those battery life comparisons disagree with you. and as an owner of the iPhone 5. moto x and now one plus one. I can say that the iphones battery was clearly behind the other two. the experiences of all the other iPhone users I know back that up. they rarely get through a day without needing to charge

          • James

            Could you actually point to a review that supports your point, instead of just throwing out random claims?

            At the time the iPhone 5s was released, probably the most respected review site (Anantech) rated it squarely near the top of its competitors, with only the LG G2 and One X as better. And a big part of the reason those phones lasted longer was because they could fit a much larger battery.

            Again, if you want to actually talk facts instead of opinions, I’m all ears.

          • creed

            And not to mention that many android batteries are close to or bigger than 3000 Mah.

      • bigboy

        so there’s always something to throw you off about android phones. but your not thrown off by the size of iPhone screen they’re poor battery or the lack of customization?

        • Nathan Borup

          Haters gonna hate πŸ˜›

        • James

          I hear what you’re saying, but let’s be honest. iPhones have struck a consistent overall quality for some time now, whereas until recently we Android users have often needed to put up with some tradeoffs with just about any phone. Calling the battery “poor” is a stretch, since, its actually pretty average among high end phones of the same release window. The smaller screen is actually a selling point for some.

          I’m not saying Android doesn’t have its benefits, it definitely does. But over the top criticism without reliance on actual documented facts is just fanboyism.

          • EdubE24

            I’m on an Android site that I visit daily. Have owned double digit Android phones. I love mobile phones, was stating my own experiences. And in my experience not one Android phone has made me want to put my iPhone down for good!

          • jimt

            Is this Ron?

          • 213ninja

            i agree.

        • EdubE24

          Not really…my battery life is generally really good!! Screen size doesn’t bother me. I love the look and feel of the phone, and iMessage is a big plus. I also have a Mac and iPad, and love the way they all work together!

          • Menger40

            So use an iPhone! It was made for people like you who are into the apple ecosystem and don’t mind iOS and don’t care about the tiny screen.

          • EdubE24

            That’s what I do!!

          • Menger40

            Oh. πŸ™‚ that makes sense, then. I probably should have read everything you said.

      • Droid Ronin

        My fiance had an iPhone 4S, but after she upgraded to iOS7, it was slow, had poor battery life, and locked up 4-5 times a day. She then got a Nexus 5 and all of those problems went away.

        • creed

          Yeah, that’s never happened to an android user in the history of all android and android phones. I guess blackberry is our last resort.

          • Droid Ronin

            you callin’ me a liar, son?

          • creed

            If that’s what you interpreted from my statement, then I guess so… son

      • Colin Huber

        Interesting, the gripe I hear from iPhone owners is that they wish they had the battery life of flagship Android devices.

        • James

          Compared to phones released in the same window, the 5s has pretty average battery life. Subjective opinions of battery life are almost always unreliable, unless the same person is using two separate devices in exactly the same way.

        • 213ninja

          not sure how true it is, never used an iphone…but i heard that too, and the wall hugger commercial puts it on full blast!!

        • nosedive94

          All I know is that since getting my M8, the biggest thing iOS users have told me they’re jealous of is the battery life. I easily get 24-30 hours out of my phone with medium usage. Only graphics heavy games really suck power. It also has a higher-def screen, which is actually quite noticeable when you pull an image up side by side with a 5s. The iPhone design is also getting kind of stale, and I’ve had 5s owners tell me they like the M8’s design much better.

      • tspx23

        get a Nexus 5 :D. I have the problem of switching to iOS because of the ecosystem and stability (and that most of my friends are on the iPhone). Battery life not so much that phone drains so quick in comparison to the note 3, nexus 5, moto x.

        • EdubE24

          I’m on Verizon…ughhhh

          Early data adopter and for what I pay, I can’t justify leaving!

          • Kevin Verdesca

            Even with the throttling? haha

          • 213ninja

            we’ll see how that develops. i haven’t experienced any issues yet…but it’s definitely a point of contention.

      • 213ninja

        the only thing ios has me hating on is their cult of partners. it just seems that when companies want to go mobile their go-to breakout platform is always Apple….sure, a few years ago when Apple was the mobile king, but now that Android is top dog it’d be neat to see it targeted more often. i guess the open source multi-manufacturer model of Android makes it tougher, but i can still hate….lol. maybe Android does have some dedicated partners but not the stuff i’m looking for…….

        examples currently bugging me: snapwire and squidcam.

        • James

          Yep, that is frustrating. The last thing I want to do is support that. At the same time, it sucks waiting (sometimes forever) so it makes it hard not to see it as another potential reason for some to consider switching to iOS.

          • 213ninja

            absolutely, it’s enough for some to take the leap. i’d have to weigh the gapps integration vs. the importance of the IOS dedicated services i’m looking for, but i’d be lying if i said the thoughts didn’t cross my mind…

      • nate

        The biggest reason I went to android was that I had used an iOS device for 4 or 5 years starting with the original iPod touch, and the OS just never really changed and got boring. I also jailbroke every major release since iOS 3 I believe. All the way till 6 which was the last release my 4th gen touch ever saw.

      • schlanz

        I see plenty of stuttering in IOS devices. I use them and troubleshoot them every day ranging from the 4 to the 5S, as well as a plethora of android devices from the same release time frame. iOS fanboys are either oblivious and experiencing placebo or in just plain denial. Also its been basically proven that at this point the latest version of android is more than twice as stable as iOS in terms of apps force closing.

        And battery life? Better on iPhone? Was the last time you comlared the two in 2010? Android devices CRUSH iPhones in battery life.

        Concerning camera quality, I’ll give you the 5S takes great shots but the S5 and G3 are arguably better, certainly not worse than the 5S.

        Lastly signal quality, it just doesn’t get much better than HTC and Moto. LG and Samsung are somewhere in the middle and iPhones are maybe slightly above them.

        • EdubE24

          Thanks for making my point. You had to mention four different android brands to make android phones seem like the better product. Why can’t we just get one Android phone that does all of these things well?!?!

          • schlanz

            there is no shortage of android devices that do all those things well. due to healthy competition its fallacy to assume any one of them should be the best in every measurable category. so your point wasn’t proven at all, you’re just ignoring the straightforward rebuttal to your sweeping generalizations about android devices and your assertion that iphones 1.) don’t have performance issues 2.) have the best battery life (its among the worst) 3.) have the best camera (it’s not) and 4.) has better signal quality (its average).

          • EdubE24

            I was stating this as my opinion from owning and using a lot of android devices. I can say with complete confidence that the HTC One and the Galaxy series phones do not have better battery life than the iPhone. I can say that I would put the iPhones camera up against any android phones camera out there and it will come on top or even up with the best. This is from my usage. I have never had my calls drop out on me while using my iPhone, can’t make that claim with all Android phones. I can say all of this from actual usage, not something I’ve read or watched on YouTube. It’s just my opinion that the best overall mobile experience is the iPhone 5S.

          • schlanz

            http://bgr.com/2014/07/03/samsung-wall-huggers-ad-iphone/

            “Unfortunately for Apple, there’s a good deal of truth to this. Over the last year, multiple battery test studies from PCMag, Which? and LaptopMag have all found that flagship phones from Samsung and HTC get significantly higher overall battery life than the iPhone. In fact, looking at the Which? study that specifically examined battery life for Internet use, we can see that the iPhone 5s was behind every other major smartphone released last year, including the Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the BlackBerry Z10 and the Nokia Lumia 1020.”

            That must be some confidence you got there. Or, like I suggested in my previous post, placebo. iPhones used to have unquestionably better battery life, that’s not been the case for some time now.

          • EdubE24

            Again this is from my personal experiences. Not things that I have read. Never had the Z10 or the Nokia, but I had the other 2 mentioned and would disagree with the article from my usage. But hey we can agree to disagree!! It’s been fun…

      • Usually battery life is much better on Android flagships, as well as the camera (depending on what model you have). But when it comes to signal connections, iPhones are the worst out there. At least in my country (Netherlands). I support around 130 iPhones at work and the signal loss is just awful. Most mayor providers have the iPhone models in the top 3 of worst model when it comes to connectivity.

    • I know exactly what you mean. BUT I’m holding out for Moto to pull through with the X+1. They have a chance to really do things right. A strong phone, near stock experience, a few USEFUL features thrown in, and speedy updates. If they balance the power (801?) with battery life and throw in a nice camera (I’m happy with on par with gs4), I believe it could change things. Android L is going to be a big change, people will hate it, people will love it. But it is Google moving forward and imo, it’s going to functional and beautiful.

      TL;DR- wait for the Moto X+1 or nexus if you’re not on Verizon and Android L.
      But I respect you either way πŸ™‚

    • Nathan Borup

      Let me guess… samsung?

      • JSo

        I seriously didn’t see your comment before I posted the same thing. lol

        • Nathan Borup

          lol, glad we see eye to eye. Oddly enough, most people move away from, and closer to android because of samsung… personally I hate samsung

          • JSo

            Same here. Samsung is ruining Androids image.

          • Nathan Borup

            The only thing is Samsung is really android’s only advertisement… I have never seen an ad for the moto X or for a nexus device

          • JSo

            Now that you mention it, niether have I. But LG has started advertising a lot actually. So hopefully we will see a shift in popularity.

          • Nathan Borup

            True, true. Forgot about that… actually i wouldn’t mind to have a g3 with stock android

          • Kevin Verdesca

            I feel like lg ruins android’s image too :/ at least with their software

          • JSo

            LGs OS isn’t that bad. It doesn’t look as childish and over-bloated as Samsungs.

          • Kevin Verdesca

            True, but it slows down the device just as much. Htc sense however, is super fast and beautiful without being overbearing like touchwiz.

          • Nathan Borup

            No one comes close to samsung in slowing down the device. LG’s phones are actually pretty snappy

          • Kevin Verdesca

            Still not near as fast as the M8 and stock android.

          • Nathan Borup

            Well duh! The G3 is pushing 1440P compared to the M8 pushing 1080P… huge difference there buddy. The G2 wouldn’t even be a fair test since the M8 has a faster processor

          • Nathan Borup

            Their latest iteration doesn’t look too bad… at least not as bad as samsung

    • James

      I’m actually with you, surprisingly. I love my Moto X, but many benefits of the iPhone are compelling, including (importantly) the support of Google apps. I still can’t even make a VOIP call with Google Voice number on Android, something iPhone users have been able to do for months.

      • 213ninja

        it’s good that ios is supporting gapps but i’m sure it goes without saying you can’t get the same level of deep integration you get with an android phone…when your life is balls deep in google it’s tough to imagine going onesie-twosie betwen gapps on an ios device when all of my darkest secrets integrate seamlessly accross the entire Google/Android/Chrome platform…..

        • James

          I agree. But Google is going to great lengths to make that possible on iPhone, and miraculously iOS 8 will make it a lot easier. After all, Google makes money on data/ads, not devices.

          • 213ninja

            oh really?? that sounds pretty cool. i hope they succeed in that regard. it’d be awesome to see Google Now and their Now Launcher on an iphone!! i don’t know much about what they have on IOS, but if they built a beast enough Google Search app for IOS i imagine they could hook everything into that and make it seamless.

          • Nathan Borup

            but then it is essentially the same as android… don’t you see? Apple is incorporating android features right and left. They should just hand it over to google… oh wait, that’s what you’re saying

          • 213ninja

            lol.

          • James

            I think that’s what every reasonable iOS related post in this thread is saying. Compared to iPhone, Android options are often lacking in some hardware department: camera, build quality, battery, preferred size, etc. It’s also a sad fact that iPhone has a much more robust accessory ecosystem and often gets apps that are both better and faster.

            Considering all this, in many ways an iPhone that runs Android would be an ideal choice for many. In fact, Google has been pretty explicit about making it possible for iPhone users to stay entirely within the Google system for everything they do. Again, I’m not saying Android has no benefits, and agree some of the difference is just down to personal preference. But we’d all be better off by being honest about the comparisons.

          • Nathan Borup

            This is where I differ… to say that android options are often lacking in some hardware department, I would have to disagree. My moto X is perfect for me, yet an iPhone would not work for me. What it comes down to is personal preference, not build quality, or components. Someone can find an android phone that works perfect for them where an iPhone wouldn’t and vice versa.
            So in other words, to say that the iPhone is more “Premium” is false… because it is all in the eyes of the phone holder.

          • James

            Except for things like camera quality. I have seen a total of 0 reviews that have placed the Moto X camera above the 5x. And I own the Moto X. That’s my whole point. I love my Moto X, but I’d also love it to have a better camera. Nearly every Android device has a similar fault. Although I do think the latest flagships are getting much better in terms of all around “good-enoughness”.

          • James

            sorry, 5s, not 5x.

          • Nathan Borup

            That’s what I am saying… YOU can say that the iPhone is “Premium” for you, because you don’t mind the smaller screen size, or the locked down OS, however I have much different uses. I have had absolutely no problems with my Moto X camera, but i’m not a photography nut, but I would have issues with a much smaller screen, and the inability to do what I want with my phone. Therefore, to me, the iPhone is crap and the Moto X is “Premium”

            It’s all about who uses the phone and what they use it for

          • James

            Like I said, of course personal preference plays a huge role in forming perspectives on a device. But there are hard facts that inform those preferences. There are things that can be quantified. Size, weight, camera speed and quality, battery life, accessory availability, app support, etc. For a long time, the iPhone averaged a much better total across the board. The gap has definitely narrowed and maybe even been surpassed in some places. But let’s say a larger iPhone is released, as it probably will be, and which is one of your biggest stated pros about Android. Are there really that many things you could do with an Android device you couldn’t do with an iPhone. For the vast majority of users, the answer is no.

            I’m saying these things as an Android enthusiast. I want to see the platform and devices get better. We don’t do ourselves any favors by avoiding honest discussions and saying it’s all about personal preference.

          • Nathan Borup

            Thats the thing though… it really IS all about preference. It’s like windows vs osx. They can mostly do the same thing, just depends on who will be using it.

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m not really an apple hater. I would love to see great strides in either platform because it creates competition and innovation, however you would never see me with an iOS device or any apple device for that matter as long as their outlook on users is the same… They lock things down for a unified and less diverse environment. They lock down what the user can do and limit things to what THEY want the user to do. That’s not me, I want freedom. I want to do whatever the crap I want… even if it means bricking the device

          • nosedive94

            Especially since iOS 8 doesn’t sandbox apps anymore, I’m considering the switch. I’d like to at least test drive an iPhone 6 as my daily driver just to see how it is. What I’d miss most is being able to customize my launcher, and tweak all the innumerable settings which can be adjusted on Android.

          • jimt

            When iphone 6 comes out you can test drive it on Tmo for free.

          • Diablo81588

            The iPhone is HIGHLY lacking in the battery department. Every person I know with an iPhone has a charger at work for when their phone inevitably dies before the day is over. I can go two days with my Moto X if I had to. The iPad is a completely different story though. That thing lasts for weeks… I also do agree with you about the accessory compatibility.

        • AbbyZFresh

          You don’t know about deep integration yet since Apple is opening themselves up a bit on iOS 8. This actually works to Google’s advantage to offer more integration on the iPhone that prevented them to do so now. It works for both companies.

    • Blake

      Give the Nexus line or Moto X line a shot before going over. It’s stock or very very nearly there and there’s no nightly builds or the like to deal with. If those don’t work for you then totally go for iPhone. When the rumors of the Nexus line dying were around I was going to see what Moto did and if it wasn’t good I was going to iOS. I feel the same way you do.

    • JSo

      Let me guess…you have a Galaxy phone.

    • schlanz

      what is it about stock android that people get so hooked on? I still install Nova on Nexus devices purely because stock is so barebones with features.

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        I like the look and simplicity of stock. I bought an S4 last year because I thought the features it brought to Android would be useful but I didn’t find myself using any of the extra stuff. Also, touchwiz is ugly.

        • schlanz

          But something like Nova launcher gives you the clean look of stock while adding useful features that make things even more simple, more functional, and more beautiful. It’s the first thing I install whether its a galaxy, a nexus, an htc or moto. I feel like the craving for stock android is just a bit petty now when such powerful and useful launcher options are available that put stock and OEM skins alike to shame.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            Nova was my go to launcher since Android’s Gingerbread days but now I stick with the Google Now launcher on my Nexus 5. I think Nova may have outlived its usefulness for me. The only thing I miss is the ability to use icon packs.

          • schlanz

            Really? Dock pages? Ability to resize any widget? customizable gestures? set the number of rows and columns? change the folder styles, hide the dock and notification bar on demand, custom home screen animations, drawer groups… the list goes on.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            I really got annoyed with dock pages. Sometimes the dock would disappear and I finally realized the default in Nova was three and I changed it to one. I only have two widgets on my home screen – a weather app that has multiple sizes and the “What’s that song” widget. I never changed the rows or columns with Nova. I never changed the folder style. I never hid the dock. I had a swipe down gesture for notifications and a swipe up gesture for Google Now but it’s not something I need. I changed the animation from time to time but again that’s not something I need. I never grouped anything in the app drawer. Now that I think about it I really didn’t use much in Nova and that’s probably why it was easy for me to give it up.

          • schlanz

            and yet, you can ignore all the features and make it work basically like stock android, for those devices that dont run it. thats my point. the out of the box launcher is such a moot point when you can make it basically anything you want with a launcher like nova.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            Nova can’t change the notification shade or the way Android settings look or add on-screen navigation buttons. It doesn’t matter anyway because I’m 99 percent sure I’m not going to buy a heavily skinned Android device again.

          • schlanz

            it can change the notification shade. settings I’ll grant you and navigation buttons, but those are a few rather insignificant cosmetic things whilst nova brings a whole host of functionality improvements.

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            I didn’t see any options to change the notification shade.

          • jimt

            you still have touchwiz or sense or what ever running under your Nova launcher, sir.

          • schlanz

            thats patently untrue. first, the system will only boot the launcher you set as default. second, even if you open a second launcher while one is already running, the one not being viewed is basically frozen in the memory like any other app.

            touchwiz is still present with some system processes, like if a call comes in the touchwiz dialer app opens up. or the touchwiz settings, the notification tray, ect. but the actual launcher part of touchwiz is completely taken over by whichever launcher you choose.

      • JEW

        It’s easier to add on to something that is barebones than to strip it down and then add what you want.

    • jimt

      Simple get a Nexus

      • creed

        Not really, I’m on Verizon.

        • jimt

          Dump Verizon, The iphone should work on just about any other carrier. and get Nexus. I dumped Verizon to get a Nexus in december of last year.

          • creed

            I mentioned earlier that I have unlimited data. I’m not ready to give that up yet.

  • mystikalrush

    There is always that one person, as per doctors statistics, 1 will veer from the fray, to join apple.

    • *per doctors statistics*

      hahaha

  • flosserelli

    Mine are split evenly between android and iphone.

  • anon

    my family throws this question off πŸ™
    they are all doctors and for some damn reason doctors like apple.
    I think they think its because it is better, when in reality its just simpler for them.
    Doctors are usually good at 1 thing only, and sometimes its not even being a doctor :/

    • Droid Ronin

      Doctors have always been a little behind in tech. They are just starting to move away from pagers.

      • flosserelli

        Maybe your doctor is behind the times, but the last time I used a pager was in 2006.

    • Some doctors are smart as hell but don’t have common sense

  • Droid Ronin

    A good number of them using Android, and of those, mostly Samsung. Most of my friends have Galaxy S phones and family have Galaxy Notes.

  • OF

    I have no friends. Besides my S3…:(

  • They’re neither friends nor family if they don’t own and Android device.

    • James

      I really hope that’s a joke πŸ™‚

    • Closest I’ll let iOS get to me is my framily.

      hehe jk I don’t have Sprint

      • jacoby_happy

        If you’re considering a new Android phone this spring or summer, the Samsung Galaxy S5  is the best choice for most people. It's the most balanced in size and power, without flaws that could be dealbreakers, unlike most of the competition. It has all the features you’d expect from a major Android phone release: the fastest processors, a 16 MP camera, a gorgeous 1080p screen, the ability to shoot full 4K video, and a battery that lasts longer than a day. It’s also the first widely available flagship smartphone that has real water-resistance out of the box. The Galaxy S5’s IP67 rating means it can survive a dunking in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes

        • I can agree with that! But someone here will complain about touchwiz and lag. I have the s4 and Nova Launcher and I don’t experience lag, but maybe it’s just me.

          • dreadnatty08

            Colton, it’s a spam bot. Sorry ya took the bait.

          • no…. noo….. Nooooo!!

            thanks for the headsheads up, leaving disqus forever now… didn’t think it would come to this…..

    • bhayes444

      Just a quick little blurb. I got a Oneplus One invite and I decided that I would rather not have it at this time so I’m putting it up for grabs on DL. I got the email about 17 hours ago and they said that I have 24 to claim so time is of the essence. I will be posting this same message to a couple other article comments on DL in hopes that someone can use it before expiration. First come first served, hope you enjoy!

      https://account.oneplus.net/invite/claim/VALF-9UNY-1SIV-X3AU

      • jonzey231

        I sold my invite on EBay for $100 lol. Just changed my username and password on the OnePlus site. Provided the info to the buyer and once they received the order confirmation, I just logged back in and changed the credentials back to my personal ones, that way I still get the credit for the purchase. Worked flawlessly.

        • bhayes444

          But that defeats the whole purpose of the invite system; flawed as it is. If people have pay to get the privilege to buy the phone, then that will just discourage them even more. I’m glad you got $100 for your invite, but I feel sorry for the person who had to pay it since they shouldn’t have had to in the first place…

  • Simon Belmont

    I’d say about half or a tad more than half. Which is much higher than it was a few years ago.

    I know of only one friend that went from Android to iOS, but that’s it. Most were the opposite, and every person in my immediate family has an Android phone.

    • Michael

      sivers