Will you wait for the iPhone 6 or jump to the Samsung Galaxy S5?

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Now that CES is behind us, it's been a few months since the iPhone 5s has been available. Invariably, especially during a year when form factor remains the same, people start to think about the next big thing. Ok, that's Samsung's marketing slogan, but can apply to either the iPhone 6 or the next big Android phone. As timing would have it, those are going to come first, before Apple's newest iPhone. I suspect that Samsung, despite selling more handsets than HTC, is not going to let them edge in on their turf. Their turf being the king of the Android pile. I'd expect the Galaxy S5 to be a bit more refined than last year, maybe less in the way of plastic. When it gets released, Samsung will make a big splash, as they always do.

I think people get discontent with Apple's slow and steady approach to hardware. There are also a fair amount of people who aren't thrilled with iOS 7. When you combine those two, you have an opportunity for people to flee the embrace of Apple.

What's your current iPhone and what's your next phone? Will you wait for the iPhone 6 or does Samsung or HTC have you considering a switch to the dark side?

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I currently have the iPhone 5. It's been a great phone. I've gotten used to iOS 7. For me, it's iPhone vs iPhone, rather than iPhone vs Android. I will get the 4.7" iPhone if it doesn't feel too big in hand like my son's Galaxy S4. I don't think it will be. Not knowing what Apple will unveil makes it hard to say at this time. What new features will the 6 have, if any, other than a larger screen? I'll definitely stick with an iPhone of some type. Price may also be a factor. If the 6 sells for $777., and Verizon offers a contract deal for what I can afford, I'll get it. In any event, it'll be spring of 2015 before I get whatever I get.
 

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I currently have the iPhone 5. It's been a great phone. I've gotten used to iOS 7. For me, it's iPhone vs iPhone, rather than iPhone vs Android. I will get the 4.7" iPhone if it doesn't feel too big in hand like my son's Galaxy S4. I don't think it will be. Not knowing what Apple will unveil makes it hard to say at this time. What new features will the 6 have, if any, other than larger screen? I'll definitely stick with an iPhone of some type. Price may also be a factor. If the 6 sells for $777., and Verizon offers a contract deal for what I can afford, I'll get it. In any event, it'll be spring of 2015 before I get whatever I get.
When are you due for an upgrade? Did you get the iPhone 5 late in the cycle?

You mention your son has a Galaxy S4? Was he ever an iPhone user? What's the lure, for him?
 

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When are you due for an upgrade? Did you get the iPhone 5 late in the cycle?

You mention your son has a Galaxy S4? Was he ever an iPhone user? What's the lure, for him?
I did. Got it in August. My contract with Verizon was til now. But my 8gb 4 was about out of storage space. I had almost 900 mb of storage vanish overnight. No reason was found by Verizon nor Apple. The Verizon tech offered my an early upgrade at the $199.99 price. So I did that. I think he knew the 5 was to be discontinued and wanted to get rid of them ahead of the 5s the next month. My son never had an iPhone. It's the music thing with him mostly. But he likes the features as well. He seems to have a hatred for Apple. I'm not sure why. His first was an HTC Thunderbolt. Then the S4.
 
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I did. Got it in August. My contract with Verizon was til now. But my 8gb 4 was about out of storage space. I had almost 900 mb of storage vanish overnight. No reason was found by Verizon nor Apple. The Verizon tech offered my an early upgrade at the $199.99 price. So I did that. I think he knew the 5 was to be discontinued and wanted to get rid of them ahead of the 5s the next month. My son never had an iPhone. It's the music thing with him mostly. But he likes the features as well. He seems to have a hatred for Apple. I'm not sure why. His first was an HTC Thunderbolt. Then the S4.
Just an observation - I'd never take my iPhone to a carrier tech for iphone-related issues. Most of those folks (including sales reps) are absolutely clueless. Exhibit A:
 
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Just an observation - I'd never take my iPhone to a carrier tech for iphone-related issues. Most of those folks (including sales reps) are absolutely clueless. Exhibit A:
Agreed. This is an iOS problem, not a carrier problem. A restore to factory settings fixes it.
 
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Just an observation - I'd never take my iPhone to a carrier tech for iphone-related issues. Most of those folks (including sales reps) are absolutely clueless. Exhibit A:
I first called customer support, but she was clueless and transferred me to their Apple specialist. He also was clueless and put me through to Apple Support. They too were clueless. I never call the Verizon store. The closest Apple Store is 70+ miles away. Verizon has helped me a lot with some issues. If they don't know, it's to Apple Support. The folks in the stores are like used car salesmen. I think if I needed repair on my phone, I'd drive the 70 miles.
 
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I first called customer support, but she was clueless and transferred me to their Apple specialist. He also was clueless and put me through to Apple Support. They too were clueless. I never call the Verizon store. The closest Apple Store is 70+ miles away. Verizon has helped me a lot with some issues. If they don't know, it's to Apple Support. The folks in the stores are like used car salesmen. I think if I needed repair on my phone, I'd drive the 70 miles.
You could use Google and/or forums. It's actually a common problem.
 

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Google and forums. It's actually a common problem.
Yes. Even the Apple tech didn't suggest a factory restore. It was then I started looking at forums. I discovered iCafe browsing the App Store for iPhone related help and forums.
 

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Yes. Even the Apple tech didn't suggest a factory restore. It was then I started looking at forums. I discovered iCafe browsing the App Store for iPhone related help and forums.
That's surprising that a paid Apple tech support employee wouldn't know that. I've seen threads about the problem on forums since I got my first iPhone. A restore from backup sometimes fixes it, as corrupt/unexplained usage in the other section doesn't always transfer over to the backup, but a restore to factory settings will always remove it.
 

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That's surprising that a paid Apple tech support employee wouldn't know that. I've seen threads about the problem on forums since I got my first iPhone. A restore from backup sometimes fixes it, as corrupt/unexplained usage in the other section doesn't always transfer over to the backup, but a restore to factory settings will always remove it.
I think it was a game, Ball Hop Bowling, that did it. It had a major update and I also upgraded to the paid version in app. I had done nothing else. I know now, if it happens again.
 
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What's your current iPhone and what's your next phone? Will you wait for the iPhone 6 or does Samsung or HTC have you considering a switch to the dark side?
My iPhone 5 running evasi0n JB/ iOS 7.0.4 is Darkside and Sith approved:
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Maybe you meant DORK side :D
 

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I tried my hand at Android with an HTC One X early last year. While i am not a rabid Android v. Apple critic, I think I will stick with Apple for the foreseeable future. Almost all my family and friends use Apple now, so it is more convenient to stay with Apple. Besides, the clean, easy to use interface of iOS has always been a draw for me. And it just works.
 

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I tried my hand at Android with an HTC One X early last year. While I am not a rabid Android v. Apple critic, I think I will stick with Apple for the foreseeable future. Almost all my family and friends use Apple now, so it is more convenient to stay with Apple. Besides, the clean, easy to use interface of iOS has always been a draw for me. And it just works.
I think those who made the jump are more reluctant to try again, despite lusting for new hardware. I'd say that most considering a move, do so because of the hardware. Be it the larger display or some other hardware feature (other than the camera). A small percentage move for the 'freedom' of customization.

Point being, those who were lured before and didn't find it an attractive alternative, won't go back. Those who have yet to try Android are curious and rightfully so. Being in the walled iOS garden makes you want to try new things. I know that I enjoy the occasional stroll with Android, but I get things done with iOS.

That's not to say that everyone comes back. I'm not sure what's happened with @psylichon. I know he picked up a Nexus 5. I know that some other longtime members @Ramesh and @connie are Android folk now.

I wonder if at some point Apple shifts from an annual refresh to a semi-annual? Maybe if they expand the product line (sort of, kinda like the iPhone 5c), they can push out updates for different phones at different times of the year.

September feels like an awful long time. Or maybe instead of bi-annual updates, they break their annual schedule and just move to an 8 month refresh cycle? I sort of think they enjoy have all of their new products lined up for the holidays.
 

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Customization and the music thing. Many don't like Apple's limitations with music. They don't want to go through iTunes for their music. That's a big one with my son and my sister.
 

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Customization and the music thing. Many don't like Apple's limitations with music. They don't want to go through iTunes for their music. That's a big one with my son and my sister.
See and I find Android to be a hassle for music. First off, many pay money for a third party app (PowerAmp) and I've found syncing (drag and drop) to be less than great. I've messed around with DoubleTwist, but never spent enough time to know if it's a good or not.

Maybe there are better options that I'm not aware of, but that's how I put music on my Android phones. I usually don't even bother.

I'm not a huge fan of iTunes. Big, bloated and too far ranging.
 

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See and I find Android to be a hassle for music. First off, many pay money for a third party app (PowerAmp) and I've found syncing (drag and drop) to be less than great. I've messed around with DoubleTwist, but never spent enough time to know if it's a good or not.

Maybe there are better options that I'm not aware of, but that's how I put music on my Android phones. I usually don't even bother.

I'm not a huge fan of iTunes. Big, bloated and too far ranging.
I've used both double twist and isyncr as well as google music. All worked very well and allowed me to sync not only my music but individual playlists as well.

For me I left Android and came back to iPhone because they release to many Android phones and I got caught up in always needing to have the latest and greatest. I was changing phones monthly.

I do hope that Apple releases a phone with a screen comparable to the Moto X.

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Customization and the music thing. Many don't like Apple's limitations with music. They don't want to go through iTunes for their music. That's a big one with my son and my sister.
They don't have to use iTunes. They can use apps that allow drag and drop/bypassing iTunes, direct downloads outside of iTunes and emailing/sharing songs.
 

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I'll probably get the s5 and see if a newer premium-large screen iPhone is released. I honestly can't believe that a large screen / current size screen duo hasn't been the norm for the last few years. I know people love the size I really feel Apple enabled the competition the last few years.

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I think the likes of Samsung need to remain within the screen size of the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4. I've seen the likes of a Note II and Note III up close, and well, they are simply TOO big for a phone. In my opinion that is.

It will be interesting to see how much better, if at all possible they can make the S5. Interesting times ahead.

As for Apple, I know there are a lot of rumours about screen size changing soon. But, something tells me it will remain the same as it is now...