iPhone 5s and why I'm leaving Android

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    Was an iPhone user when I switched over to Android almost two yrs ago. Android was so awesome. Customization, widgets, ......and headaches. New Android software comes out, but not for my phone. I get the software update when my carrier decides. And then to update the software to my Android I have to deal with Samsung Kies. What a mess. Then of course there are the frequent need for reboots. That's on a good day. The past two to three months I've had to perform factory restores just to get the device workable again. Android software is buggy, and the apps are even buggier. Hardware problems creeped up after just a year of ownership. So now I'm up for an phone upgrade and I have had to ask myself, do I go with the Galaxy Note 3 (what I really wanted) or the iPhone 5s. I am going back to iPhone and iOS.
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    Your problem isn't with Android, then, it's with crappy providers. Get a stock Android device and you never have any of the problems you describe.
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    I have the Nexus 4 and I last rebooted it the day I got it. Updates just happen OTA and I don't have to deal with any crappy 3rd party software.

    I would never buy a device that wasn't stock Android.
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    I have had a iphone and was looking at upgrading to the new one. After some reading and playing with a few phones I changed to the new LG G2 and love it so far. The screen is so much better and bigger than the iphone and that alone is a game changer for me. I have found some other features that I like better as well. Hope it does as well in the long term as it has these first few days.
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    Whether it Apple vs Google, or Apple vs Microsoft, the discussion is always the same. Positives: stability vs customization and negatives: lack of customization vs instability due to 3rd party hardware/software.
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    Good point but if he's on Verizon/Sprint he's pretty much up the creek getting a stock Android device.
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    Not so much anymore. The core OS on Android and Iphone are both equally stable in 2013.
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    I had the same issue with my android. Wife had an iPhone never had any problems. I had an HTC Thunderbolt. Had plenty of annoying bugs but what really bothered me was no updates. Every other android was on ice cream sandwich and they promised the update for about 6 months with no release. Finally gave up and bought an iPhone off Amazon. Not as customizable but much more reliable.
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    I give Android much props for how far they've come. And I have heard nothing but positive things about stock Android. Unfortunately, the carriers roll out Android software updates at their leisure.
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    I just recently updated my Galaxy SII from Gingerbread to Jelly Bean because AT&T would only update my phone's software via Samsung Kies. A lot of my apps are buggy and/or unusable. Now at 20 months, my phone is having hardware issues. Looking forward to getting an iPhone.
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    I'm sticking w\ Apple & Verizon at least until my 2 years are up.
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    I think the S3 wins hands down and I'm on sprint.

    We have an iphone, ipod touch, ipad in my house. Suffice it to say, I am not personally an i person and I'm the one who handles all of the tech issues with everything.
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    I have a Galaxy S4 and love it - no problems and it runs circles around my wife's iPhone 5.
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    With stock android the carriers dont handle updates
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    When you guys say stock Android do you mean buying it from the manufacturer and then getting or transferring your carrier to that phone? Is this what is meant by unlocked? Should/could you do the same iphone or because they run more of a "closed format" it doesn't matter as much?

    Thanks
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    It depends. Some carriers subsidize some stock Android devices - for example you could buy the Nexus S and the Nexus N1 from a couple of carriers including T-Mobile. These updated way earlier than did devices sold from carriers, lacked the bloatware and were overall far better for it.

    Iphone users jailbreak and it opens up a lot of possibilities that make the OS a lot less closed. Caveat emptor.
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    Thanks. I' probably going to go with iphone (simplicity, closed platform, gift certificate) I was wondering if it was better to buy phone from apple and plug into carrier or to go the carrier and get the phone. Seems as if it better to get it from apple. Speaking of apple is the icare or whatever they call their extended warranty worth it?
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    I don't think there's any difference between buying it directly from Apple and getting it from your carrier, honestly.

    Apple support most likely depends on how likely you are to ever drop your phone, because good golly those iphone screens break on the regular.
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    Not if they are kept in a good case. Mine is in a otterbox defender with a creen protector and I have dropped it numerous times, off a 10 foot ladder, on concrete and no problems for 3 years.
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    Well yes, putting any phone in a case greatly increases its resistance to breaking and increases its bulk and ugliness factor. It's the great tradeoff.

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