Switching from iPhone to Galaxy...?

What do I need to know? Security, notes, etc. need to be transferred. I'm pretty sure it's easy to move phone contacts over. Can Notes content be moved in the same way (ie, as text)?

I'll need to repurchase apps, I'm sure, but that's okay.

What do I need to know about Android security? Are there any must-have security apps?

What else do I need to know? I have a few weeks to prepare.

I just recently made this switch and couldn't be happier.

Can't really help you on the security side the basic Samsung OS seems more then capable of keeping what I have secure. I doubt you need a virus scanner or anything unless you will be transferring files from a computer over. The Google play store seems to be pretty locked up like the Apple app store. Though maybe I am giving it to much credit.

You will have to repurchase your stuff since the eco systems are completely separate. That's probably the hardest part.

Transferring information from the iPhone to the Galaxy is so easy, there is a usb dongle that connects the phones and the information between the two is transferred over. It's quick and painless. Not having to deal with a cloud or iTunes to make uploads was great. I was able to get all my contacts, notes, photos and calendar out and onto the new phone without issue.

Apple is great but I feel like the phone just hasn't evolved much, although I did go from a iPhone 5 to a galaxy 7 i found the upgrade dramatic. I now prefer everything about the Galaxy over the iPhone and can't imagine going back.

I've switched both ways... iphone to galaxy and galaxy to iphone. Recently went back to an iphone because of some work applications only working on it. I've regretted this very much. I far prefer my old galaxy to the iphone.

Don't forget about any authenticator apps! Those are potentially the biggest pain. LastPass works pretty good at syncing to a new device. Google, Microsoft and Steam I had to manually re-authenticate on a new device fairly recently.

I also recommend storing as much as possible in the cloud. I store contacts and calendar with a cloud service like Google, Microsoft, etc. Then you don't have to ever worry about losing local phone contacts. Get a new phone, plug in your info and boom synced.

Same goes for notes, docs, etc. OneDrive, OneNote, Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Keep, SimpleNotes, DropBox, etc. Makes life so much easier.

That's all good advice. I need to look into that USB dongle, unless that's a thing they do at the Sprint Store? ...OMG, it's in the freaking box?

Way to troll Apple, Samsung...

Edit - Backing up to Google Drive now, just to be safe. Now I have the 14th to look forward to.

What is the "best" droid phone these days anyways?
It seems like the latest Galaxy but I really do not want to pay $1000 for a phone whether in installments or not. Is the Pixel 2 any good? I hear good things. (especially concerning the photo apps)
I do like my One Plus One but I want to switch for: better battery life and the best blend of quality and ease of use for taking photos.

fangblackbone wrote:

Is the Pixel 2 any good? I hear good things. (especially concerning the photo apps)

Can't speak to the Pixel 2, but I love my Pixel. The feature where any photo or video I take with the device doesn't count against my Google cloud space will have paid for itself before my daughter turns two.

My wife likes her Pixel 2, and since I'm still on a Nexus 5x, I'm very jealous.

They'll likely be announcing and releasing the Pixel 3 in the next couple months, so I'd hold off if you're considering one of those. Either they'll be much better than the Pixel 2, or the 2 will get a price drop.

The Galaxy phones are probably the most widely-used Android phones, so there's lots of support for them. That said, I don't like the super tall aspect ration, and I really, really dislike the curved screen edges. Makes it harder for a case to protect the phone, gives me less space to grip the phone without touching the screen accidentally, and I don't see any practical benefit to it.

Chaz wrote:

That said, I don't like the super tall aspect ration, and I really, really dislike the curved screen edges. Makes it harder for a case to protect the phone, gives me less space to grip the phone without touching the screen accidentally, and I don't see any practical benefit to it.

That's pretty fair. I had an S6 Edge and it was awesome because I got it to replace an S3. Eventually I broke the screen, sent it in for replacement, and was sent a regular S6 by mistake. I actually liked it a lot better. I used that for a couple years until recently I had an incident where I hurriedly ran into the ocean with my phone in my pocket (son was stung by a jelly, wasn't bad but didn't know that when I ran out), and ended up loading up my wife's old S6 Edge that she switched from through the last upgrade (slightly cracked screen, still very usable). I'm really hating going back to it at this point, and it's for exactly the points you made.

I'm cheap so I normally do upgrades in huge leaps instead of the version-to-version upgrades that a lot of people do. That said, I might get away from the Galaxy series on the next upgrade. But it'll be some time before I really start shopping around.

I normally do upgrades in huge leaps

I'm about ready for my big leap, and I'm also considering jumping ship to Android. I have an iPhone 7, but I could (easily) be convinced that in the latest generation Android phones have an edge. Having different cables than everyone else in the house is a annoying, and I like what I've seen from Android Auto better than CarPlay.

I'll just say that researching phones and phone plans is not one of my favorite activities. I would likely stay with AT&T because the cell coverage is good for me, and likely purchase a phone outright and keep it for a few years. Primary use for the phone: podcasts, texting, google calendar, google email, and a selection of mobile gaming. A phone that fits in the sorts of pockets provided in women's clothing is a big plus; anything much bigger than the 2-3/4" x 5-1/2" of my current phone will be easier to read but annoying to carry.

Katy wrote:

I'll just say that researching phones and phone plans is not one of my favorite activities.

Preach it, sister!

Every time I have to do a phone rethink, it ends up with hours pinging different sites and putting together a 'snapshot of today' spreadsheet with the different options available. It's the WORST. Prices and plans change by the day. Even some locations will get deals that others don't - which means sometimes nobody can help unless they're local to you. I've learned not to go through all of that without having a family meeting first ("Hey... I think it's time for a rethink because of blahblah. Do you?"). Otherwise I may end up with the dreaded, "Let's look at this again later." Waiting means verifying all of my data sources, which is pretty much going through the whole thing again.

It's at least simplified in our house because we're not trying to manage an integrated family plan -- I don't have to get everyone on the same page at the same time, just agree on what the budget is. The kids are on a $30/month (each) plan from T-Mobile, and I've been hanging on to an unlimited data plan from AT&T, and husband's phone plan is paid for by work. But it's looking like I can get more plan for the same price from AT&T if I switch, so it's probably time. And as long as I'm looking at plans, it's time to revisit phone choices as well, so I am diving right into choice overload.

Hop on Google Fi. It's very affordable if you're a low data user, and the plans are very straightforward with no contracts. We've been on it for a year and a half, and no complaints.

Chaz wrote:

Hop on Google Fi. It's very affordable if you're a low data user, and the plans are very straightforward with no contracts. We've been on it for a year and a half, and no complaints.

Thanks for the recommendation! I was already looking to switch from my iPhone but didn't want to spend a ton upfront on a new one. After reading a bunch of reviews I'd settled on the Moto G6 which at the moment is $50 cheaper from Google than Amazon or elsewhere when you sign up for Fi.

My wife and I are also on Google Fi with her Pixel 2 and my Pixel 2 XL. We had the Nexus 5X and the Pixel XL respectively for a couple years prior, but upgraded both when her Nexus got a boot-loop crash (and thus a refund) and I was offered a sweet trade-in deal.

Google's customer service has been fantastic, cost is relatively low, coverage is great being on AT&T's network (and I think Sprint's? Maybe T-Mobile's-- I forget, but it piggybacks AT&T and one other carrier), and the phones are awesome.

Fi is Sprint and T-mobile.

I've had my Nexus 5X and my mother in law's both get the bootloop problem, but both of them were fixed for free under warranty, so other than needing to borrow a phone from work for a week or two, it was pretty painless.

I'm now looking to upgrade, because the Nexus is getting really slow. I'm hoping they release a more affordable Pixel 3, but I'm guessing I wind up having to get a Pixel 2. I hate getting a phone that's already a year into its useful life, but I also hate spending $700+ on a phone that'll have to be replaced in two or three years.

I've been on iphone for about 10 years since 3GS and I switched to the Pixel 2XL last year. I AM NEVER GOING BACK TO IOS.

I love my Pixel and I don't regret my decision. I really don't like Galaxies mainly because of what they do to Android. It's such a bastardization of Android to a point where is just Samsung OS. Galaxy are at least a year behind in Android updates which to me is a big problem. I love getting my day 1 updates on the Pixel. Plus the camera on the Pixel is really unmatched.

If I were to stay on Android and not get a Pixel, I would be getting a OnePLus phone. A Galaxy phone really would be near the bottom of my list. The hardware may be nice but the software is garbage. It makes me mad that when people think of Android, they think of Samsungs Oxygen OS crap version of Android and not pure Android that's on the pixel and other Android 1 phones.

Oh, and I am on AT&T. I just bought the phone from the Google store, popped in my SIM card, used the iOS to Android Transfer app and I was up and running in 30 minutes.

Chaz wrote:

Fi is Sprint and T-mobile.

I've had my Nexus 5X and my mother in law's both get the bootloop problem, but both of them were fixed for free under warranty, so other than needing to borrow a phone from work for a week or two, it was pretty painless.

I'm now looking to upgrade, because the Nexus is getting really slow. I'm hoping they release a more affordable Pixel 3, but I'm guessing I wind up having to get a Pixel 2. I hate getting a phone that's already a year into its useful life, but I also hate spending $700+ on a phone that'll have to be replaced in two or three years.

Ooooh you're right-- I was misremembering. I switched to Fi from Cricket, which was on AT&T. Looking up Fi's networks, it's Sprint, T Mobile, and US Cellular.

I think I lucked out with the 5X refund-- I believe they gave me the money back so as to upgrade to the Pixel 2, which had only been out a few months at that point. They were also offering trade-in deals on previous Pixel phones, so I was able to trade my Pixel XL for the 2 XL at the same time. We'll probably have these phones for the next 3+ years (as long as our 2 year old doesn't destroy them first).

I've never broken a screen, but I always see the battery life start to crap out after a year and a half, and then performance steadily drops as updates release too.

This phone hung in there for a long time. It's coming up on three years old in the fall. At this point, the battery life is awful. I listen to a lot of podcasts at double speed, which I suspect makes the CPU work harder and hits the battery, but without recharging at work, it wouldn't make it back home on a charge. That's livable. Performance is really bad now too though. The other morning, it took me multiple minutes to get it to unlock and open my podcast app. Trying to get it to do navigation while playing a podcast is painful.