Question to People Who Use Samsung S9/S10/Note 8 /Note 9 and Has Used iPhone Also

Do you think the android experience on that phones match ios in terms of reliability and performance? Do they freeze /crash like other old Android phones ?
I am not looking for a ios vs android battle here. Rather I would like to find out whether the new Android devices can match ios in terms of long term reliability and performance.
The reason I am asking this is I am thinking of getting an iPhone rather than buying a new Samsung phone. My iPad Air bought in 2014 still works like new but the s3 that I bought along with it is in landfill now.

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    Long time iPhone user here (since first gen) that recently moved to the S9+. It wasn't that big of a change to be honest.

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    Used iPhone for 9 years from iPhone 4 to 6 and then bought Note 9 in August 2018. Partner has an iPhone X so I can still compare it to a semi-recent iPhone model. Note 9 blows the iPhone X out of the water in terms of the screen, camera and of course the functionality that comes with Android. Speaking of functionality, you could, but don't have to, spend hours tweaking things to your heart's content. Apps have crashed maybe 2 or 3 times that I can remember. The only advantage that iOS has from a user perspective is the "fluidity" and smoothness of navigating from app to app and typing on the keyboard, and the only thing I miss about iOS is AirDrop.

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      Thanks.. do you think Note 9 is has slowed down over this time?

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        No it definitely hasn't slowed down. There have been times when I think the battery life has come down but after adjusting some settings it seems to last 3/4 to 1 day with regular usage. The other thing is my Note 9 screen seemed to get light scratches a little easier than my iPhone 6.

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    I have been an Android user for a while and had the S9+. I recently moved to an XS. I have to say that I have been underwhelmed by the iPhone. It is heavier, doesn't have many user features I liked (was use to?) and don't like the "intuitiveness" that is supposed to be the iPhone hallmark.
    I have found games that ran smoothly on my S9+ stutter a bit (possibly garbage collection). I don't like my phone's name being used as the hotspot name or the limited information available on hotspot usage.
    I didn't find any slow-down of the S9+ over my 14 month usage.

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      Thanks.. So what made you move from S9+ to XS ?

  • +2 votes

    iPhone X to Note 9.
    Honestly don't experience any hardcore difference.
    More flexibility definitely using Android such as downloading and moving files, editing etc.

    Major plus for me:
    - Dual sim
    - Dual Apps whatsapp/wechat etc don't have to carry 2 phones.
    - Bigger battery

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      Moving files yep! That reminded me of another point. USB C port allows much easier file transfers to external devices than the lightning port.

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      Thanks. Did you had to reboot note 9 anytime to restore functionality?

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        Hmmm no rarely I do a restart once in a while.

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        You can set it to do that automatically once a week

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    I've owned a lot of real rubbish Androids in my time, so I upgraded to an iPhone for a year, before buying my Note 9. I was ready for the usability to be slightly behind Apple, but I was pleasantly surprised that the Note is just as usable, snappy, and easy to navigate as my iPhone was. I have yet to experience any freezing or crashing in my almost 7 months of using this phone, and it feels just like the smoothness/stability of iOS with all the features of a high-end Android phone. Would 100 percent recommend the purchase.

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      Thanks.. I too burned a lot of money on Android phones. That is the reason I am cautious now.

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      Well the thing is, he wants to know if your Note 9 will hold up in snappiness years from now like his iPad Air 1, but the phone itself is less than a year old so there's no way to know at this stage. A new phone is expected to run smoothly in its first year.

      So maybe he's not going to get the answers he needs. Whatever he is using right now, if it hasn't held up, I don't see why he would assume the current model would.

      I'm on S10+. I haven't had any crash and reboots or lags yet, but it's also only a few months old.

      To me it sounds like the safest option for him would be to get that iPhone since he knows from his iPad experience it works fast and will stay that way.

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        Yes.. That is exactly my situation. I use Android currently and very much like some of the features that my Note 4 provide. S-pen is something that I use all the time. But the phone has become terribly slow even after multiple factory resets. Some apps like google maps takes ages to load. Given that the new note costs ~$1000, it will be disappointing if it ends up slow in next 3/4 years, which makes make inclined towards the iPhone. However, I see a lot of people moving to Android and liking it more compared to IOS. I understand it is too early to find out how whether new Android phones will slow down or not but from the responses it looks like crashing/freezing still happens.

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          To be fair Note 4 is a very old phone.

          If you have an iPhone from that same year, it probably won't support 64 bit iOS? So you'd be stuck on iOS 9 or 10. Well I'm not 100% sure what iPhone released that year, but it's around that time when an iPhone would not get iOS 10. It's battery life would be really short by now unless you have had it replaced.

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    Stick with the big names and you'll be fine with android. Go cheap and you get what you pay for.

    Got an s10 plus, amazing phone. Paired with the dock for dex, good basic computing needs done.

    Had the note 9, still an amazing phone. Sold it for a good price, only reason I sold it

    Wife has xs max, it's reliable. I don't have any other apple products, so it's meh. I'm sure if you have a mac/ apple tv, it's be "better".

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    The reason I am asking this is I am thinking of getting an iPhone rather than buying a new Samsung phone.

    What's stopping you? And what's stopping you from keeping your iPhone if it's still working as good as when new?

    Rather I would like to find out whether the new Android devices can match ios in terms of long term reliability and performance.

    Speaking of longevity, it's worth noting that as your batteries degrade (normally about 20% a year) with iOS either the performance gets throttled or your battery life is short (my last iPhone was a 5S which is before they throttled your speed and the battery life was only a few hours on standby, or less than an hour with screen on). It used to be they throttle you to preserve battery life and you didn't have any choice. Now you have a choice. They charge a lot for a battery replacement btw.

    Samsung claims that with their S8 (and future phones) their new battery tech allows the battery to degrade by only 5% a year as opposed to the usual 20%. I have not tested this claim, but that fwiw, that's their claim.

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    Been on Android since Galaxy S2 and definitely prefer Android over iPhone.

    I have tried to enter the iPhone world first with i6s+, gave to wife after a week, then i8+ and gave it to wife after a week again. Couldn't stand the design of the phone.

    Last year I got the iPhone X and it's been my 2nd daily phone I use. I love how it fits the hand but it feels quite heavy for its size. Only thing I enjoy in iOS is the intuitive keyboard and typing text fast, ease of use of the camera software and the built in music player. That's all. I'm sure I'd love the airpods with the iPhone (haven't had time to try them out yet) and an Apple Watch (but what to do with my mechanical watches I own?).

    IMO Android beats iOS in everything else.

    My all time favourite phone was Google Pixel, software and hardware was amazing. I would still use it but it begins to feel slow browsing web etc.