Left Android; Joined IOS

peter yetman

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I think that may be something to do with your Icloud account.
I put my sim into a newer Iphone but kept the old one registered as I wanted to be able to use the Imessage service.
Occasionaly when I get an unanswered call it will show up on the phone without the sim - spooky.
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InvisibleFrodo

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Oh okay. That makes sense. Ever have auto correct change what you typed multiple times in a row? Drives me nuts!
 

bykfixer

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Pete, it had something to do with allowing phone calls through email or phone number only. The guy toggled to only allow calls to come in through the phone number. Regretfully I do not know where that was located in the settings. Edit: It was in facetime settings. End edit.

Yeah, Frodo I had that happen a few times until I learned how to shut it off. I use my old favorite called touchpal keyboard and had to look on the internet how to shut off the auto correct. But now it is turned off. But so is auto capitalize, so it's back to searching to see how to have one but not the other. Edit: Done. Settings is such a marvelous invention. End edit.
 
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idleprocess

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My first smartphone was an iphone 3G. I think I managed to make it last 2 years. I loathed iTunes - 9GB of application, astronomical CPU consumption, and a half-dozen background services just to drag-and-drop USB (for the most part I don't do app stores and definitely don't do closed-ecosystem content licensing). It would regularly forget that the SIM was inserted. It reached a point where iTunes couldn't synch with it then finally descended into being unable to run anything but the factory apps.

Its replacement - the HTC Thunderbolt - wasn't exactly the contrasting experience I was hoping for. Forget the exact sequence after that - probably Galaxy Nexus, Moto X, Nexus 5X (twice - had to RMA the first one because of the bootlooping issue), Moto x4.

Apple has of course greatly polished the experience since their early phones. They're durable as well - I still see iphone 4's in good running order. But man did I sour on the whole experience of using iTunes. I do wish there were a third alternative in the market.
 

idleprocess

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Spotify; I haven't once opened iTunes on my last two phones.

(for the most part I don't do app stores and definitely don't do closed-ecosystem content licensing).

Curiously, ITMS has remained one of the more durable closed-source licensing systems out there. Others have lived and died - taking your money and content with them - but ITMS has lived on. However, with the small amount of content I obtain annually it's simple enough to rip CDs to whatever compressed formats I desire then drop the files onto the more-than-sufficient local storage on the phone or a thumb drive for the car and never have to worry about licensing nor connectivity nor service availability.

I've also found the curation on streaming services to be dissatisfying - the ratio in Sturgeon's Law would be an improvement.
 

StarHalo

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with the small amount of content I obtain annually

Spotify = unlimited content; there is no "obtain" if you have the keys to the record store.

it's simple enough to rip CDs to whatever compressed formats I desire then drop the files onto the more-than-sufficient local storage on the phone or a thumb drive for the car

Or you could just click the app and all the content you marked for offline availability is already there, no drives, no cables, no file management, no media, etc.

..but we've circled around this time and again ad nauseam over in the radios thread. To each their own, but understand that if you're already carrying a networked computer in your pocket, you could use it to access most of the history of recorded music through one app..
 

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I am also an Apple user. I still remember having a LG flip phone that I dropped from 80 feet down on to a hardwood theater floor. Everyone thought your phone is a goner, but I just snapped the front bezel back on and it worked perfectly.
 

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The other day I used Windows to change file names so my old android ringtones could become apple-fied.

In Explorer I saved a copy. In iTunes converted to an acc version, back in Explorer changed it from mp3 to m4r then dragged it from the explorer folder to the iTunes tones and viola, now my apple says "what aint no country, they speak English in what? " each time the phone rings.

Note, simply changing to m4r is does not work without the convert to acc part.
 
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Beamhead

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I have years of family photos that have been on many WinTel/Google-Android and Windows phones. All neatly arranged in folders that define when and what they are, well iTunes screws it up completely and I have duplicates and nothing is where it belongs. My Daughter the devout IOS user of the family can't even fix it. I could take about 24 hours and one by one move/rename literally thousands of images that used to be easily plugged into any device/phone that could accept a microSD card...…………….:ohgeez: Needless to say iTunes has been removed from all my WinTel computers.:sick2:
 

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I've used both iPhones and Androids. Two things that Apple has going for them -

1) Consistency. Because it's a single phone manufacturer, an app written for an iPhone will work on any other iPhone (32/64-bit incompatibilities notwithstanding). And the UI always looks and acts the same. With Android, there are so many manufacturers that there isn't a single standard version of the OS and desktop - each manufacturer puts their own spin on it, and this sometimes leads to weird compatibility issues.

2) They're less hackable than Androids. Apple's OS is very locked down and the company has a much stronger commitment to privacy than Google/Android/Huawei/ZTE etc.

Having said all that, I hate iTunes. It's a clunky, bloated anachronism that Apple still uses as a gatekeeper between your computer and your phone. We badly need something simpler and more 'frictionless.'
 

peter yetman

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Because I run an old OS on my Macs, I've never been able to use iTunes to manage my phone.
There are ways around this, and actually, having read about it, I rather glad that I can't use it.
I use an app called File Explorer, which allows me to see and transfer files to and from folders on my hard drives just like using another mac. Plus it can move files around on the phone, including photos and audio.
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Yeah BH, iTunes scrambled my photos too. I have 33k+ on my previous device but they were transferred to an sd card in the phone via a Windows laptop. I have a mirrored backup for photos and music. And photos from an iPhone neatly squeeze into a dcim folder when sent to a windows unit.

To my tastes the apple phone is a drag for typing posts here at cpf via chrome due to two things…… well 2.5… to see the entire screen you type on means really small letters, which to my eyes is like dots. Or to see the letters words type off the screen. For a typo ocd that's about as fun as gargling with razor blades. The minor thing is when going to the emoticon screen there is no back button with the version I'm using. No biggy but still something to learn a work around.

Right now I type this from the CPF app for Apple. The screen issue is gone with that. You get your basic iPhone emoticons instead of the ones first used on windows computers but if you know the windows dos code you can still get those to pop up too.
:cool: - from dos
[emoji363] - from apple

Neato-huh?
 

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I now prefer the iphone to the Androids I've had. But... The cause of my present frustration is that I can't upgrade to the latest OS on the iphone without being connected to a computer that has itunes installed. I cannot understand why I am not able to download the latest OS via wifi. So I sit here waiting for a program to load, a program I really don't want after reading what you guys have to say. I wouldn't bother, but it seems a lot of the newer apps won't work with my current OS.
 

bykfixer

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https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204204
A link from apple.

iTunes is like any other app in that you use it for specific tasks on the computer. I used it for adding a ringtone to my phone for example, but to use it to sort my music, photos or other stuff it's not as good as other windows applications. So at least for me I just accept its limitations and only use it for a few things.

My wifi comes from another celphone so the speed is really slow most of the times, ie using iCloud is out. Just takes too long to move things from the computer to the phone. My wife wanted to download iTunes and kept thinking it wasn't working. No little spinning "working" icon showed so she figured it was not doing anything. Well at my work our internal internet is super slow so I'm used to the 5-10 minute wait for things to load at times. I pretended I was using my work internet and came back a few minutes later…… the iTunes was loading. So sometimes you just have to wait.
 
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Go with whatever floats your boat.

If everyone had the same phone system it would be a very boring world filled with very few choices with little competition. I use Android because it suits my taste from and operational standpoint.
 

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A few months later, still no regrets with the switch to an apple. But I sure do miss that photo editor by MacGeyver for android. That is a goody.

IOS 13 added a couple of handy features I did not miss or know I needed. Nothing really earth shattering that will cause android users to switch. I did like the battery preserver feature and that locations are no longer shared unless you prompt it to. My google searches think I'm in Reading PA and my radar apps think I'm in Texas.

I fully realize big brother knows where I type this from and that's ok as long as Zuckerboy does not.
 
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