I can no longer be silent. I was irritated by my iPhone 5s having a small screen and my spouse and I had different service providers so it was time to switch carriers and go on one plan to save money. Why not try out an Android? Samsungs TouchWiz looks cheap along with their materials. The T-Mobile Representative recommended the Xperia and I loved it. But then reality set in. The very first thing I notice is that the Xperia z1s doesn't notify you during standby mode. It only shows a red or blue dot. Sure I downloaded a notifier app, but it wasn't reliable and it didn't give many details. Then I noticed that this battery is not nearly as good as the iPhone. People love to blame Sony. But in reality it's the software - Android. Android is a lot like Microsoft Windows. It crashes a lot and is completely unreliable. Will the phone make a sound when I get a text or Facebook message? Maybe, depends on the day. Why do Americans choose Android over iOS? They are the same price. Samsung S5, Sony Xperia z1s, and the iPhone are all about $700. Google has Americans convinced Android is better because it's" customizable " Why because you can root it? Android is for hackers and computer nerds. Just like Microsoft Windows. The blogs and internet reviewers are nerds too and love their fellow nerds so they give Android phones better reviews than Apple. Why is the Samsung S5 the same price as iPhone? I mean Google pretty much makes their software. And the S5 is made of cheap plastic and a crappy biometric scanner. Really, all Android phones should be decreased in price by half. Apple has to make a quality phone and software that does not crash and is reliable. So what if you can't root it. Android is so buggy because there are so many versions for so many phones. My Xperia z1s battery started overheating because Android has so many processes going on. It's not because Sony doesn't have enough RAM. And why can't Android users post to multiple Facebook friends? Why is it only on iPhone? Does Apple pay Facebook for the feature? Apple, do not lower your price. I should be punished for my disloyalty. I will only have to pay $135 in September for the iPhone 6 due to T-Mobile Jump program and I didn't pay a cent for the Xperia so now was a perfect time for this important lesson. The Xperia z1s is actually the most powerful and luxurious phone. Even more than iPhone. But with Android it is worthless. I'm sorry Sony that you have to use Android. Maybe Sony can just make it's own software that can run Android apps? Or just pour millions into a glitch free and reliable Android software version. But I doubt that's possible. I am in disbelief that no Android customers talk about Androids issues. Everyone is in denial. Even Apple people are in a daze. If I were Apple I would do commercials commenting on Androids flaws. And at the end show the old Microsoft Windows ME logo and say, "Remind you of anything?"
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I'm sorry you've had a rough experience so far. As for Samsung, Sony, HTC, etc, Google writes the basic code for it, but then the manufacturer and carrier adds quite a bit more to it. This often brings features that aren't part of stock Google Android, but can also bring different bugs or software related issues. For a true experience as to what Android is, you would have to use a Nexus device.
As for the battery, a common issue among iOS converts is they may be using the home button to exit out of apps rather than the back button. Since android is a true multitasking OS, hitting home keeps it running in the background and thus can build up with other applications still running and thus cause more battery juice to be used to power it. iOS doesn't multitask and freezes apps that are minimized, thus it can be more efficient battery wise, but less efficient utility wise.
But then reality set in. The very first thing I notice is that the Xperia z1s doesn't notify you during standby mode. It only shows a red or blue dot. Sure I downloaded a notifier app, but it wasn't reliable and it didn't give many details. Then I noticed that this battery is not nearly as good as the iPhone. People love to blame Sony. But in reality it's the software - Android. Android is a lot like Microsoft Windows. It crashes a lot and is completely unreliable. Will the phone make a sound when I get a text or Facebook message? Maybe, depends on the day. Why do Americans choose Android over iOS?
I too am sorry you have had such a frustrating experience. Since you have been an iOS user for such a long time, maybe you need to use your phone a little longer to get to know it and the opertating system better.
As an FYI, I have been using the Z1s since it became available in January and have not had the same experience.
I use Sony's Power saving feature and get great battery life....I charge my phone about every other day with moderate use. If I'm in a heavy use cycle, maybe at the end of the day. Always make it through my day with at least 25% of my battery remaining. If you try this feature make sure you check the box that allows you to get notifications while the phone is in stand by.
Speaking of notifications, I do get notifications when I receive mail, texts, weather alerts, updates, etc. I get audio and visuals alerts and the notifications appear in the pull down notification shade. This happens regardless of the state of the phone.....including standby mode.
As far as why I use Android, it is because it gives me choices. Choices as to how I want my device to behave, look, where I get apps, what formats I use for media, etc. I really don't like being locked into the Apple hardware and software infrastructure. But that's me. Different strokes for different folks. Diversity and choice are good things.
I hope you find a way to have a better experience regardless of how you choose to proceed.
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