Hi all, I'm hopefully making the jump to Android in the near future (more specifically, one I can get a Nexus 4 ), and I have a few questions. If you don't want to hear my mobile background, you can just skip to the last set of questions. Thanks! But first, a bit of a background. Back in January 2011 my family, then on Blackberry, decided to make the jump off the RIM train, as it was clearly a sinking ship. Back then, the only good phone on AT&T was the Motorola Atrix, and I'd heard to avoid Motorola like a plague, so I opted for the iPhone 4, while the rest of my family pushed strongly for the Atrix, since the iPhone was "a toy," and "fragile and breakable." When I got my 4, my family immediately fell in love with it, and bought them a week after I got mine. This past summer, as the end of my contract was approaching, I planned on getting an android, because: 1) As a tech-savvy person who feels the need to tweak their phone constantly, I was very annoyed by the dumbed-down interface of iOS, and felt like it was intended for people who had no clue how to use a computer. 2) Being unable to set my default apps is very annoying. I use Chrome as my browser (even though it's significantly slower than Safari, apple's purposeful doing), gmail for mail, and now google maps instead of apple's atrocious half-baked effort. 3) I didn't like the one-size fits all idea, I like my options in phones; I did't want to be forced into a tiny 3.5 inch screen, when I could easily operate my friend's 4.8 inch Galaxy SIII 4) There was a total lack of innovation from the "Think Differently" Company. iOS 5 was a complete ripoff from Android, and iOS 6 was a step backwards with maps. 5) Apple was behind with the tech, with a minuscule screen, no LTE, and a vastly outdated CPU. Then the iPhone 5 came out. The only big deal was an extra 1/2 inch on the screen, and finally LTE. I couldn't make the change, since my family was connected with "Find my Friends," and everyone else was reluctant for changing to other services, and didn't want one member on that "toyish" "confusing" and "virus-ridden" platform. So I broke down and got the 5. After a month, and treating it like a rare gem, it was scratched all over, and parts of the anodizing was chipped off. And, the battery life was atrocious, to the point where I had to limit my usage all the time so I could use it through the day. I would go down 5% in less than 5 minutes on minimum brightness reading Flipboard. I later found out that restoring from an old backup caused the problem, but I was never able to restore it, since I would lose tons of data. Anyways, those are my iPhone gripes. The Nexus 4 was a godsend for me. $300 off contract for 8gb, and with a $1.12 adapter, I could have my very own android phone as soon as I can order one (hopefully Google and LG can sort out the whole stock issue.) Before I pull the trigger, I'd just like to ask a few questions, so here they are: 1) I love the Google Apps on iOS; Apple's stock apps don't even compare to what Google offers. However, I've heard that Google apps on iOS are actually better designed and more functional than on their own platform. Is this actually true, or do their apps across platforms compare well? 2) How do Google's Stock Apps work compared to Apple's overall? Apple's Phone, Messages, etc. apps all feel very well organized and usable; do Android's compare well? 3) Albeit my complaints with iOS, I really enjoy my MacBook. I've heard Android is horrible syncing with Macs, though I assume everything will sync and be chained to my Gmail account. 4) I've heard that Android is asesthetically unappealing, but after playing with a Gnex and a Nexus 7, it doesn't unappealing at all. What's the genreal consensus on Android's visual appear these days? 5) Viruses. Are they as big a deal as mobile security companies and Apple Fanboys claim they are? 6) I'm used to AT&T LTE, and I'm switching down to HSPA+ 21 now. I watch YouTube a lot, stream Hulu sometimes, and surf the net a lot. Should I see any significant speed changes? Thank you so much for the help, thanks in advance!