I'm switching to android next upgrade. I need some advice as to what kind to get. I want an OS that's smooth and has a decent keyboard like iOS. The androids I've used in the past felt buggy and unresponsive. Recommendations?
Why do you want an android phone? What are you gonna be using it for?
Be aware that even if you buy a flagship phone, if it's not one of the Nexuses or a sony from the Z line, it will get abandoned in 3 updates.
I don't know anything about googles phones. Could I still root it and flash decent roms without issue? Are most apps compatible across non Apple phones?
The one thing I like about Apple is how standardized everything is. The straw that broke the camels back is the new audio jack. That's why I'm switching
Yeah, in fact, the Nexus phones are made FOR developers, so unlocking their bootloaders and flashing a ROM is easier than any other device.
They also have huge developer support so even when google stops supporting them, you can still get the newest version, albeit a bit buggy.
>"We also refuse to add a backdoor into any of our products because that undermines the protections we’ve built in."
They've also publicly backed end to end encryption
>"Apple has no way to decrypt iMessage and FaceTime data when it’s in transit between devices. So unlike other companies’ messaging services, Apple doesn’t scan your communications, and we wouldn’t be able to comply with a wiretap order even if we wanted to. "
And another thing is that while they allow apps to cache their data in the iCloud, they still can't access them directly since apple does not give them the keys.
Not a macfag, but i do like their approach towards privacy (rather than shoving apps into your face like Google's <insertapp> to collect everything) for now.
>I want an OS that's smooth
Stick with iOS. Having used both, I can safely say that while Android has many benefits (customization, root, ROMs, file format support, file browser, 3rd party apps...) stability is not one of them. Compared to iOS, Android feels less smooth and less stable.
The default keyboard on android isn't as good as iOS but it has got excellent swipe input which means you can just swipe across the letters instead of typing each letter individually.
Are you a normie who doesnt know how to use a conouter or put in like 30 mins to get software that fits your desires? If so stick with apple.
The MUH SLoW arguement went out the window after ART and decent speced phones.
I'm running LG G3 with SwiftKey Neural keyboard. Rootable, Rommable, good screen, battery life is decent (some lemon case has a battery pack included if you want). Haven't had an issue yet
>leaving decisions about how to spend your money up to autistic people on a chinese cartoons website
That's not how it works. Keyboard has nothing to do with particular device, just install the one you like. Smoothness won't be a problem as long as you buy any flagship, disable all unwanted shit and maybe use some other launcher (nova is pretty cool).
I didn't read through the thread since no one here knows anything, but if you're coming from iOS there are really only two kinds of phones you should be considering, and those are the Nexus devices and Motorola phones.
From best to worst, I'd say the order is Nexus 6p, Moto X Pure, Moto X Style, Nexus 5x.
If you're tight on cash and want a budget phone (which I doubt since you had an iPhone previously) then I'll say that the moto g probably has the best price for the value, followed by the moto x pure edition.
Don't even consider buying a samsung phone, or any other oem for that matter.
Samsung consistently produces the most powerful hardware, but thanks to their shit memory management their phones slow down over time.
Every other oem is more or less alright hardware wise, but the custom android skins they have only slow down android. If you plan on rooting and flashing a custom rom though the oem doesn't really matter (except samsung. Even with rooting/flashing samsung phones are terrible).