I was a reluctant switcher from iPhone to Samsung about 6 weeks ago - I jumped to the Samsung Note 2 after years of being on the "Apple ecosystem". I still keep and stand by my iPad and MacBook Pro (you will be prying them from my cold, dead hands), but changed phones.After 3 weeks of using both the Samsung Note 2 and the iPhone 5, I ultimately decided to use the Samsung exclusively.
Here's my brief report thus far:
Things I LOVE from the Samsung Note 2:
- Amazing camera. Even better than iPhone 5. On the S4 this would be even better.
- Mighty text app which syncs my smses to my laptop and allows me to reply from my laptop. Complete gamechanger.
- Larger screen
- Swiftkey / Swype ... going back to the iPhone for typing feels SLOW
- Hated the "back" button but now love it
- Widgets - like a button to just call my husband from the home screen, or a button that turns the flashlight on
- Settings being so easy to toggle from the notifications umbrella
- Google meshing is amazing
- Single sign on for all your services
- Battery life is sooooo phenomenal even with extensive use
- The stylus, and handwriting recognition. Too cool
Things that are/have adequate replacements:
- The native Gmail app is pretty good (also a Mailbox lover here) - Most "normal" apps (Kindle, evernote, instagram, facebook, etc) are the same, if not better - I'm told there are good ways to sync Notes from the iPad - I haven't worked it out though
Things I hate / miss:
- Games. I just feel like the iPhone had better games that I can't find replacements for. Lucky I still have my iPad.
- I hated the native messaging app - so use Chomp SMS app now to make it look a little cleaner and iPhone like
- The iPhone is just so EASY to use - the Samsung is a magnificent phone, and better in so many ways. Intuitive user ease is NOT one of those ways it reigns supreme. Totally learnable, but needs learning.
- Too customizable. There, I said it - I don't think I WANT to be able to customize everything, I just want it to work.
- I hate how photos are saved in multiple, random folders in the gallery
- Power button is located opposite the volume buttons - if I try to toggle volume, I invariably "squeeze" the phone and end my call or make the screen sleep
I hope this helps, it's what I could think of right now. As I keep telling people who ask me - the Samsung is a far superior phone, no question. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you're willing to put up with the above. If a future iPhone came out with all the Samsung's abilities though, I would switch back in a heartbeat.