RachelRosen January 30, 2017 09:06 PM your message bubbles will be grey or white on stock android :) Grunchy January 30, 2017 11:58 PM I used Apple macintosh back in 1994, prior to Windows 95, because that's what they provided us in the research park. Wildly overpriced, but Apple did take pains to make sure the little Banana Jr's worked. For me Apple was unnecessary once Win95 was working ok, because I'd rather assemble my own pc to suit my own needs- Apple doesn't do that. The only time I've been an Apple user since 1994 is when the company replaced blackberry with iPhone 5. Pinch my nose, ugh, ok. I'm still using the same iPhone 5 in fact, but I had to face the battery replacement issue. With Samsung: that would be no problem, you can do it in seconds. With this stupid Apple iPhone, it's a massive huge undertaking during which you basically ruin the phone, then rebuild it (hopefully) back to operating condition. No memory slot = I will never be a customer. That's fine with them and it's more than ok for me. Steve Jobs was a maroon ! ChrisStanton January 31, 2017 06:41 AM The main difference between Android & Apple is that Android phone manufacturers [apart from Google] want you to buy new phones every year instead of updating the software whereas Apple will continue to support old phones up to a point. Samsung are pretending to be Apple & have removed removable batteries from their Models, so phones just die [the software will be out of date] Onix January 31, 2017 08:22 AM I've been a Mac booster since the Mac Plus. I've only ever purchased one Windows computer (but worked on many) but that's ending.Apple has become so focused on their internet appliances (iPhones and iPads) that they've relegated their computers to the back burner. They destroyed their iWork suite, which used to be a reasonably powerful resource but is now gimped.There is an over emphasis on "Design" and not enough on function. They've ignored their traditional user base that got them here for the new iPhone crowd.Even the "It just works" motto is questionable these days. New MacOS releases are cranky and slow. They stutter and fail more than I remember in my history of Mac use. After a year, a Mac is considered obsolete and you can't use it anymore on the Apple ecosystem. I used to be able to use a Mac for five to ten years. There's no reason to pay the premium anymore if the product is just as unreliable as the competition and doesn't last as long. Bob Stuart January 31, 2017 10:05 AM I had wanted a Mac for a long time, and finally got one eleven years ago. The features were sparse, and Apple Care under warranty was so bad that I've boycotted the company ever since. Then the hardware turned out to be far less reliable than even cheap PC stuff. Now I run Linux. DennisHancock January 31, 2017 10:25 AM Yes - dealing with this now as I am in the market. Currently have an older 13" Macbook pro and a newer Macbook air - both have different charging cables and now if I go with the new Macbook I will have yet another new charging cable. The new Macbook doesn't have the magnetic charging cables which I LOVE on my current versions and the idea that I can't pass a USB key to a client in a meeting without special adaptors is mind boggling. I can't imagine sitting in the boardroom development meeting at Apple where they put a list of things that current users love that differentiate them up on the whiteboard and then voted to cut it out? Grrr.... Stradric January 31, 2017 11:19 AM I had to use an iPhone because my Nexus 5x died and was getting repairs (poor me right?). There are a ton of little things that are very annoying on the iPhone compared to a Nexus or Pixel device. I could enumerate them, but it would be boring. The most egregious is how Apple forces you to use their apps in many instances (see Android Auto vs Apple CarPlay). You either do it the Apple way or you're screwed. It's frankly rather insulting because many of the Apple apps (like Podcasts for example) are just incredibly inferior to competitors' offerings. It's always going to come down to personal preference though.@ChrisStanton: Who are you kidding? Apple definitely wants you to buy a new iPhone every year or 2. iOS updates are typically optimized for the latest and greatest. There are plenty of reports of Apple using iOS updates to slow down older devices to make you inclined to buy new. zr2s10 January 31, 2017 12:04 PM Ditch Apple. They've always been cocky, and say, "This is what we're making, deal with it, because we're awesome." And people pay a premium for that treatment. No thanks. You can't even arrange your icons the way you want, correct? That's BS. Go with a Pixel or a newer Motorola if you want Android, and get Textra for messaging, you can customize the heck out of your text bubbles, and make them any color you want. Samsung is nice, but too much bloatware and TouchWiz should be called LagWiz. MichaelHart January 31, 2017 02:21 PM fine, take away the headphone jack, but add wireless charging FFS. My work provided blackberry has it, and I charge it on my bedside table lamp from Ikea, that has wireless charging built in, and a usb port to fumble with every night when i put my iphone on to charge. so far behind the curve it's glaring now. If Microsoft can out ipad you, you need a design and management shakeup, and a change in philosophy. Tim Cook and Eddie Cue's interpretation of Jobs' recipe for success is stale and overly salty. Omen January 31, 2017 02:34 PM I have been using Macs since they existed and, as a captive of software, I still do, but I grow increasingly annoyed and restive with the cavalier manner in which Apple treats its customers. Overly expensive upgrades that require the wholesale purchase of new software will lead me to a Chromebook as soon as it can run Endnote or, more reluctantly to a Surface Pro. Sooner or later, I'm outa here.