iPhone 5 versus Galaxy Note 3

I recently got my iPhone 5S submerged completely in water and so I thought let me change to an Android device and I picked the Galaxy Note 3 and when I did, I lost the following:

Group Messages

Yeah, am not kidding. Apparently Group messaging is a huge problem with Android or at least that is what I faced with when I got the Galaxy Note 3. Most of my friends and family use iPhone and group messaging is actually a common get together venue for us. When I got the Galaxy Note 3, I did not receive them! or I was receiving them sporadically at best. It goes like I receive message one and message three but I miss message 2! In fact, there are third party apps that are designed just to fix this problem and of course most of them have some problems and do not fix the problem entirely.

iMessage

So iOS has this cool feature where text messages can stream over WiFi and 4G instead of over the carrier’s SMS. So for example my iPhone friend in UK receives my blue texts over the Internet for free without International messaging charges. This feature is not available on Android. Not only that. Apple (and I don’t know if they have done that intentionally) set the iPhone to send text via iMessage by default and if it fails to send it via iMessage it will not send it over regular text unless you go and change the option yourself. So if you have an Android and your iPhone friends send you texts over their iMessage then you won’t receive the messages! This is true if your friend had you as an iPhone user in the beginning and then you switch to Android. The problem won’t appear if you are an Android user from the start.

FaceTime

OK. I am not a super FaceTime user but this really comes in handy when you want to connect to family and friend who are likely to be having and iOS device. Yes, I know that you can replace that with Skype and other services but FaceTime is just as good and it’s native and finally carriers have allowed to run under mobile data plans and no need for WiFi.

Amazon Instant Play

I just can’t believe it that Android does not have Amazon Instant Play app. Come on .. How is that possible.

Google Maps

This is the weirdest thing. Google, wake up! Your Android OS runs a clumsy Google Maps lady voice that is so ugly. Just can’t understand why?