Poll: Windows Fans iOS or Android

I’m curious to know how many die hard Windows fans use iOS. I’m a civil engineer and in my line of work I see only Windows PC’s but an overwhelming majority of iOS iPhones/iPads.

The lack of interoperability between PC’s and iOS (no iMessage, Handoff, Continuity, Airdrop) bothers me although I enjoy iOS. IMHO any of the latest Samsung Galaxy phones is the perfect Windows companion because of the exclusive Windows 10 Your Phone App features.

Android here. (Galaxy S20+) I used iPhone in the past (3GS), but then switched to Windows Phone and then Android.

I don’t use any of the features you mention, well the Android equivalents or Your Phone. The phone is for listening to podcasts and audio books and checking emails to see if I need to go back to my PC.

During the working day, my company phone stays in my backpack and my private phone is turned to silent and left on a corner of my desk at work. It is rare that I will take one of the phones with me, when I leave my desk.

I made you a couple of polls, just for the heck of it:


  • At home I use Windows but for home I do NOT use iOS
  • At home I do NOT use Windows but for home I use iOS
  • At home I use Windows and for home I use iOS
  • At home we neither use Windows nor use iOS

0 voters


  • At work I use Windows but for work I do NOT use iOS
  • At work I do NOT use Windows but for work I use iOS
  • At work I use Windows and for work I use iOS
  • At work we neither use Windows nor use iOS

0 voters

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Thanks PHolder! This is helpful.

Years ago, I Was a huge iPad fan. I owned a few. But, about 4 years ago, they made a change to the browser that drove me nuts. It seemed like they made changes just to make changes sometimes. I sold my ipad and bought a Samsung Galaxy Android tab. Used it for a few years.

But, I switched to a Chromebook tablet about 1 year ago - the HP Chromebook x2. The keyboard pulls off like a MS Surface. I only ever use it as a tablet.

I personally do not like iOS at all anymore. I would much rather use the Chrome OS.

Windows/Android here. I don’t use the Microsoft launcher on my Android device though, I prefer the greater customization features of some of the alternate Android launchers. I’ve got a toe in Google’s ecosystem that gives me most of the telephony features that the MS launcher provides anyway.

I bought an iPad 3 as part of a company auction for charity. My intention was to give it to my nephew as a gift, but by the time I had it (there were delays after the auction before receiving it) he already had one of his own. I used it for a while, but it was only 32G and I downloaded too much iTunes music into it and clogged it up. I hated the 30 pin connector so when they announced the iPad 4 with the Lightning connector, I decided to buy a 128G iPad 4. (That thing was HEAVY for whatever reason, I remember it feeling much heavier than the iPad 3.) I used it for IoT apps and casual games mostly, until it too got too jammed up with stuff and stopped working well. I mostly set it aside, and after I got my Nexus 6P to use for IoT apps I never really missed it. I occasionally tried to update it, but they stopped supplying updates after iOS 10, so it’s now basically useless because none of the apps that I would use (IoT apps) will work on it any more.

TL;DR: I am Windows and Android now, with a disused iPad 4 sitting around doing nothing. I have never owned (or even used) an iPhone and, based on my past time with the iPad, I can’t imagine being happy because of the limitations with icon placement and other walled garden issues.

Used to be Windows / Android. Now firmly Windows / iOS.

We aren’t provided work mobile devices (a blessing it seems), so it’s all cloud-based and you use whatever platform you have.

About the loss of interoperability when I left Android: it’s livable. Most of my communication isn’t through SMS, though. Handoff: Spotify has saved me. That’s all I ever want to “handoff” anyways. Airdrop: Pushbullet works great on iOS.

I cared more, in the end, about the phone experience than the interoperability. I’m old school; I even do weekly *.ipsw iOS backups locally to our NAS, haha.


Do you see it as a blessing because they’d give you a crummy device? Or because you’d rather not have two phones? I’m always interested to get everyone’s take on this.

I try really hard to put up a wall between work and personal life, and I don’t like handing any permission over my personal device to an org, even if it’s my employer. BUT using my personal device means I can expense it… so I take the cash.


There is no way I’d give my company the permission to remotely manage and wipe my own, private device.

I guess we are lucky, company policy is: no company information on any private devices or services (phone, PC, USB stick, cloud etc.) and no private information on any company device or service. That means switching off the company phone when you leave work or go on leave or leaving in the office.


I’m an Android guy (current phone is a Galaxy S8), but have been looking at moving over to iOS - but not for the normal reasons.

I’ve considered it before because I’m frustrated at the short support- window in which Android devices tend to receive updates (including new Android versions), but the tipping point for me is going to be medical. I am old enough that I need to get a hearing aid, and the device recommended by my physician has very limited support for Android devices (just volume up and down).

I have tinnitus, and the hearing aid will emit a counter-pitch to cancel out the tinnitus). The iOS version will allow me to adjust the frequency of the counter-pitch without having to take it in to the doctor and have them adjust it.

I’m very frustrated at the disparity in support between the two platforms, and really dislike how the medical market is becoming heavily skewed toward Apple. But I’ll get an Apple phone if it means I don’t have to make an appointment with the doctor to come in and pay to have them adjust my hearing aid.


Ah, good question. I should’ve elaborated: it’s just that, the work/personal life balance. It’s that subconscious perception that gets created: employees, i.e., all of us, are “always available” because we have a company-device with LTE coverage, even if we’re not required to be online.

The recent internal study by Microsoft, published at HBR.org, had some poignant data:

  • Before the crisis, we typically saw a 25% reduction in instant messaging during the lunch hour, but now that reduction is down to 10%.
  • A new “night shift” has taken root, which employees are using to catch up on work — and not only focused individual work. The share of IMs sent between 6 PM and midnight has increased by 52%.
  • Employees who had well-protected weekends suddenly have blurrier work-life boundaries. The 10% of employees who previously had the least weekend collaboration — less than 10 minutes — saw that amount triple within a month.

The blurred work-personal boundary was one reason we’d ended our Slack organization & moved to Basecamp (no advertisement for it here, heh; there are many and probably better options). Even as Basecamp is a tad dated and the apps are in need of a touch-up, it’s reduced stress and increased project awareness without the “you need to be constantly catching up” vibe.

I’m likewise not enamored about having a second mobile phone to keep up with, haha. Laptops, so far, have sufficed well enough.

Not that I’m set in my ways: I’m sure there are probably better ways to manage this problem that I’ve not really thought about.

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Client-provided Windows laptop for work and personal Android phone here. Wife and kids are all on iOS devices however.

I have a handful of work apps on my phone (mainly Cisco apps for IM and meetings) but none that require mobile device management; so email is only via the mobile web browser when needed. This is slightly annoying to track my calendar appointments remotely when needed though.

I’ve considered setting up the Android Work profile as it does seperate work and personal apps, with only work apps being managed, but I still don’t entirely trust it (more my fears rather than issues with the implementation).

To help with work/life balance, I use the focus function via my Pixel’s Digital Wellbeing suite. This was originally designed to help people turn off distracting apps like social media so they can focus; but I use it to turn off work apps so I can focus on my personal life :slight_smile:


I use Windows for home and work, and Android phones, but iOS on an iPad for working on a Board. iOS is just plain frustrating in the things I cannot do or have to work around, and so many of the apps are stupid.


Windows/Linux and iOS for me. My home computer is Windows 10 Professional 2004; I have an iPhone 11 and an iPad Air gen 3. Work laptop is an HP Elitebook 830 G5 running Windows 10 Enterprise 1803.

I also have a 2006 Mac Mini running Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS as a small file server.

I’ve use Macs in the past at work (System 7 and 9), at university (System 9 and an early OS X) and I did you to have a white plastic Mac Book.

I don’t feel integration with Windows is too much of an issue, maybe because I use various Google and Microsoft apps to share data and usually save things onto OneDrive. Apple’s made some changes to iOS with the Files app and support for third party password managers that has made iOS much more useful; that is actually what swung it for me and I switched from Android to iOS.

MacOS and iOS for me - I have relegated my Dell with Win 10 and my Lenovo with Linux Mint to the closet of unloved toys! Now that I am a RETIRED computer technologist (HP and Apple) I use MacBook Pros and Airs, iPhone 11 ProMax, XR and X, iPad Pro 11" and 12.9" with Magic Keyboard, Apple Watch 3 and 4, Apple TV HDs - life is good and everything JUST WORKS!!!

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