Having been a dedicated iPhone user since 2011, I'm seriously considering switching to Android. My reasons are many - the limitations of Apple are starting to bug me, my iPhone 6 is gradually getting slower, and I'm intrigued about getting a proper smartwatch that isn't an Apple Watch (which doesn't excite me at all).
However, I know nothing about Android. Zip. I'm aware of a few of the flagship handsets (Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei), but I don't know anything about Android as a system. So I'm looking for advice from "Android" people, or people who switched from Apple, on which handsets are good, what things I should be aware of, generally any useful advice. Currently, I'm quite enamoured of the Note 8. I played with one in store yesterday and I was quite impressed by it. I quite like the stylus (I generally like stylii with my devices), and the size felt a nice step up from my iPhone 6 without being too ridiculous. The screen looks fantastic, and the wireless charging will be a boon. I bank with BNZ, so being able to use Android Pay would be a nice extra too.
I'm also looking for advice on a smartwatch. Again, quite taken with the Samsung Gear S3, especially the rotating bezel which seems like such a natural use of the typical watch feature. It also feels like such a James Bond thing. However, I've read that the apps are very limited because it runs Tizen OS rather than Android Wear. Is this a big issue in reality? Are there better watches that also do the rotating bezel thing? My current "smartwatch" is a Garmin Vivosmart which I use mostly for notifications, but it frequently disconnects from my iPhone, meaning I often don't get those notifications. Is this an issue with the Gear S3 (or other smartwatches)? Is there advantage to getting the 3G model for that very reason?
Also,specifically on the Note 8, I see pre-orders are offering a range of inducements. Apple never seem to offer these kinds of inducements, so I don't know how common they would be after the phone is finally released? If I did go for the Note 8, is it worth pre-ordering to take advantage of the offers, or is it likely that similar or better offers will turn up again in a few months?