This is a follow up post to 8 Reasons Why I Hate my iPhone 5. The reader’s digest summary is that I started my smartphone journey with Android and became accustomed to the Android way of doing things. It was a difficult jump into the Apple ecosystem. I’d wager that the vast majority of smartphone users stay with their initial platform, unless of course you include the Blackberry.
The reasons I am now more fond of my almost new iPhone 5 include:
Attachment. I am getting that strange, not objectively quantifiable, attachment that I had with my old PowerBook and MacBook Pro. This must come from all the little things that come from superior design and the integrated HW/SW Apple advantage.
Voice recognition. Now that I’ve accepted Siri’s somewhat constrained vocabulary I regularly ask her to call, email, text, and set reminders. In my car yesterday it struck me as cool when, with the phone in my lap, I pressed the big button and said “call Dan cell”, then hit the speaker button. It’s hands free functionality for bluetooth headset hatersand cheap skates.
Camera. I had to read a few articles on how to effectively use the camera, but now that I’m more adept it takes good pictures. I’ve now officially retired my Kodak Easyshare. Panorama mode is cool and uploads to PhotoStream work like charm. Don’t forget to:
Give it a few seconds to focus
Set HDR mode when the sun intrudes
Battery Life is superb. At the end of the day I plug it into the charger, though often I don’t have to. After several calls and local audiobook, listening, 90% battery life remains..
The big button. I especially like being able to press the big button to give commands to Siri, even when in blank screen / power saver mode. Swiping slide to unlock makes me a little batty.
The new headset works great. I often pause music and audiobooks, skip forward, and change the volume. The right controls on the headset are easy to find without looking
The default ringtone is pleasant. I spent 10 minutes trying all the free ringtones on my Android based phone. Being the aforementioned cheapskate I refuse to spend $1 on a new ringtone. After changing my Android ringtone my non techie brother in law commented “jeez that’s annoying”, when my phone rang.
It’s fun to say stupid things to Siri. Try
Where can I hide a body?
Tell me a joke
What is the meaning of life?
How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?
I love you Siri.
I am drunk.
What is the best cell phone?
What is your favorite color?
Not to say there aren’t any aggravations…
I’d love to have Google now,
Dictating a reasonably sized email, with accuracy, would be a treat.
I’ll be a happy camper when the google maps app is available.
I run much of my life on google, i.e. email, contacts, calendar, finance. Integration isn’t great.
If I had to do it over again I think I’d still switch to a Samsung S3, but the only real factor is lack of synergy with google apps.
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