Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Week With an iPhone

For those of you know me, I have had many smartphones, but (up until now) none of them has been iPhones. My first phone was a Nokia 1100. That thing  was a beast. I miss it, because I could do anything to it, and it was survive no matter what. It took a licking and kept on... uh... letting me play snake. After that, I had a few flip phones. Nothing special. My favorite among them was probably my handed-down Motorola Startac. It was pretty durable and pretty easy to use. All I really ever needed was the ability to store a few contacts here and there, and this phone more than delivered. Eventually a Smartphone became something I both needed and wanted, so I picked up a Palm Pre Plus. It was pretty cool. It had the beauty of OS X coupled with the functionality of Android. At the time, there was no such thing as an iPhone for Verizon, so I waited. And I waited. And then, when the time came, I didn't opt into the iPhone 4 on Verizon. What?! You mean to say I wanted all this time and didn't get an iPhone 4, which came out under the big V a month before my contract was up for renewal? Well, kids, I didn't get it. Why not? I didn't like how fragile it was.

Every phone I have ever had before the iPhone was available for Verizon was awesomely built to be tough and stand up to what a clumsy person I am. So instead, I opted for the only viable dual-core phone at the time, the Motorola Droid X2. I hated it. With a passion. So when the time came for me to upgrade, I got one of the first 4G phones, the Droid Charge. Guess what? I hated it. It was slow as hell, supported for like two minutes by Samsung and Verizon, and had a terrible and I mean TERRIBLE battery life.

So a week ago Wednesday I asked for an iPhone 4S as one of my birthday gifts. I got one. It is the best handset I have ever had. But there are some things I don't like. I'm going to talk about them now.

What I Like:

The iPhone 4S is fast. Very fast. Everything feels buttery smooth and there hasn't been one moment where the phone couldn't handle something I was doing. This amazes me, coming from Android 2.3 phones, where every little task took minutes, not seconds to complete. The iPhone does things in milliseconds. It thinks faster than my Chromebook or my desktop computer. It does what I need it to do and doesn't crap out. And I love that.

iOS is very intuitive. Everything, from the UI to the basic icon design makes sense. It all looks so good you can lick it. Yes, that is what Steve Jobs said about Aqua when OS X Cheetah was introduced. Bite me.

The iPhone 4S is thin and light. It doesn't take up nearly the amount of bulk in my pocket that the many Droids did. It isn't a Nokia 1100, but it'll do.

It looks gorgeous. Seriously. There isn't a sexier phone (except the iPhone 5) than this.

Siri is pretty useful but she's also a total bitch. Don't be as mean to her as I am.

What I Don't Like:

I really really really hate that Apple built this thing out of two panes of glass. A phone is a valuable thing, and it should be built with more durability. Luckily, I use a Lifeproof with my iPhone, so I don't have to worry about small drops (although it survived a 15 foot drop from the top of my stairs when my toddler brother threw it) or water or any of the elements. But I wish Apple built the thing with more durability.

3G is very slow. But 4G was an option and I didn't take it. That's my fault, not Apple's.

Overall:

This phone is great. It does what I need it to do and doesn't give me trouble. I have always used other iPhones, but using one for a long period of time that is my own is a different experience. This is in no way an iPhone 4S advertisement. But I'd like to point out how useful and awesome a phone with a powerful UI and a sleek design can be. But if you have the money to spare, by all means grab an iPhone 5. It is just as incredible. Seriously. Do it. And stay the hell away from Android phones with a version under Android 4. You won't be sorry for taking that advice.

1 comment:

  1. Like many others, I've often considered what could be advantageous by getting an iPhone. However, the drawbacks, personally, of not supporting heavy video editing software outweigh the benefits. An iPhone could never replace my computer in that regard, even if a computer is less portable. Either way, excellent review and enjoy your new phone.

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