Switched from Pixel 2 XL to iPhone X – My Impressions
I’ve had a Pixel 2 XL since launch. Every few years I bounce between Android and iOS. These are some things I have noticed about each device. I am currently using the iOS 12 beta on my X. If I edit this it will probably be from me remembering new things.
**What I Love:**
* I don’t mind the notch as much as I thought I would. It’s a little annoying when zooming on photos or watching videos
* The overall built quality is amazing. It has a good weight, I like the glass, and the bezel-less design is beautiful.
* I’ve always enjoyed the animations on an Apple device. They are a little slow, but they are hot.
* I like being about to swipe from left to right to go back on many different apps. Makes going back easier and more fun.
* The swiping gestures are fun and intuitive. You really feel in control of your phone as you move the apps around
* I like swiping on the bar left and right to change between apps.
* Apps for the most part are aesthetically better, i.e. the Spotify, Snapchat, and Twitter app are much better. And in features.
* Spotify hasn’t even updated their app to fit the taller design of the 2 XL. There is this black bar between the app and the actual navigation bar.
* Much better accessories of all kinds – cases, headphones, watches. I want to get the next AirPods and Apple Watch if I decide to stick with iPhone.
* Most of the time I can use this phone with one hand. While the Pixel had ways to remedy its size, like fingerprint gestures, it was still larger.
* FaceTime! I can FaceTime with my family and friends again.
* iMessage – it’s good to be back in that environment again – the blue bubble world. I also like the app more than most Android texting apps.
* The 2x zoom is nice and made some good photos when I went to an auditorium for a ceremony.
* When I remember to use it, I think Force Touch is great to have. I like the shortcuts it adds to apps and the notification system.
* Airdrop is a much welcomed feature. One day I took most of the photos for an event with my family. I took over 50 photos and shared them in seconds.
* Haven’t used wireless charging yet, but it’s good to have that option. Used that a few times with Android in the past.
**What I miss:**
* Google really outdid themselves with the camera and I really miss its integration with Google Photos. I don’t have a Mac so I use Google Photos on my iPhone too. iPhone does not play well with it.
* Also, portrait mode on the Pixel usually performs better for me when it comes to focusing what I want and blurring what I don’t want. You can’t change the lighting though.
* If anyone has a better app for uploading photos to the cloud that plays well with iPhone photo format, hit me up.
* I’m not a huge fan of the speed and accessibility of FaceID. Having the fingerprint reader on the back of the Pixel meant by the time I took it out of my pocket and was looking at it, it was unlocked.
* Fingerprint sensor gestures – I almost never actually swiped down on my phone screen to get to my notifications. Swiping the sensor up or down was really easy
* Deciding how to open links – I like being able to pick the app to open a link, or even if I sometimes don’t want it to.
* Notifications System
* I like that it groups multiple together and allows you to clear by app.
* I feel like each notification takes up too much space, i.e. I like that on Android I can expand a notification rather than seeing the whole thing.
* Why are there two different ways to open a notification? It just feels unnecessary. Swiping means to me that I want that to get out of the way. I swipe to go back, I swipe to change apps. Tapping means I want that, I’m pointing to it.
* Swipe to the right to open
* Tap to open
* Then there are two ways to view in the pop up
* Force touch to view
* Swipe left and select view
* A style choice: I wake the phone and it shows notifications. I unlocked the phone and do something, then lock it. I wake my phone again and now those notifications I didn’t interact with before aren’t there unless I swipe up in the center. Personally I want those to keep showing until I interact with them.
* Why is the music widget on the lock screen so massive? Using Spotify with one notification and my entire screen is used up.
* I don’t use things like Siri or Google Assistant much, but Assistant has always been better to me.
* Battery life is not as great as my Pixel
* I understand why iOS doesn’t let apps run in the background long, but then it stops things like downloading on Spotify or uploading on Google Photos.
* Speakers are loud but not as clear as the Pixel.
* Fast charger with purchase – the iPhone has faster charging finally but you have to buy extra accessories to use it