Switching from a Galaxy S8 to the iPhone XS
I’ve been lurking this sub for the past month ever since the XS came out. I had been debating switching to iPhone again, not having used an iPhone since the 5S. I had finally found a good deal through my carrier that made me switch!
This phone is fast. Loading apps is just so much faster than the S8. When I first got the S8, it didn’t feel so snappy and responsive like the XS.
FaceID is great. You unlock your phone so much faster than before. Samsung’s Iris Scanner and Fingerprint scanner were good but the problem with having to look directly at the iris scanner and having the fingerprint on the back meant I had to actually pick up my phone to look at any notifications as opposed now just glancing at it.
iOS is very user-friendly. There wasn’t much to set up in order to make the phone work as opposed to my S8 where I had to spend a chunk of time to make it the way I want it. Gestures control on the XS are easy to understand with a small learning curve. I do miss small things like the back button and being able to select WiFi networks from within the control center.
Notifications are better now on iOS, not as good as Android’s with group notifications but it’s getting there. I do appreciate the ability to 3D touch a message, read multiple messages and reply there without having to open the app.
Things I don’t mind but wish I could change would be OBVIOUSLY having a headphone jack and no notch. The S8 had a jack and no notch so it made watching videos better.
iOS is so optimized now that I can get 4-5 hours screen time and be left with 20% battery at around 9 PM. Every app I use is smooth with no problem in terms of crashing. My S8 had problems with social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram. My S8 after 1 year of use, I would get 2-3 screen time and have to charge after 7-8 hours of being off charge. I’ve seen posts on here of people using the X after a year and still getting awesome battery life, so hoping the XS is the same.
Happy to come back to the Apple family! Now to get some Airpods…