Test driving an iPhone XR I don’t get it.
Hey guys, so I am an employee for my University’s IT department and they got a contract with T-Mobile to advertise their 5G service in my area. That contract got them some test devices, both Android and iOS.
The Android test devices are 1+7TPros.
The iOS devices are iPhone XR.
Some contextual background information. I haven’t had an iPhone since the iPhone 4s. I remember seeing a friend use a Samsung Galaxy S6 and I fell in love and switched to Android. I have been on Pixel for about 3 years now and I am eyeing Android competitors because I might make a switch. The iPhone also potentially crossed my mind. Going back might bring some fresh satisfaction. As a disclaimer this is not a rant, it’s not complaints, and I understand both OS’s are to be respected in their own rights. Privacy, security, functionality, fluidity, ecosystems, and just overall daily use. So I want to make it clear that their are some things I respect about the competing OS’s on both fronts.
For starters I tried the One Plus devices and I fell in love. The screen was large, bright, snappy under 90hz, good color calibration, their version of Android is very clean and light weight, the 12 gigs of RAM was more than enough. The speakers were fucking crisp and gorgeous. An instant selling point. Face ID was fast and accurate. The under the screen fingerprint reader was okay. Worked the majority of the time but gave me some grief other times. Coming from Pixel it was a mind blower as to what I would love to see on a Pixel device. Oh and the battery life was phenomenal. I really think my biggest complaint with the device was the curved screen and the fact that I needed to be bright to detect my face correctly. Also carrying my Android account to the device from my Pixel 3 was flawless. This concludes my Android experience.
Now, onto the point. I switched for the iPhone this morning. I have been wielding it for a few hours I know the specs the screen and I am familiar with iOS helping students with electronic ID’s and occasionally trouble shooting iOS issues. Every time I see an iPhone in the office that I help a student with I become surprise by some of the errors the students encounter from iCloud backup to Apple Pay stopping. iOS update issues etc. Mainly because when I see an iPhone users seem happy and the OS is pretty, smooth, and tends to work well. Apple has been at it for years.
Now, I just need to understand if something is wrong with me or not, because I just don’t get it. Apple, iOS, or anything about their default products. I am finding myself underwhelmed testing this phone and confused as to what makes these devices the crown of smart phones after so many years despite privacy concerns growing.
In comparison my Android transition from phone to phone is always fast and flawless. Trying to set up the iPhone with my Apple ID took so long. I found myself frustrated with all the security prompts (which I understand but more than 3?) I Siri setup annoyed me and I got inaccurate results directly infront of my boss when I asked her a question today. The settings menu for iOS is straight forward, but I found all of my Face ID settings and pay settings complete but only to find that even though they were switched on they were not working. I had an iMessage and iCloud back up error right away. Apple Pay forced me into two factor (which I am in support of) but I had to verify and reverify again. The really annoying part so bad has been one thing. I went to check for updates and it downloaded smoothly and soon enough I was prompted with something I had issues with for another student. When I went to install the update it failed to verify the update. Time and Time again. So I forgot networks settings, reset network settings entirely and tried again. It errored out one time and then finally verrified and rebooted.
I messaged my mom and girlfriend right after telling them I would be using a different number for sometime and instantly found myself turned away by Apple’s keyboard. I didn’t like a period not being available right away. Numbers not being on the keyboard. I know you can double space for a period but even on Google’s Gboard I have that option turned off because I find it annoying when I am formatting a message. So not even 10 minutes into messaging and I installed a 3rd party keyboard with more control and you guessed it. I chose Gboard because the power of Google at my finger tips is far more useful then sending an iTunes option.
In short, am I just missing something, I am not here to criticize or piss anyone off. I just really don’t get it. I can’t find any reason this iPhone is better than the One Plus or my Pixel even by comparison of anything other than maybe privacy. I found myself annoyed by Apple’s stock software and the inability to turn off things I prefer not to have on. Maybe I haven’t dove into settings on iOS enough, but I am not on this Apple train right now and am convinced I won’t be and don’t want to be. I messaged my girlfriend about some things I don’t get and she seemed so sold on the idea that nothing is wrong with having less options. And in my head I felt like iOS has her in this box or anyone else I know.
Can someone please attempt to like actually offer advice or just make me feel better. I feel like I don’t get the mass love for iOS even after considering a switch back to it and now I just don’t want to.