Feedback on iOS from an ex-Android user
Hello. Just a little background on myself. I’ve been an android user for a long time. Mostly used mid-range devices. I have been using the XR for a little more than a year now and I wanted to give my two cents on the stuff that I think Apple needs to work on.
1) Can’t hide the caller screen: This one is pretty simple. Sometimes when someone is calling me I don’t want to pickup but I also don’t want to hangup. With Ios I have to keep looking at the caller screen until they give up. This isn’t a problem on Android.
2) No third party app support: Whether its web browser or your keyboard, iOS doesn’t really support any other third party apps. I know you can install them but you can never actually get rid of safari or the iOS keyboard. And they both straight up SUCK. Safari sucks because there’s no add-on support (like an adblocker). The keyboard sucks because of its shit autocorrect and the way typing feels on it. I would use GBoard or Microsoft Swiftkey on Android and they are superior in multiple ways. Swiftkey was my favorite so I’ll talk about that. First Swiftkey had multiple languages correction AT THE SAME TIME. And being bilingual myself I loved this because I never had to change the keyboard language. Just start typing and it guessed your sentences. It also had swipe shortcuts (like swipe up for caps or swipe left to delete the last word) which made typing a joy. Lastly it had hold functionality. And with that you didn’t have to switch to number mode to input a single number. Like holding q would write a 0 (zero) or w for 1. Now I know swiftkey is on the appstore. And I have been using it (because of the language support). but you can never truly make it your default and thanks to Apple it lacks the swipe shortcuts and long press functionality. Also on Android you can at least disable pre-installed default applications which is pretty close to deleting them. And change your default video player or mail client. It gives you the flexibility of choosing the right application for you instead of being forced to use one created for the general public.
3) SIRI: Siri is pretty much trash compared to Google Assistant. I’m sorry for the Siri fans but it just is. Same with everything else it doesn’t work with non-apple services like spotify. And I know with the recent updates you can now say “Play song with spotify” but you shouldn’t have to say “with Spotify”. You should have the option to choose your music player or whatever. With Google Assistant you can teach your assistant how you want it to do things. So whenever you say “play music” it can play it through spotify. And with Google Duplex or Call Screening (only on Pixels) it actually works like your assistant instead of a lame party trick.
4) No PiP (Picture in Picture): I think there are many different ways how PiP is useful (eg background video playing) but for me it was video calling someone while I am using the phone. On an iPhone if you put the video call in the background the video stops and it just turns to an audio call. But with PiP on android you can keep video chatting when you’re using your phone.
5) Notifications and badges: Honestly the notifications on iOS are straight up a burden. Even if I clear the notifications the badges are still on the app drawer. If I clear a notification I’m not going to look at it. The badge should also disappear. Also the second problem was when I was using my XR in horizontal mode (like watching a video) I have to pull the screen from the far right to get to the quick settings. Otherwise I would see the notifications. So I would have to pull up and pull down again to get the settings. I think swiping right or down from the notification area should get you quick settings.
6) Customization (classic): I know this is a classic but I have to repeat it. At least changing the icons should be built in.
7) Device support. If you’re going to buy a smart device your only options are to buy the apple devices. Like if you want to buy a samsung or fossil smartwatch they’re not going to function at 100% with iOS thanks to Apple’s restrictions.
8) PC Support: Unless you have a mac you’re not going to have wireless connectivity (like notifications) between your phone and your pc. And I like to have choices. If you’re using Android whether your PC has windows or linux installed you can control your pc, share files or share clipboards (to copy and paste between devices), get notifications on your PC and respond to them with ease.
9) Phone backups and iCloud. Phone backups use your icloud storage and fill it in pretty much months. So you get constant notifications to upgrade your plan (which is $1 a month so this really isn’t that big of a deal) but it shouldn’t force you to upgrade your plan like that. Phone and application backups shouldn’t count down on your iCloud data.
10) Lastly Face ID and lock screen. This one also isn’t anything major just a little feedback. First of all hats off to Apple because Face ID works amazingly fast. But when it’s dark and you want to check something on your phone you have to wait for Face ID to fail to input your password. Maybe remove the delay and have both of them come up at the same time and just unlock when Face ID works.
Lastly I should mention that I am fairly satisfied with the device. Maybe my expectations were set too high by my friends. Also I am a power user so my thoughts would not apply to everyone. I would love to hear your thoughts about these.
I checked the rules on the sub but I apologize if I missed anything and this is against a rule.
Edit on Face ID: I think people are getting the wrong message here. Because a couple of people pointed out that it unlocks using IR so light isn’t an issue. I honestly don’t care how it works or why I can’t unlock in bed. It could be that I don’t hold the phone directly across my face when I’m in the bed. Or it could be that I don’t wear my glasses in bed. My point was that even though it works almost perfectly most of the times maybe not make me wait until it fails for the times it doesn’t.