The iPhone experiment

So having used the iPhone solely as my only mobile device while in London for the last few days, here are my thoughts.

• Small screen - having gotten to used to the Note 3 it was a bit of a change. It’s the smallest smartphone screen I’ve used for some time now and it took some getting used to. Truth be told it isn’t big enough.
• Fingerprint scanner - I really like it. I think it’s really convenient to just hold my thumb on the home button to unlock the phone. It’ll be even more useful now they’re opening up the API.
• Battery life - standby time is pretty good but in-use time could be a lot better. Playing any sort of game mashes the battery considerably. Still, for the size of the phone it’s acceptable I think. Average joe will make it through the day.
• Multitasking - in short it doesn’t come close to that of Android. Faux-multitasking is still present here even with background app capabilities. In honesty it does work ok but could be better. There’s still no way to close all background running apps at the same time that I can see so that needs sorting.
• Build quality - it’s great, being an Apple product it was designed with captain shinytrinket in mind. The device feels somewhat fragile though so a case is probably a must, which isn’t a problem with a phone this compact.
• Camera - it takes consistently very good photos. The slow motion video feature is implemented very well and works nicely. Unlike Samsung the camera UI gives you what you need rather than 62 different gimmicks that you won’t.
• Notifications - push notifications can be hit and miss (as they are occasionally with Android). The quick reply feature coming in the next version of iOS is a very welcome addition and is much needed. Notification center needs a revamp because it’s a bit shit. I like the today screen, it’s useful.
• Default apps and file types - this is still my biggest gripe with iOS. It’s crap. You still can’t set default apps for things like email and you still can’t open things in other apps easily. For example, if I want to open a photo with an image editor I should be able to go into photos, choose the image and send it to the photo editing application. Can’t do that. I have to load the photo editing app first. Stupid. That’s not how I work. Sort it out Apple.
• Keyboard - it’s fast and works well except for the fact that there’s no ‘comma’ key on the main layout. I don’t want to have to go into the numbers and symbols page to put a comma. Thankfully 3rd party keyboard support in the next iOS should sort that out.
• Apps - generally speaking a lot of apps still get released first on iOS and tend to be more polished than on Android. The margins are narrower now though and the Google suite of apps are far better on Android. As you’d expect really. Oh, and using Google Maps on the small screen kinda sucks.
• Responsiveness - this used to be iOS’ strong point. Quite honestly, compared to the latest Android handsets it’s no longer top dog. I’d even go so far as to say that my HTC One M7 is more responsive in the majority of situations that matter (app loading for one). That’s not to say the iPhone 5S isn’t fast - it is. But it ain’t the quickest device out there.
• Motion coprocessor - it’s pretty cool having a device that always records movement. It’s interesting to know how many steps I’ve done each day. I like.
• Bluetooth - it works better with my car than any Android device does. Probably because Audi decided they’d test the MMI with an iPhone.

I’m sure there’s more but that’s all I can think of right now.

No doubt this will be to the utter dismay of my Android-loving, iPhone hating friends. I’ve let go of the Galaxy Note 3 in exchange for an iPhone 5S. 

I fully expect that I’ll be called crazy but I have my reasons. Much as the Note 3 is awesome it does have that one major flaw: Samsung TouchWiz. As I’ve said previously it does it’s best to turn Android into a Fisher-Price crayonfest. 

There’s something to be said about a phone that ‘just works’. Apple make a massive fuss about how their products do just that so let’s see if the latest iteration of iOS can win me over (and the new version coming soon). 

Let’s not forget that I still have both the Nexus 4 and the HTC One so I haven’t abandoned Android in any capacity. Consider this as something of an experiment. 

I’m off to London and Wimbledon from tomorrow for a few days and I’ll be taking just the iPhone as my daily driver. Let’s see how it performs.

No doubt this will be to the utter dismay of my Android-loving, iPhone hating friends. I’ve let go of the Galaxy Note 3 in exchange for an iPhone 5S.

I fully expect that I’ll be called crazy but I have my reasons. Much as the Note 3 is awesome it does have that one major flaw: Samsung TouchWiz. As I’ve said previously it does it’s best to turn Android into a Fisher-Price crayonfest.

There’s something to be said about a phone that ‘just works’. Apple make a massive fuss about how their products do just that so let’s see if the latest iteration of iOS can win me over (and the new version coming soon).

Let’s not forget that I still have both the Nexus 4 and the HTC One so I haven’t abandoned Android in any capacity. Consider this as something of an experiment.

I’m off to London and Wimbledon from tomorrow for a few days and I’ll be taking just the iPhone as my daily driver. Let’s see how it performs.

8sms for Android - SMS done properly

There are many replacement SMS apps available for Android and I’ve tried most of them. Some work alright, some are bloated and others are just rubbish. The best SMS app is that bundled with CyanogenMod - mainly because of the wonderful quick-reply functionality you get and the speed of the app.
Thankfully someone has finally decided to take all that lovely CyanogenMod functionality and bundle it as an app and put it on the Play Store. I’ve been testing it on my HTC One running Android 4.4 with Sense 5 and it works beautifully.
You can get the app from here and read more on the 8sms website here.