I’ve never been an Apple junkie. My first–and until recently only–Apple device was a first-gen iPod Touch that I bought way back in 2008. For phones, Android has traditionally been my style. Why did I choose to not claim a seat on the iPhone bandwagon? Because everyone else seemed to have an iPhone and I’m not a big fan of being like everyone else.
After years of ownership, Android fit like a comfy sweater. All was bliss until one day when I was on a service call and the client came to me with an iPhone issue. They handed me their iPhone and my eyes glazed over. After several more such instances I grew tired feeling like an idiot and decided that, as a tech professional and a Millennial, it was time for me to learn how to use an iPhone. So in the name of science, when my phone went up for renewal, I sprung for an iPhone 8.
I have learned many things in my few months of iPhone ownership. For example, the screen responds differently to hard touches and soft touches, something I learned while trying to remove an app (after Googling how to do it). I know I still have much to learn and that there is a myriad of features I have yet to discover. I’ll report on them as I go. For now, though, I’m happy that I can set up email and navigate the settings menus without having to consult a YouTube tutorial. I even figured out how to change Siri’s voice to British, a tweak that makes navigation far more enjoyable.
Here are some observations thus far.
Things I like:
- It looks nice
- It feels nice
- It has biometric security
- The battery lasts a long time
- It has a whole bunch of swipe and touch features that I have yet to explore
- I can get iPhone accessories at pretty much any store that sells things
- I’m no longer the odd man out in group texts
Things I don’t like:
- The keyboard doesn’t support swipe texting (I might be a Millennial but I’m a horrible texter)
- I had to make an Apple account, but use Google for everything
- It’s a pain to turn the location on and off
- I can’t manually change camera settings (ISO and shutter speed)
- I can’t clear app caches to free up space
- There’s no headphone jack!!!
So which phone is best? Having owned both Samsung Galaxy and iPhone, I can say that you really can’t go wrong with either one. At this point in the game, they’re about equal. Apple started the smartphone ball rolling when they introduced the iPhone back in 2007. Since then, everyone else has had to play catchup, and catch up they have. Samsung’s newest Galaxies give the iPhones a run for their money. And Google’s newest Pixel 2 introduces yet another player to the which-smartphone-is-best competition. My brother just got a Pixel 2 and, I have to admit, I’m a little jealous.
Smartphones have come a long way since their ancestors first blew people’s minds 10 years ago. It’ll be exciting to see where they go from here. Android or iPhone? I’ll leave that choice up to you.