Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Oct 2013 23:32 UTC

Since my contract renewal was up, I had the option to renew it and buy a new phone alongside with it. Since I have an unofficial policy of never buying into the same platform twice in a row, and because it has been a long time since I bought something from Cupertino, I decided to go with the newest iPhone, the 5S. I'm planning on a more thorough review sometime later this year after more thorough use, but here are a few short first impressions.

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RE: Comment by BeamishBoy
by WorknMan on Fri 1st Nov 2013 07:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by BeamishBoy"
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I also got an iPhone 5s for work, and I really like it. The main reason I got it is because of its do not disturb mode, which allows me to put the phone in silent mode when I'm sleeping and on call, and still allows a few people from work to ring through that need to contact me. I tried about a half-dozen DND apps on Android, and none of them work quite right. This feature should've been in Android since v1, IMO. And it doesn't look like it's in v4.4 either ;)

What I've discovered about the iPhone is that you figure out very quickly what is possible and learn to live with what isn't. And there is a certain freedom that comes with this lack of freedom. With my Android devices, I spend more time screwing with them than I do actually using them. How many of you Android geeks have stayed up half the night trying to get x to work, with a custom ROM, or whatever. The older I get, the more tiresome that shit becomes. For the most part, I just like the way iOS works out of the box, esp the lock screen notifications.

Does that mean I'll switch to it as my full time personal phone? Unfortunately, no. I can live with just about all of its limitations, except one; virtually none of the 3rd party apps I've tried let you change their notification tone, so just about every non-Apple app besides Facebook uses the default tri-tone sound. THAT is a deal-breaker as far as I'm concerned. I can't handle Google Voice and Google Plus using the same tone, and certainly not the same tone as every other iPhone on the planet. You ever been in a room full of iPhone owners where one of them gets a notification, and everybody in the room reaches for their phone? Screw that ;)

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