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

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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Comment by BeamishBoy
by BeamishBoy on Fri 1st Nov 2013 04:14 UTC
BeamishBoy
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2010-10-27

I've had every version of iPhone since 3GS given to me by my workplace. (I work for a hedge fund; they're generous with their money.) I've also had Android phones (primarily Samsung Galaxy) for roughly the same length of time since I believe in keeping work and personal phones completely separate.

Here's the thing: I've grown to hate my iPhones for some very simple - possibly irrational - reasons. Firstly, the phone feels way too small after using the latest Galaxy. Secondly, scrolling on an iPhone sucks; it feels "sticky" and I can never get it to scroll much more than a single screen with a single gesture. Finally, the touch screen on even the latest iPhones appears to be terrible; I get frustrated constantly at it not picking up when and where I touch the screen.

All of this is of course entirely subjective, but my opinion is that Android's streets ahead in almost all areas. I'd love to see Apple come back and correct the flaws that irritate me, if only for the sake of driving innovation. I doubt it will though as long as Apple clings to that small handset size.

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RE: Comment by BeamishBoy
by darknexus on Fri 1st Nov 2013 05:04 in reply to "Comment by BeamishBoy"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Disagree about the size. I think the current crop of smart phones which are almost approaching the size of a tablet are just way too big. I don't walk around with my phone in my hand constantly. I put it in my pocket when not in use and these new 5"+ phones are getting damn close to uncomfortable.

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RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Morgan on Fri 1st Nov 2013 10:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Indeed...for a long time I believed the Galaxy Note (then Note 2) would be the perfect phone for me. I'm a tall guy with big hands and the idea of a "phablet" seemed like it would work well. Then I got the opportunity to use a Note 2 as my main phone (on loan from a generous friend). I gave it back after four days. It really is an outstanding phone, but it's just too freaking big!

I've settled on the Nexus 4, which seems to be exactly the right size. It's a bit thicker than the HTC One S I had used for a while, but I prefer the Nexus screen's dimensions. Pure Android is nice too.

I've played with an iPhone 5 and that screen is just too tall and skinny for me, not to mention the extreme lack of ability to customize the interface. Folders are nice, but I get that in Android, along with widgets and faster themes if I wish. With Apple it's their way or no way; not necessarily a bad thing if you like their way, but if you need more you're screwed.

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RE: Comment by BeamishBoy
by WorknMan on Fri 1st Nov 2013 07:53 in reply to "Comment by BeamishBoy"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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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RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by darknexus on Fri 1st Nov 2013 08:21 in reply to "RE: Comment by BeamishBoy"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

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.

Only the ones that don’t have a life outside of tech. The rest of us have an attitude much the same as we do on iOS, except that what’s possible is much broader without hacking around. Granted I only buy vanilla Android devices now, and my experience has been painless. I did make the mistake of getting an OEM-modified device once, and that’s when all the hackery became necessary. Like you I got sick of that, so for me, Nexus it will be. I don’t run any custom roms and don’t need to. I don’t even have my Nexus 7 rooted, and don’t care to. For me it’s like an iPad without all the idiotic limitations of iOS.

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RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by olejonbj on Fri 1st Nov 2013 08:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by BeamishBoy"
olejonbj Member since:
2012-08-12

Of my friends, only tech enthusiasts spend time tweaking and trying out ROMs, and it has become less and less useful, especially with Nexus. The reason geeks do it is because they enjoy it. Geeks jailbreak their iPhones as well. I enjoy being able to do almost everything I want with my device, but I rarely spend time doing it. But having the opportunity to add a function if some great idea comes up, is great.

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RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by Fergy on Fri 1st Nov 2013 10:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by BeamishBoy"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

How many of you Android geeks have stayed up half the night trying to get x to work, with a custom ROM, or whatever.

100 people _total_ in the world.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I understand the need for simplicity, but installing a custom rom isn't that difficult, and with the new cyanogenmod installer, its getting easier.

Speaking of cyanogenmod, it has had a do not disturb feature longer than ios. Its very nice, I'm not really sure why its not in stock android.

Edited 2013-11-01 22:09 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by brichpmr on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 17:07 in reply to "RE: Comment by BeamishBoy"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

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 ;)


I am constantly in meetings with a bunch of IOS users, and the last thing I want is for anyone else to hear when I receive a notification...easily solved with IOS Settings.

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