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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"
WorknMan
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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[3]: Comment by BeamishBoy
by WorknMan on Fri 1st Nov 2013 22:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by BeamishBoy"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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


Installing a custom rom isn't that hard, but is usually just the beginning of the tweaking ;) If I try one, I am compelled to try several. And then kernels. And 3rd party keyboards. And various launchers. And lock screen widgets. And all those cool apps you get access to when rooted. And have I really just ignored my girlfriend for the last 5 hours?

Of course, you can use an Android phone without all that tweaking, just like you can sleep next to a hot chick and not bang her. But really, who among us is going to do that? ;)

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.


Last time I tried CM (which was admittedly about 3 versions ago), there was a setting for 'quiet hours', but no option to let certain people ring through during this time, which is the crucial element that was missing. Have they improved it since then?

(Edit: After Googling around, it appears that calls are unaffected during quiet hours, which is not good, since I have to sleep during the day sometimes, but still need to allow calls from a few individuals.)

Edited 2013-11-01 22:41 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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