Cat’s out of the bag. I got an iPhone. Well I sold a kidney and then bought an iPhone! This blog is going to be my living journal on how I feel about the iPhone.
But first let’s talk about what expectations I had going in:
- A phenomenal camera
- A fast phone
- That I wouldn’t be able to leverage the ecosystem benefits that folks keep touting as the number one reason to get an iPhone. The only Apple product I now own is the iPhone. I am convinced that folks who talk about this benefit are just suffering Stockholm Syndrome from having spent so much money inthe ecosystem 😛
- Being able to test out a lot of new cool products like Clubhouse.
First week impressions
It has now officially been one week since I have owned an iPhone so here are some initial thoughts.
- The fact that I could get a cute non boring iPhone case from the Apple website is definitely a win. I guess this is the ecosystem benefit that folks keep talking about. There isn’t a large variety of 3P accessories on the Google Store.
- Setup was PAINFUL! While my account and contacts easily ported ovver to the new phone thanks to the
move to iOSapp, I had to manually install all apps that I needed.
- Learning how to use the iPhone isn’t as intuitive as folks claim it is. I am a relatively technically savvy person and my most common search query is still
How do I do X on the iPhone?
- The camera is beautiful! I switched from a Pixel 4XL to the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the difference (specially in night mode) is incredibly stark.
- I am thoroughly enjoying using Clubhouse which was the app that pushed me over the edge into getting an iPhone.
- Since I am already a Google One customer, I don’t see myself switching to iCloud anytime soon.
A few months in!
Let’s start by answering some questions I had noted down in advance:
- Am I using a lot of new apps that warrant the purchase of the iPhone? -> No. I stopped using Clubhouse too!
- Am I tempted to buy any other Apple gadget or accessory? -> Other than the Apple AirPods Pro, no. Those too, I am tempted to buy for the aesthetic over the convenience.
- Am I still searching to try answer
How do I do X on the iPhone? -> yes, yes I am. I still don’t know how to turn the phone on and off.
Some other annoying thoughts:
- I can’t backup my WhatsApp chat history to anything other than iCloud.
- The spam calls!
- My inability to screen a known number’s call to ask them if it’s urgent without rejecting the call!
- The fact that WhatsApp video calls are notifications that I can’t disable if the phone is locked. My options are either accept or ignore!
- I can delete some of the Apple apps so that they stop being the preferred default app. Bye Apple Maps!
- The camera still blows me away! Though I could have just gotten the Samsung phone!
I don’t think anything will change my opinion here over time, so I think it’s safe to say. The next time I buy a new phone it will be an Android phone with a great camera! Sorry iPhone bros!