My iPhone 6 Plus came in the first week of December. I pretty quickly got it up and running and got my core apps installed. Now that I have been on it several weeks, I can confidently say I’m pleased with the change.
I may write some other blogs in depth on some of the things I have discovered, but I’ll bullet point some to the things I have found that are important to me. For the purposes of these comments, I can generalize between my iPhone vs. Samsung/Android experience. But where the specific model is significant, I’ll refer to it.
- Overall Stability: I have to admit that application crashes and occasional re-boots are no longer an issue. I accepted these occasional annoyances as part of the Android landscape. Having used the same app in both environments, the iPhone apps tend to be better. The significant exception is TouchDown. On Android it is a FAR SUPERIOR tool than on iPhone.
- Dictation: Voice commands and data entry is much better on the iPhone compared to my Samsung experience. This is especially true in weak signal areas: iPhone works and Samsung does not. And accuracy is much higher on iPhone – especially with names. Android/Samsung would often butcher names that iPhone seems to get right.
- Fingerprint Experience: The Touch ID on the iPhone beats the Samsung fingerprint reader. Samsung supports only 3 fingers and Apple supports 5. I used to have ti do multiple swipes on Samsung but I only have to touch with Apple. This makes unlocking the phone much easier with either hand. Swiping on Samsung generally requires 2 hands. Also, may apps recognize the Touch ID to unlock access whereas this was not the case on my Samsung S5. (For example: Mint and LastPass.)
- Apple Pay: Apple Pay works.
- Battery Life: It ROCKS on the iPhone 6 Plus. I have not had to charge my 6 plus during the day, but I did have to for my S5.
- Messaging: There is a choice of either iMessage or SMS and I have iMessage set as the default because of its robust features – and I can go SMS if I need to. It also detects other iPhones – something Android cannot do.
- Lock Screen Functionality: Swipe from the bottom to access flashlight, alarm, calculator, camera, and several settings – including airplane mode. Swipe down to access lock screen widgets. Apple has beaten Android in this arena.
- Camera: I have to edge the iPhone 6 Plus here too. The camera is fast and responsive. Lower ligt pictures are MUCH better from the 6 Plus vs. the S5.
- Native Mail Client: Apple’s has beaten all other iPhone apps due to full background operation. But the biggest comparison of Apple to Samsung is that Apple not supports full HTML signatures.
- Toyota Entune: I’ll include a specific app reference here because I have Entune in my truck and I used it with both my Samsung Galaxy S5 and my iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone wins. Messages work on iPhone and did not with Samsung. Dictation on iPhone uses the truck’s microphone, Samsung did not. And the Bluetooth speaker experience is also superior.
So now for the neutrals and/or negatives:
- Sound Customization: Android holds the edge here. It allows you great flexibility for using any MP3 sound – regardless of length. The iPhone limits tones to 30 seconds and there is a convoluted method to get the custom tones to the phone that requires iTunes syncing.
- Background Data: Android is also the king with background data. Any Android app can do almost anything it needs to in the background. This is both a good thing and a bad thing (wearing my security hat).
- Native Calendar: The native calendar in Android/Samsung phones is much more attractive than the stock iPhone calendar – and may of the apps I have tried.
- TouchDown: While I mentioned it above, I have to mention it here too. The Android version of this app ROCKS. If you’re not familiar with it, it is a feature-rich tool for being connected to corporate email via ActiveSync. It’s a good thing I still have an Android tablet to run it on.
Well that is it for now. I may update this post as time goes on or I may just add other posts. But the bottom line is that I have been converted and plan to stick with my iPhone for the foreseeable future.