After 18 Months Of iPhone Problems, Switching To Android

Around the middle of 2011 I published an article on this site about upgrading my (then) Blackberry Bold 9000 for the all-new Apple iPhone 4.  It was a bold move by me at the time as I had little love for Apple products.

18 months on, and my thoughts on Apple have not improved any, in fact, to the contrary they have very heavily deteriorated.

The iPhone 4 was fun at first.  Sleek, fast and a major upgrade from the Blackberry, the iPhone was a novelty with many apps to get my geeky fingers into.  However, like many who switch to Apple products, it was not without problems.  The inability to really modify or customise the phone was a big setback for me, and though Apple addressed this with their iOS5 update it was not enough.  Then there was the home button that begun to stick about 3 months ago.  Apple support were useless, suggesting there was no hardware issue, yet over time the problem became much more prevalent.  Still, Apple refuse to admit there is an issue with the button / hardware.  Hitting google you will find many reports of iPhone 4 users with this exact same problem, yet still, Apple refuse to admit there is an issue.  As it stands right now, I have to have assisted touch enabled, as the home button doesn’t work 80%+ of the time. Then of course came iOS6.  Maps etc aside, iOS6 biggest problem is that it has my phone running so hot it reboots itself at least once every day.

I’m done with Apple and the iPhone experiment.  It was never really destined to succeed as unlike many Apple users appear to be, I wont just blindly follow.

so, Samsung Galaxy SIII here I come.  A phone that is super fast, has a great size screen, loads of incredible apps and most importantly, it doesn’t have that Apple logo on it! 

Samsung Galaxy s3

In the coming week I will post a detailed review of how I find the new phone.

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Goodbye Blackberry, Hello iPhone: First Thoughts, Feelings & Gripes

Ok so the long anticipated wait is over. Last week we got the phone call that offered us an upgrade on our old phones (Blackberry Bold 9000), so we opted to get the shiny Apple iPhone 4.

iphone4-250As you can imagine, going from the Blackberry, which is very straight forward, almost business like to the iPhone, which can best be described as “ooohhh it’s shiny and does fancy stuff” was quite the learning curve. But learn we did, as learn we must… and for the most part, I am very pleased.

But as with everything, there are a few gripes.

Custom Text Tones

For a start, why the hell can’t I add a custom ring tone for my text and / or sms messages? This is a stock standard feature on almost every single phone out there, including $30 cheapie phones from the servo, so i am confused why Apple don’t offer this? It is annoying, especially as my wife and I both had custom text alerts on our old phones. Bad form Apple, very bad form.

Better Push Mail Service

Ok, so I was spoiled on the Blackberry, who have the best email system of any Smart Phone availble, but i just wish the iPhone email program would allow me to auto-check for new mail a lot more often than 15 minutes. I can do it manually, of course, and do so, but the auto every 5 minutes like I had on the Bold was very efficient and handy to have. Just saying.

Viewing Photos Then Sending To FB, Twitter etc.

Not sure if this is a gripe, or if we were just lucky on the old phones, but is there a way to view a photo you’ve taken and from that photo screen send direct to Facebook, Twitter etc? Or do we have to add the photos from inside the other apps themselves?

iTunes

Yes, I know, you get an iPhone you get stuck with iTunes. I knew that before I got it, and I know that now. Not griping, just saying what you all expected me to say.

Now, on to the GOOD parts!

This phone is so slick to use. Super fast interface, killer apps store and the most intuitive touch keyboard I have ever used. I have heard horror stories about Auto correct issues (take a look at http://damnyouautocorrect.com for some great laughs) but so far have found the touch keyboard to be incredibly accurate.

I used to think the Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare apps on the Blackberry were great, but on the iPhone they are a whole new level. More features, more speed and much more usable, it makes the entire “using” aspect of the phone simply better.

The camera is spectacular, and the video camera is outstanding. High Def video, tap to auto-focus, the whole package is great quality.

Angry Birds. You know, I had to mention this. I’ve played this game on friends iPhones and iPads lately and really do see why it gets all the mentions it does. So, consider this another mention out there in cyberspace.

I guess all-in-all, I am very pleased with the switch. It’s all a learning curve, and eventually things like the email, tones etc simply wont bother me anymore. So kudos Apple, the phone is great and so far, I am very pleased.

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The Torch Dreams Extinguished: Making The Jump To iPhone4

As many of you know from my earlier post on this issue, I have always been a fan of the Blackberry smartphones. My current phone, an older Blackberry Bold 9000 is up for contract renewal soon so i’m naturally going to need to upgrade my phone to a newer model.

Apple iPhone Version 4I was going to get the new Blackberry Torch 9800 – the latest smartphone from RIM. The Torch is a smooth looking full touchscreen phone with a slider that gives access to the full qwerty keyboard that Blackberry users have come to love. Notice I said “was”.

I have been doing some pretty intense research into the Torch and the other option I am looking at; the Apple iPhone4 and much to my own shock… the iPhone has stolen my heart, converted my soul and robbed me of all interest in the Torch.

Trust me… this is something I thought would NEVER happen.

So I guess you’re wondering what the iPhone did that is so amazing to get me to want to swap? In truth, it wasn’t the iPhone that did it, but rather the time I spent using the Torch at a Telstra store the other day. The Torch looks awesome and has great features, but it doesn’t have the polished finish of the iPhone. The chip that runs the phone is slower than the iPhone and the OS isn’t as smooth and seamless. The iPhone4 absolutely wreaks of a company that has experience and history driving it’s design team. It’s a well crafted phone with all the features you want and need. Oh, and it’s packed in a system run by a faster processor.

RIM Blackberry Torch 9800

Battery life between the 2 is said to be very similar, although from my own research I have found most people find the iPhone4 has MUCH better battery life. Social Networking and Media is designed into the new Torch and it has the incredible universal search, but Apple again, have experience. We all know Apple mastered the MP3 technology a long time back with the iPod, so you know the media technology in the iPhone will be exceptional. Social Networking apps on the iPhone are as good as or better than what the Torch offer.

The Blackberry Torch 9800 does have two things the iPhone can not compete with. First is the unlimited internet via the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS). Truly unlimited data when using the BIS browser and most apps, and of course the Blackberry Messenger is second to none on communications between RIM users. The second thing is the the “push” technology that RIM uses to deliver the email system on the Blackberry.

Unfortunately, while the BIS and Push technology are HUGE reasons I love my Bold 9000, when forced to choose between the 2, my heart takes a giant leap towards the smoother designed Apple iPhone 4.

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Apple iPhone4 Vs RIM Blackberry Torch 9800

It’s the battle of the 2 flagship products; Apple with their #1 product, the iPhone Version 4 and RIM’s latest masterpiece, the Blackberry Torch 9800.

Apple iPhone Version 4RIM Blackberry Torch 9800

For the last few years Apple have dominated the market with their iPhone series, and have a history of creating great products built upon a great platform.  RIM first attempted to fight Apple with the release and subsequent semi-failure of the Blackberry Storm and later on, the Storm2.  The Storm’s biggest failing was it’s touchscreen, which while plenty advanced was simply not as good as the iPhones from a regular users point of view.  In other words, nobody wanted it.

Enter the RIM Blackberry Torch 9800, which brings with it the revolutionary new Blackberry 6 OS.  More importantly, the new Blackberry has a capacitive touchscreen, meaning it can not just compete with the iPhone’s screen, it can actually challenge it!  The Torch isn’t just another touchscreen smartphone though; once you slide it, it becomes a full querty keypad to appeal to the more traditional Blackberry users!

So, which of these 2 touchscreen smartphones is the best?

Knowyourmobile.com has released a fantastic review of these 2 smartphones, and the results are quite fascninating.  From the article…

The iPhone is definitely suited to Apple fanbois, where the BlackBerry Torch could be battling for the Android market, or just those who want something different.

If RIM places advertising in the correct place and networks offer better deals than the iPhone, Apple could be looking at the next revolution right there.

You can read the full review here.

Torch or iPhone… I think regardless of which you buy you would be winning.  The Torch most definitely looks like a truly great product that could put a dent in the iPhone market.

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