Life with my iPhone 5 is going just fine

It’s been a couple of weeks since I switched from the dark side of Android to my Apple iPhone 5 and I must say life is going just fine.

It was no secret I was eventually going to the iPhone. I’ve owned three iPods, a Mac desktop and two laptops. I would have owned more but that’s all I’ve needed. I kept the first two an average of seven years. I’m happily into my third year of my current Mac Book and I’m not pining for an upgrade yet (although the iPad mini is looking really, really good).

iPhone 5

That’s why I wanted an iPhone – to complete my Apple ecosystem. OK, I really wanted this thing because I don’t have to buy a new iPod. My Nano was a third generation and it was dying a slow death. I’ve got all the music from my computer on the iPhone 5 and still have room. The new headphone design fits better in my ear and the sound quality has improved greatly. I never put any music on any of my other smartphones. iTunes was not compatible. Problem solved. Love the Apple ecosystem.

Sooooo, how is the iPhone as, well a, phone? So far so great. Everyone tells me I sound much clearer  when I’m using Bluetooth in the car or speaking into the phone.

This is also the smoothest operating phone I’ve ever used. It’s light and thin (enough) and feels expensive to the touch. It should.

That’s my biggest gripe about Samsung product. It looks great but feels flimsy.

I’m loving the retina display. I’ve watched some video and think it looks spectacular.

The new iOS6 has been rock solid, also. I’m living in the App store. I’ve not downloaded a lot but each visit shows me  something that I may use later. I’m glad Youtube didn’t get all mad when Apple didn’t make it part of the iPhone’s standard offerings. Yes, I’m now addicted. There’s way too much stupid stuff I’d miss without that app.

Siri and I are developing a relationship. Yeah, her voice is a little annoying but she usually has the right answers to my questions. She not going to let me get close, though. When I thank her, she tells me that’s not necessary. That’s a tad cold, but this is artificial intelligence.

I also really like the hands free texting. My fat, stubby fingers don’t like any phone’s keyboard so being able to dictate a text is better for me. It takes a couple of tries to get it right, but it make take several times for me to hit an O when I really need a P.

The iPhone’s biggest criticism (other than the fact its made by Apple) is the screen size. I think it could be a bit wider but I’m totally satisfied with the height. I’m not understanding the desire to carry a flat screen in your pocket or in a case on your waist. I have a friend who wants a phablet (phone-tablet) like the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Umm, no. That’s to big. Apple makes something like that but they call it an iPad mini. It just doesn’t make phone calls.

I didn’t try the map feature which was jacked up on release. I have GPS most of the time or I just use Map quest. I’m told the map thing is fixed so I’ll take Apple’s word until I try the app.

I’ve taken many pictures and haven’t experienced any problems with the camera. It has a quick focus and the picture quality is unreal. Nothing replaces a good DSLR camera but this is close.

Complaints. Not really, but the affair is still young. I still have a lot to try. So far, I’m happy to be an iPhone convert. Not missing the buggy Android system or flakey touch screen of the T-Mobile My Touch or the awful – and I do mean awful Motorola Clique.

iPhone, where have you been all my life?

cross@alldaytech.com

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