Flirting with the iPhone 7: why I just couldn’t do it

As a few of you recognize, a couple of of the Tab Occasions staff have been just lately in Australia for the iPhone 7 release. We talked to the enthusiasts slumbering in the side road to shop for one first, we dropped the new telephones (two times), or even took a swim with them at Bondi Seashore. Following the release, I used to be tasked with the use of the iPhone 7 for a few weeks and reporting again. That is that record.

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As a few of you’ll realize, I have a grudging recognize for iPhones. I can relish their construct high quality and the smoothness and balance of iOS, however they’ve by no means appealed to what I need in a telephone.

I’ve by no means owned an iPhone, even though I do have a Mac and did have an iPod again in the day. However it has been a long time considering I’ve even treated an iPhone for various mins (the iPhone 5, if truth be told). So what did my little vacation fling inform me?

iPhone 7 lock screen

If anything else in reality stood out for me it used to be just how… just right… the iPhone feels.

That not anything has modified. Positive, it used to be a laugh to peer what used to be new in iOS 10 (now not that I had so much to match it towards) and the general revel in used to be indisputably a novelty. However my years-antique impact of the iPhone is far the comparable nowadays. If anything else in reality stood out for me it used to be just how… just right… the iPhone feels.

Now not such a lot its really feel in the hand, as a result of I assume it’s an terrible, slippery little beastie that may be means too simple to drop. I understand you’ll be able to all the time wrap it in a bumper case or what have you ever, however, as with my Android telephones, I’d somewhat take my probabilities and revel in the telephone the approach its producer constructed it. Sadly for the iPhone 7, that’s like a rainy bar of cleaning soap.

iPhone 7 gold side volume buttons

However up to I in finding the iPhone 7 layout to be particularly meh, I do need to admit it feels really well made and, I bet, pricey. There’s a solidity to the craftsmanship that recollects British accents and parts floating round in sluggish movement. Say what you’ll approximately the iPhone in most cases, at the very least it’s smartly placed in combination.

I in finding the iPhone 7 layout to be exceptionally meh, however I do need to admit it feels really well made.

I’m nonetheless not sure approximately the taptic engine in the forged-state house button even though. I completely want non-clicky capacitive buttons to bodily buttons, however there’s nonetheless one thing decidedly bizarre approximately Apple’s implementation of vibration reaction. I’m now not completely positive why someone wishes the new button to really feel like the antique one, however it hasn’t been performed incredibly smartly.

I loved the silence transfer (or no matter what it’s referred to as) on the aspect, however that’s most certainly as a result of I turned into acquainted with it way to the OnePlus 2 and 3 (I understand Apple did it first however I’ve by no means used an iPhone ahead of). Without reference to who did it first, it’s a perfect factor that every one telephones may just take pleasure in.

iPhone 7 lightining headphones EarPods

The loss of a headphone jack – simply the so much polarizing of all iPhone 7 non-options – didn’t trouble me in the slightest although. I’ve been the use of Bluetooth headphones for years and if I sought after to make use of cabled headphones I used the lightning-supplied pair of EarPods in the field. They suck however they’re no worse than some other incorporated earbuds.

The loss of a headphone jack did not trouble me in the slightest.

If you wish to have higher sound high quality out of your top-finish cabled headphones or just aren’t partial to wi-fi, then the 3.5 mm to lightning dongle is in the field too. Up to it’s simple to get riled up approximately such things as this, it’s in reality now not a large deal. It’s a ache, sure, however it’s the least painful ache you’re ever more likely to come across.

iPhone 7 home screen app icons

As for the tool, smartly, it’s iOS. I loved discovering my means round the interface over the first few days, however I need to admit iOS isn’t precisely rocket technology to determine. I think that is one of its strengths: that it doesn’t take a genius to determine.

I began to become bored with iOS after just a week.

However sadly for me, as any person who likes somewhat complexity as a result of it presents extra keep an eye on, I began to become bored with iOS after just a week.

I used to be surprised by way of just how little there used to be to contend with in the iPhone’s device. A lock monitor you’ll be able to’t do so much with, unending house monitors stuffed with app icons, a two-tab notifications colour accessed with a swipe from the most sensible of the display and a command middle for Fast Settings buttons at the backside.

I take into account now why iPhone lovers like iOS. It’s easy, prevalent and all the time the comparable. For other people like me that’s the very antithesis of what I like in a telephone’s device. I love the novelty issue of continuously switching among producer skins, customized ROMs and inventory Android. That is why I’m pumped for the new Pixel revel in from Google and more than likely the similar explanation why I loved iOS so long as I did.

iPhone 7 back gold top camera

However as soon as that very fast studying duration is over, iOS stops giving. Now not most effective does it prevent giving, it doesn’t assist you to amendment so much of anything else both. Positive, it’s fluid and solid, however so is Android this present day, just with masses extra customization. This most likely, greater than another explanation why, is why, in week two, I began choosing up my Galaxy Word 7 or Nexus 6P increasingly.

iOS does not assist you to amendment so much of anything else. Positive, it’s fluid and solid, however so is Android in this day and age, just with masses extra customization.

Although I have just about the comparable app necessities on each and every telephone I frequently use, I nonetheless combine issues up with customized launchers, subject matters, widgets, gesture shortcuts and other layouts. I do this as a result of I like the freedom of Android. It may well be more uncomplicated to make use of the very same setup on each and every Android I personal, however that might defeat the objective of why I choose Android in the first position.

“Be in combination, now not the comparable” is Google’s Android tagline, and I love that approximately Android. So my S7 Side runs Just right Lock, my Nexus 6P is inventory Nougat, my OnePlus 3 runs Motion Launcher, my Word 7 used to be out-of-the-field “Grace UX” and so forth. So at the same time as I may just relish iOS as one choice amongst many, there used to be almost definitely by no means any probability I may just submit with it being my best selection.

iPhone 7 camera viewfinder

And so I slowly began the use of the iPhone 7 much less and not more. Via the finish of the go back and forth I used to be principally just the use of it as a hotspot for my Android telephones (its standby battery lifestyles is lovely just right, fortunately). That, and for the digital camera once in a while. I do like the iPhone 7 digital camera. However I additionally like the Nexus 6P digital camera, and the Notice 7 digital camera, and the S7 Part and the HTC 10…

The times of Apple having the absolute best phone digital camera are lengthy long past.

The times of Apple having the highest telephone digital camera are lengthy long past. However I’ve spotted over the years that iPhone lovers that used to make use of that as a number one justification for why iPhones have been so just right, don’t appear to assume being the absolute best is all that necessary now that it’s now not the case anymore.

If I discovered anything else approximately iPhones and iPhone enthusiasts over the ones couple of weeks it used to be that we’re just basically several types of folks. I’m the more or less person who likes confronting demanding situations (most probably why I like tinkering, although I’m now not nice at it), studying new issues (why I revel in making an attempt new launchers, ROMs and OEM skins) and selection (why I favor Android in the first position).

iPhone 7 gold speakers lightning port

I can get pleasure from the esteem through which Apple’s layout is held. I don’t in my opinion like the glance of the new iPhones, however I can agree that they’re well constructed. I were given bored with iOS somewhat temporarily however I too can take note how that simplicity may well be one of its biggest strengths. It’s samey and for me, dull, however it’s acquainted and dependable.


I additionally had rather a large number of other folks make a fuss approximately the reality I had the “new iPhone”. This used to be unexpected to me, as a result of the best means someone is in reality deciding on the iPhone 7 from the 6 is the absence of the horizontal antenna bands on the again (I didn’t have a jet black or matte black model). That degree of informal passerby scrutiny merely doesn’t exist with Android.

To sum the entire revel in up, the iPhone 7 is slippery and simple to drop, however it feels pricey. It seems to be necessarily just like ultimate yr’s iPhone however everybody can nonetheless pick out it out as the new iPhone. Probably the most complex iOS model ever is straightforward to wrap your head round as a result of it’s principally the comparable as it used to be remaining yr.

iPhone 7 back gold

Although the iPhone 7’s battery lifestyles, efficiency and digital camera aren’t the very best to any extent further, they’re nonetheless lovely rattling just right. However no one in the iPhone camp turns out to care that so much approximately this stuff besides. The entire thing can in reality be distilled to the age-antique dictum: you’re both an iPhone individual or an Android individual.

You are both an iPhone individual or an Android individual.

The iPhone 7 will clearly attraction to someone that already likes iPhones. If for no different explanation why than it is the new iPhone and that has a few magical cache to it. When you’re an extended-time Android fan you could, like I did, in finding a couple of issues to love approximately the iPhone 7, however, like me, will most likely battle to undergo greater than a passing fascination with it. A summer time fling that used to be by no means intended to remaining as it have been.

My sojourn to Australia is over and I’m firmly again at my table, surrounded by way of the acquainted and fun Android devices round which I make my dwelling. I’m at ease on this area, however now not as a result of it’s the comparable or as a result of it’s acquainted.

I like it right here as a result of it’s a state of continuing flux and innovation that exposes me to a wide variety of items I would possibly now not have anticipated. Once in a while, that even comprises spending time with the new iPhone. If not anything else, my temporary flirtation with the different aspect jogged my memory of just how just right I have it at house.

What do you call to mind the new iPhone? Why do you stick with Android?


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