A month of iPhone
As of today, it's been a month since I got my iPhone 14 Pro Max, my first iPhone since the iPhone 6 I had years ago. In the interim, I've used Windows Phone and Android, my last three phones being a Pixel 2 XL, a Pixel 3 XL, and a Pixel 5. Here are some of my observations thus far.
First, it's great having a larger phone again. I mean, it's really great having a larger phone again. My 57-year-old eyes are grateful.
Second, it's nice having the battery life that comes with a newer and larger phone. No more constant charging.
Third, Apple has fixed some of the things that used to drive me nuts about iOS. I can finally set my own default apps, for one thing, which was a dealbreaker before. And the keyboard will accept swipe-style entry. FINALLY.
I'm less thrilled that iOS still makes app icons snap to a grid automatically and you can't place them where you want. That's an Android feature I miss. Also, I'll say this and you can disagree but you will be wrong: Android handles notifications better. I'm adapting, but the iPhone just isn't as good with them. Siri isn't as good as Google Assistant, and I've given up some of the integration with Google apps that you get on a Pixel. I also prefer the organization of settings in Android to the dog's breakfast you get on iOS. If you're an iPhone user who's never used an Android device, you don't know what you're missing.
The price was astonishing, more so since I upgraded the storage, and it cost more than my laptop. That being said, it really is my primary computer these days, so it was justifiable in my eyes.
And finally, this thing is heavy. Not so heavy that it's really a problem, but heavy enough that it's noticeable. Stainless steel is nice, but I kind of wish it was titanium.
Overall, though, I'm pretty happy. I switched for a couple of reasons. The first and biggest was support. Don't underestimate the value of being able to walk into an Apple Store if you have a problem. Google offers coverage, yes, but it's third-party and simply not as good. I speak here from experience.
The second reason is that I'm now the sole surviving son of my mother, who just moved to be closer to us and who has an iPhone and an iPad. It's important that she be able to contact me if need be, and she never really understood why she couldn't use iMessage on her iPad to send a text to my Android phone. She's in her eighties, and just getting her used to the technology was huge. We need to make the rest of it as easy as possible.
And that's about it. Can a longtime Android and Windows Phone user find long-term happiness with an iPhone? We'll find out. So far it's promising.
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