Here's what I think iPhone 7 after a month of use

after my first experience with the iPhone SE , I also took a little time to test the iPhone 7. This experience is designed to give the point of view of an experienced Android smartphone user. So I will pretend like I changed my OS. And I wish to say one thing to start: if I really did change, I think that my Nexus 6 p would miss me a lot.

What I like about the iPhone…

The backup feature is always unmatched

after unpacking the iPhone 7 and inserted my SIM card, I turned on the device. The installation wizard asked me if I wanted to restore my data and my apps. This is how I could get my TEXTS, my applications, my background, my contacts, my conversation history and all my settings, as I had left them four months ago on the iPhone OS.

If I went from the Nexus 6 p to, for example, a Google Pixel, this would not have been possible. The wizard has reinstalled the apps I had on the old phone. But I also had to set them up again one – login, password, and settings. So, with 50 applications, it takes so much time to space out these tasks over a few days. Usually, I start from scratch and I install applications as and when. Sometimes, I don’t make the effort to transfer messages SMS or WhatsApp to new devices, no not really worth the trouble.

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once again, the camera of the iPhone 7 is very good… © AndroidPIT

a camera to the level

two very good arguments of shopping for an iPhone have always been its class design and the excellent quality of my camera. It takes snapshots of consistent quality, works without delay in taking photo, and can be activated from the lock screen without needing to get the PIN.

On the other hand, the Photos app, however, is not as interesting as my counterpart Android. It’s only now that I understand how to rename an album, or update permissions to view. From my point of view, most of the functions are not very well integrated. Which brings us to the next point.

What I like least about the iPhone…

Applications are not really best

application developers really understand now how Android is important. There are still many applications that work best on the iPhone than on Android devices, but if we look at many recent examples, we’re dealing with this problem.

The last time that the use of an application made me frustrated, was with Multicity, specialized in car pools, but the latest version has solved these problems and, thanks to Material Design, saw its aesthetic perfectly integrated into the specifications of Android applications. And what one success story among others.

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the quality of Android applications improves through the Material Design. © AndroidPIT

Google applications are still second-rate apps

the iPhone integrates your Facebook and Twitter accounts directly in the main settings. None of this with your account Google. You must register for each app of major competitors individually, hence the integration of services in the iOS environment does not really work. Here, a transition smoothly to the iPhone for those who previously used an Android device is virtually impossible.

The Google/Android to Apple/iOS transition involves a complete break. Best to do, is to save all your data and not to use your Google account. Apple has its own closed ecosystem. The transition will be better if you adopt it completely. It is at this point that services like AirPlay, iMessage, iCloud, Home and Apple TV are becoming more practical, and instill clients an effect of innate satisfaction, to be able to exclaim, “Hey, it works”.

The new Home button makes the operations on iPhone yet more comedians

like the iPhone Home button 7 Apple is more physical, he now relies on a sensor Touch ID. The installation wizard lets you select the adjustment of your footprint. All those to whom I showed it found this weird system.

Navigation with a single button, this is not about me

what do you think?

Without transition none, the total absence of a ‘return’ on a smartphone touch is totally impractical, in my opinion. Fortunately, iOS applications adhere to the specifications of Apple design, where the ‘back’ button is placed in the upper-left corner of the app. On the 4.7-inch iPhone screen 7, you can only access this key by using the other hand, because we can’t take the risk of falling for an expensive phone.

Moreover, the “recent” button added with the Android 7.x update proved to be a great help from heavy iPhone ergonomics. If you want to return to another application on the iPhone, you have to press Home twice in an interval of 300 milliseconds, and then select the screen to the other application. On devices Android Nougat, there is press this key twice to access the recently opened applications. The active application then places below and the new comes to the foreground.

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the Lightning mini-jack adapter: a bad joke. © AndroidPIT

helmets only with an adapter

the included adapter, which is plugged between the helmet and the Lightning of the iPhone port, is much too thin. I think he’s going to break after six months of intensive use. As I have tested a lot of Bluetooth headset, it does me not help also. But I wouldn’t rely on the adapter, especially when a replacement cable costs 10 euros and it is impossible to use it while recharging the iPhone.

Autonomy is too low

I don’t like the autonomy of the iPhone 7. The Galaxy S7 or Xperia XZ take much longer. And even the Honor 8 proven as noble on this side competitor there, for half the price. Thanks to the power of Tronsmart, that didn’t bother me too much because I was always able to recharge on the go. But new customers will be surprised to see how much the iPhone will turn off late in the day because of an empty battery.

Conclusion after my first impressions

I do always not in the Apple ecosystem. The operation, from my point of view, is more complicated than with any Android device. The battery is too low. The integration of Google services is quite shabby and creates a slow and uncomfortable transition between the two systems.

The biggest asset of the iPhone, of course, discovered when you start to use the iCloud. But I’m not ready yet to start, especially if that means that I’ll have to do with the ecosystem eventually. Android devices are not perfect on their operation, but they are more configurable, offer a wider choice of applications, Cards microSD, of cheap accessories, and you can even copy MP3s on my smartphone and listen to them later with headphones connected with a mini-jack. Why should I give up such liberties?

I’ll do a test further the iPhone in the coming days. Feel free to advise me things I should try in the comments.

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