Switch back to iPhone
I have owned several Apple products over the years. To be honest, I never saw anything special about them – other than they were less likely to be hacked than competing products. That said, the brand’s last item I used was the iPad 2nd edition, for maybe a year. It was fine at the time. I also bought an iPhone 4, but eventually moved to a number of different Android phones. Since I migrated to a Chromebook for my laptop seven years ago, Android phones have worked seamlessly with it and Google Drive ever since. But several relatives recently convinced me to try an iPhone again—in an effort to keep communication fluid and compatible with their phones. So I found someone nice enough to lend me her now unused iPhone SE2 and I traded. How long I stay here remains to be seen. It’s been two weeks and I have some initial thoughts.
Moving apps and data was easier than expected. I tried using an app to make the promise, but it failed on Apple’s end. Just ended up doing it manually. Honestly, I don’t use too many apps. Re-entering passwords was a bit intimidating, but Apple saves them after the first use – like Google, giving me the ability to keep it in the chain.
My main concerns were scanning files, which I usually do on Google Drive, and dictating articles into my phone and editing them on the screen, which I often do. Scanning to iPhone and into Google Drive takes one extra step than I had before, but it’s no big deal. I think the scans are lower quality on the SE2, probably because the camera pales in comparison to the Android camera I had. I can safely say that dictation on the iPhone is terrible compared to Google. Not even close, in terms of accuracy. And because the SE2 screen is small, editing files is definitely more difficult. Plus on Android the process of placing a cursor in text files is a breeze. On the iPhone it’s terrible. I often get back into a text file only to be able to start over from scratch. And while I’m on the subject, I love the SE2’s tiny form factor—it’s light, thin, and fits easily in your pocket—despite the fact that I’m not able to edit files well on it.
The poor dictation extends into iMessage. Can’t even begin to tell you how many error filled texts I’ve sent out – not a good sign for a professional writer. Even after I think I’ve edited texts, I’ll send them out and find that the app somehow restored the errors. WTH? Android also allows me to reply directly to a single text bubble with colorful and animated emojis. iMessage, from what I’ve seen, lets me reply the same way just with grey-white still images. I was surprised by this.
My other big impression is that the iPhone is much more reliable than any Android phone I’ve used. Apps seem to work well and are solidly built, whereas on Android I feel like things can go wrong at any time – even on the big finance and travel apps. Which is scary when it’s your money at stake. Ironically, Google’s own selection of apps works very well on the iPhone.
Finally, the SE2’s camera is both good and bad. I love being able to silhouette objects in a photo and text them to others. It has actually been very helpful for my work. Plus the camera app is easy to use and easy to navigate. While I feel that the camera quality of my last Android phone is superior, I realize that the SE2 is now an old model. I have seen pictures from the iPhone 14 and they are quite spectacular.
For me, the verdict is still out. I will try to figure out the iPhone because I want the family to be happy. But there is definitely a learning curve,