I Just Got An iPhone and I’m Never Going Back! [Editor Says: Yeah, Right…]

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Editor’s note: Be sure to read my note at the end of the post.

On Friday, cellular carrier T-Mobile released the widely anticipated iPhone 5 to their customers. Until this point, if you wanted to own an Apple phone and use it with T-Mobile, you would have to purchase it directly from Apple or a 3rd party and unlock it to use with the carrier, which could invalidate the warranty. Now you can just walk in to your local T-Mobile store, drop $99.00 and leave with an iPhone… and pay $20 a month towards the final payment of $579.00. But don’t sweat the little things.

When Apple releases a new product, even a minor upgrade like the 4s, fans of the company line up the night before, hordes descend upon the Apple store and if you are one of the lucky few to not get trampled, you may just walk out with the latest gadget. When I decided on Friday that I would go to T-Mobile and inquire about the new phone, I psyched myself up for just such an event. Battle armor on, I made my way to the Midtown location and waltzed right in during lunch time. Phew! I missed the stampede.

A friendly associate greeted me and helped me to a customer service agent who, upon hearing me even say the word Apple, produced two boxes for me. One black, the other white. I figured these must be display models, you know, to show me the options I had for what was on back stock. Nope! I could take one home that very day. I guess the mad dash to get an iPhone for my carrier wasn’t the major event I thought it would be. In fact, the more I thought on this, I realized that the whole Apple vs. Android debate was a thing of the past. Both phones do nearly the exact same thing and people who wanted an iPhone on T-Mobile, would have gone ahead and gotten unlocked one, or switched to a carrier that supported earlier versions. My desire to stay with my cellular company, mixed with not wanting to spend nearly $600 outright on a phone made me an anomaly for the T-Mobile customer. I was *really* excited to buy my second, ever, Apple product! (I was late to the iPod game and just got one last year)

Now, going from an Android-based system to an iPhone isn’t so easy. I know Apple totes they are user friendly, but when you are used to a more complex system, no matter how much of a tech guru you are, you are still left feeling feeble and in need of a help desk. Luckily all my friends have iPhones and were able to guide me through the process, make sure I had all the must need apps (add me on LinePlay you all!), and set my phone up so it does practically everything I need ever. I can operate my TV with this thing. The future is finally here!

This thing is fast. Like, it turns on and everything is right there! My old phone, a first gen HTC Sensation 4G, took forever to boot up. My apps started to get lagged down, it would take forever just to access my email. The battery life barely lasted half a day, and when you’re an on-the-go journalist, you need a phone that can support all your calling, researching, texting and food deliveries!

Though one of the first things I replaced was Apple Maps. I’m a Google girl through and through, and once you get the hang of how Google maps works on the iPhone, you won’t use anything else. I’m also a big picture taker. The camera is on par with my old HTC, though the front facing camera has a much higher resolution. I’m still having a hard time with the layout. I like the idea of folders, because it’s easy to have your screens fill up with apps. I miss my old favorites page, but the contacts section is much better organized on the iPhone. I’ve already had late night arguments with Siri, so you know this marriage is finally sealed.

Tech capabilities aside, I’m excited to send stupid emojis to my friends, not feeling left out of group chats, and generally just be part of the Apple club. As someone who used to be anti-Apple, I can see now why people gravitate to the brand. It’s a cool little machine that does a whole lot, and how it seamlessly works with other Apple products makes you pretty reliant on it. I have no hate for my Droid cousins, and in some ways I still miss how intuitive that phone was, but after a weekend with my iPhone, I don’t ever see myself going back.

Editor’s note: Dear Meredith, you know what they say, never say never! Before saying you’re never going back, you have at least to try a current-generation Android-based smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy SIII, which I’m a proud owner of. There’s many reasons why the S3 is considered by many a better option than the iPhone 5, and let’s not forget that the S4 is right around the corner now. The iPhone is an excellent smartphone, I’m not denying that, but I think we all need to keep an open mind when it comes to gadgets, right? :)

Author’s Note: Dear Editor, I would have waited for the Galaxy S4, but my old Android broke and I needed a new phone stat. ;D

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27 Responses to I Just Got An iPhone and I’m Never Going Back! [Editor Says: Yeah, Right…]

    • Me, bitter? :) I love my phone… and I’m sure I would probably enjoy the iPhone just as much. It’s a tool, and in the end, they all do just about the same thing.

      • I’m gonna go with the Android side on this one… Most Android devices support WAY more features than the Apple devices do. Just, purely from a tech perspective, there is simply no comparison between the latest Apple devices and the latest Samsung devices.

        Latest iPhone has a dual core 1.2, while the S3 has a dual core 1.5, and the S4 will have a quad 1.9. One gig of RAM vs two. Bigger batteries, bigger screens, soon to be better cameras (13 mp as opposed to 8),

        Apple is intuitive for a new user, yes, and it does sync seamlessly with the other Apple suite of i-devices.

        But the Galaxy line in particular is superior hardware, (in my opinion) superior software, a TON more options for what you want your phone to be/do, so on. Don’t believe me? Take the SD card out of your iPhone. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

        The way i put it to my customers is that with an iPhone, you get to do EVERYTHING that Apple wants you to. With a high end android, you get to do whatever YOU want to.

  1. The s3 era phones were really the first androids to really surpass the iphone. It was a combination of the jellybean OS polish and the hardware finally catching up to the requirements of android. If you’re using a gingerbread based or even ice cream sandwich based device you’re not really giving it a fair comparison. Here’s a link to a current era journey the other way. http://www.techhive.com/article/2030042/why-i-switched-from-iphone-to-android.html

    • I dunno… I ran my HTC Hero S (otherwise known as Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G) side by side vs an iPhone 4S, a roughly same generation device. The HTC booted faster, shut down faster, and seemed more reactive to me. That, and the Plug-and-play you get with 95% of Androids made it absolutely no choice at all.

      Admittedly, the 4S had a better camera, but the Hero had more RAM, bigger screen, and was, again, Android. I’ve gotta say, HTC’s HTCSense OS is the best overlay of Android I’ve ever used, once they got the hardware to catch up to it. Even now, i run a version of HTC’s keyboard on my Samsung GS3.

      • These 5 young ladies are yours? (Saw the header on your Facebook profile.)

        If they are, you’re outnumbered six to one? Ouch. lol.

        • Yes, I have five beautiful daughters, and an amazing stay-at-home mom for a wife. I’ve got two boy cats as backup, but yeah, we’re outnumbered.

          When things get scary, we hang out in the basement. It’s truly a man-cave. Other times, we all play Just Dance in front of the fl;atscreen. They’ve got me beat for the moves. :D

  2. I’ve used both and they both get the job done. I have been a big fan of Android because of the more “openness” feel to it. Couldn’t agree more with Brandon’s last paragraph

  3. geez what a horrible story. I worked in IT all my adult life and it used to irk me when someone would compare their new Macs to their aging XP machines. Just try the S3, S4 or the HTC One before you give your “educated” opinion on it.

    • That is EXACTLY my problem! I’ll have customers come in with Androids that are 2 or 3 years old, and ask my why it can’t do what the iPhone 4S or 5 can do. Well, yaknow, the iPhone from 2 or 3 years ago couldn’t do it either… It’s like they are huntig for validation, like, “Well, obviously, since I have an (ancient) Android that can’t do it, ONLY iPhone can.”

      With that kind of logic, we should all swear off computers because the Commodore 64 can’t host a Minecraft server.

    • I could not agree more. And do not expect your $50 off contract budget Android phone to do the same as the $600 iPhone. Apples to Apples people.

  4. I recently wrote an article reviewing a film. If my editor posted the article but added their opinion at the end “Nahh you’re opinion is wrong lawlawllawl” I would beat him on the back of the skull with a lead pipe until they logged in and deleted their opinion from my article where it aint wanted. Just sayin’. Also wtf are “emojis”???

    • LOL. I posted it with her approval by the way. Plus, I’m the owner of the site. But you can ask anyone who works for me, I’m a really nice guy. :)

    • Op-ed isn’t the same without a little bit of devil’s advocate, especially in this case where the author had no bearing on other current options. It would be like writing a review on a 3D movie, when you had never seen a 3D movie ever in your life, and then calling it the greatest use of 3D effects ever made and then swearing off all other 3D movies for the rest of your life. Did anyone ever tell you to be wary of superlatives in your writing?

  5. Hmm, Seems like a case of not checking out the competition, but Android wasn’t near as full featured as it is now, when I got my iPhone. As someone who’s locked in the Apple walled garden, I have to say the view is very nice. That aside, I’ve been picking up various android tablets as a way to keep my children at bay, and they make spectacular readers, as well as the other things tablets do so well to keep kids from breaking your ipad/pod/phones. The thing that would have sold me on the iPhone 5 would have been the drop test some blogger did on Youtube a while back. The iphone stayed solid and the S3 completely shattered. I’d put either in a drop proof case but when you surround your tech with children that remind one of the gorilla from the old samsonite commercials, you do your best to protect your investment.

    • Rocking a Trident Kraken case on my S3. It’s done a cartwheel down the stairs, fallen into the (thankfully empty) tub and bounced around like a pinball, fallen onto the basement (solid cement) floor, hard enough to crack the case. i have five kids, and two of them have autism. There has been more thanone occasion where my phone has become airborne into a lath-and-plaster wall.

      Still runs BEAUTIFULLY. Not a mark on it, everything is as functional as the day i took it out of the box. I think it holds up. Also, having worked in cellular support for years, I can attest to the fact that it all depends on his the device is dropped as to whether or not the glass breaks. I would guess that with 100 iPhone 5’s and 100 GS3s being dropped side by side, we’d have an almost identical number of screens broken. I’d almost put money on it, but I’m not much of a gambling man.

      • In my completely anecdotal and unscientific survey of YouTube, I found at least three videos of dudes dropping, throwing and spiking iPhone5’s and S3’s. Very entertaining, btw. The iPhone5 makes out pretty well vs the S3 almost every time. You literally have to spike the thing into the ground to get it to come apart. The S3 explodes from anything higher than a 4′ drop. I have a Lifeproof case on my iP4 and have used griffin, Otterbox and gumdrop cases on my tablets. That doesn’t speak at all to the S3’s technical advantages. Just it’s fragile nature. I’m actually becoming very pro Android with my continued tablet use. Incidentally, not to get into a pissing match, but I too have two spectrum kiddos and they put demolition experts to shame with their destructiveness. Thus far, I’ve had to replace an LCD in a Toshiba Thrive 10″ and three otterbox cases for my sons iPad communication devices. Case makers should consider my kids for beta testers.

    • i rage slammed my motorola photon into the floor since i was having problems with it(i can have anger problems at times). The otterbox just broke, so i did it again and finally got a minor crack. i was like “wow, this can take some fkin damage”, i then proceeded to stomp on it and finally broke it. i had a “back-up” phone, HTC Evo; it didnt work either so i did same thing, and it took a beating also. these phones have more plastic making them more damage resistant(also lighter). i flipped my iPod touch(3rd gen) about 3 inches from the ground(was charging it on floor with laptop, tried to pick it up, it slipped) and immediately got a crack. i ended up getting an iPhone 4s(reasons: battery life and iTunes playlists, i love music). it was heavier yet felt more fragile. i have an otterbox defender, but i keep it in my pocket whenever im at the bar now(used to drop the crap out of my evo and photon and the plastic casing only had minor scratches)

  6. i used to really enjoy the christopher reeve superman movies from my childhood, until i saw the avengers last year…now i realize those old movies sucked.

    thanks steve jobs!

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