- Asonta Benetti bought the iPhone 13 Max Pro in January after avoiding Apple products for 10 years.
- Benetti was tired of the constant issues with cheaper Android devices and moved to Apple.
- After months of use, she has taken apart the things she loves and can do without on the new machine.
After more than a decade of resisting joining the Apple community, I finally gave up and bought the iPhone 13 Pro Max in January 2022.
I was never a supporter of Apple during its rise to popularity in the late 2000s, ignoring its products and products.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve bought smartphones from Google, Samsung, and LG in an attempt to dodge the ubiquitous iPhone.
But when my LG Stylo 5 started failing after two short years, I decided it was time to bite the bullet. I needed a reliable device to work, and the last few Android phones, some cheaper and some not, were riddled with problems.
I just bought the new iPhone 13 Pro from blue Sierra.
With my new iPhone in the past few months, I’ve been surprised by what it still surprises me with and what fun additions it has to my daily life.
These are the things I like and dislike the most about my new iPhone.
Siri is very sensitive
I am not a fan of virtual assistants. However, as a writer, I use dictation to speak to text. To use dictation on the iPhone, it requires keeping the virtual assistant enabled.
This was the same on my Android device, however, it was rare for me to accidentally sign up for the virtual assistant functionality.
On the other hand, Siri is somehow enabled via different methods every time the phone is in my hands. Not helping is the way I instinctively want to turn the phone off, simply by holding the long side button down, is what prompts Siri now, which can be somewhat frustrating.
iOS keyboard reduces misspellings
On previous Android phones, I’ve tried several keyboards and keyboard sizes, trying to find one that doesn’t leave sentences full of misspellings. I’ve either found it’s less sensitive or the letters aren’t quite the right size to keep me from constantly punching another character.
With my last phone, I would constantly end sentences with an “M” rather than the dot just below it. So when I clicked the first text on my iPhone, I was thrilled with how fast and error-free my message was.
It might just be the way I hit my keys, but the iOS keyboard has worked better for me over the past few months than in years with Android keyboards.
The calculator app is very simple and poorly designed
Like most people, I haven’t owned an actual calculator since my math class many years ago.
I rely on my phone’s calculator which has not been an issue on my Android devices. The entire equation is displayed on the screen where I can re-check and fix any errors.
Now, once you move to the next number in the equation, the rest disappears. I can’t see the total breakdown.
After doing some research, I know that if I go to a Spotlight search, I can write an equation and display the entire string. I am confused as to why this function is not found in the calculator app. I’m also missing how I can easily access the history of calculations in the calculator app on my Android device.
I am impressed with Apple Stocks and I use it daily
When switching from my Android device, I had to re-download all my apps. I don’t use many apps daily, but I needed a stocks app to keep an eye on my investments.
I was pleasantly surprised that it could be scratched off my download list because Apple’s built-in Stocks app is very easy to use.
The stock widget is perfect for the first few icons I want to monitor. The setup is basic, with real-time updates to my watchlist of the stocks I follow, and a collection of well-curated news stories.
Volume buttons do more for less on your Android device
One of the things I loved about my Android device was the ability to use the volume down button to lower the volume, put it on vibrate, and then put it on silent.
All these functions can be done seamlessly with a single button.
iPhone has complicated simple task setup notification sounds with a silent bell switch and options in Settings for when to use vibration and when not to.
Trying to figure out which volume button turns the phone off and which button takes a screenshot in combination with this other side button remains a mystery to me.
The iPhone does what is written on the box surprisingly well
A smartphone, whatever its type, should function as a phone above all else.
Speaking on speakerphone with my iPhone is much clearer than I’ve experienced with previous phones. Love the submenu option that pops up instantly on a call asking how do I want to transmit audio – car
hands-free speakerphone, or through earphones.
When I use the OG method to hold the phone to my ear, it doesn’t somehow injure my throat with a myriad of buttons by accident like it did with my Android devices.
At the end of the day, I can trust the phone’s functionality to work as a phone and consistently work well.