A lot of you were asking me why I switched to Android after returning to iOS in less than a week, so I decided to share my reasons. To keep things simple, I divided this post into 3 parts. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
I've always been a fan of technology. I saved up for months to get the first iPhone, which I loved using for quite some time before it started to show its age and I started looking for something else. After using Android for a while, I got bored and decided to give the iPhone a shot. I had been hearing some very good things about the new iPhone 6S, so I thought to give it a shot. I almost instantly noticed how good the apps were on iOS. Yes, Android does have most apps you need, but the quality of applications on iOS is much better, which is definitely one of the perks of being an iPhone user. Apps opened smoothly on the iPhone 6S, and I didn't really notice any lag. The only sluggish part of the experience was Spotlight search. I found that very odd, but amusing nonetheless.
Say what you want about Apple products, but Apple has always offered one of the best cameras in smartphones. I'd say iPhones have had the best cameras until earlier this year when offerings from Samsung and LG finally proved to be a worthy competition. From the camera app to the end result, everything just worked. Photos turned out great almost all the time and I didn't have to mess around with the settings too much to get a good picture. The slow motion feature is also pretty awesome but I wouldn't recommend shooting in that mode at night unless you have a proper light source.
I had no problems during calls. Everything was crystal clear and the size of the phone is perfect for calls.
Sadly nothing is perfect in life. That's just how things work, especially when it comes to consumer devices when companies don't offer new features because of the product roadmap.
The iPhone 6S is missing some key features such as wireless charging, optical image stabilization (OIS), and fast charging, but I won't take those in account as this is not a comparison between Apple and its competition.
The User Interface
The iOS Interface went through a dramatic facelift a couple years ago with the introduction of iOS 7. Icons became flat and everything just got more easy on the eyes. However, the usability went down. Yes, widget support is good in the notification bar, but it isn't really the best solution as users have to pull down the notification bar each time and scroll through the widgets. Apple introduced the swipe left to go back feature, but it doesn't work everywhere. There were quite a few times I tried swiping from the left edge only to be stuck on the same page. This left me with no choice but to press the home button, until I realized I could go back by tapping on the tiny text on the top left side of the screen. I got used to this behavior on the apps I commonly used, but every time I installed a new app, I had to look at the screen before navigating back.
Same thing applies to the swipe up gesture from the bottom of the screen. Every time I tried to change the song I was listening to while typing something, I had to close the keyboard to swipe up as the phone would think I was typing something.
The iPhone 6S is a beautiful device to look at, no doubt about it. But it is not comfortable and easy to hold in the hand because of the soap like shape. As someone who doesn't like putting a case or skin on my phone, I almost dropped my iPhone a few times because of how slippery it was.
Now this is where things got interesting. You might be wondering what pushed me over the edge as I haven't really said anything that might come off as a deal breaker to a user. But folks, here it is.
I work as a marketing guy at a tech startup. Needless to say I receive a lot of emails, direct messages, and tasks. The way iOS handles Notifications seems like it was an afterthought at Apple HQ. Notifications are grouped by day if you have a lot of those, or you checked the notifications in app, but forgot to remove those from the notification center. Because Apple doesn't show when you received a notification on the status bar, it is almost impossible to know what's new unless you go through your apps and look at the notification counter for each application or swipe down and then right to look scroll through all Notifications. Also, it isn't easy to dismiss a notification either. You have to swipe right on the notification and tap on the tiny x icon for individual Notifications or tap on the x for each day to dismiss all Notifications for that day.
Yes, security is a big concern and whatnot... but at least let me choose a default browser? It has improved over the past few years with the introduction of third party keyboards, but I wish Apple allowed me to choose which app I wanted to use as default.