New to iPhone from Blackberry
I am brand spanking new to the iOS world. I came over from owning a Blackberry for the past 7 years. My most recent phone was a Z10 and now I have a 16GB 5S. I decided to swap due to certain apps used for work, banking, fitness, music apps and because companies make just about everything for Apple. There are entire sections of stores devoted to Apple products and accessories. Everything I had to purchase for my Blackberry was either from Amazon or from the Blackberry site. I still love Blackberry, but they are needing to do more to keep up with consumers.
The setup on the iPhone has been pretty simple. I have already created an email account on iCloud that I am using to back up my contacts, calendar events along with other things. I set up iPhone finder and have downloaded the apps I needed for work. So far everything has been going smoothly. I do like the current size of the iPhone. It isn't that much smaller then the Z10 which I felt was a perfect size. I hope Apple keeps the 4 inch size as well a larger size when they come out with the 6 model instead of forcing everyone to go to a phablet. To me the current size fits better in pockets.
The camera on this phone is VERY good. It takes better pictures then my wife's S5.I also love how the photo gallery is set up and organizes the pictures from locations or dates. I wasn't a huge fan of the finger print scan on the home button at first but it has grown on my very quickly. I like the fact that all I have to do is touch the home button and phone unlocks and it bypasses having to input my password every time when I download an app. The screen is very vivid. The battery life is equal to what I was getting on my Z10 (4:30am to 7pm with 20-30% remaining). Siri is a huge improvement over what's on the Z10, but it isn't as smart as Google IMO. iOS 7 interface isn't as bad as what I've been reading reviews on (cartoonish). Once you change the wallpaper its easier on the eyes. The quick setting option from when you slide your finger from the bottom up is a nice touch. I just wish it was customizable as on the Z10 and you could add what settings you'd want to change on it. The lighting port is a good touch as far as not having to know which end is up and down, just slide it in and done. The build quality feels as one of the best.
iOS 7 is very simple to use and navigate around. The only thing I had trouble looking for was the battery % display option, but after some searching I was able to locate it.
My grips about the iPhone deal with how the email is set up. I can not get the keyboard to minimize. I also can not add attachments from when creating an email. I have to basically cut and paste the entire email, then go into what I want attached, hit the share icon and paste the entire email to it, hit send (WAY TO MANY STEPS). I have not figured out how to send separate attachments (picture and document) in a single email. This can just be user error, but if anyone can help with that I'd greatly appreciate it. Not being able to do this simple task to me is HUGE. This was a snap on the Z10.
I miss not having NFC. I loved sharing anything with anyone who had NFC with just a touch of the phones. I miss not being able to pay for items using my phone anymore as well. Almost the entire world uses NFC and Apple has yet to implement it to its phones. I read about some beacon thing that Apple is working on that uses Bluetooth I believe, but it isn't close to NFC. A co-worker had mentioned something about a case that allows iPhone to be used as a mobile wallet, but they couldn't remember the name of it. I searched around and found ISIS as a replacement but need to do some more research on it.
IMO the home button is a negative. This maybe because all I had to do was swipe on the Z10 and it became second nature to open, move from app to app and close them out fully in a second. I don't really like having to click the home button to get out of an app, double click to get apps running in the background and then swipe them closed (again to many steps).
If Apple would buy out Blackberry and implement some of their new UI (10.2) into iOS it would be the ultimate phone. In the mean time I am happy with the swap after 2 weeks into iOS. If Blackberry would get off their a** and get onto developing better native apps then I'd swap back.