1. nucks26's Avatar
    (Specifically my iPhone X)

    Historically, I am a big BlackBerry fan. In fact, I'm quite active in the CrackBerry forums. I've used pretty much every BlackBerry device that has come out since my time in high school, which is basically the bold 9700 and after.

    Recently, I've been juggling many different phones. I definitely change phones way more often than the average person. For the better part of 2017, I was using a BlackBerry KEYone in my pocket. I eventually got a good deal on a Google Pixel 2XL, which I used for the first several months of 2018. I actually really enjoyed the Pixel. It was a great feeling knowing that whenever I wanted to capture a moment of my life with its camera, it wouldn't let me down.

    However, I traded the Pixel straight up for a brand new Galaxy S9+. The trade made absolute sense for me due to the higher value the S9+ holds (I was planning on just selling it and returning to my KEYone.) However, I received another offer for a straight trade for an iPhone X. This one intrigued me because I hadn't used iOS in two years, and I didn't want to spend the money on a brand new one. The iPhone X was the only iPhone I would have considered at the time because I felt Apple's biggest flaw in recent years was their inability to change the hardware design. Many android devices were simply better (and more often than not, cheaper).

    Because I used a KEYone for the most of 2017 and really enjoyed it, I was looking forward to this year's KEY2. However, after using a Google Pixel 2XL, the camera for me has become an absolute priority; the KEY2 simply didn't cut it for me. I briefly used a Galaxy Note 9, but again, I didn't want to drop $1,400 CAD on the thing, so I returned it. I already had an iPhone X.

    So, after all of that, here is why I keep going back to iOS, and specifically the iPhone X:

    1) iMessage: I cannot stress enough how important iMessage is. I still cannot believe how long it has been on the market and how Google has failed to offer an alternative still in 2018. I understand how much more challenging it is to have this on android because of all the different vendors, but it's still mind boggling that they haven't found a solution. RCS is slowly being implemented via carriers; that is a step in the right direction.

    The reason I used BlackBerry products in the past was because they kept me connected the best. BlackBerries always seemed to have cell service when other devices didn't, BBM kept me connected in real time, and the batteries lasted all day.

    Today, with BlackBerry android devices, the battery still lasts all day, but BBM is no longer relevant. iMessage, to me, is a necessity. I live in a border town in Canada, and I frequently cross the border into the U.S. Rather than pay for my roaming charges, I know that I can send a message to anyone who has an iPhone when I connect to wifi. Not all of my contacts have WhatsApp, not all of them have Facebook, not all of them have Snapchat or Instagram; however, most of them do have iPhones.

    2) Reliability

    Although iOS isn't nearly as customizable as Android, I've always wanted a reliable smartphone that just works whenever I need it. That's Apple in a nutshell really; it just works. Android has gotten way better in recent years, but the Apple ecosystem can always be relied on.

    3) Airdrop

    Being a student, I'm constantly sending files to all my different devices. On my android phones, I would have to send something to my Google Drive or Dropbox, and then sign on to it on my mac, locate the file... it was just tedious. AirDrop works so well.

    4) Camera

    My Pixel 2XL had the better camera; however, the iPhone X is now slouch. It's camera mixed with an unmatched messaging and social media experience is why I've stuck with the iPhone.

    5) Display

    Finally an OLED display on an iPhone, right? I also really enjoy the large screen in a smaller footprint. I missed being able to navigate a phone with one hand but still being able to have a large screen for media consumption. It is amazing that the iPhone X has a larger display than previous Plus models.

    Now for the negatives:

    1) FaceID

    Straight up, I do not like FaceID. I do not see how it is any faster or more secure than TouchID. It works decently well for me, but it's not nearly as successful as TouchID was. I used to be able to pull out my phone and immediately find the home button with my thumb without even looking at it. I think Apple opted for FaceID with the X because they thought a fingerprint sensor on the back would be ugly. I'm not even kidding, I think that was their only reason.

    Overall, I will be sticking with iOS for now. The Pixel 3 and 3XL is extremely disappointing for me, and the Note 9 is too expensive. The only thing right now that would lure me back to Android would be a killer black friday deal on a Note 9 (maybe with a free Galaxy Watch?).

    Thanks for reading my rant!
    10-18-2018 02:05 PM
  2. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    Personally, I love FaceID. I pick up my phone and I am using it right away. I dont even think about it anymore. The only time I have an issue is when I am in bed and trying to unlock my phone sideways but hopefully that will be fixed soon with a software update.
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    10-18-2018 02:20 PM
  3. nucks26's Avatar
    Personally, I love FaceID. I pick up my phone and I am using it right away. I dont even think about it anymore. The only time I have an issue is when I am in bed and trying to unlock my phone sideways but hopefully that will be fixed soon with a software update.
    I’m sure every face has a different experience with FaceID. My success rate just isn’t anywhere near it was with TouchID.
    10-18-2018 08:22 PM
  4. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    I’ve heard some people having issues with FaceID, I have never been one of those either. And FaceID is even better on my XS Max. I digress though, glad to hear you’re enjoying your X. I used to use Blackberry back in the day too. A Curve 8520, Bold 9700, and a Bold 9900.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    10-18-2018 10:18 PM
  5. flyinion's Avatar
    Glad to hear you're loving the X as well. I love mine too. I started out on Android, then tried a Windows Lumia 1020 for a bit which I mainly went for due to the camera. I enjoyed the "it just works aspect" of WP8 at the time, but, well, the app support sucked. Then major players started actually pulling their apps from the platform. I ran back to Android. I still kept hearing how iOS apps were more polished/etc. though and when the 6s series came out I decided to jump ship and I've been here since. As far as FaceID vs. TouchID I've had an infinitely better experience with FaceID. For whatever reason I just constantly had issues with TouchID and was extremely happy to get rid of it.
    aximtreo likes this.
    10-19-2018 06:18 PM
  6. DEman19901's Avatar
    The only reason that I am still using an iPhone is because of the Apple watch. Love my watch,hate IOS. So I continue to use both IOS and Android. With that being said, If Samsung decides to ever make another Google phone along with a square/rectangle watch, I´d probably be done with IOS for good until it gets a MAJOR OVERHAUL.
    10-19-2018 08:08 PM
  7. nucks26's Avatar
    The only reason that I am still using an iPhone is because of the Apple watch. Love my watch,hate IOS. So I continue to use both IOS and Android. With that being said, If Samsung decides to ever make another Google phone along with a square/rectangle watch, I´d probably be done with IOS for good until it gets a MAJOR OVERHAUL.
    Interesting opinion. I’ve always wanted to try an Apple Watch but I could never justify the price for another device to bother me during my day. I briefly had the LG Watch Style but it was absolutely terrible. The battery couldn’t even get me through a day.
    10-19-2018 11:45 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I will continue using iOS and an iPhone for the foreseeable future because both fits ‘me’ and my smartphone likes quite well so there is no reason for me to try to fix what’s not broken. ....
    mumfoau, Spencerdl and kataran like this.
    10-20-2018 08:08 AM
  9. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I'll be holding onto the 7 Plus a while longer. I'm not sold on FaceID so all the new devices are off the table. For Me, iOS just works. And I was an Android user from day one.
    10-20-2018 08:29 AM
  10. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I'll be holding onto the 7 Plus a while longer. I'm not sold on FaceID so all the new devices are off the table. For Me, iOS just works. And I was an Android user from day one.
    My ex-wife got the G1 when it was released, but I was I was all BlackBerry during that time. Still, I do recall marveling at the G1, but I ended up going with an iPhone 3G.
    mumfoau likes this.
    10-20-2018 08:48 AM
  11. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Apple and I work well together and my foreseeable future this is where I will be.
    Just_Me_D, aximtreo and kataran like this.
    10-20-2018 10:49 AM

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