A Week With The Enemy: iPhone 4S (Days 3 & 4)
After a long day rendered me tired and without internet on my laptop, I was unable to make a post for Day 3 of this series. However, without internet on my laptop, I resorted to the iPhone to see how smoothly it could replicate the tasks that I had planned on doing. After downloading the Twitter and Facebook applications, I quickly realized that they were almost identical to the applications on Android, except for the modified navigation due to the lack of buttons on the iPhone.
There wasnt much to complain about, other than the tiny screen that somehow managed to squeeze a keyboard in (how did I go a year with a Cliq?). The keyboard, while responsive and spaced out, is a little hard to use, especially after using phones like the Galaxy Nexus and Epic 4G Touch. The 4S did do a pretty good job at loading pages on Safari though, and the pinch-to-zoom feature is much smoother than that of an Android powered device. I feel that Apple focused more on creating a safe and simple ecosystem for the average user, while Android made things slightly more complicated to give users a more powerful choice in the long run. While the screen could be a little bit bigger, the Retina resolution is outstanding. While some manufacturers like HTC boast about the qHD 960 by 540 resolution on phones with 4.3-inch displays (HTC One S), Apple has a 960 by 640 resolution on a 3.5-inch device. The games and overall UI of the iPhone are amazing with Retina.
Last but not least; Siri.
When Apple introduced the 4S, they worked a lot to market Siri, the voice assistant that contains artificial intelligence that allows it to pick up on regular speech, unlike some voice control systems. While Siri is a fun thing to use for 15 minutes when youre trying to kill time, I dont think I would use it too much. Along with all the kids in my school that have a 4S, I used it for a little bit, and then let it hide for the rest of the time without even thinking of opening it. I think of Siri as the 3D displays that showed up last year. Its cool to have, but it isnt exactly necessary, and I dont see myself using it too much.
That wraps up Days 3 & 4, let me know how Im doing and tell me if theres anything youd like to see in the comments!