iPhone Is One Hell of a Drug

Sat 27 Apr 2019, 23:54

I've been feeling like I want an iPhone again lately. I've gone far enough to put a iPhone 8 in the basket, but never hitting the "checkout" button.

I would like an iPhone 8, because it has a home button. I miss the classic rectangular, no notch, home button iPhone. They're so elegant and classic.

So what's holding me back?

Well, for starters the iPhone 8 is pretty old at this point. While it's a great phone, it would suck to get it now and then next month there's a new one.

I don't really miss iOS particularly, but at the same time I do, there's something about the simplicity, the lockdown and the security and privacy.

I do really miss the iOS keyboard. Gboard on Android was really good in the beginning but as time has gone on I feel like it has stopped correcting obvious mistakes and just predicts wrong. Selecting text on Android also sucks; it was so nice to do with 3D Touch on iPhone.

I also miss how notifications were handled on iPhone. I still don't like how there's multiple places where you can configure notifications on Android: there's the settings in "Settings" and then there's the in-app settings, sometimes they link together, sometimes one sends you to another... it's just so inconsistent that I have no idea how my notifications are set up.

And then there's the whole Apple community. The hype around events, and new big apps. Sure, Android has the same things but it's just not the same. I guess it's because I don't know the big players in the Android space. But the Apple community simple feels more tightly knit and more right for me.

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And still listening to Apple focused podcasts probably doesn't help. It was fun listening to an Apple podcast and hearing them mention some new trick or feature and then trying it for yourself. When I'm with my Android phone I have to pretend I know what they're talking about.

But the messed up part is that I think Android is more usable. Having access to the entire file system, copying files over USB, Spotify syncing better in the background, customizing default apps, fast charging, more verbose, Google Photos syncing immediately, Play Store refunds, and so on and so on. Android works alot better I think.

But despite that, I don't like using it.

Because of all this I'm fairly sure the next phone I'll get will be an iPhone again. Part of it is also that I have bashed Android for years and now I've turned to the dark side. It just doesn't feel right. I feel like I'm a hypocrite.

I really hope Apple releases a new iPhone that has a home button and has no notch. Basically just take the iPhone 8 and throw the latest and greatest CPU in there. I'd be very interested.