I am back from the Netherlands, somehow managing to get to work every day, and my house still looks like Halloween. We’ll fix that up this weekend. Hey, let’s just replace it with Christmas, shall we? Maybe not. I don’t know. We’ll see. I feel like I’m getting a cold, so maybe Halloween will hang around for a while and I’ll just lie in bed.
Anyway, this will be a little bit of a departure from my normal topics, because I really feel like I have to express mourning for the loss of my BlackBerry. I think I mentioned that my new company does not support the BlackBerry, and I needed to choose between the bigger than a baby’s head Nexus 6 or an iPhone, so I took an iPhone 6 Plus.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was actually a little excited to try an iPhone, because, well, iPhones are cool right? And of course I objected to the necessary use of iTunes and all the proprietary cabling and charging nonsense (and seriously — iPhone chargers are just stupid expensive — why, why, why?), but overall, it seemed like it would be fun.
So I’ve been using this phone for almost 2 weeks now, and oddly enough, rather than me liking it better, with each passing day, I miss my BlackBerry. I’ll go into all the reasons why in a minute, but first, here’s what I like about the iPhone: when I see something on TV that says “get the app”, I can actually get the app, and the app generally actually works. Now, with Snap and the Android player I could often do this on my BlackBerry, but not always reliably so.
But here’s what I long for from my BlackBerry days (I was using a Z30). It could be that I just don’t know how to do some of this stuff on the iPhone, so if you have suggestions to make my experience better, please let me know.
- The Hub. Oh how I miss it. All my messages — all emails, texts, BBMs, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, notifications, everything, all in one place, all the time. I keep swiping for the Hub and getting this weird search screen and the sense of loss is painful.
- The red light of love. I hate phones making noise and vibrating and chirping and doing other such nonsense. My phone can make noise when I’m getting a phone call or when I’ve deliberately set an alarm or am listening to music or something. All other noises are obnoxious. But the red light of love let me know when I had something needing my attention. In fact, it was the rainbow light of love, because I had set it up to be different colours for different types of messages — blue for BBMs, green for texts, purple for Facebook, etc. The iPhone has no light of love and that’s just weird.
- The keyboard. I thought that this would be the first thing on my list, but it turns out I don’t hate the iPhone keyboard as much as I thought I would. Which doesn’t mean I like it. I miss the word swiping, the much better and more intuitive autocorrect, the fact that it learned from what I typed and made suggestions accordingly, the comma and numbers being on the same damn keyboard as the letters and not having to hit the 123 key to get those very basic things. The iPhone is super awesome at assuming I want to replace misspelled words with random proper names that I’ve never heard of before in my life, and once it’s inserted something with an upper case letter, no amount of backspacing over that will make it stop putting an upper case letter in the middle of your sentence — you actually have to hit the damn shift key. Where the iPhone wins is that it doesn’t try to correct swearing, so bitch doesn’t get change to butch or batch.
- Sharing to Instagram. I’m pretty sure I’m missing something here, because this makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever, but why, oh why, can I not select a picture and share it directly to Instagram? I had gotten into the habit of sharing pictures to Instagram and from there checking off the share with Facebook and whatever else. It’s convenient. But not from the iPhone. No direct share to Instagram. I have to go into Instagram and select the picture from the gallery. It really blows my mind that I could share a picture to Instagram directly from my BlackBerry and THERE IS NO INSTAGRAM APP FOR THE BLACKBERRY! I was using the Android version. And speaking of sharing, my BlackBerry actually figured out which apps I shared with most often and offered them at the top of my list when I went to share a picture.
- The SD card. Why there’s this trend where phones are moving away from having an SD slot is completely beyond me. The hoops I had to jump through to get my music and pictures on to this new phone were irritating. And don’t start going on about the Cloud. I know about the Cloud and I’m using the damn iCloud, but stuff just isn’t safe in the Cloud and I’m not even some tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. If you don’t believe me, read this article. Seriously.
- The battery life. I have no idea what the hell the iPhone is doing, but I’ve never had the thing last through a whole day without dying on me. And when it gets to 20% battery life, you’re in serious trouble, even in power saving mode. And since chargers cost a small fortune, it’s not like I have them all over the place. My Z30 went all day and in power saving mode 20% battery would last me forever!
The contacts app. Again, I’m pretty sure I’m missing something here, but the only way I can figure out how to find my contacts is through the phone app.Oh wait, never mind, I just found it in a folder called “Extras”. WTF?
- The more seamless navigation. I find it hard to believe I’m saying this, but I’m finding that with the iPhone, I have to do multiple taps and go through extra screens to do stuff I could do easily with the BlackBerry. For example, on my BlackBerry, if I was reading a text message, I could click the little dots and there was an option to call the person I was texting, right there, one tap away. I can do that on the iPhone, but I have to tap “Details” which then brings up another screen, where I can then tap a phone icon to call the person.
Now I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’ll be back to my usual fodder soon.