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TweakTown's Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | Phones in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 27, 2014 1:47 pm
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Apple

iOS - The Biggest Fault With the New iPhones


In my original iPhone piece, I spent a considerable amount of time talking about my time with Android, and that I was "walking into camp iPhone". Well, consider yourself warned, because from here on out, it's all out bashing on how truly weird, and unintuitive iOS is.


If you're coming from an iPhone, most of this won't apply to you, because you don't know what you're missing, or don't mind not having it. Coming in from Android, where I'm in a free roam environment, with a much more customized OS, iOS is just so... backwards.




For starters, the Settings part of the iPhone is just a god damn mess. There's so many things to play with, and for a phone that sells itself (and is known by people) as less complicated than Android, I can safely say it's not. Maybe I'm too used to the better structure of Android and its settings, which feels much more intuitive and safe to play around with, but just take a look at the Settings options above, and below in the images, because there's a lot.




There's nothing to tell me what categories they fall into - with everything to do with connectivity slapped up the top. We have Aeroplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and so forth, but no "Wireless & Networks" category that it falls into, unlike Android. Then we have General, Display & Brightness, Wallpaper, Touch ID and more - but no category. I would find it much easier to tune my iPhone if I knew which section to quickly dive to.



First Things First, Fix Your Menus, Apple


Apple does this because iOS apps don't have a Settings option inside of them, which is really, really weird coming in from Android. So for example, if you want to change a setting within Safari, you would have to press the Home button, navigate to Settings, scroll down to Safari, and then start playing around.


Android on the other hand, if I wanted to get to settings within Chrome, I would be in Chrome and just tap the three dots in the top right and have settings right there in front of me in a single tap.




Then we come to things like back navigation within apps, where I'll use Safari once again as an example. Safari acts great here, as the navigation bar is at the bottom. We have back, forward, Share, Bookmarks, and finally, a button to access your other tabs.


But then we go into an app like Gmail, and the menu system is in the top left, meaning that I have to stretch my hand all the way up to the top left, or use a second hand. It also creates a massive wedge between apps, as it feels like I'm using a bi-polar smartphone at times. Compared to Android, where every single app has the same menu buttons or layout, it is almost impossible to deal with.


Even going to something like Control Center, and then Timer, I cannot go back... I have to slide up from the bottom to once again enter the menu.



Notification Center


Android's notifications are just so good, that when you arrive on camp iOS, you find yourself completely disorientated. To get to the Notification Center, you tap and slide down from the top of the screen, which brings up two options: Today, and Notifications.




In Today, we have a nice rundown of what your plans and schedule has up for you. It clearly tells you the date, which is something I liked, but other than that - it's just a basic rundown of your Calendar, Stocks, Reminders, and your schedule for tomorrow. You can edit some of these options and take some things out, but you can't add much in at all, which is another limitation Apple forces upon you.


Notifications is nice, but it simply doesn't even scratch the surface of what Google puts in front of you when sliding down with one tap. You have missed calls, and whatever notifications hit your iOS device, which is a lot if you choose it to let the iPhone spam you with notifications from every single application on your device.



Control Center


Something that I use virtually every day on Android is Quick settings, where I can enable or disable various functions on my phone such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi Hotspot, and more. Apple's equivalent is Control Center, where you have some control of your iOS-powered device.




Within Control Center, you can enable or disable: Aeroplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb mode, and the rotation lock for the screen, and adjust the screens brightness. Auto brightness is missing, so you can only slide the brightness bar up and down to your liking. To edit the auto brightness feature, you'd have to go to the mess that is Settings.


Whatever media player is running in the background can be accessed from Control Center, be it iTunes, Spotify or YouTube. AirDrop is accessed through Control Center, and then we have four options which are just shortcuts to other applications.


From left to right, we have a Flashlight app (nice work, Apple!), a timer, calculator and a shortcut to access the camera.



It's Not All Bad - iOS 8 Has Some Beautiful Animations


Some of the animations in iOS are quite slick, such as when you're opening a new app and it zooms into the icon, and zooms out of it when closing it. It's a nice touch, as it makes you feel and recognize which exact application you're going into, and coming out of.

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