I received my new iPhone lunchtime last Friday, which quite honestly, derailed my attention for a couple of hours. If you don’t read on, just know that I think it’s by far the best mobile phone I’ve ever owned.
I’m sure time will tell, but right now I can’t fault the phone – except for its exceedingly clunky title. The enormous screen is stunning – bright and super easy to read. I can also navigate it fairly easily, since the handset itself is a reasonable size. Bye bye to bezels!
The first thing I noticed when taking it out of the (immaculate, standard Apple) packaging was its weight. It definitely feels heavier but also sturdier than previous models. You’ll know when this is in your pocket, which is no bad thing. I’m not sure I’ll be slipping it into the back pocket off my skinny jeans as easily as I did with the iPhone X, and the leather case I got from Apple does make it even bigger.
As a result, I’ll probably eBay that case and go with something thinner and lighter. I’m really careful with my phones and all I want is to protect the back from scratches.
The screen is simply fantastic and this 42 year old’s eyes appreciate not having to squint when I look at it in the morning. I’m amazed that an increase of less than an inch in screen size has had such an impact on how I perceive it. But then again, I’m a fan of big screens. It’s a breeze to read from and I even got stuck into a book on the Kindle app the other evening. Not something I’ve done with the iPhone X.
Set up was an absolute breeze. I just had to lay the phone next to my existing iPhone X and all information (iCloud account, wifi passwords etc) was copied across. Thank you, Apple for making this a much easier step in the set-up process. I’ve no idea how it worked, just that it worked and was magical.
My first few hours with the phone were spent on a train from London to Edinburgh, so I had to battle with dodgy wifi. But once I was in the city, the lightning fast performance was obvious. I’m still setting it up – as in, organising apps and removing old apps I’ve decided I don’t really use any more.
If I had to identify a single criticism of this phone it’s that it’s a complete fingerprint magnet! After just a few minutes of use, the rear class look like a particularly filthy toddler had been playing with it. And I swear my hands are not that dirty! Once I had a case on it, it looked great again.
I’m sure I’ll be back in the coming weeks and months with a fuller report on how I’m getting on with the phone.
As you can tell, so far, I’m delighted.