This is the second part of my journey to the “other side” and now I will talk about the things that I like on the iPhone. You can find the first part here.
Let’s get started, shall we?
This phone has a great camera. One of the best that I have used. Yes, the settings are not in the camera application, and you have to go in the Settings every time. Once you set your preferences, however, you just have to point and shoot. As simple as that.
Here you can see the comparison that I made between the iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. You will see that these two probably have the best cameras right now and only LG V30 and Google Pixel XL can come close.
The Touch ID
The touch ID is just great. It works every time, and it is super fast. You can use it for unlocking your phone, for payments in your local store, for customer data verification and probably something else which I don’t know about yet. The fingerprint sensor in the S8 Plus is also pretty good. However, there is something in the Touch ID which gives it a slight advantage.
The Haptic Feedback
You can ‘feel’ what the phone is doing. This is probably the best feature in iPhone 8. I just love it.
A simple task, like refreshing a feed, activates the Taptic engine, which produces a small but noticeable vibrate action, which feels great. The same thing happens if you try a 3D Touch action and also on every app, which has added support for it. It is implemented almost everywhere in the iOS itself and it enhances the experience in a very good way. I am deeply saddened that this is not present in any Android smartphone.
It is not the best implementation but it does work. Using the earpiece as a secondary speaker is a great idea and I have no idea why the other manufacturers have not done that as well.
As I said, it is not perfect – the sound from the earpiece is not as loud as the bottom-faced speaker, but you can hear it just fine if you are holding the phone in a horizontal way and you are blocking the main speaker with your hands.
Furthermore, the main speaker is said to be 25% louder than the one in 7 Plus and while I cannot confirm that, I can say that it does sound louder (and better) than the Samsung S8+.
Yes, this is not something new and Apple did not do anything to make the technology better. In fact, it is charging slower than the S8+. I tested it myself on two different charging stands.
However, in the grand scheme of things, the fact that the iPhone 8 supports wireless charging will be beneficial for everyone, not just the iPhone users. This means that the wireless charging technology will become a lot more popular and you should start seeing charging stands almost everywhere you go. And since the iPhone is using the same standard as the other phones are using, everyone with a wireless charging-capable phone will benefit from this.
Small but Useful Features
Raise To Wake
One of the old HTC phones had this and it is pretty neat. Your screen lights up as soon as you pick it up and it turns off when you leave it. It works great and I don’t know why this is not already implemented in the other flagships.
I was used to the back button on the navigation bar on the S8+, and it was very hard for me to reach the top left part of the screen on the iPhone (those huge bezels, man). Fortunately, I found out that I can swipe right from the left edge of the screen to go back and this is a great solution. I got used to it very quickly, and even now when I am trying other phones, I am swiping on the screen with the intention to go back, however, it does not work.
Well, those were the things that impressed me in the new iPhone. I will tell you what I chose as my daily driver in the third (and last) part of this series, which should be coming up soon. Stay tuned!