Google maps actually shows the correct walking route to my station. Apple maps was having me going around about the long way and then ending up on the other side of the station.
Sort of a long title, but this is particularly for people who upgrade from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 and find their battery quickly draining and their iPhone 5 running hot. Everybody else, feel free to skip this message!
In a nutshell, I think restoring an iPhone 5 from your last iPhone 4 iCloud backup just brings in all sorts of junk the iPhone 5 can’t deal with and so things go awry.
My solution was to:
(1) Restore as a new iPhone after doing Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings;
(2) Restore my apps, music, photo albums, etc., from iTunes.
After doing this, there are no more diagnostic error reports logged, the iPhone 5 runs cool (even though I’ve used it non-stop for the last couple of hours) and currently the battery is at 62% after 5 hours 40 minutes of usage. That’s quite good I think.
Nuisance-wise you have to tweak the stuff which gets synced from iTunes. For example, you have to rearrange your app icons and sign in to lots of places again. But it’s still much quicker than a restore from iCloud backup – which can take half a day!
So all-in-all my advice to people moving from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 is to set it up as new iPhone, give it a new name (Settings > General > About > Name) and while connected to iTunes sync the stuff you want to sync to the new iPhone. Then you are ready to go except for sign-in and icon arrangement tweaks. In the end it’s faster and you don’t get the battery drain or the hot-running iPhone 5.
I’ve had two smartphones so far: the iPhone 3GS and my current iPhone 4. But I feel the same way this person does about his iPhone and am not sure my next phone will be an iPhone.
In addition to the points mentioned in the article, I am dissatisfied with the manufacturing quality of the iPhone. In fact, I’ve had problems with almost every mobile device I’ve ever bought from Apple and have almost always needed exchanges or repairs. I won’t go through the whole list here, but sometimes I get the feeling Apple creates all this beautiful technology in high-tech clean rooms and then throws it all into a Chinese back-alley to be assembled by vagrant kids.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has some cool features, like it detects if you are looking at it so it won’t dim. I think Apple tends to play “catch-up” and does incremental improvements, while some of the Android manufacturers leap ahead with more innovation. (With regards to patent suits, I agree with the Samsung executive who recently said, “Why are we arguing over rectangles?”)
The Androids in general give you more access to customize. Can you imagine setting a third-party keyboard on your iPhone? Or setting an alternative default browser?
I have a cheapie Android I run on wi-fi-only just for testing. One thing I really like is that instead of a hardware home button (which failed on my iPhone 4, I got an exchange, and now 7 months later is now starting to fail again on my replacement iPhone 4 – and is probably what sparked this current mood of irritation with Apple) it has a row of soft buttons with haptic feedback below the screen:
- A context sensitive menu button, for options, etc.
- A home button.
- A “go back” button.
- A search button.
Not only does this free up screen space, it makes for a more unified UI experience. On the iPhone they have to use part of the already pretty small screen for toolbars, which might or might not be the same in different apps.
Another point is that if I get my next smart phone from DoCoMo they have a pretty liberal policy about unlocking the phones they sell, which makes it possible to use the same phone in the U.S. with a no-committment AT&T contract.
Of course there are negatives to consider if I switch from the iPhone. For example things which currently sync between devices won’t anymore. But there is still Evernote and Dropbox and Google apps and Kindle Reader and things which sync regardless of device/OS. And also some close friends use iPhones and will stare at me funny if I move to an Android.
Anyway, just thinking about it. For sure if Apple doesn’t fix its manufacturing quality problems with the home button I’m not upgrading though. I want to hear it from them that they recognize there is a problem and they’ve fixed it.