LIFESTYLE

WHY I FINALLY SWITCHED TO AN IPHONE

Spoiler Alert: It took 13 years for the iPhone to get good enough.

FULL DISCLOSURE

I STILL own and use my Android device daily.  By 'switch' I mean transfer my main phone number to my iPhone 13 Pro and use it with increasing regularity.

HERE'S WHY

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APPLE RELAXED ITS STRANGLEHOLD (SOMEWHAT)

I never take a shine to companies that control every aspect of a user's experience.  Apple has loosened its grip by allowing us to choose some things for ourselves. Like, who wants Safari as a default browser? No one.

THE CAMERA CAUGHT UP

I lead a photo/video-heavy existence. And no matter what iPhone users think, Android has had better cameras, by far. For years. This is objective fact. Don't argue.

THE CAMERA CAUGHT UP

However, with the introduction of the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, iPhone has finally challenged my LG G8 that gives me DSLR-level granular control over photos and videos.

NEXT UP: BATTERY LIFE

Once again, Apple has finally figured out power capability, consumption, and distribution.  I used to shake my head at my iPhone friends who couldn't dream of going a full day without charging their phones. Not so anymore. Good job!

ENHANCED USEABILITY

iPhone's wretched notification system was fixed a couple of years ago to allow grouping by app. (Thank God!) And with the addition of homescreen widgets, the iPhone is easier to organize and use.

STILL GORGEOUS

Apple has always made a beautiful device and that tradition continues. The 13 series is simply stunning and I do love a beautiful thing!

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

Though there's lots to celebrate and enjoy with iPhone's latest release, there are still some things that could use a good tweak.

UNWIELDY PHOTO MANAGEMENT

NOTIFICATIONS STILL NEED HELP

AN APP DRAWER (TRUST ME)

IN SUMMARY

All in all, I'm happy with my 'switch' and I continue to be hopeful that a day will come when I no longer need to live a double life. Hope springs eternal!