Insights on the performance of iPhone 6 vs. the Android smartphone
This is not another article worshipping Apple and their products. I recently switched from my Verizon HTC One M7 smartphone running Android version 4.03 to an Apple iPhone 6 4.7 64GB smartphone running iOS 8.02. While Im enjoying many improvements and overall Im pleased, Im also disappointed to lose features of Android smartphones I took for granted. Im truly surprised that Apple omitted these features which I consider should be Standard Operating Procedures. None of the issues are serious and I found ways around some of them.
Most Android phones come with launchers customized by the manufacturer. HTC calls theirs Sense 6.0. I used a third-party launcher called Nova Launcher. Apple has home screens. There are very similar in concept. Both let you store app icons on a home page. New home pages area automatically created when a home page is filled. Both let you drag one app icon on top of another to create a group of apps. But Apples home pages do not let you create shortcuts for contacts nor can you create groups of contacts. Apple added to iOS 8 the ability to see Favorites and Recent Calls in a line across the top of the screen if the Home button is pressed twice. Thats OK with me, but adding support for contact shortcuts would be a welcome enhancement.
The iPhone camera and camera software are terrific. The Photo app is terrible. Photos are displayed by Year, oldest at top and newest at bottom. So I have scroll through the years to get to my most recent pictures. I can display photos by album, but Photos doesnt let me create albums or move photos around. I have to do that in the Pictures folder of my Windows 8 PC, then sync the arrangement using iTunes. Im amazed that the albums cannot be nested. They have to reside under Pictures. I had no problem displaying sub-folders on my HTC One.
I found a way around the album problem. I created folder names that sorted the albums into order so they are grouped together alphabetically, i.e. Family Graduation 2013, Family Graduation 2014, etc. This method works for me, but I have to scroll through a lot of albums when Id prefer to have just a few like Family, Friends, Business, and all related folders would be under those top folders. Then I can just drill down as needed.
About the author
David Streit is an IT consultant and an entrepreneur, as principal of Stephill Associates, LLC. in Manalapan, New Jersey. Stephill provides IT infrastructure and technology advisory services for small business clients in New Jersey and New York City. Streit has worked with PCs and technology for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Claudia, have two daughters, Hillary and Stephanie.
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