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.