You know the solid sound the door of a German-engineered car makes when you shut it? Dunk.
Tight. Well-engineered. Reliable. Reassuring. That’s how I feel about my new iPhone.
It’s the difference between a Honda and a Volkswagen, maybe. They’re both well-engineered cars that will run forever, but they don’t feel exactly the same.
I know because I’ve owned two Honda Accords and one VW Passat. The Accords were awesome cars that I loved, but I still think the Passat is the best-made car I’ve ever owned.
Because of the doors.
When I got in and shut the door, that German dunk reassured me that the car was going to run and run well.
The iPhone has a heft to it when you pick it up that other phones don’t have. It feels decidedly solid. (It’s similar to the difference between a PC laptop and a MacBook, actually, if you know what I mean—the MacBook feels more solid.)
There’s also a crispness to the screen and functioning you don’t see on Android phones. By crispness I mean screen quality (amazing, and that’s coming from a Samsung Galaxy S with Super AMOLED screen, which is no slouch by any means) and also speed of the phone. You click and it goes, plain and simple. (I don’t mean internet speed, I mean phone function speed.)
Honestly, as far as craftsmanship and engineering go, I’d say the iPhone stands a level above all the others. The thing just works and feels super high-end, like a Mercedes (haven’t owned one, ridden in a few).
About the only knocks I have against my 4S at this point is that I’d like a touch more customization (like an EQ for the music player) and a larger screen (I was waiting for the supposedly larger iPhone 5 to come out this fall, but I broke my Galaxy S—rumor is the 5 will have a 4” screen instead of a 3.5” one, which feels kind of small for browsing after my 4” Samsung).
I also like the intuitiveness of the iPhone. It feels more like pointing and clicking on a computer GUI than on a phone. Things make sense, although again I’d like a touch more customization (maybe that’ll come in iOS 6?).
iCloud is pretty nice. Basically, Apple gives you 5 gigs of storage space in the cloud for free. It’s handy for backing up contacts and photos, although not for music. (Apple doesn’t store everyone’s music because of space issues, supposedly—instead, they give you access to the iTunes songs you already own, which is a little weird, but whatever.)
Oh, and then there’s Siri. Oh, Siri. You sassy girl, you. It’s true, she is a little sassy, which is funny. (Although not as funny as John Malkovich thinks in that pretentious commercial with the bad editing where he starts laughing way before Siri delivers the punchline.)
But Siri works well too. In fact, it seems everything works well on the iPhone 4S so far. Which, for me, is a huge relief. Stay tuned for What’s Next for Android?…