There’s only one reason I’m still using an iPhone in 2023

Green iPhone 15 lock screen.
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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I’m a fan of Android smartphones, as Android phones have been my faithful companions ever since I started using the HTC Desire in 2010. I’ve bounced from one phone to another in the 13 years since then, and I’ve experienced good and bad phones alike. But in all that time, I’ve never spent much time with an Apple iPhone. I’m clearly not Stranger As with iPhones, I’ve used them to capture screenshots, download apps, and test games during my tenure as a tech writer — but never using one as my primary smartphone is a blind move. .

The Apple iPhone 15 is a good reason to ditch it. After all, if I’m going to use an iPhone, it might as well be Apple’s latest one. After two weeks of booting it up and transferring my data to it, it’s been a journey. While I can see that the iPhone 15 is an excellent smartphone, a lot of the iOS quirks rub me the wrong way. However, there is one feature I’ve come to really like, and I’m struggling to live without it.

iPhone 15 is a mixed bag

Green iPhone 15 in the grass.
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I like iPhone 15 very much. This is a great phone! It’s well designed, and it feels great in the hand. I sued him because I dropped $800 on that thing – but I really regret doing it. That great performance from Apple is also evident. I know of a fast phone and a slow phone, and this phone is ignition Fast. It felt pointless to me, because I don’t really do anything more demanding than playing. cell to singularity and a little little alchemy, But honestly, even if all the A16 Bionic is doing is taking away my daily hard work without a hitch, it’s still worth it as far as I’m concerned.

But even with all that in mind, I’m not a fan. The reason is simple: Apple and I don’t see eye to eye. There are many design choices in iOS that don’t work for me. Granted, part of this is because I’ve been using Android for so long, and iOS is similar enough that I know the differences are jarring. However, some design choices are just… well, I’m sorry, iOS faithful, but they’re justified Bad,

A keyboard on an iPhone running iOS 16.
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The iPhone 15 is an incredible phone, which makes the really bad elements of the phone a surprise. Apple fans, hear me out: Is the keyboard some kind of divine punishment? Autocorrect is so overactive that I doubt a curse can be attributed to it because there’s no way it could have been left this bad on purpose, right? Must change keyboard mode to search a little break Becoming familiar, but I don’t think it’ll ever stop feeling terribly clumsy. Seriously, iOS fans, does Apple owe you some collective shit that has forced you to accept this obviously inferior keyboard? I use the keyboard a lot, and it’s never been a chore.

I didn’t change from Apple’s default keyboard, because, well, I’m presenting myself in iOS in all its glory – but you can. can do Change the keyboard to something better. As far as information is concerned, this is not the case.

Without the benefit of a custom launcher, you’ll be stuck with that notification system until Apple decides to give you something better. And it’s really terrible because they’re terrible. The good thing is my time with the iPhone 15 Did Correct me on my notification-clearing methods, but that’s because they used to disappear, only to be found much later. i missed Very Important notices because iOS made the bizarre decision to send them to the shadow area as if they’d lost a children’s card game.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is placed on top of an iPad, showing the always-on display with the wallpaper setting turned off.
iPhone 14 Pro Max has an always-on display. The iPhone 15 should do the same. Jesse Hollington/

Some other elements of the phone aren’t terrible, but I don’t love them. The fact that a $799 flagship smartphone doesn’t include an always-on display is absolutely shocking. I’m not a big fan of “current year” arguments, but is this really acceptable in 2023? If it were an LCD panel, I could understand it from a technical standpoint, but the iPhone 15 has an OLED display. It should be able to run always-on display, but for some reason, it doesn’t.

It’s fair to say that my time with the iPhone 15 hasn’t been all sweetness and honey. As such, you can expect me to be working a little hard to get back to an Android handset. And that would be true if it didn’t have a single feature so extraordinary that I couldn’t believe it took Android so long to catch on.

That feature is Face ID.

Face ID is unreliable

The Face ID tick icon on the dynamic island of the iPhone 14 Pro.
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I didn’t think Face ID would be so impressive. After all, I’ve been trying out facial recognition on smartphones for years. I’ve had facial recognition in my Android phones since the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and it’s rarely been the focus of my use. Why would Face ID be different?

As much as I hate to admit it, there’s definitely a sprinkle of Apple magic here. Face ID is fast, smooth, and extremely efficient. It is also far superior to all other facial recognition systems. I am not speaking here out of ignorance either. In fact, I used it on my Samsung Galaxy Note 20 because, well, the fingerprint scanner on that phone was terrible. this was good. Most of the time it worked.

Face ID is scanning a face.

have face id Nothing Like that. Not only is it fast, but it also works in the dark, and it works for secure apps too – and that in itself was a game changer. In my experience, using password managers can be…testing, to say the least. Yes, they’re secure, and logging in shouldn’t be easy, but when you need to log in to your manager multiple times because it used the wrong details, it can be frustrating. This is especially annoying when you have to twist your grip to place the thumb on the in-display fingerprint scanner. Everyone. alone, Time.

Face ID removed that frustration. Oh, I have to log in again? Wait a second until my face is scanned, and good! I am inside. I no longer need to move my hand to place my thumb on the sensor. Yes, it’s a small thing, but it adds up over time. If you’re using your device with one hand while doing something else, Face ID is a game-changer — and it’s the upgrade I never needed.

It’ll be hard to live without Face ID when I go back to Android, but thankfully, it seems Android has finally caught up.

I’d go back to Android, but I’d miss Face ID

A blue Google Pixel 8 Pro sits face down next to a small pumpkin and squash.
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It’s fair to say that time spent with the iPhone 15 didn’t result in a Damascene conversion, but I still enjoyed my time with Apple’s smartphone. Although my list of complaints is longer than I can list here, most of them are a result of me being accustomed to… well, the way Android works. Getting used to the way iOS works will definitely be a long process, and it’s not a process I want to go through.

There are many parts of the iOS experience that I won’t miss, but Face ID will definitely be one of them. It is a shining star in Apple’s crown and a symbol of brilliance. While I’m still not sold on Dynamic Island as a concept and have found the giant cutouts blocking content in many of my games, Face ID makes the sacrifice worth it. Had I used an iPhone with a notch instead of an island, I’m sure I would have felt the same way about it – although I doubt the notch would have blocked as much content as the dynamic island.

Face unlock prompt on Google Pixel 8 Pro.
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So, I will soon lose Face ID when I go back to Android. But all is not lost. While Apple has made a significant head start, technology like Face ID is finally coming to Android smartphones, courtesy of the Google Pixel 8. While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen facial recognition at an advanced level on an Android phone (that honor belongs to the forgotten Motion Sense on the Pixel 4), it is the first time that the technology may be here to stay. .

However, it’s important to note that the Pixel 8 doesn’t have facial recognition extremely As good as Face ID. Although it has Class 3 certification that allows it to be used for banking apps and sensitive data, it does not have the iPhone’s infrared array that allows identification in the dark. As someone who has a small child and is often sitting in the dark on the phone, well, this is a major disappointment.

However, even partial Face ID is better than no Face ID, and honestly, it’s made me reconsider my stance on the Pixel 8. It’s weird to admit that the iPhone 15 made it more likely I’d buy a Google Pixel, but here we are.

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