iPhone 7: First Impressions
Turns out I picked a few weeks ago to shatter my iPhone 6, so while I was in no particular rush to upgrade, that event moved it up the priority list. As did Jet Black, which is the finish I've wanted on Apple devices since they started putting black on anything.
So, things I like:
- Jet Black was worth the wait. The finish is very nice. If you geek out over interesting finishes on metal as I do, you'll probably love it as well.
- The not a button home button. The taptic feedback works exceptionally well, and the TouchID sensor works much better than it did on earlier hardware.
- The speakers are massively improved. Doesn't matter much to me for music, as I rarely play any natively on the phone, but for UI events it just makes for a better experience.
- The camera is massively improved. Back when I got my first iPhone, I never thought I'd care much about the camera on it. It has since become my primary method of taking photos, and live photos are kind of neat.
- It's fast. Real fast. The 6 never really left me wanting for more performance at any given time, but every so often I'd run into a tiny bit of lag here and there. Gone on the 7.
I also quite like that it's much closer to waterproof than it used to be. While I've never taken an iPhone for a swim, I've come close a few times. All in all, from a hardware perspective, the iPhone 7 is a very nice refresh that feels, works and looks much nicer than the 6. I wouldn't call it particularly ground breaking-- if you're on the "S" upgrade path, I'd want for the 7S.
Things I don't like-- I really can't say anything bad about the hardware. I don't care that the audio jack is gone as I haven't plugged a set of headphones into an iPhone since the original one. No, the only things I dislike have to do with iOS 10.
- My annoyances with the setup process enabling a bunch of crap I hate was not outlier on the iPhone 6-- the process is the same stupidity on the 7. Apple, I do not wish to shove all of my sensitive data into iCloud. I have my own servers for that. Hence, enabling it by default is fucking stupid. Stop it.
- Enabling "Find my Phone" by default also still happens-- If I want it on, I'll turn it on. If you want me to turn it on, provide a method that prevents government agencies from accessing my iCloud information, warrant or otherwise.
- Take your news app and shove it up your blowhole. If I wanted that crap enabled, I would turn it on. When I've been disabling it for over a year at every major iOS update, maybe take a hint.
- The "squirt gun" emoji is infantile, and generally retarded. All you'll make me do with that bullshit is buy another black rifle. Stick to great hardware and software, not bullshit social engineering and the appeasement of idiots.
So, all in all, a few annoyances with iOS 10 notwithstanding, I'm quite happy with it. Especially considering it doesn't explode like.. other phones I could mention.
posted by Mr. Lion | 09/30/16 @ 09:58 | comments (1)