iPhone 5

I was two months away from the end of my contract with AT&T Wireless and found out I was eligible for an upgrade.  I’ve been thinking about getting an iPhone because I know other people who have it and like it a lot.  Even one of my brothers previously had an Android phone and switched to a 4S and said it’s superior in pretty much every way.

I don’t know anyone who has an iPhone 5 so I read a bit on it and decided to try it out.  I’m told I have 14 days to return it and cancel the contract or 30 days to switch phones.  If I do the latter, I’ll probably either go with a Samsung Galaxy S3.  I have also been eying a coworker’s Google Nexus 4.  It’s amazing how much bigger his screen is than mine.

The transition should be an interesting one coming from my Motorola Atrix 4G.  The first thing I notice is how fast the iPhone is.  The A6 processor screams compared to the Tegra 2 1 GHz dual-core.  When on Wi-Fi, web pages load a LOT faster on the iPhone than they do on the Atrix.  The HSPA+ that the Atrix uses doesn’t compare to the LTE that the iPhone uses.  It’s truly like going from dial-up to broadband, particularly as the pages render so much faster.

I did have a lot of trouble getting it to connect to my Wi-Fi.  I would think tapping the access point’s name would allow me to specify the encryption type and enter the password.  All it showed me were the setting details sans the stuff I wanted.  After searching the web and coming up empty, I tapped “Other” and manually entered the name.  That worked out well but I still think I shouldn’t have to do that.

The other major problem I had was creating an iCloud.com email address.  The names I wanted were taken so they suggested one I thought was okay.  I tried to pick it but the phone just kept coming up with an error.  I tried the same thing on my MacBook Pro and it stayed on the screen without giving any type of error.  After unsuccessfully searching for an answer to that, I tried a completely different name and it accepted that.  They really need to come up with better messages (or at least some message in the case of the MacBook) to let the user know what to do.

The only other issue I’ll mention right now is that when scrolling in Safari, the page only goes a little ways up or down.  I’m used to Android’s way of scrolling really fast if you flick it quickly.  Unless there’s some work-around, it could take quite a while to scroll on a really long web page using the iPhone.  I’ll look it up later.

Transitioning from the Android device to an iPhone is proving to be quite an experience.  I can’t simply insert my SIM into the iPhone since it doesn’t use the same size which means I don’t have a super-easy way to import contacts.  I’ll have to read up on what others have done.