Why I made the shift from a Samsung to an iPhone 7
Just to avoid any misunderstanding, my ex (phone) was a Samsung S5, not the flammable Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which is making the news these days. Samsung’s production of flammable phones was actually not the reason why I shifted to an iPhone.
Six months ago, before it was time to re-contract, I knew I had to move on to an iPhone. It was a clear, simple choice.
After dealing with lags and over-exposed camera photos from my Samsung S5, I was done. I admired the reliability of my friends’ and colleagues’ iPhone 5, which continue to serve them well even after the iPhone 6 had launched.
I suppose it’s because a large part of my work involves taking photos. And I thought the iPhone 7 would be light and reliable, instead of having to take photos my heavy DSLR. I also wanted a phone which had almost no lag time, especially if I had to use it for a voice recording, to take notes, or to read the newspaper.
I still don’t find the iPhone a super coveted object. Yes it’s stylish, and I enjoy the sleek, no frills look. But beyond that, it was the reliability that I was looking out for.
No severe battery drains at crucial moments – the battery lasted me for a more than a day. I didn’t have to worry about directing the taxi driver to make the right turn, as the GPS on Google Maps was spot on. It could be the iPhone app, but I didn’t experience that much lag with The Straits Times app as I used to do with my Samsung S5.
No SGX mobile app but I found Bloomberg!
I had a severe disappointment when I realise the SGX mobile app was not available on the App store. But nonetheless, I found the Bloomberg app to be a good alternative, if not even better that the SGX mobile app. The only downside was having to re-key information of the shares I had bought before.
The Investing Squid’s Take – It could be age.
When I was in university, I used to snub the iPhone. Yes, it was cool, sleek, ‘safe’ and yet, kinda boring. I didn’t see the need to fit into the ‘cool crowd’. I wanted to be different and Android offered me a lot more choices from different phone brands.
It was nice being able to customise my apps. (I wanted to try rooting my phone, but never got there). But to have that possibility, a choice in front of you was good. And I did save some money. I recalled purchasing the Samsung S5 for slightly less than $200 a year after it was released. In comparison, I paid $530 for the iPhone 7, which came with a pair of earphones which are not compatible with my work laptop :(, but beyond that, surfing, reading newspapers and gaming on Pokemon Go has been a breeze ever since.
With tight work deadlines ahead of me, it’s reassuring not having to wonder if your phone is going to lag when you have to take some important meeting notes with your phone.
Hi iPhone 7, look forward to getting to know you in the weeks, and perhaps years to come.