A raíz de un comentario en mi muro de Facebook, donde mi tía política Gwen hacía ver que se siente frustrada con su iPhone 4 desde que instaló iOS 7 y que está pensando cambiar de móvil y de plataforma, decidí enviarle unas opiniones y sugerencias que se me ocurre que pueden resultaros de interés a los lectores del blog, así que hago un copia-pega del e-mail que le he mandado. Así, de paso, si a alguno se le ocurren comentarios, matizaciones o ideas adicionales, me será de mucho interés a mí o a Gwen. Muchas gracias de antemano.
- You have owned your iPhone 4 for 3 years now, right? It was never a cheap phone and it is now more expensive than ever. However, given my experience with a Samsung and Android, I have come to realize that Android phones tend to become outdated faster than Apple’s, even the high-end ones. The lower end Androids are pretty useless if you come from the experience of using an iPhone. You definitely don’t want to go down that road. I would only consider Google’s own Android Nexus which are price at half of the iPhone equivalent so you can consider changing it twice as frequently as Apple’s. The Nexus 5 is about to be launched and it looks like a very nice phone at a very inexpensive price for what it has to offer.
- The way I see it, iPhone is the easy, know, tried-and-tested way for you. Android and Windows Phone mean learning new ways of doing the same stuff, finding the right apps -not always the same-, and at least Android requires a bit more technical knowledge if you want to use it to its full advantage.
- You already own an iPad. Which means that you can share apps between both devices, sync data between the two of them… It is always easier if you use the same platform for all your mobile devices.
- If you change platform, you will have to buy new apps. And you will find that some apps for iOS are simply nonexistent at Android and specially Windows Phone.
- You are used to FaceTime on your iPhone. That will be gone. There’s Skype and Google Hangouts but for some reason FaceTime works a bit better.
- If you don’t use spotlight search (searching within the phone homepage) you can turn it off. Go to Settings –> General –> Spotlight search and tick all off
- Turn the parallax and zoom effects off: Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Reduce Motion –> turn it on [yes, it is hidden and counter-intuitive which is unlike Apple at all, but there you go… Steve Jobs no more]
- If you don’t use Siri or voice dictation, make sure it’s off: Settings –> General –> Siri –> turn Siri off
- Go to Settings –> General –> Background App Refresh and disable the background refresh of all apps that you don’t usually use or simple turn all off if you want apps to update themselves only when you open them as it used to happen before
- Wallpapers: use a still one, not dynamic: Settings –> Wallpapers & Brightness: make sure that the wallpaper is not dynamic
- You may want to turn location services off completely or at least make sure that they are only on for a handful of apps, not all that want to. Go to Settings –> Privacy –> Location Services and tick off either the whole lot or the ones you don’t want or don’t use
- Go to Settings –> Privacy –> Advertising and turn on ‘Limit Ad Tracking’
- Go to Settings –> iCloud and please check if everything that’s being synced via iCloud is really necessary for you. I, for example, have turned off syncing of reminders, Safari or Passbook. I assume that you already turned off the Photos in the past because if not you would have long ago run out of iCloud’s space for storing all the photos!
- The push e-mail, while very useful, can also have a huge impact on battery life and some impact on performance. If you use it (Settings –> Mail, contacts, calendars –> Fetch new data –> Push) maybe you can turn it off and change settings to fetch. Fetch can be from every 15 minutes (not so different from push, anyway) to hourly or even manually. I use the latter, by the way, and only use ‘push’ when I am expecting important e-mails and only in certain e-mail accounts.
- While very comfortable, automatic downloads of apps can also affect battery and performance at the wrong time. I prefer to update manually when it is convenient (while charging and when I’m not using the phone, basically). Go to Settings –> iTunes & App Store –> Automatic Downloads and turn off the apps and updates (and maybe music and books too). Also you may want to turn off the “use cellular data” if you want to avoid downloading updates on your limited data by mistake instead of doing that when connected to your WiFi network.
- Finally, make sure that you only get notifications that you care about. Go to Settings –> Notification Center and turn everything off for all the apps that are there and you don’t want to be bothered with. For example, I hate it when games are there bothering me.