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tinapnyc's review of the Apple iPhone 5s

original version, submitted Sep 9, 2014, 10:35 AM:

I HATE this phone

My company does not support Android so I had to buy an iphone 5s. All the iphone users promised "I would love it!". The only serious pros this phone has are (1) it's thin, light and nice-looking and (2) it has a very good camera/camera app.

I can't stand it. Here are the reasons why:

1. I can't use data (email/txt) while on a phone call (I am on Verizon). WTF? seriously? I have been able to do this for 10 years with Windows and Android phones. Definitely the worst thing about this crappy phone.

2. No replaceable battery. HUGE problem because the battery life is not great. So I have to carry cables and battery packs instead of just being able to pop in a fresh battery which is a lot easier and more compact.

2. Can't transfer files to/from phone (other than pictures) without using iTunes. Seriously annoying. I should be able to plug media in my computer and be able to read it without any additional software, PERIOD. Don't understand what purpose this serves other than making customers beholden to Apple services; this principle really pisses me off.

3. No removable media. I want to add video files for my kid to look at but the files are really big. With other phones, I just bought a nice big microSD card and I was in business. Not so with iphone. It does come with a lot of internal storage but its still something I have to think about/monitor which I find annoying.

4. Call volume. Its very low and hard to hear someone in a noisy environment. Really annoying especially if you are using the phone mostly for business.

5. Battery life. It's not great. Can barely get through my day which leads me to gripe #2 above.

6. io7. Buggy at times. Will reboot itself randomly. I found it got much better when I removed some apps but that's not the kind of thing that you should need to do.

7. Siri. Nice idea but poor execution. Useful only about 20% of the time. With that low hit rate, why bother? I rarely use it anymore.

edited Sep 9, 2014, 10:36 AM to the current version:

I HATE this phone

My company does not support Android so I had to buy an iphone 5s. All the iphone users promised "I would love it!". The only serious pros this phone has are (1) it's thin, light and nice-looking and (2) it has a very good camera/camera app.

I can't stand it. Here are the reasons why:

1. I can't use data (email/txt) while on a phone call (I am on Verizon). WTF? seriously? I have been able to do this for 10 years with Windows and Android phones. Definitely the worst thing about this crappy phone.

2. No replaceable battery. HUGE problem because the battery life is not great. So I have to carry cables and battery packs instead of just being able to pop in a fresh battery which is a lot easier and more compact.

3. Can't transfer files to/from phone (other than pictures) without using iTunes. Seriously annoying. I should be able to plug media in my computer and be able to read it without any additional software, PERIOD. Don't understand what purpose this serves other than making customers beholden to Apple services; this principle really pisses me off.

3. No removable media. I want to add video files for my kid to look at but the files are really big. With other phones, I just bought a nice big microSD card and I was in business. Not so with iphone. It does come with a lot of internal storage but its still something I have to think about/monitor which I find annoying.

4. Call volume. Its very low and hard to hear someone in a noisy environment. Really annoying especially if you are using the phone mostly for business.

5. Battery life. It's not great. Can barely get through my day which leads me to gripe #2 above.

6. io7. Buggy at times. Will reboot itself randomly. I found it got much better when I removed some apps but that's not the kind of thing that you should need to do.

7. Siri. Nice idea but poor execution. Useful only about 20% of the time. With that low hit rate, why bother? I rarely use it anymore.

 

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