I probably switch phones as much as anyone you know. I have loved my BlackBerry PRIV.

But…

It’s big.

It’s heavy.

And I don’t use the physical keyboard.

So I crossed over again.

I found a refurbished carrier unlocked 64GB iPhone 6s on eBay for a great price. I Google-ized it and avoided the iMessage trap (so far).

The phone I got is model A1688. A1688 is known as the “everywhere” phone and supports all the LTE bands that the AT&T variant (A1633) does except that there is no LTE band 30. AT&T uses it as a supplemental band to increase capacity in urban areas.

It has worked fine for me on AT&T even supporting HD Voice. The A1688 also has CDMA so it supports Sprint and Verizon. I really like:

  • Form factor
  • OS updates
  • Stability
  • Apple Pay
  • Mute switch
  • Not getting nagged about having a Android phone

(See the original post for a comparison table.)

While my BlackBerry PRIV supported Android Pay my bank didn’t support my debit card on Android Pay. Apple Pay is supported and works great.

As I mentioned before I struggled to get my photos off the iPhone. What I’m doing this time is letting Google Photos back up the photos. Google Photos actually seems to upload sooner on iOS than on Android. I can’t explain that.

I use Air Transfer to download the photos to my PC from the Camera Roll then delete them from the Camera Roll. More on Air Transfer in a future post.

Given that Google is fumbling their messaging solutions I had already separated my carrier’s SMS messages from my Google Voice text messages. I still can’t set a custom notification tone for Google Hangouts. GasBuddy updated their Android app and made it less friendly than on iOS. No loss there.

Google has ported their keyboard to iOS so that’s familiar. Apple still is insistent on not using an alternative keyboard for password or lock screen widgets but it’s better than the Skype problems I had before.

I found Call Friends to create direct dial icons This works fine. If you hit the limit of 2 free icons just uninstall and reinstall.

The iPhone 6s’ Touch ID works much better than the iPhone 6’s. In the above chart, notice in Camcorder Features the iPhone has Digital Image Stabilization. Here’s an example of that.

As I related my iOS experiences with a friend who is making the same journey I shared with him my boss’ statement:

iPhone users just don’t understand what they’re missing.

My friend laughed and said “Yes I do!”

Originally published at blog.benmoore.info on June 12, 2017.

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