iPhone wins

I held off buying the popular iPhone for years, instead using the Blackberry Pearl, Palm Pre and Samsung Epic 4G as I resisted my eventual conversion. Now that I’ve joined the Apple empire with an iPhone 4S, I’m satisfied that I finally own such a high-quality phone.

My personal phone evolution was an attempt to find the best smartphone for me. In some ways, I held off on the iPhone because I feared if I jumped to it too early, I may never give other phones a chance. My fears were justified; the iPhone is the best phone I’ve ever used.

Compared to the Epic 4G, it’s not much of a contest.

Reasons the iPhone4S is superior to the Samsung Epic 4G:

1. Longer battery life. The iPhone battery lasts me a good 16 hours on work days. The Epic 4G, even with the JuiceDefender app, could go about 12 hours. Without Juicedefender, battery life on the Epic was more like six to eight hours. I’m glad I don’t have to constantly keep a spare battery fully charge and tucked into my wallet.

2. Speed. The iPhone is more responsive to the touch. There’s none of the lag I sometimes experienced with the Epic.

3. Boot times. The iPhone starts within seconds. With the Epic, I had to wait about five minutes before I reached the start screen, the SD media card was scanned and the “today” widget loaded. It was a waste of time.

4. GPS/Google Maps. The GPS on the iPhone seems to pinpoint my location more accurately and faster than the Epic. Sometimes, the GPS on the Epic would fail entirely unless I rebooted the phone, which was unacceptable.

5. No 4G. Sprint charged me $10 extra per month to have 4G on the Epic, which I rarely used anyway. I’m happy that with the iPhone, I have a better phone and I save that $10 monthly.

6. Siri is fantastic.

7. Applecare>normal phone insurance. I paid $8 per month in insurance for a two-year contract on the Epic ($196). With the iPhone, I paid $100 for Applecare up-front on a two-year contract.

8. Apps. Apple’s App Store is still the standard that other phone marketplaces are trying to emulate. The Apple app ecosystem still has the best app selection.

9. Ease of use. The iPhone attracted so many fanboys for good reason — it simply works well and feels intuitive. The iPhone experience is bug-free and pleasant. I never want to throw my iPhone against the wall when it doesn’t do what I want it too. Frustration shouldn’t have much of a place in phone usage. There’s enough hassle with technology.

10. Autocorrect on the virtual keyboard. It works very well, and I make fewer mistakes on the virtual keyboard than I did on the Epic’s physical keyboard.

There are some downsides to the iPhone too, including its attachment to iTunes, its closed nature, the lack of good cloud integration (iCloud isn’t there yet) and the need to hook up to a computer to load media. But those disadvantages are offset by user happiness — my happiness with such a fine piece of tech.