|My favourite apps|
|Respectable but quality beaten by current mid range smartphones|
|Point and shoot quality under energy saving lighting|
Being a pro-Open Source enthusiast, I always stuck to Android smartphones but due to my budget were always the mid-range bracket. Still, I was quite happy with them and didn't expect a mid-range smartphone to compete with the likes of the upper range smartphones. However, things took a change when I lost my latest smartphone: an 5.5" ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser while riding my motorcycle with a pair of baggy trousers and did not push the smartphone all the way in. That smartphone was only 6 months old so I was very sad. While considering what I to buy as a replacement, I would borrow my daughter's iPhone 5S and get a feel of it. At first, it was difficult to get the hang of the iOS but after realizing how it was structured, things became easier. I was always impressed by a few things about the iPhone:
- Keyboard entry was more precise and I rarely mistype eventhough I typed fast and eventhough the keyboard is slightly smaller against that of my 5" and 5.5" smartphones;
- The colour of the images off the screen were noticeably richer;
- The results from the camera was way better in all respect notably under low lighting situations;
- It feels solid and oozes quality;
- Its got a brand image so I can lift my nose up higher.
I do not use the smartphone to play games nor listen to music. For my personal requirement, my smartphone should deliver well as a typical phone, send sms quickly, scroll and navigate Goggle maps quickly, upload pictures and view Facebook reasonable fast. In this respect, the iPhone 5S is good enough but had it been a 5" smartphone, that would be almost perfect. 'Almost' because it uses battery power quite fast where recent Android smartphones are better here. I bought mine in space grey which I think is cool and overall, I am a satisfied customer.