The other day, I very nearly took a step into the unknown. It would have been a momentous occasion too, no less spectacular than when Armstrong walked on the moon.
I almost wrote a blog from my phone. It would have been a first for me, if I am honest I find those little screens a bit fiddly. Can you imagine JK Rowling writing her next book on a smart phone? Aint gonna happen – genius needs comfort.
Anyway, not being a complete tech phobe – I did upload some photos from my phone to the blog. It also happened to be very easy too. I liked it. But there was method in my madness.
Around 6 months ago I finally took the plunge and bought an Android phone. Spurned on by Apples continued push to constantly take away all the functionality in their products that I like and thus force me to pay for a cloud account that I do not need or want. Better still, they take away functionality and then put it in an app that you have to buy. That can’t be right.
So, slowly I began to use the Samsung S7 Edge. What a beautiful phone – if nothing else, looks wise it was like comparing Florence Welch to Vera Duckworth, Florence being the Samsung. It sits in your hand with more ‘ooomph’ than an orphaned kitten, it really is something to behold.
The big drawback was something all Android/Mac users will tell you about – synchronizing. See, when you plug your iPhone 6S into your Mac, it syncs everything for you, writing data in both directions between your phone and your laptop. The Samsung has none of that, despite several apps claiming they will do it, I have yet to find one that really does work. So manually, I pull out the expansion card and write all of my data, music, contacts across once or twice a month.
It really was a bit of a drag – or so I thought. The more I used the phone the more I liked it. Yes, dragging the data across was a bit of a pain but I am happy to do it now and have much preferred to stick with the Samsung over the iPhone. In fact over the last couple of months, the 128gb iPhone 6 has become nothing more than a very expensive iPod.
Another nail in its coffin – I downloaded a music player to the Android the other day and have to say the sound is insanely good so the iPhone days are clearly numbered. With a 7 year old Mac beginning to creak at the seams, there could easily be a 100% move away from Apple on the cards.
Apple have left me miffed for a long time, offering updates with many new things but they never – NEVER tell you what they have taken away, and they always take away something I am very used to using. Now at this point I would normally push you over to the App store where you could read customers reviews of Apple software updates so you can see for yourselves – BUT – as their last 3 software releases got so badly slammed by the users, Apple decided to stop letting people leave reviews. That’s good logic right ?
Now, back to Samsung – technically, the phone is streets ahead. I won’t bore you with blurb but instead stun you with a master piece of a practical experiment.
In the photos section of my blog you will find a folder entitled ‘Asia’. In there are photos that have only been taken with a smart phone, my big camera hasn’t seen the light of day. If you click on one of the photos it will open it in full screen but also show you the source of the photo – i.e. iPhone 6s or Samsung (SM).
You will be stunned by the photos the Samsung has taken – stunned! You will be certain I am telling porkies and I used my big camera – but no, they are all phone shots – the Samsung not streets ahead, but motorways/freeways/autobahn ahead. The iPhone is an infinity away – it misses the mark by at least a Steve Jobs.
So there you are – Samsung over Apple every day of the week.
There is however, a sting in the tail. A sad ‘Steve Urwin’ style of sting that threatens to diminish all that the Samsung has achieved. Even the waterproof phone that I can use to Skype the squeeze while I am in the shower has a serious, loyalty threatening flaw.
I had the misfortune just over a week ago to be laying on the floor with the phone in my pocket. I heard that light and gentle crack that can only come from smart phone glass and knew instantly I had damaged my phone. I took it out of my pocket to see the back of the phone was shattered. I was pretty amazed if I am honest – I didn’t even realise the back was glass.
Anyway – it broke. I took it to the local Samsung shop here in Singapore. They told me as it was a UK phone, they could not repair it as the parts were different.
I got in touch with Samsung customer services in the UK. I got in touch with then 6 times in as many days. After 6 days of repetitive email it transpired that the Samsung ‘Experience’ store in Leicester couldn’t repair it for me, they could only sell me a new unit. It also came to light that there was not an approved Samsung repairer within a 50 mile radius so my only option was to have a courier collect the phone, have it repaired and returned to me. This would take 7-10 days.
I am lucky. I have a back up phone – the 6s. Could you imagine not having a back up phone and being without your whole world for a week or more?
Now here’s the real sticking point for me. If I broke my iPhone in the same way, I could walk into ANY Apple store worldwide, pay a small fee and take an exchange phone out of the store normally within 20 minutes or so of walking in. Samsung may just piss me off and direct me back to the Apple store.
Samsung please take note (but note a Galaxy note as they catch fire right ?)
Now, bug off over to the Asia photos section and see what I mean.