by Joel Saltzman
Maybe I have a bad device because most of my friends love their iPhone X models. There is no question that the last Samsung S8+ Smartphone I used, blew the doors of my iPhone for battery life and pure screen beauty. Apple will never be able to convince me that my crappy iBuds work as good as my wired JBL headset does. As I travel quite a bit, it really pisses me off that it is now impossible for me to charge my iPhone X, while listening to music or movies on airplanes. That's because Apple's brilliant engineers claimed they could not "waterproof the iPhone without removing and replacing the 3.5mm jack with their lightning port.". Well Samsung and others had no problem waterproofing their devices without removing this industry standard connection.
It's all about selling accessories which Apple is very good at. Ever notice that after doing an "Apple iOS upgrade", that charger that's worked great up until now suddenly gives an error message that "This device may not be supported"? It's no coincidence. I no longer do software upgrades, unless they address a major security flaw or issue that I am having. In other words, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"!
The above is not to say don't get an iPhone X. If I was to buy another one knowing what I know, I would avoid the higher end models with AMOLED screens and get the less expensive XR model with TFT, or even an iPhone 8.I am now using my old iPhone 6+ while awaiting repair on my iPhone X. I feel like I've reunited with an old girlfriend who knows what I love. Apple told me that I no longer needed a HOME button. I think they are wrong on this too. It may be time to grab a deal on an Android 9 or 1o and go back to the darkside.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.