Last week we posted a short review of the iPhone 5 from Matt. To continue our short review series we’ve got some great insights from another one of our team members, Scott Davis. Check it out below, and if you’re interested in reading the last iPhone 5 review we did click here
I quickly noticed they’re quite visually distinct from Google’s maps incarnation. Colors used for roads, parks, and airports all distinguish the service–greens and pinks dominate here. Fortunately, the interface seemed just as smooth as Google’s, and I actually found the process used for getting directions more intuitive. Generally the functionality of the app is less cluttered, leaving more screen real estate for maps themselves. Here’s the thing, though: the business directory sucks. It’s based off Yelp, which is currently an immature and incomplete directory service. You will search for your favorite restaurant and not find it a large percentage of the time. However, once a location is found and selected, the Yelp integration in maps beautifully showcases businesses with all the relevant information and actions just a tap or two away. In my opinion, the saving grace, which enabled me to convert from the Android platform, was the turn-by-turn navigation. If Yelp finds the place you’re after, you’ll be directed there about as accurately as with Google’s quite polished experience. Granted, these impressions are after only three days of usage, and I expect that in the months ahead, the navigation will prove a little more flaky, and the Yelp listings a lot more comprehensive. That’s a tolerable catch-22 that next year’s iPhone 5s users hopefully won’t have to deal with.
Coming from android, I’m pleased with a UI that seems to anticipate my every move. Get a text with your phone sleeping in-pocket? Swipe the screen to enter a reply. Don’t want to be woken up in the middle of the night by calls and alerts? No problem, enable DND mode and never fuss with ringer volume every evening and morning. Want to use your phone like a smartphone? Go ahead, you might actually have some battery left by the end of the day. iOS feels polished on the basic, day-to-day aspects of smartphone use, leaving me quite a bit more likely to have fun with the digital lifestyle. To me, this is one of Apple’s key advantages in the market.
If you’ve got a solid data connection–and that’s a big IF–Siri gets some good work done. Several times I’ve been pleasantly surprised (and convenienced) by answers to questions I doubted she’d comprehend. “What’s the average temperature for San Antonio, Texas in October” took several seconds, then popped up a Wolfram Alpha screen with just the details I needed, sparing me the keystrokes I did not.
They’re light, cheap (I didn’t have to look elsewhere), and sound fantastic for their size. They’re not head-thumpers by any means, but there’s more bass and a naturalness to instruments than in previous versions. Stereo imaging is greatly improved too, giving each voice a more discernible spot on stage. Fans of more mellow forms of music–acoustic guitar, jazz, and classical in particular: the unicorn has arrived, for everyday listening. For bass-heads, find a bigger hammer.