My thoughts on the iPhone X

Something a little bit different this time.

Recently the wife and I bought iPhone X phones, they were to replace iPhone 5s models we were using.

So here are my brief thoughts on the phone.

Now firstly I must say I like it, certainly it’s an improvement on the iPhone 5s in terms of speed and ease of use.

I love the facial recognition, as is often said with Apple products, it just works, and every time there is no problem.

The size of the phone is ideal, it fits in my hand and the screen makes it a delight to use, it’s bright and viewable outside which was often a problem with the iPhone 5s.

A lot has been said about the notch at the top of the display, personally I don’t notice it and I certainly don’t find it a problem.

Swiping the display to change things is smooth and fast and both the wife and I have found a lot of apps work better on the phone, the Stagecoach bus app being a good example.

One of the first things I did was buy a case which protected the whole phone including the display. Personally I can’t see the point of putting on a back case that does not protect the most vulnerable part of the device which is the screen.

The sound reproduction is excellent and I listen to a range of music on it using the speakers, from country to classical. It is not tinny and produces a pleasant sound.

Video is watchable on the screen no problem at all, and coupled with the excellent sound gives you an excellent experience.

So you’re now wondering if I have found any downsides, and the answer is yes I have.

The one thing that irritates the hell out of me is the fact that if the phone is switched off and you either plug in the charger or pop it on a charging pad the phone will switch on. This happened with the iPhone 5s as well and it really irritates me. Now of course you can just switch the phone off once it’s charging, but it does have the tendency at some point to switch itself back on.

This is not limited to the iPhone, I have an iPad and an iPad Pro and they both do exactly the same. I have lost count of the number of times I have switched it off when charging and found the devices on in the morning when I go to switch them on. This happens irrespective of wether I unplug the charger first or not. I wish they would do something about this.

The other downside is that I am always aware that I have a £1000 electrical device in my pocket. I never put it in my back pocket, it would be embarrassing the outright weep in public if I sat on it.

So there you have it my brief thoughts on the iPhone X, I am glad I bought it and think it’s the best iPhone I have used to date.

Well here we go again.

Here we are just at the end of the first week of January with the year spread out in front of us. How they year will pan out is of course anybody’s guess.

Each year people seem to just want the new year to be better than the old one, but I wonder if they think back and actually recall if the old year was actually good or bad?

Personally, I will just take it as it comes, not much else we can do really when push comes to shove. At the moment I am down with a dose of the lurgi and feeling terrible, but there is nothing I can do about it except keep warm etc. So we are just getting on with things.

One of the things we are getting on with is having a sort of some of the bits and pieces I have accumulated over the last few years. I am amazed at what I have got and in many cases I have no recollection of how I got the item and why. A good example are external hard drives, I have turned up five 1TB external drives, two of which are unused and boxed. I have no idea as to why I got them, though I must have had plans for them at the time of purchase. Still as I often say… They will come in useful, though I am not sure when!

Until I stared the exercise of having a sort out I would not have put myself down as a hoarder, but after a morning sorting stuff I am not so sure,  I keep turning up bits I had forgotten I had. Perhaps I should just throw them all out and start again? Thats the problem with bits, you have them for years gathering dust, then throw them out because you have not used them only to find a couple of weeks later you need one and have to order one. The circle starts again.

Years ago some bright spark said that with the advent of computers offices and homes would be able to go paper free. Who were they trying to kid!!! I have sorted out lots of bits of paper to be shredded, many of which have been read only once since they were printed. Some people seem to have this need to print stuff out. I used to work with a woman who printed out all the emails she received, filed them in a big filing cabinet then deleted them off the computer. I never di ask her why shew did not just leave them on the computer?

Right back my sorting, who knows what I will find that I did not know I had.