Unfortunately, while I have genuinely liked the Galaxy S8+, I’m swapping it back for the iPhone 7 Plus. The biggest issue I’ve found with the S8+ was the lack of Android Pay support in some apps which somehow worked with the OnePlus 3T (Starbucks, IIRC) and the Arriva Bus Ticket app keeps crashing with alarming regularity – and at the most inconvenient times. Never happened with the OnePlus 3T. Plus the size of the phone means that many apps can’t take full advantage of the screen size. Yes, in time, this will change – especially as the LG 6 shares the same aspect ratio. We’re going to see a lot more phones adapt this kind of size/ratio in the future.
So why not just stick with the OnePlus 3T? Well, I think it’s a very fine phone, but the battery life just isn’t great. It ran out of juice on one of my trips out of Edinburgh and I rely fairly heavily on the likes of Google Maps to get me around. It’s good enough for a backup phone, but I can’t say it’d be very good for a daily driver. Especially if one is doing on-call. And that reminds me – the Galaxy S8+ speaker isn’t that great – and I found myself missing on-call alerts.
So Apple it is. I can’t say I shall be trying this again – two years in a trot with Android and Every. Single. Time. I come back to IOS. That either says something about the strength Apple’s ecosystem, or how well iOS has been designed. I don’t know. Much of it is down to marketing, and to be fair to Samsung, they pulled off a very good campaign. But has not been helped by the lack of the Gear 360 or the VR headset at the time of the S8’s launch either.
By heading back to iOS, I regain the ability to use iMessage again. Many friends and family have this – and it’s particularly useful for those abroad. Getting everybody on WhatsApp has been difficult. I have other contacts on Skype. So it’s all a bit fragmented. Also Wi-Fi Calling. The S8+ is not compatible with Three’s Wi-Fi Calling service at this time, so there’s that too.
There is a part of me that desperately wants to love and use Android full time, but there are too many inconsistencies. Both in rolling out security updates (the Galaxy S8+ is still on April security updates), features (S8+ on version 7, the OnePlus 3T is on 7.1.1), and app performance. iOS fixes many of these issues, and thus after the great swaparoos of 2016 and 2017, I declare iOS as the recommended mobile platform.
Now, I had a bet with somebody about all this, and I owe them a crate of Budweiser beer…