The iPhone Has Ways to Go

This is probably the realest iPhone, or any consumer electronics, review I’ve ever read. It’s written by Nick Heer for PixelEnvy, charting the use of an iPhone 6s through a three-week vacation in Indonesia.

It’s intriguing how the pressures of traveling and detachment from the internet can make owning even the most well-designed of smartphones feel like a constant burden. I personally choose not to deal with cellular data and limit my usage to just SMS, meaning I get my internet purely from Wi-Fi. But when I do load up my SIM with a couple gigs of data by occasion, I see myself micromanaging my usage and it feels like I’m serving the device, not the other way around.

Though it’s exciting knowing that the iPhone, assumed to be in a maturation phase, has so much room for improvement, even beyond the issues outlined here e.g. widespread adoption of iCloud services, better optimisation for third-party apps, etc. It’s up to Apple to acknowledge this and to keep improving it, particularly in the areas addressed in this review.

Here’s a quote I picked from the end as TL;DR (but you should be reading the whole thing, really):


“There is something further to consider here: we — designers, developers, and product people — spend a lot of time worrying about how our new product looks and works in U.S. English on an LTE connection, for the tastes of an American (or, at least, Euro-centric) audience. We spend little time asking how it will function for people who fall outside those parameters — parameters which, by the way, narrow as fast as greater amounts of people get connected to the web. My quip about Path earlier is indicative of this: we assume Path is dead because we don’t use it; yet, it has, as far as I can work out, a respectable user base in Southeast Asia, and that market grows every day.”


(Via PixelEnvy)