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.”