My manager is quite generous; he gave me an iPhone 5S and an iPad Retina Mini to use for work. These are my first mobile Apple devices, so it’s been an interesting experience.
The iPhone 5S is beautiful. Just unboxing it was an experience. This phone is seriously an aesthetic gift to the world. I sort of understand why people pay so much for a phone with arguably inferior hardware to several cheaper, Android phones.
But really, is beauty a quality we should seek in a mobile device? Whenever I eat, I now place the phone on a napkin to ensure it doesn’t get dirty from the table. I use to keep my phone in the same pocket as my FitBit, but now I isolate the phone to avoid any potential scratches. I cringe when I see others treat their iPhone 5S like I used to treat my Galaxy Nexus.
Maybe I should get a case, but I don’t like the added thickness and weight. Getting a case defeats the purpose of getting an iPhone. I’d just be paying extra to use a fat and ugly device… I might as well go back to the Galaxy Nexus! Treating the iPhone with extra care might get annoying, but at least it functions exactly as my old phone did.
The iPad, however, doesn’t seem to fit any function. The first hour I used it was amazing. Again, just unboxing it was exciting. Unfortunately, I have since been unable to find an opportunity where an iPad suits my task better than an iPhone or a Macbook Air.
The iPad Mini is still too big to comfortably hold in one hand, so I don’t want to call it a truly mobile device like the iPhone. And it has no proper form of input, so it’ll never be as useful as the barely heavier Macbook Air. I just don’t know what to do with it, and it’s a shame to have such a beautiful device collecting dust on my desk.
Although I can’t imagine paying for an iPhone, I still enjoy using it. As for the iPad, I think this blog post describes it best; our love affair with the tablet is over.