Last updated: October 1st, 2021 at 11:22 UTC+02:00
The new iPhones are out, and one of my friends was able to pick up the iPhone 13 Pro Max on launch day before stocks ran out everywhere. The new iPhones are pretty exciting whether or not you’re an iPhone user, and I coaxed my friend into lending me his phone for a couple of days so I could check out how things are on the other side of the isle.
The last and only time I used an iPhone was back in 2016, and I found iOS incredibly restrictive and less conducive to getting things done quickly compared to Android. And while iOS is no longer as restrictive as it used to be, it’s still a little too different for long-time Android users and takes some time getting used to.
Of course, I’m not supposed to be getting used to it, as Android and Samsung are where my heart lies. Just two days into using the iPhone 13 Pro Max, I’m already itching to get back to the Galaxy S21 Ultra that I have sitting on my desk (partly because my brand new Galaxy Watch 4 doesn’t support the iPhone).
But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like some things about the iPhone, and there are two that I wish Samsung would copy as soon as it possibly can.
Louder, punchier stereo speakers
Samsung introduced stereo speakers to its flagships a couple of years after Apple, and all this time later, Samsung’s implementation of them isn’t as good. I mean, it’s great if you don’t have an iPhone to compare it to, but put them side by side and the iPhone’s advantage becomes clear.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max’s stereo speakers are louder, and there’s more bass, too. I watch a lot of videos on the phone without connecting earphones to it, and the iPhone is better suited for that. Again, Samsung’s speakers also sound great, but they aren’t as good as the iPhone’s, and I hope it’s something Samsung can address going forward.
Get rid of the camera lag Samsung, please!
The lag in the camera app on the Galaxy S21 series is well documented, with Samsung even attempting to fix it with a software update after we reported how bad things can get (especially when zooming in and out). But just a few minutes with the iPhone and you realize how far Samsung has to go to make its camera experience smooth as it should be.
From how quickly the iPhone responds when you long press the shutter button in Photo mode to start recording videos to how fast it switches between camera modes, it’s just all round better than on any Samsung flagship, including the Galaxy S21 Ultra. I think the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera quality is better (and its zoom prowess is unbeatable), but the speed and fluidity of the camera app leave a lot to be desired.
Is there anything about the iPhone that you wish you had on your Galaxy smartphone? Let me know down in the comments!