Since we reported on the fact that Apple Users Want A BlackBerry we’ve had quite a lot of attention from iPhonians wondering in marvel at just what a BlackBerry can do that their amazing Apple product can’t.
Little wonder when you take a look around and see just how far iPhone users are having to go just to get their PREMIUM priced product to work.
Take this example. Over at GottabeMobile Josh Smith has loaded on the new 7.1.1 update onto his iPhone5S (that’s the flagship one, remember) and, after a almost 2 weeks use he has helpfully reported back his findings.
Fortunately, for Josh, his phone didn’t brick as some poor people’s have, so he started his review with just what was in the new update,
Apple changed the look of the iPhone software with iOS 7 last fall and completed this change with the iOS 7.1 update in March. This small iOS 7.1.1 update did not bring any visual changes to the iPhone 5s or any other iPhone devices. The iOS 7.1 update was a major update that brought a lot of fixes to the table, including the promise of better Touch ID support on the iPhone 5s.
While Touch ID worked fairly well, some users experienced degrading performance after a few weeks, which prevented the iPhone from unlocking the device with a finger press on the home button. Training the iPhone 5s Touch ID sensor fixed the problem for a few weeks, but eventually the sensor would not recognize fingerprints as well.
For some users iOS 7.1 delivered a fix that worked. I noticed an improvement, after installing iOS 7.1, but as April rolled on there were still several times that the fingerprint reader did not unlock the iPhone on the first, or second, try. With this in mind Apple delivered another tweak to the Touch ID code in iOS 7.1.1 which is an improvement to the overall Touch ID experience, but it is still not 100% accurate on my iPhone 5s.
Sounds good, Josh, but, er, problems with the fingerprint scanner? Wasn’t aware of those but I’m sure they’re all sorted now. So, let’s dive in as Josh has broken his review into 7 handy bite sized chunks.
PERFORMANCE – The iPhone 5s is already a fast device and the iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1 updates don’t change that fact. Simply put the iPhone 5s is still speedy and it is much nicer to use thanks to the iOS 7.1 update that fixed constant crashes. During the first two weeks after installing an update like this I check an array of features like connectivity, speed, apps, Touch ID, battery life and bugs.
Wait – WHAT?? iOS 7.1 caused CONSTANT CRASHES? Woah. Nope, we’re good though, 7.1.1 is good to go!
SPEED – There is no change in iPhone 5s performance on iOS 7.1.1. This is not surprising given this is the latest smartphone from Apple and this is a minor update. Don’t worry about any speed issues after installing iOS 7.1.1 on the iPhone 5s.
Great stuff. No change.
APPS – During the last two weeks I was able to spend more time than usual testing apps on my iPhone 5s running iOS 7.1.1 thanks to a car accident that means multiple visits to doctors and therapists where I am left waiting with a phone in hand. There are no apps in my large library of games, productivity and entertainment apps that do not work on iOS 7.1.1.
Cool. They all still work.
BATTERY LIFE – For the most part iOS 7.1.1 battery life on the iPhone 5s is good, but there are days where the battery drains faster than on iOS 7.1, especially while making phone calls. In my case this happens primarily in poor coverage areas, which is to be expected, but even with good coverage the battery depletes faster while making phone calls and using FaceTime Audio calls.
Overall the iOS 7.1.1 battery life on the iPhone 5s is a mixed experience for users. Some iPhone 5s owners claim battery life is improving, while others say it is declining.
Aside from faster battery drain while on phone calls, iOS 7.1.1 battery life is roughly the same for me. By switching all phone calls to another phone for one day my battery life was the same as on iOS 7.1.1, which makes me think it could be related to coverage or connectivity issues.
Ah. Oh dear. So the answer to saving your battery is DON’T USE IT AS A PHONE.
TOUCH ID – Touch ID is not perfect with iOS 7.1.1, but it is significantly better than on iOS 7 and is better than on the iOS 7.1 update from March. I can unlock the iPhone 5s with the first attempt most of the time, and if that fails a second try will normally unlock the iPhone. Where the frustration remains is when the third try fails. If this happens I may as well give up and enter a pass code because it could take 10 tries. If you experience issues re set up Touch ID and the new set up process will take more scans to deliver a better experience. Hopefully the iOS 8 update brings continued fixes and Apple allows us to use the fingerprint as a password in more ways.
Or, just a suggestion, they could come up with a way for it to work at all?
CONNECTIVITY – Overall connectivity is good while using iOS 7.1.1 on the iPhone 5s, but it is not perfect for me. WiFi and Bluetooth work wonderfully with multiple devices and networks, but the cellular coverage is a step down from when I was on iOS 7.
Soon after updating to iOS 7.1 the poor network coverage in my neighborhood became more pronounced and while it seemed to improve with iOS 7.1.1, after an additional week I cannot reliably make calls from my house. It is possible that this is a Verizon issues completely unrelated to the iPhone 5s, but I am not dropping calls very often on the HTC One M8 after a soft reset.
Well, look on the bright side, your battery life has just been extended since you can’t call anyone.
BUGS – Other than the coverage issue that may not be related to the update I am not experiencing any iOS 7.1.1 bugs on my iPhone 5s.
So, let me get this straight. You can’t use it as a phone as it can’t get a signal and even when you do the battery burns dry? And the fingerprint gimmicky thing doesn’t work properly. And you don’t think there are any bugs??
Still at least the random reboots have stopped, eh?
Oh, hang on, there’s more…
UPDATE: After a two weeks of good performance the iPhone 5s restarted this morning similar to the restarts that plagued users on iOS 7.
And it also keeps switching itself off. Great.
Isn’t it astounding how iPhonians make excuse after excuse after excuse for what is, let’s be fair, a piece of kit which actually is pretty much not fit for purpose.
It doesn’t work properly!
And you paid how much for this???
By switching itself off the poor thing is trying to tell you something guys.
Time to give up.
Time to let go.
Time to buy a BlackBerry.