The story of 2 iPhones
Act 1, Scene 1 Thursday, 30 September- 3:00 PM-
I casually bring up the topic of my moms phone dying (LCD screen getting white spots) and my dad for the first time hears me out. His phone too, a 3 year old Motorola X4 was not able to perform upto his expectations. The phone was good, but since it was only a 64GB one, clearing out for space had to happen at regular intervals. 3:30 PM-
I happen to look at these deals on Amazon and Flipkart coming up from 3rd with my brother and inform my dad about them. The plan initially was to get an iPhone 11 for my dad and my mom gets the Moto X4 for a few months. After some serious discussions, it was down to 2 Google Pixel 4a's for both them (use different back cases) which I took as an opportunity to present the iPhone SE. * Enter iPhone no.1 *
I earlier had my share of apprehensions over the iPhones being a rip off, which took a back seat after spending a day with my friends SE. Everything in it is bloatware free and camera was just stunning. For some reason Flipkart was selling both the SE and Pixel 4a at the discounted price they mentioned these phones will be priced at on 3rd October. It was a never before price, ₹30,999 for the 128 GB iPhone SE and ₹26,999 for the Pixel 4a. 4:00 PM-
Dad was convinced with the pricing and went ahead to book a black iPhone SE 128GB for my mom with her Samsung Galaxy M40 put up for exchange. Booked the charging adapter at ₹1900 which was to be delivered with the SE the very next day.
Act 1, Scene 2 10:00 AM-
Phone arrives, my excitement knew no bounds. Finally, a phone that was not Android! 11:00 AM-
Some thoughts regarding its screen size and battery were constantly eating me up since it was booked. With my fingers crossed, unboxed to find a cute little phone that was similar in size with my dad's old LG Nexus 4. Though the phone was nice to hold, the display did take some time to get used to. 3:00 PM-
Few hours into the ownership, some observations made-
1) The touch wasn't responsive and needed 2-3 taps to get it to do the job.
2) Camera was brilliant, it clicked some beautiful pictures.
3) Found the UI not to be that hard to get used to.
Overall, a price light on the pocket and some brilliant firsts made it a happy purchase.
Act 2, Scene 1 9:00 PM-
The deals in Amazon were to start 3 hours from then, and we had no intention of buying another phone soon. * Enter iPhone no.2 * 10:00 PM-
Articles on iPhone 11 to be priced at ₹38999 pop up. It was a never before deal. Serious discussions on choosing between 11 and 12 start. Initially, iPhone 11 made sense to buy as it was priced 10k lesser than what flipkart was to offer the 12 at next day. A questionable prior experience with flipkart (There was this deal on LG G8X a year ago which as soon as it was launched in the night ran out of stock. Later, articles mentioning some scam came up regarding this) made it all the more worth it to book the iPhone 11. Saturday, 2nd October 00:00 AM-
Deals on Amazon only for Prime members start, and iPhone 11 128 GB is priced at ₹43,999 which was a stellar price for a full fledged iPhone. 00:30 AM-
Booked a black iPhone 11 128 GB along with a charging adapter which was to be delivered on the 2nd itself. I asked my dad to push the delivery date to 4th October (Monday) as I still had some hopes of the iPhone 12 being put up at a discounted rate the next day. 01:00 AM-
Went to sleep with some part of me excited for the deals to come on 12 rather than the already booked 11. 03:00 PM-
News articles on Flipkart plus members getting the iPhone 12 128GB at ₹54,999 show up which brought us back to square one.
Act 2, Scene 2- 5:00 PM-
After some detailed analysis on the difference between the iPhone 11 and 12, it was evident that some points did favour the ₹10k additional cost of the 12. At the same time, we found that there were no significant differences in the iPhone 13 over the 12. With a mind in a very unrest state, it was only logical to wait and watch. Sunday, 3rd October- 12:00 AM-
It was real! Immediately booked a black iPhone 12 128GB with a Moto X4 put up for exchange. The next thing to do was cancel the 11.
Finally things were falling in place and the phones for the next few years were in sight. 7:30 PM-
Flipkart delivery guy shows up to deliver the phone while the app still showed the delivery date as 4th. Since the phone was already backed up, it took no time to factory reset the phone and hand it over.
And that is the story of how we ended up getting 2 iPhones within a span of 3 days with no prior intentions of buying one. Yes, deals like these can cause miracles in a family that has never used an Apple product before. Living with the iPhones-
It has been a nice experience so far with many new things yet to be discovered. Both the phones run on iOS 15 now and I must admit that the subtle differences between iOS 14 and 15 enhanced the usability. Few settings set by default (in box) were not very user friendly. For eg:
1) In the iPhone SE, after googling what the issue with the touch is (as mentioned earlier) I found that there was this option called "Touch Accommodations" that had to be selected. It did make a difference, but I still don't understand why that setting wasn't turned on from the start?
2) One of the main reasons why we picked the iPhone 12 over 11 was the over-advertised OLED display and 1:2,000,000 contrast ratio. This phone had this yellow display when compared to the LCD SE's display. This difference in displays made the whole photo viewing or anything in general unimpressive and not half as worth as the SE. Sure I did have a prior experience with my phone, (M51 has an OLED display while the M40 had a LCD display. The yellowishness was noticeable in the M51.) but the display here was super yellowish that made it kind of a deal breaker until we found that there was this setting to change the display's warmth and blues.
Switching phones for various tasks has become a pain now thanks to different navigation bars in the 3 phones. While my phone has the standard buttons, mom's SE comes with a home button and dad's iPhone 12 comes with gesture based controls.
Now, coming to the likes
of the phones. Likes-
1) Awesome Portrait mode photos.
2) The phones feel incredible to hold.
3) Few apps under the utilities section and garage band were nice to use.
4) The overall smooth browsing through make it hard for iPhone users to go back to Android after some point of time.
5) Though the SE's display is only 4.7 inches, I find myself making less errors while typing in it over my 6.7 inch display mammoth of a phone.(Samsung Galaxy M51)
6) Finger print and face recognition (in ideal conditions) are spot on.
7) WiFi and data reception is pretty good. Dislikes-
1)The camera though impressive, is bad when the lens is zoomed in beyond 2.5◊.
2) The lack of a finger print sensor in the 12 is making it difficult to use when outside.
3) The notifications when swiped right should make them disappear but not open it!!
. Ok, actually coming from Android, I personally would have loved to see that.
4) The battery life is not out of the world. Understandable in the SE, but the 12 too disappointed. They spend decent time plugged to the cord everyday.
5) It would have been great to see an optional pack set at some premium which offers both the adapter and earpods. It is a real pain to buy them separately.
6) I see that there is a way to move your chat from iPhone to Android according to whatsapp FAQs but not the other way. Sucks.
Questions to fellow iPhone owners and pundits now-
1) Why does my "Touch accommodations" setting on the SE reset itself at midnight everyday?
2) Both the phones connect via Bluetooth with other devices (phones, headphones etc.) but not with each other. The phones say that the other one's not in range even though they are next to each other (Like 3cm away from each other
). How do I rectify this?
3) Air drop used to work from the iPhone 12 to SE but now is taking a lot of time to connect but still fails. Airdrop is not at all working on the SE.
I did switch on Bluetooth in both the phones, though both of them don't connect with each other, iPhone 12 was able to send photos earlier. Apart from that, I connected them to the same wifi and set the air drop to contacts only setting. How do I fix this?
P.S- Both a set of female Type-C to male USB A converter for charging and Apple Carplay on the Tata Safari. Works pretty well.
Carplay in action-
Link to the product- https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08T5SF2BG/...ing=UTF8&psc=1