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Tig Bitties

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Looking at the screen shot, what phone is this I'm using?
 

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Tig Bitties

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This little app is super cool;
 

Tig Bitties

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Shockingly I picked up a 12 Pro Max this week. My junior high age kids were both ready for SIM cards for their hand me down Pixel 2XL and 3XL phones I gave them. So while at TMobile store, they had a good deal going and I haven't picked up a phone through the carrier in years, they had a promo and I gave them my old LG phone I still had which counted towards credit off on the new iPhone.

I'm still a Pixel guy #1, but not a fan of the direction Google took with the Pixel 5. And I've been itching to get back to try an iPhone just to get my own experiences and my own honest opinions on Apple's big phone. I almost did this last year with the 11 Pro Max, but was very satisfied with my Pixel 4 XL a year ago, didn't want a switch.

And definitely it's taking some major adjustment between stock Android and iOS. But the last time I owned an iPhone back I think the 7 plus I feel iOS has matured and gone in the direction that I wanted. Dark theme is great now it's easy to customize icons, The Phone calls coming in as a banner notification now, and the volume hud being a tiny pill like thing, I like these revisions Apple has done, and other things have changed in the 5 years since I've ran an iPhone.
But the difference today between iOS 14 and Android 11 doesn't seem as radical and extremely different as it did between iOS 9 and Android M 6.0, back then I found the two OS's vastly different, today not as much, they both seem more similar than I would expect.

I will say I find the Pixel an easier phone to just pick up and use quickly. But I need more time with this 12 Pro Max to get comfortable. I will give it up to the 14 days before return period is up, but so far I like it.
 

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Tig Bitties

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Nice things about this 12 Pro Max;

-Screen is very bright and vibrant, miles ahead of my Pixel 4 XL's display
-Haptic vibration engine in this iPhone is amazing, very good motor in there, and just feels so nice, and the little vibrations on minor things I wasn't expecting is cool
-Speakers, WOW, loud and clear
-Battery life, I can't say for sure yet, only having this phone a few days, but it has amazing battery life so far, easily a day + with heavy use.
-OS smoothness? iOS 14 feels very fluid, can't really see any hiccups or lags yet, I did enable Reduce Motion to make it feel faster,, and it does.

Now I really haven't used iMessage, or Phone calls, or GPS yet. Best way I can test a new phone is during a workday, at work being in sales management, and help run high end construction projects, I am very busy, and use my phone a lot with calls, texts, e-mails, camera, etc... Only then will I truly know how this phone works and handles a busy workweek.
 
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I'm not saying this iPhone 12 Pro max is the super best phone ever, no. I still have and kept my Pixel 4 XL, which I still like a lot. I hope Google makes a high end version Pixel 6 XL, with the new SD 888 and all the bells and whistles, an give it a 6.5" screen or so. I tried the Pixel 5, but it felt too small, like a childs toy, plus it did feel lesser quality, not as high end as the 4 XL.

The main reason I got the iPhone 12 Pro Max was out of boredom and just wanting something different. And not a Samsung or OnePlus phone. The only phone I'd upgrade too is a Pixel 6 XL if Googke makes it. But first let's see how my time goes on this 12 Pro Max.
 

Tig Bitties

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What browser you using? Safari or Chrome or something?

I'm liking Safari with AdGuard Pro I must have bought the Pro version on my last iPhone years ago. Seems to be a good combo and work with zero ads.

What do you recommend?
 

The Game 161

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I do like the way you can customise the home screens...not actually decided to do it though. How long does it take? Think will just stick with my normal icons plus all my widgets which is a lot..

I always use safari for me is my favourite browser. Dunno if you use a lot of YouTube but been happy to find a work around for PIP and it works in the YouTube app with no premium required either
 
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I prefer Safari over Chrome, especially since Safari has Reader mode. Game changer, TBH. Apollo for Reddit and Castro for podcasts. Apollo has great widgets.

Also, r/Shortcuts and r/iOSsetups have nifty suggestions.
 

Tig Bitties

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Need help here, how do I go back or swipe back in YouTube? So I'm watching a video in YouTube Premium on my 12 Pro Max, but I can't seem to figure out how to go back or swipe back to the main YouTube screen while in the middje of watching a video. Or if I'm reading comments on a video, how do I swioe back to check other videos on YouTube?
 

Tig Bitties

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Keyboards? What do you guys use?

I installed Gboard as I like the haptic feedback when typing, which I'm surprised the Apple keyboard doesn't offer.

But I can't figure out how to get the number keys to remain at the top? Where's that setting?

Last thing, why is there this big grey gap space below the keyboard between the very bottom of the screen? Seems like the keyboard should go down to the bottom.

Another question, when I go to the mic key in the upper right of Gboard to voice speak to text, some strange screen appears while I'm speaking but seems to fade away before I'm done speaking. Is that a Google and ios issue?

Suppose I'd use the Apple keyboard if they offered a black or dark color, but they only have this weird semi transparent grey color.
 

Tig Bitties

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Sort of digging this homeecreen setup, nothing fancy but functional

Have to say I'm liking this phone, but still no SIM card in until tomorrow morning start of work the big test if I like this phone
 

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Tig Bitties

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Sorry for another question

What News widget is out there that can mimic the Google News feed? I do miss that the most from my Pixel the left panel having that long scrolling news widget based on your likes
 

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Need help here, how do I go back or swipe back in YouTube? So I'm watching a video in YouTube Premium on my 12 Pro Max, but I can't seem to figure out how to go back or swipe back to the main YouTube screen while in the middje of watching a video. Or if I'm reading comments on a video, how do I swioe back to check other videos on YouTube?
just swiping down when when you have the video in non full screen when in full screen you should be able to do the same thing
 

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Sorry for another question

What News widget is out there that can mimic the Google News feed? I do miss that the most from my Pixel the left panel having that long scrolling news widget based on your likes
I use the main apple news widgets. You can edit the feed for whatever topic that interests you.

I have like 4-5 news widgets from NBA news, football news, apple news and overall news around the world. works well for me. the news widgets has actually made widgets to be just as good as android widgets for me
 

Tig Bitties

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This one has me stumped. How do I get YouTube to work in PiP ( Picture in Picture ) mode?

I have the Premium version of YT. But I never see the icon for PiP in the YouTube videos, and yes I have PiP enabled in the iPhone General settings.

Have no idea how to get this to work?
 

Tig Bitties

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Ummm.. PiP only works through Safari. Unfortunately, it doesn't work through the YouTube App.

You have to put the video in full screen for the PiP icon to appear when viewing in Safari.

Ugh, ok thanks.

I checked my Pixel 4 XL YouTube settings, it has the PiP option, I just enabled it but can't seem to actually get it to work on they phone.

Says play a video then press the Home button while watching the video to turn on PiP. But I have no home button on the 4 XL.
 

Ludatyk

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Ugh, ok thanks.

I checked my Pixel 4 XL YouTube settings, it has the PiP option, I just enabled it but can't seem to actually get it to work on they phone.

Says play a video then press the Home button while watching the video to turn on PiP. But I have no home button on the 4 XL.

No problem.

Since I use Swipe Gestures for my Navigation Bar, I just swipe up while playing a video... it then goes to PiP on my Fold2.
 
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Strangest thing. I finally put the Sim card in my phone today and actually used it made bunch of texts everything cool except the strangest thing texts to my wife’s phone would go through OK but her replies were still coming up on my Google Pixel 4 XL. The SIM card is out of that Pixel and in my iPhone. Her number seems to be the only one doing that.
 
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Strangest thing. I finally put the Sim card in my phone today and actually used it made bunch of texts everything cool except the strangest thing texts to my wife’s phone would go through OK but her replies were still coming up on my Google Pixel 4 XL. The SIM card is out of that Pixel and in my iPhone. Her number seems to be the only one doing that.
Did you disable the "chat feature" (aka RCS) on your Pixel prior to moving your SIM card?
 

The Game 161

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This one has me stumped. How do I get YouTube to work in PiP ( Picture in Picture ) mode?

I have the Premium version of YT. But I never see the icon for PiP in the YouTube videos, and yes I have PiP enabled in the iPhone General settings.

Have no idea how to get this to work?

this works for me and works very well and only takes just clicking the share button

and this works for non YouTube premium as well

this works in the YouTube app and safari. Works on my iPad as well

basically Siri Shortcuts link and just click it each time
 
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