So for the past two weeks, since I sold my Galaxy Note 4 and picked up an iPhone 6, I'd been keeping a little notebook of thoughts that I figured to share with the MacRumors community (I've been a reader here for nearly seven years consistently, still remember downvotes). I'm tech agnostic, and don't get caught up in the fanboy garbage because, well, they're billion dollar corporations who do not care about me. My wife has always been iOS, I've always been Windows/Android. We've both been happy and we both love using one another's devices. But I finally decided that I'd get an iPhone, mainly because of the screen size increase (true story, I have the same size hand as the average NBA player though I am 5'10"). Onto the initial thoughts: - The iPhone isn't Android and it never will be so don't fight it or it will be as stubborn as a mule. There's no other way around this. "Tinkering" in iOS is taboo; by taboo I mean struck down with an iron fist. The very first thing I did when I got the iPhone was download Swiftkey because the iOS keyboard is terrible for large handed folk and honestly just bad. Next I wanted to...nope that's it. You can't do much else in terms of customization that you couldn't do on a Nokia brick phone all those years ago. Change your ringtones, change your wallpaper, call it a day. Sure you can add folders, which is lovely, but that's about it. Not that I have a problem with it, but I usually set my most used apps on the right- and bottom-side of the screen for easy thumb accessibility, and now I find myself having to really get creative with the icons to do such a thing. But whatever, iOS works right out of the box. You don't HAVE to customize anything to get it to work, it just will for you. 2.) Except when it doesn't work for you. Maybe I have a lemon of a phone (though I suspect absolutely no), but having never really used iOS except on my wife's devices, I did not expect to encounter any bugs. iOS is typically rock solid iOS 8 can sometimes be kind of a mess. I can't tell if it's swiftkey or iOS, but one or the other is messing up horribly. I've had to force close (swipe up and reload) iMessage/iChat over eight times because of bugs that show non responsive keyboards, alternate keyboards between the stock and swiftkey, etc. And adding contacts with Swiftkey literally shoots text all over the screen in random fields until I switch back, which you can't do until you close it. It's not a major deal, but it's annoying. They shouldn't have even allowed third-party keyboards if they weren't going to integrate it correctly. That's teetering into older Android territory... And if you receive an incoming text while in landscape and try to reply through the notification in portrait? Except a freeze up. Similarly, the emergency dialer when opened in landscape cuts off half the screen, you would literally not be able to dial 911 in a no service area if you opened your screen up the wrong way. Only fixed with a hard reboot. I've noticed that apps crash a bit more on iOS. I had always heard of this report floating around that it was in fact true that iOS apps crashed more times than Android apps. I never wanted to believe it because Android can suck so much sometimes that I assumed I'd been saving the best for last (grass is always greener). Nope. Both iOS and Android apps crash infrequently, but in my experience iOS has clearly taken that crown. 4.) Email is pretty bad, the phone needs more RAM I think so things don't continuously reload after you leave them, and the screen needs an upgrade. The first two are obvious though I am getting used to Mail because it's just kind of fun to use, but the third...there's nothing wrong with the iPhone screen AT ALL. Still, if you've spent any amount of time with a higher pixel density screen, you'll notice it a whole lot with the iPhone. It's just a tad grainier. But the color reproduction is second to none, and at times I find myself in amazement that it's even an LCD panel at all. 5.) It's the overall package that's nice, though. With an iPhone, you just kind of have to immerse yourself into the ecosystem for it to work. The gap between the two systems isn't major, and at this point the two are on equal footing -- it's just preference. But with an iPhone you really have to do things their way. It's best to use the stock keyboard, it's best to use Safari (snappiest ever), it's best to use Apple Maps, Siri, and iCal. If you give in and use all the stock apps, you'll do just fine. It honestly cuts down on some of the time wasted tinkering with settings on an Android phone. It may not be your preferred method of doing things, but it will do them just fine. - TouchID is epic. I managed to program my damn nose into it and get it to work consistently (took forever though). - I just feel more secure. I love how iOS handles permissions for apps, and to be quite honest even though I've never used an Apple product before I still trust them more than some shady apps on Google...or Google. They're a big corporation so my level of trust ranges from non-existent to next to non existent, but Apple has really taken measures to the next level in terms of security. - Some Android cameras may be better, but the iPhone has the best camera experience in my eyes. No other way around it, I simply love the experience. It's so easy, and I have never taken better pictures than I have with an iPhone. I am an AWFUL photographer, to the point where my friends would rather hand the camera off to someone else than give it to me (big hands get in the way too much), but for once I was allowed to take pictures. Nice feeling. It's all just so easy. - Battery life makes more sense on an iPhone. It's hard to explain, but on an Android phone battery life can be, at times, unpredictable. But with an iPhone if I turn off the screen at 70% and leave the phone alone for a few hours, I'll still be at 70%. That reassurance has me much happier overall, as Android phones do not sip battery sometimes; they gulp it down. Overall, very happy. Thanks for reading! Anyone else have similar experiences?