What is the digital and online world full of these days? Fake News. Such drivel has become so ubiquitous that it has become difficult to tell real news from fake, insightful analysis from contrarian opinions generated for its own sake.
Every year for a decade Apple has introduced a new iPhone, and every year since 2008 we’ve been treated to critics who bash unannounced features, announced features, along with glowing reviews and lines of customers. Inevitably, we see a litany of articles from writers who hate it. Here’s another one.
Haters Gonna Hate
Business Insider and Circus Elephant Waste Collections, Inc. boasts an entire stable of writers and contributors who take reality for a spin. Here’s an example from Dennis Green. The headline:
I’ve been using my iPhone X for nearly a month, and I’ve decided I hate it
I’ve had my iPhone X since Day One, three weeks as of this writing, which is close to a month, but it’s really almost like a year already. Why would someone hate an iPhone X after a few weeks of usage?
First, they switched from Android and don’t like iOS. Second, they really find all those new gestures to be disconcerting and difficult to use. Third, they really can’t afford it (impulse buy). Next, they just can’t take the time to figure out how to use it. Finally, their editor boss told them to write something negative about Apple because that’s what gets hits to the website.
Let’s go with what’s behind the last door, Monte.
For good or bad or just because, what are the iPhone X’s most notable points?
- iPhone X is beautiful and exciting.
- The iPhone has one critical flaw, however– it’s nearly impossible to use with one hand.
- The difficulty has changed the way I use my iPhone for the worse, so I’m selling mine.
OK, let’s start with reality. iPhone X is beautiful and exciting. 50,000 online reviews can’t be wrong, right? To use iPhone X is to love it so what went wrong over at BI’s Writer Ranch?
I’m now nearly a month into using the iPhone X, and I’ve slowly realized I unreservedly dislike the device. In fact, I hate using it.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion, a personal perspective, and on almost anything. I get that. Green’s whole schtick regarding business, retail, e-commerce, and technology is to be contrarian wherever possible.
- The number 37 reveals everything you need to know about getting a deal on Black Friday.
- American Eagle just opened a store of the future complete with free laundry machines and an iPad in every dressing room.
- Parents are furious after an Amazon ad ‘kills Christmas’ by implying Santa isn’t real.
Lots of Facebook-like drivel on that list. That’s the schtick, the modus operandi; oddly contrarian pieces of less-than-insightful news and perspective, massaged into an interesting, eyeball-catching headline, with little consideration of actual analysis. Yes, we need a case in point. Here it is.
But there’s really only one flaw that matters to me: The phone is impossible for me to use with one hand.
Really? I mean, iPhone X is slightly larger than iPhones 6, 6s, 7, and 8, and notably smaller than iPhones 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus, so you would have thought that argument died a few iPhone versions ago.
The new gestures required by the notch at the top of the phone mean there’s no way to look at my notifications with only one hand or access the control center — and those are essential functions.
Oh, I get it. Donald Trump hands. Just kidding. When I hold iPhone X in one had I can’t reach the Control Center slide down spot in the upper right ear or horn, either. I guess I’ll never be able to use Control Center with only one hand.
Wait. No. That’s wrong. Apple to the rescue, iOS has this nifty little button that crams a whole bunch of one tap actions into a tiny space that can be easily accessed by your thumb while holding the iPhone X (or other iPhone models) in one hand. I use it all the time.
Settings > General > Accessiblity > Assistive Touch > toggle On. For those of us who cannot reach a particular app location on our iPhones– and refuse to use the other hand and fingers (or who don’t have one to use) Apple has provided a few tools that help. Apple Insider gives details but Assistive Touch is mostly self explanatory. Unless you work for Business Insider. Here’s what you get by using only your thumb.
Not every iPhone user needs AssistiveTouch. Sometimes I use my other hand to reach apps at the tops of my iPhone’s screen. Duh. Sometimes I use the ReachAbility feature to bring the top-most apps down toward the center of the iPhone’s screen. Duh. This not being able to reach the top of an iPhone’s screen for anything is a problem solved long ago. Except in the hallowed halls of Business Insider’s Monkey Typing School.
The laws of physics can be brutal. Imagine how life would be if you decided “I’m only going to make right turns.” Why? Just because. Or, just like, “I’m only going to use my iPhone with one hand.” Alright, UPS truck drivers mostly turn right but there are times when reality sets it. Using a second hand or a built-in feature so only one hand can be used to navigate an iPhone’s screen is close to reality.
The top two rows of apps on the home screen are basically inaccessible without this sliding move, and it makes me paranoid I’m going to drop the $1,000 device.
Except for the aforementioned solutions, which Apple put in place to help those who are disabled, those with short fingers, or those who only want to use the iPhone with a single hand no matter what; short fingers notwithstanding.
Oh, and not to pile on while piling on, iOS lets you fill up a folder of frequently used apps and drag and drop them to the Dock which makes 9 to 36 or more apps available with a thumb touch– one handed.
With my previous iPhone, the 6, I could use my pinky as a kind of shelf for the phone to sit on as I tapped away, texting, checking email, or changing songs on Spotify. The X’s size doesn’t let that happen.
President Trump has a similar problem. But the problem here isn’t finger length or iPhone X size. It’s where you put the apps you want to use.
When I upgraded to the 6 from my iPhone 4S, I had similar doubts about one-handed use, and it took me a few weeks to get used to it. I ended up falling in love with the phone. That same thing did not happen with the X a month into using it. I had assumed that using the new phone would be identical to using my previous phone, but I didn’t account for the drastic effect of the larger screen.
It’s really too bad Apple does not let you try out new gadgets at the Mall. And it’s just criminal that there is no return policy.
The screen is just too big to use with one hand. It’s not comfortable, and I don’t think it ever will be. And it isn’t big enough to comfortably use two hands all the time.
Yeah, I have exactly the same problem. So, sometimes, while nobody is looking and I’m hoping that God is busy smiting someone else, I use my other hand. I know how to use a Windows PC at work so that puts me in the handicapped zone on my iPhone X so I guess it’s legal to use AssistiveTouch and Reachability.
If the iPhone X is the future of the smartphone, I’d rather be left behind. I’ll be selling my iPhone X to invest in the tried-and-true form factor of the iPhone 8 instead.