iMessage, FaceTime & FaceTime Audio
Apple makes it easier to communicate with other iPhone and iPad owners with a trio of services that allow for fast and simple connectivity.
iMessage allows users to send longer messages at one time and the messages can go to any Apple device that user owns.
FaceTime delivers an excellent way to video chat. Unlike Hangouts, it is built into the phone app so it is easy to switch from phone call to video call with the push of a button.
FaceTime Audio also helps iPhone users call when coverage is spotty, by using data to make an audio call. FaceTime Audio calls also sound better much better than a normal call and work when you have a poor cell signal, but still have WiFi.
Better Control of Notifications
The iPhone still does a better job of managing notifications. Android makes it easier to clear out your notifications, but we still prefer Apple’s separation of notifications, options and what’s happening now to what Google and Samsung offer.
With the iPhone, you can see a short summary of what’ happening today and access widgets that keep you up to date and then tap into Notifications. Unlike with Samsung devices and stock Android devices, there are no settings options to accidentally toggle while looking at notifications.
The new iOS 11 Notification Center could seriously set Apple back in this regard, as the new method of showing notifications adds an extra step in there.
Storage Use and Carrier Options
No matter what carrier you walk into in the U.S. you can get the same color iPhone as any other major carrier and the same storage options.
Samsung is doing a little better with the Note 9 arriving in two storage options, but for many other devices you only get one storage option.
You can add a Micro SD card to the Galaxy smartphone, but the phone won’t treat it the same as if you had a 256GB iPhone.
The Galaxy phones do not support an Android feature that essentially tricks the phone into thinking your Micro SD card is part of the internal storage. Because of this, you cannot move all apps to the SD card (although you can move many) and apps that you use widgets for are not good to move to the SD card.
When you compare this to a 64GB iPhone X that treats all storage the same there are still clear advantages despite the higher cost of upgrading to more storage on the iPhone.
Speck CandyShell Clear iPhone 6s Case
The Speck CandyShell Clear is the first clear iPhone 6s case from Speck, and the first clear case from the company overall. This form-fitting, minimalist iPhone 6s case delivers a decent amount of protection with a military drop test 810G rating.
Speck assures us that the clear case will not yellow with use like many cheap clear case options. The clear finish is perfect for showing off your iPhone 6s color choice while protecting it.
Buttons move perfectly and are easy to find by touch and there is a raised front bezel to keep the iPhone 6s display off hard surfaces.
$34.95 at Speck