Last month, I wrote about my love for the Apple iPhone X, and then came the new shiny thing, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
After more than three weeks of use, it has already lost its shine My iPhone X is back as the daily driver. Apple announced the new iPad 9.7 and released iOS 11.3 this week and combined with some of the mobile performance issues I've had with the S9 Plus, I realize that iOS is the platform for me.
Apple iPad 9.7 (2018)
Last year, I bought and used an iPad Pro 10.5 and Apple Pencil for several months before sharing it with my eldest daughter when I switched to the Google Pixelbook. The Pixelbook is my primary home computer, but even if it's a technical marvel, it's not a great tablet.
Every month, more engineers in my office switch to Apple iPads for meetings and productivity on the go. Despite what many may say, you can actually do work on an iPad. I was thinking about another iPad Pro 1
The Google Pixelbook is a joy to use as a computer with an always-on keyboard, but it's a bit clunky like a tablet and die Stylus support is still somewhat limited in Chrome OS and Android. iPad apps are much better than Android tablet apps, both in design and in performance.
I'm looking forward to bringing the iPad 9.7 to every meeting so I can take a tablet table and even the latest and greatest ARKit applications on business trips for entertainment and working on the plane
During I'm going to have fun with the new Dragon and Skull Animojis with my family and friends, I'm especially interested in some of the other features of iOS 11.3. These include enhancements to Apple Health, Apple News, Safari, Visual Voicemail, and more.
As I continue my half-marathon training and sharpen my awareness of the status of my health, I find the new ability to have my provider's health data synced to my iPhone or iPad very compelling. I already have solid access through an electronic charting system, but having this data directly available in Apple Health on my iOS devices helps me manage my health, set realistic goals, and measure progress towards improved health and fitness.
I'm Typical Now Watch the latest news on Twitter, but also use the news app that's loaded on iOS devices. Apple has improved news in iOS 11.3 by showing Top Stories first on the "for you" tab. I installed the update this morning and had a better news experience on my way home from work on the train.
My iPhone X has been in standby mode for the last few weeks while I thoroughly tested the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Getting it back upright confirms that it really is one of my absolute favorite phones and the one that currently best suits my needs. It has a perfect form factor for me, I like the full frontal display and score and there are services that prove essential every day that lock me up in the Apple ecosystem.
For example, Find Friends is great for keeping in touch with my daughters while we're four everywhere. iMessage is also great at communicating with people who also have iPhones in their hands.
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I've also seen a poor performance on the Galaxy S9 Plus with T-Mobile in weak signal ranges that I have not seen in years. I can usually expect Samsung to beat the iPhone for signal strength and RF performance, but just the opposite happens to me. My iPhone X keeps running, while the S9 Plus shares the same location on both phones with T-Mobile SIM cards. I do not know what's going on, but it happened over a few weeks and I do not like it.
I will continue to test Android devices and my Pixelbook remains my primary computing device. but iOS continues to work in my life and it will take something special to beat the iPhone X out of my hand.