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The Apple iOS experiment is a fail for me. I still have the iPhone SE 2020 while I'm traveling, but it will go to my youngest shortly after I return home. When I have time, I'll list some of the reasons for my decision.

Google recently launched the Pixel 4a, which is running around $350. It has a 5.8" screen, which is in my sweet spot. Storage comes in at 128 GB with 6 GB of RAM, but the lack of wireless charging is a let down. Same story for the upcoming Pixel 4a (5G), which also does not support wireless charging. Worse, it has a 6.2" screen. My biggest concern with the Pixel 4a is that it does not have a rated water resistance (IP rating), which is problematic on my motorcycle when I get caught in a downpour.

Google is supposed to announce its new Pixel 5 this upcoming Wednesday, September 30th. The specs are yet to be formally announced, but it will feature a large battery (over 4,000 mAh), 128GB storage & 8GB RAM, wireless charging, outstanding dual camera, 5G support (sub-6), and it will have a 6" flat screen in a compact body. The latter is the absolute largest screen size that I'm willing to entertain. Another nice thing about all Pixel phones is the quick updates, similar to Apple's strategy.

I will make my final decision on what will replace the iPhone SE upon my return, but so far nothing else comes close to the Pixel 5. It should be available somewhere around mid-October, so I am likely to pre-order directly from Google to get it as soon as possible. Plus, I'd rather not have the carrier bloat. I have to wait until Wednesday for the price, but predictions put it in the $650 ball park. I'll know more after the official announcement.

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I have had similar thoughts about iOS.  Most recently I made the mistake of downloading iOS 14 which comes with the most annoying screen lock, every time I pick it up I have to reenter the damn pin. And of course, I couldn't find a way to remove it.    I called T-Mo support and they guided me through the process. But there is alot about this phone that I don't understand or like.  Too much happens without my input or control. Reminds me a lot of Microsoft, "do it my way."
All that said, I think I'm going to keep it.  The speaker phone is great and the text messages are fine.  As long as T-Mo support continues to solve my "problems" the issues I have had are not deal breakers, so far.
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I'm not entirely sure where to start, but I'll list some of my biggest frustrations with iPhone. I already knew some of these things going in, but I did not consider that in my day-to-day use it would all add up to one big fail.

My iPhone SE's 4.7" screen is usable, but it's too small for my needs. So my plan was to move to the iPhone 12 for a larger screen size. However, in doing so I would lose Touch ID (fingerprint reader). This is a really big bone of contention for me, as I really want and need Touch ID. I don't want Face ID, as it will not meet my needs.

Also, Apple's determination to keep the Lightning cable in iPhone 12 (instead of moving to USB-C) did not help their case, at least not with me. I thought maybe I could adjust to the iPhone 12 regardless, but the more I use iOS, the more I realize it would be a tragic mistake. Here's some of the issues I have encountered:

1. I thought I could get used to it, but I'm frustrated at my inability to customize my home screen.

2. I managed to install my custom ringtones that I created with Audacity, but it was a LOT of effort for each individual ringtone. I have no desire to constantly use the work-around to manage my ringtones. Regardless, Apple absolutely limits my ringtones to 30 seconds, to include my 1-minute long alarms. * sigh *

3. I heavily use my smartphone for music, especially on my Harley. It is easy to manage music on an Android phone, but difficult with iOS. My only option is to install iTunes on my computer, transfer my music to iTunes, and then transfer it to my iPhone. If I want to edit, add or remove a song, I must do it though iTunes. * sigh * again. I cannot wait to remove iTunes from my computers and put it in the trash where it belongs.

4. Managing photos on an Android phone is easy. I can add, delete, rename, etc., through the USB port. It is not easy on an iPhone. In fact, Apple seems to have purposely made it hard or outright impossible. For example, I cannot use my computer to delete a photo from my iPhone through the Lightning port without installing special software on my PC. I'm not installing any more bloated Apple software on my PC.

5. While riding cross country on my Harley, I was using my iPhone's GPS. However, I began getting an error message (that would sporadically come and go) atop the GPS, which would then override and gray out my map. Trying to read the message while I was going down the road was nearly impossible, and I could not make the message go away since I was wearing gloves. If the message stayed on longer than 2 minutes, it would turn off my screen. I could only restart my screen by pulling over, taking off my gloves, etc. It took a very long time (the next day) to finally figure out that Apple did not approve of my 12-volt charger. Thankfully my spare charger solved the problem. I cannot sufficiently stress how aggravating this was. The unhelpful message was "This accessory may not be supported".

6. I'm pissed that I cannot use Firefox Beta because I'm not an Apple-approved beta tester. Why? It's my frickin' phone and I paid for it! I thought I could get used to Safari, but the more I use it the more I can't stand it.

7. The camera's insistence to override my 16:9 setting back to 4:3 is maddening. I'm also sick and tired of Apple's determination that I will use Live Photo, whether I like it or not. Hint: I don't. I really, really don't. Changing the settings to not use Live Photo apparently doesn't matter.

8. I heavily depend on various Google apps, which Apple likes to hobble or limit their effectiveness.

9. Apple will not allow me to have speed dial. Period. I loved speed dial on my Android phone, but Apple has determined that the "better" way is to use favorite contacts instead. I hate this method. Seriously, why can't I have speed dial? How does me having speed dial hurt Apple?

10. I can't customize the notifications ringtone. Nobody can. So when you are in a room full of iPhones, good luck trying to figure out whose phone just went off. Way to go, Apple.

There are other frustrations, but I'll stop here. As I said, when you put it all together it turns into a big show stopper.

I wanted iOS to work for me, but looks like I'm going to remain on Android for the foreseeable future. I considered running out to Costco today to buy any Android phone to hold me over, but I guess I'll suffer until I get back home.

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Wow, even just what you listed is nothing but aggravation. Can't say I blame you for wanting out. I think I probably would have purchased a new one for the trip back.
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I did away with one of the irritants by installing Firefox browser. It's not Firefox Beta (my preference), but it's far better than Safari.

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I just ordered a Pixel 5 directly from Google, in "Sorta Sage" color. The cost is $699 plus tax, for a total of $726.26 delivered. The device is scheduled to ship at the end of October. According to the invoice I should have it in hand NLT November 2nd.

I used my wife's Galaxy S9 as a yardstick, figuring that that was absolutely the largest phone that I'd be willing to own. The S9 has a 5.8" screen with a body length of 5.81". The Pixel 5 has a 6" screen with a slightly smaller body of 5.70". Works for me. The Pixel phone is also slightly thinner and a bit lighter, yet has a considerably larger battery than the S9 (4,080 mAh vs. 3,000 mAh).

Looks like my daughter will have to wait about an extra 3 weeks to get her iPhone.

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Sorta Sage looks nice. I will be interested in your assessment of the audio performance of the Pixel 5.
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Looks like the battery is almost twice the size of the SE.
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The battery size is a nice bonus. Check out the screen on the Pixel 5 (about 1/3 of the way down). I doubt you can make a 6" screen much more compact than that.

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That is really impressive, edge to edge action. I'm certain you'll enjoy it.
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