4 ways I’d change the iPhone 5s

Some of my beloved friends at Microsoft mentioned that the comparison of the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5s wasn’t fair because I compared a 2012 device with a 2013 device.

Well, I disagree. The 920 happens to win and loose in exactly the same categories that the Lumia 1020, which is a 2013 device: it’s still bulkier and heavier than the 5s and it still has a much better camera than the 5s.

However, I’ll go a step further and expand the comparison with a list of things I’d change from the iPhone 5s and the iOS ecosystem.

1. Add full web support for iCloud management

Ok, this is not the 5s’ fault strictely speaking, however iCloud plays a key role in the iOS ecosystem so…

After taking so many pictures last weekend, on Sunday evening all I wanted to do is relax and take a look at the memories using my laptop. I wanted to access my iCloud photo stream through the web… but I couldn’t. The only way to access the photo stream is to download the iCloud Control Panel for Windows (or use iPhoto on a Mac) and then synchronize and download all the pictures locally.

That’s right, no web access whatsoever, no pictures folder filtering, no control on what’s downloaded and what not. Oh, and the iPhone would only upload the pictures when it’s locked, charging and connected to Wi-Fi, unless I manually forced it to do it.

Skydrive, specially now that it’s integrated with Windows 8.1, it’s a much better solution to keep an organized photo collection, without compromising space in a laptop or tablet.

2. Improve the camera

As I said in the original comparison, the 5s easily takes blurry and dark pictures, but even those steady and well-illuminated pics show up with a noticeable lower quality. I hated to see beautiful pictures from last weekend as if they had been taken with a old camera.

I wished the iPhone 5s had a camera that was comparable to any Nokia Lumia phone… is it possible that the Lumia 520 takes better pictures?

3. Revamp iOS 7’s email app

Email threads and attachments management in the native email app is a bad joke. Modern email clients are able to separate content from different emails in a threaded conversation whereas iOS 7 shows you every single email in the thread as part of the last email received.

What happens when the last email of a chain of 100 emails has an attached picture? It won’t be visible unless you scroll down through the 100 emails and reach the bottom of the thread. That happened to me, and it’s annoying. How about a link to the attachments at the top of the new email? Nope.

4. Make the body more robust

Since the introduction of the iPhone 4, the glass or aluminum body of the iPhone has been… precarious. Don’t you dare to drop it without a case or most likely it’ll end up with a big crack; don’t you dare to touch the screen with anything else than your silky fingers and really, don’t even dream of using it as a hammer.

The perfect phone doesn’t exist, in fact you’ll always have something you’d like to change from your current phone. You should focus on finding what features are top priorities and what issues can you live with. It’s not the age of the phone what matters here (specially when the newer model has exactly the same flaws), meeting consumers’ requirements is what actually does.

Now, to be fair I should do a list of things I’d change from the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem… so I will, stay tuned.

Image via Apple

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