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iOS 8 review: first impressions

It’s now been a few days since downloading and installing iOS 8 onto my iPad Air and iPhone 5, I did receive my iPhone 6 on Friday, but has to go back because of a fault with the glass screen. The install process was not as bad as it was for some people, and so within half an hour iOS 8 was on my devices and ready to be played with.

False iOS 8 battery life results — We hear it time and again how the battery life for a new version of iOS is never as good as the last, and so takes several updates to claw some of the lost time back. However, you have to remember that the first moment you start testing a new version of Apple’s mobile OS you use it far more than you would usually.

You can almost see the battery percentage falling before your eyes, as you tour all the new features, such as the new intuitive typing suggestions in the Messages app, along with Health and some of the new settings. One setting that people will now love is how you can look at what parts of iOS 8 is using too much of your battery, although you cannot do anything within this section, it’s used just as a guide.

iOS 8 public update is live

However, it has told me that I have been spending far too much time on the Home and Lock Screen, although that could be down to just pressing the Home button just to see the time, or checking all the time when someone has texts.

I did find that I was spending more than 34 percent of my time looking on the Facebook app, which tells you I have too much time on my hands. Anyway, as for iOS 8 itself, this was a huge update, one that is centered around keeping you fit and healthy, but fear this is a feature that a huge percentage of iOS users will never use – well maybe for a little while, just to see what it is all about.

Apps – You will notice that certain apps will not play nice with iOS 8 right out the box, as it takes time for some third-party app developers to optimize them to work correctly. I even had issues with the Mail app crashing each time an email was received, although holding down the home and lock button until the Apple log appeared seemed to do the trick.

Bugs – I have yet to come across any major bugs myself, but there were a couple of times when I could not end a call. However, a hard reset seemed to resolve the issue. A few friends have said that iOS 8 does not play nice with the iPhone 4S, but this is nothing new and will no doubt be resolved in the first iOS 8 update. You could try turing off a few features that are known to cause sluggishness.

Biggest disappointment – We knew it was happening, but for some reason we just forget about it, and that was losing Camera Roll within the Photos app. You no longer have the section where all of your photos appear, and are informed as to how many images you have on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Things have certainly changed (see recent article) and in time we will get used to it and realize it is far better than before.

Overall impression – I would have to say that Apple has done a great job with iOS 8, and even though Android users would say Apple is still playing catch-up because many of the features have been available on Android devices for a few years now, it does’t matter. Like millions of other iOS users, I have invested a lot of money and time into Apple and so will never change over. I’m not saying anything negative about the other platform, it just isn’t for me because of owning devices like Apple TV, iMac, MacBook Air and so on.

It will be nice to get a far better idea of the improvements made to iOS 8 once a new iPhone 6 has been sent to be, but I have had a good couple of days playing with iOS 8 on my iPad Air and iPhone 5.

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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I’ve found that the battery life on the iPad 3 is decent and as apps get updated for iOS 8 the is becomes smoother… They no longer sandbox so they affect the OS.

Riddlemethis
Riddlemethis

Your bias is quite obvious. Your biggest beef is the camera toll. Thats as lame as saying that your biggest disappointment is that more colors aren’t available for the iPhone 6. Why not report back on how much RAM the new update uses? Also please comment on how it’s not just a few but most people report their 4S so sluggish that they want to toss it against the wall in frustration. However. I doubt you will. You will sugar coat or downplay any issues or concerns people have with iOS 8. Hence. I think your comments in this article… Read more »

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