The last time I bought a new phone it was stolen less than week later. That was two and a half years ago. While my replacement iPhone 4 did well for a long time, by the end it was a sad mess. The button didn’t work, and I had to restart it multiple times a day. I was so excited to receive my iPhone 5s in the mail! It was so shiny and new and functional! Of course, I like more about it than the fact that the button works. There are several features from the new iPhone itself and iOS7 that are great for travel, and here are my favorites.
It’s just better. The screen is bigger, it’s lighter, and the processor is way faster. Also, the camera is freaking awesome. I love how fast it takes pictures, and they turn out much better than with my old phone.
Spoken, turn by turn directions. Like many business travelers, I have long used my phone’s map app for driving directions rather than getting a GPS with my unit. It’s not always a great replacement, especially when there are lots of turns. However, the redesigned map and verbal directions make driving to an unfamiliar location much less stressful. I will never need to rent a GPS again!
Dictation. You can dictate emails, texts, and notes, which makes multi-tasking easier than ever. Now you can make your packing list, write an email, or text your spouse while driving or walking. It’s super helpful, although punctuation is not perfect. Here is the packing list I wrote while driving a few weeks ago as an example. Still saved me a bunch of time though.
Siri. I know Siri is not new with this phone or OS, but she is new to me, and I love her! Siri will read your texts, look stuff up, and just in general help make things easier.
Touch ID. Not everyone is a fan of the fingerprint scanner, but I really like it. It’s faster than typing in a code, with less margin for error. Plus it’s just so darn cool.
I got the silver version, but I honestly don’t see the big deal about what color the phone is. This is because I have a case protecting it, as everyone should. You can’t even see my phone color! Also, I am seriously annoyed by the change in the size of the charger cable. We have had iPhones, iPods, and iPads for close to five years, which means we have a ton of chargers. They are conveniently in every room in our house, our cars, and each of my suitcases. But now I have to start over! Argh. It’s worth it, but I’m still annoyed. Overall, though, I love this phone and I appreciate the little ways it makes my travel life easier.
Readers, anyone else have the new iPhone 5s? Do you love it? What other phones are great for travel?