"OK update but Mediocre Overall"3.0 starson by spartan0599
Pros: 1. Maps is Awesome
2. Siri is a more intelligent, grown-up version of her old self
3. Shared Photo Stream
4. iCloud Tabs
Cons: 1. FaceTime over Cellular Data Network
3. iTunes update
Summary: To begin, I am an Apple fanatic and it's going to take more than this, for now, to get me away from Apple. With that said, I will begin with what I like about the update now, give a description of the shortcoming, and summarize at the end. Keep in mind that this review is after only using iOS 6 for one day.
I absolutely love Maps and was surprised to read and hear the horrible reviews. I went to a restaurant last night by asking Siri "How do I get to Luigi's Restaurant in Leavenworth, KS." The Maps pulled up and immediately gave me directions. It took me directly to the front door of the restaurant on a beautiful, user-friendly display on my iPhone. I'm using an iPhone 4S by the way.
Siri has grown up. I've asked about when the Pittsburgh Steelers were playing again, what was the weather in Madrid, Spain, and a host of other questions. Previously with Siri, there would be a hick up from time to time although I still loved it. This already excellent feature is now even better. Maybe I just asked the right questions at the right time but I'm very impressed with Siri.
Shared Photo Stream is another neat feature. I have family all over the world. My spouse and I are now sharing photos with each other from opposite continents. It's beautiful, seamless, and instant.
iCloud Tabs is very easy to use. I started by reading a web page on my iPhone, walked into another room, and finished reading the same web page on my iPad. It's just that simple. It's exactly what Apple advertises.
Now let's move to the Cons. This first con is what made me come write this review. This is the only time in 3 years of having Apple products that I felt that I was misled. FaceTime over a data network requires that you have a shared data plan. This is ridiculous and with AT&T. I'm not sure if it's the same with Verizon and Sprint. When going to the settings and attempting to tell the iPhone to use FaceTime over data network, it will prompt you to call AT&T. So, bottom line up front, if you have a single line, no FaceTime over data network for you. This is very disappointing.
I simply could not get Passbook to work. This is the first app/feature that I simply could not get to work. It reminded me of when I used to have my old Windows based phones. These reasons are partially why I switched to Apple.
When returning home from work today, I realized that I was missing an entire genre of music on my iPhone. I plugged it into my computer to realize that the music is actually on the phone and synced but the genre will not show up on the phone. There seems to be a bug preventing me from seeing the genre. It's frustrating. This is similar to my old windows phone which had more bugs than features. Honestly, I would rather have the old version of iTunes. The new one actually seems to be an older version of the previous iTunes.
Oh, I almost forgot, I do like being able to ignore a call and send a text message. I also like the Do Not Disturb feature. They are very neat. But I had this option on my Windows phone 3 years ago. The program on that phone, back then, had a ton of more features that what Apple is offering now. Apple is moving in the right direction but I do believe that the rest of the cell phone manufacturers have caught up. Apple may be barely leading the pack in my opinion.
In conclusion, iOS 6 is not a superior, knock your socks update but is a good one. The iPhone is for you if you're new to the smartphone industry. If you already have an iPhone 4S, update to iOS 6 but I would pass on the iPhone 5 as a whole. If you have a 3GS, upgrading would be worth it. If you have an Android phone and like multiple customizations, you may want to stick with what you have. Personally, I'm sticking with Apple particularly my iPhone 4S. If Apple doesn't do something revolutionary with the iPhone 6, they will fall behind in the cell phone market and will only have a customer base of its die hard fans. Be careful Apple. I will update this review as I play with more of the iOS 6 upgrades.