iPhone 5

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  1. Stallion

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  2. Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee

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    I plan on getting an iPhone 5. I never picked up a 4s. :)
  3. Elwood

    Elwood I know what I'm about, son.

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    Yeah, I still love my iPhone 4S, but I'm pretty much done with Apple at this point. The reasons are many.

    1: Smartphones have turned into PC's in the 1990's/2000's. You have to constantly upgrade to keep pace and I simply can't justify that. I can justify spending money on a new GPU here, more RAM there, etc. But, at these costs, I can't justify it when something still works.

    2: I refuse to spend $500 on the cheapest iPad when I can get the same functionality (what I'll actually do) out of a Nexus 7 for $200.

    3: I want an ecosystem. I want my PC, phone, and tablet to all talk and share information. But, I have no desire to buy an iMac, Macbook, iPhone, and iPad. It makes infinitely more fiscal sense for me to switch to Android. Yeah, I know my PC and iPhone communicate seamlessly. I know a Nexus 7 and my PC would communicate seamlessly. But, when you start mixing PC, iPhone, and Android Tablet, you start getting problems and refer back to #2.

    But, there are big drawbacks. The vibe I have from Android users is great. Yeah, I can make Android do whatever I want, how I want (Or, the screams of Linux nerds in the 90's). Well, that's great, if you have the CS degree to do it or the time to spend hours and hours surfing fanboy boards looking for the latest and greatest. I don't.

    I continuously upgraded the OS on my iPhone 3GS all the way through iOS 5.1.1, three years later. It worked flawlessly. After having an Android phone for 12 months, I have no desire to spend the time necessary combing the internet to find a way to rig the latest and greatest version of Wendy's Chocolate Frosty onto my old hardware.

    So, yeah, I'm still trying to decide where to go (still a year out). If Android can get it's act together, Apple will lose my business. Oh, and don't even get me started with how truly crappy iTunes really is. Single worst piece of software...ever.
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    In agreement with everything Elwood says, although I don't have an iPhone. But the key is definitely seamless integration regardless of what mix of platforms we each own. I don't think there is any product that satisfies this without some level of effort by the user. Some phones are more open to user tweaking, some are, shall we say iClosed. I'm using a phone with an OS that is barely supported, and in fact has become open source. It's not perfect, but I like it well enough that it's not worth the hassle of something else until somebody can provide that seamless and easy integration. The phone I have was supposed to do that, but then the company went out of business :(
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    I just got a 4S for work and, so far, am liking it just fine. I don't use it for much, though. Mainly email, texting, taking photos, and surfing the web.

    I've never owned a personal cell phone, but when 4S prices drop due to the 5 being released, I may just get one because if I leave this job, I'll need a phone.
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    This thing amazes me to no end. I snagged one of the first ones here in .at (they are sold out now three days later) and it frankly blows my 700-euro-Transformer Infinity out of the water on the performance front. Which makes me slightly mad since they are both from Asus, which already fucked me over with a defective Transformer Prime and warranty handling from hell.
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    :brood:

    What I meant is that I don't use it as a personal planner or wifi hotspot or any of that kind of stuff that lots of people use them for. I don't even have music on it. In fact, the only "personal" type of app I have on it is this one which, arguably, is work-related because it has to do with helping me find lunch when I'm in the middle of nowhere. :bailey:
  11. Elwood

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    Sure. The moment the Windows 8 "App Store" has as many apps as iTunes or the Android Marketplace. If I switched from my iPhone to an Android phone today, I'd lose two apps and I'm sure I could find a comparable replacement for Android.

    Also, have you seen the prices of Windows 8 Tablets/Slates? $1,300 for a Samsung 7 Series or $199 for a Nexus 7. Hmm...
  12. Tex

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    A Nexus 7 is not as good as an iPad 3. There is no competition that compares at the moment. The screen resolution alone is enough to not go back to anything with a lower PPI. I might consider a 1920x1080 resolution but even that pales in comparison. When I use Samantha's iPad 2 it almost gives me a headache while reading the text now days. Before I used the iPad 3 I didn't know what I was missing but now I can never go back.

    On top of that it is fast as an mfer too. People get too wrapped up in the numbers behind specs and think other tablets are quicker, but Apple does get more out of less because they control every aspect of their devices. The specs on their laptops are always over priced if all you consider is the numbers vs a windows machine; but the fact is they work forever without slowing down and do keep up in benchmark testing against PCs that are better on paper. If you consider the life of the product I believe a MacBook pro gives you a better return on investment. A few hundred more up front translates to an extra few years before you need to upgrade.
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    I'm currently on the iPhone 4 and plan to upgrade next week. Siri, 4G/LTE are big enough updates for me. I'll probably skip the 5S next year though like I did the 4 S last year.
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    I heard all of this last year before I went android, I think it might be misinformation or certainly not aimed at a normal user. I have never once broke mine down, reprogrammed it, or done any sort of fancy shit with it. To borrow a phrase from apple, - it just works!

    If you don't like the way something runs, you get an app in that does it the way you want it. Not really a hardship. I can imagine that if you are an MIT grad and super interested in your phone you could upscale to become a TNG tricorder if you really wanted, but who can be arsed with that?

    Go into the shop, play about with a demo of the GS3 or 1X and prepare to be impressed.
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    Yeah, I absolutely love my Galaxy S3.
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    That might apply to laptops, people who only bought an iPad last year though can't upgrade to ios 6.
  17. Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee

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    That strikes me as weird, since the 3gs can be updated to iOS6. However, it appears you are correct.
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    No, iPad 3 came out last year and can upgrade.
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    There are so many things wrong with this post that I don't even know where to start. For one, a large resolution isn't very useful if it doesn't match its purpose, that is, having a 4:3 resolution on a content consumption device is freaking retarded beyond belief. Until something better than 1080p video comes along, the best resolution for consumption devices is 1920x1080, and the best resolution for content creation devices is 1920x1200, the former so you eliminate the black bars while enjoying video playback, and the latter so you can edit 1080p video with room on the screen for other things. If you're having trouble reading on a 1920x1080 screen, then it's time for bifocals.

    The rest of it is just recycled Mac supporter rationalizations, you're out of your mind if you somehow think that a MacBook Pro is going to last you a few more years than a comparable Windows or Linux device.
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    iPad 1 was still sold early last year.
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    Thirded. Apple ain't got the only devices that "just work". I've had the DroidX, Galaxy Nexus, Bionic, and now HTC Rezound. The X was about the only device I had screwed around with under the hood. Other that that any customizations on any of my phones were simply app based ones for asthetic purposes only

    I am generally satisfied with my Rezound. However it is on its way to Craig list as soon as as the Razr MAXX HD hits the street. Why? One simple reason. A 3300 mAh battery. It is the first integral battery that will last me all day and then some. This is very handy when camping. With it being integral, I will be able to get a rugged case for it. When you add an extended battery to your phone that pretty much rules out something like an Otterbox commuter.

    Side notes: HD screen. The reason I went with a Rezound over the original MAXX was the display. Now with the HD variant its no longer a problem. Sammy makes a devices that are as slick as snot. Problem is that they suck almost as bad as iPhones when it comes to being a phone. I'm talking about the radios. Motorola is the undisputed king of reception. HTC is a close second. For me I need to know that I will get a signal in all but the most remote of areas when camping, hunting, etc. Finally Motorola has gone the route of "less is more" when it comes to customizing Android. Bye bye Motoblur as their skin. I think their phones are about as close to stock as you can get with out it being a Nexus device. Generally the UI enhancements they did make are good ones. TouchWhiz from Sammy and Sense from HTC seem to still be just too danged heavy.

    Sorry for the side bar.

    As for the iPhone 5, I was honestly underwhelmed. They had a great opportunity to knock one out of the park and it just seems like they chose to bunt. I have to wonder if Apple is working of a new phone for a release in Q2 of 2013.
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  22. Tex

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    Photos come in a variety of sizes beyond 1920x1200. Video isn't the only thing created or consumed. You may understand more about computers than I do but you're surprisingly short sited about the many advantages of better screen resolutions.
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    Having my photos a little extra crispy isn't worth having black bars around half the shit I watch, but if you want to pay $500+ for a 4:3 device, by all means go ahead.
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    It's not for everyone. I do not use my iPad to watch videos very often but I use it to edit photographs quite regularly. And lastly I'll take your lack of rebuttle about screen resolutions in general adding value past 1920x1200 as acknowledging your prior error.

    Don't just assume everyone has the same needs as you.
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    Apple Maps. Who is right here?

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  26. Tex

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    Just because you're on N Blackstone Ave doesn't mean you're driving North... need more context. Taking a pic from that 2 lane road from opposite directions would produce the same results. And on the Android phone it doesn't label east or west, so actually both could be heading South.

    Upon further inspection you can see the Android actually says right onto East El Paso at the top... making the 2 maps identical. How do we know they have the same destination in mind?
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    Meh. Nothing I've seen of the new maps app indicates its any worse than the current Google Navigation App on my phone (aside from the 3D maps fubars, but I never use that). I've had it route me down the completely wrong roads, take me miles out of my way, and drop me off at entirely incorrect addresses. Not to mention failing to recognize what road I'm actually on. One of these days I'll post a long screed about it.
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    I just updated my 3GS to iOS6 and iTunes to 10.7 and now when I plug the phone it the computer opens iTunes but it won't show the phone or synch it.

    The joys of upgrading.... :marathon:
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    That's why I deleted the rep you mofo.
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