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iPhone 5 = More of the Same

It looks like the iPhone 5 will bring more disappointment.

Apple recently released some more information about the next generation of its flagship mobile phone, the iPhone 5, and an official press demonstration is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12. Here's my advance take.

First I want to say that I have been against anything Apple has released for a long time. I find their equipment to be highly overpriced. You can easily spend half, if not less than half, the amount of money on comparable technology that performs better.

Size Matters
The iPhone 5 will feature what seems to be the same size screen, likely because it fits into most pockets and its ergonomics favor the human hand. Apple’s main competitor, Samsung, recently released the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note II (which is a POWERHOUSE of a phone). No one wants small phones anymore; they would rather enjoy bright, live, vivid screens.

LTE
Apparently the iPhone 5 will support LTE networks, but if Apple were to again ignore current and trending technology, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all. In the last year, the number of LTE networks, even on a trial basis, has increased fourfold. Apple has been known to hold out on technology until it is consumer-proven.

Let’s Adapt
Apple is apparently planning to change its connector for the iDevices, which would be fine by me if it decided to move to MicroUSB...but it's not. The company is creating a smaller version of its current adapter, which means you'll have have to have an adapter to use your current chargers, docks and other accessories. This is nothing out of the ordinary for Apple, which consistently profits by making its own products obsolete.

iOS 6
The new mobile operating system has been well-previewed by Apple and is apparently halfway decent, including Facebook integration, Do Not Disturb Mode, a revamped Google Maps app, App Store and iTunes App, and a bunch of other cool tweaks. The new iOS is going to be the most impressive thing about the iPhone 5 in my opinion.

Close Quarters Combat? NOPE
Newer phones are equipped with a close contact feature that allows you to share contacts, photos, messages and things like that. This first came into play with an application called BUMP that allowed two iPhones to share contacts and photos.

Instead of having to text someone or email them a photo, you can just click a button to send the photo to anyone within your vicinity. That is pretty freakin’ cool. With most new phones now, that feature is built into the hardware.

It has been rumored that the iPhone 5 isn’t going to feature this hardware, which is kind of backwards if you think about it.

Rest of the stuff.
There are talks that iPhone 5 is going to have a redesigned, two-tone body. The ear buds are apparently being redesigned, and it may have a new processor, possibly a quad-core.

Overall it sounds like the same old Apple: inferior products and more lame hardware. The Android operating system phones and tablets such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus 7 are better choices this year.

 

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Ron Miller September 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Not to sound like and Apple fan boy, but you really believe that you can spend half or even less for comparable technology that performs better? I beg to differ. If Apple products cost a bit more, it all comes down to getting what you pay for. Just take a look at their customer satisfaction numbers for example. I've used their products and have personally owned many of them over the last 20 years. From my experience, there is something to be said for a company who controls the entire experience with both hardware and software. That being said, there are some quality products from other companies that fit individual needs. But for someone who wants elegant simplicity, Apple usually fits the bill.
Bobby29 September 17, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I am switching from android to the iPhone 5. I just need a break from android and I want my phone to actually last me throughout the day. And so I can actually use my phone without worrying about battery life. I think it will be a nice change. If it doesnt work out, I'll go back to android.
Gabe Fletcher September 17, 2012 at 04:04 AM
What you are paying for is Apples overpriced, inferior software. I can do EVERYTHING people can do on an Apple computer on a laptop that costs less than half the cost. How do I know? BECAUSE I ACTUALLY DO. The hardware that Apple uses is the same hardware that is used in PC devices. I will admit that Apple is usually geared toward people that don't have an advanced understanding of today's technology such as myself and it works well for them. Thats fine by me but what really grinds my gears is that Apple has the AUDACITY to charge double and triple what the costs actually should be.
Gabe Fletcher September 17, 2012 at 04:08 AM
The older android devices I will admit that they aren't optimized well for battery life, although the newer devices such as the Galaxy S3 and the new Razr have great battery life.
Ron Miller September 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I suppose I would need to know how you've determine that Apple's software is overpriced and inferior. Yes, you can usually find a way to replicate any feature of any device if you work hard enough at it. Most people want their experience to be seamless and easy. That is where Apple products succeed in spades. And if Apple charges a bit more for their merchandise in order to support a retail presence that makes a difference in customer satisfaction and convenience, then that is simply the price of providing a quality and well-supported brand loved the world over. All I know is that I would not bash Windows or Android devices simply because I don't agree with how they market or price their products. I have a choice to walk away...quietly.
Gabe Fletcher September 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Thats nice.

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