Oh dear…

Well, I’ve done it now. Like a mistreated spouse returning to his abuser, I’ve crawled back into Apple’s aluminum, glass, and white polycarbonate arms—I’ve gone and bought an iPhone 5.

That would be a completely unremarkable purchase if I hadn’t updated this very blog a month ago with a long tirade about Apple’s failings. At the time, I was sick of Apple Maps, sick of Android users getting cool features I didn’t have, and unimpressed with what I’d read about the iPhone 5. After considering my options carefully, I became determined to grab whatever Nexus phone Google cranked out next.

What the heck happened, then?

Funnily enough, the biggest factor was actually walking into an Apple Store and trying an iPhone 5. Within less than a minute, I realized Apple has done a pretty poor job of advertising this thing. Yes, the iPhone 5 has a larger screen. Yes, it’s got LTE connectivity, a slightly thinner design, and new earbuds, too. But what makes the iPhone 5 amazing is how frickin’ fast it feels. Web pages and apps load in the blink of an eye. Multitasking is almost seamless. Every corner of the user interface responds instantly with silky-smooth transitions. It’s really a sight to behold, especially for someone upgrading from a two-year-old phone—as most prospective iPhone 5 buyers probably are.

I played with some Android phones immediately afterward, but none of them gave me that same sense of flawless fluidity. Not even the Galaxy S3 felt quite as quick. It didn’t help that the TouchWiz user interface looked as ugly and messy as ever. Even my girlfriend, who’s been using a beat-up HTC Desire with Android 2.2 for the past couple of years, commented on how uninspired the Galaxy S3’s software looked. (This was with Ice Cream Sandwich, by the way. Jelly Bean still isn’t out officially on the S3 here.)

I went home perplexed, thinking the upcoming Nexus 4 would perhaps be better. As more and more details leaked out, though, it became clear that this wouldn’t be a premium phone like the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3. With a $329 contract-free asking price, no LTE support, and just 8GB of storage on the base model, the Nexus 4 has turned out to be more of a lower-cost, no-frills alternative to the Apple and Samsung flagships. That’s fine, of course. Good on Google for offering a reasonably priced, contract-free smartphone that doesn’t suck. To someone both able and willing to spring for the iPhone 5, though, the Nexus 4 doesn’t look like a very credible alternative.

I mean, just look at AnandTech’s performance preview. The Nexus 4 trails the iPhone 5 by a wide margin in most graphics and web browsing performance tests, and its battery life is markedly worse. This is no iPhone 5 killer.

So, it came down to the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3. In one corner, I had the fastest and most finely crafted smartphone on the market—an exquisitely designed piece of technology so thin and light it almost felt like a plastic prop. In the other corner, I had ugly software and an even uglier PenTile display wrapped inside a bigger, heavier phone made out of actual plastic. Choosing option B would entail a trip through the time-consuming world of custom ROMs, and I’d be stuck with PenTile’s fuzzy-looking fonts, too.

I chose option A.

The honeymoon lasted about 24 hours. All of a sudden, I realized the phone had a dark, yellow smear at the top of the screen. The smear was particularly noticeable in the Kindle app, which shines a light on display uniformity issues by hiding UI elements, including the status bar.I Googled around and found forum posts advising me to wait a few days, because apparently, the yellow patch was a dab of glue that hadn’t fully cured yet. I waited. The yellow smear stayed.

After nearly a full week, I took my phone to the Apple Store. I set up an appointment at the Genius Bar, waited about 30 minutes, and was finally greeted by a long-haired technician wearing a pair of those weird Vibram toe-shoes. (You know the ones.) I described the problem, but under the store’s bright fluorescent lights, it was barely noticeable. Worse, I’d noticed that other iPhone 5s on display also had a slight yellow haze at the top of their screens. Some humming and hawwing ensued, and then the technician told me, “Yeah, to be honest, I don’t really see it.”

Then he offered to replace the phone anyway.

I asked if I could compare the replacement to my phone. “Sure, no problem,” he said. The replacement wouldn’t start up fully without a SIM card, so he went and fetched a spare SIM from the back and gave me free rein to load up white screens and compare the phones side by side. Ultimately, we agreed there wasn’t much of a difference. But the replacement looked slightly better, so I asked if I could keep it. “Sure,” said the Apple Genius with the weird toe-shoes. While he was filing the paperwork, I asked if the replacement was a refurb. “Nope, it’s a brand-new phone,” he said. “We don’t actually have refurbs yet.”

A few minutes later, I walked out of the Apple Store with a new iPhone 5 fresh from the factory—and the realization that Apple has some of the finest after-sales support on the planet.

Sadly, my adventure didn’t end there. The replacement iPhone 5 turned out to have slightly wonky color calibration. Grays were reddish, some hues were oversaturated, and contrast seemed lacking compared to my previous iPhone 5. I hadn’t noticed any of those things in the store, but they started to bother me over the next few days. I was even more miffed when I realized the headphone jack was mounted at a slight angle. Eventually, riddled with shame at my pickiness (and maybe some amount of undiagnosed OCD, too), I visited another Apple Store and asked if I could get the phone swapped out again.

The technician who greeted me this time wasn’t wearing weird toe-shoes, but he was just as accommodating. He told me the display was within spec, but the slightly slanted headphone jack was “good enough for him” to justify an exchange. Again, a brand-new iPhone 5 fresh from the factory was fetched from behind the counter. Again, I asked to compare my faulty phone to the replacement, and again, the technician obliged.

The replacement I received is utterly perfect. The screen has a beautiful, warm color temperature, which is only slightly cooler than that of my desktop monitors (and TR North’s iPad 3). Grays look gray, blacks look black, the backlight doesn’t leak, and at maximum brightness, images are shockingly clear and vivid. Next to it, my iPhone 4’s screen looks like an old 1980s TV—all murky, washed-out, and bluish. My new iPhone 5 is so perfect, in fact, that I’m now terrified of dropping it and breaking it

I wouldn’t have to cry myself to sleep if that ever happened, though. I ponied up $99 for AppleCare, which now includes a provision allowing for up to two instances of accidental, user-inflicted damage. Over the next couple of years, I can break my phone twice and, each time, get a replacement for only $49.

I went back to play with the Galaxy S3 earlier this week. After obsessing over the iPhone 5’s color calibration and display imperfections for days on end, I noticed not without amusement that both S3s on display had wildly miscalibrated screens, with pale-green whites and overblown colors. Also, up close, the side-effects of the PenTile subpixel layout were just as obvious and ugly as I remembered. Text looked noticeably fuzzy compared to the iPhone 5’s beautiful IPS panel.

I’m still not totally happy with where iOS is at the moment. The Maps app remains imperfect. Although I’ve finally found a great public transit app (“Transit“), I wish bus and train directions were built-in again. The Mail app is still missing some features, like full conversation view and Priority Inbox, and the new App Store interface feels clunky. That said, after spending some time with recent Android phones, I get the sense that iOS still offers a cleaner, smoother experience overall. I also feel like Apple offers a level of polish the competition lacks, and using another platform would leave me with more grievances—not fewer.

It’s no contest on the hardware side, though. The iPhone 5 actually feels too light, but the construction is anything but cheap. While I was still getting used to the weight, the phoned slipped out of my hand, bounced on my desk, and landed on my carpet. The phone was unscathed, but the anodized aluminum band left a noticeable gash in my desk. This thing is built out of metal and glass, and there’s no mistaking that fact when you run your fingers along its ridges, buttons, and panels. Also, like most other Apple products I’ve owned, the iPhone 5 is so beautifully made that I sometimes pick it up just to admire it.

Finally, Apple’s support staff has displayed a tremendous level of care and attention to user satisfaction. Being able to walk in with a minor, almost frivolous issue and come out less than an hour later with a brand new phone is pretty incredible. Maybe Apple Geniuses are simply compensating for quality control issues—and certainly, getting a perfect iPhone 5 the first time around would have been great. However, other phone makers also ship lemons. Would any of them exchange a product on the spot because of a minor cosmetic flaw or a problem their technicians can’t replicate? I doubt it.

One last thing. After getting the iPhone 5, I relieved my girlfriend of her crummy HTC phone and gave her my iPhone 4. Those two handsets felt pretty similar when we got them a couple of years back, but the HTC has aged rather poorly. It never got any official updates past Android 2.2, and it’s gotten slower and slower over time. I tried rooting it and installing Jelly Bean, which took me the better part of a Saturday afternoon, and the result was almost unusably slow. Unofficial Android 2.3 ROMs were about the best I could do, and they still felt somewhat sluggish and choppy—though better than the stock ROM. Meanwhile, the iPhone 4 happily runs iOS 6 with no coaxing or hacks, and it feels considerably faster and more responsive than the Desire—surprising, considering the two devices came out literally one month apart and were pretty comparable at the time.

That, plus my abysmal experience using a friend’s Nexus S running Ice Cream Sandwich, suggests Apple phones stand the test of time better than their peers. Considering I don’t plan to upgrade again until 2014, I definitely find that reassuring.

Comments closed
    • aphile
    • 7 years ago

    Thanks. I like your style. The review is helpful and reassures my upgrade for my iPhone 4s. There’s no need. I’m happy to just relax and wait.

    aphile

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    glad to see the iphone saved precious nano seconds off your browsing! lmfao!

    ” The iPhone 5 actually feels too light”

    yeah, this is where i stopped reading and just went to another article. it’s pretty much the worst thing you can say and defeats the purpose of anything portable. call me when air is too light.

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      Have you ever held an iPhone 5?

    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    Enjoying the Lumia 920. Better hardware than an iPhone and after using iOS for a few years I think Windows 8 is a lot better and more open OS. A lot of the essentials apps are there and more are popping up every day.

      • Kurotetsu
      • 7 years ago

      Did you buy it on contract or off?

        • dashbarron
        • 7 years ago

        On contract via AT&T. $99 + 2 years. I’m don’t think* you can buy one off contract right away.

        I’ve never had a smartphone or experience with AT&T previously. So far, AT&T’s customer service has been prompt and professional; their cellular service has been excellent as far as I’m concerned (mix of rural and large city 4G).

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          Another AT&T customer service experience: I was trying to order a Lumia 920 for the ex-other-half-of-the-house online; the free wireless charging plate was out-of-stock. Called them; they said they would send me the charger free-of-charge once it’s in-stock. Then they said they’d waive the upgrade charge, presumably to compensate for the inconvenience. !! Wtf?

          I guess I was too stunned to sound grateful… the “agent” said that she noticed I had recently upgraded my own phone.. and [i<]volunteered[/i<] to refund my own upgrade fee I already paid! I guess this is tantamount to AT&T buying better scores in customer service reviews, but I don't mind :p True story! I know it sounds unbelievable, but don't lie; I'm a socialist.

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    “Oh dear…” — Cyril
    “Oh My!” — Sulu
    “Ah Snap!” — Chuckula

    • kitsura
    • 7 years ago

    I used an S2 for about a month and immediately went back to my BB 9810. Lots of problems including a screen that is almost unusable in bright daylight (the 9810 auto-adjusts the screen brightness), very lousy inbuilt mic that caused me to return it for a new set and also all the forking of android causes lots of incompatible apps.

    Personally I wouldn’t use any iphone because my fat fingers couldn’t get used to typing on a touchscreen.

    Now if only the new Blackberry 10 device would launch faster.

      • BabelHuber
      • 7 years ago

      Which incompatible Apps are you refering to? I have an SGS2 and I have yet to find any compatibility issues.

      I don’t use a Samsung ROM, though. I used the stock ROM for about 2 months, then I unlocked it and use AOSP-ROMs ever since (currently the 4.11 Supernexus ROM with Siyah Kernel).

      This beast runs so well, it’s incredible. Even die-hard Apple fans had to admit that it is butter-smooth.

      I know that voiding the warranty and messing around with Custom ROMs is not for everybody, but IMO this is exactly the strength of Android – you buy a device, then use the OS you like the most.

    • sunner
    • 7 years ago

    Are you looking for a low-price combo….’Cellphone&CellphoneService’ ?
    Here’s a decent deal….

    Buy $45 “Samsung Contour Cellphone” from Metro-PCS.
    Buy Metro-PCS’s barebones basic cellphone service.
    (some features)….
    ++…$25/Month. Includes all taxes&fees.
    ++…Call anywhere, anytime in USA, unlimited Talk.
    ++…Texting, Voice Mssge, Voice Mail (plus some other stuff, go check’em yourself).
    ++…No Contract to sign.
    ++…Cancel Service anytime, for any reason, no penalty.

    (btw, METRO-PCS is the company that merged recently with T-Mobile).

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    Basically I see the iPhone world as they release a device, and about three months later they are outclassed by Android (i.e.Samsung), and Apple waits another 9 months to catch up. That leaves me with 9 months of Android choices and 3 of Apple.

    And maps? Well it’s easily 30-40% of how I use my smartphone. I wouldn’t accept anything less than Google’s pretty good implementations.

    And then Apple’s arrogance. I can’t look past that. It’s just creepy. It reminds me exactly of religions.

    Choice seems simple. I’d probably even go Windows Phone as I’m a 70% Windows admin, but none of the hardware has impressed me much.

    I really hope Mozilla comes through with their mobile OS. I trust Mozilla before all the major players. And I’d sacrifice a lot to be on them and lose features/functionality. Well, except maps.

      • TakinYourPoints
      • 7 years ago

      Three months is cutting it very close, it took longer than that for Android phones to exceed the CPU power of the 4S. Top end Android phones still haven’t caught up with its GPU power, and the 5 blows past all of that while also having twice the LTE and wifi browsing time of something like the S3.

      Leapfrogging hasn’t even begun on the tablet side, the “old” iPad 3 was the fastest tablet on the market, and now benchmarks are showing the 4th gen iPad to be twice as fast as that.

      I dunno, Apple’s lead in hardware performance has been significant for over a year now, enough where leapfrogging isn’t really happening, just catch-up. You would think that this wouldn’t be the case given that new Android devices release regularly. Blame NVIDIA and Co for not keeping up.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    We all knew you were getting an iPhone 5.

    When you have such a mad hard on for a device so as to savage it bitterly while pining from afar, you know it won’t be long before you find yourself in bed with the ol’ girl again, sheets tangled up beneath you. As you lay there, pondering the magnitude of all that just happened, you can hear her snoring alongside you. Like a logger at work, rattling the picture frames of the cheap motel where you told yourself you went just to tell her how much you didn’t need her. You wouldn’t EVER want her again, you told her. But now you wonder if you’re always going to wind up in bed with her? Always a ciggy dangling off one finger with a single strand of smoke curling slowly up toward an unfeeling ceiling? The smell of sweat and regret heavy in the air reminding you this isn’t the first time you’ve tried to break it off. This isn’t the first time you’ve sworn to yourself that you were over her.

    But you weren’t. You won’t ever be. That old magical feeling swept you up and took you to that old euphoria you used to feel. Y’know… back when you were watching Jobs on the laptop screen declaring the world in a post-PC world of no true multitasking, no true input methods for getting real work done, no free and open marketplace for the installation of apps that disagree with Apple’s myopic worldview.

    You remember a time when you had standards and you wanted more than just polish and an easy time getting in. But that time’s long past, hasn’t it? Now it’s all about who’s got the biggest apps. Who’s got the smoothest gui. The days when a computing device being the most friendly and open and easiest to have fun with? You remember them as you lay there listening to that logchipper grind up the last free limbs of your dignity. You pat her back as her maps program sucks and she sounds like she’s about to die from sleep apnea.

    “It’s okay, baby. I can live with you, flaws and all. Because I just want that old magic again…,” you whisper. Already, you hear a car drive by and glance out the window to see the next hot Nexus walk by. She looks to have the new Tegra 4 and a higher resolution display with even more Google integration.

    You call the front desk. “I need Scotch.”

      • Cyril
      • 7 years ago

      So the iPhone 5 is the ugly one with sleep apnea, and the Nexus is the hot supermodel?

      Clearly fiction. 😉

      • vargis14
      • 7 years ago

      Very good Sci fi writing and a very fun read….Reminds me of a scene from sin city or something 🙂

      Should have named the iphone 5 goldie…

    • clone
    • 7 years ago

    meh….. I composed a post then realized I’d responded only because I’d read the article so it’s been deleted.

    I’ve no interest in cell phones or smart phones atm beyond seeing it as a sport being waged between 3 companies, Apple, Google, and RIM.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      Poor Windows Phone.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Your non-reply-reply is brilliant. I especially like your first sentence. In fact, I think I’m only replying because I read your reply…so I’ll just +1 you and be done with it.

        • clone
        • 7 years ago

        lol, cheers.

    • siberx
    • 7 years ago

    As a recent owner of said silly-looking Vibram shoes, I’ll be the first to admit they’re some of the strangest-looking (and, I’d go so far as to say ugliest) shoes you can buy.

    But damn if they aren’t both comfortable as hell and great for running. I don’t wear mine outside of exercising (and definitely not to work) but I wouldn’t run in normal shoes again.

    I have never had any issue with the *hardware* apple produces – anybody arguing the physical products they put out are poorly designed is smoking something pretty strong. I just know that for my usage model, I would find iOS intolerable, so I stick with android devices. That, and the fact that they charge exorbitant amounts for their products because people are willing to pay such a huge markup for the brand alone…

    Now, if only a manufacturer would make a modern high-end 4″ android phone out of classy materials (metal/glass/teflon)…

    • link626
    • 7 years ago

    If Apple put some Galaxy s3’s on display for comparison at the apple store, I bet Apple would have so many new customers.

    Seems like so many people are still mesmerized by the iphone. Sells like gangbusters.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    Samsung, blessedly, isn’t the only Android device maker. Sure I’ve never used an iPhone 5, but my One S with dual-core Krait (MSM 8260A) is ridiculously quick. Way, way faster than the G2X I replaced, I know that much.

    From here on out it’s HTC or go home for me, whether my next phone (2 years from now at minimum, hopefully) is Windows or Android.

    • vaultboy101
    • 7 years ago

    Cyril you should not feel guilty for purchasing the iPhone 5. My experiences with it have been largely positive. That’s not to say there aren’t issues like the poor Maps app and walled garden of the Apple App store.

    Having said that I am also awaiting the Nokia Lumia 920 as I need a decent camera and also as a programmer I need to have the platforms that I want to program for.

    So I guess if the iPhone 5 works for you then don’t regret it dude.

      • jdaven
      • 7 years ago

      “… and walled garden of the Apple App store.”

      I am going to genuinely plead ignorance here but what other smartphone app ecosystem is not a “walled garden” as you call it. I’m not aware of any websites I can go to on a smartphone, download a .exe file and then install the program from a windows explorer-type environment by double tapping on it.

        • vaultboy101
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah you make a good point. But I guess the walled nature of Apple App store, Google Play and Microsoft App store just irks me.

        Must be the PC gamer in me!

        • adisor19
        • 7 years ago

        Android allows side loading apps. Apple does not.

        Adi

          • A_Pickle
          • 7 years ago

          This guy! This Apple guy! He got it right.

        • siberx
        • 7 years ago

        Android (with sideloading enabled) works basically just like this. You can download an apk from the internet and install it directly, or you can even toss on a file manager like ES File Explorer and get the warm fuzzy feeling of installing it from a directory tree (instead of directly from the browser download) if you feel like it. Technically speaking I think you single-click it, but hopefully that’s not a deal-breaker 😉

      • TakinYourPoints
      • 7 years ago

      The “walled garden” aspect seems like it would be a negative but it is practically irrelevant. Even with restrictions, there is a significantly higher level of quality on iOS. Its the biggest reason I’m still on the platform.

      It seems like an “open” platform should have the best applications but that hasn’t happened yet. I don’t think it will until Android starts becoming more profitable for developers. A 4:1 difference in profitability for cross-platform developers, combined with the added difficulty supporting such a fragmented ecosystem where piracy is so rampant and people have expectations of free apps, makes parity between the two tough.

        • coldpower27
        • 7 years ago

        I love Apple’s walled garden, keeps the crap apps out. 🙂

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          But not the fart apps!

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        What happens if you buy an app on iTunes and don’t like it, or it doesn’t do what you need or expect? Are trial versions common?

          • brucethemoose
          • 7 years ago

          Yes, you get them from Installous 🙂

            • adisor19
            • 7 years ago

            Only if a precious jailbreak is available. So far the 5 is out of luck.

            Adi

    • Noigel
    • 7 years ago

    Props to you Cyril for making your own carefully weighed decision in your purchase and for posting this even when you KNEW telling this crowd you purchased an iPhone would not be kindly received.

    Articles like this make me trust your selection advice because I know you’ll damn things where they warrant damning and compliment things where they warrant complimenting.

    • windwalker
    • 7 years ago

    I told you [url=https://techreport.com/blog/23716/my-smartphone-conundrum?post=676467<]so[/url<].

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      Like a palm reader without all the scamminess. Not sure why someone -1’d you. I undid it.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        And I took him to the Green Side. Great prediction.

    • GatoRat
    • 7 years ago

    My daughter just upgraded to a Galaxy SIII. While waiting for her at the AT&T store, I played with Galaxy, a Windows Phone from Nokia and the iPhone 5. I am not an Apple Fan. I found the iPhone 5 to be inexplicably long (put it side-by-side with an iPhone 4 and the screen would have fit, especially if apple made the home button smaller) and it did not feel comfortable in my hand due to the square edges, BUT the retina display simply blew me away; it went way beyond my expectations. So much so that it almost sold me on a smart phone. Instead, I kept my cheap Samsung flip phone which works just fine.

      • WaltC
      • 7 years ago

      Good for you. I also use my cell phone exclusively as a cell phone, and put the considerable amounts of money I save each year into computer gear and other things. (All of this cell-phone obsessing reminds me of script-kiddies arguing between Super Mario’s and Nintendos–there is just something downright irrational about it.)

      Anyway, I haven’t yet seen a 4″ monitor that impressed me–so-called “retina” displays included. 30 diagonal ” of 2560×1600 goodness…now [i<]that's[/i<] impressive...;)

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      Then check out the Nokia 920. Better screen, and higher ppi

    • rrr
    • 7 years ago

    Better not buy Apple products to not support their retarded patent wars and patenting whatever is legally possible to.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Partly I bought one so that they could afford to start frivolous patent wars with people who complain about patent wars. Please be nice to the process server when he gives you the papers.

      😉

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      You would have to write off Nokia, Microsoft, Samsung, Google, RIM, Motorola, HTC, HP, Ericsson, Sony etc. hardware as well as pretty much any mobile with Qualcomm, Intel, Nvidia, AMD, TI, Broadcom, Infineon, Kodak, etc. IP baked in.

      Life should get peaceful, though.

        • rrr
        • 7 years ago

        And how many of those actually patent stuff like shapes or “slide to unlock”?

          • trackerben
          • 7 years ago

          These guys will patent anything legally possible and all have been aggressive in patent disputes. If you think securing IP for things like shapes is a no-no, then you’ll have a problem with the likes of Coke, Oakley, TetraPak, Skechers, and WonderBra. Wonderbra also has the fiendish “Touch-to-Slide-and-Unlock” feature so beloved of patent whores, both literal and figurative.

        • phez
        • 7 years ago

        Cue microsoft suing grocery store.

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      The short institutional memory of computer enthusiasts continues to astound me.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t know if it’s just Apple or other manufacturers as well, but I’ve heard a lot of great things with regards to customer service there in the States. I don’t live in the States but here, service almost always sucks like hell. Like companies are trying to squirm their way out of honoring your product’s warranty and try to find a reason to charge you. It’s downright outrageous.

    • Shoki
    • 7 years ago

    Pretty sad. I think the Nexus 4 is a much better choice. The iPhone 4,4s,and 5 are pretty stale by now. 5 more days to wait till I can order an unlocked N4.

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      The iPhone 5’s hardware is better in almost every objective measure. It’s Faster, lighter, better built, near perfect display and it has a much greater battery life than the Nexus 4.

      That said, I’m also getting a Nexus 4 because I’m willing to trade better hardware for what I feel is a more progressive OS. It just strikes me as silly to claim that one phone is a ‘better’ choice for another person when they quite clearly lined out why it’s not.

        • funko
        • 7 years ago

        i would hold off on the display part.

        • Shoki
        • 7 years ago

        I think the Nexus 4 is a much better choice… For me.

        I like the way Google is handling the Nexus. Buying a nice, affordable, unlocked phone, without a contract is the right way to do things.

        I think it’s sad that a high tech guy like Cyril buys a boring iPhone.

          • trackerben
          • 7 years ago

          It’s boring for those who have been using one for years. You need to use it first.

            • Beelzebubba9
            • 7 years ago

            Also depends on your definition of boring. I find little interesting about the endless parade of anonymous Android phones all offering THE NEXT BIG THING but which end up unsupported and forgotten three months later when a newer, bigger, ‘faster’ phone comes out.

            At least the Nexus phones have a reasonably long lifespan and come with amazing community support.

    • ezrasam
    • 7 years ago

    Although Android is very famous now, am not sure whether it will sustain.

    Provided the fact Apple has been making some amazing products and Microsoft has started making some with complete control over Software/UI.

    What I see is that Android losing the charm. Reason is both Apple and Microsoft are working much on optimizing the performance of both hardware and software with a lot of “wise research”. On the other hand, Google doesn’t seem to be in a good hardware game as of now.

    Although Android can not be underestimated, I feel Android device makers are focusing on creating devices with better numbers on paper and not the numbers that actually matter.

    I mean they are simply trying to sell more with a good marketing and not by meeting customers needs (like fitting a phone 1080p display, in which GPU performance is not up to the mark and like phone with multitasking capabilities, but with very less RAM).

    Apple for example chooses its hardware components very wisely and they make better end product that shines.

    Nexus is one smart thing Google has done so far, and they have a long way to go. And pricing gives Google a fair advantage

    As a Android fanboy what I can say is “Android is not even a good competitor of Apple, may be it was Symbian and it took over it in style”

    • zzz
    • 7 years ago

    Which HTC phone was it? You mentioned the iphone 5, Samsung s3, Nexus S but not HTC’s xyz. Just wondering.

    • trackerben
    • 7 years ago

    Why no attention paid to the Lumia? Is it because they are so humongous? I would have waited for the latest revision of Lumia 710 or another new 4in model before finally deciding on the new iPhone, as beautiful and slick as the Five is.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 years ago

    I’ll admit, I’m still waiting for the perfect smartphone (my Droid Bionic works reasonably well, but there are things I’d like that it doesn’t have, a nicer screen first and foremost). I don’t think the perfect one has been made yet.

    At the moment, I don’t think the perfect one will have iOS. No offense, but I’ve tried both and while Android has had its issues too, the maps/navigation alone are a win. Probably the one point I find in Apple’s favor is the consistency of software support and updates, which is to their credit.

    As for quality of build, I’ve had good luck with Motorola, and I can get great accessories (e.g., a car dock that makes my phone a mobile command center with GPS, a bedside dock for alarm clock use/music playback, etc.).

    As they’ve promised Jelly Bean for the Bionic, I’ll probably wait until the first Motorola phone under Google’s tutelage comes out, or until someone makes a flagship Nexus phone with good accessory support.

    P.S. If you find skins slow on an Android phone, get a replacement launcher. NovaLauncher is my personal favorite, but there are three or four other good choices as well. I have no speed issues at all on ICS.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      There may never be a ‘perfect phone’ if you have certain specific criteria that can’t budge. But hey, YAY FOR UNALTERABLE CONSUMER DEVICES TAKING OVER COMPUTERS, RIGHT?!

      • adisor19
      • 7 years ago

      “P.S. If you find skins slow on an Android phone, get a replacement launcher. NovaLauncher is my personal favorite, but there are three or four other good choices as well. I have no speed issues at all on ICS.”

      This right there is the reason why Android is not ready yet. This is a defect that the manufacturer needs to fix, not the consumer.

      Adi

    • rhysl
    • 7 years ago

    I have a SG SII , and I think the SIII is a bit too large of a screen .

    But good to see Apple pull finger and replace your twice..

    Lets hope that Apple Maps get fixed one century eh ..

    • no51
    • 7 years ago

    ctrl+f “windows phone”
    >no results

    did not read.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      lolirl

    • shank15217
    • 7 years ago

    The Galaxy 4 isn’t slow, there are some optimizations google needs to implement in their stock image, its also $299 fully unlocked. LTE means little with 5GB data caps, I’ll take t-mobile’s HSPA+ network any day.

    • phez
    • 7 years ago

    Thanks to roms, my htc desire is still chugging along and thanks to Android 4.1, its performing miles better than it did with froyo.

    It sucks that android mfgr’s are pretty much garbage in respect to updating to their phones. Not to mention the carriers taking their own sweet ass time with customization.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Yup, it’s by far the biggest downside to Android. It would be nice if Google had more teeth enforcing updates, and the carriers would f* off with their junk. I’m afraid that HSPA will slowly become deprecated and carriers will have things locked down because of the way LTE works. But hey, FREE MARKET IS AWESOME right?!?

        • trackerben
        • 7 years ago

        Google really needs to redo their OEM model, but let’s wait for Motorola’s version of Nexus before dumping totally on Android. iPhones are still the premium experiences to beat, but even Apple’s Ive and The Woz had nice things to say about Android, and also Lumia. I doubt HSPA will quickly fade away as smartphones will always need to deliver worldphone capability to a broad subset of users. LTE is shaping up disparately in different markets while 3G+ still remains the most available system in most cities.

    • jazper
    • 7 years ago

    I was in the same situation.

    i started out with an iPhone 4 and had been looking for a replacement since about May. Now granted the iPhone 5 didn’t come out till October, but I wanted something new, shiny and without the problems I was having with the iPhone 4. The issues I was having with iOS 6 were related to Maps, iMessage and apps not installing properly – funnily enough this was a problem with the twitter app, which is supposed to be thoroughly integrated into iOS.

    That said, the Australian market is saturated with iPhones, with about 80% of users choosing Apple as wonderfully illustrated by the mobile OS situation here: [url<]http://getclicky.com/marketshare/au/operating-systems/mobile/[/url<] One thing that is also shown by the chart is that Android is encroaching on iOS penetration and the trend seems to be increasing as time goes on. Another interesting fact is that I work for a large world corporate, and head office/locations are moving towards Android as the platform of choice due to the ease of porting Java code across. This however didn't sway my decision that much. It took me some time to come over to Android. The prolonged delays, uncertainty with stock of the iPhone 5 and the customer service gripes from Telstra (analogous to AT&T I would assume), worked against Apple keeping me as a customer. Anyhow, I ended up with a Samsung Galaxy S3 4G (i9305). I wasn't prepared to wait any longer, and was getting tired of all of the software glitches in the iPhone 4 mentioned earlier. I thought what the hell, give something "new" a shot. Do I regret the change? No not at all. It took me four days of standard use to get accustomed to the new way of doing things. No hacks required, no tinkering required, no major issues. I don't find the text fuzzy at all and while I do have the ability to turn down the saturation, I kind of like the vivid colours. I should also mention that I more often reach for my Galaxy than I do my iPad even at home now, the OS, once mastered is much more flexible for general use. Would I recommend Android to others? - On one hand it is more challenging to get your head around, and there are not as many "good" games for Android as there are for iOS. So if you're a hardcore gamer who plays a lot of mobile games, then you'll want an iPhone or iPad. On the other hand if you want a solid phone with good PIM functionality, want a voice assistant (Google now is awesome and is superior to Siri) or you're a social maven (integration between social media platforms and Android is vastly superior to iOS) - Android is your weapon of choice.

    • shaq_mobile
    • 7 years ago

    Hmmm between a data plan and the phone insurance, that’s more than my car insurance… for two cars.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    Congrats, guess I’m just not a phone guy however. My iPhone 4 still does everything I need it to do nice and efficiently and still get 2 days of use out of a charge and 3G is still plenty fast enough for me on a phone so I don’t feel compelled to upgrade. When it comes time to renew my contract, sure, why not since it is a free upgrade but I’ll still use the tablet for tablet tasks, a laptop for laptop tasks and a desktop when real horsepower is needed.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]My iPhone 4 still does everything I need it to do nice and efficiently [/quote<] pfft, you call yourself an Apple fan?

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t call myself an Apple fan. I’m a fan of technology that I make use of and does what I need.

    • Jive
    • 7 years ago

    Cyril, I upgraded to the iPhone 5 recently, coming from a HTC Droid Incredible rooted to Cyanogen Mod 2.3, I couldn’t agree with you more. The iPhone 5 is mind-blowingly fast, webpages load before i even realize. I couldn’t be happier upgrading to the iPhone 5 after 3 years of having to deal with rooting, roms, and whatever else was necessary to make the phone even usable.

    The only thing i will miss is the Maps app, but as a quick fix i have a shortcut to maps.google.com on my home screen. It is a bit clunkier than an integrated maps application, but it works nonetheless.

    • jrr
    • 7 years ago

    I’m ready for these things to stop getting thinner and start getting batteryier.

      • Jive
      • 7 years ago

      My iPhone 5 battery lasts easily 2 days with casual use. My co-workers 4G Motorola Android phone is at 70% battery life after his morning commute.

      I think the iPhone 5 battery is pretty damn good for stock, but I wouldn’t mind a denser battery or a little thicker phone in exchange for more battery life.

        • Laykun
        • 7 years ago

        My og galaxy note lasts for 5 days casual use. You just have to configure android devices properly. Use a battery defender app.

          • adisor19
          • 7 years ago

          “You just have to configure android devices properly. Use a battery defender app.”

          And this is another example of what’s wrong with Android today.

          Having to use an app to fix the battery life ? Seriously ?!

          Adi

            • Laykun
            • 7 years ago

            I completely agree. The problem with Android devices is that they are completely on all the time (assuming no settings have been changed from stock). That means you’ll get emails whenever, including while you’re asleep. The basic idea behind battery saving apps is that it turns the internet radios off while the device is sleeping (screen off) which saves a whopping amount of battery power.

            The fact that you can CHOOSE to use a battery saving app is nice, and it’s nice that some phones come with this behaviour built in (wifi sleep modes). But in my opinion this should be the default for android, and that you shouldn’t be connected to the internet if your phone is asleep.

            When I introduced this app to people they say “Really, you can do that? That’s awesome! I hate getting notifications when I’m in bed or getting nagged by my phone constantly during the day!”. I really think that’s the status quo and only power users need to have their phones “always connected”.

          • jdaven
          • 7 years ago

          Wow, you just explained why 90% of the average user market would have a tough time with Android. People do not want to ‘configure’. They want to use the product right out of the box.

            • reever
            • 7 years ago

            Gee, is that why Apple has 90% of the average user market? Does the iPhone instantly know the logins to all of my emails? Do all of the apps have no settings? Does it automatically fill out my contacts without first doing something else? I could just as easily say that 84.6785% of smartphone users like sprinkles on their donuts.

            • Beelzebubba9
            • 7 years ago

            …you’d be surprised how many settings are carried over phone to phone via iCloud.

            • tfp
            • 7 years ago

            I love sprinkles on my donuts and I have a smartphone!

            • moose17145
            • 7 years ago

            Good thing most of us arean’t your average consumer then.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            My Galaxy S3 has a battery saver mode that’s easy to use and gives me 3 days of “casual use” battery life

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            yet if the smartphone user stats are to be believed a big chunk of them are using Android and getting along.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          That’s BS. My One S uses around 1%/hr of sitting idle with wifi and data on (though I’m not sure if wifi sleeps or not, never bothered checking). “Juice defender” apps are pure FUD.

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 7 years ago

      I have a 5000! mAh extended battery in my Galaxy Note. Haven’t worried about battery life since.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        Dude… If I actually had to use the thing, I’d look this up.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      I agree, assuming they can’t do anything about displays. The big deal, IMO, is screen power usage. And as long as Android devices have bigger screens they’ll use more power. My phone consistently shows around 70% of my battery according to the advanced stats. That’s ridiculous considering when I get around 5 hours of screen-on time on a 1650 mah battery (I’m estimating based on Anandtech’s review of the One S as having a 6.1 w/hr battery and dividing by 3.7v). I could save some by manually setting brightness, but who wants to do that?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      whoops

      • nerdrage
      • 7 years ago

      The new Motorola Droid Maxx HD trades some thin-ness for a 3300mAh battery, and it’s confirmed to be getting JellyBean before the end of the year. I’m just about ready to pull the trigger…

    • Forge
    • 7 years ago

    Sounds like a real nice phone. They offer them for T-Mo yet?

      • tay
      • 7 years ago

      Next year I believe. If you have an unlocked iphone5 (Verizon sells them unlocked) and live in certain areas you can get 3G.
      [url<]http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/10/got-an-unlocked-iphone-5-t-mobile-has-your-nano-sim-card/[/url<]

    • obarthelemy
    • 7 years ago

    “So, it came down to the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3. In one corner, I had the fastest and most finely crafted smartphone on the market—an exquisitely designed piece of technology so thin and light it almost felt like a plastic prop. In the other corner, I had ugly software and an even uglier PenTile display wrapped inside a bigger, heavier phone made out of actual plastic. Choosing option B would entail a trip through the time-consuming world of custom ROMs, and I’d be stuck with PenTile’s fuzzy-looking fonts, too.”

    I should have spotted the bait in your first post, but still.

    – “ugly software” you can change. No need to root or get a custom ROM, just get the right widgets and settings for you screen. You’re a tech blogger, you should know that.
    – PenTile was an issue back when resolution was 640×480 and you could actually see pixels. with today’s resolutions, you can’t see pixels, and the only ones still bitching about pentile are those who failed to stay up to date, and try it out for themselves.
    – bigger, heavier phone has bigger, better, full HD display. Biased much ?
    – actual plastic that actually doesn’t scrape, and protects from falls. Are you the kind who would buy a Svarowski phone ? ‘coz it would look very nice and luxurious. I think the naked GS3 should be compared to a protected iP5.

    the iP5 is a very nice phone. It’s way too expensive (you fail to mention that at 64GB, it’s about twice as expensive as a GS3), and the screen is too small for me. Plus I got used to widgets. I did get rid of all of Samsung’s crap though, which made the UI a lot more responsive. And doesn’t require rooting or anything, just 5 minutes of time, a bit of knowledge, and , above all, good faith.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Uhm, what? As he said, he tried out the S3 and the i5 back to back, and didn’t like the Pentile display. You can argue that it’s a non issue for most users but you can’t tell him that he’s basing his experience on outdated prejudice.

      Point: Pentile is dfferent and it’s not going to handle hard edges as gracefully, full stop. See here:
      [url<]http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/03/galaxy-s-iii-microscope-hd-super-amoled/[/url<] Now, as a Galaxy Nexus owner, I fail to see the problem. But OTOH I'm also nearsighted as a bat and require a prescription that would give most other people a brief glimpse into the future and a migraine, so maybe I don't pick out the edges as well.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Haha, man…if you’re going to make a point about pentile, at least use something other than a link that shows it under such huge magnification.

          • ludi
          • 7 years ago

          So instead, we should compare the difference by examining a displayed image of a photo of another display, when both devices are operating at 720p in a 4-5″ screen area, which two different users of the actual device might otherwise be holding at two different distances?

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            No, but a zoom level that’s at least remotely comparable to what one might see when using the display in a realistic manner. Sorry but I don’t have the vision to see individual subpixels when using a display.

            • ludi
            • 7 years ago

            Well, that’s my point: at 720p in a 4-5″ screen I think the visual display differences are going to be mostly subjective. One person here and there might be sufficiently sharp-eyed to pick them out when actually holding the devices, but otherwise…

            • phez
            • 7 years ago

            exactly why its a dumb reason to credit/discredit either device and why obarthelemy is calling it out

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            Pentile does look a little yellow.

            And seriously, if it takes all afternoon to custom ROM a phone, you’re doing it wrong.

            • obarthelemy
            • 7 years ago

            We should do a blind test, both subjective (which looks better to you ?) and objective (reading test on increasingly smaller fonts, quizz on ever smaller picture details…), at a couple of distances, with a handful of people.
            Anything else is idiotic, be it drawing conclusions from 230x magnifications, or parroting truths from a few years ago.

        • obarthelemy
        • 7 years ago

        Indeed. We might even have to stop pulling out our 230x microscope everytime we use our smartphone. Oh, wait…

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      If by “ugly software” Cyril meant the underlying mobile OS then no amount of widgeting will alter its basic feel and polish. A bigger display is necessary for many things, but a voice & messaging comms device is not necessarily one of them. Put to secondary duty as a GPS satnav/mapper or mobile games console or media player, these superphones are great due to their big screen. But only in these secondary cases, but then the mini iPad and 7in droids can usually do better since they sport even bigger screens.

      I’ve experienced the quality of Apple’s product and support myself, against which the droids of the world simply cannot compete (we will see about Lumia and Surface). My 5-year old Nano got replaced through no initiative or even initial awareness on my part just because Apple quality and customer policy mandated so. I’ve had iPads replaced hassle-free for niggling issues. When Cyril presents his subjective case for the value of iPhone over its appreciable lifetime I am therefore inclined to believe based on my parallel experiences. It’s no fluke that a good fraction of a billion smartphone buyers concur. Their general consensus is that participating in the iPhone product cycle is as pleasing a social behavior and as unapologetic a usage behavior as that of other premium consumer experiences. Apple smartphones and similar mobiles are thus found in premium categories for these reasons.

        • obarthelemy
        • 7 years ago

        There’s 2 sides to that coin. My brother is an Apple convert, and he keeps having issues: his iMac was overheating, then his HD died, then his wife broke her all-glass iPhone (4?) twice, then his new 27″ iMac had a tinted screen, now its wifi is acting up and it takes about 5mins to boot…

        I’m a PC DYIer and Android guy, and the last time I had issues was with smartphone software before Android and before HTC. Even, my HD2 is still running strong for my brother in law.

        Apple certainly has great service and nice looking products. From where I stand, it doesn’t feel like Apple has great quality, and even if the fixes are notionally free (except for the crystal phone), they take an horrendous amount of time and effort: going to an iStore, waiting, negotiating, swapping, reloading and reconfiguring your new device… That’s hours wasted which, using a semi-reasonable hourly rate, cost money, too.

        And from playing with his iDevices frequently, Android cannot be called ugly, except if you keep the garish default homescreen OEMs like to use to try and make the things desirable in the shop. Everythings is very similar to all others mobile OSes (there’s a reason for those lawsuits), and very customizable.

        As any purchaser of a luxury item (again, the 64GB iP5 is twice as expensive as a 64GB GS3), he’s suffering of Stockholm Syndrome, and really really needs to justify his splurging by finding everything wonderful and the alternatives, horrendous.

          • trackerben
          • 7 years ago

          I’m strictly a PC guy too, my first which I helped build was a NEC x86 desktop. In those days quality uptime was what you experienced between reseating your bus cards and DIP cores. And so I’m pretty sanguine about modern hardware failure rates since the last millenium, to me hardware which fails to fail within 96 hours is already good enough to forget about. Most complaints have to do with assembly fit and finish or design quality leading to excessive power and heat, and with iOS devices (I don’t have experience with OSX hardware) it’s almost always the former, which speaks to Apple’s industrial design standards. I can attest mostly to iOS packages, I’m not a MacOS user.

          My takeaway of the value proposition of Apple’s warranty and support levels is positive. Sure it takes time to visit an Apple store but’s it’s always fun and there is high certainty in their competence and turnaround levels. But more importantly I no longer need to constantly advise and support others who bought into Apple gear. This user revolution is a big deal, and for me is the real luxury to be found in Apple’s premium computing model.

          Not long ago my wife told me she’d upgraded both her 4S and iPad to iOS6. With zero issues and much fun, it was almost routine for her like gassing up her Honda. I’ve noticed the same pattern with my Mom, sisters, most other relatives, friends, associates who use iOS and a bit of MacOS. It was stunning to think that like Aladdin’s genie, I am finally free from having to do charity support for less techie friends and family. Once you’ve had a taste of this radically applianced lifestyle, you’ll learn to avoid the traditional ways. It’s why I almost never recommend Androids nor Symbian/Belle nor RIM mobiles to non-techies, there’s simply no social upside to anything less than iOS.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            windows phone~!!!!!

            • trackerben
            • 7 years ago

            Did you notice my deliberate omission? I am still waiting for Nokia to release a 4″ screen revision of the 710.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Their general consensus is that participating in the iPhone product cycle is as pleasing a social behavior and as unapologetic a usage behavior as that of other premium consumer experiences. [/quote<] The RDF is strong with this one.

          • trackerben
          • 7 years ago

          Nothing. I’m all right.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<] heavier [/quote<] 3.95oz / 112g - iPhone 5 4.69oz / 133g - Galaxy S3 Really? If anything both phones are TOO light.

      • chµck
      • 7 years ago

      The iphone 5 actually beat the s3 in drop tests, which surprised me.

    • bthylafh
    • 7 years ago

    #FirstWorldProblems

      • cynan
      • 7 years ago

      You [url=https://techreport.com/blog/23716/my-smartphone-conundrum?post=676410<]forgot to add Cyril's name[/url<] in front.. ;-P

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Could somebody please explain what poundfirstworldproblems means? I have zero basis of reference, except that the # is a hash… (whatever that means), but I always read that as “poundsomethingorother” and that’s how I say it in my mind.

      And why would somebody be inclined to post “#blahblahblah” and nothing else? I mean…is that supposed to be self-explanatory? I am curiuos because it was not so for me.

      (Still colored “confused”, only now a slightly darker shade of confused)

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        it means something that is not important, and for most of the world wouldn’t be an issue. basically, it means “shutup, you’re whining about something stupid when billions are starving”.

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          Thank you for the explanation; I truly did not know.

        • Scrotos
        • 7 years ago

        [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag[/url<] [url<]https://support.twitter.com/articles/49309-what-are-hashtags-symbols#[/url<] I guess the joke/reference is that some rich kid is supposed to tweet/whine online about problems that are trivial when looked at a larger view of the world. So I might complain about the MPG that my BMW gets while in India people starve and bathe in disease-filled rivers. The reply is a simple, "you're being petty and whiney." Why there's a hashtag, I'm not sure. I don't use twitter so maybe there's something else going on than the "talk online about your stupid problems" thing. Dunno.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          the hashtag makes it easier to search in twitter.

            • Scrotos
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, but does twitter search website forums? That’s why I’m guessing it’s a mocking of whining online, i.e. “why don’t you go to twitter and whine about it there.” I guess?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            it doesn’t it’s a twitter thing that spilled over.

            • bthylafh
            • 7 years ago

            I’m getting a huge kick out of this side-thread.

        • Ari Atari
        • 7 years ago

        I’m fairly certain it comes from internet memes and twitter.

      • entropy13
      • 7 years ago

      Cyril got #SWAG

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    I’ve been noticing a lot of rounded corners on TR’s website. Best stop stealing Apple’s inventions and create some original geometry of your own.

    But, yeah, the iPhones are pretty boss.

      • Scrotos
      • 7 years ago

      He’s not kiddin’, folks!

      [url<]http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/11/apple-awarded-design-patent-for-actual-rounded-rectangle/[/url<]

    • Dazrin
    • 7 years ago

    My current contract expires next week and I am still running a Galaxy S (Captivate), so this is relevant to my interests.

    I haven’t played with any of the newer phones recently, so I need to get out and do that. I am considering basically all of the flagships – iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, HTC One X+ (whenever it gets released), and the Nokia Lumia 920. Decisions, decisions, decisions…

      • drfish
      • 7 years ago

      If all goes as planned I should have 15 Lumia 920s early next week, can’t wait! 🙂

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        WHAT THE HELL!??!?!?

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          I’m going to buy 20 Lumia 920’s and then just throw them out. That way they will be located where they belong.

            • drfish
            • 7 years ago

            I would get 15 HTC 8Xs but they wouldn’t be as good for ballasts on my hot air balloon…

            I kid, I kid, remember I’m a big WP7 fan, after two years with an office of Samsung Focuses its time for two years of something else.

            [i<]Edit: At $50 each though my business account they are at least a crazy good deal.[/i<]

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            YOU SICK BASTARD

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        Only 15? You’re too cheap. 🙂

      • Disco
      • 7 years ago

      This week my wife just got an HTC One S. It is a huge step up from her old HTC Desire (ver 2.2 like Cyril’s girlfriend’s phone). It’s not as big as an HTC One X+ (still 4.3 inch screen) and much thinner and lighter than my HTC Amaze/Sensation from last yeat. Better battery life and much better performance than my phone make me jealous.

      I do think that Cyril comparing the new iphone 5 to 2.5 yr-old android hardware is a little off. And talking as if the Samsung S3 is the only android alternative is also a little strange.I’m a big fan of the HTC Sense overlay – much nicer than standard android, and it just keeps getting better every revision. Based on the reviews of my wife’s new phone, it actually has smoother performance than the One X due to it’s slightly lower resolution (still 220+ ppi). I think it looks great, and should be considered for anyone’s new phone. Even though it’s not ‘top of the line’, Mobilesyrup.com considers it one of the best smartphones they’ve tested.

      [url<]http://mobilesyrup.com/2012/05/30/htc-one-s-review/[/url<] ** sorry to sound like a shill - although no more than Cyril is... 😉

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        The One S is awesome. I love mine. *high five*

    • tbone8ty
    • 7 years ago

    If it were my girlfriend I’d be getting the crumby HTC phone lol

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    GUESS WHAT GUIZE, I WANT THE NOKIA 920

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      REALLY? I COULDN’T TELL.

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      GETTING MINE THIS WEEKEND. IMA UPDATE YOU SSK!

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        AWESOME!! I’M SUPER JEALOUS! WIFE SAID ROGERS WAS WAYYYY TOO EXPENSIVE, AND THEY HAVE NO COVERAGE IN THE VALLEY! THEY’RE BETTER IN FREDERICTON, WHICH I’LL BE MOVING TO IN DEC, BUT WIFE STILL SAYS NO!!!

          • Arag0n
          • 7 years ago

          You have two options, drop your phone or drop your wife, the choice is yours 😛

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            Sadly the phone is missing some core features the wife model comes with. That’s a good thing and a bad thing, but some of those good features I don’t want to lose

            • Arag0n
            • 7 years ago

            I would say that wife provides services not features 😛

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            yours might, mine doesn’t. she cut me back to twice a year. could be worse, i know 2 guys she cut off totally! but hey, i cant blame her, i’m pretty ugly. i’m so ugly, my dog has to close his eyes when he humps my leg!
            /dangerfield.

            • Arag0n
            • 7 years ago

            Holy shit, I do expect to have services several times per week! If only 2 per year, I would divorce ASAP!

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            those were just rodney dangerfield lines. one of the guys said he read my post in a dangerfield voice, so i thought i’d use it. those aren’t accurate numbers, and i don’t have a dog.

            • Arag0n
            • 7 years ago

            I hope so my friend! I hope so!

            • vargis14
            • 7 years ago

            Service at any time here… could be 3 am i wake up and my 3rd leg is awake before i am. I shake my beautiful wife and say the sweet words…take off your pj bottoms and underwear….you all know what happens next.

            Within 10 to 15 minutes we are both sleeping again.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            Tmi

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      I GOT IT SSK AND IT IS GLORIOUS.

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    Earlier this week I too bought an iPhone 5. I wonder if there’s something in the air?

    Anyway, after months of dithering, I finally decided to go for it. Awaiting delivery.

      • Sam125
      • 7 years ago

      My guess is that conservatives are still slightly crazed over the US Presidential Elections. I’d bet the average Tea Party member is practically foaming at the by mouth now considering how badly they’re failing and how severely the GOP used them.

      We certainly do live in interesting times though.

        • Cyril
        • 7 years ago

        Take the offtopic political talk to [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=53033<]R&P[/url<], please.

          • Sam125
          • 7 years ago

          I’m just saying. 😉

            • ludi
            • 7 years ago

            We see you trollin’, we hatin’. Because you’re ridin’ blurty.

            • Sam125
            • 7 years ago

            Just highlighting how stupid these phone debates are by injecting a little analogous political rhetoric. Too bad you didn’t notice it. =P

            • Sam125
            • 7 years ago

            Well, you at least 15 other people. lol

            • ludi
            • 7 years ago

            Being funny, step one: know your audience.

            • BIF
            • 7 years ago

            Being Funny

            Step 2: Knowing when to quit.
            Step 3: Knowing when to pass. Not everything lends itself to humor.

            • ludi
            • 7 years ago

            It’s only a three-step program? WHERE’S THE PROFIT?

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t believe my comment above hinted at or invited any political discourse. Color me confused!

          • 5150
          • 7 years ago

          You know who else didn’t invite political discourse? Hitler!

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Godwin’s Law in 49 minutes…well done.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            oh, i can easily beat that

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, but you’d have to force it. This one was pretty natural.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            oh, you’d be surprised. i can find a way to bring him up.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]oh, i can easily beat that[/quote<] I forgot...that's what she said?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            nope. there’s not way she would.

          • torquer
          • 7 years ago

          He was replying to Sam125, not you.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          I think he’s saying that there’s some crazy in the air.

            • BIF
            • 7 years ago

            Whatever he (Sam125) said, my comment was NOT a reference to anything subterfugal or nefarious in nature. It was a “yeah me too” to Cyril because I too had happened to make my decision at a similar time.

            • Sam125
            • 7 years ago

            So you noticed it too? Who knows, maybe the stock market is driving some people slightly mad.

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            No, it’s people driving the stock market mad.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Cyril, what color did you buy? I bought the white and silver one. I really wanted black with a gold band, LOL!

      Maybe someday gold replacement bands will be available and I can switch to white + gold. Not quite a Lexus, but that’s the motif I’m shooting for. I have a guitar in white with gold trim too, so maybe I can start a collection. 😉

        • Cyril
        • 7 years ago

        I got the black one. Those are my photos in the blog post. 😉

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          Oh cool. Yeah, if it was available with a silver or gold band, I would have preferred the black one too. But I don’t like that slate/navy blue band color for myself.

          Of course, it’ll end up going into some sort of hermetically sealed carbon fiber protective case, so it really only matters when I sell it, right?

    • cynan
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I mean, just look at AnandTech's performance preview. The Nexus 4 trails the iPhone 5 by a wide margin in most graphics and web browsing performance tests, and its battery life is markedly worse.[/quote<] In the interest of fairness, The Nexus 4 phones reviewed last week, were, to my knowledge, running a pre-release version of Android 4.2. Some review sites did experience poor battery life, but this is expected to be improved on the final version of 4.2 (and perhaps with future updates afterwards). Apple phones/tablets do push the envelope for mobile 3D graphics performance. However, I'm not sure how much Infinity Blade (or the like) I'd be trying to play on a ~4" screen... To me, a working and more seamlessly integrate mapping/navigation software is worth more. But I'm sure this is coming for Apple. The question is, will it be as good as Google if they continue to resist Google software... Finally, I'd probably agree that the Iphone 5 is a higher end phone than the Nexus 4. The fact remains, however, that for what I use a phone for, something like the Nexus 4 easily meets my smartphone needs (as long as there aren't any horrible quality control issues that crop up - you never know with LG given their track record with phones..). If I can really save $200-$300 or more going with the Nexus 4 over something like a Galaxy S3 or an iPhone 5, than this is no small matter and really makes the Nexus 4 appealing to me (were I in the market for a new phone). As most people still acquire their phones through carrier "subsidies" as part of contracts, the difference in price at the end of the day, for most, may not be that marked (ie, getting an S3 for $99 on a 2-year plan vs the Nexus 4 for $0 on a 2-year plan). Which really is a shame and speaks volumes about how much these telecoms are desperately trying to keep the control they have had of the handset market.

      • cjava2
      • 7 years ago

      Don’t bother, he already decided long ago, this article is just self-justification.

      Speaking of which I wish these “blog posts” were clearly marked so I don’t click on them. I come to Tech Report for the tech news, not ramblings of a semi-tech literate person.

        • Scrotos
        • 7 years ago

        So… when you realize it’s a post you don’t agree with, hit the Back button and ignore it. Or is that too techy for ya? 😀

        • BIF
        • 7 years ago

        Not clearly marked? It was titled “Oh Dear…”; how much more clear of a signal do you need?

        If it was a news article, it would have been titled, “iPhone 5 Turns into Money” or “iPhone 5 Makes Women Grow Mustaches”.

        Puh-lease!

        • jdaven
        • 7 years ago

        There are plenty of Apple-hate websites on the interwebs. I think you might be better off at one of those.

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 7 years ago

          I thought this WAS one of them.
          /cry

            • A_Pickle
            • 7 years ago

            I know. That’s the problem with Apple-hate websites. They always start out that way. Then the missionaries arrive, and nothing is ever the same ever again.

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 7 years ago

            Kill the cultists. The old gods (who are in actuality futuristic robots) reign here!

        • krazyredboy
        • 7 years ago

        These blog posts are part of the site and I, for one, appreciate them. They offer a point of view, from a person spending their OWN time and money, testing or trying products, they feel they wish to have, and whilst doing so, offer an opinion that a lot of us can understand and use to our benefit.

        I’ll say this, for instance: I have had a general dislike of Apple, as a company, for a long while. But, since they began releasing products, post iPod touch, I have grown an appreciation for their products. Whether it’s their ease of use, good looking displays and, as Cyril pointed out, how long they tend to hold their looks or operate, I can admire the product and not the company, while offering suggestions and tips to people that I know who want those products. These types of blogs do the very same. They offer an opinion, based on personal use and not blatant advertising, to give YOU more information.

        Now, I’m not saying TR articles are blatant advertising, as they have always been well written reviews and previews of products, with an accurate portrayal of those product’s abilities, whether they are supported by ads or not. It’s that honesty, within the reviews and previews, that keeps me reading the articles, in the first place. That same honesty resides in the blog posts, as well. Sure, the person writing the article, could be a fan of the product to begin with, which only aids in the excitement of the blog, but as you (hopefully) read above, it wasn’t just an-iPhone-is-perfect-and-great kind of blog. Cyril explained that he didn’t receive a “great” product the first or even, the second time. But, what he did receive, was excellent service and ultimately, albeit after multiple attempts, a product he is very happy with.

        Also, if you believe Cyril to be a “Semi-tech literate,” person, then you obviously, haven’t been partaking in this website, for very long.

        And THAT is just, good reporting, blog or not.

          • krazyredboy
          • 7 years ago

          Why am I not surprised, that I was down-voted?

        • albundy
        • 7 years ago

        finally, someone that makes sense!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        It’s called “Oh dear…” – is that really a news post?

        I agree with one sentiment you expressed, though – it’s most likely that Cyril had made up his mind a long time ago.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    The build quality thing irks me; Apple just gets it right over and over again.

    Microsoft, who have never sold a tablet before go and make a premium product with the Surface. It’s precise, it’s slick, it’s styled beautifully and it’s cheap. More expensive than we expected, but cheaper than the equivalent flagships from Asus/Acer/Lenovo/Samsung/Sony. They have little to no experience (outside the Zune, perhaps) and just come up with an Apple-quality product at a PC-quality price.

    The big names in tablets and to some extent, smartphones, have had years to iterate their designs, refine, improve, lower costs etc, and yet they keep on regurgitating plasticky, delicate, flimsy tat at grossly inflated prices. Compared to an iDevice or a Surface, even the VivoTab looks tired.

    It’s more than just a stereotype, it’s the very ethos of all of Asian tech firms: Styling seems to be a checkbox feature – [i<]"yes, it has been styled"[/i<], rather than the result of an artist who is trying to create a masterpiece, an emotion-evoking work of desirability.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]the result of an artist who is trying to create a masterpiece, an emotion-evoking work of desirability[/quote<] TronPron? But yes, the most desirable employee of all in a tech firm is the one who is equally engineer and artist - with a healthy dash of OCD thrown in.

      • rwburnham
      • 7 years ago

      Having used a couple of Zunes in the past, the Surface is not too surprising. Microsoft knows how to make beautiful hardware and elegant software, but for whatever reason (poor marketing, questionable reputation, uphill battle against Apple, etc.) they’ve had a tough time moving mobile products in recent years.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah the Zune HD is a pretty nice piece of hardware design-wise.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zune#Sales[/url<] oh, snap!

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            WAY TO COPY SWEATSHOPJOBS

      • Laykun
      • 7 years ago

      I think that’s the result of having money and hiring talented industrial designers.

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      I’ve tried the VivoTab and RT runs fast and fluidly on it, even Office. But other than the touchscreen and the transformer trick, there is little to distinguish it externally from any other Atombook netbook. The Taiwanese need to spend more on industrial design, tablets and phones are used more as stylish appliances and less as industrial hulls.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] I noticed not without amusement that both S3s on display had wildly miscalibrated screens, with pale-green whites and overblown colors [/quote<] i don't understand how people can claim this, when they have engineers that calibrate the screens. either they have no idea what they're doing or something else is going on. also, i thought you were going to check out the 920? rogers a no go for you, or did the heavy weight scare you off? i know you're a little guy, i understand. [url<]http://t.co/4m53QyLr[/url<]

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      I know that actual professional grade LCDs must be calibrated individually, so why would phones be any different (if you’re the kind of person who frets about such differences)?

      Plus a lot of it comes down to personal preference, and I assume Cyril has a really OCD-ish eye for such things.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        i’m sure he does, and i realize some of them do, but unless your “professional” they’re not bad. at least, for your average user they work. i guess i just find the “wildly miscalibrated” hyperbole. 99.9% of people will NEVER notice or care if they custom calibrate their screen. i agree a lot of it is personal preference.

        also, i fixed your –

        AND WHY IS IT OK TO SELL DEFECTIVE PHONES THAT NEED TO BE REPLACED 3 TIMES!??!?! both my cousin and my bro are on their 3rd 4s’ because of issues with them. yea apple has great post sales service, they need to. their phones break like crazy.

          • cynan
          • 7 years ago

          Lol. My Galaxy Nexus has one of those Pentile AMOLED displays that people are currently so fond of bashing as being absolutely atrocious by “today’s” IPS smartphone screens (even though my phone only came out a year ago). I think the screen looks pretty good. While reds can be a little over-saturated in some photos, I don’t use my phone for critical photo-editing so… And I don’t notice the text being fuzzy.

          Ignorance, as they say, is bliss. Or perhaps it’s cognitive dissonance. Then again, maybe I just need glasses…

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Over saturated colors is the thing that is most likely to bother me on a display. I think I’ve been spoiled by having a calibrated IPS desktop display for the last 5 years. Compared to most people who are used to and ok with crappy laptop screens, TN desktop screens, phone screens probably do seem great. Oversaturated colors also WOW people even if they don’t realize how wrong it is.

            • cynan
            • 7 years ago

            But it’s a phone, not a 27-30″ graphics production/medical imaging display…

            I enjoy my calibrated 3007wfp-HC too.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            So? That doesn’t make blown out colors any less hideous. Showing people pictures on a phone with a bad display and a person looks like they’ve got a disease because their skintone is so off…not cool.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_retentive[/url<]

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Oh….you’ve got the first half of that term right.

            • adisor19
            • 7 years ago

            The Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have a Pentile AMOLED display. It’s actually proper RGB.

            Adi

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            You’re confusing the Nexus 4 (RGB IPS) with the Galaxy Nexus (RGBG Pentile.) Go look it up in any Galaxy Nexus review.

      • tay
      • 7 years ago

      The S3 has the worst colors of any high end phone out right now.

      [url<]http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/IMG_1726.jpg[/url<] [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/6334/iphone-5-screen-performance[/url<] [url<]http://www.displaymate.com/Smartphone_ShootOut_2.htm[/url<]

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        Right, but if f#f#12747292020 is red or a slightly darker red, why do I care? It’s a phone. You guys know I often say we are too picky in the enthusiast world, and I guess this is just one the things I don’t understand.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND BECAUSE YOU CAN’T TELL COLORS ARE OVERSATURATED OR POORLY DONE IN WP8’S TINKER TOY UI.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i don’t notice/care on my laptop, my wife’s laptop, or my phone, or on my monitors. it’s just fine.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Phone#Market_share[/url<] Oh, snap!

            • no51
            • 7 years ago

            It’s cause we’re unique.
            SECRET CLUB. MEMBERS ONLY!!!

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            ‘unique’…I do not think you know what this word means 😉

            • kyboshed
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]'unique'...I do not think you know what this word means ;)[/quote<] I think he's confusing it with irrelevant.

      • End User
      • 7 years ago

      I checked out a 920 at a Rogers shop over the weekend while waiting for a new modem. It was just a shell with a picture of the OS for the display. Weird.

        • adisor19
        • 7 years ago

        And this is why, kids, Apple always insists on never using empty plastic shells for their in store displays.

        Adi

    • Sam125
    • 7 years ago

    Congrats on your new phone!

    This generation of phones seem to be suffering from quality control issues which is why I think I’ll skip them and stick with my now ancient LG running Android 2.2. Well that and I have a really great cell phone plan that I don’t want to lose by switching carriers for phones I’m not very interested in.

    Plus I want to see if Blackberry 10 is any good before making any kind of a decision, and I’m hoping that it is!

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]I want to see if Blackberry 10 is any good[/quote<] Sneak preview: It won't be. RIM is a long-dead company full of old fatcats that squandered the biggest success story in the history of mobile computing. All the talent left the sinking ship to go and work somewhere more successful.

        • Sam125
        • 7 years ago

        You may very well be correct but I’m not in any kind of a rush to upgrade. Also, aside from random internet people predicting RIMM’s imminent death, the press seems pretty positive about the OS so I can hold out until the beginning of next year for the full reviews and hardware specs. Nokia seems kind of cool too but Windows Mobile is so “bleh”. =\

    • Shambles
    • 7 years ago

    As far as I’m concerned any android phone not running at least 4.1 does not exist. What an incredible difference it was playing with the Nexus 7 when it came out versus anything that I’ve touched running <4.1. It’s not even a very definable difference but it absolutely affects how pleasant the interaction with the device is. Can’t wait until the 4 launches as I’m one of those that have weened myself off of carrier controlled/subsidized plans.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      I’m waiting to see non-preview software benchmarks from a variety of sites on the Nexus 4 as well. Certain sites go way in-depth which is cool but when their results don’t jive with numerous others and they use browser benchmarks as CPU benchmarks *shrug* No contract is what will really get me on board because I *hate* paying almost $1000 more over a 2 year contract for a $300-350 subsidy, it’s a terrible waste of money. The Nexus 4 may be my first smart phone!

      (I would like to get a WP8 but none of the hardware truly interests me, but it’s the no contract for a sane price up front and for service that really does it.)

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      So there is only the Google-branded phones and now finally HTC’s One X and One S. That makes it easy to pick from just a few handsets.

        • Shambles
        • 7 years ago

        Yup, and that’s why you still see people picking up the iphone 5. 4.1 came out about 5 months ago, manufacturers can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          The lack of support from all Android makers is infuriating. Tons of poor fools who bought the G2X are stuck on Gingerbread and still under contract. Same for a ton of other phones. And they’ll never sniff ICS let alone JB. Everyone sees that Apple still supports their phones that are under contract (I’m sure this is the end of the road for the 3GS) and wonders why an Android handset maker can’t do the same. And as much as I love my One S, HTC is just as bad. Early/mid 2011 phones like the Desire HD and Sensation won’t ever get beyond ICS.

          And I don’t know who’s fault it is. Is every new version really that different from the previous? Can we blame Google here? Doesn’t seem like it; the Nexus S is the same Hummingbird SoC as basically all of the original Galaxy S family and yet Samsung stuck those with FroYo and Gingerbread, and the Nexus S runs Jelly Bean.

    • superjawes
    • 7 years ago

    My mom recently upgraded to a 5, and the First thing she said was that it was really fast.

    But the weight…sturdy it may be, but the phone felt like nothing, and that was with a plastic case on it.

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