Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Nope. I'll be holding onto my 4", possibly longing for the days of the 3.5"
If I want a larger screen I'd get an iPad Mini. For a phone there's a reason they're small.
Phones are dead. No one gives a **** about phones anymore because they are archaic stuff without value besides fashion, just like watches.
What we have now are portable computers that can make calls, but that's only a small part of it. If you don't browse the web, read pdfs, tweet, facebook, play some games and watch some videos or even read some magazine, that's your problem and I'm sure the current iPhone is perfect for your needs.
However, for us that were born in the digital era, Internet is something constant. A big screen phone makes a world of difference, and a big screen device made by Apple has tremendous potential. No one is saying that it would sell more than the current model, or that Apple should stop selling the current model. We are only saying that as millions of potential costumers show, a big screen iPhone can be a better iPhone, even if not for you.
Not seeing the obvious and continuing with your line of thinking makes discussing this tiresome. Your opinion is irrelevant (and wrong), but the facts are there. Open your eyes. People love big screens. Those monkeys at motorola managed to create a phone with the same dimensions as the iphone 5 but with a 4.5" screen.
Originally Posted by drblank
Where do I start?
Europe and Asia have the most talented people? I would suggest that they do have talented people, but I don't know if they are the MOST talented. So what successful desktop computer has come out of Europe? Asia only provides use with cheap labor, but Apple's are designed in the US and they have the best laptops, AIO units, and the new MacPro looks like a very interesting change to the traditional, ugly, heat generating, power sucking tower which usually provide more than what people actually use.
I agree that Apple needed to change the iOS management, but since they made the change about 10 months ago, so far, the changes seem to be for the positive. In terms of hardware design, in order to meet the requirements Apple has for a large screen smartphone, I think it is just taking them longer than it should, but they are working on a lot of new stuff that no one else is working on, plus they are bursting at the seams from the job growth. Apple's doing the work that probably 40+ other companies are trying to copy bits and pieces. Who actually develops as much as they do from a desktop/laptop, OS, mobile devices, apps, processors, controller chips, and God knows what else? NO ONE. They aren't perfect, but they are moving their ship as fast as they can and I'm looking forward to improved products and some game changers along the way, whether they are small or large.
So what if Google owns more market share, that just indicated there are more sheep buying into a platform that has more malware and security problems with less apps (quantity and quality) and third party hardware products to choose from and most of these Android mfg can't seem to make a decent profit. Surprise, surprise.
Samsung can't even upgrade all of the phones they sell to the latest OS that is available. WHAT A SCAM. Users that buy into Samsung are getting stung and they don't even know it, or realize it, unless someone sits them down and explains how they are buying technology with an old OS that has bugs and security flaws. OOOPS. Talented people don't always know everything.
I don't know if Apple wants to be an Android developer since that takes resources and since there are too many different OS versions, screen sizes and screen resolutions and products to test an application on, they would rather avoid it than have to waste the time when most Android users barely have two quarters to rub together or if they do, they certainly don't want to spend it on content or apps.
I agree with having a bigger screen iPhone, I'll admit that. As far as a cheaper iPhone? How cheap do you want it? $150? NO PROFIT IN IT to make it worthwhile, I'm sure that what these rumors look like is an iPhone 5 but in a polycarb case for $400 or SLIGHTLY less, is my guess. Obviously, I don't know what will be announced anymore than anyone else outside Apple, but would that be good enough for your pompous ego? Obviously, you like supporting a platform that doesn't really seem to understand how to make decent profits unless you are component supplier that's competing with their component customers (which is conflict of interest and just plain unethical).
From what it sounds like, you really don't spend much money on IT products. What do you do for a living or your main source of using a computer/mobile device?
Did you know that about 800 Million Android phones are exposed to this latest security flaw? Or do you not keep up?
I'd rather wait until Apple releases their large screen iPhone instead of buying some FLAWED POS. sorry, but I can do things by syncing up certain apps I use daily between all of my devices because for certain things I prefer a desktop with a BIG monitor, some things i prefer using a 9.7 inch screen tablet and I use my phone for needs that serve my current needs. I will say that beyond much of the BS hype around the iPhone 4, I've owned one for over 1 1/2 years and it hasn't crashed, the battery still holds a charge just fine, I've never cracked a screen or had to reset the OS, and it has never dropped call from my end that I'm aware of unless i was indoors in a bad cell zone, which is to be expected. My iPad works flawlessly. My iMac works great, and I enjoy only having to learn basically one company's platform where I can call one company that actually answers the phone (typically in less than 2 minutes to a live person) and my needs get resolved. I would rather pay a little extra and have what I have than pay less and have the experiences my Android using friends have had with their Android phones, since most of them bitched and complained, many have switched to an iPhone and I don't hear them bitching and complaining about things like dropped calls, texting errors, battery drain, malware, devices that die, etc.
Enjoy your malware, if you even find out you have it. Remember, anti virus apps don't always recognize all of the different types of malware.
Samsung is not a company I would support other than their components, they are a VERY unethical company in my book. They've been caught with price fixing, they do what I think is VERY unethical business by entering the smartphone and tablet market and copying all of the well known brands that designed their products FIRST. I've never held a Samsung product where I thought it was high quality.
First of all, thanks for your post. I'm going to do my best to adress your points.
Take Apple (the exception) out of the equation and you will realize that all innovation from all areas comes from Asian countries like Korea, China, etc or people that were born there. It's a well known fact that the US needs to import talent. Right? But that's almost irrelevant and adds nothing to the subject in discussion, I agree.
I agree with almost everything you said on this paragraph, but it's obvious that a bigger screen should be in production long ago. HTC, a crap company, managed to do it. The simple fact is that there is no excuse for Apple.
This isn't about Google having more market share, this is about Google owning 95% of the market in a year and Apple having very fierce competition on the high end. It has nothing to do with the PC market in that particular thing. Do some simple math and you will realize that all iPhones are outsold by S-line (s2,s3,s4 all versions) + Note (1 and 2) + HTC One + Xperia combo. That's on the high end, Apple knows what costumers want and they do nothing.
About your next paragraph, yes most people that buy samsung high end offerings are blind sheep, like some Apple users or worse, but they could buy an iPhone and know for experience that a bigger screen is better for using the phone, even if it means lower quality and laggy device. That's how important a bigger screen is.
Android has tools and guides. Apple has no excuse for not putting iTunes on Android, they did it on windows and it was a great move. Android is here to stay and dominate market share, it won't go anywhere (new OEMs will appear if others fail) and Google isn't Microsoft. Besides, they are pissing off loyal costumers like me that are forced to go android because Apple doesn't provide a decent option.
No profit in it? Nokia does.Sony does. Samsung does. But obviously this isn't about making profit per device, this is about iOS presence. 250 dollars. Don't put words in my mouth, Google gained influence and power with Android, it was a great move for them. And Android is a great OS, obviously not on level with iOS, but that doesn't mean that it isn't great. Use a Nexus device, you will be surprised.
I'm a Mechanical Engineering student on the most prestigious (and the best) university of the country and of course I have some hobbys and special interests on the IT area. Yes I keep up, I just decided that it wasn't worth it to post here (or any other tech site) daily. Those things are exaggerated and you know it. Even your average user wouldn't have any of those problems because only geeks sideload apps etc. Android is as secure as any computer, it depends on the user and that's their problem.
About everything else, that's why I am waiting for Apple's offering. But my Android phone is as good as dead, it really was a POS, but thanks to Apple, it was the only option I had at the time (early 2010) and Android isn't shit anymore, far from it.
P.S: Clearly you don't see the whole picture. When iOS7 is out, Apple will be selling the iPhone 4 (400€) and it will never see an update again. That's why i do not want it. Any 200 dollar jelly bean android device will be updated a lot, expecially if the user is someone like me, and roots it, unlocks the bootloader, flash kernel, flash ROM, install G-apps, bla bla... and Cyanogenmod it is. For the price and quality of OS and devices, totally worth it.
Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
"Write software for Android? I'd rather piss on it"
There are no people that need it bigger screen. There are, however, people who think they do. In the end it won't be a portable device anymore. People who want a bigger screen (to look at, so don't need voice over cellular) buy an iPad Mini
Seems a fair price for what the product and its included services give you. I paid € 874
Yes, and? It doesn't come with iOS. And the experience is all in the software. No iOS = no sale.
Degrade the company to create sub-par products? No, I think people (and Apple) have opened their eyes, and see how truly pathetic the competing products are.
Then maybe you shouldn't invoke it with posts like these.
See? Why so limited? It's not your call and it makes perfect sense for everyone one. Apple would profit from android's sucess, users like me wouldn't be frustrated, etc.
Again, limited, if not worse. A bigger screen can make a better phone by itself. Millions need it, your (or my) opinion is irrelevant, the facts are there.
Yes, the iPhone 5 is far, unless you want something as your only mobile device and actually need it, then, for millions, it isn't.
The Nexus isn't subpar. The Xperia L isn't sub par. 400 € for a 2010 device that will never be updated, is.
Originally Posted by StruckPaper
Yes, Apple has its defenders. But in no way are they milking anything.
Apple is designing and manufacturing some of the best products ever made in the iPhone, the iPad and the Macs. They are responsible for production of these products the volume exceeding 100M annually. They are providing the OS, an app store, cloud storage, map services, search services (yes, Siri is part of the search service), email, core apps, a music and video store for these products.
How many other companies in the world are doing this much? Would you point to any of them and say they are milking it?
You are totally right, thanks for your post.
But clearly you agree with me when I see that there's no excuse for the lack of an offering with a bigger screen. HTC did it right.
Originally Posted by drblank
And what are the two biggest selling phone models? 4S and 5. OK? The S3 and S4 haven't sold as many per unit as the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. OK?
Apple is one company in a market where there a lot of mfg making hundreds of phones that sell in more countries and more carriers. If Apple turned on EVERY country and every carrier that Android is marketed through, they couldn't build them fast enough to meet demand. They kind of have to ramp the number of carriers and countries as their assembly suppliers and component suppliers can handle an increased in demand. But at least Apple doesn't force you to buy a new product to get the latest OS. Remember, 4.3 is the latest OS, and how many phones/tablets actually run it? I think you can count on one hand. How many can't? HUNDRED OF MODELS that represent probably 96% of the market of 900 Million devices. So MOST of the devices can't or don't even run 4.3. OOOPS. Heck, just even getting Android devices to run a 6 month old OS is almost as bad as the latest version OS. FAIL. MAJOR FAIL.
Imagine that, buying a product that doesn't and probably won't run the latest OS for at least 6 months, IF at all. SUCKERS!
The world is much bigger than the US. None of these models (4s and 5) are the top models in most countries in Europe, not to mention Asia and Africa. Far from it. I woulddare to say that in most countries besides the US and UK, the iPhone is being hammered by the S-line. But even if it wasn't, that isn't the point.
You are right on the rest, but that wasn't the point either. 4.1 to 4.3 is jelly bean. People like me will erase the phone and install Cyanogenmod, so that's a non issue, but even for the others... If your device runs jelly bean, it will be updated when new features are released.
Originally Posted by drblank
You have a MacBook AIr? And how many apps that you run on your Android device sync up with your Mac without doing anything? Which apps are they? Some Google Doc BS? I don't qualify those as decent apps. Sorry. But what else syncs up without doing anything between your Android device and your laptop? Name em.
Yes I have a Macbook air, 2011 i7. If I use a Google account and have it set up on my mac, mail calendar and contacts sync without trouble, obviously and that's it. But that's Apple's fault, iTunes could and should sync too. And that's the root of the problem.
Apple gives no option to most users outside the US that refuse to pay outrageous prices for the carriers. Even if I had unlimeted budget, a 5" iphone would suit my needs better than an iPhone 5 + iPad combo.
I pay 7.5€ and have 300mb data, unlimited text and voice calls for all my friends. You start a trip from Portugal to Japan and you will see that most people leave in this reality.
If Apple wants more than 5% Market share, they must give these options.
Thanks for your posts.