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2012-09-13 08:34:48 AM
There is a pretty good comparison table of phones, actually.
 
2012-09-13 08:36:07 AM
Welcome to 2 years ago, iPhone. Enjoy the 4G :) So many better options out there even with the MAChete wielding IP lawyers. You see how many folks are using Siri lmao.
 
2012-09-13 08:49:56 AM

kimmygibblershomework: Welcome to 2 years ago, iPhone. Enjoy the 4G :) So many better options out there even with the MAChete wielding IP lawyers. You see how many folks are using Siri lmao.


Siri, is it going to rain today?
LOOK OUT THE WINDOW YOU DUMB B*TCH, IT'S POURING!
 
2012-09-13 08:53:53 AM

kimmygibblershomework: Welcome to 2 years ago, iPhone. Enjoy the 4G


So Apple should have made a phone with shiat for battery life using the power sucking first generation of chips that supported 4G like the other idiots did thereby pissing off their customers?

The lackluster battery life of 4G-capable phones is dragging them down in consumer ratings, according to data collected by J.D. Power and Associates. The company noted dissatisfaction with battery life "greatly impacted" customers' satisfaction with their smartphones. Because of that, owners of first-generation 4G smartphones are some of the least happy customers out there.

By waiting for the new low power version of LTE baseband, Apple was able to create a phone that is smaller, lighter, and gets better battery life than the 3G phone they sold last year.

Customer satisfaction is more important than checking a box in the specs if you want to be successful in the long term.
 
2012-09-13 08:55:18 AM
Meh. Not a compelling reason to trade up from my 4S.
 
2012-09-13 08:59:08 AM

BullBearMS: kimmygibblershomework: Welcome to 2 years ago, iPhone. Enjoy the 4G

So Apple should have made a phone with shiat for battery life using the power sucking first generation of chips that supported 4G like the other idiots did thereby pissing off their customers?

The lackluster battery life of 4G-capable phones is dragging them down in consumer ratings, according to data collected by J.D. Power and Associates. The company noted dissatisfaction with battery life "greatly impacted" customers' satisfaction with their smartphones. Because of that, owners of first-generation 4G smartphones are some of the least happy customers out there.

By waiting for the new low power version of LTE baseband, Apple was able to create a phone that is smaller, lighter, and gets better battery life than the 3G phone they sold last year.

Customer satisfaction is more important than checking a box in the specs if you want to be successful in the long term.


here come the apologies
 
2012-09-13 09:05:29 AM
 
2012-09-13 09:11:19 AM
people like what they like and tend to stick to brands. I get that. Average consumer will go for what their friends suggest.
Personally, I've got a Nexus and am seriously contemplating grabbing a Win 8 phone in October . I'm interested in seeing how far the platform has come and how it stacks up to the heavy weights these days.
 
2012-09-13 09:12:11 AM

RexTalionis: Meh. Not a compelling reason to trade up from my 4S.


But it is a compelling reason to trade up from my 3GS. I think a lot of people go on a 2 or 3 year cycle, not 1 year (obviously, there are exceptions), and with the 3GS being end-of-lifed yesterday I think it's time to make the jump.
 
2012-09-13 09:13:01 AM

olapbill: Personally, I've got a Nexus and am seriously contemplating grabbing a Win 8 phone in October


I wouldn't buy one, but I am intrigued to fiddle with a Win 8 phone some more. I think they've made some interesting UI choices and I'm all for some competition.
 
2012-09-13 09:13:51 AM

meatofmystery: here come the apologies


Because nobody wants their phone's battery to be capable of lasting all day?

This comment from one of the Ars Staff in that article was not unusual: "I used a 4G LG Revolution for a couple weeks last year. In the two weeks it worked (before it forced me into a factory reset and I returned it) the battery life would drain 10% an hour even when I wasn't using it."

All day battery life isn't something you need to apologize for deciding is a requirement.
 
2012-09-13 09:16:07 AM
At this point, I think the only reason I'm sticking with iPhones is because FaceTime is easier to use for my parents than Skype.
 
2012-09-13 09:18:21 AM
Still have a 3GS that I bought in June 2009; looking forward to upgrading.
 
2012-09-13 09:24:19 AM

olapbill: people like what they like and tend to stick to brands. I get that. Average consumer will go for what their friends suggest.
Personally, I've got a Nexus and am seriously contemplating grabbing a Win 8 phone in October . I'm interested in seeing how far the platform has come and how it stacks up to the heavy weights these days.


Between Android 4.1.1 devices, iPhone 5, and Win 8 / Lumia 920, this fall has a lot of great devices. It's a good time for smart phones. I just don't know which one to get, though!
 
2012-09-13 09:24:19 AM
 
2012-09-13 09:24:50 AM
I found the section about iTunes humorous. It looked like they were going to talk about it and then the new iTunes didn't even get a whole sentence to itself.
 
2012-09-13 09:27:06 AM

BullBearMS: By waiting for the new low power version of LTE baseband, Apple was able to create a phone that is smaller, lighter, and gets better battery life than the 3G phone they sold last year.


They actually didn't say shiat about the battery life when using 4G, surprisingly quiet... almost as if its going to be just like other 4G phones.

But keep making up shiat, fanboy - those hard earned dollars need to be delivered to a farking corpse in a mock turtle neck somehow.
 
2012-09-13 09:30:31 AM
So what can this do that my OneX can't again?
 
2012-09-13 09:33:46 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-13 09:34:30 AM

RexTalionis: Meh. Not a compelling reason to trade up from my 4S.


The rabid frenzy over iPhones seemed to really tail off with the 4S. It showed up and everyone said "WTF this was supposed to be the 5!"

After a couple of months of lacklustre sales the phone companies here started GIVING the thing away with the usual plan options. On the lower end plan options it was dirt cheap. I'd waited and when I saw that, I snapped one up.

I'll only get a 5 if the same thing happens. I like some of the new features.

It seems toys and software have both pretty much hit the wall. MS Word has been the same piece of crap for years now - all they do with new releases is move stuff around in the GUI and add more senseless features. Even great programs like Photoshop have just become an exercise in one or two "wow" new features but not much else.

Now it's all about connectivity among similar devices in the 'family'. Apple hopes you at LEAST have a laptop or an iMac, as well as an iPhone and an iPad ... so much of the new gizmos can all talk to each other and auto-update.

Samsung, Google and MS don't have any direct link to devices to play the connectivity game.
 
2012-09-13 09:37:16 AM
Another "meh" release by Apple. That screen size and ratio looks an awful lot like most Android phones out there. I hope Apple gets their asses sues by the rest of the collective market for infringing on the screen sizes used by everyone else.

/hey, you can sue over "slide to unlock"
//reap what you sue, assholes
 
2012-09-13 09:39:17 AM

lilplatinum: They actually didn't say shiat about the battery life when using 4G, surprisingly quiet... almost as if its going to be just like other 4G phones.


"They" who?

Last year's iPhone 4S was rated for six hours of browsing over 3G.

The iPhone 5 is rated for 8 hours of browsing over LTE despite being thinner and lighter.

Meanwhile, the Droid RAZR Maxx with it's enormous extended battery (using the last generation LTE chipset) only tested out at 293 minutes which works out to not quite five hours of web browsing over LTE.

dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-09-13 09:42:31 AM

festus: RexTalionis: Meh. Not a compelling reason to trade up from my 4S.

The rabid frenzy over iPhones seemed to really tail off with the 4S. It showed up and everyone said "WTF this was supposed to be the 5!"

After a couple of months of lacklustre sales the phone companies here started GIVING the thing away with the usual plan options. On the lower end plan options it was dirt cheap. I'd waited and when I saw that, I snapped one up.

I'll only get a 5 if the same thing happens. I like some of the new features.

It seems toys and software have both pretty much hit the wall. MS Word has been the same piece of crap for years now - all they do with new releases is move stuff around in the GUI and add more senseless features. Even great programs like Photoshop have just become an exercise in one or two "wow" new features but not much else.

Now it's all about connectivity among similar devices in the 'family'. Apple hopes you at LEAST have a laptop or an iMac, as well as an iPhone and an iPad ... so much of the new gizmos can all talk to each other and auto-update.

Samsung, Google and MS don't have any direct link to devices to play the connectivity game.


Windows live is an attempt at cross-Xbox/PC/phone/tablet with win8 and winP8

Google has chrome, which crosses multiple devices and even shares bookmarks and active pages. (using I to type this on my iPhone right now).

Samsung is trying to put Facebook in my refrigerator. Which is dumb. But not as dumb as the cars with twitter and facebook. Stop farking posting and watch the farking road!!!
 
2012-09-13 09:43:32 AM

RoxtarRyan: //reap what you sue, assholes


That's a lot of anger towards a "company"

They must've hurt you real bad
 
2012-09-13 09:49:41 AM

BullBearMS: kimmygibblershomework: Welcome to 2 years ago, iPhone. Enjoy the 4G

So Apple should have made a phone with shiat for battery life using the power sucking first generation of chips that supported 4G like the other idiots did thereby pissing off their customers?

The lackluster battery life of 4G-capable phones is dragging them down in consumer ratings, according to data collected by J.D. Power and Associates. The company noted dissatisfaction with battery life "greatly impacted" customers' satisfaction with their smartphones. Because of that, owners of first-generation 4G smartphones are some of the least happy customers out there.

By waiting for the new low power version of LTE baseband, Apple was able to create a phone that is smaller, lighter, and gets better battery life than the 3G phone they sold last year.

Customer satisfaction is more important than checking a box in the specs if you want to be successful in the long term.



Apple is a brand...that happens to sell technology. They could have pumped out another 3G phone and people would still have lined up to buy it. The people waiting for the iphone5 were never looking to get the galaxy s3...it was never an option. The s3 could have a perpetual motion battery...and the apple people would be like, "yeah...but apple is better. It just works...."

"By waiting for the new low power version of LTE baseband, Apple was able to create a phone that is smaller, lighter, and gets better battery life than the 3G phone they sold last year."

And if they waited another year they could have a phone that is even lighter with an even better battery life...
 
2012-09-13 09:49:52 AM

festus: I'll only get a 5 if the same thing happens. I like some of the new features.


I am in the market right now. My wife has a 4S, I have a Samsung Focus. It is indeed a good time for smartphones. The iPhone 5 looks like a beautiful piece of hardware, and the Nokia 920 is really a nice looking phone. There are a lot of good looking Android phones as well (One X). My biggest gripe about the iPhone isn't even about the iPhone, it is iOS. iOS needs a pretty big refresh. A lock screen with some actual status information would be nice. What I mean is that I press the button to wake up the device and I should see time, next appointment (not just the next alert), messages and maybe weather. Windows phone gives me most of these (no weather), Android can give me all. iOS gives a little. I am also used to the quick glance at live tile tiles. You can do some of this with Android, customizing your home screen. Once again, iOS is lagging here.

On the hardware front, the lack of a dedicated back button hurts. On the iPad, the multi-finger gestures get me this after a fashion, but there is no analog on the iPhone. "Double-tapping" to home to bring up the program list is nice, but on my Focus, i just hold the back button for task switching. On android, it is even better, holding Home gives me a list of open programs that will expand to fit the screen, not just a strip at the bottom.

That being said, the iPhone still is pretty much the best looking hardware of the bunch. But that gap isn't what it used to be back when i had an iPhone 3S and everyone else was an also ran.
 
2012-09-13 09:58:08 AM

KFBR392: And if they waited another year they could have a phone that is even lighter with an even better battery life...


The point was to refuse to follow their competitors and produce products that couldn't even hold a charge through a single workday.

A mobile device that has to be plugged in multiple times a day is pretty useless, as the customer satisfaction ratings for first gen 4G phones have shown.
 
2012-09-13 09:59:18 AM

lilplatinum: BullBearMS: By waiting for the new low power version of LTE baseband, Apple was able to create a phone that is smaller, lighter, and gets better battery life than the 3G phone they sold last year.

They actually didn't say shiat about the battery life when using 4G, surprisingly quiet... almost as if its going to be just like other 4G phones.

But keep making up shiat, fanboy - those hard earned dollars need to be delivered to a farking corpse in a mock turtle neck somehow.


This article mentions battery life and it is claimed to bethe same as 3G: Engadget
 
2012-09-13 09:59:54 AM

BullBearMS: Because nobody wants their phone's battery to be capable of lasting all day?


Apple higher ups seem to think people are too dumb to put their phone on a charging mat Link
 
2012-09-13 10:00:40 AM

RyansPrivates: "Double-tapping" to home to bring up the program list is nice, but on my Focus, i just hold the back button for task switching. On android, it is even better, holding Home gives me a list of open programs that will expand to fit the screen, not just a strip at the bottom.


While a list of open programs rather than a strip would be really nice, I like the double-tap over holding - it's faster. I can double tap in less than a second, but you have to hold the button for two seconds.
 
2012-09-13 10:05:03 AM

buntz: RoxtarRyan: //reap what you sue, assholes

That's a lot of anger towards a "company"

They must've hurt you real bad


Yeah, I often hold companies in a poor light when they buy police services that are only used for drug traffickers and child molesters, repeatedly show they don't care two shiats for the people making $.05/hour making their overpriced shiny things, and are one of the biggest patent trolls of all time. Of ALL TIME
 
2012-09-13 10:05:17 AM

BullBearMS: A mobile device that has to be plugged in multiple times a day is pretty useless, as the customer satisfaction ratings for first gen 4G phones have shown.


Not to stir up a hornets nest here but all those phones ran draindroid
/As you can see by my 2 posts I'm in the WP camp
 
2012-09-13 10:09:11 AM
nearly everyone I see on the train on my commute has an iphone

almost all those iphones have cracked screens or backs or both

it's probably a good thing apple is going back to metal for the back.

The original iphone was the best-looking of all the iphones anyway

/very happy with my google galaxy nexus and cheapass prepaid tmobile plan
 
2012-09-13 10:09:26 AM

BullBearMS: lilplatinum: They actually didn't say shiat about the battery life when using 4G, surprisingly quiet... almost as if its going to be just like other 4G phones.

"They" who?

Last year's iPhone 4S was rated for six hours of browsing over 3G.

The iPhone 5 is rated for 8 hours of browsing over LTE despite being thinner and lighter.

Meanwhile, the Droid RAZR Maxx with it's enormous extended battery (using the last generation LTE chipset) only tested out at 293 minutes which works out to not quite five hours of web browsing over LTE.

[dl.dropbox.com image 508x274]


Quit using facts to back up your claims!

Anyways I'm upgrading - I held out on the 4S because of lack of LTE. I love my 4 but could use some more speed.

I buy iPhones for the OS. Granted the phones don't have the latest and greatest - but I like the "it just works" mentality. Because in the end - the most important thing for me is that I can rely on my phone to always work.
 
2012-09-13 10:09:56 AM

Tobin_Lam: This article mentions battery life and it is claimed to bethe same as 3G: Engadget


Would you be shocked to learn that Engadget's information is a bit off?
 
2012-09-13 10:10:33 AM

RoxtarRyan: Yeah, I often hold companies in a poor light when they buy police services that are only used for drug traffickers and child molesters, repeatedly show they don't care two shiats for the people making $.05/hour making their overpriced shiny things, and are one of the biggest patent trolls of all time. Of ALL TIME


/nods politely and slowly backs out of thread
 
2012-09-13 10:13:43 AM

BullBearMS: meatofmystery: here come the apologies

Because nobody wants their phone's battery to be capable of lasting all day?

This comment from one of the Ars Staff in that article was not unusual: "I used a 4G LG Revolution for a couple weeks last year. In the two weeks it worked (before it forced me into a factory reset and I returned it) the battery life would drain 10% an hour even when I wasn't using it."

All day battery life isn't something you need to apologize for deciding is a requirement.


My 4g Samsung Galaxy S2's battery last all day. I guess they "copied" that from Apple, though. I have to listen to Pandora and play games to get it to drain. Oh, and I bought it last year... before the iPhone 4 came out... and it was available to the international market for like a year before thats.

And don't be so proud of the iPhone's battery when it has a comparitively under-powered processor, and smaller screen than other phones. You know what I could do if I didn't want to mid-day charge? I could "replace the battery". "Replacing the battery" is an advanced technology... iGeeks probably wouldn't have heard about it.
 
2012-09-13 10:15:14 AM

GoodOmens: Anyways I'm upgrading - I held out on the 4S because of lack of LTE. I love my 4 but could use some more speed.


Hopefully with Apple on board with LTE it would get carriers to get in price wars with their LTE data plans. Right now I pay $30 a month for just 3GB
 
2012-09-13 10:18:50 AM

Theaetetus: RyansPrivates: "Double-tapping" to home to bring up the program list is nice, but on my Focus, i just hold the back button for task switching. On android, it is even better, holding Home gives me a list of open programs that will expand to fit the screen, not just a strip at the bottom.

While a list of open programs rather than a strip would be really nice, I like the double-tap over holding - it's faster. I can double tap in less than a second, but you have to hold the button for two seconds.


I can't disagree on the speed, but for me the "hold" is easier since I can more easily do it while holding the phone with one hand.
 
2012-09-13 10:19:17 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: BullBearMS: Because nobody wants their phone's battery to be capable of lasting all day?

Apple higher ups seem to think people are too dumb to put their phone on a charging mat Link


I think he's right. There is a company that has incorporated charging technology into products to make it truly wireless. IE just place the phone near your computer and it will begin charging. No need for it to be on or near a mat.(Good stuff around the 9 minute mark). That is the future of wireless charging - imagine not having to ever replace the batteries in your wireless keyboard.

If something like that becomes standardized and is incorporated into bedside lamps etc - it would be a benefit to everyone and more simple to use.
 
2012-09-13 10:23:13 AM

neilio42: a comparitively under-powered processor


The first phone to use ARM's shiny new A15 processors instead of the old A9's is "underpowered"?

Apple just doubled the CPU and GPU performance and still has a better battery life than the Droid RAZR Maxx despite being in a much smaller package and nearly a third lighter.
 
2012-09-13 10:31:03 AM

GoodOmens: drjekel_mrhyde: BullBearMS: Because nobody wants their phone's battery to be capable of lasting all day?

Apple higher ups seem to think people are too dumb to put their phone on a charging mat Link

I think he's right. There is a company that has incorporated charging technology into products to make it truly wireless. IE just place the phone near your computer and it will begin charging. No need for it to be on or near a mat.(Good stuff around the 9 minute mark). That is the future of wireless charging - imagine not having to ever replace the batteries in your wireless keyboard.

If something like that becomes standardized and is incorporated into bedside lamps etc - it would be a benefit to everyone and more simple to use.


It's the revenge of Nikola Tesla... Take that, Edison! dl.dropbox.com
 
2012-09-13 10:35:05 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIRBxRlsYR0
 
2012-09-13 10:37:06 AM

RyansPrivates: A lock screen with some actual status information would be nice.


That's my biggest complaint with iOS. Jailbreaking and adding LockInfo makes it pretty damn good, but jailbreaks (especially on new hardware) can take time.

I'll probably update to the new iPhone after they release the unlocked contract free version. No LTE on Straight Talk, but I mostly use wifi anyway.
 
2012-09-13 10:42:29 AM

BullBearMS: kimmygibblershomework: Welcome to 2 years ago, iPhone. Enjoy the 4G

So Apple should have made a phone with shiat for battery life using the power sucking first generation of chips that supported 4G like the other idiots did thereby pissing off their customers?

The lackluster battery life of 4G-capable phones is dragging them down in consumer ratings, according to data collected by J.D. Power and Associates. The company noted dissatisfaction with battery life "greatly impacted" customers' satisfaction with their smartphones. Because of that, owners of first-generation 4G smartphones are some of the least happy customers out there.

By waiting for the new low power version of LTE baseband, Apple was able to create a phone that is smaller, lighter, and gets better battery life than the 3G phone they sold last year.

Customer satisfaction is more important than checking a box in the specs if you want to be successful in the long term.


Hmm please expand because every iPhone user I have ever known has still complained about the battery life. Good Kool Aid they got over there.
 
2012-09-13 10:45:18 AM

BullBearMS: neilio42: a comparitively under-powered processor

The first phone to use ARM's shiny new A15 processors instead of the old A9's is "underpowered"?


Well duh - the A9 has 4 processors and the A15 only has 2 - 4 is always better then two, right? I mean 4 nickels are better then 2 quarters - right?

/Rolls eyes.
 
2012-09-13 10:50:51 AM
Just actually read your post. You DO know that JD Powers and Asshats are the Who's Who of the consumer world? You pay to get "rated" and has similar credibility to Angie's List. Cool looking trophy, though. May have to buy one for the mantle :)

/38 yo zone reps are great
 
2012-09-13 10:52:12 AM

kimmygibblershomework: Hmm please expand because every iPhone user I have ever known has still complained about the battery life.


Yet somehow the farktardedly large Samsung Galaxy Note gets three hours less battery life when you try to actually use it to browse the web.

If only it were large enough to hold a really big battery.
 
2012-09-13 10:53:08 AM

GoodOmens: BullBearMS: neilio42: a comparitively under-powered processor

The first phone to use ARM's shiny new A15 processors instead of the old A9's is "underpowered"?

Well duh - the A9 has 4 processors and the A15 only has 2 - 4 is always better then two, right? I mean 4 nickels are better then 2 quarters - right?

/Rolls eyes.


so it's

www.billboard.com

or

static.mtv.co.uk
 
2012-09-13 10:53:53 AM

BullBearMS: neilio42: a comparitively under-powered processor

The first phone to use ARM's shiny new A15 processors instead of the old A9's is "underpowered"?

Apple just doubled the CPU and GPU performance and still has a better battery life than the Droid RAZR Maxx despite being in a much smaller package and nearly a third lighter.


So now they can keep up with Motorola and Samsung's phones. Good. Still with a smaller screen, which saves a lot of battery.

Your whole argument seems to be iPhone is best because it has great battery life. That's probably about 4th or 5th on importance on most people's lists.

/FYI... I think the iPhone is a great piece of hardware
//Also think iPhone fanboys (or just fanboys in general) are stupid.
 
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