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Your touching on one of the biggest flaws with the iPhones in recent years. Put simply, they're ergonomic nightmares me site to a jewelry box than my real life. Sadly, many of the competitors have followed suit, being more concerned with form than function. The 5C is a step in the right direction, but there's a lot more that can be done... A rubberized back that doesn't slide around, more rounded corners & sides and dedicated physical buttons would be great. The lack of real tangible improvements from one device to another isn't just an Apple problem, though. Save for Nokia with that ridiculous camera, the cell phone market is seeing very little useful innovation. I say that unless your phone is actually broken, nothing had happened in the last 2 years to warrant purchasing anything. That is unless you look at your phone as a fashion statement. I that case, you probably didn't bother to read past the first line anyhow.

1 year ago on 3 weeks with the new iPhones, and why I’m probably selling my iPhone 5s

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 @JerenYun Well, let's clarify to be fair.  The devices are still "supported" no matter what version of Android they run.  I have a cheapo Samsung phone that still works just as good as the day I bought it, but it will never see any updates to any new operating system.  It has, however, gotten several other updates for security or network performance.  Even iPhones don't all get the same OS updates. This is primarily due to hardware being able to support the OS and not the myriad of reasons Androids don't get them.  The easy way around that if you're wanting an Android is to go with a Nexus device or a "top tier" device that will get support from outfits like Cyanogenmod.  Personally, I'm not all that concerned with OS updates, even though I do think it'd be nice.  If my phone wasn't a suitable device when I bought it, I'd have never bought it in the first place.  The OS updates from Google and Apple, to be quite honest, have added very little in actual functionality.  This is especially true of Google since many of the OS update features can be found in the market for phones that don't get the actual OS.  If you jailbreak, it's just as true - or even moreso - for Apples.  But, the OS isn't why I'm not an iPhone user.  The reasons are two fold.  First is the form...  I'm on the go for 14 hours a day with no way to charge my phone.  I use GPS heavily, and am constantly typing in addresses.  No phone's battery - no matter who makes it - can last that long.  So, I carry spares.  I also insist on a physical keyboard.  Right now, those are only available on a select few Android devices.  The other big reason is that I find Apple's corporate behavior to be unacceptable...  attempting to corner the market on ebooks (and specifically e-textbooks) and then collude with publishers to fix the prices is absolutely shameful.  The whole world is out trying to find out how to make education more universally attainable and here Apple is trying to figure out how to rip off their customers and anyone wanting an education...  There are a dozen or more other reasons from the moral standpoint that I won't list in detail, but that's a start. For a hint, look into how they flip flopped on DRM, the shaft they give artists publishing via iTunes, and how - for decades - they've done their best to make their devices non-compliant with industry standards so that everything Apple is unnecessarily more expensive to own and comes with an either/or decision for the owners.  I'd rather have a dumbphone.  I'm not saying that Google is a saintly company, but Apple just sucks from a ethics point of view.

 

 

1 year, 1 month ago on 24 hours with the iPhone 5c, or why I now hate my iPhone 5

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 @JerenYun I think the "future-proof" mindset is one of the single best selling points of the iPhones.  Even as a WP8 fan and current user of Android, iPhone is where I have the most confidence that the phone won't be "outdated" prematurely.

1 year, 1 month ago on 24 hours with the iPhone 5c, or why I now hate my iPhone 5

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If I were the grand poobah at Apple, there's no way I'd release iOS7 to existing customers for at least a month after the new iPhones have been on sale. Just a thought for those of you wondering when you'll get your update.  I don't know when it'll become available...

 

1 year, 1 month ago on iOS 7 Review – Refreshing, Colorful and Intuitive

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You so funny, Cam.Per the last comment about AndroidAndMe, I'm not an Android Guy. I'm not a iOS guy, either. I'm just a gadget junkie.

1 year, 3 months ago on Control Center app for Android lands on Play Store, mimics iOS 7′s best feature

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 @jhong  @swimmer341  @druggelino Coming from a multi-OS background, I think the backgrounds and animations aren't the issue.  They will use more battery, but not much, and certainly not while the phone is off.I'd imagine this is some process that's running continuously and not being shut down.  Earlier versions of Android suffered from this where the OS would fail to fully close programs that were running in the background. This was especially true of processes that used data.  Facebook was a particularly hostile battery killer.  Prior to Android 4.0, the only way to keep multi-tasking truly under control was to either uninstall any misbehaving apps or install an aggressive "task-killer."  iOS enjoyed the reputation of having great battery life for years, but this was only because it a) didn't have the same data connections the Androids did and B) only ran one user process at a time (no multi-tasking.)  The downside of having a more functional/powerful/versatile iOS is that the battery will take a hit.Even so, I'm willing to be that Apple puts some serious work into ironing out this problem.  A phone that won't last past noon won't be outselling any Galaxies or Ones...

 

1 year, 4 months ago on 3 days with iOS 7 beta – The good, the bad and the insanely colorful

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 @JuanAC  @BrainRoopull Yep, I went that route for a while. I used two different styles.  One of the reasons people who love iOS and the iPhone is because it is "elegant" in its simplicity.  For me, an external charger is both inelegant and expensive compared with a couple of little batteries in my pocket.  For a while, the inelegant part of having external batteries was that the slightest bump meant your battery went one way, your battery cover went another and your phone a third.  My current phone, a nicer HTC one, has eliminated that issue.  That being said, some of the new iPhone cases with batteries built in are quite nice.  Still, they're multitudes more expensive than extra batteries.  I got three, if I'm remembering correctly, for under $20 delivered.

 

1 year, 4 months ago on 3 days with iOS 7 beta – The good, the bad and the insanely colorful

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 @TiP_Cam As I've said before...  I love gadgets... I love this stuff.

 

1 year, 4 months ago on 3 days with iOS 7 beta – The good, the bad and the insanely colorful

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Can you change icons for apps on iOS7 without jailbreaking?

 

1 year, 4 months ago on iOS 7 alternative icons show up on Apple’s website

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Nice post, Cam.  This is why I'm subscribed to TiP...  Some articles (usually by other writers and usually forgivable) are a bit fanboyish, but you always seem to bring an honest feeling review of the tech world's goodies.  I'm curious about the batter life after reading some of the comments to this article.  Have you tried out the multi-tasking?  How's battery life been?  That is one of the key reasons I can't go back to iOS... no replaceable batteries.  With a job that keeps me away from any power source for up to 14 hours a day, I can't afford to have the phone die.  I typically carry two spares batteries!  

1 year, 4 months ago on 3 days with iOS 7 beta – The good, the bad and the insanely colorful

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The secure lock screen looks promising. Sure, the same thing can be had via a 3rd party app on Android, but not directly from Google. I like that it is offered directly from Apple. If the multitasking lives up to the hype, it sounds promising. Honestly, though, absolutely nothing else impressed me at all... I'm kinda let down. I figured with all the pressure they were under, we'd see something no one else is capable of.

1 year, 4 months ago on Which of iOS 7′s new features is most impressive? [Poll]

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 @SkyPira I agree with everything you just typed...RE: Multi-tasking...  I had several Windows Mobile phones going back to Windows Mobile 5.0 (not to be confused with Windows Phone.)  THAT OS had true multitasking.  Any app... every app could run fully and completely just like it does on a PC.  Granted, with the slow sub 1gig processors, that made the devices run poorly if a couple of heavy apps were running, but the OS could handle it.  In my humble little opinion, a decade later, no OS compares to Windows Mobile's multitasking.One of the supposedly cutting edge features from Samsung is the ability to have multiple windows open at the same time.  Yeah, Windows Phone could do that, too...  You had to use a hack to get it to work, but I loved sending/receiving texts & emails while watching movies, and that was before the iPhone or Android were even born!   I'm surprised this is all Apple managed to come up with.

 

1 year, 4 months ago on iOS 7 unveiled, features new user interface, Control Center, Multitasking

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I'm a little let down.  I suppose with all the pressure we all knew they were under, I expected more.  7 looks great for the most part (that settings drawer is rather ugly, in my opinion,) but iOS needed much more than looks.  AirDrop is a big flop since it's apparently a proprietary app that, to work well, can't be proprietary.  The Samsung version of this is kinda' dumb, too.  I mean, I want an app that can share files with iOS, Android, WP8 and even BB10.  Calling Control Center "incredible" sounds "silly."  Seriously, this is so behind the industry, it's laughable.  Have you seen what the competitors can do?  I'm not trying to poo-poo the excitement here, but you can have something like that which is fully customizable on Android.  This isn't "incredible."  It's called "almost catching up."  The two potentially awesome features, in my humble opinion, are the lock screen and multi-tasking.  The lock screen sounds very promising, and while it can be somewhat duplicated with apps on other platforms, to know it's handled by Apple and not some phantom 3rd party is a huge bonus and iOS exclusive (there aren't many of those nowadays.) The multi-tasking, if it works as marketed, should make the battery life on 7 exceptional and keep iOS even more fluid and smooth.  This is a weak point on Android & WP8.  This could very well be something where Apple has trailed the competition for years and perhaps finally managed to overtake them.  We'll see...  The bulk of the other updates either catch up with or almost catch up with the competition.  Other than what I already mentioned, I don't see anything here you can't get elsewhere - and potentially get a better version in doing so.  As for the slick look, which I do like for the same reason I like the way WP8 looks, it will be mimicked on Android via launchers & themes within a week.  One of the things I do NOT like about Android and BB10 is that they tend to look cluttered.  Android is customizable, though.  You can make your Android look and act just like an iPhone or WP8, thereby negating the cluttered look, but keeping the obvious benefits of Android.  Within a month, there'll be launchers with iOS7 skins within a month...  before iPhone people even get this.  iOS needed more than this...  my 2 cents... your mileage may vary. 

1 year, 4 months ago on iOS 7 unveiled, features new user interface, Control Center, Multitasking

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This is as pathetic to me as when Apple wins...  in either case, I can't help but think that all this patent trolling is having the exact opposite effect that patents are supposed to have.

 

1 year, 4 months ago on Apple violates Samsung patent, some iPhones and iPads could be banned

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 @BillThomas  @pld940 Why would it be awesome if Apple bought them other than doing battle with Google?  Apple has no more reason to continue Waze than Google does.  It would likely mean the death of Waze, and that would stink.  I want neither of these megalomaniac companies to buy Waze.  Actually, I would rather Facebook buy them since that would at least mean Waze would likely survive. 

 

1 year, 5 months ago on Google purportedly interested in buying Waze for $1 billion

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I'm with you, Cam. Waze and Google Maps are very different apps, so I value Waze for its unique features. At best all I think Google - or even Apple, Microsoft or Nokia - would do is sit it down and possibly roll some of the features into their own mapping app. Competition is good.

1 year, 5 months ago on Google purportedly interested in buying Waze for $1 billion

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Cool stuff...  I think it'd be pronounced "circulate," though, isn't it?

 

1 year, 5 months ago on Adjust Your iOS Experience With The Theme "Circul8"

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It's funny you mention that about Espier launcher...  I really like the look and functionality of WP8, but my carrier doesn't currently have one.  So, I'm rockin' an Android 4.0 with "Launcher 8" to emulate the WP8 experience.  It's well worth mentioning that I know I'm missing out on some key WP8 features, but on the flipside, I am benefiting from some of the cool things only Android can do. 

1 year, 5 months ago on New iPhone 6 concept brings wireless charging, notification LEDs, and more

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 @JanisVaivars I would love to see notification LEDs that wrap around the edge of the device the way wrap-around headlights and taillights work on a car.  If they were visible from the front, top and back, you could have the phone on its back on a table and see it.  You could have it on its face and see it... or, and this would be really nice, you could have it in your pocket and peek in and see it. One of the sweetest tricks of *a different OS* is that you can have different colored notification LEDs for different things.  Green is SMS, blue is Facebook, red is missed call... etc...  you know how important it is before you even touch the phone.

 

1 year, 5 months ago on New iPhone 6 concept brings wireless charging, notification LEDs, and more

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I can't stand it, anymore. I have to say it...I'm a big fan of gadgets in general, so I "follow" Blackberry, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.  The last few times a new iPhone has been in the works, dozens of these concepts come out & iOS blogs post them with great anticipation of the real thing.Here's the thing, though...  if you guys want all this stuff, why not just buy a phone that already has all of it?  It's not like they're not out there on the market.  Three years ago, you could logically make the excuse that Android wasn't stable enough.  That's ancient history.  Right now.... I mean this very day, you could go get yourself an Android, WP8 or Blackberry that has every single feature (and then some) suggested in this video.  Well, the BBs don't have wireless charging, methinks. The broad consensus is that the OS is what's lacking.  This video focuses on the hardware shortcomings.  If you can get better hardware and a much more capable OS, isn't it simply loyalty that's keeping you from switching?  Don't be loyal to corporations... they won't be loyal to you.  Be loyal to yourself.For what it's worth, I'm on Android, now, but as it sits, my next phone will probably be a WP8+...

 

1 year, 5 months ago on New iPhone 6 concept brings wireless charging, notification LEDs, and more

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Actually, for the first time since I entered the Android world, I'm kinda' miffed with this whole upgrading mess.  It's the fact that they're putting Google Now on iOS devices, but not older Androids.  XDA has made it painfully obvious that this isn't a software or hardware issue.  It's a "loyalty to your customers" issue.  They can keep their clever Easter eggs.  The bloom is off the rose for me.  Showing more loyalty to the competition - as in people with iPhones OLDER than my Android - is just too much.   

1 year, 5 months ago on Google Subtly Teased Key Lime Pie At I/O

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@TiP_Cam @raptorstv An absolutely brilliant business move for Apple would be to offer the iPhone in different sizes, but with identical specs. One of the shortcomings of the Android market is that "top tier" phones are all big phones. If you want a smaller phone, you sacrifice performance usually in processor, camera, RAM and display. Apple could exploit this in a huge way. I can just hear the keynote "in order to get a decent phone with other companies, you are forced to carry around 'Hummer-sized' phones. We at Apple don't think that's particularly fair..." They could use that stupid "Hummer" line from Jobs that has haunted them to their advantage.

1 year, 5 months ago on Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5 – In Depth Comparison

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Cam, you do realize that they're going to come in the middle of night and take your Apple Fanclub membership card, right?  In all seriousness, what your review highlights for me is something I said on here a while back.  The only way to get a "bad" smartphone is to go cheap...  the current iPhone line up isn't my thing, and I'm not sold on Blackberry 10, but that's not to say either of them are "bad."  I actually just recommended to a friend that she get an iPhone instead of an Android.  I find the WP8s stunning, and am generally impressed with Android.  The smartphone market is simply saturated with excellent offerings.To put it in "car lingo," all they make are supercars...  You have to look long & hard to find a lemon.

 

1 year, 5 months ago on Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5 – In Depth Comparison

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Yeah, blaming this on Apple or the iPhone is kinda' lame.Facebook Home is unpopular because Facebook is unpopular.  People use it - not out of love for how Facebook is run or works - but out of love of keeping track of each other.  The only thing Facebook has going for it is the "mindshare" it has - the users.  The apps, website, corporate ethics etc. are horrible. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Facebook Home's unpopularity blamed on the iPhone?

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*insert random 50 billion fart app downloads comment here*

;-)

 

1 year, 5 months ago on App Store hits 50 billion download mark

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I sincerely HOPE this is the way of the future.  I absolutely detest being locked into anyone's "ecosystem" - be it Apples, Google's, BB's, Microsoft's etc...  I detest the idea that, by buying a device, I somehow become the property of a company.  I'm trapped into dealing with their chosen apps or locked out of a competitor's.  Even worse is the nasty reality that I can better communicate with cellmates of my particular ecosystem than I can those of another.  This truly stinks...For Google, this is obviously simply a ploy for advertising dollars, so I don't applaud them for any moral stand.   

1 year, 5 months ago on TiP Daily 5/15/13: New Google Maps for iOS, App Store hits 50 billion downloads, & more! [VID]

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Um, in all fairness, Cam, the first commercial I remember from Apple was very much like the ones from Samsung making from iSheep lining up outside of the stores.  This isn't really an Apple/Samsung thing.  It's an advertising method that's been around for ages.I do agree that this method of advertising - if not done right - is obnoxious.  The absolute best commercials make no mention of the competition.  For an example, look at any Coca-Cola commercial ever made.  Going by the commercials, you'd never know there's such thing as Pepsi. I do think some of the features of the S4 are pretty cool.  Like you said, though, most are easily replicated with apps (especially if you're already using another Android.)  In fact, some were around before the S4.  the S4 just has them baked into the ROM.  Personally, I'm not a candidate for either device.  The iPhone is just too small and the S4 is just too big.  Like a pair of gloves, I want a phone that fits my hands.  That being said, I've learned that I'm more accepting of a phone that's a tad too big than one that is too small to comfortably type on. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Samsung aims a dig at Apple (again) with its Galaxy S4 ad [video]

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The "look" of iOS isn't iOS's problem.  If this is indeed the one big thing that people who have seen the new OS are talking about, I think Android, Windows and BB fans can rest easy.

1 year, 5 months ago on Rumor: iOS 7 will have a "very flat" new look

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The stock markets have had a demonstrable disconnect from reality for as long as I can remember.  For example, in the 90s, they thought anything "dotcom" was worth exponentially more than it was.  Apple was never worth the insane prices they drove it to over the last few years.  The traders ballooned the prices and are now finally realizing that they may have made an error.  It's not that Apple is worthless, it's just worth less than these bozos thought.  I suppose the recent bought of bad reviews and frustrations from Apple addicted journalists have scared them.  These traders read whatever they can about the industry, and coverage of the industry since the launch of the iPhone had always spoken of it as if it were the only thing on the market and infallible.  Since the people writing about the industry have finally gotten fed up with Apple's over-hyped marketing and lackluster offerings, it's scared the traders into thinking the ship is sinking.  Instead of reading how the iPhone is magic, in a class by itself, and the only smartphone to consider, they're reading that the OS is outdated, the specs aren't nearly top-notch, and it doesn't offer any of the cutting edge features of the top-end competition.  So, like a bunch of ignorant children, the traders are figuring Apple is done for.  What they're forgetting is that the only reason Apple doesn't have a phone that competes head to head with the S4 and One is because they have boxed themselves into the tiny iPhone format.  There's no reason Apple can't release a 5" superphone that could shame everything on the market other than their own stubbornness.  If profits and revenues (the real measure of a company's success) start to tank, Apple is fully capable of turning their lumbering ship around in a moment's notice.  They don't do it now because there's no need to.  Traders don't look only at profits and revenues because that's like driving a car by looking in the rear view mirror... it's a reflection of where Apple was, not where it's going.  According to the journalists covering the industry, their current and future products are boring and out of date.  So long as that's the case, traders will probably continue to be spooked... 

1 year, 6 months ago on Apple Q2 profit predicted to fall for the first time in 10 years

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Yeah, everytime I pick up my phone, I think, "The ONE thing that stinks about this phone is that it doesn't bend."Not. 

1 year, 6 months ago on TiP Daily 4/10/2013: Leaked iPad 5 front panel, iPhones with flexible displays, & more! [VID]

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I suppose this is brilliant.  Being that it's Google, it'll still be open and cross-platform.  What I don't understand, and maybe this is just because I'm probably not the target demographic, is why anyone uses these apps in the first place.  How are they better than SMS and MMS?  That's not a rhetorical question...  I really don't know.  There must be SOMETHING to them... 

1 year, 6 months ago on Google buying WhatsApp for $1B?

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Yay for diversity...  til this, the only "big phones" were top tier phones.

 

1 year, 6 months ago on Galaxy Mega 5.8 Specs Leaked, Will Be A DUOS Device

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Here's the thing...  With Android, Windows Phone and iOS, the hardware has gotten so freakishly powerful that most hardware improvements do little to improve the phone.  A faster processor?  For what?  These phones do everything incredibly fast.  Better screens?  Really?  You have to get a bottom barrel Android to get something even close to a "bad screen."  Sure, some are better than others, but the reality is that a better screen isn't going to make a hill of beans with these modern super phones. The only piece of hardware on any phone - on every phone - that can seriously be improved enough to turn heads is the camera.  Even that, though, isn't integral to the functionality of the phone. The last few iPhones have disappointed with the lack of "innovative features."  The newest Galaxy is sweet, but as far as innovation goes, is a bit of a yawner, too.  This is because the phones are just so amazingly good, there really isn't much existing technology they can pack into these things to wow us with a new release.  It's already in there!  I predict the next iPhone will be - again - marketed as a magical amazing and innovative device.  In reality, like the stupidly overly hyped Galaxy, it'll have a few nifty upgrades over the current model that will make iPhone owners say, "I guess I'll get one when my contract is up" instead of, "Holy Moley, I have to have that NOW!"  That being said, Apple does have a little more room to grow since they've failed to include some key bits of technology the Androids & WPs have.  NFC aside, none of them are all that impressive anyhow.

1 year, 6 months ago on iPhone “S” naming system “sends a rather weak message” says former Apple consultant

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How can they expect to get a patent for this?  Almost every other laptop maker already has variants of this on store shelves...  cutting edge, that Apple!  LOL!  The only thing I see that could even remotely be considered new is the wireless charging while connected to the keyboard, but c'mon...  wireless charging isn't new.

1 year, 6 months ago on Apple applies for patent for wireless, removable laptop screens

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Does this not suggest that the "next two iPhones" will be based on designs that are already out of date, and will be even more woefully out of date by the time they're released?  I'm sorry.  Even Apple can't tolerate being that behind the curve. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Apple's Government Liaison: Next two iPhones were developed under Jobs

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Shouldn't a curved display be concave instead of convex? I always thought a curved phone would compliment the ergonomics of your hand, yet this is counterintuitive, making you reach around the curve of the device. On the flip side, the curved back would feel nice, and it would fit in your pocket nicely.

1 year, 7 months ago on iPhone patent reveals awesome futuristic seamless curved glass “wrap around” display

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 @TiP_Cam  @pupseek71 I never fully understood why WebOS failed so miserably in the marketplace.  The phones were great, the OS was fantastic...  I guess Palm was too far gone to be saved.

 

1 year, 7 months ago on New iOS 7 concept brings a whole new app switcher [Video]

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Almost every time I see an iOS concept, I end up thinking, "Wow, that's just like the [insert name here] launcher for Android.  In this case, it's very similar to the bone stock app switcher for 4.+...  The only differences being that these tiles are too big (you can only see one running app at a time,) and they're "live" where Android's only shows a sort of screenshot.

1 year, 7 months ago on New iOS 7 concept brings a whole new app switcher [Video]

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A simpler design from the undisputed most simply designed OS on the market?  Curious.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rumor: iOS 7 to feature simpler, flatter design than previous versions

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This video just makes me want a WP8 even more.  I recently installed a WP8 launcher on my BRAND NEW Anroid so I could at least get some of the clean functionality of the WP8 homescreen & live tiles.  

 

1 year, 7 months ago on 30 Days with a BlackBerry Z10 – Day 20 – BlackBerry Hub isn’t so hot [VID]

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As I scroll through that website, my mind is ticking off the things they're listing I actually can't get elsewhere.  Only a PhanDroid would deny that the build quality on the iPhone is a good as or usually better than anything else out there.  That's simply not up for debate.  ******The "Retina Display" claim is nonsense with many phones beating the ppi by a wide margin.  ******The battery life claim is dubious and null since battery life on similarly specced Androids is about the same, and user replaceable batteries on Android give Android the advantage all day long.  ******The A6 chip claim is another dubious one.  Since the only phone using it also has a proprietary OS, it's really impossible to gauge whether or not it's the processor or the OS that's doing the heavy lifting on performance.  That being said, again, only a PhandDroid would deny that it's a powerhouse in this setting.  Then again, there are plenty of phones sporting processors that are unbelievable when compared to the i5 or any other phone that old.  ******They should be ashamed of mentioning the LTE feature.  Apple was so late coming to that particular game, it was embarrassing.  "You're stuck with 3G?  That sucks."  ******The world's most popular camera?  Who cares?  How good is it at taking pictures?  Obviously, the answer to that is that it's pretty darn good.  However, it's just another phone-camera at this point and not really a selling point, anymore.  The competition has caught up and passed Apple, here.  ******"Millions of ways to be entertained from one trusted source." I suppose that's one way to spin the aweful experience that iTunes is and apparently always will be.  This is not a positive.  ******"iOS6 the World's Most Advanced Operating System."  Uh...  now, that's just a big fat lie.  I'm sorry, but it's so badly out of date, I'm almost surprised Apple included that in there.  I called out PhanDroids earlier, and here it must be said that only an iPhan or someone completely oblivious to the competition would deny iOS is sadly out of date.  ******Siri.  *sigh*  I suppose if you like talking to your phone, this is a selling point.  There are competitors, but most reviews I read still give Siri the nod.  To me, though, that's like winning the contest for Best Butterfly Herder...  it may be difficult and impressive, but it's pretty pointless.  ******iCloud. Really?  This was available on Windows Mobile 6.5...  it's available on Android.  I'm pretty sure it's available on WP8 and BB10, too.  It's kinda' like if Ford said, "Buy the new Focus! It has wheels!"  ******Real people... yes & no.  You can find tons of experts for Android, but I'll be the first to admit that it's not packaged in the form of underpaid angry kids at the mall.  In fact, if you live in the *wrong* places, your only option for in-person help with Android is an online forum.  Oh, wait... that's the same for Apple.  This page doesn't actually point out why anyone would want an iPhone for me, but underscores why and how they've fallen behind.   I'm hoping they do what Blackberry did and hit us with an enormous update that makes us reconsider what iOS means.    *****asterisks included since Livefyre de-formats every post.

1 year, 7 months ago on Apple reminds consumers why they should buy the iPhone, and not “everything else”

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The problem is that there are a ton of "features" and "benefits" offered by the various competitors that often convince iOS loyalists to jump ship the second they see them in real life.It was a couple of years ago, but an iOS friend actually asked me "What's a widget" while quizzing me on why I liked my Android better than the iPhone.  So, I turned on my phone & showed him how I could scroll through emails, contacts, and Facebook updates without ever leaving the homescreen.  I slid to the 2nd homescreen and showed him how the weather & time were displayed in a big beautiful widget, how my most used apps were front & center...  how I had a "phone" shortcut on every homescreen...  He was sold, and seemed a little angry that he *thought* he had the ultimate phone.I think Windows Phone actually does a better job than Android at giving you the info and apps you want quickly.  Those commercials where they show people pulling out their phones, glancing at them, and then slipping them back in their pockets is spot on, and the Nokia variants are just gorgeous devices.  I'm not sure how BB10 stacks up since I haven't seen it or used in in person.  Even so, I sincerely doubt iOS holds a candle to it.  The only thing, in my opinion, that the iPhone has going for it is the nice camera and beautiful build.  But, you can get that from Nokia, Blackberry and in top-tier HTC phones (sorry Samsung.) 

1 year, 7 months ago on BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins on iPhone: I "respect" the innovation made in 2007, but it's outdated now

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In considering what kind of smartphone friends and acquaintances have, I see an undeniable trend.  There is - quite literally - only one person I know under the age of 30 who has an iPhone.  The rest of those under-30 types have Androids.  Meanwhile, I know several couples in their 50s who have iPhones and marvel at how easy it is to use.Is the iPhone becoming the "JitterBug" of smartphones?For reference...http://www.greatcall.com/jitterbug?gclid=CKmVsfu5hrYCFRA3nAodOEQAfw 

1 year, 7 months ago on BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins on iPhone: I "respect" the innovation made in 2007, but it's outdated now

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 @BillThomas I did put the disclaimer in that he may have been a wonderful guy in his private life for a reason.  For all I know, he treated his friends and family like gold & donated billions to charity.I do disagree with you that there's a difference in how I act at home vs. work.  I try to be the same guy all the time.  The situations are different, so you see different parts of me, but I'm not a jerk at work & a sweety at home. I wasn't directing my comment as a judgement of Steve Jobs, though.  Like I said, I only know the "public Steve."  It's the same "public Steve" so many people seem to think was an awesome guy.  In reality, "public Steve" wasn't a great guy at all.  Cool?  Sure.  Someone to emulate?  Nope.  I'd rather be a Gates than a Jobs...  It's the difference between having popularity & having character.  My rather misanthropic comment was more a comment on society than it was on Jobs or Gates.

1 year, 8 months ago on Bill Gates says Steve Jobs "was always cooler than me"

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I think it's a pretty good exposé on modern culture that so many people revere Mr. Jobs as some sort of saint.  Maybe, in his private life, he was a wonderful man.  However, that a man of his wealth and public stature has almost no record of philanthropy is telling.  That so many who were close to him derided him as being vicious and mean is even more telling.Being "cool" is a pretty vapid reason to admire someone.Mr. Gates, however, seems to exude charity and humility every time I see him...  two traits I have never seen in Jobs.  Even in this video...  humble, thankful and almost embarrassed that he's being praised. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Bill Gates says Steve Jobs "was always cooler than me"

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 @KyleFrost  Either way...  I never thought of the iPhone as a smartphone.  Granted, it was revolutionary when it came out, but not because of its capabilities.  It has yet to match what the now defunct Windows Mobile Phones could do.  The iPhone did and still does less, but it does those fewer things in a much more intuitive manner.  

1 year, 9 months ago on What new market should Apple break in to in 2013? [POLL]

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They should release a smartphone...  something a bit more advanced than the app launcher that is iOS.

1 year, 9 months ago on What new market should Apple break in to in 2013? [POLL]

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Really?  No S3?  This is like asking an Android owner which iPhone tempts him/her the most without including the iPhone 5.

1 year, 11 months ago on The most tempting iPhone alternative? Samsung Galaxy Note II, according to TiP readers [POLL Results]

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Sounds like a smart move to me...  Many high-demand products have been tarnished by the feeding frenzy that can come from "prospectors" buying up the supply and reselling them at a premium.  I actually applaud Apple for this.

1 year, 11 months ago on How Apple tries to stop grey marketeers from buying out iPhone stock in Shenzhen

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