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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.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on 3 weeks with the new iPhones, and why I’m probably selling my iPhone 5s
@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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 24 hours with the iPhone 5c, or why I now hate my iPhone 5
@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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 24 hours with the iPhone 5c, or why I now hate my iPhone 5
Cam, you're touching on why I don't like most new smartphones - no matter the manufacturer. They're ergonomic nightmares, and the iPhone is probably the worst offender. Sure, it's gorgeous, but it's as if they didn't design it to be held by human hands. Think of any other hand-held implement you own... tools, kitchenware, etc... think of the handles. None of them that you LIKE are flat with hard edges. I want something that fits in my hand. Think of your TV remote. Why is it that none of them - save for a very select few - look like an iPhone? It's because they're designed to fit in your hand!I personally miss the days of big fat meaty phones that were designed to be held in the hand. Apparently, judging by the cases people put on their phones that are obviously unnecessarily bulky, I'm not alone.As for the 5c... all I have to say is iNokia.Which is less of an insult than it sounds like - to either company.
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...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on iOS 7 Review – Refreshing, Colorful and Intuitive
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.
8 months ago on Control Center app for Android lands on Play Store, mimics iOS 7′s best feature
@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...
8 months, 4 weeks ago on 3 days with iOS 7 beta – The good, the bad and the insanely colorful
@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.
@TiP_Cam As I've said before... I love gadgets... I love this stuff.
Can you change icons for apps on iOS7 without jailbreaking?
9 months ago on iOS 7 alternative icons show up on Apple’s website
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!
9 months ago on 3 days with iOS 7 beta – The good, the bad and the insanely colorful
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.
9 months ago on Which of iOS 7′s new features is most impressive? [Poll]
@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.
9 months ago on iOS 7 unveiled, features new user interface, Control Center, Multitasking
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.
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.
9 months, 1 week ago on Apple violates Samsung patent, some iPhones and iPads could be banned
@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.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Google purportedly interested in buying Waze for $1 billion
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.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Apple accuses Samsung Galaxy S4 of infringing on 5 of its patents
Cool stuff... I think it'd be pronounced "circulate," though, isn't it?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Adjust Your iOS Experience With The Theme "Circul8"
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.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on New iPhone 6 concept brings wireless charging, notification LEDs, and more