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I just upgraded to the Note 3, having previously owned both previous editions as well. I've had all versions of the iPhone as well, except the 5s/5c. The small phone ship has sailed for me, and it's not coming back. The only reason that Apple may not produce a phablet is because ipad sales would suffer tremendously. Picture an iPhablet with an actual usable fine tipped stylus like the Note 3. I'd bet everything that I own that a future iPad will incorporate something with the functionality of the Note series' S-Pen...Apple is probably just trying to figure out how to roll one out without getting sued.
1 year ago on Analyst “confident that a larger iPhone will become a reality in 2014″
You just have to know that the "C" will become known as the "iPhone 5 Cheap." They were going to have to be delicate enough with spinning an economy iPhone without adding fuel to the fire.
1 year, 2 months ago on Packaging for budget "iPhone 5C" pictured
Why would anyone buy such an iPhone with the 4s and 5 around, comparably priced? Could they really be ready to admit that plastic has its advantages over "premium materials". Certainly, there will be some spec improvements, but such an iPhone will experience the same consumer factors that the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 have faced with their well-capable predecessors still within consumer reach.
1 year, 2 months ago on "Budget iPhone" shown fully assembled, compared with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 5 in high res images and video
@JerenYun That was one of the final straws for me and the iPhone 5. I was sitting there looking at too many apps that weren't being updated for the 4-inch display. It was quite annoying to an on/off Android user with a taste for 5+ inch displays.
1 year, 3 months ago on iPhone 5S delayed to change screen size [Rumor]
Literally too little too late.
Just switched from the Galaxy Note 2 to an S4...beautiful one-hand phone. The plan is to pick up a Note 3 in the Fall, but usually there's a window for playing with an iPhone for a few weeks...likely at no cost because of the resale during the usual Apple launch shortage. I'm not going to go in if the iPhone is another paint job dud though. Should be interesting....
1 year, 4 months ago on "Leaked" iPhone 5S parts emerge: Home Button, FaceTime camera and vibration motor [pics]
They'd better have some seriously substantive changes behind that new paint job as well. It's time to find out how in touch with reality they are and how much they take consumer loyalty for granted.
1 year, 4 months ago on Blurry ‘leaked’ image of iOS 7 Home Screen seems to confirm rumors of flatter design
Somebody at Apple had better figure out how to be aggressive, and how to eat some crow regarding all of the arrogant things that have been said to the effect of, "the iPhone 5 is perfection." Timid alterations and spec bumps will no longer do. I've tried to like the iPhone 5 on three separate occasions/units after owning Galaxy S3's and Galaxy Note 2 's. Compared to those devices, the iPhone is just a feature phone and no longer smart. Apple seriously needs to figure this out on both the hardware and software side of the house.
1 year, 6 months ago on iPhone 5S parts leaked showing camera and mystery component
It actually gave me a reason to unsubscribe from the Apple mailing list...came across as a bit desperate. They should have just allowed that achievement to stand on its own without the ad. It's like they don't recognize what is going on with feeds like Flipboard or Google+, and where the story fit into the gobs of other mobile tech news that people are reading about everyday. When they come back around to breathing some new excitement and competitive hardware and software features into the iPhone, I'll know without an email.
1 year, 7 months ago on Apple spoke too soon - gives consumers even more reason to choose iPhone
It baffles me that Apple could allow this to happen. I was an iphone die hard. My Galaxy Note 2 is a beast.
1 year, 7 months ago on My thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S4 [Editorial]
It is a reference point no doubt, but not the standard as you seem to imply. It's just comparing an apple to an orange (npi). Oranges are "in" right now...don't waste time telling me how good your apples are. Lol.
iPhone needs attention on both hardware and software. I don't think the software nut should be that hard to crack...it's just too rigid for folks who want more than just an app drawer. I'm running a Galaxy Note 2 at present, with a third party launcher, third party messenger, third party keyboards, etc. It's incredibly dynamic. Gone are the days where I would have been frustrated by instability by now. I've had the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, iPhone 4s/5, and the Galaxy Note 2 over the last year. Note my love for large AMOLED displays. I would not be satisfied with another iPhone without major changes to hardware and software. My iPad is fulfilling my Apple app needs right now... those needs have shrank down to musician apps that no other platforms have...there are periods of many days that I don't even turn on my iPad. I think Apple needs a phablet variant of iphone at a minimum.
1 year, 7 months ago on Rumor: iPhone 5S components to start shipping in May, ready for 3rd quarter release
I bought my daughter her first smartphone this past Christmas. When I asked her whether she liked the Galaxy S3 or iPhone best, she said the iPhone...so that's what she got. Now, I have to constantly tone down things that I'm doing with my Note 2 just to keep her chin from scraping on the ground. I'm talking about simple things like switching a launcher, using a different SMS app, making and using ringtones, etc.
I think the iPhone is a solid and safe phone...I've owned all of the different versions over the years myself, including the iPhone 5 twice. This is definitely more to do with Samsung winning than Apple losing.
1 year, 7 months ago on Apple reminds consumers why they should buy the iPhone, and not “everything else”
Most definitely. There were flashes of cool before ICS/JB, but it was mainly the Android instability and my growing Apple app collection that would just feed my anxiety to get back to my iPhones. Each time I would go back to Android I'd appreciate something else though. The S3 was the game changer as far as Android user experience improvement for me...although the Galaxy Nexus was nice too (minus the radios and battery life issues). I don't feel like I'm making the same kind of substantive tradeoffs that I felt with other Androids, and then the realization that there was actually more instead of less. I tried to go back to the iPhone 5 twice, and the experience was no longer satisfying...not dynamic enough.
1 year, 7 months ago on Phil Schiller on Android, and why iOS is better in interview with WSJ
Sounds like you're saying the same thing that I am...they're starting to talk too much on both sides.
I don't think that's really appreciating the market that they've cultivated though. I don't really go in to buy a phone any more concerned about how many years in going to have it, and whether or not my Galaxy S3 is going to be on par with the Galaxy S5. I know that I'm either going to buy another phone with out of pocket costs within a year, or I'm going to jump off the train altogether when I get a phone that satisfies. Quite honestly, the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, iPhone 5, etc are all phones that people could be satisfied with without any more updates. Remember, there I was...on a stint of iphone ownership and Samsung is going in on the iPhone users are simpletons campaign. I don't know that they really know their users anymore. That fan boy thing has gotten dramatically diluted.
Having been misunderstood myself fairly recently, I'll reapproach this, assuming that you were trying to say that he's doing his job and insisting that I want the product that he wants to sell. I think the end result is the same...a growing number of people won't be buying.
@Guest911 What are you...like 12?
Misrepresenting the present experience with the Galaxy handsets. Simply implying that I don't know quality when I see it. I didn't really like it when Samsung took that tact with the Galaxy campaigns either, and my decision wasn't based on it. There have been polls asking people want they would like to see in a new iPhone, and of course they said a larger display. Apple turns around and says larger displays are stupid. Lol.
I'm pretty sure that Chiller is smarter than this. Lol. I've had all versions of the iPhone over the years in between versions of Android, including two attempts to like the iPhone 5. I got over every single feature that kept me primarily loyal to my iPhones, and now that balance has shifted. My iPad is my permanent Apple platform. I will not leave my Galaxy Note 2 for an iphone that looks anything like the experience that it's limited to today. Chiller can't talk that reality away, and insulting me isn't going to help either.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - $299 with contract. Iphone 5 - $199 with contract. Iphone 4s - $0-$50 with contract. Iphone 4 - $0 with contract. Nope. No surprises here...but I'm not sure that this is where Apple wanted to go.
1 year, 7 months ago on Apple keeps climbing, Android falls in new comScore report
Just thinking about the poor saps who jumped on the bandwagon at $700.
1 year, 7 months ago on Apple stock hits its lowest point in 57 weeks
@D Bea @jabombardier
Then it seems they haven't gotten the word out adequately about their business model while using terminology that people think they know well enough not to ask.
1 year, 7 months ago on $100 million worth of unsold iPhones stuck with prepaid carrier
It was pretty dumb to think that that people who are looking to save money on wireless...or who couldn't afford the other carriers, would turn around and shell out a minimum of $400 cash for an iphone. Everybody that I know personally who are Cricket customers are one missed check away from the poor house.
Sorry parents, if you give your 5-year old your password and essentially your credit card and a shopping cart, pay the bill.
1 year, 7 months ago on Apple backtracks on decision not to refund 5 year old's £1700 iTunes bill
Tell you what...I've had all previous iPhones in between many different Androids, including the iPhone 5 twice. I'm using the Galaxy Note 2 right now, and the user experience hasn't even been a close competition. This G-Note is just plain awesome! Apple has the next iphone release to get their stuff together or else it's going to get ugly. Keep an eye out for stuff like this and other things like Google +. The thing is...you don't have to watch from the sidelines to migrate over to Google+, I use it on my iPad and primarily to video conference between Android and iOS users.
1 year, 7 months ago on So, Samsung just unveiled Wallet, look familiar?
Yep. I bought my daughter an iphone 4s for Christmas this year as her to first smartphone. I just wanted think I Apple's grip is definitely slipping. So far, the innovations from Samsung (for example) have been classified as novelties or cosmetic by Apple users with investment in the platform. That is not gonna last much longer if they don't start innovating again. At some point every cassette tape die hard switched to CDs.
1 year, 8 months ago on Mockup shows why 5 inch iPhone could work for Apple
Mind you...I keep an ipad around.
Sales do not indicate a better or worse product. Smartphones present a choice of alternatives. Iphone was my choice for a long time. Little by little the barriers to exit fell...for me. At this point, it's not even close. The last go around for me, Facetime was the only hold out, and it proved to not be enough.
At this point, Apple needs more than a bigger screen to wrestle people like me away from the Galaxy series. If they had done it sooner, they may not have lost so many customers, who are now Android and Touchwiz users.
@RalphAbouarab Widgets are simply...necessary. They make sense. I understand that it's "no big deal" to have to take an extra few steps to complete a task without them, but it's a cumulative effect that many only appreciate once they've actually had them. Eventually, Apple's going to get whatever it will call what Android calls widgets, and most Apple users will think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Having to navigate levels of "Settings" or having too open an app for things that could be simple toggles on a shade or icon makes no sense.
1 year, 8 months ago on Latest iOS 7 concept completely changes iPhone’s user interface, gets rid of dock
Man, is Apple behind the power curve on design! Most people that i know who are sticking with the iPhone are not doing for the cosmetics. When i go through my own periods of iPhone ownership, it's usually because i need a Facetime platform or I need some musician tools in my pocket.The other 95 percent of the time, my Galaxy Note 2 just makes the most sense.
@iPhone4Owner Exact opposite. I was dying of boredom with the iPhone 5...went back to the Note 2. My iPhone days are over until they completely reinvent the iPhone. iPad is enough for my ios needs for now.
1 year, 8 months ago on Rumor: iOS 6.1 to be released tomorrow? Jailbreak to follow?
I pity the fool who bought Apple Stock at $700.
1 year, 9 months ago on AAPL stock dipped below 500 after WSJ report on "weak demand"
It's just mind boggling why the iPhone hasn't included organic LED notification yet. I'm making one of my usual layovers with the iPhone in between Androids...because that's just how I roll, but I may suddenly wake up tomorrow and have the Galaxy Note 2 back in my hands. You wouldn't catch me running around with some contraption like this on my iPhone just for the sake of LED...having to case the phone is bad enough. I'd just rather do without and pretend to like not having LED notification.
1 year, 9 months ago on CES 2013: New iPhone 5 case has back display for notifications
That's pretty embarrassing.
1 year, 9 months ago on Thiefs broke in to Microsoft's campus and stole iPads
Important lesson behind these Microsoft gifts, if you ask me. These kids have the lives of privilege that they enjoy because of these products. Because of that, they were not only born into privilege, but also into some level of responsibility until such time that they are ready and willing to talk to/fend off the media themselves. They can go buy their own Apple products if they want them badly enough. That would be like a team founder betting against his former franchise. You don't have to bet on them, but it's foul to bet against them.
1 year, 9 months ago on Was Mr. Gates The Grinch to his kids’ Christmas this year?
If this is news to anyone, it would shock the heck outta me.
1 year, 9 months ago on Multi-function devices are destroying sales of traditional MP3 players
Interesting. Could find a novel use for it a time or two, I suppose.
1 year, 9 months ago on New app uses vibrations to take hands free 360 degree video
1 year, 10 months ago on 'I'll Be Home' performed on iPad mini using Futulele - Happy Holidays! [video]
Holiday fever is driving the demand. I had a Mini at release and got rid of it pretty quickly because i couldn't stand the non-retina after having used the iPad 3 for awhile prior. Great form factor experience though. The Wi-Fi 16GB is the only one that i would recommend based on cost.
1 year, 10 months ago on iPad mini to outsell the Retina-equipped iPad?
Losing the patent could be the best thing that could happen to Apple at this point. They're in the lame category right now, having the fight brought to them so effectively by Samsung, while Apple constantly grips and complaints to the referee. The consumers want to see a REAL fight...Samsung is winning the crowd over.
1 year, 10 months ago on U.S. Patent Office invalidates "Steve Jobs patent"
Hmm...wonder what demand is looking like at present. I was too bored with mine for the two weeks that I had one...after having owned all previous versions. It's gonna take an act of God to pry this Galaxy Note 2 from my hands. I'm a lot more than just interested in seeing the iPhone completely redesigned.
1 year, 10 months ago on iPhone 5 shipping times drop again, down to just 2-4 days
C'mon Swype...I said "plastered"!
1 year, 10 months ago on Tim Cook walked unnoticed through Grand Central Station during interview that will air this Thursday, Dec 6th
He's a pretty plain vanilla-type character. He doesn't have very many distinguishing features, and non-tech folk haven't seen him players on billboards and magazines to the extent that Jobs had been
I'm no longer an iPhone user, but i trust Apple to vouch for the network more than i trust the network to vouch for itself. Nothing is more frustrating than an $800 phone that is showing a strong signal but unable to do anything because the actual data connectivity is poor. If it's true that all antennas are not created equal, then a phone manufacturer has every reason to want to verify the integrity of the network.
1 year, 10 months ago on Apple testing LTE Networks before allowing iPhone access
@whoknowswhereor They simply must reach a point during R&D where they're saying “screw it, box it up!" Something like cost must be driving these decisions to forego SD expansion slot and to opt for inferior battery life in devices.We're talking about showstopper factors here. Same thing happened when i was poised to get on the One X bandwagon at launch last June. They must know something about consumer behavior that we consumers don't know. By the way, this post brought to you by Swype and the S-pen. Lol.
1 year, 11 months ago on The most tempting iPhone alternative? Samsung Galaxy Note II, according to TiP readers [POLL Results]
@BrainRoopull I imagine that since it's been out for awhile, people who wanted it have it already. They don't need a poll to get a sense for S3 demand and consideration. Plus, carriers are starting to offer deep discounts and soon to be “free" S3's. The S3 is 6 months old in the States.
I can't put my G-Note 2 down...that's for sure. Love it. I can't even imagine what the G-Note 3 is going to look like and feature.
@DannyDonkt. I thought that I was just taking a break from the iPhone when I went to the S3.I got an iPhone 5 on pre order and was a little bored. Cashed in on Apple's short stock and went back to the S3 until the G-Note 2 came out. Can't imagine going back to what iPhone is right now. Hopefully they'll reinvent themselves here soon. IPad scratches my Apple itch for now.
1 year, 11 months ago on If you didn't have an iPhone, which new device would you use? [Poll]