"If you compare an iPhone to another machine which contains similar hardware, it is hugely more expensive."
Really? Samsung Galaxy II? HTC Desire S?
Here we are again on iPhone day, and once more the world waits on the edge of its seat to see what the fruitchomp masterminds of Cupertino have in store. We'll tell you what they've got in store - and none of it's good. Without further ado, here are ten points you should ponder before you even think of buying a new iPhone 5. …
Even if you buy Samsung or HTC phones upon release they're $100 cheaper than old iPhones. Buying a new iPhone will cost at least another $100 - more if you want it unlocked.
Most droids price at around $200 with a two year contract. Most iPhones are priced at $300 under the same terms and almost every feature is worse. If having a phone that has access to iTunes but can't properly browse websites created after 1995, swap a dead battery or add more storage is for you, fine. Personally I prefer a smartphone with a full-size screen, a decent feature set and the ability to stay connected to a phone call for that kind of money.
Comparing _subsidised_ prices is pointless: all sorts of factors enter into the equation.
I bought my iPhone 4 because it was – by far – the _cheapest_ smartphone on offer (that didn't have a shit resistive, 320x400 screen). I was actually planning to buy an HTC model, but it was fully €150 _more_ expensive.
Of course, Italian operators don't do subsidies much. And phones here are rarely locked either.
(France has a similar market: phones _must_ be unlocked there. It's the law. Or it was when I was working there over a year ago.)
Not everyone lives in the US. Or the UK.
Do you know the last time i took the site extension into account? Never. Heck unless i am looking to buy something i don't even care about the language. The internet is about connection on a WORLD level, it should not matter if you are in USA, Italy, UK, Venezuela or freaking Somalia.
You wouldn't expect an article entitled "Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5" to be a balanced summary. In fact you would expect it explicitly not to include any arguments in favour whatsoever. It's just a summary of the arguments in favour of a viewpoint; the conclusion precedes the discussion.
Obviously I'm confident that the opposing case will be forthcoming. Our favourite irreverent technical publication wouldn't descend to taking sides, surely?
"Pompous tosser", hehehehehe.... LP/UK humor is more lively than US humor, I'll say!
"The actions of a pompous tosser who thinks their value is higher than it is actually worth. The actions of one who thinks they are either overly stylish, cool or smart etc,... "
... think of Skype.
On half of all Android phones it just won't work. It won't work on mine. After a software update the mic stopped working on Sony Experia phones.
The problem is fragmentation. The iPhone eco system doesn't have that problem to the same extent that Android does.
How many people mod their TV? iPhones and iPads are for consuming stuff and they meet that need. Us Geeks have Android and we root and install etc. When the walled gardens are erected us Geeks will still know how to tunnel and subvert.
Each to their own I say.
Fascinating list, but surely anyone who already has an iPhone and is very happy with it, is unlikely to be bothered by any of the items on it, and therefore will continue to purchase an iPhone at their earliest convenience?
What you're essentially saying is that anyone who hates Apple, and would much prefer an Android, WinPho or Nokia smartphone, should listen to your advice not to buy an iPhone if they know what's good for them? And it took two pages to say it?
If I tried to count the number of times I've run out of iPhone battery on my fingers, well, I'd fail to do so, as the current count is zero. It's never happened. I put it on to charge every night, and it runs perfectly well all day.
If I anticipate needing longer than a day's worth of battery, I bring an external charger pack and plug it in at the opportune moment. This is far more convenient than trying to faff about swapping a battery.
Also, it's a bit rich to critique battery life, it being an area that Android devices suffer greatly in, so I've been told.
There is nothing inconvenient about swapping a battery. Hold on a sec.
Carrying a large external charger about with you however is extremely inconvenient when compared with carrying an additional streamlined battery.
I just came back from hiking 92 miles, I brought along an additional PHAT battery which weighed a few ounces. Far preferable to carrying a large heavy external charger.
I'll stick with my Nexus One purely for those reasons ta :-)
""...when you got home you had... oh that's right, two batteries to charge sequentially"
You seem to have missed the "went out hiking 92 miles" part. I think there's no way he was going to be able to charge his phone at all, given the lack of power outlets during said 92-mile hike.
I remember having two batteries for my Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx; thanks to this, I was able to cope with a long flight running on both batteries. :)
The "expensive cable" excuse... was dead even before the first iPhone shipped back in 2007.
Presently, your "expensive" cable costs just over $2 (less than £2), including free shipping in the USA...and of course it isn't even a whopping $2, since the USB cable you want to use wasn't free anyway.
Nevertheless, considering that the typical smartphone service contract (at least in the USA) runs roughly $2000 across its 2 year term, to whine about a mere $2 for a spare cable is to foolishly ignore 99.9% of your lifecycle costs.
Congratulations, you've earned the "EPIC FAIL" icon.
I stated before that the iphone cable is more expensive. You think that's a fail.
Google product search finds a load of them at similar prices, around £15.
You can get a cable for a proper phone for £1.95 delivered. That's less expensive. in fact, in the list of iphone cable prices, it's a rounding error.
Unlike iphone owners, I didn't ignore lifecycle costs. By not getting an iphone I cut my 2-year cost down to £720 (about $1100) (I have lots of minutes and data) without losing any functionality (but gaining some). So I've already cut nearly 50% from the lifecycle cost, even before I get spare cables for the car and office. I can get an extra 16GB for less than $100 too.
Congratulations, you managed "fail squared".
You can protest about finding expense sources all you want, but Amazon UK has your £15 cable for sale for but a mere £1:
I can't explain why you were unable to find it in your Google searches...that's a question for you to ask yourself.
PS: I don't have an iPhone either ... but my reasons are not lame ones built on false pretenses.
A large heavy external charger means one of those devices that consists of a large battery which you can use to charge your phone. Not the mains charger. Far too often it is impossible to use a mains charger for a lengthy period of time. Being able to change battery is a wholly reasonably way to cope with this.
Not allowing you to change the battery is all about forcing early obsolescence. On most modern electrical devices the battery is the first thing to give out. Not allowing you to change it is used by Apple to tempt you to buying the next shiny thing.
except that most external batteries aren't 'large and heavy' at all and have the advantage of being able to charge multiple devices.
I'd say the point is technically true but of little practical consequence as, at least AFAICS, a well-designed external battery is a better choice than a second internal battery in most cases even if you have the choice of the latter. That's what I find, anyway - I have an N900 but I bought an external battery, not a second internal one.
We are talking about external chargers not mains chargers, the type that hold batteries in and are rechargeable and heavy. They are good for charging phones, cameras, ipads etc with many other uses too of course and different ones for different specifications.
Very useful but they add weight that is not needed if you are weight conscious. With the iPhone there is little choice, with an Android (all models as far as I know) there is choice.
It's nice having the choice.
"There is nothing inconvenient about swapping a battery."
Steps to swap a battery:
1. Power off phone
2. Take old battery out
3. Swap new battery in
4. Power on phone
Steps to plug in external battery:
1. Plug in external battery
Yeah, clearly I'm doing the wrong thing here. Shucks.
"..when you got home you had... oh that's right, two batteries to charge sequentially to get back to square one"
In parallel, actually. And having two phone batteries would land you in the exact same situation, so no gain there.
"Desperate to find fualt much?"
I find fault with crap information, yeah. Agree with a few of the other points in the article though!
Finding fault is easy with your spelling being the first. But what if you can't plug in an external battery (which needs to be recharged too! and takes longer to boot) or if you don't have the space to carry one. A simple extra battery goes a long way and is easily charged in the cradle that came with my phone (FOR FREE).
2. Attempt to put phone/battery glob in shirt pocket.
3. Change shirts for one with a larger pocket.
4. Attempt to put into shirt pocket.
after a short while
5. Return home to change shirt again.
6. Throw away shirt with ripped pocket.
7. Go buy man-purse.
I support a site with a mix of Samsung Galaxies and iPhones, and there's no contest on batteries, none at all. The Samsungs struggle to last the day unless you use them strictly as a phone and limit browsing, email etc. The iPhones, not only far easier to connect and link to the back end email server (and less trouble once linked), and the batteries last all day under almost any usage, two days easy if you're frugal.
So I can see why you had to take spare batteries for your droid, I'd take my iPhone, and I'd be confident that it would last if used carefully.
Well, on a long trek, I turn the phone OFF. If someone wants to talk to me, they can leave a message on the voicemail, or drop a text.
When I'm feeling like a bit of communication, I'll turn it ON for a few minutes to see if I've got signal, and if so, if I've got messages.
I've gone two weeks with that strategy, got all the messages I absolutely needed, and made all the calls/texts I needed.
It's called 'thinking'. Yes, having a replaceable battery is 'nice', but a bit of forethought about what you need will see you through better than extra hardware.
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