Before the Apple event was announced, Amanda and I decided that neither one of us will be upgrading. Our contracts are out of sync, meaning Amanda gets the newest phone every time (because I love her so much, I always cave and give her my upgrade). It will be nice to be able to upgrade both of our phones at the same time.
Either way, I’m not jealous or regretting the fact that one of us won’t be on the latest and greatest. Maybe it’s me growing up a little bit more. But I think the iPhone 5 doesn’t live up to the iPhone greatness that we’ve all come to know.
Granted, the iPhone 5 is better than the iPhone 4S in many ways:
- Larger 4″ screen
- Faster and more efficient A6 processor
- Physically thinner
- Another row for apps
- Thinner camera (although same specs as the 4s)
- Lightning connector (is a proprietary connector a feature?)
- Better battery
- Improved headphones (I’ll believe it when I hear them)
- 4G LTE (if you have it in your area)
- iOS 6 Upgrades
- Panorama in the camera app (will this be available in the 4S or 4?)
- Turn by turn navigation in the Maps app (about time)
- Siri can now give NFL scores
- Passbook (not sure if that will be used much)
Nothing about these features is must have. I can wait another year to upgrade. What’s scarier is if you compare the iPhone 5 to the Samsung Galaxy S3.
|iPhone 5||Samsung Galaxy S3|
|Screen Size||4 inches||4.8 inches|
|Resolution||1,136 x 640||1,280 x 720|
|Weight||3.9 oz||4.7 oz|
|CPU||Dual-core Apple A6||Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 (in the U.S.)|
|Storage||16GB, 32GB or 64GB, no card slot||16GB, 32GB or 64GB +microSD slot|
|Operating System||iOS 6||Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Battery||225 hours standby, 8 hours talk time (3G)||790 hours standby, 11:40 hours talk time (3G)|
|Camera||8MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash||8MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Networking||Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE||Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE|
|Price||$199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB; avail. Sept. 21||$199.99 + $35 carrier fee|
In many ways, the Galaxy S3 is a better phone. Either way, a decision will be made a year from now. Either Apple will step up its game and deliver a better phone than it’s Android competitors, or I’ll be shopping for an Android phone. I really don’t want to change ecosystems once again, but I will if I have to.
With Steve Jobs gone, I’m wondering if Apple can still innovate. The rumor mill was running wild with speculations of wireless charging and near field communication. What did we get? Minor improvements. It’s a total let down. Steve Jobs always had that “one more thing”. Tim Cooks “one more thing” was a Foo Fighters performance (which I totally would have loved). Most of the people at the iPhone event were journalists. Do you think they’re going to put down their MacBooks to rock out with Dave Grohl? No, the are too busy doing their job spilling the dirt to the rest of the internet. It would have made more sense if the event were live streamed online, but alas, Apple does not do that (Microsoft does stream most of its events).