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Topic # 114847 5-Mar-2013 09:18
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After reading this article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/8379281/Falling-out-of-love-with-my-iPhone

I was forced to have a long hard think about whether I was also falling out of love with my iPhone...

To put this in context: I have had an iPhone since the 3G - have had every model since, up to the 4S (didn't leap at the 5, as it just didn't offer me enough...was that my first sign?), I also have an iMac, two iPads in the house, my wife has an iPhone and the two kids have iPod Touches...and there's also the Apple TV plugged into the telly. So I am not a hater...nor, though, am I a fanboy.

Just lately, I've found myself looking with envy at people sporting their HTC's and Samsungs, thinking to myself "Look at the size of that screen. What a great shape. Wow! etc"

I think about how completely locked into the Apple environment I am and nowadays (unlike a year or so ago), I have a lingering feeling of regret...or of being trapped.

I have thousands of dollars tied up in apps, movies, music (easy enough to create MP3 copies and transfer to other formats), etc. All of which ties me to the Apple ecosystem pretty well.

To add to the frustration, i have become inceasingly less enamoured with iOS - it just doesn't feel fresh or interesting anymore.

I barely find myself playing any of the high-graphic games that I used to, as I simply lose interest on the small screen. I refuse to pay twice for an app that works only on either an iPad or an iPhone - if it's not universal, it gets downloaded once to only one device.

With this in mind, does anyone else have the same (or even completely opposing) feelings ion the state of iOS and it's associated hardware?








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  Reply # 774804 5-Mar-2013 09:28
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To be upfront I am an Android fanboy, Im not trolling but heres my 2c based on a recent experience.

Ive always hooked my wife up with Android phones Vondafone SMART, Ideos X5, S2 but shes always been after an iPhone.

A couple of weeks back I picked an iPhone 4 off Geekzone which the wife has taken over.

She is a complete Apple fan, loves her iPad etc. but even she noticed that iOS 6 is actually pretty crap compared to Android nowadays.

Firstly that screen is so small. Im sure the iPhone 5 is much better but the 4's screen is so poor compared to the S2.

Then she wanted to change the keyboard to a T9 setup, sorry you cant do that on iOS.

Then she wanted to set an MP3 as her ringtone, sorry you cant do that on iOS.

So she was thinking WTF?

I think its growing on her now but really for how great (and simple) iOS once was it hasn't progressed much and the walled garden is now becoming a prison.


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  Reply # 774810 5-Mar-2013 09:35
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Apple needs to do something or loose its crown.

I am even more invested in iOS - not only did I leap to iPhone 5, I am also a developer which means I invested my time to learn the platform and build apps.

We are supporting Android now as well. It would be a shame if iOS becomes irrelevant and follows Blackberry.

I think iOS 7 is Apples chance to regain momentum. Will they?




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  Reply # 774811 5-Mar-2013 09:35
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I just swapped to a Note 2 from an iPhone 5 for pretty much the same reasons. Am loving the extra screen space and its fresh having a new operating system to play around with.

I've also tried the Nexus 7 as an iPad replacement but sadly it just does not come close to the polished iPad. Considering the Nexus 7 won all sorts of awards I was surprised...the reviewers must have been on crack or paid out in some way...there is just no way it is better than an iPad.

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  Reply # 774818 5-Mar-2013 09:43
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myopinion: I've also tried the Nexus 7 as an iPad replacement but sadly it just does not come close to the polished iPad. Considering the Nexus 7 won all sorts of awards I was surprised...the reviewers must have been on crack or paid out in some way...there is just no way it is better than an iPad.


We have both (and more) in our house.

The Nexus 7 is actually really good. My son got one for Christmas. Blows my Galaxy Tab out of the water. The reviews are justified for a device of this caliber.

You are right though its no iPad. Different devices really.

What features were you comparing?

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  Reply # 774828 5-Mar-2013 09:59
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I used to get loan android devices from my Telco and not really rate them at all. I read reviews of Nexus 4 after getting a bit sick of the 4S. Nexus is a great phone bit of a shame 16GB is the biggest they make. About a week ago I won an SGS3, Touchwiz is not as bad as I remembered and expandable memory is a fairly big deal to me, so SGS3 is my new phone.

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  Reply # 774833 5-Mar-2013 10:03
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I often wonder how people can continue to be in love with the Apple devices, when they do not appear to be able to customised much, and lets face it, for a lot of people, mobile phones are just accessory items.

I am in love with my Samsung Galaxy SII, and it has been one and half years, and I get upset when it freezes or an app crashes because I am thinking it is the end of the world - nearly.

But recently I have been handling iPhones for work - in face we are changing from BB to iPhone 5. BIG BOLD move if you ask me.  People are not going to like it. People don't even like the BB's. Why oh why did they not pick window's phones? So much easier to integrate with the work systems and AD etc. 

Apple are cumbersome and restricting. Android are allowing that creative freedom, and you can still have your thumb reach "here and here" on an android phone. (Stupid Apple Add)

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  Reply # 774835 5-Mar-2013 10:04
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Battery life, screen and touch response, quality in the hand, screen brightness are all worse on the Nexus 7 when compared to my iPad 2. The pull down settings menu is still patchy after the latest update.

Not to mention the back button is on the wrong side and the power button is next to the volume button so you accidentally switch it off when changing the volume....why isn't the power button on top? This is the same for the Note 2 as well.

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  Reply # 774840 5-Mar-2013 10:11
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I'm not sure, but youtube is back on the ipad at least, no it is on the iphone too, so that was a bit out in the review saying it had all gone. Maps isn't back though right?

I got an iphone 5 at work and my thoughts are:

THERE'S NO SWYPE option at all?! The screen is tiny, like about the same width as my LG P500 phone. The iphons is taller but not wider. Swype was awesome for use on small screen phones, as you didn't have to be as precise with the small keyboard. The iPhone suffers from this problem, keys are small, but doesn't offer swype to assist with this, weird.

The iPhone and apple as a whole do the 'it just works' thing well. Fundamentally it didn't take me long to come up to speed on the basics, and from a UI point of view I think that's cool. Nothing that new about it though, they really did get this sorted many years ago.

Having used an iPad, I'm still heading more towards a basic phone (with swype) for calling/texting/reading short emails etc, and then a tablet for tablety stuff, and viewing the web etc.

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  Reply # 774846 5-Mar-2013 10:15
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Interesting thread, I like my work lumia 710 more than my 3GS, which is why I haven't bought a new iphone, I haven't bought an app for my iphone for a long time..

I also have an ipad which is a totally different story. I love for doing the basics. I have a mac as well for more involved stuff but my goto for reading, browsing, email blah blah blah is my ipad.

I think if I could have a phone on my ipad I would get rid of my iphone. Of course it would have to be something clever not just holding my ipad to my head, maybe like a wristband or google glass or something, so I am kinda waiting and seeing with what Apple does this year.

Also just think of the ipad/tablet/laptop you can get for the price of an iphone 5...

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  Reply # 774847 5-Mar-2013 10:16
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According to PriceSpy, the average price when the iPad 2 first came out was around $800. The Nexus 7 32 GB started at $440 and quickly dropped to $415. I paid $350 for mine. I think you might be comparing apples to overpriced oranges.

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  Reply # 774849 5-Mar-2013 10:18
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Digmarx: According to PriceSpy, the average price when the iPad 2 first came out was around $800. The Nexus 7 32 GB started at $440 and quickly dropped to $415. I paid $350 for mine. I think you might be comparing apples to overpriced oranges.


Don't you mean oranges to overpriced apples?

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  Reply # 774856 5-Mar-2013 10:22
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It would be nice if this didn't turn into an anti-apple thread, especially if you have never owned an iPhone :)

The iPhone still has it's place in the enteprise world IMO. We have about 40 at work for people in their 20's through to their 70's. They all pick up how to use the device pretty quickly, apart from the odd broken screen we don't have a whole lot of issues with them either. It's just as a geek iOS has got a bit stale for me personally.

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  Reply # 774857 5-Mar-2013 10:22
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Yep $350 for a Nexus 7...my advise to would be buyers is keep saving and buy the iPad mini for $130 more.

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  Reply # 774860 5-Mar-2013 10:25
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lxsw20: It would be nice if this didn't turn into an anti-apple thread, especially if you have never owned an iPhone :)

The iPhone still has it's place in the enteprise world IMO. We have about 40 at work for people in their 20's through to their 70's. They all pick up how to use the device pretty quickly, apart from the odd broken screen we don't have a whole lot of issues with them either. It's just as a geek iOS has got a bit stale for me personally.


Totally agree with this.

Make a larger iPhone and I'd consider going back to it. Size does matter and Apple have got the one handed thing wrong.

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  Reply # 774861 5-Mar-2013 10:26
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I'm starting to feel the same. I am big on location, context, profile etc and when I see people playing Ingress, Google Now etc, I'm thinking, I have a safe robust environment on my iPhone, but I don't have the power of Google.

I think my future will be a Windows Tablet, my iPad and when I can afford it something like the S4 for my  mobile. Unfortunately my iPhone 4S is only 6 months old and I can't afford to replace it for now. Yes, i do have money invested in apps, but I can use those on my iPad which would give me the best of both worlds. 




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