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  Reply # 777157 8-Mar-2013 22:35
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I feel much the same way about my phones. I think it is just the 1 year itch that we have become accustomed to with tech. At some point what you have becomes a bit stale and you want something new. Apple make good products but they seem to have missed, just a little, with the iphone 5. It didn't seem to offer enough and increasingly everyone seems to be carrying galaxy notes or sIII's.
Maybe just wait for the next iphone and see what it offers before jumping ship to a whole new ecosystem with all the problems that can occur there like Mac-Android/windows phone sync issues and having to buy all your content again.




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  Reply # 777597 10-Mar-2013 11:56
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NZtechfreak: Geekzone is amazing. This discussion could not be held on like 99% of the internet without it degenerating into a stupid slanging match. Well done all!


Cmon people, we're letting the internet down! :P

compost, late last year: Style is subjective, but when I look at Google Play and Android widgets, they remind me of all those countless blogs whose authors decided that Comic Sans would be a cool font to use. There's something tasteless - and often juvenile - about the Google look, which I would argue stems all the way from the search page. And while Steve Jobs may have worn a black polo neck, he actually should have been kitted out in Delia Smith's apron because the aesthetic of iOS with its acres of wood panelling is closer to 80s kitchen cabinetry than the clean modern lines you'd expect in a premium product. So if you want a piece of pure modernism in your day, WP8 should be your choice.


Actually for me there will always be a place for Android tablets as long as websites continue to use flash and kids want to download thousands of game apps without breaking their little piggy banks.

I look forward to a more sensible future where paying for cloud services and getting the supporting apps for free is the norm, instead of forking out each time we touch a different platform. Roll on HTML5 maturation




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  Reply # 777629 10-Mar-2013 14:06
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For me the main issues with the iPhone 5 are screen size and outdated software. iOS desperately needs a functional lock screen/appointments section. Android does this brilliantly. Lack of ability to set default applications is also an annoyance. The very low-tech method of just throwing all apps together onto the screen needs to be update. The screen size clearly needs to be increased. 4.5" would suffice.

The only reason I have stuck with iPhone for so long is because I have a lot of apps invested in the OS. I'll probably switch to the S4 when it launches (unless the new Apple watch blows me away).

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  Reply # 778819 12-Mar-2013 21:33
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GBristow: For me the main issues with the iPhone 5 are screen size and outdated software. iOS desperately needs a functional lock screen/appointments section. Android does this brilliantly. Lack of ability to set default applications is also an annoyance. The very low-tech method of just throwing all apps together onto the screen needs to be update. The screen size clearly needs to be increased. 4.5" would suffice.

The only reason I have stuck with iPhone for so long is because I have a lot of apps invested in the OS. I'll probably switch to the S4 when it launches (unless the new Apple watch blows me away).

Samsung are horrible, and from a Nexus 4 owner let me tell you you will miss the quality of apps on iOS unfortunately since most android developers are lazy. there are really good apps don't get me wrong but they are not the norm.





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  Reply # 778822 12-Mar-2013 21:35
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gehenna: I'll agree the whole service process is broken in a country like NZ where we don't have direct access to an Apple Store. Any problem I had when I lived in Oz saw me walking into the store, talking to a Genius, handing over my device and getting a new one put in my hands.

You walk out satisfied with the result and happy with how Apple played their part. I doubt there's any experiences like that with the NZ service process.

Why the hell do we not have an Apple store? that would be so much better, for one 3rd parties wouldnt be able to push us around!





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  Reply # 780998 13-Mar-2013 11:12
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I'm looking in the opposite direction.

I've had a Galaxy Note for close to a year now, after having iPhone 3G and then iPhone 4.
I wasn't compelled to go to the 4S - but was sorely tempted by the 5.
Going to the Galaxy was an experiment in getting to know the Android OS. It's the ONLY phone I've used since May (I think) and has been pretty good, but definitely not perfect.
I was very happy when I got to upgrade to ICS - but I am now annoyed that I cannot get Jellybean - and I'm pretty certain that KeyLime Pie won't be available for the Note either (or take so long that it works out to be the same thing).
It's the first touch-phone I've had that "pocket-dials".
I've gotten used to the worthless spell-correction - iOS does a MUCH better job here (my iPad mini)
The USB charge board has developed a bug - so every now and then it thinks that it's still charging - when disconnected...

Those are the irks that I can think of.  But I've had enough of it now - so I'm looking forward to the iPhone 5S.
The size, weight and finish of the iPhone 5 really appeal to me - and of course all of the things that it does in software.

I think the only OTHER phone that would appeal to me now is the HTC One.
I'm a bit over Samsung.



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  Reply # 781089 13-Mar-2013 13:48
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Whilst still suffering from screen envy, I must admit that I am quite looking forward to the 5S coming out, based on some of the rumours...

Fingerprint recognition, improved camera and optics, etc.

If they made a 4.3-4.5 inch screened iPhone, I'd probably never look at a robot again...





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  Reply # 781172 13-Mar-2013 17:34
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Handsomedan: Whilst still suffering from screen envy, I must admit that I am quite looking forward to the 5S coming out, based on some of the rumours...

Fingerprint recognition, improved camera and optics, etc.

If they made a 4.3-4.5 inch screened iPhone, I'd probably never look at a robot again...



Ditto on the 4.5.

Edge to edge it, move top up a tad near camera, move bottom down with slim home button or side home button below volume buttons. Remove a few silly restrictions add toggles . Tickle wider for 16:9

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  Reply # 781274 13-Mar-2013 20:33
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Believe it not you may ask why (just being a lite geek and not an ubergeek), I bought my first iPhone last week, it is low entry level iPhone 4 with 8GB, still though it is brand new fresh out of the box. It just does what I want and works. My apps I have paid for appear, so do my bookmarks from my iPad. Loads a web page on the same screen as the 4S (but slower of course) and once loaded looks identical while I have stopped to read the words on the page. Just in general the phone is nicely crafted.
Didn't have anything that fancy before that, just a Sony Xperia Mini Pro with android 4.0.4, was alright, did somethings the IOS device could not do in the way of apps, especially old retro emulation was great. Finding the battery life on the iPhone is pretty damm good, less charging can leave most draining network components on with little drain. 
Android is great, but refused to pay for another set of apps on Android devices. The only Android device I still own is a Nexus 7, I use it from time to time, mainly for emulation and watching you tube before crashing out. Personally I rate this device higher than an other android device (this might sound silly to you) but Google update this thing immediately and there is no waiting. After the excessive waiting for updates from Sony, and especially Samsung with the Galaxy Tab, makes me steer clear of those that cannot update soon as possible. I have been looking at the Sony Xperia Z today in consideration, then I seen that it is still on 4.1, that really is sad for such a brand new device.
Yes true that Apple has an eco system, the ISO platform looks and may feel dated if things appear to not have changed, though when and update is out, its just out right away, no waiting.
Really though, when I work my way through the thick jungle of Apple vs Android crap all over the net (and anything else similar Intel vs AMD), I get very tired real quick. Not sure why people are so hung up on which is better BS. Everything has their strengths and weaknesses, just take what ever you got (device and OS), figure out what you want it for, ask yourself does it do what you want, if so use it the way you want to.

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