At last, after months of reading online blogs and tech news regarding leak iPhone 5 news and 13 days of online reservation plus walk-in to Apple store, I am holding an iPhone 5 now. The sad thing is, I can’t use it yet. As I am on Pay As You Go package, I can’t get a nano sim card for my number. I have to call to Three Mobile customer service and have the nano sim card delivered to me which will take about 3-5 working days. Anyhow, I got one now and that’s another tick on my check list of things to do.
It sounds sad but I kind of organise my life in a way that I have a check list of things to do and one after another, I will be looking forward to get them off my list. I think in life, when you have something to look forward to every day, even a purchase of mobile phone, it kind of makes life more meaningful. But believe me, getting an iPhone 5 is hit and miss. You never know whether or not you will be getting it or not. The reservation starts from 9am to 5pm and you will get a confirmation email only after 5pm to tell you whether or not you will be able to get one the next day. If you read some forums, you will know that the confirmation emails come in certain time; 730pm to 830pm then sometime around 11pm and even 5am the next day. I got mine at 818pm.
Coming back to my check list of things to do, with Apple products, everything is synchronised. I now have a MacBook Air, an iPad 2 and an iPhone 5 and everything that I am doing with either one of the devices, the others will get updated too. So, I can be doing things with my iPhone 5 while at work like adding calendar events or adding things to my check list, my MacBook Air and iPad 2 will get updated by the time I come home. I did mention to one of my friends once that I didn’t like to be ‘monopolised’ by a single brand of product, which in this case, Apple. He had a great answer for me at that time where he said if the product is good, why not.
I still haven’t managed to get my hands on iPhone 5. It’s been four days since it was officially launched and it’s the same story everyday; out of stock. Mee and I went to the local Apple Store yesterday and we were told that people were still queuing every morning to buy iPhone 5. The reservation starts a couple of days ago but I am quite keen to know if anyone actually managed to reserve one. The funny thing is that every time you reserve, Apple will try to inform you before 9pm if successful. If not, you will have to try again the next day.
I am kind of tired of reading iPhone 5 reviews. They are all quite the same. My first impression of the iPhone 5 when I first fiddled with it in the Apple Store was that it’s very light. Too light that it seemed fragile though some online videos proved that iPhone 5 is indeed very strong. iOS 6 is pretty smooth, that goes the same for the iOS 5.0.1 running on my iPad2 and iOS 5.1.1 running on Mee’s iPhone 4. Well, if I have an iPhone 4S, I don’t see the need to upgrade it. All features in iOS 6 are available for iPhone 4S. My ideal smartphone currently should have a good camera and smooth OS. I tried the huge Samsung Galaxy SIII yesterday at Carphonewarehouse but I wasn’t too impressed by it. It may be great using it at first but later, I think I will find it too big. Android isn’t particularly smooth on it either though it has a quad core processor. Anyway, the more I talk about it, you are just going to think of me as another Apple fanboy. Maybe it’s true though. As much as I hated Apple in the past, I now realise how easy it is to integrate things with Apple products.
On the other hand, I still don’t quite know how online ads work. In theory, it should target ads which are relevant to what’s the user is browsing. I search quite frequently about iPhone 5 lately and sometimes, I got ads regarding guy harvey jewelry or even insurance policy. Well, maybe it’s trying to match my search with iPhone 5 jewelry which didn’t really exist at the time I was searching. As for insurance, I believe that more and more people are taking mobile insurance and in New York City, the police are urging iPhone 5 users to register their smartphone serial numbers.
Yeah, it’s almost official. Apple is most likely going to announce iPad3 next week. There are already some technology blog posts stating that iPad3 already shipping out of China to US. True or not, I will still stick to my iPad2. The reason is simple, it costs too much to keep up with these technology that introduce a new version every year. I am satisfied with my iPad2. There will come a day when my iPad2 couldn’t support apps and games anymore and that will be the day I buy a new tablet. Unexpected event might happen but I won’t go into that.
As iPad3 news bombarding most technology sites, I start to think about iPhone5 or whatever Apple going to call it the next generation of iPhone. Will I be getting one? To be honest, I almost went out and bought iPhone4S. Yes, I was very determine to own an iPhone. However, it is not the case now. Having both iPad2 and HTC Desire Android phone made me think that I can do so much more with two different devices. If one won’t work, I have the option to try the other. If I ended up only using iOS, I will be stuck.
Android is good and it’s perfect for me. But I am just disappointed with its performance against iPhone. Technology improves on a daily basis and considering my HTC Desire is already one and a half years old, it’s still keeping up well. I read many reviews about dual core and quad core Android mobile devices and all were talking about how fast the devices performed. I went to the Carphonewarehouse and picked up a test unit of Samsung Galaxy SII and it was disappointing. It was slow and sluggish. Maybe it was battered being a display unit, I thought to myself. Even the Nokia Lumia 800 sitting beside Samsung Galaxy SII running on a single core processor was faster. When I went to the Apple Store to try out the iPhone 4S, it was clearly faster than iPhone 4. I still very much love how things perform quicker on iOS compared to Android but I found a new love too, Windows Phone. Well, anything that’s fast is welcomed instantly.
I always like to compare between Apple Store and Android Market. It is so much easy to update apps and games on Apple Store while updating apps and games on Android Market makes the phone almost unusable at times. Having said all that, I might still go for an Android phone the next time I think about upgrading. Might be a Windows Phone too.