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HTC Desire VS Google Nexus 6P VS iPhones

No, I am not an idiot. I do know that it’s not a fair comparison. However, it should show that how much Android has progressed. Before I bought HTC Desire, I looked at the specifications and thought, it’s as good as an iPhone at the time but without the couple hundred more pounds. There also had been rave reviews on HTC Desire across most review websites. Well, most people were wrong then. The specifications mean nothing.

After using HTC Desire for a year, I switched to iPhone 5. I have been happily using iPhone 5 for almost four years. As mentioned in my previous post, I made the switch from iPhone 5 to Nexus 6P because Mee found Android complicated after a week of use. To be honest, I am still quite happy to use iPhone 5 now if we hadn’t bought Nexus 6P. I didn’t even think about moving on to the new iPhones when they were out. The only thing that I wish my iPhone 5 had was fingerprint, but then again, it’s not essential.

Coming back to HTC Desire, even though it came with a 4GB microSD card which is expandable to 32GB, the real space that can be used to install apps and games is the internal RAM; 576MB. In actual fact, I had so much fun trying to find ways and means to utilise the 576MB and using apps to move apps to microSD in order to free up the 576RAM. However, as hard as I tried, I was always on the verge of using up the whole 576MB because not all apps were happy running on microSD. The most significant disadvantage of running apps on microSD was the speed. It lagged the phone so much. Anyway, the fun stopped when the day my HTC Desire told me that it failed to recognise my microSD.

I had to try iPhone, I thought to myself. It’s expensive but maybe I would get more out of it. Indeed I have. Before that, I couldn’t imagine myself owning a phone for more than a year, let alone four years! Well, I am still using it once in a while and I have even upgraded it to iOS 10. It just keeps going. My iPad 2 has been terrible since upgrading it to iOS 7 but that’s another story. Thinking about it now, it would actually save me a lot of time had I gone for an iPhone in the first place. By the way, the apps on Android were actually kind of horrible when compared to apps made for iOS.

Moving on the Google Nexus 6P. It’s like a whole new world again. At first use, it’s fast and complicated at the same time. When I first tried to setup the phone, I actually stopped for a few moment trying to think where to go. What I am about to say may come as a surprise. I don’t actually feel Nexus 6P a lot faster than when I was using iPhone 5. As always, iOS apps are better than Android’s apps. I use Flipboard a lot and I enjoy using it on my iPhone 5 than Nexus 6P. I think the biggger screen and Android OS are just about the difference between the two. Oh, 64GB definitely feels good compared to iPhone 5 16GB.

iOS is very good indeed. Android is an OS that tries to do too much. The Android customisation is to no end. I still don’t like the look of iPhones after iPhone 5S. Maybe iPhone 8 will change my mind but if my Nexus 6P is still as good as now, I will stick to it for many years to come.

Relying Cloud …

I am getting a little worried about my MacBook Air now. The screen tends to flicker quite frequently but I just hope that it is the OS that’s causing it to behave like that. I don’t think that I have backed up all the photos. I must keep that in mind. So far, I have only backed up my iTunes files and most of my documents are in the Cloud. I tend not to store any documents in the hard drive now. With Cloud, I can access it with my devices and anywhere I want. Cloud may sound like an advance piece of web technology to some people but not many people know that they have already been using Cloud as far back as 10 years ago. Maybe more. I think the first time I use Cloud was about 16 years ago. In case you still haven’t got a clue about Cloud, think about email. When did you register your first email account?

I believe my first email account was with Hotmail. Well, with Hotmail, I can access my email anywhere I want as long as I have internet access. Essentially, Hotmail is a type of Cloud service and that Cloud term is made popular by Apple when they introduced iCloud. A lot of things have been around with us for a long time but no one really take notice of it. iPad for example. There has already been touch screen devices long before iPad. Yet people are obsessed with tablets only after the introduction of iPad. Anyone can make a product but not anyone can sell it successfully.

Christmas

Christmas is getting closer. At work, you can hear Christmas songs and musics playing repeatedly in some departments. Even the all male IT department has got a medium size Christmas tree and dozens of Christmas decoration items. On TV, all sorts of retailers regardless big or small have started advertising. I guess it’s sort of a final push as the week after next is Christmas! Even Apple has its iPod advert rolling almost every hour. The new iPad Mini app is also kind of cute when it uses Garageband app to make the introduction. Microsoft too has its Surface tablet advert accompanied with interesting combination of music styles. And of course, gaming; PS3, Nintendo Wii and XBox. Games about music, such as Zumba, seem to be quite popular nowadays. On very rare occasion, we also see software advertisement such as the top ableton live and antivirus software. Anyway, surely anyone will be using Christmas as an excuse to buy whatever that they want.

Patience is virtue …

I am still patiently awaits to purchase an iPhone 5. A few days after its launch in the UK, it went into reservation mode where only customers who reserve online will be able to purchase one in store. In other words, there will be no more walk in customers for iPhone 5. Just last Friday, Apple launched iPhone 5 in another 22 countries and that immediately put the reservation mode on halt the next day. The stock is definitely scarce, or Apple is trying to make the stock looks scarce. Anyway, I wonder when there will be any stock at all in the UK. However, I did manage to find some stock on iPhone 5 64GB model from Carphonewarehouse. Will I want to buy a smartphone that costs £699? Nope. I am still sticking with the 16GB model.

I still remember the time when I bought my iPad2. That was around my birthday and armed with some vouchers given by my colleagues, Mee and I went to London to make the purchase. At the time of the purchase, it was about 3 months after the launch date. We searched a few stores and we couldn’t seem to find an iPad2 with 16GB capacity. There were lots of 64GB and in the end, we found one store with 32GB. I went for that instead as I just can’t wait any longer.

iPhone 5 sales is stronger than iPad2 and judging by that rate, I wonder when I will be able to get hold of one. All I can do now is wait.

Waiting

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.

Decision ….

I am just going to talk about what’s everyone has been talking these days; iPhone 5. The preorder was finished in about 1 – 2 hours and many predicts that the retail sales will be finished by Sunday. Expect lots of people queuing up at Apple stores and various mobile network phone shops. I remembered being in town when the iPhone 4S was launched but I didn’t remember the sort of crazy queues as described on the internet. Maybe not every town would get long queues. Well, I will be checking out the iPhone 5 this Saturday and if it’s not out of stock, I will probably be getting one.

Okay, lots of people will say it’s worth it and lots of others will say I am crazy. I like to think that it’s worth it. I have considered various options and since I have a Macbook Air and an iPad, it seems sensible enough that my next mobile phone should be an iPhone. As much as I love my HTC Desire, it still couldn’t keep up. Honestly, if it had performed as well as iPhone 4, I wouldn’t think about getting a new mobile phone just yet. Bear in mind that HTC Desire is almost similar to iPhone 4.

I thought long and hard between Samsung Galaxy SIII, HTC One X and iPhone 5. My final ranking would be iPhone 5 first, followed by HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy SIII. I am quite surprised that HTC One X is not as popular as Samsung Galaxy SIII. I was a Samsung Omnia user and the build quality was really bad. My friends said that the use of plastic casing was to make the device as light as possible. Well, take a look at iPhone 5 and HTC One X. The materials used are far better than Samsung Galaxy SIII. Maybe it’s not fair to bring iPhone 5 into the discussion of weight as it is a smaller phone, but HTC One X is about the same size as Samsung Galaxy SIII. Anyway, I just don’t like Samsung mobile phone products anymore especially when looking at their advertisement as well as how they copied Apple Stores. I don’t see HTC doing the same thing?

The fact is, if I am now holding an Android tablet, I will be craving for iPad. Now that I have an iPad 2, it’s period. I don’t even crave for the new iPad. That’s the same case for iPhone 5. I don’t think that I will be getting another new mobile phone unless the iPhone that I am getting stops working or no longer supported by Apple’s iOS.

On another note, I also remembered that I once said that I will blog more now that I have a Macbook Air. It didn’t realise. I said that again when I got my iPad. It didn’t realise either. In fact, I blog lesser and lesser. Now I kind of hope that getting an iPhone 5 will get me blogging more frequently again. Well, time will tell.