Hmm… I might as well renamed my blog to iPhone 5. I sense that I am going to blog about iPhone 5 for the rest of all my posts. A bit exaggerated but there seems to be a lot to talk about iPhone 5. Well, first of all, it’s been a week since I used it. The new “lightning cable” seems to have charged my iPhone 5 faster compare to Mee’s iPhone 4. In addition, I use my iPad charger to charge Mee’s iPhone 4 while I charge my iPhone 5. Nowadays, I tend not to charge smartphones overnight. It only takes about an hour or two to fully charged.
So far, I am a happy iPhone 5 customer. There are a few minor complains but I think I can get used to them eventually. First off, I missed one of Mee’s messages because there’s no notification LED. Although iOS will alert me twice in the space of around 10 seconds when there are new messages or missed calls, it’s no use when I am away from my iPhone for longer than that. I am so used to looking at the notification LED on my HTC Desire that I simply forgot to wake up my iPhone to check for any new messages or missed calls.
I am not a fan of the new design of App Store. It’s no longer in a list view and it’s now an app per page. While browsing the apps page by page, I realise that the quality control of the apps going into App Store is deteriorating, as claimed and proven by many iOS users and bloggers. I saw an app on hydraulic pump. I was quite interested in downloading it but as all reviews have advised other users not to download it, I decided to skip that opportunity.
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.
Apple’s event is over now. It’s not surprising at all that the leak photos on the internet look exactly the same as the real iPhone 5. I am not entirely sure how ground breaking it is or how the iPhone can compete against Samsung Galaxy SIII or HTC One X. Erm… not true, I do know. If I am going to buy an iPhone, I am actually after its operating system; the iOS, the latest being iOS 6. With Apple products, everything seems to integrate effortlessly. It’s almost as if the integration is the only advantage while there may be dozens of disadvantages when we rely on products made by a single company.
There may be a bigger picture but I don’t quite understand why Microsoft was once considered as monopolising the computer world whereas no one seems talk about the same thing with Apple. If you have installed almost every version of Windows, you will find that with the new version of Windows, you are now given a choice to install other types of internet browsers during installation. That I believe is one of the ways to stop Microsoft from monopolising users with their Internet Explorer.
Anyway, I will soon be reading reviews from various internet blogs. I am pretty sure there will be some mixed reviews. To be honest, I don’t really care much about what they may say. I am almost quite sure that I will be getting one but reading reviews is one of my methods to get-to-know a product before buying it. My HTC Desire has kind of disappointed me in some ways. Mee has been using iPhone for some time and I have an iPad myself. Hence, I know what to expect from the new iPhone and I just know it won’t disappoint me.
I read a tech news a couple of days ago and it was about the new iOS6 which will not support the first version iPad device. My first reaction was that Apple is just going push people into upgrading to newer iPad. Of course I welcome that idea IF I have a money making machine. But it soon came clear to me that not only Apple does that, Microsoft and Google do that too. Microsoft, for example, has mentioned that current Windows phone will not be able to upgrade to Windows 8. Google, on the other hand, has no control over Android on various brands of mobile. My HTC Desire has not been in the software update list only about less than 2 years after it was launched. I would say it’s ridiculous yet not many people take note of it. Part of it was HTC’s fault too but I won’t get into it now.
And when Apple mentioned that iOS6 will not support the iPad1, it becomes a big deal.
To be honest, I am not quite sure why there are so many Android fan out there. I have been an Android user for a good couple of years now and I don’t see much difference in each of its update. Google always says how fast the newer version will be and to use 100 times and above faster than the previous version is just not true. Unless there’s a small print somewhere in the software/ROM notifications. My HTC Desire is currently running on Gingerbread and there’s no way it is 20 times faster than all the previous version, let alone 100 times or 200 times. In addition, I don’t see an improvement in user’s interface except the difference in it’s theme.
On the other hand, there are always visible improvements on iOS and even Mac OS X operating system. That’s why most Mac users are willing to pay for an upgrade because they see the changes and it’s cheap too. As always for Microsoft Windows, things are moved around, playing hide and seek with its end users. And it’s not cheap.
Well, I guess that you will see me as another Apple fanboy. I tried hard to deny it but I can’t help following Apple products’ progress especially the new iPhone. I wouldn’t say I love Apple 100% but things seem to be much simpler and straightforward when using Apple’s products.
This is the latest leaked photo of what they called the new iPhone. Well, the screen is taller but not wider. I am not sure if I am attracted by the look of it but then again, it’s an unfinished product and may not be real at all. Some of the concept designs are really good but again, they are just concept designs which means it will take quite a bit of time for it to become a consumer product.
In addition, there are rumours that Apple have already started the production of the new iPhone and an 7th August announcement sounds quite possible. I think a lot of people are very excited by every new Apple products. Even when I wasn’t interested in Apple products, I was following their development progress, let alone now.
I used to say that who needs an iPhone. Essentially, it is just an iPod with phone capability. Well, I was wrong though not totally wrong. iPad is definitely an oversize iPod and since I already have an iPad, iPod will only be just another piece of equipment for me. Like I mentioned previously in my posts, I have developed an interest in bigger size screen gadgets. My HTC Desire is already 3.7″ and I can imagine my next mobile phone to be less than that. Anyway, the new iPhone is hopefully, going to be an exciting one and not like iPhone 4S.
No pain no gain. I have been working 7 days a week for half a month now and I wonder how much longer I can be doing this. Yes, I am getting paid for the overtime works but somehow, my brain doesn’t operate that good when I work beyond the normal 7.5 hours a day especially everyday. I guess I just have to stay strong and get some early sleep more often though I have failed to do so, so far. One of the things that keeps me going is what I will do once this project is finished. Reward comes to my mind and I suppose it’s time for me to upgrade my mobile phone! I have few other things in my wish list but mobile phone sounds like a better idea at the moment. I don’t want to be clogging my rented room with big electronic equipment, well, not until I got my own house.
I am currently waiting for the announcement of the new iPhone. Some says it will come as early as August and I am really excited about it. I still like my HTC Desire but the lack of internal space is really annoying. Also, whenever a newer version of ROM is out, I have to erase the contents of my mobile phone in order to update it. Hence, it involves backups and copying files here and there. Apple products on the other hand, uses iTunes. You either love it or hate it, I think. I stand in the middle but you can’t deny that life is a lot easier with it than without it. For my iPad, I can just plug it in and it backs up everything. For Mee’s iPhone, it does the same too. I don’t have to worry if I have backup my messages, contacts or apps list like when I am using Android. iTunes backs up almost everything. Now with iCloud, it’s even easier though it doesn’t work with Google Mail.
As I said previously, I have passed the stage where everything is an experiment. I look for things that make my life easier. I have good fun with Android but there are things that really frustrate me. Well, the latest leaked photo suggested that the new iPhone will have 4″ screen but I do hope that it will be bigger than 4″. My HTC Desire is already 3.7″ and an extra 0.3″ won’t make a huge difference.