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 have been getting a lot of missed calls lately and they all came from the same number. As always, I googled it and dozens of people have the same calls; Virgin Media. Since I have been getting at least one missed call a day from that number, I finally answered it yesterday. The lady who called was actually quite nice and she was trying to get me signed up on their Virgin Mobile service. With that, I was offered a Samsung Galaxy Ace which I wasn’t interested at all. Bear in mind that Apple is going to announce the latest iPhone on the 12th Sept 2012 which is tomorrow! I was quite determined not to waste any of our time and told her that I wanted to wait for the latest iPhone. I guess she doesn’t know that Apple is about to announce the latest iPhone as she kept saying that Samsung Galaxy Ace is equivalent to iPhone in terms of hardware specifications.
Knowing that I plan to get an iPhone, she still offered me a SIM only plan for use while I wait for the iPhone. I don’t quite get it. Why would I want to take the trouble to sign up a SIM only plan just for a couple of weeks and I have to ditch it when I bought myself an iPhone? For your information, Virgin Mobile doesn’t support iPhone. However, the SIM only plan was really good. It’s only £7 per month and I get a couple of hundreds minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data. That really got me thinking whether or not I should be getting a Samsung Galaxy SIII or HTC One X instead of an iPhone. Anyway, tomorrow is the iPhone announcement and I shall decide it after that. I believe that I will be able to see one in our local Apple Store this Saturday.
The advertisement of HTC One X has certainly ignited my interest in mobile phones. It’s been quite a while since I acquire my HTC Desire and so far, I have only been following iPhone news rather than Android mobile phones. Not even the Samsung Galaxy range is in my radar. Well, I used to be a fan of Samsung considering that I still own a Samsung Netbook and bought a Samsung Omnia a few years ago. Samsung Omnia could be a great mobile phone but the finish of the phone was just disappointing. All comments that I heard about Samsung mobile phones are just that they have a plastic feel.
The transition from Samsung to HTC has made me realized that how poor Samsung Omnia was made. I have been to mobile phone stores to try out Samsung Galaxy SII and though the cover felt better but it still reminded me of Samsung Omnia. And since Mee bought her iPhone 4, the quality is definitely a lot better than HTC and Samsung.
Anyway, HTC One X looks like a fast machine from all aspects. What I like about it is the internal storage. Yeah, Samsung Galaxy SII has the same and bigger storage but I am comparing it against my HTC Desire. HTC Desire relies a lot on it’s external storage and the problem with external storage is that it just slows down the phone due to the fact that Android operating system is designed to store some files into the internal storage during apps and games installation. With just around 200MB of internal storage, you can see how much I love my next phone to have huge internal storage.
What matters most is actually the operating system. Personally, I think both Android and iOS are great fun to use. Windows Phone is climbing fast but everything I see is associated to iOS first. The most recent example was when I browsed to HSBC homepage. If I had an iPhone, I will be able to check my manage my current account everywhere I go. However, to be honest, I am a little bit wary when it comes to managing money on mobile phone. I had PayPal app on my HTC Desire previously but I have since uninstalled it. It just looked a bit insecure.
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