09-21-2011, 11:30 AM #1
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For me its IOS or WP7 and one of my biggest concerns besides the OS is the hardware and we all gotta admit, apple does this extremely well. Im on ATT so I have to choose between the Focus S, Titan or IP5, and maybe something else (Nokia) that gets announced this month. If the rumors are true about IP5, 4" IPS, Dual Core, Longer Battery, 8mp Camera, IOS5, 1gb Ram, 64gb, that would be damn hard to pass up! ESPECIALLY that 64gb, that would be awesome! With that being said lets wait and see, I want that Nokia sea ray bad but when the **** is it coming? And to US? I love the look of that phone and im sure the camera would be great as well, but right now there isnt too many choices for WP7 aside from titan and Focus S, which could be great phones but we just dont know for sure yet.
All I know is that if Apple announces the 5 on the 4th, then releases on the 20th or whatever like they did with the 4, and Nokia/MS have yet to announce their plans, it will be extremly hard for me not to switch.
- 09-21-2011, 12:03 PM #4
Absolutely, unequivocally NO!!! Didn't want an iPhone when I bought my Focus and I still don't. Outside of having iOS 5 (big deal) there is nothing about the specs that make it particularly special. There are dozens of handsets out there with dual core, 8MP, blah blah blah and I don't care about any of them either.
09-21-2011, 12:10 PM #6
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if iOS did anything for me I would have had a smartphone years ago but, until WP7 came along there wasn't anything out there that appealed to me so, I waited and held onto my old feature phone. When Wp7 came out I was intrigued, and once I'd had a chance to try it I was hooked. New features/hardware from Apple won't change the fact that their products just don't appeal to me (I can acknowledge/accept that they are the cat's meow for some others but, not for me).
- 09-21-2011, 12:19 PM #9
No, but only for the reason I can't afford and don't need a new phone right now. Regardless, the iPhone 5 will be a great phone with a mature, excellently supported ecosystem. I'm happy to consider anything if the price is right and it does what I need it to and does it elegantly and well, and that's why right now the only OSs I'll consider are iOS and WP7 (The only Android phone I've seen that genuinely interests me is the Grid 4, and that's still not been reviewed).
But from a competition point of view the phone Microsoft really need to worry about isn't the iPhone 5. It's the rumoured iPhone 4S. If Apple have pulled off making a genuinely cheap handset with a retina display that's as powerful as the iPhone 4 is, that's a seriously big threat. And if it does exist, Nokia had better have some really great low/mid range WP7 phones up their sleeves.
- 09-21-2011, 12:41 PM #11
The only reason I got my trophy was to see if I liked it until the next iphone came out. Now two months later no way would I get the iphone. Now in a year if WP isn't growing (an unlikely scenario imo) I'll consider switching platforms, but right now I'm sold on WP7.
- 09-21-2011, 01:37 PM #13
I had the first generation iPhone and did not like it. It felt too much like an iPod with a phone added to it, and all those useless apps that came with it also.
While I like having a smartphone, I also like simplicity. So I have no intention of becoming another iSheep.
- 09-21-2011, 02:20 PM #15
AnandTech - ARM's Mali-400 MP4 is the Fastest Smartphone GPU...for Now
If the iPhone 5 uses the same A5 chip that the iPad 2 uses, it's going to be head and shoulders above any other smartphone. There is a chance they will use the single-core PowerVR SGX543 graphics rather than the dual-core 543MP2. Either way, though, it's going to be quite powerful.
- 09-21-2011, 02:42 PM #16
I like the idea of getting one for the Misses (she currently has a pretty nice feature phone). However, I know that when she upgrades she wants something to use our Zune Pass with and that's not happening on the iPhone. The biggest hurdle we have now is that she's on Sprint and I'm on AT&T. I want(ed) to switch but Sprint doesn't have any WP7 phones I want. Plus, we just moved and Sprint doesn't have great service in the area (yet they have a store right up the street).
- 09-21-2011, 05:32 PM #18
Anyway, look at that benchmark I just posted. A5 isn't just a step up from the competition. It's an order of magnitude more powerful than its closest competition (the Mali 400 GPU in the Samsung Exynos SOC), which itself is head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack.
- 09-22-2011, 09:08 AM #22
Speaking of tempting phones, if the Samsung Galaxy Note is released on AT&T, that would be one that might make me waver. To be honest, I am just waiting patiently for Mango - that experience will inform my future buying purchases a great deal.
- 09-23-2011, 08:10 AM #23
This is a really hard one for me. I shall now bore you with why :)
I've tried a few Android devices, and they all were uniformly awful - mainly down to the OS itself rather than the hardware (The Galaxy S was awesome, if plasticky!). It seems that Android world is all about features, numbers and specs, and gives no thought at all to the experience of actually using the phone. And for all their talk of openness, you're remarkably tied to the services of a company who's only interest is serving you ads, and all the profiling and tracking they do in order to do so. Just one example - try syncing a calendar with anything other than Google Calendar and see what I mean. Bleh.
I've had a couple of iPhones of various vintages (including iP4), and enjoyed their amazing slickness, attention to detail, and app support, the product design, how nicely it all works with my Mac, etc, but the incredibly intrusive notification system eventually drove me away.
I have to admit, since I got my HTC Trophy in April, WP7 has surprised me. Really glad that I was pragmatic enough in to have looked beyond Microsoft's awfulness elsewhere (ribbon UI fail, anyone?) and in their dodgy mobile OS past. They've done a sterling and original job of it, and the interface is just lovely. It is incredibly clear that the designers have thought very hard about how people might use a phone - things like being able to take a photo without unlocking the phone, "gentle" notifications, easily the best soft keyboard and having calendar reminders visible in the lock screen have transformed the smartphone experience for me. I don't know if this way of describing it makes sense to anyone, but the WP7 experience is <i>quiet</i>.
Realistically, I will be tempted by iP5. Things like not bring reliant on three separate parties for OS updates (Microsoft, HTC, Vodafone in my case currently), that amazing product design and polish, and predictably great hardware to boot.
For the first time ever, it isn't going to be straightforward. It will be really tough! Lets see what October brings. Should be an interesting, fruit-themed month one way or another!
- 09-24-2011, 10:19 PM #24
I had Iphone 1, 3gs, 4. Gave up the 4 when I had antenna problems and a dud unit. Hold your phone differently... LOL.
I don't care so much about the hardware specs as I do the way it performs in real life. I've been pleased with the Samsung Focus. Hopefully Nokia will show some excellent hardware in 2012...