Apple’s iPhone 6 will be a monster

“If there’s one thing that’s consistent about Apple’s smartphones and tablets, it’s that the Cupertino giant has always been obsessed with providing the best performance that it can,” Ashraf Eassa writes for Seeking Alpha. “This is why the company has steadily bolstered its chip design teams over the years, releasing successively more impressive chips with each iOS device. Over the last six years, Apple has built a world-class semiconductor operation and its efforts here are likely to continue to impress.”

“Thanks to a move to TSMC 20nm, an updated SoC micro-architecture, improved IP blocks all-around, and a large budget by virtue of the high margins and importance of the iPhone to Apple’s business, the iPhone 6 will be a performance monster, particularly in graphics,” Eassa writes. “Longer term, Apple will probably want greater control of the graphics IP in its SoCs and will either roll its own GPUs or it will push Imagination harder and – by virtue of being one of Imagination’s largest shareholders – could be granted some level of early access to the latest IPs. Indeed, it’s no surprise that Imagination has been touting an accelerated IP roadmap at its various investor conferences, and it was the first to ship a commercial implementation of PowerVR Series 6.”

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75 Comments

  1. And while we wait for Apple’s next thing, everyone else is doing it… I have been an iPhone user since 2007, typically upgrading the same day the next one comes out. I finally got tired of waiting and went with an Android phone, and am enjoying the variables and new things I could never do on an iPhone, and have a larger screen too.

    Yes, Apple has a nice system, but after awhile, change is nice. Everything around Apple is changing while they upgrade once a year. The only ones who defend Apple, as I once did, are ones who might not have tried the competition. It’s the competition that is healthy and drives phones from other manufacturers to be better, and to introduce new features. The only competition has is themselves.

      1. And that is because Dean, the truth is, Apple sets the standards, only they raise the bar, all competition fallows or copies – better yet… Apple has no competition.

      2. Oh Dean why did you bother the last sentence was as big a dribble as the rest changed or otherwise. As usual you never state what things you prefer in a proper critique which is enlightening in it self as is the ‘throwaway line’ as I once did for it is invariably Trolls who use that sort of language along with their total lack of evidence to back up their long boring mantras. Real critics will argue a point on an aspect rather than blathering on making none as you invariably do trying to convince the unthinking around to your own prejudices by shear mindless effort.

        1. Oh and I did try an Android (Samsung) phone, 24 hours of its poorly thought out interface, awful battery life, poor response, pointless for-its-own-sake ‘innovation’ and mindless physical and software detailing was actually far worse than I had expected overall so no not for me, but others are welcome to. I will continue to criticise Apple where I see fit but by comparison to others the experience is a dream for the most part.

          1. I do not know what phone you tried, but one 24 hours is not enough, you have to get used to a new system whatever you are changing from and two I am sure you did not test the battery-life properly in 24 hours or at all. From long-term testing and comparing with others using various Andriod phones and different iPhones the latter came out significantly worse.

    1. I prefer having a life that doesn’t completely revolve around my mobile devices, as much as I love them. So far I haven’t seen much anything on the Android platform that isn’t on iOS that has got me hot and bothered. Your mileage obviously varies.

      1. Save a file or a folder full of files that I’m currently working on for work (or personal) directly to my desktop. Instead I have to hunt and peck cumbersomely through each and every app which handle the file formats to those particular files I’m currently working with. So for instance if I have a 2 pages docs, a pdf, a spreadsheet, several PNG’s, or any other files associated with a project I”m currently working on; I couldn’t put them all in a particular folder on my home screen for quick access and for organizational purposes so everything I need for that project is right there together. That’s just 1; there are others. I have both an iPhone 5S and a Nexus 5 so I’m familiar with the strengths and shortcomings of both platforms and there are many on BOTH sides.

        1. I understand what you are saying. You like a DropBox type capability. Fair enough.

          But you might want to reexamine what it is that you are really trying to do. You seem to be expending significant effort to manage your files rather than achieving the final result. If a file is iCloud based it should always be where you need it.

          1. “You seem to be expending significant effort to manage your files rather than achieving the final result.”

            How are these things any different when a project requires a lot of files? I have projects that involve hundreds and thousands of files, how exactly do I “achieve the final result” without “managing [my] files”?

            I haven’t tried Android, I love iOS, but its lack of a folder hierarchy is crazy.

            For some reason Apple seems to be thinking: Folders = Directories = File System = Implementation Details To Hide From Customers.

            What they should be thinking is: Folders = Simplifies Organization of Related Files = Productivity.

            I really don’t care if iOS Folders (organizational interface for users) equated with actual iOS directories (implementation details) but they are sorely needed by many people.

            1. I agree with Nevermark. The iCloud concept is completely useless for me. For my VERY small business, I have something up towards 100,000 Pages files alone. (Yes, I did a rough count last year.)

              Having Pages and other files tied to a particular program is completely unworkable. The primary classification for me is “Client”. Next are categories such as proposal, research, reports, website, and so on.

              When I classify information in folders, I know PRECISELY where it is. Well, almost 100% of the time. 🙂
              But 100,000 files that I have to conduct searches on! Y’ gotta be kidding me!

              In large file collections, not being able to find information you know is there is a standard problem. And 100,000 files is certainly large enough to have that problem. I consider files being tied to the program that created them to be one of the most idiotic ideas in computing I have ever heard.

            2. I concede that, for a variety of reasons, it is convenient to be able to work with files using multiple programs. iCloud does not facilitate this.

              I’m not so keen on the use of deep hierarchical folders. It’s a poor way to manage large amounts of data and/or files in that it’s very tedious to maintain and can actually inhibit easy search. I’m a fan of flat filing hierarchy and rely on file naming conventions to make searching and sorting very easy. Tagging files with attributes also facilitates quick searches. Think of those 100,000 files as a database and manage them the same way.

    2. I will never use Android why should i allow Google to harvest my data they are a shady company. Android is full of mailware viruses where IOS is a much more secure system i can trust How is the flashlight data mining app working for you. With Apple IOS i am the customer with Android you are the product.

      1. Agreed.
        I admit to using both platforms. And my latest Android phone took all of ten minutes to receive its first malware threat, 30 seconds later installed anti-virus software. Something iPhone doesn’t need that you Steve Jobs.

        H264 video also is an extremely efficient codec, specifically chosen for the use in Apple devices to prolong battery life… however the array of formats on Android assure you nothing regarding your daily usage of Android.

        Apple makes some assumptions on engineering a superior product with the utmost responsibility for the end users, thinking beyond what the average user will ever consider.

        This thinking is why Apple remains the leader on cutting edge innovations and why all other companies, merely copy and believe innovation is to shove as much junky foramts and options in to their products they can – but without concideration to both the consumer and the product itself.

        Talk about waiting… what for google to update Android — or waiting for your Samsung device to discover it can not be upgraded. Oh heavens.

    3. What exactly are these features and advancements by which you speak of that the competition (as you claim) are out with already?

      Yeah, competition is wonderful for the entire industry.
      Larger screens is welcoming, however so is battery consumption for that bigger screen. Hence, larger retina screens that use less power takes time to perfect. But if you happy with what you use – I am happy for you. And just to be fair, I do use both platforms. Lets be honest here, nearly all of the innovations have come from Apple. Most of the apps gave birth on Apple – not to exclude some fantastic apps on Android that Apple just won’t allow.

      Still, on a hold, I think you are either delusional or plain wrong.

      1. I’ll take your questions.

        – iPhone has very poor battery life. I would go so far as to say that it’s pathetic. I regularly have to charge my phone twice a day and my activities encompass fairly light usage – talking on the phone with a Bluetooth headset, answering emails, responding to SMS/iMessage, reading iBooks, Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber chat, and taking and writing notes. If I throw in gaming in there, then forget about being portable. The phone has to be permanently plugged into a power source.

        – iOS 7 has closed the gap between iOS and Android in that it has copied so many features from Android that it is virtually indistinguishable from Android. Moreover Apple has made iOS 7 as ugly as Android and Windows Phone 8 and just as difficult to use. From a UI perspective iOS 7 is a retrograde move. There are no redeeming features. It is bug ridden software where quality control has gone out of the window.

        Need any more examples? I’d be pleased to provide them.

          1. I’ll definitely look into your suggestion. I got the iPhone from new. My pattern of behavior has not changed that much, yet the battery life has not been great since day one. However, I take your point and will replace the battery.

          2. I agree with John, the battery should last a full day with the type of use you are giving it.

            This is assuming that you aren’t located in a place where cell signal is low and the phone is constantly looking to connect to the cell tower.

        1. As you are well known to troll here I’ll be blunt and say I serious doubt any phone will meet your expectation for battery life.

          iOS 7 has been well hashed and is a matter of opinion.

          1. I automatically discount the opinion of anyone using the word troll to describe an opinion that differs from theirs as not being worthwhile to waste intellectual effort on.

            1. AGREED Trevor – well said!!!!

              Having an opinion that differs is not trolling.
              And enjoying a platform other than Apples’, also in not trolling.

              However, I would like some explaination expressing the difference of opinion to read. So I can better disagree or agree – better to understand what innovations or applications as to – what is lacking on Apple camp.

            2. I don’t harbor any particular hate towards Apple. My household is filled with Apple products. However, a couple of caveats.

              In my experience, Apple could boost the iPhone’s battery capacity up a couple of notches so that hardcore users like me will be able to obtain a full day’s usage. I do talk for about an hour or two on the phone during the day (not all at once of course) which seems to drain power inordinately. This is something Apple should look into. I have even tried disabling LTE on my phone where I have WiFi reception just so that I can extend battery life since WiFi is prevalent in the office and at home.

              Secondly, iOS 7 is a major step backwards in UI design. I regularly lose audio on my iPhone/iPad when I turn off the unit during charge and have to manually restart again to restore audio. I don’t know if this is a bug in iOS 7 or just bad design but this is not something I encountered in iOS 6. Also I regularly lose my place in iBooks when I don’t close the app and go to another app and return to it. iBooks bookmarks and page position don’t sync across my iPhone and iPad. This never happened in iOS 6. iOS 7 is just buggy trash.

            3. You know, if you think talking on your phone is a major source of battery drain, consider this: If you are far away from the nearest tower, your phone has to boost its transmit power in order to reach it. Transmitting at max power will naturally drain your battery faster, but this would be true no matter what phone you use.

        2. I read the first sentence of your first bullet list and realized this was going to be made up BS of the smelliest kind. Reading further, I realized it was even smellier than that. Every review has given the iPhone a second to none battery life. Yet you churn out made up BS to the contrary as if this fact were not true. Indeed my own experience is nothing like the lies you espouse. I guess the “keep repeating it until people start to believe it” is the mantra you decided to use here.

          And, yeah, you also decided to repeat the mantra that iOS is a copy of Android. Yeah right, I guess you never saw the slides from Samsung and Google saying things like….”‘make it look just like Apple’…..Samsung”, or “‘that looks just like Apple, we suggest you change it’…Google”. Every icon is a copy of iOS. Every gesture is a copy of iOS. Yet you want us to believe the opposite. Yeah right.

          1. I can only relate my experience as relates to my own experience with my iPhone. Whether your experience with your iPhone differs from mine or not depends on your usage.

            However, to answer your charge that the iPhone has second to none battery life, tests have shown that the iPhone lags behind other Android powered phones which puts paid to your assertion as being totally incorrect.

            Test results here: http://blog.laptopmag.com/smartphones-best-battery-life?slide=3

            1. Thank you for relating your experience with battery life on your iPhone. What raises the ire of folks around here is that you initially phrased your experience as if it were universal. People who say things like “The battery life on the iPhone sucks” are generally seen as trolls because of this generalization. It’s as if their intention is to sway the thinking of others.

              My iPhone 5s generally goes two days before I need to charge it. I have most of the known battery-draining features turned off, not because I’m trying to preserve battery life but because those features aren’t important to me. I quit using “geo-fencing” an iPhone or two ago because that seemed a significant drain. I also don’t have Bluetooth (I know, it’s low power now, but still :-)) turned on.

            2. I am sorry but the iPhone battery is really bad. It is not a generalised statement, but the truth. If you compare the iPhone with many of the other flagship phones like for like in usage, the iPhone will come up well short, despite having a very small, lower res screens.

              You cannot say “I have most of the battery draining-draining features off” and then say the Iphone has a great battery life. Most people buy a phone and pay a lot more for it, as they want or need the features. I could say a Bugati Veyron has great fuel consumpion because I never turn it on!

            3. Perhaps you could point out to me where I said the iPhone has great battery life. I sure don’t see it in there. I spoke to my experience and those of close associates who have no reason to hide the truth from me. But I did not generalize like you wish I had.
              My son has a 5c and has told me on several occasions the battery is fine for his use at college – no qualms.
              One of my daughters has a 5c and has no problems with the battery life for her uses overseas.
              My other daughter has a 5S like I do and is on social media all day long and charges it at night and sometimes during the evening drive to her activities.
              Friends and co-workers echo the same thing.
              So you want me to generalize to satisfy your agenda? Here it is then, as far as I will go: No one I know is complaining about iPhone 5 battery life.

            4. I was supporting the statement that you responded to saying the statement that was made was a generalisation. However, everyone I know who has or has had an iphone complain avidly about the battery life, most have changed phone now and that is one of the main reasons they quoted for changing (that, the small screen and easy to break and expensive and difficult to repair). So for me the statement is a general truth, except of course if you turn off everything and then the life would improve, which was my second point.

              I have also tested iphone 4S and 5 against the Note 2 and 3 and the result was the iPhones had roughly half the battery life of the Notes, again also born out by people that have switched to phones other than the iPhone.

              It seems to me that the statement “Android phones have a terrible battery life” is a far more common statement and that seems to excepted as the truth without question, even though that statement has not been true for a long time now.

              I would love to see an iPhone that is good enough to match its competitors and that includes a better battery life, then I can go back to having a full suite of Apple products.

          2. Spot on Paul his personal experience is mostly not backed up by the evidence. When others have copied your design then any change by the original is unfailingly going to be critiqued as more similar to the copies in some regards, especially by those with an ulterior motive. To claim that iOS looks like Win Phone simply because the icons are simpler than before says everything you need to now about the veracity of the comment.

            ‘Bug ridden’, I have had no such buggy behaviour, indeed as someone who wasn’t taken with the graphic style of it and stated it quite strongly I have been grateful for the performance of the OS overall as compared to the previous version. Visually it is still miles ahead of the opposition even if this is primarily a subjective experience, but at least it still works in a logical and relatively simple way as compared to the opposition.

            Again lets have the aspects of Android that iOS 7 has copied (then we can have an intelligent debate) rather than implimented when they were ready for we have one troll on here claiming iOS 7 hasn’t implemented such features while the other argues the exact opposite claiming they are all there but are just copies apparently. Make your mind up boys because such contradictions suggest that such comments are based on bias rather than actual experience just as one would expect from a troll with motives anything but objective.

        3. Double click the reset button on your iPhone. This brings up a display of all the open apps you currently have. Swipe upward (patented by Apple) and you can close the ones you are not using. My iPhone battery use improved dramatically when I found out about this. Hold down the close switch on top your iPhone to get the classic “Swipe to close” red stripe. (also patented by Apple.) Close and restart your phone every few days. Also will increase battery life.

          Judge Lucy Koh has failed all the creative artists of America.
          The long term costs to our country will be monumental.

          1. As a matter of practice, I do shut down unused apps by swiping up. I don’t have a direct comparison between battery life under iOS 6 and iOS 7 but I felt that iOS 6 gave me longer battery life, but it could be due to a deteriorating battery that has aged since iOS 7 came after iOS 6.

            I will shut down the phone more regularly though to see if I can improve battery life this way. Thanks for the suggestion.

            1. My iPhone 5 on iOS 7 is currently at 30% battery. It is after 10 am on day 3 since it’s been on a charger. I’ll put it on the charger tonight. Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it wrong…unless, of course, you’re just plain lying.

          2. Swiping upward is awkward at best. Just another example of why iOS 7 sucks compared to iOS 6. And I’m no troll. Just an honest opinion. And the opinion of millions. I’m definitely not drinking Kool-Aid. I know how to speak and think for myself.

          3. I wish people would stop replaying this narrative. Recently run apps are not running now. (True for the vast majority of iOS apps). It takes special coding and permission from Apple to have apps (like Nav apps) run continuously, and even then, they get snippets of time and get killed if they run longer than they requested of the system.

            Furthermore, if apps are draining your battery life, why does everyone blame Apple for this?

        4. And I will answer you back…

          Yeah I am well aware of how Apple stole, took (or borrowed from the Jailbreaking community) functions that Android also had implimented. And I am not a big fan of iOS7, graphical move. But in defense of Apple, innovations like SIRI be it a buyout technology add-on or sweet bliss of merging directions from two companies… Google plain stole the idea from Apples lead.

          Ease of use, and simplicity iOS5 had it. Android is reaching into file management territories which really mess up simplicity. And it fragments per device – even on same brand name devices. The AndbotOS is a mess… nor is it getting easier to use.

          About your battery… I have 5 iphones. 2 (5s) 2 (4) and 1 original. Though my iPhone 4 seems to out last my iPhone 5s daily — I know the iPhone 5s is still better then my Android devices. I also have 4 Android devices. From my experience, Samsung sucks battery life dead much faster compared to Apple. So my first suggestion to you would be to take your phone into Apple and have your battery checked out. I am not seeing what you say.

          I do not use Skype or Viber on my iDevices (iPad and iPad mini included) any longer. But use those apps on Android to make a comparison. And again, my defense is, Most Apple apps are designed within the consideration of the Apple device — which was and still is typically a consumer APPLIANCE not a computer… However, technologically, it is a powerful hand held computer.

          Concider how easy an appliance it to work, and how Android works… Android is beyond what most very young kids know of computers and beyond what most older adults want to deal with on the go.

          When Apple wishes OR sees the potiential for a much more complex system management (PRO iOS) then possible file maanage

    4. And this is why Samsung’s new, flagship Galaxy phone, which is not yet shipping and has rumors of the actual ship date moving back to late April or May) is a poor competitor to the six month old iPhone 5s — because competition in the Android space keeps the Android phone makers moving forward?

      If you really want to “upgrade” your phone several times a year is not it more likely that you just want a different and not a better phone? Can you name one feature in your Android phone that made you say, “I have to have that feature RIGHT NOW and therefore MUST buy that specific Android phone TODAY.” Maybe it’s just because you need to change phones to get the latest point release of the Android OS as you can’t, in any reasonable time frame, get that latest point release of the Android OS on your three month old Android phone?

      People defend Apple for various reasons. The vast majority of users of Apple’s equipment and OSes have used many other systems, whether it is Blackberry phones forced upon them by their company or Android systems of their friends and associates or Windows phone because their IT department is 100% Windows based. Your statement to the contrary rings as hollow as the same statement made two decades ago by adamant Windows supporters who claimed that because Apple’s System software was only on Apple hardware that Mac users were unaware of how Windows (or DOS) really worked and thus couldn’t accurately comment on Windows. The reality was (and is) that most Mac users have to spend significant time using other OSes while most Windows users have never touched a Mac.

      1. the android world is moving fast?

        Ok whatever, but no matter how fast it moves it is not consistant – its a mess – as messy as windows grew.

        Some are talking about doing WORK and WORK files on these hand helds – ok yeah they have the power – yet Renaming Organizing files no matter where they accumulate in Android still takes time to manage. Far easier on a desk top. Which is why we still have – make and sell desktop machines. Portables are fine for simple things – iOS was not really designed to be a desktop competitor.

    5. Dean, I’d like to rephrase a few of your statements, if that’s all right.

      1) And while we wait for Apple’s next thing, everyone else is doing a bunch of other stuff they hope works out.

      2) Yes, Apple has a nice system, but after a while, I get bored and like change.

      3) Everyone around Apple is throwing stuff out there to see what sticks while they upgrade once a year.

      4) Generally, competition is healthy and drives phones from other manufacturers who are able to stay in the game despite no profits to be better and to introduce new features which may or may not be worthwhile and may or may not be well-implemented and may or may not be kept around long-term.

      5) The only competition [Apple] has is themselves — just like the situation that existed when Apple created the original iPhone.

    6. Does the phrase, ‘quality, not quantity’, mean anything to you?
      So what if all the mass-market manufacturers keep churning stuff out? The latest Samsung Note has been poorly received purely because it’s just another iteration of an existing model, and has little to offer.
      Far, far better to produce a completely new model every other year, with a significant upgrade in between, because, let’s face it, how many people can be realistically expected to upgrade every six months or so, unless the product is cheap crap.
      I upgrade every full model change; 3, 4, 5, and now 6, which suits me perfectly.
      I can’t afford any other way, and I’m sure few others can.

    7. What Dean did not mention is what he gave up to leave the Apple garden. No more integration with iTunes, iPhoto or iMovie. No integrated iCloud. No more push notifications to update the OS after a new vulnerability has been discovered. Sure there are alternatives, but they never work as well.

      Enjoy the gimmicks, Dean. Hope they were worth it.

    8. What, praytell are these “next things” that Apple’s competitors are doing now? I don’t mean little OS bells & whistles like being able to control every aspect of the UI. I mean real, impactful tech. Samsung keeps playing catch-up (S5 fingerprint sensor) while spewing specs like clock speeds and megapixels. However, Apple’s products continually best them in benchmark tests despite these ostensibly superior specs. Most of Samsung and Google’s “innovations” (like face recognition, galaxy gear, google glass) are gimmicky, poorly-implemented beta technology that they only released to be first to market.

    9. I have had an Android phone along with an iPhone for the last three years.
      I currently have a Moto-X and an iPhone 5s. The Moto is the best Android phone I have used even though it doesn’t top the field in specs it is by far the best Android experience I have had.
      However… it still isn’t as good an experience as using my iPhone.

      Change for the sake of change is silly.

  2. More water under the troll’s bridge.

    Most of us average people upgrade every 2-3 years because we have a life to live rather than obsessing on the latest details. We learned that as we get older we have to stick “with things that count.”

    Other than being a tech commentator, life is about living and working efficiently, and a smartphone is a small part of that arena, though needed for calls and text and other common things, but my 3GS does all of that, though my mother-in-law now has it.

    1. I’d like to take a moment to shed some light on the term “troll” as applied to these discussions. It has two meanings, and they often get confused:
      1) a Patent Troll is the type that charges a fee to cross the bridge, as illustrated in the story of Billy Goat Gruff. IPCom is this type;
      2) a comment-board troll is seeking reaction, as derived from the fishing technique of dragging bait behind a moving boat. Astroturfers are this type.

  3. Dean Waterman, you moved from aluminum to plastic and from 64-bit to 32 bit and your risk of malware is up about 90%. Samsungs 16 gig phones ship with 7.9 gigs actual capacity due to Samsungs dependency and wait on Googles 32 bit OS. They have to dump an extra layer of their own software on top of it to make it look distinct, just like Dell, HP, Compaq, Gateway, etc…did on top of M$ Windows.
    I don’t believe you ever really supported Apple on anything…you are really a troll.

  4. I admit that in the ’80’s, I wore a fanny pack, but I do not need to go back to using a fanny pack to house a cell phone that should fit in my pocket! If I need something bigger to surf with, there is an iPad mini waiting.

  5. I will tell you what I like, personally, about my Galaxy phone, since I have been criticized for not sharing that perspective.

    1. 5.9″ screen (Note 3) which is 1080P and crisp
    2. Multi-tasking capability
    3. Arrangement of home-screen to my preferences and design
    4. Galaxy Gear Smart Watch (yes, I find it useful)
    5. Stylus (yes, again, I use it, and like it)
    6. NFC / Google Wallet
    7. IR Remote (yep, I like it, and use it.)
    8. File storage and use of external drive
    9. SD Card expansion capability
    10. Accessible Battery (I use my phone a lot)

    Now, to be fair, here is what I don’t like, and think Apple does better…

    1. Design. Apple wins every time
    2. Fit and finish (ditto above)
    3. Clean design of iOS (appreciated much more on iOS 6)
    4. Smooth sync with all other Mac stuff I own (but i got my Note 3 to do it too easily)
    5. Resale

    1. I would add good battery life, superior notifications, back button, keyboard and correction, ease of and greater ability to share information, not tied to iTunes.

  6. Hi everyone.

    Long time Apple fan here. I have had every iPhone that has come out on day 1. Own an iMac, 2007 MacBook Pro, 3 apple TVs (latest gen). An IPad Mini (retina) 1st Gen IPad and a 3rd Gen IPad. One 5, 5s and 4s. I have an AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme.

    I have not switched to android but I did purchase an HTC one and more recently the Lg G Flex and wanted to share my experiences.

    First off, to me, there is no comparison to iOS and Android, iOS is a superior platform in my opinion. It is much more polished and consistent. Apples echo system is superior. I hate the google play store! Most apps in there are around tweaking the android experience. Launcher app after launcher app, keyboard app after keyboard app, etc. etc. I’m not into that much tweaking, however I did pick up the swift keyboard, which I do like.

    Apps on Android are inferior to there iOS counter parts, plain and simple. They run and look much better on iOS. I am no software writer, so I have no idea how or why the experience is so different between the two platforms.

    Android does have some deep integration, which is nice but the difference is not enough (to me) to cause someone to switch. Widgets for the most part are useful but very gimmicky and (again in my opinion) not very well implemented for the vast majority of widgets. I use a few that I think are useful, weather and a news widget and calendar widget, outside if that, I find most if them not very useful. Oh, I also use a contact widget where I can have my frequently contacted friends or family right on one the home screens.

    Android is very inconsistent from one app to the next. You have a bunch if developers doing there own thing out there. One app you may swipe to go back, on another you may have to hit the virtual back button an do forth.

    Battery life on the HTC one was/is horrible and I hate sense! Great screen however and placing the speakers on the front is a great implementation.

    I like the Lg G Flex, I like the size of the screen, the resolution is not so great (245 PPI) but not a deal breaker. Having that extra real estate is wonderful, however a 5.2 to 5.5 screen would probably be perfect to me.

    I have played with the split screen multitasking but do not use it. I would go far as to say that most android users do not use most of the features they tout as superior. I like the curve in the screen, very comfortable to me.

    There are just so many things that are better to me with iOS, I love the way iOS displays videos that may be linked in a website. iOS renders the video much better to me. There are just so many things.

    With that said, I will probably keep an Android phone, just because I am curious about the platform and where it will go. Oh, and yes, you do need to download some sort of malware app as there are a lot of crappy infected apps on the google play store.

    Just wanted share. Sorry for the long post and any typos.

  7. In the days pre-smartphones…

    Person 1: What kind of phone do you have?
    Person 2: A Nokia
    Person 1: Cool. I have a Samsung.
    Person 2: Cool.
    Person 1: Cool.

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