Let me first state this: anyone who uses a smartphone and thinks Apple products are garbage probably doesn’t know the history of what we call smartphones today or is too blinded by hate to see that Apple makes nothing but quality products. This article is not just a write-up from another Android fanboy or a Samsung butt-licker. I’ve been using the iPhone for years and I still do. Besides, I have a Droid as well. Are we clear on that? Thank you.
Well, we all waited for the almighty iPhone 6 to be released and it finally came out in two sizes. For the first time since 2007, Apple listened to users and finally went against it’s very own rules. Remember when Apple thought a device with a big screen won’t really work? Oh… this advert by Apple should give an idea of what I’m talking about.
Just like an Android user said, “Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave right now to see a 5.5″ iPhone.”
Considering everything, maybe that’s true. Apple has always believed it knows what’s good for consumers and failed to give consumers what they really want. As with the case with the big screen, it wasn’t until Apple saw it was losing its market share to Samsung that they realized people love bigger screens after all. And Samsung too delivered it’s own punchline is this new set of videos that’s nothing short of mockery, but that has always been one of Samsung’s successful marketing strategy:
Over the last few days, this image too has been flying over the internet and I found it amusing…
Here is something I would like to admit at this point– I’ve always wished my iPhone screen was bigger when watching movies or playing HD games and I use my 4.7″ HTC device for these functions most of the time.
We all know Apple pioneered what we call the smartphone today and the first iPhone was quite iconic in the history of smartphones. In fact, Samsung would probably be nowhere today if Apple didn’t lead by example but where’s the innovation and magic Apple used to be known for?
Has Apple traded magic and innovation for surprise? And by surprise, I mean doing what they once considered stupid? A lot of Android users are still not impressed despite the increase in the iPhone screen size, the new NFC feature and everything that’s been on Android OS and jailbreak community for years.
And neither am I.
Here are five reasons why a regular Android user would think the new iPhone 6 still sucks:
1. No external storage, crippled file transfer.
There are times I wish I could just copy stuffs from my PC to another computer. With an iPhone, this is impossible without having iTunes installed on both computers and using file storage apps. It’s understandable that Apple is trying to make the OS secure but hey, when your pen drive isn’t with you and your iPhone just can’t perform that function, an Android device seem like the most adorable device in the world.
Agreed, I hate the iPhone for that.
2. Same Old 8MP Camera
iPhone 4s was announced in 2011 and had an 8MP camera. It’s the same with iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This sounds boring considering Nokia putting a 41MP camera in a smartphone way back in 2012.
Agreed, it’s boring.
Also read: New Smartphones with Best Cameras
Unknown to many though, there’s more to a camera than a big pixel resolution and manufacturers sometimes insult smartphone users intelligence when a 13MP camera with a poor resolution is compared with an 8MP camera with a better resolution.
The lens, the sensor, the processor, the DSP engine and a lot of other things are what make up a good camera.
Now, unless you’re blowing up your picture up on a pretty large billboard, an 8MP camera with very good features is okay for a regular smartphone but considering what people are crazy for, maybe an improvement in that area would’ve converted many.
3. File transfer between mobile devices
There are times when you need to transfer things like PDF files, images, documents and other stuffs in between mobile devices. It’s certain bluetooth file transfer will become obsolete just like infra-red in the next few years but this feature on a smartphone can actually save one a lot of trouble.
The absence of such feature on the iPhone is very uncool. Unless you jailbreak and pay $9.99 for Celeste Bluetooth app through Cydia, you just have to forget about this simple feature.
Apple thinks you don’t need it… or perhaps, Apple knows it’ll compromise the device’s security but whatever the reason maybe, an Android user would think that sucks.
4. You’re Jailed without a Jailbreak
Those things you can do on an unrooted Android device you can never do on an iPhone that’s not jailbroken. This is the reason a lot of people fail to upgrade their device the moment an iOS update is released.
Apple probably won’ admit this but the jailbreak community is one of the things that keeps the company going. A guy like me considers an unjailbroken device almost useless.
5. Apple is Playing Catch-up with Google
One might ask, “Where the hell is Steve Job’s innovation?” I must admit I haven’t been impressed lately. The first iPhone was a killer product and the iPad set a trend every manufacturer followed. Apple used to be a company that broke old rules and created new ones that others followed but where’s all that?
The iPhone 5s was the world’s first 64-bit mobile device but analysts were like why would you put a 64-bit processor in a smartphone? The Touch ID fingerprint security was first of its kind but besides these two, have we heard any other impressively ground-breaking feature in the last few years?
6. And a lot of other petty gripes
No third party store. Operating system is not open source. No removable battery. The price is just a rip-off. And a host of problems people find with Apple’s devices generally.
Will iPhone 6 Even Sell?
It will, and millions would be sold in the first week. We all know that. It has always been that way despite the criticism year after year. The brand prestige is still very much there and even a number of iPhone haters are secret admirers who will never admit it.
Am I ditching the iPhone?
No, and that’s a very affirmative No! An iOS device becomes a part of you if you’ve been on the platform for years and that is the very reason people like me are referred to as iSheep. The iPhone 4s I’m presently holding has outlived a couple of Android devices I bought. I’ve never had to worry about a virus attack. I’ve never had to worry about installing apps that are actually spywares. I’ve dropped it more than a dozen times and all I got was a cracked back cover. The UI looks boring to you but it’s super-polished, fluid and lagging isn’t something iOS users experience.
I chose not to upgrade to iPhone 5 or 5s last year because in my opinion, there wasn’t much difference except for the longer (not larger) screen and a fingerprint sensor I probably won’t use. I didn’t find the new 64-bit processor particularly useful for my day-to-day life.
The much bigger screen on the iPhone 6 is a winner for me. Take it or leave it, Apple is still much relevant and will still be in the mobile market for a long time to come but lately, I haven’t been much impressed just like you. I like Apple but not to the point of following blindly and licking their butt. There’s a need to step up their game, there are Android devices in the market that beat the new iPhone 6 hands down.
This post was last modified on November 21, 2017 11:06 PM