So the new iPhone is here. The iPhone 5. It’s the most amazing iPhone yet.
So why am I not excited?
For the last couple of years, Apple’s focus with regards to the iPhone is to make each release incrementally better. But unlike software releases, where an incremental update usually doesn’t incur any surcharges (or a small surcharge), Apple charges full price for each update.
There’s a handful of other reasons the new iPhone isn’t a compelling upgrade over competing phones (at least, for me):
The new screen is 4″ diagonal but it’s all in the height. The width is the same as the earlier model, so webpages will still appear tiny
The iPhone 4 thru 5′s case is a marvel of industrial design and beauty over practicality. It’s still a little slippery without a lot of the grip of its competitors. I still expect to see lots of cracked screens.
A dated UI that’s becoming more and more cumbersome to use, compared to Windows Phone or even Android ICS.
Damn you Autocorrect!
Apple hasn’t really improved the iOS keyboard since … I don’t know, the original iPhone came out in 2007? Unless iOS6 vastly improves their dictionary, typing on the iPhone 5 will continue to be as frustrating as on my 2nd generation iPod Touch (which shipped with iOS 3). Hey Apple, you’ve had no problem stealing from your competitors (Android’s multi-tasking, window shade notifications bar, panorama mode in the camera), why not steal their better keyboards too?
In the meantime, Nokia delivers stunning industrial design (and an amazing camera) with their N920, the first phone since the iPhone 4 that I want to buy just on the marketing alone. And the Galaxy S III and Note deliver beautiful large screens (I just wish Samsung would kick their craptastic TouchWiz and use stock Android).
I’ve been waiting for 6 months for the new iPhone, putting up with crappy flip phones and the embarassingly subpar Sidekick 4G (released this year with Galaxy S hardware and Froyo. Wha?), for the faint hope that the iPhone would be a compelling purchase.
I guess I can stop waiting now , and go buy a Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy S III. But oy, all those months of waiting.
Actually the HTC One X seems like a much better buy.
Alright, I admit, I jumped the gun. I should have waited for the actual reviews, and more importantly tried it out myself, before coming to a conclusion. Oh, hubris, will you never cease to surprise me?
Most of the reviewers seem pretty excited about the new phone. So, I’m going to give it a look once it shows up in nearest Apple store. I still have my doubts it’s the right phone for me, for two reasons:
- The navigation in iOS 6 is still pretty new, and the dataset much smaller than Google’s. Based on my experience with Windows Phone (which got me lost plenty of times), I’m not ready to trust Apple’s map app yet.
- I surf the web a lot on my phone, so I need the bigger screen. Not just taller but wider as well, so I can fit larger pages on the screen without constantly double-tapping to zoom, and/or squinting a lot. And I don’t have any problems with holding and using a larger phone like a Galaxy S III or HTC One X with one hand; I don’t have giant hands, but I can still hold those bigger phones quite comfortably.