It sounds biased, I know, but ever since the Christmas shopping season kicked in, all the hype I’ve heard about the iPhone 5 is it’s coming to the Philippines soon. Go online and you’d read more talk about comparisons between different Android phones both from the lesser known brands to the global leaders, but less talk about the iPhone 5 and the iOS 6.
Even on Facebook, you’d see one of your friends touting that they got an iPhone 5 for Christmas and that’s it. You’d rarely hear from them again about a feature or app they’re using on their iPhone 4/s5. Now, I rarely hear or read things about iPhone users touting that they can do this and that while Android users struggle to replicate the same thing on their phones. Are Android users just more vocal about their phones than iPhone users? Or is it because there are so many different phones that come with its own shade of Android there’s just so much to talk about?
Discussions about different Android phones are already lively as it is but the talks about iPhone vs Android takes on a different level.
Going back to my earlier observation, vocal Android fans really take Apple and the iPhone to the task. Take this video of Armando Ferreira listing 10 things that the iPhone 5 Can’t Do that the Nexus 4 can. Mind you, the Nexus 4 isn’t even the best Android phone out there in the market, it’s just Google’s latest iteration of what a phone designed for the latest version of Android could be.
Already you’d be hard-pressed to say anything in defense of the iPhone 5 other than it has a bigger screen than the iPhone 4s.
Here’s another piece on a leading mainstream publication, Ed Zitron’s “Why I Might Drop the iPhone 5 for the Galaxy Note II, and you should too.” on Forbes
Overall, Apple has somehow lost their way in the design-for-use department. Where I would naturally want to use my iPhone to do something simple – y’know, like send a text, find my way somewhere, or make a phonecall – things feel like they’re constantly getting in the way. I can’t guide myself to a state highway on Maps. People can’t hear me when I make calls. My phone gets so hot it is uncomfortable to use (Much like the Samsung Galaxy III does, mind). My texts sometimes just don’t send via iMessage. These are all complaints that plagued the iPhone 4S too – the Maps problem was prevalent in the Beta of 6.0.
Heck, even one of my colleagues at work told me that he is regretting having bought the iPhone 5 when he was mesmerized by the HTC One X not just because of the phone, but more so because Android’s features.
Don’t get me wrong. The iPhone 5 is a great piece of mobile technology, but after seeing and hearing all these good things about Android, the hype or myth of Apple and the iPhone has started to lose its shine.
Wonder what the late Steve Jobs would have to say?