- iPhone 4s-tan. Cute but I can’t really say “nice ass” to her. That’s too bad…
From the article:
“Apple has just made the iPhone 4S official at Let’s Talk iPhone event in Cupertino, CA. It will be the first dual-mode world phone supporting both GSM and CDMA and will have the same design as the iPhone 4.
Other features will include Apple-made A5 Processor with dual core graphics (up to 7 times faster than in the previous iPhone), 8 hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2g talk time, 6 hours of 3g browsing, 9 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, an all new 8MP Camera along with an IR for better colour accuracy, f/2.4 aperture, 1080p HD video recording with image stabilization and noise reduction.”
The above specs is nothing but awesome, only a second (if not first) to the most powerful Androphone available. I’ve heard about the iPhone 4s’ performance, being faster than its predecessor but slower than iPad 2, despite using the same CPU as the latter. This is not much of an issue if you ask me though it’s weird considering the difference in physical size (if the same brain powers a smaller device, the smaller one is supposed to be faster right?)
This “iPhone for ass” comes with Siri, the “voice UI” with advanced AI behind it (“Siri” means “ass” in Japanese thus the “for ass” pun here). It’s great but it’s nothing new and it’s got an alternative too. This is perhaps the No. 1 reason people wanted to get the phone, other than it’s iOS5 ready.
For a very brief moment, I was an owner of an iPhone 4 too. Don’t believe me? Read here. Yes, it was great but in a similar way I pick my default browser, I had issues with the phone and decided to throw it in favor for an Androphone. True, an Androphone does not free from its own issues but it’s more acceptable for its openness and the amount of things I could do on it if compared to the iPhone.
Will I get the new iPhone 4s? Yes and no. Yes if I got unlimited money at my disposal but no if it still carries the same issues from the previous iteration. I admit that iPhone 4s is much better than the older iPhone but that’s it. Some issues still remain. It still doesn’t have a direct USB connectivity and have to rely on proprietary connector. Some people argue that the connector can be purchased easily these days and wouldn’t be a problem if you already have other iDevices that use the same connector. This argument is weak. It’s true that the connector is easy to find if compared to 10 years ago, provided that there’s an Apple store within 10 mile radius from where you live. In this part of the world an Apple store is a scarcity so it’s not an easy task to ind one. I could even say congratulation for those who managed to reach those stores in time whenever they need it.
Then the iPhone 4s still didn’t address the unavailability of memory card slot issue. Again some people argue that this is not a big problem as the iPhone comes in variety of internal storage capacity. But do I need 16GB, the smallest capacity available when I’d need 8GB at most, or I should decide whatever capacity of the memory card I want? A couple of months ago there was a rumor about iPhone 4 is getting a cheaper 8GB model but it might be just a rumor so I can’t put much hope on that. For me it’s better if the iPhone have 2GB internal storage to cut the price and let the buyer decide whether how much they want to expand the capacity by purchasing their own memory card later. For me the unavailability of memory card slot only implies that iOS can’t handle memory card storage properly. Perhaps it can’t even install an app into a memory card because of such limitation.
The new iPhone 4s also didn’t address the user-replaceable battery issue. Once again, some people argue this is unnecessary IF (that’s a big ‘if’ there):
- The battery is of hi quality and won’t easily break down
- The warranty covers it for a couple of years
- You always properly charge your iPhone and carry a mobile powerbank
- etc. etc.
Those are lame arguments. Battery, no matter how good it is always being the first faulty part in any electronic device. The user should have the freedom to be able to replace it on their own just like how you are able to refuel your car at any gas station when it’s running out. I’m sorry but whatever your argument about it you won’t be able to convince me because even Androphone manufacturers like Samsung, that managed to make a phone slimmer than an iPhone still able to offer user-replaceable battery.
There are three, most (over)used, generic, cliche argument by iDevices advocates are:
- iPhone is easy to use
- iPhone is easy to use
- iPhone is easy to use
OK that was a troll but generally it’s what they’ve always touted, the ease of use that some of them even claimed “even my grandma can operate it”. My ass. Why would you get a smartphone for your grandma? As if your grandma is going to go to the Appstore and start installing fun apps to entertain herself? Excuse me but for old folks like your grandma, a dumbphone made by Nokia is good enough. Your grandma doesn’t need to install an app every now and then. For a dumbphone you only need to set it once, give it to your grandma and forget about it. It’s a proven formula for may father who is now in his late 50′s. Despite being the one who introduced a computer in the family more than 10 years ago he never wanted a touchscreen phone. Believe me I showed him my iPhone once and he didn’t like how he always accidentally pushed (touched) the wrong ‘buttons’. He is content with my old Nokia dumbphone that is not only cheap but also “easy to operate”. FYI my father is born in a local tribesman family.
I have an issue with iTunes account to. It’s a requirement to get an app from the Appstore, including the free ones. But to set up an iTunes account means you’d need a credit card even if you most likely would never use it to purchase anything in the Appstore. Apple just want yours “just in case” you decided to buy something later. No, if I wanted to buy something later let me decide it LATER, not now. I kinda understand that Apple don’t want the user to go through hassles several times so they forced us to do it only once but hey, nobody likes to be forced to do something when it comes to money. And I don’t have a credit card to begin with (lucky my girlfriend have it so I registered under her name).
Last but not least, the need to use iTunes to transfer files and stuff. In these days? No matter how crappy a smartphone is it has to support drag and drop file transfer via file browser and not via specialized software like this. This is one of the stupidest decision ever made by Apple for the iPhone. Many people hate iTunes because it’s bloated but if they own an iPhone that means installing iTunes would be compulsory. What the hell? I heard the iPhone supports drag and drop in external drive mode I never got the chance to try and prove this. Even so external drive mode (if it really is available) should be the default method to do file transfer between a computer and the phone. Even the now-hated Nokia doesn’t rely on Ovi Suite to that so why can’t Apple?
There are lots of rooms for improvement in the iPhone in order to make it more appealing to me. Not to mention there are lots of stuff need to be dropped off the phone because I think they’re unnecessary. For example iPhone uses microSIM. MicroSIM is indeed the regular SIM card everybody is using, albeit having smaller size on the plastic plate side. Maybe I could live with that but for a phone that using microSIM, it doesn’t make sense if the phone doesn’t support dual-SIM. As a long time mobile broadband user I know perfectly the most economical strategy is to use different plan for calls and internet.
This post may sound like I’m an Apple hater. Apologies. Just so you know, There is no such thing as Apple haters. It is Apple that hates those people (me included). Apple doesn’t care about what I wanted although they have the chance to make me love them if they ever listened to my demand. No, I’m not trying to get in their way (of doing business) but I wanted them to do business with me, hence I pointed out those issues above.