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Yes, we're an Android site. Yes, there was an Apple event today. We're gonna talk about it. As the newly-recast Rhodey said in Iron Man 2, "It's me. I'm here. Get used to it." Because the new iPhone raises a lot of questions: Didn't I see an Android phone with [some feature] before? Is the new iPhone really the thinnest smartphone around? Why in the world would apps need to be letterboxed? The answer to these questions and more lie within. What doesn't lie within is fanboy bickering. Let's keep it civil everyone.

It's The Size, Stupid

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Easily, the biggest new feature for the iPhone 5 is the display size. At four inches, a behemoth it is not. It is, however, going to be heavily implied that the newest iPhone is increasing in size in partial response to the growing size of Android handsets. This is very difficult to deny. It is worth pointing out, though, that it's still far below most flagship handsets from the Google camp. The Galaxy Nexus (4.65"), One X (4.7"), and Galaxy S III (4.8") all have more than a half inch of real estate on the new iPhone. Even the RAZR M's display only clocks in at 4.3", the same size as the original Evo, and still a quarter inch larger than the new iPhone. For a comparably-sized Android phone, take a look at the Incredible 4G LTE on Verizon.

It's fair to say that Apple is following Android's lead in this area, if hesitantly. There are some great reasons for this, though, which we'll get to in a bit. Suffice to say, the iPhone is not breaking any new ground here. Which isn't noteworthy. What is noteworthy is that Apple insists that, at 7.6mm, this is "the world's thinnest smartphone." Um, yeah. About that. As it turns out, the Motorola RAZR claims to have that beat with 7.1mm. If you don't count the bulge, which Motorola doesn't. There is also the Oppo Finder, an Android 4.0 device with a profile of 6.65mm. There may be some technicalities to be called, but suffice to say that 7.6mm doesn't set any records. Probably.

Of course, phones getting bigger and thinner isn't exactly a huge revelation. Who couldn't see this coming? Speaking of things people somehow didn't see coming...

That New Size Causes Some Problems, Though

Fun fact: Did you know this iPhone 5 marks the very first time in history Apple has changed the resolution of an iOS device by anything other than a factor of 4? The original iPhone had a resolution of 480x320. When the resolution was bumped up to "Retina Display" the new spec came out to 960x640. Notice anything interesting about those numbers? Yup. Each new dimension is exactly twice the number of pixels as the old one. And, as we know, thanks to geometry, doubling the sides of a rectangle quadruples its area. Of course, the actual size of the iPhone didn't change, but the number of pixels went up by exactly four times. Same physical screen size, four times the pixels. Thus, Apple achieved a higher display resolution without the need to reorganize any app elements. I'll spare the math, but the same thing happened when the iPad's resolution changed. Quadruple the pixels, exact same screen size.

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Left: iBooks assets designed for 768x1024 iPad. Right: Same assets for a 1536x2048 iPad. Pixel doubling!

There were a few reasons for this. For starters, it meant Apple didn't have to take any new dimensions into consideration with the new design. It still fits in your skinny jeans and everything. More importantly than that, though, developers only need to provide higher resolution assets to make their apps "retina-compatible". This is very, very important because iOS apps do not dynamically scale.

It's a common mantra among both critics and proponents of Android alike: "Android supports a wide variety of display resolutions and sizes." It's true. This means that if an app is designed on a 4.3" display and is then run on a slightly taller 4.5" display, no worries! Everything will adapt by itself, for the most part. In iOS 6, on the iPhone 5 (*sigh*), there will be a slightly different solution: letterboxing. This may not seem like a huge problem, but what's the point of a 4" display if your apps will only use 3.5" of it? Ultimately, this is something the new iPhone will continue to deal with until developers catch up. In related news, you can probably expect 4" iPhones and iPod Touches for several more years.

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While it requires a bit of extra work, Android is designed from the ground up to handle all manner of screen sizes.

It's also worth noting, while it's not impossible that Apple will release a 7" iPad Mini, this is yet another very big consideration for the company before it does so. Unlike Android manufacturers, Apple has to consider very, very carefully before it creates a new form factor. And it usually means all developers have to adjust accordingly. So the number of "completely compatible" apps jumps back down to zero. Sure, there are 250,000 tablet apps for the iPad, but how many support a 7" form factor? This is what Andy Rubin and Matias Duarte talk about when they say there shouldn't be tablet-specific Android apps.

Maps, Siri, Panoramic Photos And More

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In my time watching and covering gadget news, I've learned one thing over everything else that I like to remind people at every opportunity I get: everyone copies. So what got copied this time around? Well, Apple's decided to make the inspiration for its latest features pretty obvious. The big one, Maps, arises out of the ashes of the now-defunct don't-call-it-Google Maps app. Prior to this, Google has provided the map data (if not the app itself) for iOS. That changes with the new iPhone, when Apple will roll out its own turn-by-turn navigation features.

This will be big news for people who already have or know they want iPhones, but not necessarily for anyone who's considering switching. Before this, you could only get turn-by-turn navigation via a third-party app solution. On Android, it's been built in since the launch of the original Droid. This is now feature parity. Or something like it. Unfortunately, public transit directions seem to be left out.

Then there's Siri. Apple announced several new updates to Scorsese's favorite finder of stallion pictures back at WWDC, so not all of this is new. However, two of the headlining updates for Siri are sports team integration, and movie showtimes. Well, as it turns out, not only did Google announce the new and improved voice search and Google Now a couple weeks later, but since then the company has added sports and movie listings to both products. The modular approach appears to be working, as Google seems to iterate individual apps faster (even though it takes much longer to get new OS versions on to Android devices).

I didn't have to embed this video. I just love watching it

Panoramic photos are another new feature added to the latest iPhone. We saw this little addition in Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course, this is one of the curses of being first on Android. Despite being out for a solid nine months, only twenty percent of Android phones have ICS, and thus, the Panorama feature. So, the "who got there first?" game is kind of arbitrary.

Oh, and then there's Passbook. On the Android side of the aisle, we have an NFC-enabled Wallet that you can use with any debit and credit card at a very small but growing number of retailers. On the iOS side, we have an NFC-free Passbook that you can use to keep track of plane tickets, movie stubs, and a select number of retail gift cards, which you may or may not be able to use directly at those places of interest. Let's be completely honest here. Both of these companies are building a service that won't reach maturity for a while. Neither is as fully featured as it could be yet, but hey. Now you can decide which platform to go with by weighing how often you buy stuff at Rite-Aid versus how often you fly with Delta.

Life Goes On, Much As It Has This Past Age

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Both solid choices...though we wouldn't hate a new Nexus here soon, Google. Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more.

So, you're an Android user. Or you're on the fence. Or you spend way too much time arguing with people on the internet about which platform is better. You want to know how Apple's announcement affects you today, right? Here's the short version: not too much. For starters, all the interesting stuff was announced back during WWDC at the reveal for iOS 6. Today's presentation was largely about the new hardware. The big takeaway is that the new iPhone will be a little bigger and a lot faster. In other words, it's been a year since the last iPhone was announced and technology continues to move forward.

Should you be considering jumping ship, though? That's really up to you. There was a time when a new product announcement could mean a dramatic shift in who's on top. It's just not the case anymore. Android has a thriving app ecosystem, and let's be honest, you're probably going to have way more hardware to choose from, and see new standards and device trends way sooner than you would on iOS. This has its advantages and disadvantages.

At the end of the day, though, even if we are an Android-themed site, our friends on the other side of Silicon Valley have a decent platform. And we'll continue to nudge each other along. Who knows? Maybe someday we'll usher in a golden age of friendly competition, where we all push each other to create better products, and nobody sues each other!

.....Fat chance. A guy can dream though, can't he?

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • ch_fiammaq
    • http://www.kotaku.com.au/ Kevin C

      Oh wow, is that iPhone4 or iPhone5?
      I can't tell because they look so similar!

    • Alan

      I think someone is on the wrong website!!!

      You do know this is an Android Fansite not an iPhone Fansite, don't you?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

      it does look very fast

  • Kellic

    So Apple copied Google maps by including navigation? Hey if Apple can claim that rounded corners is copying I can say copying navigation as copying.

    • DCMAKER

      though google wasn't the first to make a cell phone navigator though...at least i remember a different company having it first

      • TJ Benson

        apple wasn't the first with any of there stuff either.

      • jusatin

        Nokia comes here again ;)

        • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

          Honestly, back in its days, Nokia was one hell of an innovative company. In the age of 2-line alphanumeric displays, they launched a fully graphical soft-font display. Too bad it was severely mismanaged. Maemo, for instance. Nearly all tech publications at the time said, "This is *the* future of smartphones." But Nokia wanted to milk its aging Symbian platform to the last drop... and never gave a chance for Maemo to mature (and undoubtedly steal some market share from Symbian).

          They relegated themselves to the ash heap of history not by not innovating, but by being scared of innovation.

    • jusatin

      Did you see the new iPod nanos? Nokia Lumia/n9 anyone?

  • droilfade

    A very well presented article, I must say. The arguments have proper reasoning. I would have loved to see the inclusion of itouch and nano. I know they don't fit into the 'phone' category, but what Apple tried to achieve there was beyond my understanding.

    I just hope the competition exists in a healthy and contributing way, so as to make the consumer win. Not Samsung or Apple or HTC or Google.........

    • Kenny O

      After seeing the pricing for the new iPod touch, I'm wondering how they can price a 7in iPad to complete with the new Fires or Nexus 7.

      • droilfade

        It's weird as to if it existed why didn't they announce it now. What better time to bring it to the market?! Looks like they're scared of the competition.

  • Stocklone

    Hilarious video. Can't believe this is the first I heard of it.

  • Tyler Jones

    The iphone 5 is a good phone but it can't compete with the s3 or note 2 (I'm a note fanboy)

  • Charlie

    I think the iPhone 5 is the beginning of Apple's end, unless, innovation comes back.
    Since Steve Job's death, I can see the Apple is being eaten by Android, and soon Windows Phone will be there to compete.
    Apple, WAKE UP!!

    • http://www.kotaku.com.au/ Kevin C

      RIM's Wake Up ad in Australia was correct!! (source:
      http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403815,00.asp)

      They need to wake up from their lack-of-innovation and stop lying to the consumers!
      (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk9Lui29q5A)

    • NexusKoolaid

      Hence, Apple's lawsuit campaign.

    • daironhorse

      steve jobs had things planned out for a couple years so it is also his fault

      • Charlie

        He may have everything planned for years, but are they planned right?.
        Who would've guessed the market flow in such a wild world? who would have guessed Nokia and Microsoft's partnership (marriage)? who would have guessed the way Android is moving now? who would have guessed devices like the Samsung Galaxy note and HTC One X will come and start offering new idea?.
        Steve Jobs was just a man, but he was the main drive behind Apple's innovation. (I don't like him personally, but I have to admit his professional skills).

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6K46MHQUI3TU65QMXE647545HE Ethan

      Actually, the 4S should be referenced as the beginning of Apple's end. I own one and it is such a dog it ought to come with a collar and a rabies shot. My iPhone 3G and 4 were reliable, but the 4S is just finicky and troublesome.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

    If for nothing more than to save yourself from having to buy a stupid dock adapter. People should really consider their purchase before running after this mediocre upgrade of a 2 year old android phone

    • abqnm

      I love the new port and adapter. Imagine trying to use that piece of plastic in a speaker dock or other actual dock. Your longer iPhone is now extended another 1"+ by a flimsy piece of plastic. This will lead to broken dock or maybe even the adapter being broken off in the phone. And then when it breaks, where does the phone go? Down.

    • carlisimo

      I actually really like the idea of a dock that works right-side-up or upside-down. I'm jealous of that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MorrisSEX Javier Cárdenas

    FYI, we (Sony users) have been enjoying panoramic pictures (aka "Sweep Panorama") on our devices since the Xperia Neo V with Gingerbread. No need for ICS or JB.

    • sky stanojevic

      i had that app side loaded from the experia line since early 2011 when i had my Samsung infuse with 2.2 .. BEST panorama i've ever used ,sony dominates :)-

      • http://www.facebook.com/MorrisSEX Javier Cárdenas

        Share the apk please! Sure it would come in handy to my BF's SG SII.

        • http://www.facebook.com/MorrisSEX Javier Cárdenas

          (And how you installed it too)

          :please:

        • Kenny O

          try searching for it on Xda Developers, you can probably find both the Apk and instructions on how to install

    • william henry

      FYI, us (windows phone users) have been enjoying panoramic photos since windows mobile 6 on the HTC fuze circa 2008.

      • http://www.facebook.com/MorrisSEX Javier Cárdenas

        Ok, you pwnd me... ;-)

        But just one thing: I was talking about Android, not Windows Mobile. :doublewink:

      • BobFromMarketing

        I have a lot of respect for windows phones. I think the biggest flaw for them is that they simply don't seem to advertise. That and they need some sort of semi cheap flagship phone that can get forked over with little or no money on a contract. To get them out there, so people see them being used, see that they aren't shit. People simply tend not to buy what they aren't familiar with. Even if it's better.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      My Galaxy S from 2010 has had the panorama feature since Eclair 2.1.

    • dward2828

      I'm sure my symbian toting Cybershot branded phone stitched pics 8 years ago?

    • baran

      I've had it preinstalled on my Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro, with Gingerbread...

  • xnifex

    Starting off with an the Iron Man 2 reference, nice! now to read this article...

  • Kenny O

    Great piece, and honest review with no fanboy shannigans.

    IMO Apple's event was very underwhelming and considering some of the recent hardware releases like the S3, Note 2 and new Lumina the iPhone 5 is very late to the party. Well, except for the groundbreaking 5th row of apps they saw fit to proudly announce. Android fan or not, the new Nexus will blow this device away.

    • hello…

      Lumia not Lumina, this is an Iphone 4s 2 with a larger screen

      • Kenny O

        lol......my bad on that one ;-)

  • Laborin_HK

    I'd rather go down the WP route than get an iphone.

    There is real innovation and WOW factors to other phone announcements: Nokia 920 (wireless charging, nothing new I know, but it's nice to see its becoming the norm, pureview camera, nice screen etc...)

    Gnote2 finally has RGB screen (though organised differently, its at least not pentile) and the list goes on.

    Only the iphone 4 had a wow factor.

  • sky stanojevic

    this is a really good read indeed,and made so many points even clearer than they already were (like letterboxing for example).. awesome man,love AP's coverage of anything really lol

  • http://twitter.com/waytothewaves naomi jacobs

    I had a panorama feature on my old LG env3...

  • Level380

    siri ripping off google now..... Yes apple sue people for copying you, but its ok cause you can do it to others

  • Jameslepable

    Anyone else notice that apples senior staff I dismissing NFC and wireless charging just like they dismissed a larger screen size? We should add cool tech not because we need to but because we WANT to. Let's be honest I blackberry would do me well day to day. Texting and very light web browsing. But I choose android because I want more. We didn't need to send curiosity to mars but we CHOSE to because we could do it. If we can do something why not do it and advance the technology.

    • ari_free

      They always seem to dismiss what they'll decide to add next year.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674791489 Loic Lacomme

        they add to make new features. I imagine if they run out of ideas they can just make a new with some of the features and serial upgraders will upgrade their phones

      • Southrncomfortjm

        Yeah, exactly. A feature isn't cool until Apple tells you it is. No one really cared about panoramic shots two days ago. Going forward, we will hear a lot about how great panoramic shots are. iPhone owners thought a 3.5inch screen was perfect 2 days ago, now they'll all be talking about how important it is to have a 4inch screen.

  • selva

    Great article. The two things I liked about the new iphone are battery life and 26mp panaromic photo. It's 7.6 mm thin but they claim 10 hours of browsing time on LTE. It's really a good achievement. Other than these I was really bored by the whole event. Anyway, they are going to sell a lot of them.

    • Himmat Singh

      Haha....26MP panaromic photo? Dude, that is because they stick together 3.5 photos or something like that. So 8MP x 3.5 = 26MP...and you like?

  • Ryan Simmons

    Actually, the LG Optimus 7 (WP7) had a panorama app pre-installed all the way back in November 2010, so that beats both iOS and Android, though no doubt some WM6.5 or symbian phone then beats that too.

  • akoli

    Still android for me I was hopeful there would be some useful innovation this year and might swing me back to apple ( have an ipad so not completely disconnected) but alas nothing new.. thing thats concerning me with the newer phones is the aim of going slimmer means they are refining the screens in to one part.....so iphone 5 will have similar screen to SGIII whereby if you crack the glass it stops recognising touches .... previously glass, digitser and screen where seperate parts pressed together and hence the amount of people I saw with cracked iphone screens still able to use pretty much normal.... now if you crack the screen the thing is cracked it is unusable and needs replaced..... or am I wrong !!

    Next phone for me will be SG3 or GNote 2 ... could go for a nexus if they put in an sd slot !!

  • Freak4Dell

    Why do I get the feeling that they'll somehow figure out a way to sue one of the Android makers for the panorama thing?

    • Kenny O

      They are definitely going to sue for the 5th row of apps

      • gspida

        Um I believe that Samsung said they would sue if the iphone 5 has LTE lol. Its on!

    • NoreenD

      Yes, I can't escape from the hypothetical thought of Apple, sooner or later declaring that other phone manufacturers have stolen "innovations" from this new iphone 5. I think I will just lose it and won't be able to control the curse words coming from my mouth.

  • LazarusDark

    Who in their right minds would trust "apple maps"? I'd rather use a rand-mcnally book.
    I've never had any luck getting barcodes on my screen to scan at a register. I've tried several of those card apps, but the scanner at the register never worked and the clerk would have to manually key it. NFC just works every time.
    I agree we should not be pushing for "tablet apps". Tablet-enhanced or tablet-expandable is fine, but we should not have any Android apps tablet only. Apple can tout number of tab apps all they want, that is not even a number I want Android to compete with.

    Stallions.

  • Spoken Word™

    The Droid X had panoramic picture taking abilities back in 2010.

  • Tim

    People love their Apple products because they are predictable. They have a few new features and a bigger screen. The features are obvious and it still looks like an iPhone. It's a comfort thing. Android lovers are adventurous. We get a new OS and we say, "What does it do?! What can I make it do?!?!" Then we stay up until 2am finding all the cool new buttons and where our settings went. It's like a who-dun-it: Where did [feature] go? How will it be more awesome when I find it?

    • DavidKeith

      that is soo true. Don't get me wrong the iPhone 5 is a "nice" phone. But there is nothing new on it. It's just another Flagship Smartphone and nothing more. Take the S3 for example its a nice flagship phone but then Samsung took it 1 step further with all these little features they added (for example hand swipe to take screenshot). Where are all those features that the past iPhones used to have?

      • DavidKeith

        Also... I LOVE how the very first picture has the iPhone next to the OG HTC EVO 4G. The phone that is years old still looks great next to the iPhone

  • Scott

    "Now you can decide which platform to go with by weighing how often you buy stuff at Rite-Aid versus how often you fly with Delta."--- Nooooo!!! Does this mean I have to go over to the dark side? I fly on Delta every week and only refill my prescriptions monthly.

  • Stian French

    Heck. BB 10 is gonna be more innovative than iPhone soon.

  • Paul_Werner

    I was waiting all day to see an Android Police article discussing this. Great post

  • Al McDowall

    Having mis-spent the morning reading the appalling back and forth on Engadget (readers, not staff, and poor behaviour on both sides of the iOS/Android debate) this article makes a very refreshing change. Thank you Eric, for a reasonable, honest and balanced look at the new iPhone.

    And I'm STILL delighted with my GNex!!

  • Whyane
  • Tomi Golob

    It's all about the mobile phone's OS ...iOS looks so old and sterile. Plus it makes their users think it can do multitasking ,which it cant...most iOS users confuse the foreground process switching with multitasking.
    But anyway,since ICS and now JB...iOS looks,well,outdated.
    Just because Android has G Maps installed it is worth buying an Android phone. And then there is the customisation,awesome notification system,mods... it is not fanboyism,it's just a fact.
    And then there is another better alternative to iOS which is MS W8 phones...the UI is awesome there. Works great,everything accessible with a few swypes or two clicks.

    Oh so it is made of aluminum? I hate aluminum cases...bumbp it accidentaly a few times and see what happens.
    Call me a moron but i prefer policarb...vynil...ehh,whatever - plastic!
    Cant wait for the next Nexus phone :)

  • Tito

    I love how Apple admits it themselves:

    "The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone."

    meaning we haven't innovated much since 2007 :)

  • Zaeem Shahzad

    Come on, Eric! If we wanted a neutral opinion, we'd visit another website!!!!! I came here to AndroidPolice so that we could bash crApple. That's the fun part! When they mouth off for a whole year, I'll take every little chance I get.

    I expected a better write up.

  • David Gerber

    This event is the first where Apple has absolutely nothing new to show. Usually they have at least one or two interesting features but this time it's all in the catch up area. I listed a few things they "invented" on my blog,
    http://zapek.com/blog/apples-inventions/
    Stuff like taking photos while recording a video are plainly taken from ICS.

    It would be all fine if they didn't start the frivolous lawsuit thing...

  • John

    I've had to remove 7 Android sites from my Google Reader feed. I don't want to read about Apple, I don't care about Apple products. More fanboy bullshit that I'm glad to delete.

    Good riddance, AndroidPolice. Don't know why I subscribed here anyway. Must have been all the blogspam on r/Android

    • Luke

      c'mon guy. the fact that a mention of 'Apple' angers you is just sad. We are all here 'cos we love Android - but you are just over the top.

  • tj

    re panorama - wasn't sony the 1st? they had it on their phones pre ICS which people ripped off and added to their non sony phones via xda iirc

    • tj

      dammit, Javier Cárdenas (below) already posted. move along, nothing but a meff to see here :(

  • RealityCheck2013

    I don't know i got bored after 1 minute when they showed the new iPhone yesterday(just like last years iPhone 4s reveal) + I am not a Phone FanBoy to. A games FanBoy yeah :D

  • gladgura

    I think the hottest new phones announced recently was the Nokia lumia 920 (not buying one though) I think it was well designed and eye catching. Everything eles looks the same and done before. The iPhone 5 looks like... an iPhone, the new Samsung Galaxy Note II looks like the Samsung Galaxy S III (cool design though).

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Great article, especially the part about Apple and form factors. And yeah, it is kind of funny to say that "Android did it first" with some of these things when only a small fraction of Android devices can actually use Google Now or take panoramic shots.
    Hopefully with Jelly Bean being so feature rich and mature, Google will slow down to one major OS update per year to lessen the fragmentation. Hundreds of millions of devices running Gingerbread doesn't help Android complete against the iPhone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Captain.Eric.Gagnon.the.III Eric Gagnon

    Loved the article, that is all :)

  • Fifth313ment

    I think its curious that they haven't released the specs on the process,
    RAM or battery size yet?! To me it seems like they will only release it
    after most users have already preordered and/or already have the phones
    in their hands! I think the latest iPhone is a disappointment in the
    specs and they know it. Most Android phones are Quad-Core and I would be
    willing to be my life that the new iPhone 5 is a dual-core. Also
    according to earlier leaks the battery is ONLY 10mAh bigger than the old
    iPhone 4S battery! And as for the RAM everyone knows most new Androids
    are coming with 2GB and Apple knows their top tiers will only have 1GB
    for another year!

    Yesterday they needed users hearing that the new iPhone is twice as fast
    as the old one without the info that mentions the facts. Also I think
    most people would crap if they knew the screen wasn't 720P, the battery
    wasn't any different and the camera is almost the same. Don't get me
    wrong though as they will still buy it in droves! I still believe that
    iPhone is the way to go if you are new to computers and don't know much
    about them. However, anyone who has been using Windows for years will
    have a much better time with Android and its customization abilities.
    Just my two pennies though. This iPhone IMHO was a failure, as I say
    with the total hope yesterday that Apple was going to knock it out of
    the park! I really wanted them to do something special so that it would
    drive Android development farther! Competition is great and is why we
    have so many great features now and so fast! Apple really just pushed
    out an incremental update and it was really pathetic.

  • Keyz Karanza

    I will stick with Android. If I have a choice to buy a steak dinner, and one place's steaks are a little bigger and juicier (though more expensive), I will still defer to a different place if the former's owner is a scumbag who sues every other restaurant that tries to copy their recipes. Plus I will save a few bucks.

  • yarrellray

    Apple products are USELESS and inferior plus totally BORING to say the least. Can't help but laugh at this iphone 5 offering. What a joke it really is..Enjoy this priceless video.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u28sTUxk3jw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Jonathan Warden

    Wait, hang on. Stop the train. What the hell is going on here? An article about an iPhone, on an Android site, with no rabid fanboys or arguments of any shade to be found anywhere? With tact and valid reasoning? Who are you and what have you done with my universe?!

  • http://twitter.com/incarnedine_v Dan Hibiki
  • gspida

    You forgot to mention that Samsung said that they would sue Apple if the Iphone 5 had LTE.

  • Stan

    I know I'm a little late in game here. But I got tired of Apple, I've had a iPod Touch for several years. I finally got fed up with Apple and with their mainly useless IOS updates that really only benefit the iPad and Phone.
    Although the learning curve is not to terribly bad I got a Nexus 7 and so far I'm fairly happy with it.