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iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
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MTHORN000
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10/20/2011 | 5:38:23 PM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
Nice analogy with the cars. Both great and was going to get the BMW but the dealer found out I was heterosexual so Mustang it is....
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10/12/2011 | 7:08:44 PM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
here are some extremely enlightening links for those who think the marketing term "4G" means something... or the 1.2 ghz of competing Android phones... notice none of them are even slightly close to the speed of an iPhone4s...

http://venturebeat.com/2011/10...

and a quote from this link:

"The speech-recognition capabilities are vastly better than on any other mobile device. The camera is much improved, not just in specs but in ease of use. And though the phone runs over 3G, or third-generation, data networks, itGÇÖs faster than some phones that are being marketed as 4G."

http://www.businessweek.com/ne...

and another quote from this link below where you will find that every 4G phone experiences the same sort of thing, fast in a few areas, slow in many others.. yet the iPhone is 3G and beating some 4G phones, along with overall performance.. (50 random places) the iPhone4s will have download speeds the same or better than any Single Android phone, no matter the network in 50 random places in the US.

"Though the 4S isn't labeled as a 4G phone, and the Verizon and Sprint models can't use those carriers' 4G networks, the AT&T model, in my tests, achieved 4G speeds in areas where AT&T has deployed its 4G network.
In numerous tests at three different locations in the Washington suburbs, I averaged download speeds of nearly 7 megabits per secondGÇöbetter than in prior tests on Sprint and T-Mobile 4G phones. By contrast, a colleague's tests of the Verizon version of the iPhone 4S yielded average download speeds of less than 1 mbps."

http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com...
ArtyS
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10/9/2011 | 1:54:28 AM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
I say they need to just put a radio in the iPad and discontinue the iPhone. But they need to up the screen size to at least 13 inches first.
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10/8/2011 | 5:42:08 PM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
The iPhone 4S is as "4G" as any other phone claiming to be "4G".

By the way, why a 4" screen? Wouldn't a 4.25" screen be better? How about a 5" screen?
ArtyS
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10/8/2011 | 4:22:30 PM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
Oh, and yeah... 4G is currently a bunch of malarkey. When I turn on "4G", even though it shows a super strong signal and everything (I live pretty close to the towers), the 4G ends up being SLOWER than 3G, yet it drains my battery at 4G speeds. Or it just crashes my phone altogether and I end up with nothing.
ArtyS
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10/8/2011 | 4:19:40 PM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
This man, and the author of the article, hit the nail directly on the head. I've purchased Android phones over the years thinking "Yeah, this'll DEFINITELY be better than that stupid iPhone! Suck it, Apple!"

Boy, was I ever wrong. The specs were awesome on paper, but ended up disappointing me to a point of despair every single time. My Samsung Epic has all kinds of neat specs, but my friend's iPhone 3GS blows it out of the water in every single way. Even battery life. Even the screen looks better. It's faster, but most of all, beyond ANYTHING else-

IT DOESN'T CRASH. Holy CRAP did my Android phones ever crash! ALL THE TIME!!! Deleting random phone numbers (WTF?!), making ghost calls for fun, turning off for no good reason, etc. And this wasn't just one phone, all three phones did this. All three phones, each by a different company, each with different versions of Android (1.5- 2.3).

I truly believe that anyone who makes the argument of specs being more important than the total sum is someone that has already lost their argument.
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10/8/2011 | 4:11:31 PM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
LTE, 4G,all sound good. I live in Kalamazoo. We just got 3G. I frequently travel to places where I am lucky to get EDGE. You folks with all those cute acronyms must not get out of SFO.
It is the sum of the experience, not just the specs.
I fully agree. Someday we'll all have LightSpeeds LTE. Of course, airplanes will crash because it interferes with the GPS.
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10/8/2011 | 4:00:17 PM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
The car analogy is fine but most of you seem to have it backwards.

The M3 is a killer car from the get-go, the ultimate driving machine in one package. That description fits the iPhone very well.

The Mustang on the other hand is a very basic car that needs to be tweaked and tuned if it is going to have any hope at all at keeping up with an M3 (except in a straight-line). That's Android.

People who want the "ultimate driving machine" (and can afford it) buy an M3. Those who want to tinker (or who can't afford the M3) buy the Mustang.
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10/8/2011 | 3:49:50 PM
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Talk about rationalizing!

The iPhone 4 (S or no S) has become quite dated. Their competitor are developing at 2-3 times the speed, and most people here that are rationalizing, are comparing with what they saw 2 years ago. Your argument is good ... in 2009.

I moved from iPhone to Evo 4G and recently to Sprint's version of Samsung Galaxy S2. Never will I go back to iPhone. Here are MY reasons:

Hardware:
- Screen size. After using 4.3" and now 4.5", I will never downgrade screen size again.
- 4G: This is a MUST for me. You can't beat speed! I think Apple's soft push of 14 Mbps as new speed of 4S is not beyong misleading. To try to use "theoretical" max speeds as some benchmark, and equating it to 4G speeds, borders on dishonesty. The Galaxy's "theoretical' 3G speed is 21 Mbps (we are not even talking the 4G radio), but who cares. What matter is average speeds, and you can't beat 4G.

On the plus side, 4S finally updated the camera. So, this is great.

Software:
- Customization: Once you gets used to change things to suit you, you just won't give it up. As a user, this is mostly related to having the different home screens the way I want them.
- Custom keyboard (maybe can be merged with customization bullet): After a coupel of trial, I was 2 times faster typing on a phone than with conventional "pecking" keyboards.
- Voice actions: a phone is used lot when on the run, and what i like in the Android OS is that i can do anything with voice, anywhere. So, when driving, no need to type anything.
On the plus side, iOS is trying to catch up in this area.
- Flash: Whatever any Apple fan keep saying, Flash is still all over the web, and will be for years to come (forget about movies, all other interactive flash items). I want to access them when I want to. I don't want to ARTIFICIALLY prevent from that.
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10/8/2011 | 3:53:01 AM
re: iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
"...Don't buy a phone--any phone--just because it has decent specs. Buy a phone that does what you need it to, when you need it to, and does it well."

Based on that criteria there would be very few smart phones sold. These are consumer products and consumer products are rarely driven by 'need'. It is about preception of the 'whole product' (read the book "Crossing the Chasm")

iPods made music more portable than a walkman, but iTunes made it easy to buy music for consumers. iTunes also made it easy to buy applications for iPods, then iPhones. iTunes is what separates iPods, iPhones and iPads from the rest. iTunes does not distinguish Mac OS vs Windows OS, so Macs are still way behind Windows sales.
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