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Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
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goman
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goman,
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9/10/2013 | 9:19:59 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
One thought comes to mind. . . marginal.
Nice improvement on the fingerprint recognition. Get me excited? Ain't happenin'
Aroper-VEC
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Aroper-VEC,
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9/10/2013 | 9:35:50 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
I think that what most people need to realize is, if Apple did what everyone else was doing then they wouldn't be Apple.
No NFC? When was the last time you saw anyone use it? Aside from the occasional 7-11, where is this available for mobile payments? Why sacrifice internal space for a hardly used technology?
No micro-SD? Again, if you have THAT much data you should probably comb through it and get rid of the junk. Apple's Match service eliminates the need to store all your music on a device. And, once you've watched a movie, how many times are you realistically going to watch it again. Clean up your data! Also, this slot would consume valuable space for other components.
No gigantic screen? Personally, I wouldn't want a phone with a screen larger than 4.5". I want it to be slim and easily fit in my pocket and not feel like I'm holding a brick to my head to have a conversation - nor should I have to use a BT headset just so that I can avoid the "brick-against-the-head" feeling. I have an iPad 3rd generation. I will watch my movies on its screen; since it is significantly larger than any smartphone. The experience will be more enjoyable and won't kill my vision in the process. Apple's intent with the overall size of the iPhone (lest we have forgotten already) was so that you could operate it with one hand. Who has gigantic hands where they can operate a 6" screen smartphone with one hand?
This is what Apple does. They make products that work, have a cohesive ecosystem, are simple to use, easy to carry, last a long time, and have a large collection of developed applications. They've also said it before (with respect to the iPhone and its size), it is the perfect size and we don't think we can make it any better - not smaller and not larger. So, what are they doing? Just making it better. Go Apple!
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Midnight,
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9/10/2013 | 11:23:19 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
Ouch, another real non-event product release that is falling further behind the competition. The product still exists primarily in a closed ecosystem under the mistaken belief that Apple define the technology requirements of the industry, rather than adapting to the larger evolving infrastructures. One of the clearest indicators of where the iphone success or failure is heading can be defined by how third party developers are given or denied the tools to build for a device. A little early for writing on the wall predictions, but definitely it is indications of management problems in the company. Now the ball is in Google and the Asian device maker's court.
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/11/2013 | 1:42:08 AM
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"Apple's Match service eliminates the need to store all your music on a device." Except that you have to pay to store songs not purchased through iTunes.
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/11/2013 | 2:37:47 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
I'm an Android man, but I like how Apple isn't trying to make the iPhone anything more than a great, portable smartphone. Even though I'm a fan of the 5-inch Android phones out there, the screens are bigger than they need to be for a phone. Leave the movie watching and book reading for tablets.

The fingerprint sensor and the new processors are the standouts here. Nothing earth-shattering but enough to raise some eyebrows.
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9/11/2013 | 3:59:21 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
For iTunes match, you only pay one fix annual fee for all of your music, including music rip directly from CDs, MP3 etc. into your iTunes account. It is a brilliant service and I don't have to worry about buying pricey 64GB iPhone or iPad to access my library.
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melgross,
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9/11/2013 | 4:16:22 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
This is a good reason why Apple is not using NFC, at least for now:

http://www.computerworld.com/s...

And we should remember, or for those of you who are not really familiar with what Apple is doing, that they have an app that allows us to buy something in their stores, scan it, and pay for it without going to a sales person, or a counter. We can then walk out of the store with our purchase, unless we want a bag. Then we can ask a sales person for one.

This uses WiFi, and works very well. No need for NFC, and it works anywhere in the store. You don't need to go to a counter, and don't need a sales person. Much better. Apple doesn't even have sensors at the store exits.

I don't get the thing about "wireless charging". You need to buy the "wireless" charger, which, of course is wired to an outlet. Then it takes up a lot more space than the small charger that can be plugged into the wall socket. And is it really so much easier to put it down on to the surface of the charger rather than to plug the cord in? Not really! It's also less efficient, so some power is lost.

HD screen, really? That marketing ploy Samsung and a couple of others are using? It's been established that ppi counts more than about 320 can't be seen by the naked eye. These so called hi def displays are not helping at all. And if you want to watch the video on a real, large display, the iPhone can do that at full hi def.

More and more phones don't have a battery compartment. Those that do, do so because they have poor battery life. The iPhone has always had some of the best battery life, so it isn't really much of a problem. And if you really need a long, extended battery time, you can get a case that will double that life for little more than a battery, and won't need to change one sometime inconvenient.

Memory cards are another question. They may be useful, but you need to be carefulwhen buying them. The cheap ones slowdown the phone, and the fast ones are expensive. If you forget one, you're screwed.
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9/11/2013 | 5:37:08 PM
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"Apple's iPhones stick to a non-standard 1136 x 640 pixel resolution that is incompatible with even 720p HD content, let alone 1080p."

I find this curious because it creates HD movies in 720p, at a frame rate of 120 - a big selling point of the new iPhone.

As far as Near-field communications (NFC) go, maybe Apple already has something else in place. The new fingerprint touch feature was touted as an easy way to instantly let you buy things through the iTunes store and it seems this will be Apple's foot in the door for all sales via the iPhone.
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TerrellB,
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9/11/2013 | 7:15:33 PM
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So this is all Apple had to come up with? At Aroper-VEC when you purchased your first Iphone or Ipod it was what no one else was doing. So to make that comment makes no sense. Apple better find a innovator and quick.
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Laurianne,
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9/11/2013 | 7:19:41 PM
re: Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
As an iPhone and iPad mini user, I think the camera improvements are a huge pro. The appeal/utility of the 64-bit chip depends on how apps take advantage, and on that score, it's wait and see.
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