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rd282
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9/16/2013 | 12:59:02 PM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
Interesting Comments Harry. This is the first time I have come across the data/voice issue being a #1 concern. Also, Verizon has always had the data/voice issue with iPhone so I am not surprised that they would be focusing on Android phones.
How often do you really need the Supposed real 4G LTE speeds (Let's face it, its not really 4G or just barely nipping into the 4G minimum range by international standards ) vs 3G data when your talking on the phone? If your using Verizon, or other similar Technology then I can understand your frustration.
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9/15/2013 | 4:13:11 PM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
Question 1. Do I REALLY need the new iPhone?
Question 1a? Why?
Question 2. Will I still have my false sense of superiority?
It's a phone. A PHONE! These people are the same mindless robots that could be seen making makeshift shrines outside of Apple stores when Jobs dies. Really people? Really? Memorials at a store? Was the "Golden Calf" app removed from the iTunes store?
Seriously, I just don't understand people. What's worse, I work in news and not a SINGLE day goes by without some Apple-related story getting floated across my desk. Weeks ago, a story was proposed about the features that Apple MIGHT have in the next iPhone. Nothing factual, just things that MIGHT be in it. Give me a break. Samsung's Galaxy line of phones kicks the iPhone in the ass, hands down. It's really quite simple. Get an Android OS phone if you really want to explore what it can do, craft it to your needs, get rid of what you don't need and having your every move not tracked by Apple. Get an iOS phone if you just want a simple phone that has nifty apps like the "fart machine" and having iTunes rule your life.
Comparing the Apple and Android isn't fair because they are not the same. Apple makes iPhones that run on the iOS platform. Samsung (as an example) makes phones that run on the Android platform. But LG, Kyocera and others also make phones on the Android platform. When Apple starts letting outside manufacturers use the iOS platform and a side-by-side comparison of each OS on similar phones, then we can have a fair argument. And when that happens, Apple will lose. Guess that's why they won't let it out of their sight. Also, stop and think why they won't go with micro-USB. The simple reason is my old micro-USB cable works from phone to phone. Apple? Open the wallet!
Hopefully sooner or later these Apple lemmings will figure out they've been played for a looooooong time.
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Harry Devlin,
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9/15/2013 | 8:30:54 AM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
Was anyone complaining that the iPhone 5 was too slow and that it needed a higher performance processor? It's likely that the reason for the higher performance processor is that iOS7 is expected to finally implement true multitasking, rather than just task switching, so a faster processor is necessary.

The number one complaint about the iPhone 5 was that it couldn't do simultaneous voice and 4G LTE data, while virtually every Android phone doesn't have this problem. It was hoped that the 5S would fix this issue.

On GSM carriers the iPhone 5 drops the data down to 3G during voice calls--on CDMA carriers you can't do simultaneous voice and data at all. Yet every 4G LTE Android phone can do simultaneous voice and 4G LTE data. This is a big selling point used by salespeople in Verizon and Sprint stores to steer buyers toward more profitable Android phones. This feature requires that there be two antennas inside the phone and that both the 4G LTE radio and the GSM/CDMA radio be on at the same time. It costs money for the second antenna and the second antenna requires space inside the phone.
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Harry Devlin,
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9/15/2013 | 8:20:35 AM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
The iPhone 6 will likely offer a larger screen option, as well as NFC. It may be prudent to save the upgrade discount for the iPhone 6.
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9/15/2013 | 8:15:22 AM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone

1. Are my favorite Android apps available for the iPhone?

While iOS has more apps than Android, there are some extremely useful apps that can't work on the iPhone because of hardware or firmware limitations.

2. Am I willing to give up simultaneous voice and 4G LTE data?

Virtually every Android 4G LTE phone supports simultaneous voice and 4G LTE data on any carrier. No iPhones support this. On GSM carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile), the iPhone drops down to 3G data during voice calls; on Verizon and Sprint it is not possible to have simultaneous voice and data on an iPhone.

3. Do I want NFC?

Apple tends to be late in implementing new communications technologies. They still have no devices with NFC, they were very late with 4G LTE, and they severely limit the Bluetooth capabilities of their devices.

4. Do I want a larger, higher-resolution screen?

Apple tends to lag when it comes to screen sizes and resolutions. Some users are perfectly content with a smaller screen while others prefer a larger screen for apps like mapping and for video playback. With a larger screen phone you may eliminate the need for a separate tablet device.

5. Do I need a USB port?

Many Android phones have USB ports for connecting devices that conform to the USB OTG standard. iPhones do no yet have this capability which severely limits their versatility and functionality.

The bottom line is that the iPhone 5S is an evolutionary product that doesn't offer much new in terms of useful features. It may be better to save that upgrade discount for the iPhone 6 which will likely offer at least a larger screen and NFC, if not a USB port and expanded Bluetooth capabilities.
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9/15/2013 | 2:31:48 AM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
Question #6 Why... just why?
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9/14/2013 | 10:47:02 PM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
you're poor, YOU ARE THE LEMMING already...
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9/14/2013 | 10:46:01 PM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
Wow information week doesn't even TRY and hide the fact they are a paid micro$oft mouthpiece anymore do they?
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9/14/2013 | 10:45:18 PM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
quite the ignorant comment, apple never promised a radically new device every year and I don't expect one and respect them for not doing so. What does it say about your previous product if you have to throw it away and start from scratch every time?? Want the answer, then ask Samsung lol!
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9/14/2013 | 7:54:59 PM
re: 5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A New iPhone
gets to need a few facts..........................

Ha Ha
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