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ANON1237925156805
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10/11/2011 | 7:47:43 PM
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I disagree that Mr. Zeman was biased towards the iPhone. He was an early naysayer on the new model for reasons that I don't totally agree with but hey to each his own. I also felt that the "risk taker" comment was written tongue firmly in cheek, as the Eric Idle-ism at the end of the sentence made clear. After all Window's reputation is anything but cutting edge.

There's some truth to it though and it has nothing to do with merit. 15 years ago it was somewhat risky to by a Mac. The company was in the tank, no new apps were being written and there was danger of being orphaned. Now Macs then were pretty mediocre but they still had a core to them that was worth preserving. Today Macs shine and the growth rate for Macs exceeds that of PCs. Market share remains small but they ain't going anywhere for now at least. These are the cycles that products go through.

In that sense, for the first time in decades, yes a Windows OS is a little risky. It looks like a good product, from my testing of it, and I didn't feel any implicit criticism in Mr. Zeman's comments either. But unless the Nokia devices are home runs or some other mfr lobs one out of hte ballpark it's in danger of being marginalized. That would be very much too bad, but Microsoft has only itself to blame. Mr. Balmer's repeated statements that smartphones were not the future showed an ostrich mentality. MS needed to deliver this product at least 18-24 months sooner than they did. It's not uesful to be so thin skinned that you can't look at reality. I would not put my enterprise on to the Windows smartphone/tablet platform in the next few months. I would wait to see whether it's going to gain enough traction to be around for the long haul. Individual users, vote with your preferences or prejudices. You'll likely change devices within a year or two no matter what.

As to the question of specs, Mr. Zeman is right on. One looks at the entire package; specs and features; OS and UI; device size, weight, look and feel; all-too occasionally price. One makes a choice. One either rejoices in that choice or toughs it out until the next purchase cycle. Life goes on.
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10/10/2011 | 4:48:06 PM
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The vast majority of potential smartphone purchasers will fall asleep if lectured on the specs of various phones. That includes market share, open vs. closed, etc. What people want is something that looks and feels good, is easy to use and reliable. While I am still not convinced I need a smartphone for anything, my children, friends and associates have them, and most seem satisfied with whatever they chose. However, those who have iPhones appear to be able to easily use multiple features with much less effort than those with the various alternatives. I guess that is the only spec that matters much to those who aren't into technical jargon related to processors and mind-numbing debates about operating systems.
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10/8/2011 | 8:21:27 PM
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Sorry ... a little late but I had to put in my two cents worth. All of the name calling and gnashing of teeth by those non-adopters of the iPhone ... along with those iPhone users that are lamenting that they didn't get their just-dues on a NEW iPhone 5 are now "thrown under the bus" and their thoughts have been dissed by 200,000 iPhone 4S early adopters that plunked their money down within the first 12 hours of iPhone 4S early sales. The largest early purchase numbers Apple has ever had! Guess you can't dissuade a customer that knows what they want!!
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10/7/2011 | 9:54:52 PM
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I've had a droid for years now. Got it because I was on a contract with Verizon on a family plan and of course never had a time when I couldn't get out of it without owing on one of my kids phones. But my GF has at the same time used an iPhone 3 then 4... Hers is smooth, straightforward, and has better memory management. That is part of what people talk about with an iPhone having a better user experience. They actually look at the apps and do some quality control. (Course the trade-off is that it is harder to get some apps.) Oh and BTW one of the oh so overlooked advantages of the iPhone is that there are tons of devices that work with it. Music docking stations, alarm clocks, in car stations etc. Where is that for my droid? I'm constantly using the advanced task killer just to keep the thing running. Granted it's old. I've been planning on upgrading to the iPhone 5 when it came out. Looks like I'd have to wait.

The one thing that will keep me on droid is the user base. I'm developing an app for the droid (can you say 100 million users) that I will want to be interacting with on a frequent basis.
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10/7/2011 | 7:27:18 PM
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Hmmmm, if I don't pay attention to the specs when I buy a phone then what SHOULD I pay attention to? Manufacturer? I couldn't care less who makes a phone. If the specs are good I'll buy it. I was totally ready to buy the iPhone5 if it had better features than my Droid Charge. It does not (except for the dual core--which I can get in the Bionic FINALLY).

Sorry Apple fanboys but the iPhone died with the 4S. You just don't know it yet.

I bought the original Moto Droid and loved it. The turn-by-turn navigation is excellent. I use it all the time. I bought a Sumsung Charge a few months ago. This thing is fast! 4G is great and the display is awesome. I really love being able to stream audio and video from my phone to my home theater system without even installing an app (it is pre-installed). I'm probably going to buy the Nexus Prime IF the specs are worth it.

I guess I'm just one of those guys that has to have the best so I can show off to my friends. NOT!!!

For me, it's ALL ABOUT THE SPECS!
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10/7/2011 | 4:58:51 PM
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It has got to the point where the only thing iphone fans have left is sales and profits...

Their phone is no longer superior and the OS is no longer superior. Sales and profits do not affect any end customer in any way. Even if you have stock in apple, your purchase does not affect the stock. This article is about specs. If specs are not important then why did apple just spend a lot of their keynote on specs....7 times faster this, dual core that....

I buy the best possible phone on any carrier once my contract is up. At this point if I were to buy an iphone 4S i wouldnt have 4G for 2 years. 4G will be as prevalent as 3G is now in about a year. I have already had it in my home area of orlando on my Evo 4G for a year now.

Some comments state that that 4G is not that important or drains battery, etc. If the iphone 4S came with 4G, they would say its the greatest thing. But apple hasn't told them that 4G is good for them yet or that flash is good them yet. Once apple says that they are allowed to like 10 times faster download speed they will love it.

You can argue all you want about battery drain with 4G and flash but when I load a webpage on my Evo I have to click on the flash content for it to load and I also have to turn on my 4G antenna for it to connect to 4G. So I make that choice. So if i am on the go and want to run my laptop on my Evo's wifi hotspot with 4G download speed I can. Yes when running 4G it does use the battery quickly but guess what....I use it for my laptop which happens to have usb ports to plug my phone in. If I am not using it for my laptop and just want to download a song or movie i turn it on for that purpose and then turn it off. I could also never turn it on and never click on flash content if I wanted to run just like an iphone but again I get to make that choice. I get to decide what is best for me.


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