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No, the iPhone 5 wasn't "revolutionary." Then again, what do you expect? The smartphone has matured, there's not as much room for improvement. 
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NFC chip? Wireless recharging? Bigger screen? A resolution closer to the 1280x720 or 1280x800 many top Android phones have? Or how a about a ridiculously high resolution worthy of being called a "Retina" display, e.g. 1650x900 ...? SD card slot? A more complete set of Bluetooth profiles (e.g. File Transfer, etc.) instead of the ridiculously restricted set Apple devices have? Easily replaceable batteries? Micro-USB port (legal requirement in the EU anyway!) instead of the Apple-proprietary one?? I see much room for improvement!! Your assessment that there was "not much room for improvement" simply isn't correct, sorry to say so. Just look at the competition and what they are doing.

And saying it wasn't "revolutionary" is an understatement. The iPhone 4 XL ... oh sorry, I mean the iPhone 5 is downright boooooring. So the screen got 176 pixels bigger than before. Biiiiig deal, yaaaawn. It's still 25% smaller than the screen I have on my old Samsung Note (=1280x800).

I'll stay with my Samsung Galaxy Note and I'll take a look at the Note 2 when it comes out, thank you Apple but no thank you.
 
I think it's kind of fascinating how all over Google+ in particular, Android fanboys always get very defensive after Apple releases a new product. I guess it was inevitable that once Android got decent enough then the world of smartphone users would partition itself into different loyalties and form religions.
 
No loyalties on my part (though I do hate Apple for their ridiculous practices regarding litigation), but I think most of the things +Drazenko Djuricic mentions are pretty valid. There's still quite a bit of room for improvement, even without lifting the restrictions of a closed system.

A better browser would be a big deal, for instance - Safari Mobile used to be the standard, but it's quickly falling behind. NFC is mostly pointless, but it's quite nice for Bluetooth pairing. How about a concerted push towards wireless personal audio? There've been some really neat touch-screen technologies in the press over the last couple of years too, what about a tactile touch-screen? The UI is looking pretty dated now, full of brash gradients and gloss, and confused skeuomorphism abound... How about a significant UI refresh?

Thin and light is kinda played out imo - I find what Nokia are doing with the Lumia 920 far more exciting.
 
+Chris Lord "... NFC is mostly pointless ..."  <== Don't forget: A few years back the same thing was said about having an E-mail client or a web browser on your phone. Or if we go even further back we can surely find people saying similar things about having WLAN on a phone ... New concepts and new features take a while before they are widely accepted. But that's exactly where Apple failed IMHO: Imagine how widely adopted NFC would have become if Apple had integrated NFC chips into their new iPhones ...? Just thinking aloud here. Apple were the ones who back in 2007 pushed everybody to using touchscreens. No question about it, credit where credit is due. But since then it's been a bit of a stand-still, wasn't it ...?
 
mm, I didn't mean to imply that NFC would always be useless, just that it's useless as it is now (except for Bluetooth device pairing) - A bit less useless in the states with things like Google Wallet, but it needs widespread adoption to really work. Apple definitely have the clout to pull something like that off. I'd also not compare NFC to e-mail or WiFi, I think the scale of invention there is quite different - but I suppose you never know :)
 
Sure, I don't mean to imply there is nowhere they can go with it. Just that there's a certain defensiveness among Android fans that I don't really understand. "While they were increasing the screen size, why didn't they make it as big as my Note??"  "It doesn't have wireless charging?? Lame, I'll keep my Note."

Mostly I see the comparisons everywhere in terms of little features to just check off a list, with complete disregard for the quality of the apps that come with the phones or are available in their respective app stores. For example, Android has always had a better maps/navigation app that included voice navigation (although it's always been painful to use because my battery drains faster than it charges with my car plug). iPhone has always had a better music player. Out-of-the-box, iPhone has always had a better browser (presumably the next Android will ship with Chrome by default and that may not be the case any longer?)

Wireless charging is a cool convenience, but I would not switch from either Android or iPhone to the Lumia 920 until I've spent some time to find out how it compares in features that I already use. The way everyone compares phones with tables of MHz, screen resolutions, presence of NFC, etc.. these are not useful ways of comparing if the apps on the phone don't meet your expectations.
 
+Chris Lord I think agree with you about NFC. While people seem to be upset that iPhone 5 doesn't have NFC, I think its absence really means that Apple didn't have a software application for it ready. I would have been more surprised if they actually did include NFC but didn't integrate it into their apps in any way. That doesn't seem like their style.
 
The "revolutionary" improvement I've been looking for ina phone is the ability to treat it like a PC. I want a barebones device that I can load my own OS onto, and pick any phone carriers SIM for service.
 
Apple have run out of people to copy and tech to adopt. biggest shrug in the world Now we've corrected the smart phone industry to the general level of technology, things will progress at the normal speed of development.
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