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 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 ...?Sep 13, 2012
- 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 :)Sep 13, 2012
- 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.Sep 13, 2012
- 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.Sep 13, 2012
- 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.Sep 13, 2012
- 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.Sep 13, 2012