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Salman Ahmad
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This is one of the most absurd things ever and I would like to share my thoughts on it.

The notion that this phone is for “economically disadvantaged” people is absolutely insane. No one that is in any way challenged financially would think that a $700+ phone is “affordable.”

Let’s be real here, an article came out a few years ago that showed us that most flagships are made for $300~. Factor in R&D and advertising let’s just assume each iPhone costs Apple $500. I am positive that it’s cheaper because of economies of scale, but let’s still assume $500. That’s still a profit of $200~ or more per unit.

Year after year Apple put out almost no compromise devices for $750. $750 was is in no way cheap back then and it certainly isn’t today. We only justified it because Apple makes top tier products, Apple products have a certain identity that command a high price, they don’t sell their customer’s data, and other reasons that I am forgetting.

Last year they went ahead and released a revolutionary product in the mobile world. Every phone comes with a notch nowadays because of what Apple did, and the first iPhone X’s $1000 price could also maybe, just maybe, because of the amount of R&D that went into it.

But now an year later the iPhone XR has larger bezels than the XS, no 3D Touch, no dual camera, no 1080p display and they still charge the price they charged just two years ago for their top of the line no compromise devices. I am 100% sure if they wanted they could’ve included nearly everything in the XR that is in the XS, save maybe some features for the higher end model like OLED, dual camera, RAM, etc and the $700~ would be justifiable. But this phone is overpriced and people need to stop treating it as a “budget” option. It’s fucking absurd.
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I’ve been saying this for years now. As long as a display is above 300 PPI the sharpness will not be a concern when comparing the quality of two displays other factors like colour, brightness, touch response, etc will be the deciding factors. But people(like Rohan Blake) refused to believe that anything other than resolution determined display quality.

I am quite positive that adding copious amount of pixels on a screen or RAM in a phone is cheaper than innovating two forms of biometric authentication and making industry leading CPUs every year, which is why pretty much all Android manufacturers tend to focus on crap like this.

Thank God’s there’s now evidence that PPI is not so important after a certain point.
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Very similar to my iPhone 7 experience, only magnified because it’s a two generation newer iPhone.
Just the first 15 minutes with my iPhone XS Max and I’m already blown away by the experience from hardware to software. Really feels like it’s on another level. I’ve used my wife’s iPhone 8+ many times and while the software is smooth the hardware is boring and iOS feels boring on there but for some reason iOS on this XS Max feels worlds better and more enjoyable. Partner the iPhone XS Max hardware and software and this is seriously amazing.

I take back all the times I’ve crapped on Apple in terms of not innovating. Just the experience alone feels 2nd to non on the iPhone XS Max. And I have yet to test the camera or download exclusive apps. People call this phone overpriced but honestly holding this in my hand using and typing on it and just my initial thoughts compared to other flagships makes other phones feel like the ones that are overpriced. Thats Not a knock to other phones it’s just my honest opinion from first impressions of using it untethered from a carrier display after coming from using a Note 9 for 29 days before exchanging it.

I picked the best time as any to give Apple a shot after 8+ years from Android and I only just started using it and I can already tell a difference in experience. Now I understand why OEMs want to mimic Apple. Don’t get me wrong I still like Android, and what Sammy and others are doing but even after all these years they still have their work cut out for them to reach this level of polish, elegance, and software/hardware cohesiveness, optimization and integration. Even the voice dictation I find better than Google’s in most cases which is crazy because many consider google assistant voice better.

I will say this though it’s not aIl sunshine and rainbows. I plan on spending the next several weeks testing this phone really well and I’ll try to take some time to write down what I like what I don’t like etc. Because although I’m praising it now I’m sure there will be things I find I don’t like because let’s be real there is no perfect smartphone experience. I will say this though I’ve never been more excited to use an Apple product in my life.


+Vinoth Ragunathan +Cory Wilson +ALM2ND +Dominico Hodnett +Jason Curtis +Dalevon Gallashaw +Lou Manning +Mitchell Toland Jr.
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Found an old +Reddit comment of mine. It’s amazing how much has changed since then. We now have really amazing cheap phones with excellent hardware, but we also have more expensive flagships as well. 🤷‍♂️
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The removal of the headphone jack really stings when you’re flying from one location to another. No charging and listening to anything during the flight or at the airport.

Sucks so much that Apple makes a dumb decision and instead of the industry forcing them to revert, the industry just adopts the same practice.
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“In summary, the new Apple Watch looks like a great tool, but it is not meant to be a medical grade device and not a substitute for medical and professional evaluation in the case of symptoms. Even if your Apple Watch ECG appears totally normal that does not necessarily mean you do not have atrial fibrillation or other cardiac abnormalities.”
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Widgets were at one time a reason why Android fans would never switch over to iOS because a grid of just icons is messy and outdated. Now Android enthusiasts don’t even use widgets.

How times change...
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I’ve been using the iOS 12 beta for a while now and as we approach the final release, here’s one of the things I really love about it: performance.

I have an iPhone 7. This phone has never been slow the entire time I’ve had it and in fact when they changed the file system last year my phone got even faster.

But this is...something different. There’s a remarkable difference in how the operating system registers every tap and swipe. I’ve also read about many reports of 2013/2014 iPhones and iPads seeing a massive difference in usability as well.

Apple seems to have done a very good job. Hopefully these improvements make their way on to the final build and are sustained.
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