WARNING: My fanboy side took over the keyboard for this post. But it’s ok – I brought a flame retardant suit with me. You know at first I was with everyone else… sort of a ‘meh’ feeling about the whole phone. Sure it’s a processor bump. But its a pretty good processor bump. Is it […]
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My iPhone 4S Opinion

WARNING: My fanboy side took over the keyboard for this post. But it’s ok – I brought a flame retardant suit with me.

You know at first I was with everyone else… sort of a ‘meh’ feeling about the whole phone. Sure it’s a processor bump. But its a pretty good processor bump. Is it as high as other phones? Maybe not. Does it NEED to be? No. You don’t need a 2.2Ghz 12 Core AMD when a Dual Core will get the job done perfectly. As it has been for years on the desktop, laptops and mobiles, spouting off processor specs are just another way of wagging your d**k around. Can you do more on a desktop with a faster processor? Sure sometimes you can. But in the real world of smartphones (at this point in space and time) we’re reaching that overkill threshold where more power in the CPU is nothing more than less power in terms of run time. So, you can have your multi-core 1.5Ghz superphone with a 5″ screen and 4 hours of battery life. Enjoy sitting next to a power outlet for most of your day. Me and Siri will be over here defining the term overkill.

Will a memory boost be welcome? Absolutely. That’s more than just pulling out a ruler and measuring wangers. That makes as big as or more of a difference than the processor when it comes to performance. How many times has a non-techie come up to you and asked what the best upgrade for their 2 year old PC is … and you’ve told them to buy a new processor? Likely never. You’ve told them to get more memory (and stop clicking the free anti-virus pop-ups).

Yes, graphics are important to some of you, me included. Let me know when something like Infinity Blade 2 hits your OS of choice and looks as good. Then let me know when something BETTER hits and I’ll be jealous. Here again we’re getting into that gray (grey) area where at this point in time if you want more – get a 1080p HDTV and hook up a Playstation 3 through HDMI to it. It’s a phone. Not a $20,000 home entertainment system.

Camera – This is a big deal for some of us. I’ve got a 5MP HTC HD7S in my hand. It SUCKS NUTS at taking pictures. I’ve seen some Samsung 8MP pictures as well that leave more than a little to be desired. So yes, the camera which I take with me everywhere is a big deal. To you, maybe not so much, but let me know when you can get a shot like the squirrel above on your ‘droid and not have it washed out and looking like a wet rat. You want better? Nikon. Canon. DSLR. I can’t fit one of those on my R6 everyday. But the thousands of pictures I take are important to me. (I suffer from CRS – Can’t Remember Shit – so I take a lot of pictures)

Bigger screen – absolutely – Yes Please. I wanted this more than any other rumored feature. But am I devastated and ready to move to a whole new platform over it? Don’t be foolish. Andriod folks – yes, I’ll remain jealous. WP7 folks – sorry. Screen resolution is a problem for you.

As for the rest who complain about the design being the same… it costs millions upon millions to retool an entire production line at Foxconn for a design change. Not to mention the millions spent on testing/tweaking/testing/tweaking the changes. If I was Apple I sure as hell wouldn’t spend (randomly) half a billion every year to redesign the phone from the ground up. Matter of fact as a user – I don’t want them to rush the design that much. I’ll take a full redesign every couple years so that its dammed near perfect when it hits the market. (Yes … the antenna sucked, we get it)

And one more thing – It’s not like Samsung or HTC has done anything revolutionary lately. Copied a device or two yes – revolutionary? No. And yes I’m aware of the curved phone they haven’t announced or shipped or demo’d or done jack all but put onscreen for 2 seconds in a youtube video. Let me know when it SHIPS.

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