Verne, 11 Nov 2017Basically, Apple hardware is generally at least as good as other brands (and in most cases bet... moreI use Apple products at work. My personal phone is Android. I do not particularly have anything against Apple products. They seem to be well put together, and not too bad to look at or hold. As someone who gets bored with technology very quickly, and needs to find new uses for it, I find Apple's philosophy hard to live with.
One thing I can't understand is why people are talking up Face ID. I suspect it is because there is nothing else to talk about. After all most of the technology in the iPhone X has been available to Android users for years. So, in order to make a statement, Apple has completely destroyed the look of the phone by placing a notch that sticks out like a sore thumb. Now they are pulling their hair working out how to hide it. Is it really worth going this far just to make a statement about how to unlock a phone? Look at it the other way, would this phone be less attractive if the stupid notch disappeared taking with it Face ID?
I see something else that is quite worrying, and that is people letting Apple decide for them what is important in a phone. How can biometric authentication become the most important thing in a phone? Are we talking about a security scanner at an international airport? The answer is, because Apple want us to believe it. That is quite sickening.
Well, I think that you have a shrine home and pray to Steve, the Apple God, every day, may God rest his soul.
Your experience may be as good as you describe it and I'm glad for you and i'm hoping that it will be better. You forgot that Apple experience in US is totally different that in the rest of the world. A lot of services are available only in US, a lot of services are relevant only in US. My country is in top 3 in internet speed in the world, but if i'm asking Siri for a restaurant, it points me one at 200 km away, because Apple is not interested or have (yet) the power to develop its maps and POI. Google is decades away in front of them so Android makes a lot more common sense to be OS of choice.
Secondly, in a lot of countries Apple phones are not subsidized by carriers and I'm pretty sure that even you would change your mind about Apple if you have to spend well over 1000 USD at every 2-3 years.
So everyone has its experience with products and brands (not only Apple, but also Google, HTC, Sony, Samsung, Lg and all those Chinese brands etc) and each of us has his own opinion. Talking about laptops, for example, It makes more sense for me to buy a Xiaomi Air 13 than the similar Air product from Apple because for me it's more powerful, versatile and cheaper, than the similar product from Apple that has an ecosystem that's not so common in my country and I have to invest a lot of money in software. For you..the ecosystem is everything and you are prepared to pay a lot for a lot less hardware (including ports). I's normal and it doesn't mean that either of us are stupid/smart, but have different needs.
On the end note, never in history of humankind, a product/brand that have its ecosystem closed managed to beat (in the end) an open one, you can't compete alone against whole world and win. You may have an advantage at first, but in the end you will fail as it happened to Nokia, Polaroid and others.
It's great that Apple removed the home button. This was always the worst thing about iPhones. When you hold an iPhone in one hand, it's not always easy (and also very cumbersome) to exert pressure.
Probably the only people who liked it were Apple fans or people who always used nothing else than iPhones.
Verne, 11 Nov 2017Basically, Apple hardware is generally at least as good as other brands (and in most cases bet... moreDon't know how the the total cost of mac ownership can be lower than PC with higher hardware and repair costs.
And apple didn't start off the computer on your pocket idea, that was PDAs and then early smartphones. Apples innovation was multitouch, everything since that has been evolutionary, not revolutionary from every OEM.
Apple should Lalunch a phone with Balance Features. Adequate Battry Life of 2 Days along with 3.5 mm Audio Jack.
Verne, 11 Nov 2017Basically, Apple hardware is generally at least as good as other brands (and in most cases bet... moreBasically my point. Face recognition is gonna change everything... No need to do anything, just look at your phone and ... magic happens
Once it is to be used for navigation purposes (blinks for tap) it would supplant in part the touch input as well (you'd still need touch for typing and rapid things, but sight would supplant it on less time sensitive tasks like turning the page, etc)... it would be to mobile computers what mouse was to desktop computers, a more instant yet less rapid form of machine-computer interaction... The rest are 2-3 years behind (at least), I'd never believe that Apple could do that so soon...
AnonD-80334, 09 Nov 2017I wouldn't call Apple a crappy brand, I am android user for a long time, but only because I ch... moreBasically, Apple hardware is generally at least as good as other brands (and in most cases better), but the real reason that people buy Apple is because of reliability and support. You buy a widget with AppleCare and if it goes wrong you can bring it in to someone local and it comes back fixed, or Apple will make it right.
Sure Apple occasionally produces stinkers - a certain MacBook keyboard comes to mind - but they usually stand behind their stuff and you can actually find someone who knows what they're talking about locally and should things really go south you can have the unit shipped back to their repair depot and get your device fixed no matter what they have to replace for a fixed price.
On the computer side, Apple stuff is more expensive up front, but the Total Cost of Ownership is actually much lower than alternatives - just ask IBM, GE, and Walmart.
IBM and Apple recent enacted a shared mobile initiative, and they've been very impressed with Apple engineers and interface design teams, and recently reevaluated their place in the world with regards to their age old partnership with Microsoft, and shook off their preconceptions spawned by that business relationship.
They began to allow their staff to use Macs and have discovered that the TCO of a Mac is actually $200 per seat per year *lower* than Windows and a PC due to lower support costs, a more intuitive OS, and a more robust hardware/software experience. Walmart and GE (no dewey-eyed Apple fans) have recently followed suit.
On the mobile side, Apple came up with the whole idea of the computer in your pocket (which also makes phone calls) with a revolutionary pocketable GUI, and were the first to come to market with a pocketable Macintosh with a capacitive touchscreen which was a real computer rather than a kluged together compromise with mobile java based software running on a linux kernel.
Others (like Android) have tried to copy - well, pretty much the whole enchilada - but have not been remarkably successful in supplanting them, though they have scored major victories against less capable devices like the feature phone.
OEM handset makers like Samsung - who copied Apple in every way, way beyond Google's initial raid on Apple IP - have been the most major success story, but even there the vast majority of their sales are to the feature phone market, though they make most of their coin in flagship waters.
So yeah, Apple stuff is generally more expensive, but in general it keeps working and if it doesn't support is usually local, friendly, and the company wants the customer to leave with a good experience - even if they have to take a loss to get to that place.
Hardware is hard to do - just ask Microsoft and Google with their recent hardware adventures, with Google now actually going to buy HTC's phone design team (after having bought the phone design team from Motorola and throwing them away).
In the interest of keeping their competitors from copying their stuff, Apple has decided to create their own vertical hardware stack from CPUs, GPUs, neural processors on up through the entire software experience.
Though most Android fans don't see it, Face ID represents the first foray in passive biometric authentication, and the elimination of security pain points for the iPhone X user. That, perhaps more than their striking OLED display design and the fast fluid UI and numerous silicon-based assistive image technologies may be what iPhone X is most remembered for in the long run.
Hoffmann, 10 Nov 2017I would rather get the Mate 10/V30 or even Pixel 2 XL than this.pixel 2 xl and V30 are both just garbage... mate 10 / or amoled 10 pro ... HTC U11 plus are good... so we should wait i believe Apple Have two flagship Lower and Upper .. don't think HTC u11 has any different with Pixel XL or HTC U11 i hope for mate 10 / 10 Pro too
First time I saw the notch in a pre-release shot I thought it was an artefact. I can't believe that anyone could live with that notch. Is Face ID really worth destroying the entire design of the phone for?
AnonD-711468, 11 Nov 2017Fingerprint is far worse than depth recognition... they'd either follow or stay further back. ... moreThat's true any type of finger print recognition on screen or not is going to look old news now
Especially when future updates allow the phone to instantly unlock bypassing the lockscreen
Rafe Firmani, 11 Nov 2017Everybody and his dog is going to throw away fingerprint sensors by next one or two years?
Ha... moreFingerprint is far worse than depth recognition... they'd either follow or stay further back. Fingerprint sensors are old news already. Wait for the Depth ID to train itself and having half a millisecond unlock merely by looking at your phone.
It was pretty much a Mate move from Apple, now Samsung cannot introduce underscreen fingerprint , it would already look obsolete ... wow!
AnonD-711468, 09 Nov 2017I didn't say "iphones" I said iphone X. Iphones (in general) are near the bottom in batter... moreThe iPhone X is no different and you agree with me as it does not match up to the battery life of any of the 6,7 and 8 plus models. It comes in 154th in the GSMarena battery life table overall. It is not a great performer in terms of battery.
Aspros, 10 Nov 2017This is overall the best iPhone ever made!
Apple finally bite the bullet and embrace every An... moreApple finally .....embrace every Android feature they were hesitating to use?
BT file transfer is thereon X.... you wish! lol.
AnonD-711468, 10 Nov 2017Mi Mix 2 was a downgrade in actual hard numbers. Not merely in things such as style.
Mi Mix... moreEverybody and his dog is going to throw away fingerprint sensors by next one or two years?
Hahaha Apple dog perhaps
Samsung gonna introduce on screen biometric FPS which apple flop to materialize
Coming from HTC fans who don't like lagwiz, but must admit samsung have always (trying to) improve
Disappointing for sure, considering unrealistic price for device which does not do anything revolutionary. Worst is you pay hidden charges for everything else like, maintenance to accessories, most overpriced and ocerhyped phone ever for sure
AnonD-694502, 10 Nov 2017People also really loved Nokia at some stage. We don't need an iPhone killer. iPhone will even... moreNokia forgot to innovate. Apple innovates increasingly more as time passes by leaving further and further behind the rest. If there is any fading to happen -I'm afraid- it's of the rest players...
It's sad too because android is the best software on the planet only to be held back by subpar hardware and subpar decisions (not *one* android phone is even close to iphone x hardware wise ... sadly).
Anonymous, 10 Nov 2017LOL so the iPhone X is worse than OnePlus, which is much much cheaper and has never been a cha... moreOnePlus 5 *is* the champ in screen-on-time as far as 2017 flagships go ... I don't know what you're talking about
Anonymous, 10 Nov 2017It still is face recognition. It has been around since while. Just because you make it better ... moreDepth recognition on such a small device is one of the biggest innovations of early 21st century. It enables for fingerless navigation ... if you can't see that, I don't know what you can see.