Totalbiscuit, 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?
SwaggyP, 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!
SwaggyP, 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.
SwaggyP, 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
Foneluving, 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.
Hoffmann, 10 Nov 2017I would rather get the Mate 10/V30 or even Pixel 2 XL than this.Why dont you?
I don't understand the issues with the video player and saying its a deal breaker? We live in a world of apps, some really great video apps in the app store that will play back any format hardware accelerated (Infuse is my favourite). Just download an app, job done
Foneluving, 10 Nov 2017People also really loved Nokia at some stage. We don't need an iPhone killer. iPhone will even... moreEvery smartphone manufacturer is plagued by the "lack of innovation" nowadays, really. There's not much left to invent anymore, quite frankly, so I guess I'll just stick with the best from what the world hast to offer.
VladTheImpaler, 10 Nov 2017The only factor that prevents any smartphone manufacturer to make an "iPhone Killer", is me, a... morePeople also really loved Nokia at some stage. We don't need an iPhone killer. iPhone will eventually fade away with lack of innovation.
Anonymous, 09 Nov 2017My iphone 6 has only 1GB of ram,yet is as fast as any 2017'en android in what's matter=day to ... moreCheck out the YouTube videos of the Xperia xz premium vs the iPhone x. The xz premium beats it pretty easily.
Anonymous, 10 Nov 2017LOL so the iPhone X is worse than OnePlus, which is much much cheaper and has never been a cha... moreThe only factor that prevents any smartphone manufacturer to make an "iPhone Killer", is me, and people like me who refuse to buy their sad sad Android smartphones and prefer Apple devices and the Mac/iOS operating systems. Case closed. That's the beauty of democracy and free market, I buy and use what I want, and I dont care what's your opinion about it.