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Disappointed with the iPhone 5? Here are four alternatives

26 Sep

So, Apple sold five million iPhone 5s in the first weekend, a million more than the four million iPhone 4S devices last year. Apparently, that was below par for stock market punters, who dumped Apple stock just days after pushing it past the US$700 level.

The iPhone 5 is a well-made competitor. In the hand, it feels more solid than Samsung’s Galaxy phones and their plastic finish, and it has a great camera, as the iPhone 4S had. Yet, as we said before, Apple’s new phone just lags in several areas, like having a smaller screen and an operating system that has been playing catch-up (don’t believe me, hear the Apple gurus here).

The most apparent problem that has even the diehards at the Cult of Mac site complaining is the Maps app that is such a poor rival of Google Maps, which Apple junked in spite in iOS 6.

Still convinced you should buy yet another Apple gadget? Well, here are four other phones worth spending your precious dollars on.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, iphone, Windows Phone, Apple, HTC Windows Phone 8X, iPhone 5, Lumia 920, Nokia, Samsung Galaxy S III,  

Singapore telcos rush to roll out iPhone 5, but what’s the deal?

13 Sep

I was on the way to an Office Depot, the most boring store here in San Francisco, when I passed by the Yerba Buena area where Apple was unveiling its new iPhone 5. Past the hype, I walked on round to 3rd Street and picked up a couple of non-magical, non-revolutionary Nexus 7s.

If there’s something to be said about Apple’s event this morning in the United States, it’s that it’s underwhelming. Okay, that’s unfair, seeing that the iPhone 4S launch before that was worse in terms of new features or hardware, but hey, Apple still went on to sell millions of those.

So, warts and all, disappointments and burst bubbles aside, don’t be surprised to see Apple sell loads of the iPhone 5. There are just enough people out there who would buy an iPhone even if it’s a rebadged Blackberry or Nokia.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Featured, iphone, Singapore, Software, 4G, Apple, iPhone 5, launch, LTE, price plans, Singapore, Yerba Buena,  

Apple’s iPhone 4S – in a word: underwhelming

5 Oct

After months of the usual hoopla from fan boys in the media and supposedly leaked images of a next great iPhone to take back the lead from Android gizmos, Apple yesterday unveiled a new model that can be best described in a word: underwhelming.

The iPhone 4S comes with improvements like a dual-core chip, a better 8-meg camera, improved notifications with the new iOS5 software and a claimed 200 new features. But an iPhone 5 this is not, and to take back market share from the Android OS is a task it is clearly not up to.

Essentially, this is an iPhone that shows that Apple has become a follower for features that have already been in the market months, even years, ago.

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