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Did you tune into Apple’s big announcement Wednesday? If you missed it, they revealed the long-awaited iPhone 5, among other things. Were you impressed with the news? Here at Moose, we have some Apple fans and Android fans that were hotly debating the features as they were released, so of course that’s the perfect reason to share their views via blog post. Check out the pros and cons as told by two web developers on the Moose team below.
Bob Sherron, Pro-Apple:
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the iPhone 5 announcement was the fact that there were very few surprises at all. The rumor sites had it right on the hardware specs: taller display, thinner and lighter metal-backed casing, the Lightning adapter, faster A6 processor, better camera, LTE. Even the many and varied improvements to iOS 6 were previewed at WWDC back in June. This has left some pundits underwhelmed with the announcement, but in my mind, it signals Apple’s willingness to stay the course with their flagship product, fulfilling their vision and further defining the smartphone experience.
It used to be that Apple was the David to any number of Goliaths, but the introduction of the original iPhone turned that equation around. Now, other vendors look to the iPhone for inspiration and use the fact that they crap out multiple phones per year, each with a different version of Android, to try and one-up Apple on features. Apple doesn’t play that game because they are making phones with the customer in mind, not market segments. When one considers that the vast majority of people purchase a smartphone on a two-year contract, it makes sense to roll out one phone a year, each iteration improving upon the last.
The iPhone 5 is the product of years of laser focus and the millions and millions of units sold will validate Apple’s decisions while giving other vendors new “inspiration.” The customers will be delighted and the tech press will continue to write trolling, link-bait headlines. This cycle will repeat itself next September and for many Septembers to come.
Joe Madden, Pro-Android:
With Apple’s latest phone release, there was much fanfare and excitement over what new features their new iPhone will have. Will it be the most powerful phone on the market? Will Siri finally get more features to let us do real tasks? When I look at what Apple announced though, it seems very reactionary to the mobile phone market more than truly innovating and leading the market like it had in previous years.
Apple made the iPhone’s screen bigger in response to users’ requests because everyone is getting used to the new, larger screens used on Android phones. Many users felt that the larger screen gave a better experience.
Apple finally adds several features that have been present in Android for years. iPhones now have LTE, which has been in Android phones for almost a year. Native turn-by-turn navigation is also now available to iPhone 5 users, but Android users have been able to use this feature since Gingerbread (over 2 years ago). The camera features released with iPhone5 have been on Android phones for months.
So, with all the lawsuits Apple has issued against Android manufacturers for copying the iPhone, it really seems that Apple is now the one copying Android to just keep up with the market.
Who won the debate?
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