Forget about any reading any reviews of Apple’s event yesterday. Like any obedient servant, 9 of 10 absolutely love the product. I followed the feeds at The Verge and Ars Technica and laughed loudly at some of the proclamations. But I digress, because iPhone J.D. published this post lauding the benefits of the newly announced iPhone series.
I think it’s only right to carry on the tradition of explaining why Android users don’t care about the device. (And don’t forget to view this post, which pretty much sums up all my feelings.)
Here is Apple’s biggest mea culpa. Of course, a larger screen “revolutionary” for an iPhone, but nothing new for Android users. In fact, I’ve tested (and owned) several phones with similar screen sizes. And there are obviously bigger sized phones (like the Galaxy Note 3) available in the Android ecosystem.
Don’t worry Android fans, screen size isn’t revolutionary. I’d consider this a win for Android.
I’m not even sure how to compare this. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have “Retina HD Display,” which is a fancy way of saying, “the picture looks awesome.” If you’ve ever used the iPhone 5 you’ll kind of understand the new picture quality. I’m sure Retina HD will be cool. And yes, I’ve seen some cool displays, like the LG G3.
Here’s where I’m surprised that iPhone J.D. didn’t pump the new PPI strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (he talks about it later). Apple made a big deal of the phones’ new 401 PPI display. Android users probably yawned, since most new Android devices have at least 441 PPI. My Nexus 5 (circa 2013) has 445, the Galaxy S5 (circa Feb. 2014) has 432, and the LG G3 has an impress 531 PPI. Plus, most of these devices match the iPhone 6 Plus’s 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Once again Android fans, don’t worry. Too many old eyes won’t be able to tell the difference up close. I’d consider this a draw, since we don’t know what to expect on the Retina HD (“awesome is subjective”) and Android has significant devices with pixel density already.
The iPhone 6 will be
.30 .27 inches thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus will measure .27 .28 inches thick. That’s impressively small. The Galaxy S5, which is one of the thinnest Android phones I’ve played with, is still .32 inches thick. The LG G3 is .35, and my Nexus 5 is .34 inches thick.
Apple did revolutionize the size, which is commendable.
Don’t worry though, the thickness difference is negligible in your hand. Where you’ll definitely feel the difference though is in weight. iPhone 6 is impressively light at only 3.96 ounces. The iPhone 6 Plus is only slightly lighter than my Nexus 5 at 4.55 oz. versus 4.95 oz. To Apple’s credit, the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger screen with a lighter weight distribution than my Nexus 5.
Android users shouldn’t worry too much, lighter phones are on their way. This category goes to Apple.
iPhone J.D. really adds this category as a selling point. Not to knock iPhone J.D., but Android users definitely won’t care. I don’t recall a single Android device I’ve used that doesn’t have curves.
Of course, iPhone users have always been stuck with a box.
This category goes to Android.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have faster processors. From all accounts, it’s pretty awesome.
I think this is another draw, since many Android phones come with comparatively fast processors. The Galaxy S5, for example, has a 2.4 gHz processor.
The camera category goes to Apple (though LG G3 and Galaxy S5 have awesome cameras) because Apple knows how to do cameras. Apple will probably pack so many additional features in the camera that the fanboys will . . . well, we won’t hear the end.
Android fans, expect even more low quality vertical videos.
I’m actually excited that Apple announced this. NFC finally comes to iPhone. Except Apple didn’t pump the NFC aspect, just the Apple Pay. Which is good because I’m hoping we’ll have more retailers that’ll accept NFC payments. I hate going to places that “accept” NFC, only to discover, “our device doesn’t work.” Maybe now I can really start to use Google Wallet.
Of course, you have to wonder how many “Sheeple” will trust iCloud with their credit card and banking information.
Android owns this category, but thankfully Apple is entering the fray.
VOIP calling is awesome. iPhone users will love the feature. Right now, only a few US carriers offer the feature (T-Mobile for sure). We’ll find universal adoption though (and carriers will start charging), which will make the practice more common.
Android for the win.
Move on, nothing to see
Android lawyers weren’t impressed by Apple’s new announcements. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus left us . . . underwhelmed. The Apple Watch looks cool (especially the crown functions), but once again, underwhelming. I’ve heard many justify Apple’s underwhelming “innovations” by saying the company isn’t generally “first-to-market.”
But that’s not true. Apple was first to market with iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Though the categories existed, Apple set the standard for these devices. Apple owned the categories for years. Recently though, I think people realize how little they’re getting from Apple when compared to Android.