Hold Apple’s latest gadget for just a few minutes and you’ll marvel at the existence of such a remarkable object.
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 last month, many tech pundits called it “boring.” I was one of them. In fact, I was so bored that I called the iPhone boring way back in July, on the basis of the lackluster new mobile operating system that Apple announced at its developer conference. After I got a few minutes with the iPhone 5 after Apple’s press event, I wrote that it was “a very impressive device.” But those words appeared under the headline, “No, This Is Not the Best iPhone Ever,” a conclusion that was prompted by my annoyance about Apple’s new, proprietary dock connector. The company should have gone with a universal connector, I argued. By making that unfriendly move, the firm had “screwed over” its most loyal customers, and missed a chance to build a truly perfect device.
Now, almost a month later, it’s time for me to get something off my chest: I’ve made a huge mistake. I’ve had the iPhone 5 for about a week and a half, and I’m still annoyed about the dock connector thing. But it’s a small problem, and in retrospect I was wrong to allow myself to become overwhelmed by dock-based frustration.
A reporter for a Shanghai newspaper spent a week working in a factory helping to build 5s.
He described the working and living conditions as a “nightmare,” and he couldn’t quit soon enough.
The reporter’s story was translated by MicGadget, and you can read the whole thing here. We’ve also written a summary here.
Nokia’s new flagship Lumia 920 smartphone made a splash when it was unveiled last week, but most Americans don’t plan to ditch their iPhones and Android devices for the new Windows Phone 8-powered device, according to a new survey.
CouponCodes4u.com surveyed 2,371 American smartphone owners between the ages of 18 and 35, and found that most of the respondents liked the look of the new Lumia 920, and were impressed by its specs. However, when asked whether they would consider switching their current cell phone contract to get the Lumia 920, 52 percent of respondents said no. Another 35 percent said they would consider switching, while the remaining 13 percent said they might be interested, if the price was right.
Nokia has not yet revealed pricing for the new device. The Lumia 920 features a 4.5-inch curved glass WXGA IPS LCD display that boasts what Nokia called PureMotion HD+, which the company said is “better than HD resolution.”
According to the survey, 61 percent of consumers who are considering the device were most intrigued by the screen’s ability to detect touch even while a user is wearing gloves.
Meanwhile, 52 percent said the PureView photo system, and the ability to take better quality photos was an appealing feature. Others are tempted to buy the phone because of the PureMotion HD video option, wireless charging and docking feature, and ClearBlack option for dimming or brightening the main screen. About a third said the device’s colors were a draw for them, while over a quarter said the offline maps option was a major selling point.