Post iPhone event
So the iPhone came and went, and Nilay had his day at calling the Nexus 5 ugly, the Nexus 4 slow and Android bad.
But what does Apple's flagship mean for the rest of us? I'm talking about the 5s, since the 5c isn't new, just a less expensive version that managed to make all the Apple fans do a 180° and deem plastic good.
Here's how I see the new phone:
1. Design, the same. Except, they added a new colour. The bezels on the iP5s look huge when compared to the other Android flagships.
2. Internal capacity, the same. No increase in base memory offering. Samsung does the same crap, but at least they try to mitigate it with SD cards. It's not ideal but they can partially save face. Apple seems to just want to maximize profits.
3. Screen, the same. No bigger screen, no better resolution. Just the same. This was expected since they only change the design every two years but still rather small by current standards.
4. Battery, a bit bigger. According to Anandtech it's about 9% larger, which is good but not great. I still don't understand why Apple doesn't stuff bigger batteries inside their phones. It would push everyone to go past the stupid one-day usage mark.
5. Camera, better. They kept the same number of pixels but made them bigger. Still no OIS, no 1080X60fps recording. Low-light photos are still going to be hard to pull off without OIS. They added some camera functions, like burst shot and best shot, which is good but still not enough.
6. Processor, better. It's interesting that this is where Apple decided to make a stand and be the first to put 64-bit architecture in mobile devices. Kudos to them for being the first but, by the looks of things, Android developers are going to leapfrog them by the end of the next year, or sooner, just because they will be the first to put enough RAM in a phone that will take advantage of the improved CPU. This also means that Apple is putting another block in its planned obsolescence plan.
7. Fingerprint scanner. This is very interesting but unless it works really well, upward of 90% success rate, most people will just disable it. More seamless security is great but nothing is really infallible.
8. Price, same. The iPhone is still very dear and that makes it inaccessible to most consumers. Apple missed another opportunity to bite the bullet and go for a big push globally with a cheap device, just to get iOS into the hands of more consumers. But that would have meant a big overhead on their infrastructure, so it's understandable why they chose not to.
All in all, pretty disappointing from a smartphone user's perspective. No big leaps, just "forward-thinking" improvements. It seems that Android only has to compete with itself next year.