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Review: Apple iPhone 5 for AT&T

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Review was overboard on the ubiquitous design

Rusty Shackleford

Sep 25, 2012, 12:49 AM
I thought this was a good review, but good gawd the praising of the exterior got old. Come on, the phone is a black rectangular touchscreen slab just like its predecessors, the endless Galaxy phones, the Nokia Lumina, the HTCs, and every other me-too smartphone out there. I don't mean to knock that clearly functional design, but going overboard with praise about a phone that basically looks like every other smartphone manufactured since the dawn of the iPhone era is downright silly. It's like praising the Chevy Impala for its aesthetic superiority over a Honda Civic: the details are so small and irrelevant that only fanboys would really appreciate it.

What makes this especially silly is that with most smartphones being destined to a ...

Sep 25, 2012, 7:49 AM
Problem there is that there really isn't much to praise in any of those categories either.

The OS is a subjective call, but there's certainly nothing unique and special about it that would pull in customers who don't already like iOS, no 'need to have' features that aren't found elsewhere. The screen quality is good, but not the best anymore. Several phones have better color and saturation, and at least one soon-to-be-released phone has a higher resolution. The hardware is an improvement over previous iPhones and is certainly powerful, but nothing special compared to other current devices.

Reviewers can't just say, "its a great phone and a good upgrade if you like the iOS ecosystem". They HAVE to praise it for something. Its becom...

Sep 25, 2012, 7:55 AM
I agree with you on most of your comment... I think that the hardware under the hood only matters as much as it is needed to run the OS, and the screen quality only matters up to a certain point (after which, it ceases to add further functionality... and then contributes only to the aesthetic value), but I agree that the OS is pretty darn important. The reason that iPhone folks always insist that iOS is so much better than Android, even when the specs are better on the Android device, is because the slightly less powerful processor on the iPhone has always had a much easier time of running iOS's smaller hybrid-kernel than the more powerful processor on the equivalent Android device has had at trying to run the now-mammoth kernel which Andro...

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