1. You're an Apple fanboy.
2. You have a non iPhone 4 phone.
3. You want to talk to your phone because you're lonely.
Siri isn't that great. It's comparable to MS Word's grammar check with voice input. If the software knows the sentence structure, it can identify your query. Not that ground breaking. The only use I can think of is when you're driving. Aside from that, it's faster to read than to listen. I hope loners don't talk to their iPhone 4 when someone releases a "virtual friend" app.
Will someone try to ask Siri "How are you gentlemen?"
"We have been waiting for a cell phone camera that could produce pictures with quality equivalent to entry-level snapshot cameras." Ummm... the N8 has been out for quite a while, yes, for now, it's not auto-focus, but will likely be better than S4, seeing how it's been better than anything else claiming to be better so far... And if you really like cameraphones, you should wait for February...
I knew who wrote this from the title, not that that is such a great feat. Another reason not to get this would be WP7 Mango, and the few Android phones powerful enough to minimize lag and (to a lesser extent) bugs.
[citation][nom]tanjo[/nom]1. You're an Apple fanboy.2. You have a non iPhone 4 phone.3. You want to talk to your phone because you're lonely.Siri isn't that great. It's comparable to MS Word's grammar check with voice input. If the software knows the sentence structure, it can identify your query. Not that ground breaking. The only use I can think of is when you're driving. Aside from that, it's faster to read than to listen. I hope loners don't talk to their iPhone 4 when someone releases a "virtual friend" app.Will someone try to ask Siri "How are you gentlemen?"[/citation]
Siri is derived from military software... It was a DARPA funded project to create a personalized assistant known as PAL around 2003...
It was an attempt to create software with cognitive ability that adapts to the user.
It didn't work exactly as they wanted and as most great technology is usually spun off military innovation such as (CDMA, noise cancelling microphones, radar) - in 2008 they created Siri...
So if that ain't cool enough for you then please go write something that will wow us...
[citation][nom]SILVER565[/nom]I wonder why we never see articles about"3 reasons why you should buy the Samsung Galaxy S II"[/citation]
LOL well maybe there aren't any, but let's see
It's a great conspiracy that so many journalist say the Android tablets are great, but haven't gotten it down yet?
It's a great conspiracy that people are not buying them?
We are all brainwashed?
No, Google needs to do a better job with Android - judging by the difficulty Apple has making iOS great, it's not surprising. What makes matters worse is Samsung, Motorola and the rest cripple Android by making their own version that requires the user to root it. Oh and the fact that a phone/tablet that's only a year old doesn't get the OS updated unless, again, the user roots and forces it...
People bitch that Apple only updates hardware 2 generations. I don't think its' great but it's STELLAR compared to my friend's Android phones that are less than a year old running 2.2?? I'm like what about software update? They say there wasn't one automatically pushed and they would have to root it and they aren't technical and ask me to do it...
I had an iPhone 3Gs for about a year and a half until my gf and I decided to get separate phone accounts. I got my own account with AT&T with the intentions of just using my 3GS, but there was a sweet deal on the HTC Inspire, so I picked it up for less than $100. It was an awesome phone, a lot of things I liked about it, then It started having trouble with the G-sensor, it rotated to landscape then wouldn't rotate back. Took it to my local AT&T store, no help, called AT&T tech support, no help, called HTC, they deemed it to be malfunctioning/defective and had me send it to them and I had to wait for a new phone. While I was waiting on my new phone, I plugged my sim card into my 3GS, and I haven't taken it back out since, even after the new Inspire arrived. The iPhone just works, I don't nees a super processor to make a phone call or check my email, facebook, twitter, ect.... If I want to play games, I have a $1200 pc at the house for that, I don't plan on figuring quantum physics on my phone
and for a tech savy person you would realize it has absolutely nothing to do with Samsung or Google and every thing to do with the carriers, Apple by-passes all this via using iTunes to bootstrap the updates to said device. Android has no such control and are in the most locked down by the carrier, even if Samsung wanted to they cant push an update without the carriers permission and the carriers are in no hurry to push updates cause it sells more new phones
as for the tech savy thing, IMHO if you cant root your phone then you got no good reason for owning a smartphone, what the bloody hell your going do with it, FB and play angry birds?
[citation][nom]TechSavyNuff[/nom]@sundragonand for a tech savy person you would realize it has absolutely nothing to do with Samsung or Google and every thing to do with the carriers, Apple by-passes all this via using iTunes to bootstrap the updates to said device. Android has no such control and are in the most locked down by the carrier, even if Samsung wanted to they cant push an update without the carriers permission and the carriers are in no hurry to push updates cause it sells more new phonesas for the tech savy thing, IMHO if you cant root your phone then you got no good reason for owning a smartphone, what the bloody hell your going do with it, FB and play angry birds?[/citation]
Thanks for making my point:
Android not having control was Google's choice. This goes to open vs closed, but in the process of making it open it makes it more difficult to update...
If you are in the business to make money like Google and Apple, you would want your users to have the best possible experience so they tell their friends and come back.
I appreciate your opinion, but you aren't everyone's daddy. People want to have a smart phone and have the money and are making their choice. Either you adapt/make a better phone or you deserve to go out of business - it's Capitalism.
An analogy of you telling people they don't deserve to use a smart phone because they can't root it is like saying you can't drive a car if you can't open the hood and fix it. Not a good business model.
FB and Angry Birds are on Android store as well As a matter of fact, they are making bank regardless of which phone the public decides to buy.
Android is a fantastic product, but it needs work. I've used 2.x all the way to 3.2 and it's not baked yet for tablets. Google needs to make manufacturers agree legally to update people's phones so you get the best experience.
Wow... this "article" (I actually think the author might be trolling) just embodies why so many people have such a hateful stereotype of the "Apple fanboy" in their minds.
First of all: "The simple fact that Apple has a new iPhone may be reason enough to wait in line and spend at least $200 for the privilege of owning a new iPhone 4S right away."... really?? So no research, no reviews, no considering if maybe your iPhone 4 is still good enough for almost everything (it probably is)... you just go, stand in line for hours just so you can enjoy BRAGGING RIGHTS, regardless of your actual need to buy a new phone? Well, ok so you like Apple products so much it makes you look less of a fan and more of a religious zealot, seems a bit stupid to me but ok.
But then "We have been waiting for a cell phone camera that could produce pictures with quality equivalent to entry-level snapshot cameras." You have? Well then, I just have one question, have you been living in the back of an Apple Store? Because at one point I too was waiting for that cell phone camera, but then Nokia delivered with the N8. Sure, it runs symbian and that is a turn off for most people, but it still is probably the best camera you can find on a smartphone (and not just MP-wise) You should probably correct that sentence to "We have been waiting for an iPhone camera that could produce pictures with quality equivalent to entry-level snapshot cameras."
Apple does have their fair share of innovations, you'd have to be blind to not see that, but then again so do a lot of other companies. And you know what happens to innovations? They get borrowed and used and improved, it's just how technology works and it's ultimately the best thing for us consumers (well, unless this trend of patenting stupid things continues). The problem is when people start thinking that EVERYTHING a company does is an amazing innovation and the best product ever made, even when it clearly isn't, and sadly that seems to be more common with Apple fans.
My crazy method for choosing a phone when I want to upgrade is to do some research and consider all the players, including Apple, and I have to admit, were I to pick a phone today, this iPhone doesn't look as exciting as the original iPhone 4 did. That being said, I can see how some people like it, as it will be a good phone if you don't mind it's drawbacks... but it's hardly THE ultimate phone as the Apple hype machine wants to make us believe... and it certainly isn't the only phone that "just works", if you think Android or WP7 are overly complicated compared to iOS, then you probably have trouble undoing your shoe laces. If you want to pick on other mobile OS, then stick to the app platform as a target(Apple's is clearly better right now) instead of making things up.
LOL. I am merely pointing out facts, not stressing out about them and dot taking it personally, like you do. Take a chill pill, maybe Siri can offer you one (now, that would be intelligent action from it, as opposed to what it does now) and have a nice life.
Since when was Tom's Apples mouth piece? I've seen a lot of reviews and people saying not to bother with it unless you're an Apple fanboy/girl. Do you have some sort of revenue sharing with Apple over ads or something? This article is ridiculous.
[citation][nom]subaru41[/nom]3 reasons why you should buy.1. 3.5 inch screen, lol2. No 4G Internet, lol3. Still no Adobe Flash, lolThe only people that buy the Apple inferior phone, I mean iPhone, is because they are ignorant, uneducated people that like to use a kids phone. They obviously know nothing about android, or upcoming Google Ice cream. 4 reasons why not to buy - Nexus Prime, Samsung Hercules, Galaxy S II, HTC Amaze. This is not including all the other great phones coming out. Has apple ever heard of options, instead of the same crappy feel of the iPhone 4 that they want to have a 2 year shelf life.[/citation]
That's an extremely judgmental statement, something expected from you rage driven haters. How are iPhone owners idiots and ignorant? My close friend has one. How is he an idiot? He never owned a phone in HS. He owned several Android phones through college, but they all just stopped working for him. He just bought an iPhone 4 on his 3rd year of college in a mechanical engineer major (he goes to a college with one of the best engineering programs in the US just so you know). He just wanted a nice phone that works very well. You have to understand that simply complaining about Apple will not turn others away or bring Apple down in any way. The iPhone has a place in the market just as the Android. And no, it isn't for idiot consumers. Do I believe people should always turn to Apple? No, Android phones most of the time offer more for the price. Are they wrong from buying from Apple? No, it's their hard-earned money; no one should put them down from owning a certain product. The iPhone is here to stay just as the Android is. Competition is a good thing. Fanboys from each side are not.
And yes, I know most people on Tom's hate Apple and Tom's has lately been focusing on Apple quite a lot, but Tom's is a hardware site. The iPhone is hardware. This news article is in the "News Smartphones" section. Expect Apple news here as well.