Apple may have taken a billion dollar bite out of Samsung in the courtroom, but in the court of public opinion, the Korean handset maker's Galaxy S III is proving to be the most popular smartphone on the planet. It's all in the numbers, and according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, the Galaxy S III leapfrogged over Apple's iPhone 4S to become the world's top selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2012.
Imagine, if you will, a world in which blind loyalty trumps common sense and critical thinking, where the power of marketing and the corporate hype machine are so strong that reasonably intelligent consumers are reduced to social status seeking nitwits on a late night television talk show. Sadly, you don't have to imagine such a place. It already exists, as Jimmy Kimmel proved when his camera crew took to the streets of Los Angeles and handed people an iPhone 4S, and then asking them what they thought of the new iPhone 5 they where holding.
For those of us who remember wasting hours with the original, green-screened GameBoy, the thought that the era of portable gaming consoles may be coming to an end is a bit sad. While their TV-tethered cousins will be around for at least another generation or two, super-powerful smartphones like the iPhone 4S are calling into question the need for dedicated portable gaming devices like the new PlayStation Vita.
After gaming extensively on both, we’ve come up with a point-by-point breakdown that we think explains why portable consoles aren’t dead yet. Read on for more!
Sprint's Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse wished long and hard for an opportunity to carry Apple's iPhone, but what he and his company never considered was the old adage that says 'Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it and then you're stuck with high iPhone subsidies.' We added that last part, but to be fair, does it matter? Sprint, like Verizon, was hellbent on carrying the iPhone, and now it's seeing the cost of that decision.
While its harsh to judge a device against the oft-outlandish rumors preceding its launch, the disappointment surrounding the iPhone 4S launch was justified as the upgrades did not seem commensurate with the long gap between the 4S and its predecessor. However, the smartphone’s voice-activated personal assistant Siri is an entirely different matter, with even Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently calling it a “significant development.” Microsoft’s Craig Mundie, though, is not in awe of Siri.
You don't think Samsung is taking its legal battles with Apple a bit personal? Think again. Samsung didn't pull any punches in a new commercial mocking Apple users content to camp out in long lines for iDevice product launches, and in particular anyone who waited for hours to get their hands on the recently released iPhone 4S. Soundbites abound throughout the ad.
Apple's iPhone 4 has had a bear of a time trying to impress the folks over at Consumer Reports. After a round of testing, Consumer Reports said it was able to confirm a design defect relating to the antenna placement and how it could potentially lead to dropped calls, and that was the reason it could not recommend the device. And when Apple rolled out a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon customers, Consumer Reports called it a "middle-aged device" and said customers should wait for a newer model. So how does the iPhone 4S rank?
There are lots of reasons why battery life in smartphones might fall well short of expectations. You could have too many services turned on all the time, each one sipping juice from the lithium-ion battery. There could be a rogue app that's flawed or poorly coded and constantly doing things in the background. It could be a software snafu, and it could be a hardware problem. Or, as one Apple Genius put it, the phone could be stressed out, man.
Normally we pass on Mac or iPhone specific news, but just in case it ever comes up in a debate, 9 to 5 Mac has proven that without a doubt, Apple is indeed shafting iPhone 4 customers. It seems an enterprising young hacker by the name of Steven Smith has not only ported the Siri AI interface to the iPhone 4, but the two way communication with Apple servers is now working perfectly.
Sprint didn't just sell its soul when it inked a long-term agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone, it sold out its investors who were kept in the dark as to how much Sprint was spending on the deal. Until now. Sprint ultimately got what it wanted and felt it needed in order to compete with Verizon and AT&T, and as a result, the third largest wireless operator in the U.S. said it might need $7 billion in financing over the next few years in order to upgrade its network to handle all those iPhone activations, Reuters reports.