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Roger L. Simon

Another iPhone 5S Review You Don’t Need

September 28th, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Okay, so how good is this thing?  Answer:  it’s fine.  Camera’s a little better, Siri’s a little better (I said “Open the voice memo app” and it did it — not that that matters), the thumbprint activation is fun (sort of like the PJ Media office door) and it almost always works (again sort of like the PJ Media office door).

But the truth about whether you should buy an iPhone 5S couldn’t be more obvious.  If you’ve got an iPhone 4S or below, you’d be an idiot not to.  Assuming you’re keeping your cellular service, you’re paying for it anyway.  Why not have a better phone?  If you already have an iPhone 5 and aren’t George Soros, save your money and suffer until next year when the iPhone 6 comes out and you can lord it over all us hapless iPhone 5S owners. (I’m already gnashing my teeth.)

And you can have the IOS 7 operating system now without having to buy anything and get that nifty button that turns your phone into a flashlight.

Speaking of which, I noted on Instapundit a few minutes ago that Glenn hasn’t downloaded IOS7 to his phone yet.  Don’t listen to him.  Go for it.  He’s probably one of those guys who didn’t buy the White Album until six weeks after it came out.

And as for you Android fans, I’m saving you for last.  You don’t like Apple, eh?  It’s totalitarian and behind the times.  Baloney.  Apple products are what they are because they are aesthetically gorgeous and fantastically well made.  When you pick up an iPhone, it’s like getting behind the wheel of a BMW.  Would you rather have a Chevy or a BMW?  And in this case the difference isn’t thirty grand,  it’s like forty bucks.  And your iPhone will work with your Air and your iPad and soon enough, probably, your television and your wrist watch without your having to think about it.  What’s not to like?

I look at it this way — every second I spend complaining about iPhones of iPads or iWhatever, which work, is a second I’m NOT complaining about Obamacare, which most certainly won’t.

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Your problem is that you own a Chevy.
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"I am a loyal vassal of Lord Steve. Even after his death, I follow his orders expliciitly."

He's not dead, he's in Colorado.
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Page views slow Roger? The ultimate click troll maneuver . . . mention Apple!
39 weeks ago
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Hey, Rog;
Has that hat been broken in yet? How many miles?
43 weeks ago
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Lawdy, lawdy;
Not only is PJMedia trying to generate revenue from one of the most Neolithic comment programs in use, they're reduced to doing info-mercials.
Post a financial statement for PJMedia if you want a new high in click totals.
43 weeks ago
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Apple being Apple -- i.e. the company that thinks if your computer, phone or tablet is more than a few years old you're a philistine no deserving of their attention -- owners of older iPhones soon won't have a choice but to upgrade, because Apple will stop supporting their devices and the apps on those devices will no longer work without newer versions of the software (iPad 1 adapters from 4-4 1/2 years ago not only can't download iOS7 onto their devices, Apple didn't even make an iOS6 version that worked with the original iPad. And ask any Mac owner who still has a Motorola-chip desktop or laptop in operation how dealing with new products/software releases is going -- you can still run lots of Windows 98 software in a pinch on a Windows 8 computer because of backwards compatibility, but lots of Apple stuff built less than a decade ago are moving closer and closer to becoming chrome paperweights because nothing new will run on them, and if your Intel Mac isn't on Snow Leopard or later as its operating system, you're also digitally SOL).
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I could not care less about the IPhone 5S, but I have been looking at the photo shop wondering which Star Trek character that body belongs to.
43 weeks ago
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From the looks of the uniform, it's the body of William Shatner's Captain Kirk.
43 weeks ago
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Two words: Tiny Screen!
43 weeks ago
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I miss Southwestern Bell...
43 weeks ago
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Every time I have to update iTunes or the iOS on my phone it takes hours -- I mean hours -- with multiple computer restarts. Total pain. You better set aside a free day to do it.
43 weeks ago
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Wonder what sort of PC you have. In my experience last week, latest iTunes downloaded & installed in minutes. Took my iPhone about twenty min. or so to download & install the new iOS on the first day it was introduced. Unless it's just an incremental upgrade, always best to avoid iCloud.
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"it’s like getting behind the wheel of a BMW."

This is a delusion in fact the iPhone is like getting behind the wheel of a 1972 Mercury Marquis, comfortable and it will get you there eventually but only if you stick to the designated route.

If you like a nice comfortable restricted pen to live in then the iPhone is for you, if you want to be able to do what you want and not Apple wants you to do look then elsewhere. Android and Windows Phone hardware is every bit as good better in some cases and their OSs are a lot more flexible.
43 weeks ago
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72 Marquis! Very nice!
39 weeks ago
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Luckily for many, what they want to do coincides with what Apple designed for them to do; I think it's called compatibility. Meantime Android lives on with its status as a cumbersome OS with many more vulnerabilities to glitches & viruses.....
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Glad to hear you are enjoying your new toy, Roger.
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