May 12, 2012 in Write The Smartphone Champ
I am a new AT&T customer, and just purchased the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. 聽I love the phone. 聽It’s the best phone I’ve owned up to this point. 聽My problem is that I thought I’d be using my LTE connection to stream videos and things on my phone, and really enjoy it. 聽I watched a few movies on Netflix and within a couple days I have already hit my bandwidth limit. 聽This is crazy! 聽Now I have to either not use any more bandwidth for the rest of my billing cycle, or pay more money to use more data. 聽I don’t see the point in having LTE if they are going to have such low data plan limits.
Xavier, I wrote about a similar topic a while back. 聽I stated I didn’t really think LTE was as big of a deal as the cell carriers would have you to believe. 聽Yes, LTE speeds are fantastic. 聽But what good are those excellent data speeds, if you can’t use them? 聽If a person has a 5gb data limit, then LTE isn’t going to do anything but get them to that data limit even faster. 聽What good is having the capability to stream an HD video without buffering, if after two movies I’m already half the way to my data limit? 聽In my opinion, it doesn’t do any good at all. 聽Until the data plans start reflecting the technology advancements (LTE), then the technology will do you no good.
Samsung has really raised the bar when it comes to smartphones. 聽The Galaxy S3 is going to be one heck of a phone. 聽Better voice controls than Siri, eye tracking, wireless charging, and all the other things Samsung announced, makes this the phone to beat. 聽What I’m wondering, is how Apple is going to respond in the next iPhone. 聽If the next iPhone is nothing more than a small upgrade over the 4S, Apple is doomed.
Phillip, I won’t go as far as saying Apple will be doomed if they don’t do something big with the next iPhone. 聽I will say I agree that Samsung has raised the bar. 聽What makes the Galaxy S3 great, is the little things like the features you mentioned. 聽Also, keep in mind LG is rumored to be releasing a quad-core Krait based smartphone with 2gb of RAM during the 4th quarter. 聽Then don’t forget, the next Nexus smartphone will likely be released around that same time too, and that will no doubt be another bar raiser. 聽Apple definitely has their work cut out for them with their next iPhone release. 聽If they don’t come with something major I think that could be the beginning of a turning point for them. 聽A research firm already is predicting Apple will decline聽under Tim Cook. 聽If Apple doesn’t do something innovative on the next iPhone, that decline may come to fruition.
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