Write The Smartphone Champ 5-12-12
I am a new AT&T customer, and just purchased the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. I love the phone. It’s the best phone I’ve owned up to this point. 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. I watched a few movies on Netflix and within a couple days I have already hit my bandwidth limit. This is crazy! 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. 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. I stated I didn’t really think LTE was as big of a deal as the cell carriers would have you to believe. Yes, LTE speeds are fantastic. But what good are those excellent data speeds, if you can’t use them? 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. 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? In my opinion, it doesn’t do any good at all. 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. The Galaxy S3 is going to be one heck of a phone. Better voice controls than Siri, eye tracking, wireless charging, and all the other things Samsung announced, makes this the phone to beat. What I’m wondering, is how Apple is going to respond in the next iPhone. 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. I will say I agree that Samsung has raised the bar. What makes the Galaxy S3 great, is the little things like the features you mentioned. Also, keep in mind LG is rumored to be releasing a quad-core Krait based smartphone with 2gb of RAM during the 4th quarter. 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. Apple definitely has their work cut out for them with their next iPhone release. If they don’t come with something major I think that could be the beginning of a turning point for them. A research firm already is predicting Apple will decline under Tim Cook. If Apple doesn’t do something innovative on the next iPhone, that decline may come to fruition.
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