Last week I ran across an article titled Why I Might Drop the iPhone 5 for the Galaxy Note II, and You Should Too by Ed Zitron. I’m sorry to say, this is a terrible article in my opinion with little to no compelling argument. It’s essentially a headline without any content–shame on Forbes for even posting it. Nobody, including myself, should be telling other people what phone to use… that’s personal choice. I happen to be an iPhone user so I was interested in why someone would want to switch and the reasons I found were very, very lacking.
Here, below, I’ve listed the authors complaints and my comments:
Complaint #1: Paying nearly $700 to be part of the “Apple iClub” off contract. Comment: That was your choice and guess what–other smartphones are just as expensive without being subsidized by a carrier. Also, buying anything to fit in is a bad idea… be true to yourself and get what fits you–this isn’t high school.
Complaint #2: Maps. Comment: Apple has had trouble with their maps app… obviously. They have bent over backward to promote other map apps in the app store, including Google’s, and Tim Cook made a very public apology. That is all actually beside the point… the maps app is not the phone itself and there are plenty of viable alternatives. By the way, I don’t visit the Hoover Dam every day, so the fact that that was messed up on Apple’s map app doesn’t bother me a bit. The Apple maps app works great 99.9% of the time. Either way, this is such a small gripe it really shouldn’t even have been mentioned.
Complaint #3: “I picked up the phone to ask the restaurant where I was, and had to repeat myself eight times to even get an idea of where I was.” Comment: Sounds like a carrier issue.
Complaint #4: Inconsistent and unfriendly to even the most casual business user… searching for a previously sent email was impossible. Comment: How, specifically, is the iPhone unfriendly and how specifically is it inconsistent? Usually when people call a device friendly they mean it is easy to use… are you really calling the iPhone hard to use? Grannies and kids can use the iPhone 5 just fine… are you smarter than a 5th grader? LOL. You can’t just say something is inconsistent without giving a reason… you mention the email issue… do you not know how to see your individual email inboxes including the sent folder? Maybe you aren’t smarter than a 5th grader…
Complaint #5: Apple has fallen behind the curve and the Samsung Galaxy Note II is semantically better. Comment: Again, HOW exactly has Aplle fallen behind the curve? This type of comment demands facts and statistics, concrete examples, to back it up. Your opinion doesn’t count unless you label it your opinion–which you did not. Same goes for the semantic comment.
Complaint #6: ”If you’ve ever struggled penning a semi-to-long note on the iPhone 4S or 5, you’ll know it’s not pleasant.” Comment: Here’s the thing–I’ve never “struggled” to “pen” a “semi-to-long” note. Are you seeing a pattern here? This whole article is based on conjecture and opinion–not fact. Nothing is supported–this is what passes for an article at Forbes?
I could go on and on here, but the point is: don’t substitute opinion for fact without labeling it your opinion. Maybe the Galaxy Note II is a great device–I don’t know, I’ve never used one. I have used an iPhone and I love it. I loved my old iPhone as well. Sure, there could be improvements–no device is perfect, including, obviously, the Galaxy Note II or any other device out there. What I can’t believe is how many comments this post got–Forbes is turning into fluff and loving it for the traffic it brings in. Shameful. Just shameful.
A better title would have been, “Why I Might Drop the iPhone 5.” Don’t tell me what I should do, especially without even 1 decent reason!