Humans have this interesting need to compare and contrast un-equivalents, or, put another way, things that are not exactly comparable. You saw it with Mac vs. Windows. The former is a personal computer. The latter is an operating system.
The same thing takes place with iPhone vs. Android. The former is a smartphone. The latter is an operating system that runs on smartphones. See? The comparison is made all the time, but they are not fully equivalent. Here’s another list of what Apple’s iPhone must do to stay ahead of Android.
iPhone As Desktop PC
The folks who write for ZDnet are a contrarian bunch who work diligently to create false equivalencies wherever possible, to gin up controversy between platforms and devices, to promote anything against industry leaders.
Why else would tech industry online trade rags devote so much digital ink to describing the merits and benefits of devices which seldom-to-never become mainstream, either at home or enterprise.
OK, here’s the latest.
6 features the iPhone 8 needs to stay ahead of Android.
Quibbles first, of course. We’re talking Android OS, right? Just saying. And only Apple knows what the next iPhone’s name will be. After all, it’s tick tock at Apple. iPhone 6, then 6s, then iPhone 7 which means the next should be iPhone 7s. It’s also implied that iPhone, ostensibly, iOS 10 is ahead of Android OS. Quibbles, right?
#1 – Fast Charging
Having to leave an iPhone plugged in for hours is unacceptable. There are plenty of high-end — and not so high-end — smartphones that can get a decent charge in a quarter of an hour, and it’s time for Apple to add this to its premium smartphone.
Which smartphones? No list. Of those that do have fast charging, how long do those phones and their batteries last? Do they explode? Maybe Apple is conservative for a reason. That might explain why most smartphones do not have fast charging.
#2 – Shatterproof Screen
A sapphire display would be awesome, but a seriously toughened display such as that found on the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 would do fine.
Sapphire, for what it’s worth, isn’t easy to make at the smartphone screen size (someone would have done it already), and it’s not as clear as Gorilla Glass. Again, where is the list of those that do it better on Android devices? If it’s so important, why hasn’t the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 caught on to compete with iPhone?
#3 – MicroSD Card Slot
This never ends, does it.
Apple uses tiered storage as a way to ask big bucks for what is essentially a few dollars worth of extra storage. Also, the lack of an expansion slot means that if owners hit a storage wall, well, it’s time to buy a new iPhone.
This fits into the removable batter category. Nobody but tech people and road warriors care.
#4 – Higher Resolution Camera
This has been an issue since the first few iPhone cameras arrived with a lower megapixel count than rivals, but with photos that were about as good as a camera can get.
Twelve megapixels isn’t really that much when it comes to a camera, and despite the fact that the Plus version of the iPhone has a twin-camera arrangement, it’s time for Apple to push the megapixel envelope with the next release.
Arguably the best smartphone camera is Samsung’s new leapfrog model, the Galaxy S8, which has a 12MP camera. Seems like a non issue.
#5 – More System RAM
iPhones have less RAM than Android smartphone counterparts, but run faster and have longer battery life. Go figure.
While 3 GB of RAM as found in the latest iPhones isn’t bad, more RAM would allow for better and smoother multitasking, as well as allowing the operating system to process higher megapixel photos and juggle bigger files with less of a performance hit.
Whatever Apple does with RAM nobody complains about it. Except technology writers who get paid to complain about Apple ad nauseam.
#6 – A Desktop Computer Dock
Apple isn’t likely to go here, but I like the idea.
Samsung has one feature that is pretty exciting that Apple needs to consider — DeX… a dock that allows users to connect their Galaxy S8/S8 Plus to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to turn it into a desktop experience — of sorts — powered by the handset.
This “dock that transforms a smartphone into a desktop PC” thing is not a new idea — it’s been tried many times before — and DeX is not perfect by a long shot, but it is certainly the most credible attempt at bridging the smartphone/desktop gap.
It wouldn’t take much for this to happen. Apple could just make it easy to connect an iPhone or iPad to an external display at full resolution. But Apple would sell fewer Macs and fewer iPads, too.
Sometimes I wonder if Samsung pays technology writers to pump up features for components that Samsung sells. Think about it for a moment. Here’s a popular technology magazine pushing an article which says an iPhone needs components made by Samsung, like micro SD cards, system RAM, and more.