Set face to surprised when reading this... iPhone 5C hands on review
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So they took the fingerprint scanner feature from a Motorola Atrix, the burst camera mode from the HTC One, and upgraded the cpu/gpu.
Display did not get a boost and is still not even 720p and an increase in price over previous model.
It is still a decent enough upgrade over the old model though - so people will buy it.
12month old tech in a plastic case (that looks like its aimed at 6 year olds) and yet costs more than an HTC One. Not exactly innovation, and I cant see who would buy it except real diehard Apple fans.
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I'm not sure if Apple has priced it right. The only competition for the 5C as far as I can see, is the 5S!! It'll only eat into the sales of its premium sibling. The initial sales figures will no doubt appear phenomenal as compared to iPhone 5, with simultaneous launch in China.
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China loves big brands & prefers Apple to HTC or even Samsung. If I'm not mistaken, the biggest Boxing day sales come from Chinese tourists. The phones will sell well, no doubt.
What are your thoughts on 64-bit?
Motorola Atrix's fingerprint reader was very buggy & more of a hassle than use. If Apple manages to overcome the bugs, I won't moan about Apple lifting tech from Motorola. Motorola & rest of the Android clan had 2 years since the Atrix to perfect the technology but nobody bothered!
didnt the iPaq have fingerprint readers aaaaaaaages ago? Hardly think Motorola should get the credit for it.
Paul's BR/805 system thread
(where the photos live) Paul's Flickr page
This gives more idea on the fingerprint patent:
Having a 64bit chip looks like a pure marketing move to me:- to the uneducated 64bits is twice as good as 32bits isnt it ?
The only real advantage of 64bit is memory addressing - letting a process access >4GB ram. But whats the point of that in a phone?
Existing 32bit apps would have to be recompiled to the new architecture ( ARMv8 )to show any benefit, and even then its doubtful you'd see significant gains. Compare a 64bit Linux distro to a 32bit distro and the performance gain is typically less than 5% if at all.
2 things surprised me, Apple hasnt moved to a quad-core like the Snapdragon 600/800, and also that the screen resolution didnt increase to 720p or preferably 1080p.
A bit of googling reveals something very interesting. AuthenTech originally holds patents for the fingerprint technology, and Motorola was its client who incorporated it into the Atrix.
Apple bought AuthenTech last year, so now Apple holds the patents!
[quote=bigboss]A bit of googling reveals something very interesting. AuthenTech originally holds patents for the fingerprint technology, and Motorola was its client who incorporated it into the Atrix. Apple bought AuthenTech last year, so now Apple holds the patents! http://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/08/16/the-real-reason-apple-acquired-authentec-because-needed-new-technology-quickly-products/[/quote]
And by Christmas the NSA will have 20% of thw World's thumbprints on file....
Okay, back to the X-Files......
And muggers will routinely be taking bolt croppers to work.
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Anyone buying then, so we can get some pictures and reports? Looks like the 5C might be popular despite its large price tag!
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I might upgrade in November next year when the contract on my 5 ends. There might even be a 6 by then.
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