iPhone X is in its first gen. Should you buy one?

iPhone X is so drastically different from the previous iPhones, that it just didn’t feel right to treat it as the next iteration. It is the final chapter to the first installment into what the future of Apple Ecosystem will look like. Apple thinks that iPhone X marks the next stage of Smartphones and is accordingly priced and named. And that makes me wanna look for the first gen. signs in this new genre i.e. the iPhone X. Let’s Go.

Bezeless Display

This seems like a definite update. But our dream phones agreed to no Left/Right Bezels. No top/bottom chin will place the UI elements in a new position. Like the keyboard will be further down, the notification swipes further up. We will have to see how that plays out in real world use and …drop tests.

My prediction: It would be fine, given Apple went with the perfect screen size.

Face ID

First, Face ID sensors have to prove as reliable & secure as Touch ID.

Second, it has to prove the Software routine built around Face ID is as intuitive & fast as the Touch ID.

Third, Face ID has to prove as robust as Touch ID, meaning, no matter how you hold the phone, whenever you want to unlock the phone, it should unlock.

My prediction: Optimistic about first two, not so much about the third. That hardware looks rad though!

No Press to Home

When Google advocated getting rid of physical buttons, I applauded it. Software design was ditching skeuomorphism in favor of flat design, coz it didn’t make sense to imitate the physical world when you are spending most of your time interacting with virtual elements. Hence, to have a physical button as part of an interface that was saying goodbye to physical buttons didn’t seem right.

A physical home button felt more like a full stop in our App routines. It always felt like ending the job in one App and switching to another. But communication b/w apps proved multiple apps can contribute to a single JOB. Hence, Multitasking button should feel like a comma and Home button should feel like a semi-colon. The power button is the full stop. Now, whether gestures or tap is the way to go, that remains to be seen.

Fun Fact: Both approaches were originally conceived by Matias Duarte & his team. Gestures in the Web OS, and Taps in Android.

My prediction: I like gestures. But at times it may feel more cumbersome than simply forcing down the display.

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ARKit

Apple’s big new API is augmented reality and has a lot of hardware to support that. It is certainly more extensive than any other phone out there. Though it is not as extensive or capable as Google Tango, which is admittedly the Mobile AR from the future. But in 2017 Hardware, Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore is what we have to settle with. Will AR on Apple’s hardware help justify the higher price or should you wait out a year for the platform to mature remains to be seen?

My prediction: It’ll probably take at least another year before AR becomes an integral part of your Lifestyle.

Edit : Possible AR Applications make me believe that Google might just have better software and more data to better execute it. And judging on the original Pixel, the Pixel 2 hardware seems promising. Although, Google will attempt to translate all its services to ARKit on iOS.  Also, ARKit will likely attract more support from developers. 

Lightning Port

Apple spent the last year re-defining the next era of its eco-system. And they have finalized the standards they will be using with the release of their Flagship device. Lightning port on all Portables & Home Devices, USB C on the Macs, W1 Chips for wireless pairing, Qi Standard for power, & Siri, AirDrop & AirPlay to tie them all. Is this the best eco-system functionally & economically?

My prediction: Apple’s Software plays well in its ecosystem. But the very existence of USB-C to LIGHTNING dongle doesn’t speak well for that decision. While Apple has poorly communicated its decision to choose the lightning port, it won’t matter to you much unless you invest in LIGHTNING PORT peripherals.

Pricing

An iOS device with a bezel-less OLED display, AR capabilities, the plethora of depth &  light sensors at the front and 60 fps 4k Video has no precedence. It is a new generation of devices. Hence Apple could’ve priced it whatever the hell they wanted. Now how this pricing plays out in the market remains to be seen.

My prediction: Pricing is possibly the biggest downside, decisively not worth it. iPhone X pricing suddenly made bezel less display a novelty, rather than a characteristic of a 2017 Smartphone.

iPhone X is Apple’s statement of what the next gen. of Smartphones will be like. Apple is playing with a lot of new hardware & whether it is all rightly integrated and priced, should be tested before being bought. If history is any indication, Apple has always fucked up their first gen. devices.

iPhone X pricing suddenly made bezel less display a novelty, rather than a characteristic of a 2017 Smartphone.

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The Next Stage in the Evolution of Smartphones

No matter how much these companies try to convince you that their LATEST phone is going to change your life, smartphones have reached a Plateau. The five basics of Smartphone: Build, Display, Camera, Performance & Battery have matured to a stage, where they can do mostly everything we hope to do with our phones, even for the next 2-3 years. And I think this is not something to be disappointed about, but something that should be celebrated. It allows for the smartphone industry to fine tune the various inventions made over the years, most importantly to be able to integrate these little pieces of ‘magic’ into the very strata of human lifestyle. And this is perhaps the most exciting part… as Smartphones’ true potential lies in the democracy that it brings to Personal Computing, weaving the Next Billion into this stage of civilization.

Smartphones have to overcome their Socio-Economic hurdles, be as robustly accessible and consumed as, say, ELECTRICITY.

For this to happen, smartphones have to overcome their Socio-Economic hurdles, be as robustly accessible as, say, ELECTRICITY.  And that can’t be sufficed by great engineering. For that, companies have to catapult the socio-economic nature of smartphone age.

One key aspect is : “contagious adoption”. This, in the shadow of modern networking, has never had featured such INFLUENTIAL levels.  And what we call, the Information Age, is literal to the phenomena like OnePlus, or Justin Bieber.

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How Apple should’ve eliminated the Audio Jack!

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It created a lot of chaos and trolls when Apple removed the Audio Jack. It is hard to get rid of a port which has been a standard for over a century. And yes, it took courage. But this is what big companies are supposed to do : pioneer new trends in the industry!

This is what Apple was always known for. For being unapologetic about their decisions against all critics. Be it the elimination of the physical keyboard on phones, optical disk drives, flash support etc. Time and time they were proven right, and the Apple standard became the industry standard. And this was because they did it RIGHT, Steve Jobs did it right! But I am afraid this time Apple didn’t quite play the right symphony on it’s magic pipe.

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If you’re an Indian, Apple Music is the Streaming service to go for

I am a music lover. I mean, Who isn’t? I am one of those who likes to have a song for every moment in my life. I like to give every type of music a moment in my life. And that’s why I want every song ever recorded on my fingerprints. Born & brought up in West of India, parents from East of india, and now living in South, I am living through a phase of great cultural mix. Add to these the Internet, and I have a full course of  culture.  And Apple Music serves it in the best manner. How?

Inavailability of Major Streaming Services

In India, we don’t have Spotify or Pandora or Google Play Music. And our in-house streaming services like Gaana or Saavn, don’t really complete the job of delivering the foreign songs & playlists like Spotify does. I used Spotify via VPN for 2 weeks and I fell in love with it. Also, none of them has a desktop application which means I can’t save songs offline on my laptop and play to my stereo. And the music player in general,SUCKs.

Apple Music is available with none of those flaws & at just INR 120/month (about USD 2.00). It has the foreign collection. But it really sucks at delivering Indian Music. It misses songs from biggest music label T-Series among others. So why Apple Music? Continue reading “If you’re an Indian, Apple Music is the Streaming service to go for”

Battle of IMs – BBM vs WhatsApp vs hike vs FB Messenger

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The table clearly shows that BBM is different in terms of Security. It starts with the unique email-password combination and then gives a unique pin like a unique user ID. Except the PIN is unique to the device too. But the question here is: Do you need this?

If you are constantly bugged by people having your numbers, then you can switch to BBM which allows only those people to send you a message, whose request you’ve accepted. But then, this people can bug you by other means too. Most people like to publicly declare their BBM Pin. Well, in that case you will be bugged by people’s requests, anyways. It’s better on WhatsApp or hike, where you can block this contacts without them knowing about it.

BBM can help you when you want to IM with a person but don’t wanna give your number. We all have various friends whom you just IM and not talk. But, for most of such instances, I am happy to give my number otherwise you always have Facebook or also Google Hangouts, if you want.

hike is the only one to offer a unified SMS/IM coversation thread. Other IMs offer a SMS support but in hike, the conversation threads are merged into one. If you live in India, this threads also combine the free SMS that you can send via hike over the Internet.

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Is the new iPhone 5S features a Deal Maker?

Whether you should upgrade to iPhone 5S from iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S? Should you ditch your Android/Windows Phone to buy it? Should you upgrade from cheaper Android phones to iPhone 5S? Let’s check it out!

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In case you are still unaware, it’s a fingerprint scanner embedded right beneath the home button. Inspite of typing the passcode and swiping, repeatedly throughout the day, you can simply put your finger on the home button and it’s unlocked. You can calibrate it for multiple fingerprints though and use it to buy stuff from iTunes Store.

You can hack it with a copy of the person’s fingerprint. But that’s not a problem because it’s not designed to provide you top class vault-like security. It is designed to make things convenient and it does it’s job pretty well.

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Why iPhone 5S has the most outdated Hardware Design?

Apple had a much more improved guts in 5S. The Software design changed but the Hardware design remains the same. They introduced Fingerprint Scanner and flattened out the Home button but it still is outdated. Check out why?

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Apple has retained a similar form factor since iPhone 4 but got a lot thinner, lighter and longer. It beefed up to 4-inch display but it has the same Box Shaped structure. Now, the problem with Box Shape is that it’s very contrary to the shape of our hands. HTC brought this to light with HTC One. It has a nice-curved back (imitating our palm) and inclined edges (like our fingers) which made this 5-inch phone almost organically fit our hands.

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