Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptopmag.com, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
Aw the editor wrote something I don’t agree with and now my feelings are hurt.
Responses to sicofante:
1. My dad’s S4 doesn’t get better reception than my iPhone.
2. Customizing Android is kinda neat, I prefer Windows Phone’s tile approach.
3. iTunes is still the nicest way to buy media. I would still own an iPod Touch if I went with another mobile OS.
4. I don’t think the editor got that note that Android now has more apps. But you guys don’t have Facebook Paper yet and that’s a huge barrier for me to switch to Android or Windows Phone.
5. There was the huge security hole Apple recently had to patch that the editor didn’t mention.
I’m kinda leaning towards sicofante on this one
1. Plastic vs glass..people tend to be clumsy in general replacement pieces for the iphone are insanely priced.
2. Simplicity? Really? How many menus do you need to go through to set up basic functions on iOS?
3. Itunes? You mean that buggy program that has many functional issues?
4. Apps yes people pay more for iOS apps…simple reason…they most likely have to if they want them.
5. Target of malware…insecurity…popularity of an OS has always been the driving factor of malware programmers. Why waste the time on a little OS if you get 10x the amount of reward vs. effort targeting the more popular system?
Apparently the EiC is an apple fanboi. Enough said…
Wow Mark, “eat it Apple haters” that’s what you tweet.
It’s no secret that you are a huge Apple fan, and looking at the new Samsung and Sony phones and then looking at your Iphone will make you feel that you need to publish something to justify using Apple. Obviously the article is full with personal preferences and comparison between Apple and Samsung, I will take that as an acknowledgment that you don’t dare to compare Apple to Google anymore.
I think that argument has long been settled
Just please do a better job to not appear so hateful about it
Dead on with the flap covering the micro USB port. Every time I have seen one of these covered up USB ports, the flap eventually wears out and then you’re left with a half broken thing sticking out. It’s inevitable that any rubber or plastic doodad that small will break, especially when you move it once a day or even several times a day as you do with the charging port. Dumb, dumb idea, but it’s what to expect from this great purveyor of plastic and fake chrome.
Thanks for your comments on this OpEd. As I mentioned in the intro, I think the S5 is going to sell well, but I don’t think its going to cause anyone to switch. However, our online editorial director believes strongly that the S5 trumps the iPhone 5s–and that it will probably beat the iPhone 6 too. Stay tuned for his counterpoint.
When I clicked on this article I really thought I was going to read a substantive comparison of the two handsets and, instead, I found nothing but biased, and, in my opinion, quite trivial contrasts.
I will grant that the iPhone continues to deliver a superior looking and feeling design – it looks sleeker and feels smoother and more refined but, so what? If you’re goal is to portray a sense of affluence and class take a moment to look around – there are plenty of 12 year olds running around with iPhones that are just as expensive and fancy as yours and many don’t necessarily come from high-income families but, somehow, their families still manage to ensure they get one so they can be just as cool as all the other kids. Oh, and just as cool as all those adults, like yourself, that owns one. It’s become more of a status symbol than anything else.
As for being more intuitive, maybe it’s just me but I simply DO NOT agree. I’ve worked in IT for over 20 years. Every one of my immediate family members owns an iPhone and I’m the de facto initial level of support for anything they need help with on their iPhones and, honestly, I find the phone settings to be a little cumbersome to navigate at times. I like that pretty much everything is stored under the Settings tile – that makes sense – but, once you’re in there, things can be frustrating to find. Plus, because they’ve tried to make it so simple, navigation is completely hierarchical in nature where you are either having to a level deeper or go back, back, back. I find it quite inane, frankly.
I know that there are plenty of iPhone users that will take exception to this because they know the settings inside out and are familiar with every nook and cranny but that doesn’t mean they are intuitive, that means they are learned and that’s no different than needing to learn and become familiar with any other handset. Even the idea of pressing the home button twice in quick succession to bring up a scroll of running apps that can be shut down isn’t intuitive. Sure, it’s easy once you’ve learned but had you not been told, read about it of stumbled upon it by accident it wouldn’t have been readily apparent.
As far as seamless integration between multiple devices is concerned, I will grant that when a single company controls all the platforms they will likely be able to implement seamless integration much more effectively and, from what I know of those iPhone users that really use iCloud and multiple devices it sounds like Apple has it nailed. Even so, I think it’s unfair to say that seamless integration on Android devices isn’t much better than it used to be and continues to improve with each new generation. I would say this is contrary to what might be expected given all the disparate players in the market so, in some ways, it’s almost more impressive and it also leads to greater innovation in the long run in my opinion. Regardless, I think that seamless integration between multiple Android devices is simply not that challenging anymore and there are many options available for implementing this.
The argument about apps is just silly. There are so many apps available on both OS’s that if you can’t find an app that you’re looking for then the issue is probably isolated and you should consider building one that will make you rich. The idea that more developers flock to developing apps for iOS because it’s simpler and more profitable is an equally poor argument, frankly. If there’s an app that’s popular and makes money then the developer will almost assuredly develop a version for both platforms. Doing anything less would just be a huge business mistake.
Security vulnerabilities are always a risk regardless of the platform. You can boast charts that show all kinds of numbers about potential and even realized threats but, frankly, at the end of the day the only one you really care about is the one that ends up infecting/attacking YOUR phone and it only takes one! Plus, some are much more invasive and harmful than others so it’s not as simple as counting numbers. Which is worse – hundreds of little malware programs that have a low successful penetration rate and when they are successful are a brief annoyance that are fairly easily dealt with or ONE massive breach that does irreparable damage and takes a lot of time and/or money correct?
Here’s what it boils down to…iOS is what Apple gives you. They tell you what you want, and you have to like it….unless you jailbreak it. Android, is what you want. You can make it as complicated, clunky, and crowded as you want. Or you can have almost nothing on the screen. You can load different programs for launchers, lock screens, or notification screens/toggles. All without rooting. You aren’t locked into a specific program for downloading or managing your music or movies.
So it boils down to this: do you just want to be given something and have it work because it’s more-or-less locked into being one way….or do you want something that you can customize depending on you, your skillset, your moods, your needs, etc. Android is only as complicated and buggy as you make it.
For those who think this is a simple Android vs. iOS comparison: It isn’t. First, design encompasses the physical hardware. To that end, 5S’s exterior design is simply more elegant and higher end than S5′s. There is simply no way to go around it. As for the notion that plastic is more “resistant” than metal as posted by users like sicofante, resistant to what? Not interfering with waves? That’s actually funny, because metal conducts radio waves so theoretically it would make the waves more concentrated for cellular signal receptors to gather. It would make more sense if we’re talking hairline scratches, in which case polycarbonate plastic is more resistant than the typical metal.
Second, S5 does not simply use Android. Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay makes Android far more complicated than otherwise needed. Funnier still is that Samsung almost went out of its way to present a flatter appearance, and this is only after Apple adopted Microsoft’s design philosophy.
Third, while heart rate monitor is neat and all, this is once again demonstrative of Samsung’s design philosophy of its hardware features: This is a feature without a market. With many options already available for biometric tracking that are far more elegantly integrated into both Android and iOS ecosystems, who would take out a phone to clumsily put a finger just below the camera? Are there apps to actually take advantage of this feature? While it is reasonable to argue that biometric screening through cellphone can eventually make its way to the healthcare sector, there is no such market right now. The feature amounts to little more than “eh, that’s kinda neat.”
First of all Samsung has already beat iPhone by having more market share. Secondly, there maybe a flap covering the Microusb, but at least Samsung offers a microusb slot for storage unlike iPhone who charges for everything offers basically no benefits and tells there users what they can & can’t have including memory space.
I don’t know. I personally hated Apple’s iTunes and appstore. They were always forcing me to change my password and at age 64 I can only remember a limited number of those things. The end result is that I had to change my password every time I wanted to buy something. User hostile I’d call that.
Plus, with my Galaxy S4 I can carry a spare battery with me, pop the back off with no tools wherever I am and replace it. It only takes a few seconds. The fanciest phone in the world means nothing if the battery is dead.
Oh, and the part about the iPhone being easier to use? Well I’ve had both and considering the cost of an iPhone (and the way Apple writes off the older models) I prefer the S5 on that count too.
Oh yeah… My old iPhone was pretty fast when I first got it, but as it aged it got slower and slower until the internet was practically unusable. BUT if I took it into the Apple Store to show them, mysteriously, it was fast again. I always suspected them of somehow degrading performance to nudge folks into buying upgrades… Ok, Ok… Maybe that’s just paranoia on my part. But it worked find in the Apple store but ground to a halt by the time I got down the block a bit.
By the way… When are they going to start using your thumbprint instead of passwords for app store purchases. That would be progress.
1.Everybody puts their phones in cases so why does it matter if its made of solid gold if to provides no additional benefits and you can’t even see it. In addition you can get cases like the note 3 with a 10k mah. You cannot easily replace a Iphone bat or customize the case if you wanted to.
2. With so many versions of android from different oems can you say that non of them is better for any random person then ios?
3. I hate hate hate itunes. Believe it or not people in video production are moving to PC. Apple programs can be very aggressive and change settings and cause issues with my nle video editing program. So the stupid program to organize my music killed my program I use to make money. I have eco systems that are pre made. The look pretty but I make mine functional.
4. I have yet to find a business app I need or want that wasn’t free on android. The app argument is stupid any ways both system have a hundred if not a thousand calculator apps etc. We dont need more we need less. Android has more free then ios. Ios used to have more but were surpassed not to long ago.
5. Malware is a big issue for android. Google needs to do much more on this front. This is one area the is a big negative for android. I dont know if this is a plus since it seems like apple product with their claims of no virus has made hackers use social engineering and direct device attacks then random apps to attack. Apples marketing make people have a false sense of security and make simple mistakes that make them vulnerable. Please is puts a prize on hacking an apple device. Every hacking convention I have ever heard of apple products are the first to be hacked to see how can do it first then they more to other os’s.
90 percent of the fortune 500 use apple products. verge.com. Its actually closer by average from smartphones, tablets, and laptops to 95 percent. now the general public uses windows at a shade above 80. its losing ground. Android is a good system. I respect it. I just love the apple Ecosystem, its so effective. My iMac is ridiculously amazing
So. 1. You prefer the styling and 2-5 are just about operating systems and no mention of comparing two phones. So that’s it? You like the styling and operating system better.
Nothing to say about the bigger better screen, bigger better camera, stuff like that? No? Not defending your precious Apple very well I’m afraid.
Yeah the iphone 5s might have a premium metal back, but doesn’t make the phone better in any way. Both have a specific design to them that consumers would prefer one over the other. And to comment about the S5 charging flap cover, just to make the i5s stand out, is the dumbest thing ever, to make a comparison about. I have the i5s myself good phone< good operating system thats it, no functionality to it or multitasking whats so ever, just plain old boring, no customization. Just open the app you have downloaded and use that app for what it's used for, that's it. And one more thing. you mentioned "you would be hard pressed to tell the difference from the galaxy S4 and the S5. Well i can say the same for the i4s and the i5s. A slightly lager display but it still looks the same. Not a good match up from your perspective. You should have come a little stronger with your statistics, and better reasons why the i5s is better. Maybe you can do so with the i6 next time. If apple makes an iphone with multitasking features, 1080p or higher resolution, customizable user interface, real widgets not fake ones, arrange your apps that you have downloaded to go where ever you want to go, not the way your stuck with them to go. Again i have the i5s and all that it's good for is it's Apple's closed wall garden operating system thats it, everything else is in the hands of the app developers, who design the apps for what it can do and than get the approval of apple to pass it through.
Better design?? who’s the judge for that? everyone on this planet. One’s best design could be the other’s worst. itune what ? come’on I have not even used one itune in my life…very happy with what I use on android. Intuitive interface? what’s that? I don’t need to transfer my brain to a stupid phone.
Aluminum gold? What good it is for? you are stuck with it because you are forced to not remove it and change the battery….never in your life….you will just have to buy the whole new phone once battery is dead…LOL with aluminum gold!!
This Article is Big Sucked!
Here is my comparision>
Androi is a Mustang on the field
iOs is a horse with blinds that carries people you see in any downtown. Yep, Its popular but,,You know what I meant..with the blinds on its eyes.
Sad Sad Sad. I like Iphone but I love Samsung!
Mark, I love how the first paragraph states “Sure, the S5 looks like it will be a top seller, even if it copies iPhone 5s’ built-in fingerprint reader” Hope you know that Motorola’s 2011 phone known as the Atrix was the first fingerprint reader phone. And Apple copied it. Shocking I know Mark, but Apple does not walk on water and your article is so blatantly biased.
I own an Iphone 5 and was just hoping to read an article that truly made some decent comparisons.
You come across as a tool…
Mark, I send you my deepest respect!
Not because the article you wrote bears a lot truth but because you really did the homerun. Why or better for who’s benefit?
If device manufacturers, in the first place Apple and Samsung, read the readers’ comments they can learn a lot! This is priceless.
IMHO both, Samsung and Apple are somewhat on a dead end. The more they should look at users demand.
2. fully customizeable can upgrade downgrade the frimware no matter what software u want to use..totally user free hand…its not doing monopoly that once u upgraded then u cant downgrade…even apple fone is like a daughter everytime it need ask for permission from apple servers through itunes (momi can i do that ??) etc.. what i beleive is…U have paid money and bring the fone..so you are the owner, u should have free hand to do whatever u want to do with your fone. APPLE doesnt allow all this.
3. Lets come to security, Apple make stuck the device on activation in case phone is stolen and makes the device useless for theif and unreachable for real owner to track, moreover SAMSUNG doesnt do that…it allow theif to let it use but secure it silently so real owner can track and easy to reach its fone.
4. no matter how best quality u use in parts, it depreciates…Apple doesnt even allow you to take out battery in case if device stuck…
Thanks for making no point at all other than your personal feelings of fake gold over plastic. Do you get paid for this and if so I need an application. I was looking for 5 reasons iphone was better as the title said. You couldn’t even give one. You boss should stop drawing names out of hats for jobs.
Everything has been said. Mark Spoonauer please write another article when you get yourself an S5. Many non tech people have been in love with iPhone products but the reality is that Samsung kicked apple’s ass all over the place with their S4 phone.
Every single REAL tech guy in the world knows S4 or S5 is a better phone. Yes we know you would like iPhone to still be leading the phone race, but it is not! Sorry. And they will not bring back betamax tapes either.
The day Steve Jobs died apple died with it. Come to terms with that.
Apple will never get back on the phone market, they will never innovate like Jobs did.
Deal with it and get yourself a Samsung!
It trips me out that people argue about this crap! Does it really matter? No! You like what you like. Do you hate people because they don’t have the same car as you? Are you superior to others that don’t have as nice of a house as you? I Like Android and ios. I must be open minded compared to you nerds that actually think this is worth making stupid comments to people that you would be terrified to argue with on the street.take that crybabies
Iphones do not need a battery change!! It has an awesome battery shelf life!!
Samsung has released 68 smart phones and Apple 7!
Yet the Market Share of Apple is considerably High!
This is not to Woo Samsung Owners .. just some hard to digest facts for them!
And whenever there is an article Favouring Apple … Samsung Owners find time out of their busy schedule to comment on it!! Good dedication guys to Woo Apple! Keep it up!!
NOT GONNA CHANGE A THING ” PERIOD”
The Galaxy’s phones are too complicate to use and manipulate. Nothing as simple as the Iphone. Everything is spread over the screen. No organization or easy set-up is insight. Now, with the S5 is worst due the changes on menus
I will like Samsung designers think in two things, better AUDIO and more user friendly.
I personally don’t care about plastic or metal design case. Anyway I always use a plastic cover, but this G-S5 drive my nuts. Not easy to set a F^$%&%ing sound or a screen. ahhh, I’m not a genius but a very technical oriented person. Despite this I feel lost with this phone.
Bluetooth Bluetooth riddle me this batman if I purchase a song or album from google play I can bluetooth and copy the whole album to my friends phone. Iphone and apple will not allow this file share. You don’t own your music! But android owners do! No full HD screens and you own a prenium device. Good luck with your precious iphone.
The metal iPhone is prone to corrosion and breakage.rusty iPhones are not pretty. Glass is not as strong as samsung glass. 4 out of 5 iPhones break from their first fall.operating system and network configuration software is frustrating. bland and uninteresting display and controls. iPhones are not ergonomic and are very small. iPhone does not have MiMo tech. iPhone is executive, samsung is for the everyday and trendsetter.
I’ve been using an iPhone 4 since 3 years ago or so, and stayed with iOS5.1 jailbroken. Just today I received an iPhone 5 (ios 7.1.1). The device design looks nice (4 was really nice too), but the interface design sucks (Actually, I want to stick with my old phone).
About the article, I think it sucks just as much as the iOS 7 interface. Fanboy made stuff. I like the iPhone, but just because I’m lazy enough to get used to Android and to buy a new phone (or anything made from Samsung, whose support sucks just as much as this article).
For an EiC, one would expect well informed facts over subjective thinking.
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