And it has a friendly new price
sent from my red phone
|Awesome Apple Thing||Already Been Done By…|
|Bigger Phones! 4.7 and 5.5 inches!||Moto X (2013) and Galaxy Note (2011)|
|Optical Image Stabilization!||LG G2 (2013), and likely before that|
|Landscape Mode! Power button on the side!||Practically every Samsung phone|
|NFC Payments! Secure element!||Galaxy Nexus (2011) (although NFC on top makes more sense – call this a draw)|
|Watch “crown” wheel!||iPod click wheel (2001)|
|Watch “communication button”!||Nextel push-to-talk (mid-00’s)|
|You can long press the watch screen!||Android 2.0, if not before that|
|Screen widgets! Custom keyboards!||Android 1.0, Swiftkey/Swype (2011)|
|Here’s U2 to play at the end!||…|
These things are all kind of cool, but it is dumb to assume that Apple will “bowl over” its competition by, essentially, osmosis. All the things will soon be 5.15-inch metal-rimmed slabs. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
But I heard a panelist on a recent episode of This Week in Google (could have been All About Android too) talk about the zen of wanting the phone you have, or something like that. It is a noble concept, and I tried to live up to it with my previous phone (until I didn’t). But it is easy to do with a Nexus device, or an iPhone, because you are at ground zero of the operating system. So I dove down the rabbit hole that is Touchwiz, to look for enlightenment.