Do You Know What Your Sin Is?
Mine tends to be lust although, as the great Captain Tightpants once said “Hell, I’m a fan of all seven”. I bring this up because of two related occurrences. Firstly, Apple will announce the new iPhone, which looks like it will be called the iPhone 5, on the 12th of September (with availability something like the 21st of September). Secondly, a colleague of mine at work has just got himself a new Samsung Galaxy S III and I really, really like it.
Now, friends of mine will gasp at that news and potentially have to grab at a passing vodka for support, but it’s true. For the very first time since I held the very first iPhone for the very first time (6:13pm on November the 9th, 2007, to be precise) I have phone envy. Call me a size queen but I love how big the SIII is: it has a 4.8-inch screen, measured diagonally, compared to all iPhones ever at 3.5 inches. It’s a gorgeous screen and despite its AMOLED nature (which has pixels arranged in a sort of weird herringbone pattern rather than the simple grid of squares of the iPhone’s retina display) everything looks crisp and sharp and slick and smooth. And Android is starting to look less and less laughable with each passing software release. You can see my dilemma. Instead of lusting about whatever is coming down the pipe from Apple I’m finding myself envious of the new Samsung big boy. In terms of hardware at least, I find myself Android-curious.
Of course, I pretty much know what’s coming down the pipe from Apple. A new iPhone with a tweaked screen, 4 inches at 16:9-aspect rather than the present 3.5 inches at 3:2 aspect, all of which means that the screen will be exactly the same width, just a little taller, enough to get another row of icons on the home screen. Overall the thing will be a little bit thinner. Probably the camera will have improvements made. And if that is all that comes out of Wednesday September 12th I readily admit I will be… disappointed.
The iPhone 4 was a revolution, with an amazing screen and a phenomenally better camera. The iPhone 4S was an iteration, a tweaking and smoothing of rough edges (Siri notwithstanding). It’s time again for something new and exciting, something more than a re-engineered case and 176 more pixels vertically. People have speculated about NFC (contactless payments, etc) as the new big thing, some whisper about a new music streaming service from iTunes. I await with interest. But I’m on the approach to the seven-year itch. Much as I love the iPhone and the apps it runs, my eye is being caught by others, and I’m fervently hoping that Apple does more than just wear sexy new underwear.