After 18 Months Of iPhone Problems, Switching To Android

Around the middle of 2011 I published an article on this site about upgrading my (then) Blackberry Bold 9000 for the all-new Apple iPhone 4.  It was a bold move by me at the time as I had little love for Apple products.

18 months on, and my thoughts on Apple have not improved any, in fact, to the contrary they have very heavily deteriorated.

The iPhone 4 was fun at first.  Sleek, fast and a major upgrade from the Blackberry, the iPhone was a novelty with many apps to get my geeky fingers into.  However, like many who switch to Apple products, it was not without problems.  The inability to really modify or customise the phone was a big setback for me, and though Apple addressed this with their iOS5 update it was not enough.  Then there was the home button that begun to stick about 3 months ago.  Apple support were useless, suggesting there was no hardware issue, yet over time the problem became much more prevalent.  Still, Apple refuse to admit there is an issue with the button / hardware.  Hitting google you will find many reports of iPhone 4 users with this exact same problem, yet still, Apple refuse to admit there is an issue.  As it stands right now, I have to have assisted touch enabled, as the home button doesn’t work 80%+ of the time. Then of course came iOS6.  Maps etc aside, iOS6 biggest problem is that it has my phone running so hot it reboots itself at least once every day.

I’m done with Apple and the iPhone experiment.  It was never really destined to succeed as unlike many Apple users appear to be, I wont just blindly follow.

so, Samsung Galaxy SIII here I come.  A phone that is super fast, has a great size screen, loads of incredible apps and most importantly, it doesn’t have that Apple logo on it! 

Samsung Galaxy s3

In the coming week I will post a detailed review of how I find the new phone.

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Apple Shocks Users, Calls Purple Haze On iPhone 5 Camera “Normal”

 Steve Jobs may not be at the helm, but it appears the same arrogant mentality that bought you “just avoid holding it in that way” is still very firmly embedded in the Apple Ideology.  If you’re not familar with that infamous quote from Steve Jobs, take a read here about the problems the iPhone 4 had after being released.

iphone5-purple-hazeThe iPhone 5 is now here and once again the product has bugs and flaws.  Or at least, that’s what everybody in the world except Apple would call them.  One of the biggest issues with the iPhone 5 is the hated “Purple Haze” effect that for some reason is happening with the iPhone 5 camera.  Those who have been around cameras long enough would know that two of the biggest causes of Purple Haze are either faulty hardware or a low quality product.  It’s hard to imagine Apple using low quality products, right?

So it must be a fault with the hardware (iPhone Camera) itself.

Apparently not.

Gizmodo reader, Matt Van Gastel purchased an iPhone 5 and like many of his fellow iPhone users, contacted Apple Support to complain about the “fault” with the camera.  He, like many others had experienced the Purple Haze on the camera.  This is what Apple responded to him:

“Our engineering team just gave me this information and we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5′s camera.

xlargeApparently Apple Support think their users are not too smart, because a little research reveals that the Purple Haze has been happening no matter where the light source is in relation to the photo.  Indoor shots, outdoor shots, night shots, they’ve all experienced that horrid haze.

But don’t expect a fix anytime soon.  It appears Apple are very firm in their belief that the haze is “normal behaviour”, and history shows that Apple are just arrogant enough to actually not listen to their customers.

As Stan Schroeder of Mashable put it, “The world according to Apple is, apparently, simply a bit more purple than you imagined.”

Helpful references:

Game & Guide – Apple says camera haze is “normal behaviour”
Yahoo news – Purple Haze, “it’s normal”
Tech Spot – Camera haze is “normal behaviour”
Apple Insider – Users claim camera is defective

 

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Newcastle Boss Alan Pardew Gets 8yr Extension

alanpardewA positive sign of things to come or an over-confident move?  They seem to be the 2 biggest trends to come out of recent news that Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has been signed to an incredible 8 year extension.

Pardew took over the helm in December 2010 after former manager Chris Hughton was shown the door.  Since that time the club has taken on a much more positive direction and has seen some major signings including Demba Ba and  Papiss Cisse.

“I was a bit shocked when it was suggested that an eight year contract was on the table,” said Pardew. “It hasn’t quite sunk in, if I’m being honest, that the club have given me that kind of contract.” (source)

Former Crystal Palace teammate Ian Wright spoke very positively of the extension, telling ESPN, “Pards was never the most blessed footballer technically, he was always a guy who had opinions and thoughts on how the game should be played, so it doesn’t surprise me to see him doing so well,”

I see this move as a positive step up by owner Mike Ashley and an indication that the club are ready to make a serious push to be once again, one of the top clubs in the English Premier League.

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