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Two iPhone Articles

People around the world are misusing their iPhone because they’re afraid of breaking it

After 3 weeks of using an iPhone, I’ll never use Android again

This:

Camera

This makes a huge difference. Maybe one of the biggest differences of all. I tried multiple camera apps on my Android phone, and they were all awful.

Maybe the worst part about them was that they all took forever to load. The whole point of taking pictures with your smartphone is convenience. I want to snap and go and that’s it. If it’s super beautiful, that’s a bonus. This never worked out for me on my Note 3, and as a result I took fewer pictures.

This was especially tough moving from an iPhone in the first place. I use my iPhone camera for all sorts of things other than just taking pictures with friends or at events.

It serves as a digital scanner and a note-taking app because it can snap a picture so quickly. All of that functionality was lost on me when I was living with the Note 3. It doesn’t open up fast enough, and the camera app both by Samsung and the Google substitute I used were not good.

While Samsung and others take their time getting the camera right, Xiaomi understands how damn important it is and always uses it as a top selling point for their phones. (And the Xiaomi MiPad camera isn’t bad, either.)

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Tablet Revolution? No. Pocket Revolution.

Tablet PCs exhibit negative growth in India, 1Q CY 2015 shows 13.9% decline in shipments

Since there isn’t much value addition coming in the shape of specific solutions to enhance device usability at the moment, Tablets are only becoming devices of convenience, essentially larger screen versions of smartphones. This has resulted in lower priority in the list of ‘must have’ devices for the average user. Tablets only make the ‘nice-to-have’ grade. To prevent the Tablet form factor from dying out, vendors must position their offerings as a distinct category, rather than just an also ran device at the cusp of a Smartphone and a Laptop PC.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

More evidence that China tablet makers are going to face increasingly straitened sales.

I now understand why some have ventured into TV boxes, game controllers, even Roomba clones. At least they understand they’re manufacturers of electronics, and not just tablets.

Jumping from tablets to phones is no easy transition. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Ramos and its phone ambitions. With the phone market in China seemingly saturated, I can’t see any domestic tablet makers making the necessary leap into the international market they need to survive. Even powerhouse Xiaomi is doing it step by small step.

Previously here:

The Not-So-Surprising Use For A Tablet

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The Not-So-Surprising Use For A Tablet

The Tablet Story Isn’t Over — But It’s Changing

Android Tablet Land

Flurry’s data regarding Android tablets reaffirms the many Android tablet observations myself and others have been making based on our research of the segment. Consistently, we find tablet usage and engagement is weak in Android land. Android tablet sales, going back to the beginning of 2013, have an estimated total of 340 million units. Tracking that against my Android installed base estimates, it puts active Android tablets via Flurry’s data at roughly 120 million units if we just focus on the past few years worth of sales. Meaning that approximately 220 million Android tablets are no longer in use or not accessing the Internet via apps.

The latter is not surprising. We know that low-end Android tablets do not drive heavy app or Internet engagement and are mostly used, globally, for entertainment media like video. What is surprising to me from this estimate is what appears to be a very short life for Android tablets. If my estimates are correct, or even in the ballpark, it suggests a much shorter average life cycle for Android tablets versus iPads. Perhaps chalk that up to the fact that the bulk of Android tablets being sold cost less than $150 and are relatively poor quality, or that there is little value found from the end users, therefore they are bought for cheap and then discarded when value was not captured or the hardware failed.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Yep.

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iPad And The China Tablet Market

Apple Reports Record March Quarter Results of $13.6B Profit on $58B Revenue, Boosts Dividend and Buybacks

From the earnings call:

iPad sales record in Japan, all-time record in China.

And:

iPad in PRC, had its best quarter ever, higher than all others and also grew in market that contracted for overall market.

The one thing that didn’t go well in Apple’s earnings report, explained in one chart

According the chart below [click link above], made by BI Intelligence, Apple sold 12.62 million iPads last quarter, down 23% year-over-year, which translates to roughly $5.43 billion in sales. That’s lower than the $5.6 billion the Mac brought in last quarter, marking the first time Mac revenue surpassed iPad revenue.

The iPad sales growth has been in steady decline over the past few years. Year-over-year sales have declined in each of the last 8 quarters.

Strange time for tablets. But Apple clearly crushed all the “cottage” tablet makers in China. What people outside of China see as a bargain, inside China they consider trash.

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iPad Pro?

Weibo:

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ZOL Does Tablet 101 Tutorial

Even those who think they know everything about tablets will find at least one new thing in it [Google Translate].

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Apple App Store: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 …

Critical Sharks Part IV: Fear of Apple

Take the Iconfactory’s app Twitteriffic. Maheux ran a test wherein he typed “Twitter” into the App Store search field. His app Twitteriffic was astoundingly listed as the 100th result. Sacha Grief experienced even worse results than Maheux: “The iOS App Store is so broken that I couldn’t find an app even when searching for its full name.”

It’s 2015.

I wrote this back in 2009: Apple’s App Store Needs Librarians

What I wrote in 2009 is still true six years later.

What a disgrace.

I want to rub Apple’s nose in this. Jack Ma created Alibaba so that small businesses could prosper from the Internet.

Apple has maintained the App Store so that Apple can prosper from it.

What an even bigger disgrace.

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iLevon: Phone Buying Advice, USB-C

Weibo:

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It’s interesting that he — a Xiaomi employee who works on MIUI — suggests brands other than Xiaomi in his list. And the iPhone 6 (Plus) comes out on top of all of them, under “Synthesis.”

As for not buying an older phone, I’m not so sure. I’ve been looking at both the ZTE Zmax and the Sony T2 Ultra, both of which are essentially the same with Snapdragon 400 guts. For their price, there’s nothing “modern” to compete with the screen sizes they offer.

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AnTuTu 5.6.1 Released

Weibo:

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Go to whatever app store you frequent.

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Reference: Tablet As Primary Computer

iPad Air 2 Review: Why the iPad Became My Main Computer

In this instance, it’s an iPad. If anyone knows of a similar article with an Android tablet, let me know.

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