Apple iPhone 5 Unveiled: Is It the Notebook Killer? Discussion

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  1. Michael Wall

    Michael Wall Notebook Consultant NBR Reviewer

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    Apple unveiled its newest iteration of the iPhone today. The iPhone 5 houses a number of upgrades from its predecessor, including a sleeker frame and faster processor. With the new device housing such impressive specs, causal users may find it to be the perfect notebook replacement.

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  2. Cableman

    Cableman Notebook Geek

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    I am sorry, but this is one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever read. iPhone 5 the notebook killer??? Really? "those who merely surf the web and chat with their friends via Facebook, may come to find devices like the iPhone 5 a suitable replacement for the portable PCs" - you could have said the same about any smartphone. How is the iPhone 5's ability to surf the web and chat any different than any of the previous models or any of its competitors? If anything, tablets are closer to notebooks, but calling a phone that is an incremental update of the previous version "a notebook killer" is more than ridiculous!

    The hype machine at its worst. And some other things that I won't even begin to comment:

    "the faster A6 processor will help greatly reduce noise in pictures" (perhaps if they stick in an i7 in there, there won't be any noise :rolleyes:)

    "It's hard to tell if we're looking at the catalyst of new industry trend" (What trend is that? I didn't realize that this device is so innovative that it sets new trends in both the phone and notebook markets. Wow)
     
  3. Jerry Jackson

    Jerry Jackson Administrator NBR Reviewer

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    True, but it's also a valid argument that more and more people are using their smartphones for things they used to use laptops to do ... and some of those same people are delaying the purchase of new PCs and "making do" with older PCs or work-issues PCs (even if they aren't supposed to use them for personal stuff).

    I don't think anyone is crazy enough to say that the new iPhone fully replaces a notebook, but it is fair to say you can survive just fine with an iPhone if (and I stress "IF") all you do on a laptop is browse the web and check email.
     
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    Cableman Notebook Geek

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    If this article was about the usefulness of smartphones for basic uses and the fact that some people "are using their smartphones for things they used to use laptops to do", then perhaps it shouldn't be an article about the iPhone 5, but smartphones in general - "Smartphones: the Notebook Killers?". I just fail to see what the new iPhone brings to the table that will revolutionize the market? Yes, I do agree that "you can survive just fine with an iPhone if...all you do on a laptop is browse the web and check email", but this doesn't go only for the iPhone 5 or iPhones in general. I am pretty sure that an Android or Windows or iPhone 4 smartphone can perform the same tasks. I just don't like the bombastic tone of the article, as if this is a device sent from the aliens or in a time machine from the future. It's just unnecessary hype.
     
  5. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

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    I actually was a little underwhelmed by the iPhone 5's release. I was expecting some new "killer feature" and I didn't see one. It's an incremental improvement over the iPhone 4S that should make people who have already settled on iOS happy. But for people not married to one particular OS, it's hard to see how this stacks up competitively with the Galaxy S3, the Lumia 920, etc. The camera is basically the same camera as the iPhone 4S...no new tech to compete with the Lumia 920's. And the screen, while "bigger" at 4.0 inches, is still tiny compared to flagship designs from Android and WP8 OEMs (which seem to all be in the 4.5" to 4.8" range...4.0 is barely even "mid-range" nowadays). While the phone is lightweight--reviews have pointed out it's lighter than the featherweight Galaxy S3--one should hope so, considering the S3 is a 4.8" phone instead of 4.0".
     
  6. Han Bao Quan

    Han Bao Quan The Assassin

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    Well when the iPhone can make a document or compile my c++ code for me, or run photoshop, then I'd say it's a notebook killer.
    People buy laptops for more things than just web surfing and email you know?
     
  7. talin

    talin Notebook Prophet

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    Come on NBR, don't lower yourself to DailyTech standards, you can do better than this.
     
  8. KCETech1

    KCETech1 Notebook Prophet

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    but its fun now and then ;)

    but honestly its a weak incremental upgrade with no new features and a few new headaches since apparently the new adaptor to use legacy docks etc cant pass video, and in many cases cant pass audio either.

    and not a single innovative feature or even new feature I was very sad to see no near transfer ability and think the new sim card is a bad idea, IF I upgraded it seems i cant adapt it to slide into another phone or LTE modem. ( I trade devices depending on use )

    even iOS 6 as a whole was a bit of a let down as many new features are just catching up to competitors and even older android versions
     
  9. talin

    talin Notebook Prophet

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    I was referring to the article. -_-
     
  10. lucirz

    lucirz Notebook Consultant

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    this is a really dumb article. if you're asking is the iphone 5 a notebook killer? then why wasn't this question asked when the galaxy s3 came out or the ipad or the galaxy note.


    iphone 5 is far from notebook killer, they serve different purposes.
     
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