“Good morning, driving to Office, very cold out here, -2 degree C”, was the message I dictated to Siri this morning while driving to office to respond to a friend’s message on “Whats app Messenger”
No matter what the World thinks and competitors say about Apple, truth is that Apple still has the lead when it comes to sales and customer pull. I don't want to sound like an Apple fan because I am not a true Apple fan except the fact that I am an owner of iPhone for last 5 years, but it’s true.
Despite the fact that Apple was criticized for its taller and not wider design, flaky maps and what not, one fact that still remains on top of all is that Apple broke yet another record of selling its new iPhone 5, the 6th generation iPhone.
For the last 3 years I was planning to let go my 2nd generation iPhone, iPhone 3G because with every day passing by, it was getting worse and worse with its speed, performance and space. But every time a new iPhone came out, for some or the other reason, I failed to buy it. On my 1st upgrade cycle, one of my relatives wanted to have an iPhone, so I upgraded my line and gave the new phone to him. I was stuck in another 2 year cycle of contract with old phone but it wasn't that bad until few months ago.
Lately, my phone started telling me that I am aging now and you need to find another partner. This reminds me of the starting line of the iPhone ad in which Jony Ive, Sr. Vice President Design says, “when you think about your iPhone, it’s probably the object that you use most in your life, it’s the product that you have with you, all the time”. For me, it truly is the thing with me 24x7, besides Internet of course. I still remember my first day when I unwrapped my iPhone 3G on March 28th 2008 gifted by my brother and sister in law. I was shocked and my half-wife sitting by my side was thrilled to see me surprised. My first call was to my brother to thank him for such a wonderful gift and I said “main kya karunga yaar is phone ka, mujhe normal sa phone hi bahut hai, all I need is a device that can call and get calls” (translation: what will I do with this phone, I just need a simple easy phone that can dial and get calls) and he laughed and said, keep it and my sister in law said, I’ll ask you after 2 days if you need it or not. It’s been 5 years and I am still with iPhone. I won’t say it changed my Life but It truly changed a lot around me.
I waited for quite some time to make up my mind and go for a new phone and this September when Apple launched its new iPhone, I knew I was going to buy it. All started with pre-ordering the phone at AT&T website and getting my phone shipped to Virginia where my brother lives as my line is registered to his address. Phone was shipped last week and I was informed about it on time. I couldn’t wait to hold it and play with it but I had to for 7 more days until my brother and I meet in Boston. Last Saturday, finally the moment came when I did the ceremony of unboxing the phone again but this time with my family by my side. The moment Apple Logo flashed on the phone, I knew I met my match. Perhaps God made matches in heaven; mine was made by Apple at Cupertino, California and assembled in China that travelled from Virginia to Boston to finally embrace me and live with me in Chicago.
As usual there were several debates amongst our family on iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III, Android vs. iOS but am glad that I wasn't cornered this time in minority. The key players were strong on Android side but iOS didn't lose its ground. Now when I have my own toy in my hand and I've had good chance to play around with it for 2 days, I think I won’t regret upon my decision. Not that Samsung is not good, it may be better than iPhone 5 in many aspects but for me, it is a worth upgrade and money paid for good. There was a time when I used to launch apps on my iPhone 3G and would stare at the screen for more than a minute for the app to show up or in some cases to know that app crashed and now the app launches and is ready to use even before I realize that it’s up and running. It’s funny but when I installed “Words With Friends” on my new phone and launched it, the app came up so quick that I forgot that I was on new phone and I was still staring at the screen thinking that it is still loading. Same happened when I first loaded my blog on the newly designed Safari. It loaded with lightening fast speed on LTE (Long Term Evolution). I couldn't believe that my phone could be so fast. My first reaction to that was “Wuhoo, this is Super Sonic" and I showed it to my brother and my elder nephew came running to me asking show me Super Sonic speed (he’s just 6 and learnt this new word from one of his school friends few days ago). My sister in law said she should have recorded the entire episodic event of “Me meeting my iPhone 5” coz’ I was thrilled like a baby with glitter and shine in my eyes.
Well, the thing is, for me and for all those who have an old phone, no matter an iPhone or a Samsung or some other smart phone, upgrading to iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S-III would really be a journey from Earth to Mars but if you already own an iPhone 4 or 4S or a recent edition of Samsung S series or other equivalent smart phone, upgrading to iPhone 5 probably makes no sense.
I am so far satisfied with my new Toy, my partner in crime, my iPhone 5.