Android Lawyers Won’t Love the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Forget about any reading any reviews of Apple’s event yesterday. Like any obedient servant, 9 of 10 absolutely love the product. I followed the feeds at The Verge and Ars Technica and laughed loudly at some of the proclamations. But I digress, because iPhone J.D. published this post lauding the benefits of the newly announced iPhone series.

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I think it’s only right to carry on the tradition of explaining why Android users don’t care about the device. (And don’t forget to view this post, which pretty much sums up all my feelings.)

Bigger screen

Here is Apple’s biggest mea culpa. Of course, a larger screen “revolutionary” for an iPhone, but nothing new for Android users. In fact, I’ve tested (and owned) several phones with similar screen sizes. And there are obviously bigger sized phones (like the Galaxy Note 3) available in the Android ecosystem.

Personally, I loved the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, which both have 5.5 inch screens. I prefer a small screen size, so my Nexus 5 suits me just fine.

Don’t worry Android fans, screen size isn’t revolutionary. I’d consider this a win for Android.

Better display

I’m not even sure how to compare this. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have “Retina HD Display,” which is a fancy way of saying, “the picture looks awesome.” If you’ve ever used the iPhone 5 you’ll kind of understand the new picture quality. I’m sure Retina HD will be cool. And yes, I’ve seen some cool displays, like the LG G3.

Here’s where I’m surprised that iPhone J.D. didn’t pump the new PPI strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (he talks about it later). Apple made a big deal of the phones’ new 401 PPI display. Android users probably yawned, since most new Android devices have at least 441 PPI. My Nexus 5 (circa 2013) has 445, the Galaxy S5 (circa Feb. 2014) has 432, and the LG G3 has an impress 531 PPI. Plus, most of these devices match the iPhone 6 Plus’s 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Once again Android fans, don’t worry. Too many old eyes won’t be able to tell the difference up close. I’d consider this a draw, since we don’t know what to expect on the Retina HD (“awesome is subjective”) and Android has significant devices with pixel density already.

Thinner

The iPhone 6 will be .30 .27 inches thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus will measure .27 .28 inches thick. That’s impressively small. The Galaxy S5, which is one of the thinnest Android phones I’ve played with, is still .32 inches thick. The LG G3 is .35, and my Nexus 5 is .34 inches thick.

Apple did revolutionize the size, which is commendable.

Don’t worry though, the thickness difference is negligible in your hand. Where you’ll definitely feel the difference though is in weight. iPhone 6 is impressively light at only 3.96 ounces. The iPhone 6 Plus is only slightly lighter than my Nexus 5 at 4.55 oz. versus 4.95 oz. To Apple’s credit, the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger screen with a lighter weight distribution than my Nexus 5.

Android users shouldn’t worry too much, lighter phones are on their way. This category goes to Apple.

Curves

iPhone J.D. really adds this category as a selling point. Not to knock iPhone J.D., but Android users definitely won’t care. I don’t recall a single Android device I’ve used that doesn’t have curves.

Of course, iPhone users have always been stuck with a box.

This category goes to Android.

Faster

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have faster processors. From all accounts, it’s pretty awesome.

I think this is another draw, since many Android phones come with comparatively fast processors. The Galaxy S5, for example, has a 2.4 gHz processor.

Camera

The camera category goes to Apple (though LG G3 and Galaxy S5 have awesome cameras) because Apple knows how to do cameras. Apple will probably pack so many additional features in the camera that the fanboys will . . . well, we won’t hear the end.

Android fans, expect even more low quality vertical videos.

Apple Pay

I’m actually excited that Apple announced this. NFC finally comes to iPhone. Except Apple didn’t pump the NFC aspect, just the Apple Pay. Which is good because I’m hoping we’ll have more retailers that’ll accept NFC payments. I hate going to places that “accept” NFC, only to discover, “our device doesn’t work.” Maybe now I can really start to use Google Wallet.

Of course, you have to wonder how many “Sheeple” will trust iCloud with their credit card and banking information.

Android owns this category, but thankfully Apple is entering the fray.

Voice-over IP

VOIP calling is awesome. iPhone users will love the feature. Right now, only a few US carriers offer the feature (T-Mobile for sure). We’ll find universal adoption though (and carriers will start charging), which will make the practice more common.

Android for the win.

Move on, nothing to see

Android lawyers weren’t impressed by Apple’s new announcements. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus left us . . . underwhelmed. The Apple Watch looks cool (especially the crown functions), but once again, underwhelming. I’ve heard many justify Apple’s underwhelming “innovations” by saying the company isn’t generally “first-to-market.”

But that’s not true. Apple was first to market with iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Though the categories existed, Apple set the standard for these devices. Apple owned the categories for years. Recently though, I think people realize how little they’re getting from Apple when compared to Android.

8 Responses to Android Lawyers Won’t Love the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

  1. Jeff, Android users have been trying out larger screen sizes for some time, so I appreciate learning from your experiences. I see that you say that you have tried 5.5-inch diagonal displays, but that you prefer the Nexus 5, which I believe has a 5-inch diagonal display. I’m glad to hear your perspective on this because, as I noted in my post, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus just seems too large to me. Sounds like you agree based on the phones that you have used, and that makes me more comfortable about ordering the iPhone 6 instead of the iPhone 6 Plus.

    Three minor nits on your post: First, you say: “The iPhone 6 will be .30 inches thick.” that’s actually the size of the 2012 iPhone 5 and the 2013 iPhone 5s; the 2014 iPhone 6 is .27 inches.

    Second, regarding the Retina HD Display you talk about PPI, and the fact that some Android screens have up to 445 PPI. But I think that you will agree that PPI is only one factor that goes into how good a screen looks. You also need to consider brightness, richness of black, viewing angles, etc. Without having seen one yet, I don’t yet know how the iPhone 6 display compares to the best that Android has to offer, but I think we can both agree that it is about more than just pixels per inch.

    Third, in connection with the curved shape of the iPhone 6, you say that “iPhone users have always been stuck with a box.” While the iPhone 4 through 5s have had a boxy shape, the original iPhone, the 3G and the 3GS all had curves on the side. Of course, those were much thicker phones. The reviewers who held an iPhone 6 yesterday said that the combination of the thinnest phone ever plus the curved edges feels really nice in the hand.

    Thanks for your perspective.

    Jeff Richardson
    iPhone J.D.

    • Jeff, you’re absolutely right, and thanks for your great post.

      First, I like the larger screen, and probably a large number of old experienced readers with tired eyes will appreciate a 5.5 inch screen. It’s nice, but too large for my small hand. I actually like have the 5S fits into your hand, not too big, not too small, but just not enough screen space. If you’re hesitant or considering both, I’d drop by a mobile carrier and test out the Galaxy S5 in your hand, just to get a feel. Actually hold it for about 10 minutes. That should ease your question over iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, at least regarding size.

      Thanks for the correction on the size. Fixed and just a typo on my part.

      No doubt Retina HD will be something to behold. I’m going to hold off on final conclusions, for now. I’m intrigued by some of the hype functions of the Retina HD, though I know Samsung tried something similar, with a “I can’t tell the difference” effect.

      One thing that Apple has always done well is make the iPhone feel great in one’s hand. I actually like the box looked, but it’ll be interesting to see how the curves feel. Curves are a really big deal, especially when you upsize a phone. Apple had to bring back the curves just to make the phone feel less boxy, which is a good move on their part. It’s hard to make a phone that’s comfortable to hold and feels natural in your hand at the same time. I haven’t really seen that with Android devices. Not combined together, at least. Even my Nexus 5 isn’t great to hold. Perhaps the closest was the LG G3, but even that has small issues.

    • +1
      That’s probably the biggest and best news for Android users. Apple made it about Apple Pay, which you’d expect, but really the take away is we can finally use Google Wallet and NFC on more devices.

  2. I have the Note 3 which is 5.5 and I do NOT consider it too large. In fact, it is great and I have given my iPad to my grandson and never carry a tablet with me. In court, I can access dropbox and everything else I need to see on my note 3. The size is great. Even the judges stop to ask what I have b/c they want it. There are several of us with it and all love the size. I do not consider it too big for phone calls. I also have an iPhone 5c that I keep just for family facetime. Cannot stand how small it is and do not understand how anyone tolerates the small size. I wonder how much the iPhone 6Plus will cut into the iPad mini.

    • I doubt iPhone 6 Plus will have any effect on the iPad Mini’s sales or use. They’re really two different categories of devices.

      A lot of folks enjoy the 5.5 inch screen of the Note 3. I expect the note 4 will have similar success.

  3. I am late to this post, but thought I would chime in anyway. Jeff, it is your blog and you can devise your scoring metrics however you want, but it seems that Apple caught up with Android in every category yet you pronounced Android the winner in almost all of those. If you are purchasing a new phone now, if Android and Apple offer the same features,they should be a toss up yet you seem to be giving Android points for being ahead of Apple which is not the case.

    I know the blog is The Droid Lawyer and I am an iOs guy, but until Android moves the bar again, the systems seem to be pretty similar at this time, cameras and ability to keep the government out of the phone notwithstanding. As an iOs guy, I hope Android continues to spur Apple to include better features in its phones.

    • Android gets the advantage since it’s first to the table. Aside from the camera, iPhone 6 doesn’t offer anything that Android users haven’t had for months or years. If that’s the case, then the first to the field gets the victory. iPhone 6 has some great features and bumps, but there’s no reason for Android users to jump over to iPhone.

      Personally, I’d like to see both platforms adopt similar features, at least as far as protecting against government intrusion.

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