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Posted 3/2/15 , edited 3/4/15
I'm writing this after a brief conversation with my friends about the newest cellphone models coming to market.
Lets have a civil discussion about the cellphone war going on.

I'll keep this brief, cellphones which are "state of the art" in its hardware mean nothing in the modern world of mobile devices, here's why. Application developers are constrained by a few unshakable rules:

1) Your application's hardware requirements cannot exceed the capabilities of the most popular devices.
2) Your application must be accessible to more than just the most current generation of mobile devices
3) Your application must be accessible to more than just one brand of cellphone

I do not claim to be an expert in application, I have not developed one myself, but these rules only make common business sense because catering only to the demographic which keeps up with the latest technology puts you at a major disadvantage. This is because there is a limit to how fast people can adapt to new technology, therefore there will always be a large amount of your potential customers who have not kept up with the latest models of cellphones.

This being said lets say say a certain cellphone has a processor, GPU and RAM with modern triple A gaming capabilities, how well would this cellphone sell? Very poorly. Because cellphones like this do not cater to the unimaginably massive demographic of mobile users. This cellphone caters to a very small niche who likes the latest technology.

Now you may say, "but the hardware performance trumps every modern cellphone today!". This also is meaningless. A cellphone which is not massively popular will, just like the Playstation Vita, fail due to lack of support by both parent company, application developer and consumer.

The quality of a cellphone is not defined by hardware, it is defined by how well it fits into the current mobile market and the needs of both the consumers and the application developers.

Do you agree? How much a role do you think having the latest technology play in the success of a cellphone. How well do you think your favourite cellphone fit into this idea of market compatibility? Between Apple and Samsung, who does this better? Let me know!
Posted 3/2/15 , edited 3/4/15
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this will soon turn into a flame war between android and apple fanatics.

OT: Apple is doing a good job at marketing their products. Heck, not many companies can make customers line up 2 am in the morning for several hours to get the latest gadget when it is launched.
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NO, no no no. Do you know what will happen if you give Apple and Samsung lovers an entire thread to fight about which one is better?

Think about all the destructio--

I shoulda thought of this
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ive had both. i like the battery life and screen of the samsung but the interface of apple better
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I've also had both. Within the past 5 years, i've switched to the latest one on release. I find that with android, it has alot more micromanaging and customization. But becuase of that, if you arn't constantly on top of things, it can feel slow with even mundane processes. I've personally stuck with my apple device mainly becuase of my flappy bird/angry birds/handoff/continuity/imsg

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im just more comfortable with apple devices. most of my family uses samsung, but im comfortable with apple devices
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How important do you think having the latest technology is to being a good cellphone?
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as long as it's able to perform the tasks needed, i don't really care that much.
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Due to Apple's terrible customer service and crappy warranty, Ill never purchase an Apple product.

I also like Android better as well.
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I've only ever used Macintosh computers (sorry, I still prefer to think of it as Mac over Apple when it comes to their computers), but I've always liked Samsung mobile phones and smart phones the most. They tend to be longer lasting and a little more hardy. I've never had an iPhone, but that's what my boyfriend and most my family use. My Dad even said the only reason he keeps with the iPhone is A- it's compatible with his laptop and tablet and B- he's been an Apple customer for so long that they always give him excellent service (we're talking 20+ years dealing with Mac/Apple).
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Windows Lumia
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I've used both Apple and Android (mainly Nexus devices, Samsung not so much) but I feel that in the newest Samsung Galaxy S6 they really made a mistake in getting rid of replaceable battery and expandable storage. Those are features that loyal Samsung customers really like that Apple doesn't have. I enjoy both iOS and Android and feel comfortable with both. I just hate Samsung's bloatwares and TouchWiz.
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Samsung

just got the note 3 and tab 3 after Christmas
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I have an iPhone and other Apple products, because my Dad used to work for the company and we would get discounts. There is some sort of weird loyalty I feel towards Apple, but it's not because I think it's better.

I hardly understand the technicalities of phones, and honestly, I just want one that does what it's supposed to.

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