Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Oct 2013 23:32 UTC

Since my contract renewal was up, I had the option to renew it and buy a new phone alongside with it. Since I have an unofficial policy of never buying into the same platform twice in a row, and because it has been a long time since I bought something from Cupertino, I decided to go with the newest iPhone, the 5S. I'm planning on a more thorough review sometime later this year after more thorough use, but here are a few short first impressions.

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Locked-in Defaults
by intangible on Fri 1st Nov 2013 00:37 UTC
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The forced defaults and non-sharing between apps just kills it for me...

Why does Apple feel like they have to resort to underhanded tactics to steer you toward only their apps on their platform? Why can't I choose my browser, maps app, etc (not to mention intentionally handicapping any competing apps with things like "no fast javascript engine in your browser, only ours")?

Years ago the excuse "to make it simpler for people" almost passed muster, but these days, just no.

Compete on quality Apple, not abitrary "you will do things our way, for your own good (we're not intentionally hobbling competition, honest!)" restrictions.

Also, what's up with an iOS review on Nexus 5 day, Thom?! ;)

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