A few days ago, our Jan yelled: September Madness - What are YOU looking forward to? In case you’ve been living under an elephant, September is set to be one of the biggest months in the history of mobile, with IFA 2014, at least one Apple keynote, and lots more.
I’ve just realised I largely agree with the stuff Jan listed (I’m scared), but I’m going to formalise my answer with paragraphs and pictures regardless. Onward!
Apple iPhone 6: modest spec sheet, huge success?
I reckon the iPhone 6 launch will go one of two ways. Firstly, since the larger displays (4.7in, 5.5in) arguably put the iPhone 6 in more direct competition with Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3, the lack of face-punching specs might disappoint. Dual-core processor? 8MP rear camera? 1GB of RAM? That doesn’t sound too much better – on paper – than the 2011 iPhone 4S.
On the other hand, there’s the tried and tested argument that Apple can do no wrong in many people’s eyes, and as for Joe Average, he doesn’t have a clue how much RAM in his phone, nor does he care.
If history has taught us anything, the iPhone 6’s processor will be more than capable, the camera will be up there with the market leaders (there’s more to the story than megapixels), and the RAM will get the job done. Er, probably.
Barring some huge catastrophe, the iPhone 6 will likely be the biggest selling phone of the year.
Apple iWatch: smartwatches for all?
I was speaking to a former Three employee the other day, and he suggested that smartwatches need a hero device to make people stand up and take notice. Without a doubt, that device is the Apple iWatch.
Yes, Android Wear already has the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Motorola Moto 360, but when Apple talks, people listen.
In turn, that’ll get people shopping around for cheaper – or simply non-Apple – alternatives, and suddenly you’ve got yourself a booming smartwatch market. Indeed, NextMarket tells us to expect 373 million units shipped by 2020. That’s a lot of smartwatches.
HTC One (M8) for Windows: the non-Apple, non-Android phone we’ve been waiting for?
I’ve been rocking my iPhone 5 for two years now, so it’s definitely time for an upgrade. However, using an iPad to review games, there’s a good argument to be made that I should embrace a non-iOS ecosystem for my smartphone.
The logical choice is perhaps Android, though there’s an HTC Desire HD and Nook HD kicking around here, with an HTC Desire 610 on the way.
Nah, the phone I’m more interested in is the HTC One (M8) for Windows, which deftly combines the sexiness of the Android-based One (M8), with an operating system I haven’t spent a great deal of time with. Exciting.
BlackBerry Passport: desirable weirdo?
With RIM’s head-spinning decline and subsequent rebirth as BlackBerry, it’s hard to imagine a Canadian-built device in the current climate that could truly rival flagships from the likes of Apple, Samsung, LG and HTC.
Churning out same-old BlackBerry phones – the one with the keyboard, the one that’s all-touch – is unlikely to change much, so why not go against the grain with a frankly flabbergasting beast?
With a 1:1 aspect ratio, the BlackBerry Passport definitely ticks the flabbergasting box; the phone’s almost square. And if the rumoured specs are on the proverbial money, we have ourselves our beast.
The display is said to have a resolution of 1,400 x 1,400 and diagonal measurement of 4.5in, so that’s an eye-melting 453PPI (pixels per inch).
Throw in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation), 2MP front camera, physical keyboard and monstrous 3,450mAh battery, and we’re sold!