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iPhone 5 lacks killer feature, still impresses

The iPhone 5 lacks one big killer feature. But, Bill Detwiler explains why the phone's hardware improvements and iOS 6, make the iPhone 5 an impressive device.

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At a media event on Wednesday, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller unveiled the iPhone 5. The new iPhone sports an Apple A6 SoC, 4" (diagonal) Retina display, LTE support, better cameras, and a completely redesigned docking connector. These features make the iPhone 5 a solid improvement over the iPhone 4 and 4S; but, none stands out as a killer feature. This doesn't mean the iPhone 5 is a lackluster phone -- quite the contrary. I'll walk you through the hardware updates and explain why.

Larger, all-aluminum back cover: The new phone has an aluminum back cover and glass front. This is a significant design change from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, which have glass back plates. The iPhone 5 will be available in two colors -- black and white. The white version has a raw aluminum back cover and the black version has a black anodized cover. The iPhone 5 is also taller (4.87 inches), thinner (0.30 inch), and lighter (112 grams) than the iPhone 4S.

  • Larger screen: The iPhone 5 has a 4-inch (diagonal) Retina display (1136x640 at 326 ppi). The new screen offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and 44-percent better color saturation that the older iPhone. If old apps aren't updated for the new display, they will run in letterbox.
  • Upgraded wireless: In addition to GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA+ data networks, the iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE. In the United States, LTE support will be available on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. Along with LTE, the new phone supports 802.11 a/b/g/n in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and at data speeds up to 150Mbps.
  • Apple A6 SoC: The iPhone 5 is the first device to use the Apple A6 system-on-a-chip (SoC). There's no definitive word on whether the A6 contains a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU or a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU. Schiller did say that the A6 provides 2x faster CPU and 2x graphics performance. The chip is also 22-percent smaller and more energy efficient than the A5 processor found on the iPhone 4S.
  • Better battery life than for iPhone 4S: Schiller also touted the phone's improved battery life. According to Apple, the iPhone 5 will provide 8-hours of 3G talk time, 3G browsing, and LTE browsing. You'll get 10 hours browsing through Wi-Fi or watching video and 40 hours listening to music. If you charge the phone and don't use it (yeah right!), you should get 225 hours of standby time.
  • Enhanced iSight camera: Like the iSight camera on the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5's rear-facing camera has an 8-megapixel sensor and provides a maximum image resolution of 3264x2448 pixels. But thanks to an image signal processor within the A6 chip, the new phone has spatial noise reduction and a smart filter--for better low-light performance and faster image capture. Lastly, the iPhone 5 has a panorama feature that combine single shots into one big photo. In additional to the improved iSight camera, the front-facing, "FaceTime" camera now shoots 720p HD video and has a backside illuminated sensor.
  • Lightning connector: As predicted, the iPhone 5 has a brand new connector, dubbed Lightning. The new connector has an 8-signal design and is 80% smaller than the existing 30-pin connector.
  • Headphone jack on the bottom: Another significant change from Apple's earlier iPhones, the iPhone 5's headphone jack is located along the bottom edge. Only the sleep/wake button now occupies the top.

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Greater than the sum of its hardware components

Despite all the improvements, the iPhone 5 doesn't have a killer feature that makes it THE smartphone to have -- at least not from a hardware perspective. The screen is bigger. But, the screens on Android devices have grown steadily over the past several years as well. It's thinner and lighter than past iPhones, but so are the latest phones from Motorola and Samsung. It supports 4G LTE. But, so do lots of Android devices. It has an A6 SoC, better camera, and longer battery life. Individually, none of these upgrades are a reason to rush out and buy the phone.

What will make the iPhone 5 a hit with consumers is the software and services ecosystem Apple has built around the device. From iOS and the App Store to iTunes and iCloud, iPhone buyers get a complete package -- and one that the company is also upgrading.

Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iOS, said iOS 6 would contain more than 200 new features, including improved Siri functionality and the ability to make FaceTime calls over a cellular network. iTunes is also getting an update. Apple is giving the media app a new user interface and built-in iCloud support.

When combined, the hardware upgrades, new iOS 6 features, and app updates will be too attractive a package for many would-be iPhone 5 buyers to pass up.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order on September 14th, and shipments will start on September 21st (US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore). Pricing starts at $199 for a 16GB model, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB version--all with a two-year contract.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

76 comments
johnmethu
johnmethu

I personally don't like the iphone 5 very much. Simply saying it does not delivers what i expected

eman08
eman08

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sam kapoor
sam kapoor

Features of iPhone 5 are very good except its camera. I heard news that some iPhone 5 cameras are very bad and have purple flare when we capture image or recording video in sunlight. But there is a solution for that at http://howmobile.net/apple-iphone/2853-solution-camera-issues-iphone.html. If you have same kind of problem in your iphone device then must see these solutions. Hope you would like the solution. As it’s very easy to understand & implement. Hope the solutions work for your Iphone 5 camera trouble. Thanks..

bellgeorge
bellgeorge

Bill is wrong, it does have a killer feature - it is the replacement maps app. One look at this should kill any desire to upgrade to iPhone 5!!!

lhallett51
lhallett51

Whoa there Detwiler, you are writing htis and you haven't had your hands on the phone yet? You basically are becoming an iSheepeople, the specs are from Apple and you are relaying them...all available on the apple site, slow day for you i guess. In any event, there is not one thing on this device which is not already in the market and some for a considerable amount of time. As to the "Lightning" connector it is nothing more (not faster) than a common connection, only difference, it only fits an apple and you have to buy a 30$ adapter to make your other apple accessories work...some of them..not all will be compatible...many aren't buying the gravy train like before but you seem to have jumped on the wagon!

Lacey22
Lacey22

I believe the new Iphone 5 will not be as popular as the Iphone 4 or the Iphone 4s was because both of those phones had new, exciting new features. The Iphone 4 had the new front camera and the new design and the Iphone 4s had Siri. Both of those were exciting and made people want to upgrade, but the Iphone 5 doesn't have anything very exciting to it other than exterior things which still aren't mind blowing. I also think people will not like the earphone jack being at the bottom of the phone because then you can't set it down evenly if you are working out.

sico_real
sico_real

An iPhone costs $300 in US?!Free of fidelity to carriers?

Fletchguy
Fletchguy

HWat kinda crack is this writer smoking. The screen is still too small. The headphone jack on bottom is annoying and bad idea. The new charger port is just a way to scam more money from apple buyers.Yeah lte they are almost caught up to other makers now.. Only $599 without contract are you serious???No micro sd slot....ok more raping..So not a single thing that is realy worth bothering to make you buy this. The phone is still so far behind other makers phones and priced twice as much for only a third of the abilities.I mean how dumb would you have to be to bother with this boring lack luster overpriced iphone 4 update????

dbgman
dbgman

Display - 4 inch. That is what Android and Windows Phone call "entry level" phones. Display Resolution - 1136x640 326ppi. That is poor compared to the Lumia 920 which has 1280x768, 332 ppi LTE - Nothing new, Most Androids and Windows Phones have it over a year now. Longer Battery Life-We will see. The 4S was supposed to be better on battery life and flopped. The Lumia 920 will be my next phone. It has wireless charging, nfc, and a bigger screen!

jjp
jjp

You say that the iPhone 5 "...iPhone 5 lacks killer feature..." and that it "...still impresses..." I can tell you the OS has one feature that _no_ android device can stand by: consistency of user interfaces across all iOS devices. Case in point: Configuring an Android device to access email varies from version to version, and event from brand to brand of device upon which the phone is built. This, IMHO, is largely Google's fault, for being too lenient in letting some variations go amongst the different manufacturers developing devices using Android in exchange for gaining market share not only against Apple, but also Microsoft with its Windows Mobile implementations. Accuse apple of being locked down, but at least their UIs across all their devices possess a controlled, consistent look and feel. That's just one thing that makes using Apple devices attractive. Contrary to the author's opinion, Apple doesn't need to have that "standout feature" in neon lights. All they need is to offer simplicity and consistency in the way their devices are used across the board. That says a lot.

tflannery
tflannery

You stated, "the iPhone 5 doesn’t have a killer feature that makes it THE smartphone to have – at least not from a hardware perspective. The screen is bigger. But, the screens on Android devices have grown steadily over the past several years as well." So what's the killer feature it's missing? That the screen is still smaller then some Android models? Is that it? I guess I don't see that as a deal breaker. While I'm content with my 4S, I'm in suspense as to what the missing "killer feature" is especially if it's marginally smaller then an Android. Bigger isn't always better and the current sizing is adequate for most. If that's it, it's a little nit picky.

olesen
olesen

You absolutely correctly point out that the new I-phone does NOT bring much new to the market The NOKIA 920 on the other hand does ! Furthermore it runs on a Windows platform and is thus well sychronized with all the WINDOWS applications I use i my daily life ..like 85 % of all other computer users world wide ( also this does NOT apply to I-phone or Android based mobiles, just try to load Your recent holiday - photos from an Android mobile to Your windows based Stationary at home.. and You will understand what I mean : its a HAZZLE ! ) The new NOKIA 920 is a very attractive phone with a slew of innovative features like Wireless( cordless ) charging and ofc G4 connectivity ..and an outstanding camera plus an array of very usefull NOKIA Apps And then it is designed with simplistic BEAUTY Additionally NOKIA is reknown by all who have owned a NOKIA .. for its reliability ..over the long run ( my latest phone is a 5 year old NOKIA .. it still runs flawless ..despite intensive and rugged handling .. but now lacking some new technical advances ) in SUMMARY : ! most certainly KNOW that my next mobile will be a NOKIA LUMIA 920 !

baldree
baldree

One of the things I find significantly missing from the iPhone is a repeated missed call alert. Every other phone I have had would allow you to configure a reminder tone or vibrate every so many minutes until you recognized that you had missed a call. Does the iPhone 5 include this feature? Otherwise, nice column, Bill!

GDF
GDF

From the point of view of an Apple customer, 4G/LTE [b]is[/b] a killer feature, and about time.

Capt_Ron2012
Capt_Ron2012

Drive all the iPhone users to other platforms. They have to buy all new stuff to go with their iPhone because of the connector changed. Try the Galaxy SIII (Awesome Phone) or the Lumia 920 (Wireless charging and a better screen) or the Samsung ATIVA S. Ditch the Apple Tax! Apple just bent all their fans over with new 3rd party purchases and $100 for 16GB/32GB memory. That $300 phone is going to cost the average user much more. Think of all the Cars that have iPhone Docks!!! Now their iPhone won't dock!! Good Job Apple. I'm very happy to see that MS and Google aren't the only companies to screw their users.

premiertechnologist
premiertechnologist

Every mention of this topic brings me back to Mom's Robots in Futurama and the episode about the eye-pods. Sorry, but the whole idea of i-anything is pretty much ruined for me, now that I've seen a thousand years into the future....

cory.schultze
cory.schultze

And a new, partly-disclosed processor and some fixes that should've been done on the iPhone 4. It's about time Apple introduced a proper 802.11n that operates on both bands - this was a real issue on the 4S in our corporate environment, as the devices wouldn't connect if there weren't any uncontended channels and we'd have to restart the router, even though the additional channels on the 5GHz frequency were readily available. Is this improved connector now the standard mini USB you get on Samsung, HTC, RIM, Motorola, etc. or have Apple just shrunk it to another awkward interface that you have to fork-out a further £40 just for a sodding charger?

skymaker6
skymaker6

Why did Apple change the docking for the Iphone 5. As I understand you have to buy new stuff to connect your Iphone 5 They had a standard and they changed it. This is not good.

ian.heaton
ian.heaton

$100 for 16GB of flash memory. Remarkable...

BBaldwin803
BBaldwin803

iHate Apple! All their products suck! The people that buy Apple products are mindless dolts! Just about any competitor's products just blows away the equivalent Apple product! All of Apple's success comes from advertising! iHate Apple..!! Actually, I don't believe any of that, but I just wanted to fit in here on TR just once! I actually have several Apple products that I think are great, but you can't come here and say THAT, now can you?!? And yes, when I'm due for an upgrade I'll more than likely get the iPhone 5.

sire_tim
sire_tim

For when Apple sues Samsung because the Galaxy phones are bigger than theirs..

aiellenon
aiellenon

great, it is on the bottom, doesn't that interfere with docks?

AudeKhatru
AudeKhatru

And yet another tech writer shows himself to be an Apple shill. Keep drinking the kool-aid, Bill.

Quigster1
Quigster1

I am still not impressed. My phone has a larger screen and all the features it has plus I can add more memery with an SD card. Samsung will be filing a lawsuit because of the LTE support I am sure since they threatened to do so. The adapter should be included with the phone but as is typical of Apple they are charging the outrageous price of $30. If it comes to T-Mobile I may check it out but until then who cares.

Al_nyc
Al_nyc

If they were going to screw all their existing customers who invested a lot of money on accessories that use the 30 pin jack, why not go to a standard mini USB jack? Not to mention charging $100 for 16b of memory when $100 will easily buy you a 128 gb SD card. It's the stupid little things that apple does that keeps me away from their products.

333239
333239

"All they need is to offer simplicity and consistency in the way their devices are used across the board." - Well they've just screwed that up with the new connector haven't they?

owner
owner

How is it a hassle? copy/cut...paste...done...how is that difficult? You can either do it via one of the many apps available for file transfers either via USB, bluetooth, or as a network transfer over WiFi or 3G/4G, or attach your phone as an external storage device and copy it out of your DCIM directory. Why is that difficult?

richardw66
richardw66

Interesting that you had issues with the lack of dual band. iPhone 5 has the dual band - watch the keynote or check the specs. Connector is not mini-usb cause it's got other signals on it still. Other end of cable is USB - so if your charger like most is USB at that end you're fine. Most I see have used USB to Dock cables, and I have always bought that type. Apple's charger is of course USB to dock, and comes with the phone. If you have a few chargers with fixed dock cables you could get an adaptor. I really recommend standardising on USB at the power source end, as that is pretty much universally achievable across everything, even power outlets.

richardw66
richardw66

Where you were plugging your USB cable in you still do the same. If you are using a device with a dock connector you might use the dock adaptor or adaptor cable. If your docked device used analog signals on the dock connector then you can't connect. If you were using any of the wireless connection methods then it only gets better. For instance if you had a charger with USB socket, then no change. If you plugged your iPhone into the USB on your car audio then no change. If you have a car audio system with a dock connector you add the adaptor, as they are almost all (if not all) digital interface as far as I am aware. If you have a clock radio with an iPhone/iPod dock then you may be able to use the adaptor, I am yet to confirm if any won't work. Or you can just go on using your existing iPhone - it's not mandatory to change.

Robynsveil
Robynsveil

"I actually have several Apple products that I think are great...." As in: $100 for 16gb flash memory is a reasonable price. I don't see a problem.

richardw66
richardw66

Do you understand what just happened? Do you know what IP is? Apple sued samsung for breaching their IP - they did so under law, and they won. Get over yourself.

philip.arnold
philip.arnold

waiting for Apple to sue Samsung because Apple have just "invented" the 16x9 screen, and the bigger Galaxy phones all have 16x9 screens :-P

philip.arnold
philip.arnold

it won't interfere with the docks, because if you're using the dock then won't it be running your audio through the dock? now stop and think for a minute why others went to the audio jack on the bottom years before, and Apple followed: when you put your phone in your pocket, and you need to take it out to make a phone call, browse, whatever, will you take it out with your finger tips and "rotate" it so that it will remain with the headphone at the top, or will you grip the phone and just bring it out of your pocket? It makes MUCH more ergonomic sense to put the connector on the bottom - or... just go Bluetooth :-P

jeb.hoge
jeb.hoge

It will. On the other hand, my Galaxy Nexus has it in the same place and while I don't use a dock, it is great for when I use it in the car (universal cradle, not a device-specific one) and plug it into the stereo AUX. Stays tidy that way.

GAProgrammer
GAProgrammer

he did say that the phone itself is not what will draw people in, but the Apple ecosystem. I have to say I agree. Make it easy, and they will buy. I love Android, but I am a tech savvy user. Those who aren't tech savvy often find Android to be complicated and just not as intuitive.

richardw66
richardw66

This is for me an interesting point. The Galaxy SIII screen size is nice. The Galaxy phone size is not nice. I want a much larger screen and I want the small phone. Most of the time the screen size is fine, sometimes I need more space though. The small phone size is really convenient 99% of the time though. Samsung lawsuit will be interesting over the 4G - the chipsuit manufacturers role in this is interesting, what licence is involved or not etc. If Samsung has a case then I am all for them pursuing it. The adaptor probably isn't necessary for most buyers. I don't have any docks for instance. Why supply an adaptor to new buyers who don't have a dock? Outrageous price of $30? Apple charges less than Samsung for similar adaptors such as HDMI. Also on the HDMI front - I buy Apple HDMI cables (where appropriate) cause they cost a lot less than most, like $30 less. What is more interesting to me is that the adaptor doesn't do analog audio or video, so I am wondering if there are docks that will not work with the adaptor. Anyone know? Fair enough about T-Mobile if you don't want to buy outright. I will buy based on plans available.

Gisabun
Gisabun

While the rest of the smartphone manufacturers are moving towards the MicroUSB connector, Apple is still with their proprietary junk. They claim it's 80% faster than the old connector. They could of instead used a MicroUSB 3.0 instead to get extra speed but they couldn't care less. They want all the suckers to spend $30+ on adapters and cables that cost them $1 to make in China. [I got my niece 2 USB cables for her iPod for under $5. They work as well as the Apple branded ripoff crap.]

Slayer_
Slayer_

Your logical brain is not the target market for apple iphones.

owner
owner

100 is reasonable? I just bought a 32gig for 39.99 at OfficeMaxx...how is that reasonable?

sire_tim
sire_tim

They sued Samsung for being what every other smartphone is, in fact they sued in effect for being a competitor. Not only that, but they sought to actively discredit and extract the very devices that prove Samsung was first to market with the concepts that were unique. What's more, there is nothing you can point to on the iPhone v1 that is unique to other devices. In fact, Samsung has more of a leg to stand on since the newer products - which feature things Apple objected to like icon types and rounded corners - are easy to see as a progression from devices that existed in Samsung's line before Apple came out with the iPhone.

owner
owner

I agree...it does make it easier to control the power cord and the headphone jack...mine is plugged into a cassette adapter (old radio hehehe). it is nice having that on the same side.

owner
owner

Seriously? Android marketplace has more apps and other items than you even have time to browse. Many also provide cloud access. How is that different or better/worse than iTunes and iCloud? I don't think the ecosystem will provide squat. Complicated and not intuitive? How is that? My 7 year old daughter has no problem navigaing my old Moto Droid (I think it has Frodo on it) So if she can navigate that with no problem, why is it so difficult for anyone else, tech savy or not, to navigate ICS or jellybean? I don't get it.

richardw66
richardw66

I am a tech savvy user also - and have a lot of experience of most platforms (not much android yet tho) From what I have seen of Android it brings back much of the bad stuff that Apple has improved in iOS. Even though I can work almost anything, I really don't enjoy having to work with badly designed systems, I just can't be bothered any more. I know things I would improve about iOS and the ecosystem though - and I can see where Apple is heading with some of those issues. The thing is that my Sony-Ericsson phone was great as a phone, it even had an ecosystem in the end, with an app store. The ecosystem just wasn't together, the browser was useless, you can't do much with a small screen and buttons, the UI was hopeless comapred to iOS etc. It's not having an ecosystem, it's having a usable system that can do things well. As a software designer I see the sense in iOS and I see the lack of design sense in android so far.

owner
owner

You can buy them at Radio Shack for $10. I have an ASUS Tablet that uses the micro HDMI. I used a standard cable that I already had and a $10 adapter, If I didn't already have the cable and just went with the standard HDMI to HDMI micro, the cable is around $13. what is your point?

richardw66
richardw66

The new connector is not just a USB data & power port, it has other digital signals. iOS does not use storage cards because it sandboxes storage to the app. Any storage to common areas is controlled, and as of iOS 6 even more tightly controlled. A storage card would only therefore work for common areas such as photos or music. I can tell you from my recent experience that a lot of people don't understand file systems, If you want the masses to use a device then making them work out where the file is by directory is not a good move. I have once experienced an issue with being short of space on a 16GB iPhone, and I was taking thousands of high res images using an app at the time. Even then I could have worked with it. Compare that to my previous phone which had removable storage where I never used the removable storage as the phone was much less useful. I am quite glad I don't have removable card storage. As for the ability to read storage cards, well that does work on an iOS device. And I could have transferred files from my iPhone to another device when it got full with no issues. Plus you can get storage devices to extend your iOS device if you want to. So far from logical brain issues - as a software and sometime hardware designer and inventor I get it. if you don't then don't insult others for that,

geekmee
geekmee

"....I don't get it." Yeah... that's pretty obvious.

andrew232006
andrew232006

I walked into an apple store for the first time last week. None of the devices had prices. There were about 30 apple employees walking around and about 15 customers. I kind of felt like I had wandered into a cult where prices and being concerned about money was taboo.

oghly
oghly

Honestly, I’m not Apple fanboy however your comment mentioned a very important point which is the OS itself. Although I use Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus running Android Gingerbread I think that it is the most amazing device ever as it does almost anything very smoothly and I tried some Apple products like iPhone and iPad but as a software engineer I still think that Android is still missing something or not mature enough comparing to iOS and WP7 as a solid OS. Although I hate to admit it but iOS as OS is somehow ahead of Android, but even though I would still prefer it for its flexibility in doing tasks much way easier for everyday use (in my own point of view) than iOS which you have to consult with iTunes with almost every single move you have to do. Thank you for raising this point again. At the end our differences in choice are the market share for the companies. Regards

eman08
eman08

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is well known when it comes to security thats why RIM owns QNX Software Systems. When it comes to top of the line assurance and reliability QNX kills every single operating system on the market. QNX is far superior than Android, iOS, WebOS, Windows phone, Windows, MacOS, Linux. QNX Neutrino RTOS uses a different architecture based on a true microkernel instead of a monolithic kernel or hybrid kernel which contains both monolithic and micokernel but doesn't have the same security and isolation architecture of a true pure microkernel. Thats why BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry PlayBook OS are based on the QNX Neutrino RTOS kernel because of the demand of federal government and military grade security and FIPS-140-2. No other OS on the market but QNX meets these certifications. QNX speaks for its self. QNX is found running nuclear power plants, Blackberries, Cisco internet core routers, GPS, Cruise control, medical equipment, military equipment, aerospace defense equipment, power grids, automobiles, industrial robots and much much more. QNX is so powerful that it used in space. QNX is known as military grade security and space grade security. QNX Neutrino is the only true pure microkernel on the market to be certified. Go to qnx dot com for my proof and facts. Click products tab and click the certifications link.

333239
333239

Apple just don't seem to get how much they'll piss people off with this new proprietary connector. The fact that there are SO many add-ons out there with the 'standard' Apple connector had become a major selling point, now they've just nuked that. Yes they can sell adapters but they won't fit with everything. There was just no need not to stick with a standard micro USB. They are relying on the fact that most of their customers are rich enough and daft enough to buy everything again for the iPhone five. Storage cards are only missing because they can increase their already obscene profits by charging many times the price of an SD card for a model with extra memory to people who don't even know whether they'll use it or not.

eman08
eman08

Assurance is a major thing when it comes to user data, hackers, malware, passwords. Its a reason why Research in Motion is not even dead and is still standing as of today. Iphones are not even no way near as secured as RIM/BlackBerry devices. RIM devices are all known to pass Federal Government Security DoD clearances like FIPS-140-1, FIPS-140-2, which stands for (Federal Information Processing Standards) , CAPS etc. RIM devices including the BlackBerry PlayBook that i'm typing this comment with have cryptography algorithms embedded into the secured kernel. Also the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is still the first and only commercial available tablet on the market to pass and get the FIPS-140-2 Certification. RIM BlackBerry devices have over 550 IT policies compare that to iOS which only has 50 IT policies. The micro kernel based on QNX Neutrino RTOS that powers the PlayBook tablet has a feature called "Integrity scan". Integrity scan, scans the PlayBook micro kernel for errors before the OS boots. The integrity scan also checks and detect any changes to the micro kernel like micro code, malware, damaged boot, damages to the kernel, hacking to the kernel etc. If the integrity scan detect any errors etc, then the PlayBook tablet will terminate the process and will not boot the device. Thats why BlackBerry has one of the most secured kernels. Plus the QNX kernel is idol from a protection layer from the drivers, file system, etc. When an application crashes or hangs the microkernel terminates the process and safely restarts the processes, drivers and applications without effecting the kernel. This means you would not have to restart you device if an app crashes, driver malfunction etc. All BlackBerry devices have a feature called Security Wipe. Security Wipe can be used to safely wipe all your personal data clean from the tablet and can be used for Anti-Password cracking. You only get 10 attemps to type in your right password but after the the 10 attemped the BlackBerry device wipes all the data clean. This is very useful if someone stolen your BlackBerry device and try to get your personal information.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Cause everyone knows you can't compare apples and oranges.

philip.arnold
philip.arnold

Funny how Apple want to change the connector, agree to the MicroUSB, and still don't manage it Samsung manage to output HDMI through the MicroUSB, so there's a LOT of data going through a smaller connector than the new Apple one One thing they have done is made it reversable, apparently because iPhone owners can't work out "up" from "down" :P

Slayer_
Slayer_

I don't and never will have iTunes, are you going to send 200 emails?

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