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The problem with rumours about the next ‘anything’ is that no one wants to buy the last ‘thing’.

Since rumours started circulating about the next iPhone (let’s call it the 5S) I have received a veritable tsunami of questions, usually at social occasions (never reveal you are an IT person – it is as bad as admitting to being a doctor and being asked all those ‘free’ health questions) about whether they should buy a Samsung S4 now or wait for the new Apple or is there anything else better out there?

The majority of these inquirers expect me to know what Apple is thinking and that’s hard when Apple staff don’t even know what Apple is thinking.

So here is some straight talking.

Apple users

Apple aficionados will never be happy with an Android, Blackberry or Windows phone. If you use Apple and you are happy with it then ‘wait’. The imminent 5S will be marginally better than the 5 and not as good as the hopefully larger screen, more advanced, iOS7, iPhone 6 when it arrives sometime next year.


“That’s your sage advice?” I hear you say.




Now to BlackBerry users

BlackBerry users will never be happy with an Android, iOS or Windows phone. If you use BlackBerry and you are happy then wait for the new Q10 with the keyboard. You will be deliriously happy and it is a competent phone.






Now to Windows Phone users

Windows Phone users will never be happy with an Android, iOS or BlackBerry. If you use Windows Phone 7.X or even 8 then wait for the new Nokia Lumia or HTC models that will use Windows Blue – should be out before Xmas but I expect current phones will be easily and freely upgradeable to Blue so don’t wait.





Now to Android users

You would like to own an Apple but can’t afford it. You are prepared to buy what everyone else buys. You are prepared to use a vulnerable operating system (if you ever thought about it at all). Chances are that you will never need to connect to a corporate system so would not even consider BlackBerry or Windows Phone.

You are fascinated by bright shiny things.

PS: The Samsung S4 is technically the most advanced smartphone on the planet today. Its operating system is not but who really cares as it is easy to use, fun and you like bright shiny things... 

And if you DON’T have a preference

Corporate users of Windows at work – buy a Windows Phone from Nokia or HTC. You will be very happy.

Normal Consumers – buy Android on Samsung S3 or S4, LG Optimus G, Sony Xperia, HTC, Google Nexus or whatever – they are all very competent phones.

Consumers with budget – buy Apple

Now can I enjoy the party??? Oh and don’t get me started on which tablet to buy…


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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!