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Sue me and I’ll sue you back. The Apple Samsung saga continues.

Surprise, surprise.

Today TechCrunch announced that Samsung filed a patent lawsuit against Apple, alleging among other things, that the iPhone 5 violates several of Samsung’s patents.

I find it quite humorous that Samsung is suing Apple for patent infringement, when by their own assessment, the iPhone 5 is eons behind Samsung’s Galaxy SIII.

Is Apple violating the ‘not-living-up-to-expectations‘ patent?

Perhaps it’s the ‘my-phone-does-way-less-things-than-yours-does‘ patent that Samsung is protecting.

Or it could be the ‘your-phone-is-almost-as-unwieldy-as-mine‘ patent, that Samsung takes issue with.

Whatever the actual basis for the suit, I doubt the case has any real merit.

From what I gather, the suit is a function of principle.

Per the statement issued earlier today,

“We have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”

Little choice huh?

It has absolutely nothing to do with the billion dollar shellacking you took recently?

Yeah, right.

We all know that Samsung has to (try to) save face after having their bums handed to them.

So, they’ve trumped up some claims that Apple violated one of the 30,000 patents that Samsung owns or has acquired.

We’ve been down this road before, haven’t we?

Samsung has sued Apple in nine different countries, and has been successful a grand total of zero times.

When will they learn?

They get an “E” for effort, “T” for nice try.

That’s for all my Tribe Called Quest folks in da house!

If I were Samsung, I’d take my lumps and accept that I’ll never be the leader of the pack…

Except the pack o’ fools telling you to waste your money on these frivolous lawsuits.

Don’t you know your lawyers will follow your silly asses all the way to the bank?

Oh well, it’s your money.

Take solace in the fact that their commercials lambasting Apple are pretty funny – even to Apple fans.

But another lawsuit?

Really?

Give it a rest.

Being number <insert any number but “1”> isn’t all that bad.

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I’ll admit it: I’m addicted. Confessions of an Apple fanboy.

My precious….

I just got this headline on my iPhone from FierceWireless: “Apple shatters iPhone pre-order sales record.”

For all the naysaying about the lackluster iPhone 5, and how disappointing the enhancements were, folks (including your’s truly) were unfazed.

Ads, like Samsung’s touting the plethora of SIII features over the paucity of the iPhone 5’s, did nothing to quench our thirst for a new iPhone.

Hate on haters! I’m still getting the iPhone 5. Compare that!

We were undaunted.

Over 2 million of us, just HAD to have the coveted device.

So when pre-orders opened on Friday, Apple doubled the previous pre-order sales record set when they released the 4S.

With iPhone 5 pre-sales moving so briskly a week before they’re set to be sold in stores, analysts are predicting that this will be the best selling iPhone of all time.

So let me say this for the record: I don’t get it.

I can’t figure out what has occurred that so many of us simply MUST have the newest of whatever Apple puts out.

No, really.

Apple ‘fanboys’ take lots of abuse for this manic loyalty to Apple devices.

Most of the comments I got from my previous post on the iPhone 5 last week, were from Android users simply hellbent on calling us out for being mindless fanatics.

Hostility aside, they may be on to something.

What is it about Apple that makes us throw caution to the wind?

I often attribute our loyalty to compatibility.

Apple products are so compatible with one another, that there’s no learning curve.

You get a new device, take it out of the box and go.

No referring to a user manual.

No need for a quick-start guide.

Just go.

But is that really it?

Perhaps it’s the allure of greater speed the latest devices offers.

Everything will be quicker.

I’ve gotten used to the speed of things when I’m not on WiFi.

And I’m on AT&T, and we all know how abysmally slow it is.

But each new iPhone holds the promise that things are going to be materially faster, WiFi or not.

Maybe it’s that we simply don’t want to be the odd man out.

Conformity is a mutha!

I remember when I got my first iPhone.

A few months later, they released the 3G, and then the 3GS.

I resisted the urge to purchase either of those devices, standing stalwart against the sweet siren song of a new Apple device.

All the while, I experienced severe iPhone envy.

Each time I pulled out my original 2G, as others fondled their newer, shinier, more feature-filled iOS devices, I was jealous.

When Apple introduced the 4G, I knew I could wait no longer.

I’m no fanboy, I thought.

I let two successive iPhone iterations passed without jumping into the fray.

But I would be denied no longer.

How I coveted my new phone.

Then Apple released the 4S, with Siri.

Eff Siri!

Who needs that know-it-all mouthy digital slut!

But then came the 5.

Any my device envy reared it’s ugly head.

Come to me, my precious…

Are we simply drinking the KoolAid?

Is there no rational explanation for our actions?

I’m just saying, I’m really at a loss.

I’m getting ready to drop two or three bills for a new phone, when there is nothing…absolutely nothing wrong with my current phone.

But it does have a four inch screen…

C’mon!

So what if the screen is bigger!

Why do we act like this?

Could it be that we’re addicted?

My wife is always telling me that I’m always on my ;.

Perhaps she’s on to something.

If you’re iPhone 5 conflicted, like me, holla back.

I can’t be the only one with this dilemma.

Help me understand why I’m so hooked on these damn devices!

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Apple, the iPhone 5 sucks! But I want it anyway.

I can’t front.

Yesterday’s announcement for the iPhone 5 was…lackluster.

There was no ‘ah-ha!’ moment.

At least not for me.

Not only was there no ‘ah-ha!’ moment, but I actually came away rather pissed off.

Perhaps my frustration is a bit premature, as I haven’t actually handled the new iPhone (for some reason, Apple has yet to send me an invitation to any of their events).

But let’s critique review all the new features anyway, shall we?

It’s taller.

So what, we get an extra 80 pixels.

Who cares if we’ll see an extra row of apps on the screen.

Especially if it means that all but the newest apps will be framed by some ridiculous black bars.

Elegant? NOT!

It’s thinner and lighter.

Thin schmin!

I recently got the Samsung Galaxy SIII and you know what?

Thin and light ain’t all that.

I personally like the weight of my iPhone 4.

It feels like I’ve got a real piece of technology in my hand, and not some toy.

It’s not like I’m going to get carpel tunnel from carrying my friggin’ phone.

It’s got 4G LTE.

Great!

Now if AT&T could just work it more places, all that extra speed would mean something.

But seeing that LTE icon instead of 3G will surely give some users a warm and fuzzy feeling, if nothing else.

It’s faster.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Apple claims that everything loads 2 times faster, but is that true material?

Who stands around with a stop watch timing how quickly their apps and web pages load?

Will you even notice?

I doubt it.

Better camera.

Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing.

IT’S A PHONE!

Sure, you can take quality pictures with it, but damn!

Once you start talking apertures, filters and light moderation, I start to feel like I need to take an Intro to Photography class.

Great. I can take better pictures. NEXT!

Longer battery life.

You’ll say anything, won’t you Apple?

Isn’t this something we hear with every new iPhone release?

But invariably, you’re slapping your phone to the charger far too frequently for any ‘improvement’ in battery life to actually make a difference.

New power cord.

Instead of everything being compatible with everything else, we’ve now got to remember to tote the new 8 pin connector.

Run out of juice and forget your ‘Lightning’ connector?

Oh well.

Good luck finding a compatible cord to borrow from other iPhone users.

Headphone jack at the bottom.

This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen.

I’ve always thought that headphone jacks on the bottom (or side) of any media device was poor design.

Apple has now joined the ranks of foolishness by placing a headphone jack in the absolute worst place imaginable.

Now I’ve got to drop my iPhone in my pocket upside down to avoid damaging the connection.

What does it all mean?

In the final analysis, the iPhone is starting to look (and feel) like other phones.

If the goal of the latest iPhone was to be like everyone else, they’ve certainly taken one step closer to achieving that.

I’m not going to say that the new iPhone is indistinguishable from other phones, but as one techie said to me today, “with the latest iteration of the iPhone they’re not too far off.”

But, I still want it…

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is no iPhone, but it isn’t (all that) bad.

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I’m not the kind of person who stays blindly entrenched in a position just so I’ll never have to admit that I’m wrong.

So it is without reservation that I state that the Samsung Galaxy S III, which I just got the other day, isn’t that bad.

It’s no iPhone, to be clear, but it is a feature rich, fairly simple to use device.

I got the SIII from the job.

I wasn’t about to buy that ish with my own money.

And I’ve picked it up, here and there, over the past few days.

Although I’m no expert, by any means, I can share you with my initial pros and cons.

Pros

Massive Screen. The screen on this thing rivals the screens on a few net books I’ve seen. Makes for really good video viewing.

Fast. I can’t front, swiping between screens, calling up apps, navigating the web…everything feels so fast.

It’s a 4G phone so I’m not surprised, but damn!

It could just be that new toy joy I’m feeling.

Like after you wash your car.

Doesn’t it feel like its faster?

Is it just me?

Google power. One thing that the S III does, hands down better than any other smart phone I’ve used to date, is integrate seamlessly with Google.

Contacts? Sucked in no time flat.

Search? Right on the home screen.

Maps? Fuggedaboutit!

Cons

Flimsy. When I first took the S III out of the box, put the battery in and replaced the backplate, I felt like I was handling a toy, not a high end smart phone.

The phone is so diaphanous that I’m scared to put it down, or in my pocket, or let it frolic among the other kids on the playground.

If you’re going to rock the S III, might I suggest a case for it, lest it shatter like delicate glass.

Strange UI. Having been an iPhone user for the past five years, I’m just so used to the iOS user interface that anything else seems…foreign.

Trying to understand how to navigate the various screens, settings, and buttons makes me feel like I’m learning a new language.

I’ve seen other Android users baffled by the UI, so I know I’m not alone. There are so many different options that it’s easy to be flummoxed.

Small buttons. I’m not really checking for the Chiclet-sized keys on the S III’s keyboard.

The predictive word completion is nice, but not when you’re typing fast and are presented with options that are nothing close to your intended word.

I felt like a Neanderthal with this thing. I’ve been reduced to meticulously typing each letter to avoid striking the wrong key and sending long strings of garbled nonsense in texts or emails.

But like I said, I’ve only had the S III for a couple of days.

Today is the first day I really went in.

I suspect my attitude towards it will soften (or harden) after I’ve lived with it for a while.

So check back for an update!

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To upgrade or not to upgrade. Do I really want the iPhone 5?

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As you all know, I’m down with Apple.

And if you don’t know, now you know.

Have been for years.

But I’m not an Apple fanatic, as some would have you believe (Winston Clayton).

I’ve never waited in lines outside of the Apple store, hoping to be the first (or among the first) to buy any new Apple product.

I have a life.

Nor do I ever feel compelled to upgrade to the latest and greatest Apple product just because a new version has been released.

I owned the original 2G iPhone through the 3G and 3GS.

Didn’t get caught up in any of that 3G, front-facing camera, Face time mess.

I even resisted the hype around the 4GS and Siri.

I still own the original iPad.

Even after the iPad 2 dropped with it’s front AND rear-facing cameras, Face-time, smaller form factor and all, I stayed the course and rocked with my joint.

There was no way I was parting with another 700 bones for a few new bells and whistles!

I only recently copped a 13″ MacBook Pro, and that’s because we desperately needed a second computer at home when the G4 (I bought in 2004) died.

I was more than happy with the 13″ aluminum MacBook I copped back in 2009.

I say all this to say that, notwithstanding the fact that I’m not usually caught up in Apple’s new product releases, I am eagerly anticipating the release of the latest iPhone.

If the rumors circulating the iPhone 5 are to be believed, it’s dropping on September 12.

The rumored features of the new iPhone (which you can read about in exhaustive detail at TechRadar.com) include a smaller dock, relocated headphone jack, centralised front facing camera and two-tone back.

But rumors aside, the new iPhone is said to put the Samsung Galaxy SIII to shame.

Those are big words considering the splash that the Galaxy made upon its release.

And in light of the ongoing patent dispute being waged between Apple and Samsung, the release of a new iPhone that separates Apple further from this competitor would be good (especially since it doesn’t appear that Apple’s case is going all that well).

I can tell you this much – I plan on upgrading to the 5.

My contract with AT&T expires in January.

By then the excitement over the release will have abated.

Lines at Apple stores will have returned to normal.

Shelves will have been restocked with inventory.

And all the naysayers, pundits and talking heads will have had their say.

I can admit that I’m a little excited for the unveiling, and I’m sure the real deal will live up to all this hype.

But enough about me.

Do you think the iPhone 5 will live up to the hype?

Are you planning on getting one?

Don’t be shy…share!

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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