Joy of Tech on the ‘disappointing’ iPhone 5

By , Sep 17, 2012

As expected, Apple’s “boring” iPhone 5 has shattered previous sales record, selling two million pre-orders in just 24 hours. Cupertino’s rivals were quick to point out how the updated hardware “only” boasts a slightly larger display (versus jumbo-sized Android phones), 4G LTE and a faster chip – ignoring numerous little hardware tweaks under the hood.

As Apple fans know, these include the handset’s refined two-tone redesign, HD Audio for crisper phone calls, three mics, better battery life and seamless integration of hardware, software and services delivering the smoothest mobile experience there is, to name a few.

We love Joy of Tech comics and were expecting their take on the “boring iPhone 5″. Here it is…

The comic plays on a pattern we’ve been seeing since the original iPhone introduction five years ago: first, the click-hungry media and opposing blogs pooh-pooh the iPhone. Then, the device goes on sale and everybody and their mother want one.

I don’t want to spoil the fun for you so head over to Geek Culture to check out the ending.

And don’t forget to come back and share your thoughts down in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/jaredgibbs Armand Legg

    I’m sorry, Christian. This was kinda of a waste of a click if you’re just gonna tease us like that. #IMHO

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000036257084 Umut Saglam

      Wtf are u talking about? It’s funny ;p

    • Falk M.

      I agree… If that comic continued for a couple more panels, but just one more?

      Anyways: funny strip! :D

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      I erased that last panel as a courtesy to Joy of Tech. It’s just one more click to reveal the ending. Otherwise, no one would have clicked the source link, right?

  • http://twitter.com/IbrahimRIAlBora Ibrahim R.I.AlBoraey

    LOL

  • VATekMan

    Yes, apple has more pre-orders of this phone than any other, but it is not due to the fact that it is that much of a better phone, it is due to the fact that apple has got people tied in to their eco system so well. If you want apple, then this is the only phone you really should look at. I am sure that after last year, some of the people that might have gotten the phone last year held off waiting for the new phone… then this year that realized, i guess it will be 4 more years before we really see anything different, so I guess I will just get this one….

    Nice phone, sure…

    If you take iOS out of the equation, this is a rather dull option. In all the comparison’s you have done with other phones, you keep going back to.. “well it has iOS…”. If you took the Nokia, the Samsung Siii, and the iPhone, and had them all with the same OS, then i do not think that the iPhone would be doing so well…

    So, apple has done their work, and got people locked in. this was great work by them over the course of many years, that does not mean that this is the greatest phone ever…

    • http://twitter.com/adhithyagokul Adhithya Gokul

      OS, apps and build quality together make a complete phone. Just specs are not everything. You say that iPhone sells because of OS and ecosystem and how well it works together. Isnt that a part of the iPhone and reasin for its success. Going by your argument itself its clear that iPhone 5 is the best phone out there. Accept that iPhone is a great phone instead of coming up with explanations

      • http://twitter.com/desaintpreux Highlander

        Specs DO sell… that is why the i5 will sell a lot more than the 4s even if its cheaper. The reason i5 is selling is: as said above 1) ecosystem 2) OS fluidity and ease of use. And that is why there is a spec bump on EVERY generation.

        I tried android… i wanted to like it. I liked that I was always entertained tinkering with it. but in the end, the functionality of IOS5 was so much better than android it was pleasant to look at and the jailbreak offered far much more functionality than android itself ever offered. Stuff like lockinfo or intelliscreenx are not on the Android ecosystem or cannot be reproduced. It just doesn’t work like the iOS does. With the jailbreak you can modify far much more functionality than you can with custom roms and stuff. Android is best for customizing looks and even still stuff on screen doesn’t look that well like on iOS.

        Add to that that on my corvette I can connect my iPhone and I can’t connect the android in a similar way (ipod2car). Well.. I’ll keep buying the iPhone.

        This is JUST my opinion and nothing is a FACT here.

      • Blake

        I think that Android phones have great specs, quad cores, 2 gigs of ram etc. etc. But the OS is complete sh**. It is laggy, it isn’t user friendly, it slows down after you own it for a while, and its buggy. Those are the reasons why I do not prefer to use android devices. I like iOS because it is stable, what you expect is what you get. And the phones still have great specs. So the iPhone has less ram. Thats irrelevant because the way the OS handles the ram so efficiently it doesn’t need it,

  • http://twitter.com/adhithyagokul Adhithya Gokul

    Everyone were claiming its a dissapointment and it would sell even less than 4s and blah blah blah . Now after seeing the sales numbers coming up with a lengthy explanations . Who says that Apple fans blindly follow the company. The truth is that Anti-Apple Fans are the ones who blindly hate them and search for reasons to hate them and come up with explanations when iPhone smokes every other phone in the market

    • iFuture

      i was just dissapointed because ive seen the exact handset month before the keynote and i thought that the rumors were wrong but that wasnt the case.

      • http://www.facebook.com/madmankadz Kadeem Kadz Dulice

        same here .. id really like if they could seriously double down on the secrecy, n save the surprise factor Geeezzz

      • http://www.facebook.com/DavidDee2010 Tuan Dinh

        Same here too. I expected too much. I thought Apple would unveiled something much different from the rumors because Apple always surprised us at the end.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071132386 Jimmy Chen

      “Everyone were claiming its a dissapointment”
      >Exaggeration
      >A lot of the “everyone” were actually Apple fans as well

      “The truth is that Anti-Apple Fans are the ones who blindly hate them and search for reasons to hate them and come up with explanations”
      >That’s not the truth (seriously, don’t do that whole “wake up sheeple” routine, it’s fucking annoying as hell)
      >Citation needed
      >Exaggeration

      “when iPhone smokes every other phone in the market”
      >Opinion
      >Exaggeration

      So basically your comment is made up of exaggeration, opinions and shit pulled from your ass. 0/10.

      I personally think the iPhone 5 is a great upgrade from the 4s. I even told my sister to get it. The larger screen is long overdue and the aluminum back doesn’t look half bad (and it’ll be more durable than the glass). That being said, it doesn’t mean it’s the best phone on the market. It’s not even out yet, how the fuck do you even know that? It most certainly is the best iPhone, but not necessarily the best phone overall. There’s no way to judge which phone is the best phone. It’s just personal preference. Not to mention the iPhone 5 is more of a hardware upgrade.

      My point is, a large amount of people who visit Android websites (you think of those people as “them” with your “us vs them” mentality) actually don’t hate Apple products. I don’t speak for all of them, but this is what really gets on my (and some of their) nerves:

      -Opinionated bullshit
      -Generalizations
      -Uninformed arguments
      -Extreme exaggeration

      Debate > Flamewar.

      • http://twitter.com/adhithyagokul Adhithya Gokul

        I feel your comment has been pulled out of your ass idiot. If you are a regular reader of this blog or any Apple blog for that matter you will know what I talk about . Just because you don’t talk bad about Apple it doesn’t mean that every other Android fan is like you. I said Apple smokes ever other phone based on sales numbers. thats not an opinion or exaggeration or BS. Thats the damn fact .I repeat my comment that Anti-Apple fans hate Apple more than Apple fans who love it and guess what they would never have used an iPhone in their life . By “they” I mean Anti-Apple fans and not every damn person on the earth who doesn’t like Apple dumbass. Visit some Androis blogs and see the number of Apple fans fighting there and se an Apple blog and Androis fans fighting . It would be 1:2 or even more . This is not opinion or exaggeration but the fact. It’s comments like these claiming to be neutral and I am too smart attitude that gets on My nerves and probably many others

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071132386 Jimmy Chen

        “f you are a regular reader of this blog or any Apple blog for that matter you will know what I talk about .”
        I am, and I know what you are talking about. You’re pointing out a problem that exists everywhere and will never change, not to mention sounding like a typical fanboy yourself. You ARE the problem, dumbfuck.

        “Just because you don’t talk bad about Apple it doesn’t mean that every other Android fan is like you.”Yes but the majority are like me. You forget that the dumbest and most ignorant fans are the loudest, which was obviously the case here.

        ” I said Apple smokes ever other phone based on sales numbers. thats not an opinion or exaggeration or BS. Thats the damn fact .”
        That’s a lie. No where did you say “based on sales numbers”. You just said that the iPhone smokes the competition so obviously the first train of thought would be the actual product, seeing as that’s what you’re talking about, not sales numbers dipshit. Yes, iPhone sales numbers are higher. Do you know why that is? Because iOS fans don’t have choice. They can’t pick between a Device A, Device B, Device C etc. All they have is Device A. On the other hand Android users can pick A, B, C, D, E, F, G… Z, A’, B’, C’…Z’….. you get the idea dumbfuck. That’s one of the allures of the Android ecosystem: freedom of choice. That also means you can’t judge one Android product to one Apple product to judge popularity or consumer preference retard.
        “I repeat my comment that Anti-Apple fans hate Apple more than Apple fans who love it and guess what they would never have used an iPhone in their life .”How do you know this? iPhones are fucking everywhere. For someone to not have used one, they must be a fucking hermit in the goddamn desert. Android fanboys are stereo typically the neckbeard tech geek types, do you really expect them to have never used an iPhone before?
        “It would be 1:2 or even more . This is not opinion or exaggeration but the fact.”HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH an hero. 1:2 is a fact? Give me a citation.

        “There is no uninformed argument. It doesnt take a genius to know that iPhone 5 is a huge success based solely on sales numbers.S3 sold 30 million in 4 months and iPhone 5 slated to sell 10 million in a weekend. Thisis not uninformed argument”
        Holy fuck, the amount of retardedness here is unbearable and hilarious at the same time. I’ve never said that the iPhone is unpopular. No shit, it’s going to be a huge success. But this:
        “based solely on sales numbers”
        “slated”
        It hasn’t happened yet dumbfuck. Sure, it’s probably going to, but that doesn’t mean it counts as fact yet you fucking dipshit. If it hasn’t happened yet it’s not fact, and THAT’S fact you fucking baboon.
        “S3 sold 30 million in 4 months and iPhone 5 slated to sell 10 million in a weekend. Thisis not uninformed argument”
        NOWHERE in your original argument did you mention the S3 at all. You were talking about Android, and so was I.
        “There is no f**cking exaggeration. See the number of “Android fans bitching in each post and its more than Apple fans. Exaggeration ??!!”
        Yeah, it is exaggeration. For it to be fact, count up all the comments and divide them, on each post. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BikenNo.9 Biken Dangol

    Android with spec is like a person who has book library but doesn’t know how to read even one. Anyway both has it’s pro’s and coon’s. Apple is here to stay. Lucid right :)

    • Yujin

      android users dont read…

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        go away samsuck.

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

    I erased the last panel as a courtesy to Joy of Tech. It’s just one more click to reveal the ending. Otherwise, no one would have clicked the source link, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    i love apple and everything it makes but i wish they would give me more to love in the iphone.. the hard ware is fine but i find IOS to be boring.. I am to the point were i cannot use any IOS device without a jialbreak..

    THE OS is smooth and fast and can do sooo much more than apple allows

    the 4S was the perfect iPhone of the 4 type already … the 5 needed to be a completely new monster..lol

    • Blake

      I think it would be cool to give some new features to iOS for customization (shortcuts etc.) but there is no reason to completely change something that is already wonderful and efficient.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

      if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    • SoCoMagNuM

      same reason i decided to try a new venue. for years ive relied on a jailbreak just to use my phone they way i expected it to. apples used many ideas from the jailbreak community but still and all…its been stagnant for me for some time. so i joined the android market and i have to say im impressed out far they have come. being able to customize my phone freely and having most my previously jailbreak tweaks available out the box (no rooting necessary) its a large weight off the shoulders. no its not a perfect phone or best phone on the market (everyone has their preference) but it gets the job done and im glad i tried a new experience. maybe down the line ill invest in a new iphone in generations to come if they can impress me with the operating system ware.

  • Kok Hean

    I laughed :D

  • Mysteroy3k

    Damn that black iPhone look sexy

  • Chaotic Buddhist

    I think it’s exactly what the rational thinkers expected. Those who got caught up in the rumor mills are disappointed, because none of that was ever supposed to be real. Just because Apple didn’t include a dead feature doesn’t really mean they’ve “missed the mark”. That’s the rally cry of the losers and we’ve heard it for the last several releases. Yet, they’re the most valuable company in the history of anything ever, and they sold out in under an hour. I think the mark was not only NOT missed, I think the mark was dramatically slammed once again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CL3M3NTY3O Clement Yeo

    let me touch it~

  • http://twitter.com/iTzTuvii Jomael Ortiz

    Now their saying that apple has got people tied to their eco system… Jaja i wonder if a android fan ever had a iphone to talk sh”@& about the phone cause i use to have android phone before iphone and im never going back…

    • mariotech

      Im not and andriod fan but i used to be an apple fan i had every gen of the iphone but i got bored of IOS switch to andriod i thougth i would never like andriod but its actually good but man if some of the Apple IFans would atleast use and android device for once in there life time and stop figthing over a wich PHONE is the best they are just phones

      • SoCoMagNuM

        been in the iphone game since the 3G. hopped over to galxy 3 and im impressed. not discrediting iphone as a good phone. they are but sometimes you need a fresh slate. iOS got stale to me.

  • adam lompis

    Ah thank you for starting my afternoon off with a good laugh :D

  • SamsungAppleFan

    Samsung also had a crappy GS3 introduction. And I mean crappy. Look at where it’s at lol. Except with Samsung, there were some real innovations. Not… 5th row of icons… As much as I love my ipad 3, I can’t imagine using ios for my phone.

  • Yujin

    umm get some weird deja vu…korean girl saying if she can touch “it” hahaha

  • Pezanko

    Since the 4S came out October 14nth 2011, the majority of the population own or have owned a smart phone. Therefore, a higher probability of sales revenue. Regardless, Apple’s poor effort in ingenuity and creativity deems to sway my choice of manufacturer to an android device. An enormously unforgettable disappointment. I love the computers but the iPhone has succeeded to no avail. Specifically, restrictions on personalizing options, and its poorly, one route designed operating system.