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These days, it’s all but impossible to escape Apple hate speech. You know who to blame: big media. I mean, stock manipulators played even the credulous Wall Street Journal. It’s not just WSJ – or NYT or Reuters, for that matter.

Anti-Apple Forbes hit new lows with clickbait headlines like this one or this one. And as crazypants analysts voice their concern regarding “Apple’s lack of a strategy in the lower-end phone”, they at the same time continue to hallucinate about a happiness or time travel machine from Apple.

And all of them get an assistance from traffic-hungry journalists like Dan Lyons whose write-ups sound bitter and idiotic. But in spite of all that FUD talk, Apple is demolishing Android in every metric that matters. None of this frenzy should matter when considering your next cell phone.

But real life can be a bitch and with so much negative publicity mounting ahead of Apple’s earnings report, no wonder some of the faint-hearted fans are beginning to question their faith in the California firm. I know where my heart stands, but I want to know one thing: do you know where your heart stands? So, what’s your next phone gonna be?

It’s hard to please everyone and with literally dozens upon dozens of devices vying for our attention, I had to narrow down the choices to a few most popular brands and models.

Cast your vote now.

As always, join us for some healthy discussion (and keep it civil).

Before you jump straight to the comments, I wanna just touch briefly on this anti-Apple hysteria.

Nobody explains it better than Dan Pallotta of Pallotta TeamWorks (via MacDailyNews).

Short term expectations for Apple are so high that people are hallucinating, they’re missing the big picture. They literally expect Apple to come out with, like a ‘happiness machine’ or a time travel machine… Apple doesn’t have to disrupt at that level to thrive and Apple doesn’t have to innovate every 20 minutes in order to be one of the best investments on the planet.

People are piling on Tim Cook, saying “Oh, he hasn’t introduced a new disruptive product, he hasn’t innovated.” He hasn’t innovated?

This is a guy who, in a year, has taken the company through this horrible process of bereavement and refreshed every single product in the lineup. People forget, Steve Jobs didn’t innovate every year. He didn’t come up with some disruptive product every year.

You know, it was four years from the time that he retook the reins at Apple until the time that he came up with the iPod. And, when he came up wioth the iPod, everybody says, “Oh, it’s too expensive.”

It was six years between the iPod and the iPhone and when he came us with the iPhone, everybody said, “Well, that’s not a disruption… it’s too expensive.”

Then another four years, until he comes up with the iPad and then when everybody sees that, they say “Oh, that’s not a disruption, that’s just a bigger iPhone.”

So, what people don’t understand is that Apple takes the time to get things right and that is the disruption.

Nailed it!

This is Pallotta telling CNBC why he has a long position on Apple stock.

Lead iPhone mini mockup courtesy of Martin Hajek.

  • RarestName

    The Sony Xperia Z looks promising. Since I already have two iDevices, I might as well try out another OS and get the best of both worlds 🙂

    • yeh if it cant play PS3 or VITA games it can go to hell… oh hold no VITA is dead..lolo

    • My thought exactly. If I could afford an Android phone I’d rather choose Xperia Z, not those plastic Samsung phones.

  • Mysteroy3k


  • It depends on what smartphone inspire me when I decided to buy a new smartphone…but currently I’m happy with my iPhone 4S/iDevice!

  • This post is idiotic! Apple did feel the need to make a 4 inch iphone didn’t they? The very same way they had to make iPad mini. The same way they had to incorporate drop down menu etc. How can one be so brain washed and ignorant to write a one sided moronic blog post.

  • Damian W

    I would definitely get something other than iphone. it is time to refresh it since cydia might not longer be available.

    • Since Cydia might no longer be available? I don’t think anyone forced you to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and loose your jailbreak. Not to mention there is an untethered jailbreak almost finished for the iPhone 5.
      So many iPhone users complain that they are going to switch over to android or windows without ever having try them. Then as soon as they do or a new iOS comes out, they talk about how much they miss their iPhone. Classic

      • Damian W

        jessusss, just respect someones different opinion. And dont make FALSE assumptions. Nobody forces anyone to upgrade, but it is just a matter of fact that after 2 years you want to buy a new phone. And because Cydia might be out on newer devices, I would say goodbye to iPhones for a while.
        I have jailbroken iphone as for now. I also had android devices in the past. And yes, Cydia might not be available in the near future since iphone 6, 6s etc…will have hight security. End of story.

      • David Villamizar

        lol So you say everyone should spend a lot of time learning how to jailbreak/restore/save SHSH/put iPhone in DFU/boot tethered/know what updates should avoid/keep jailbreak in general? Just to change little things in the iPhone? I don’t think most non-geek people would do that, it’s exhausting to spend so much time learning what to do to jailbreak properly, and it’s even harder to keep the jailbreak as updates come out, new devices are released and no jailbreak is available. I think it’s easier to buy Android if you want a good customization level in your phone. I really like Android, but it’s in a big part thanks to apple keeping things closed and controlled that apps are so great, so beautiful, easy to use and manage keep bugs to the minimum, Android can’t fight against this, but they offer more freedom. It’s a hard choice, but as new iPhones keep the same as the previous ones, Android becomes more appealing (specially for the nexus devices, which are amazing and inexpensive)

  • It just looks bad when apple just released an iphone with lte and no nfc, and samsung just announced a unbreakable screen and a 8 core processor that will likely be released in a tablet or phone later this year. It just seems like all the innovation is coming from the other side(android). Still like apple, just ready to explore other options.

    • I don’t see these technologies shipping yet. Apple announces and then ships the same day or a week or two later …

    • Like most of us not living in California or New York, I have yet to come across paying for something that offers NFC as an option. And just because Samsung is bumping up tech specs and making devices from 2.3in to 12.8in and every inch inbetween doesn’t mean it’s “innovating”. It’s just desperately trying to grab every corner of the market it can.

      • Kurt

        seriously you are going to say samsung isn’t innovating? go view some videos about the note II…it puts our iphones to shame. its fine not to want to buy a samsung phone but to say its not innovating makes you look like a fool. especially when the iphone is made for grandparents

      • Anshul

        Putting iPhone to shame is a strong comment. Though Note 2 is really an awesome device, it doesn’t mean iPhone is for grandparents. Samsung is trying to get a pie across the mobile market in terms of size and cost. We must not forget that devices Samsung produces are highly dependent on android developed by Google, while Apple has in house dev team for its OS. So credit for innovation partly goes to Google as well. Apple on its part has given the mobile industry some unique innovations as well. It was the first company to introduce a touch screen phone without a stylus. It gave us a refreshed mobile OS (remember Symbian or bb 6 or winmob 6 that time?). It gave us Siri and the new earpods which again is an amazing add on. However, the only thing which Apple didnt do well was not coming up with radically new designs for the iPhone. I have used iPhone 2, 3g, 3gs, 4 and 4s. However, I am not switching to 5 and maybe 5S if the look and feel are the same as 4/4s. Futhermore, I would go probably for an android device next time unless either Apple allows me to install tweaks using jb or atleast permit such tweaks on app store after scrutinizing them. I agree Apple should not just throw up new devices every now and then like samsung, but the look of iPhone and iOS needs to change and iOS should be able to allow installation of tweaks.

      • Kurt

        of course i didn’t mean, since note 2 is an awesome device that means iphone is for grandparents. i meant, note 2 have incredible features. we iphone users dont have anything near the amount of features so our device is very simple to use and lacks features. so its relatively easy for a grandmother to start using. our phones do get put to shame when we simply can’t do a tremendous amount of things other phones can. iphone 4 and 4S is a beautiful phone (i dont like ip5) but that is not what people should really care about. especially those who put ugly cases on (i use no case)…people should care about the features of the phone. when you pull out the s-pen the device knows you want to use the s-pen and it automatically pops up a bunch of apps and documents you have and can use. it has split screen so you can multitask easily (you can’t even multitask on our iphone) go to youtube, watch a video and hit the home button=no more video, no more audio. before you were able to at least hit play in the multitasking bar. no more. all in all what really matters is the third party apps and apple has great devs selling their work in the app store. but i want an attractive phone + large screen + innovative features. apple doesn’t have all of them.

    • “and a 8 core processor” ji will laugh if that phone still has that crappy jittery and rough scrolling BS…loloolol

    • macboy74

      Have you used an Android device? It needs all the specs you can pack into it. I own an iPhone 5, SGSIII, ipad mini , ipad 3rd gen and a nexus 7. The nexus 7 is a slow laggy device with more ram and a quad core processor, Same with the SGS III. They both download apps and web pages slow and they both crash and reboot when doing to much stuff on them. I like and use both platforms but Android still needs a lot of work.

      • Viktor_Zweig

        I actually own Nex7. I exchanged it agains iPad 2. I never regretted it bcs I was specifically looking for smaller form factor (this was befor iPad mini).
        I’ll admit that Nex7 crashed a few times (coincidentally while I was using Chrome) but the level of integration of usability is much better than what’s allowed by Apple. I am not talkin OS specific but app specific. For instance, take “Good for Enterprise” and “Any.Do”.
        And finally, try downloading a torrent on stock OS iPad…

    • David Villamizar

      I agree with you, but Samsung is not the way to take(I think), grab a nexus phone instead, Android is a whole better experience there than in GS phones, don’t let the high specs marketing blow your mind.

    • samdchuck

      I agree, it does look bad when Apple releases it’s most popular phone yet and Samsung releases plans to do something sometime in the future.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    No comment…

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      ‘No comment’ is still a comment..

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Rlly? But right, u still got my goddamn point.

  • Shawn Smith

    Um, “retarded”…? That’s a very crude/offensive reference.

    • yes it is. because that’s what some of the big media headlines are…

      • Shawn Smith

        You use “retarded” in a derogatory manner or as if it were synonymous with stupidity, but being mentally disabled does not make a person ignorant or harebrained. Please change your top paragraph to reflect big media as stupid…and not “retarded”. I am very disappointed in iDB for allowing use of such hurtful language in posts.

      • Lordthree

        Nobody actually calls mentally handicapped people retarded. Get off your high horse

      • David Villamizar

        u mad?…..or retarded?

      • jilex

        so they have to speak good of apple, and with that you won’t think they are… like that? (i don’t even want to say it myself) as i said in another post, nothing but an isheep that thinks that everyone has to “love” the company he loves…

      • Fuck you Christian. You say you want a civil conversation yet use a word like that.

      • Jeremy Whitticker

        Woah, dude. Change the word ASAP. That’s a new low for you.

    • you have no right to not be offended. get a fucking thicker skin and get over it. i’m sick of all you pansies whining and crying about a word offending you. quit being a fucking retard and get the fuck over it, seriously! you are going to be offended continually throughout your life so get used to it. end your sense of entitlement now an you will live a much better life.

      and btw when i say retard i mean dumb shits like YOU, not mentally handicapped people. i would never lump them into a group of retards like you.

      • Jeremy Whitticker

        Wow. You are so vicious. Why?

      • Jeremy Whitticker

        Ah, nevermind. I just saw your FB cover photo. That explains a lot.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        DAMN!!!!!!!!! Lmmfao

  • iTechMunch

    I have iPhone 4 and my contract finishes this February, now I am stuck should I buy iPhone 5 or wait for new iPhone.

    • RarestName

      The next is most going to be the 5S. Of course, it’s only going to show the speed differences when jailbroken but it depends on what you want to use it for.

      • iTechMunch


    • himynameisBLiNK

      i’d wait for the iPhone 18

  • Latrese

    I’m going straight to a Nexus. I love the App Store & that would be the only thing keeping me around. Fear of poorly made apps. But other than that? I’m out lol

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Depends on the jailbreak status… if jailbreak is gone, iPhones are irrelevant to me.. :/

    • pnh

      I feel exactly the same. In order to keep my jailbreak right now, I’m using an iPhone 4S that’s a year and a half old technology. By the time they release the jailbreak for the 5, it could be almost 6 months old.

      • ridonkulous

        I’m still on my jailbroken 3Gs, and yes it still works good, but, I think it’s time to move on. Until Apple lets me take control of MY phone without the need for a jailbreak, I think I am gonna give another phone a try.

  • I think I’m going for a Nexus product for my next phone, I like that it’s easy to customize your home screen easily (Easier than Dreamboard) See http://www.mycolorscreen.com
    NFC is also great on android, being able to use NFC tags for various everyday things, Wireless charging is also a plus.

    iOS is pretty limiting, even though it has the best selection of apps and games. It just sucks that you have to wait for a jailbreak to get the most out of it. I barely see the need to Root on Android unless your carrier can’t push out an update in reasonable time.

    I still love Apple and all the things they make, I still have my eyes on the iPhone and iPad (iPad mostly) I just think iOS needs a big kick in the right direction.

  • jilex

    and how we know you didn’t manipulate the poll results to show more iphone percentage? cuz in the comments, it looks diferent…

    • Cause people like polls. They don’t bother with comments since people are impossible to have discussions with via Internet comment system. And then there are people like you…

    • 1337lolzorz

      The comments section is irrelevant to the overall public opinion. People who love their iPhones don’t have to come on here to tell you about how good it is. For some reason people who don’t like it feel compelled to spew their nonsense opinion and make it seem like that is the majority opinion.

      • jilex

        thank you guys, i really didn’t see it that way (really, thanks) but it applies the other way around too, if the people who love their iPhone doesn’t need to tell us, or me, whoever you like, they don’t need to vote in the poll right?

  • Fuck you. “Retarded media?” Way to stay professional. Goddamn Christian. Once again…fuck you. I await the banhammer.

  • Of course an iphone !!!!!

  • Wow, spmeone actually voted for Motorola? Haha

    • I do like the Motorola phone… too bad…

      By the way, I pick iPhone.

    • David Villamizar

      I’d only vote motorola if next nexus phone comes from them.

  • Unable to get root access (i.e. jailbreak) will push people away from Apple regardless of innovation or technology.

    • Kurt

      the lack of innovation is pushing people away from apple the most

  • MacBookBro

    So why do we ask Apple to compete with Androind in the first place? Why dose Apple need to make a cheaper more afordable phone?
    Dose the press push, and even expect Mercedes Benze to make cheap cars so everyone can have one? No!

    If you can’t afford a Apple product then don’t knock it.

  • Some of these comments are just stupid.. Like not going to get a iPhone unless there’s a jailbreak.. If you need to mod you phone so much get a android the iPhone wasn’t made to have a jailbreak it is just a plus that can happen to a iDevice, there is no real reason to jailbreak a iDevice. And I mean REAL REASON.
    If Christian is quoting what is being said by other source’s than why are people having a go.. ?

  • MacBookBro

    I feel the only way competitors try to compete with the iPhone is by way of specs.

    Faster processor, NFC, more MBcam.

    Are they doing it right? Or just trying to beat Apple to the punch. Ask yourself that when you are at your carrier replacing that broken piece of plastic. I have friends with android phones I see it all the time.

  • i will stick to my iphone 5 once jalnbrek is out and i will not change until apple releases a proper upgrade and it is jalbroken also…

  • Guest

    As much as I hate Apple right now im gonna buy an iphone 5 just for the satisfaction

  • I have a 3GS and am staying with it for atleast a year more. I just love it.

  • BulletToothTony

    My next phone it’s gonna be the ipad mini, I’m selling my iPhone 5 and ready to use Talkatone, me and the wife are gonna save $100 a month

  • iOS interface looks really bad and old comparing it with Blackberry, ubuntu or even with the square android. I hope they change it with iOS7- they have to.

    • Kurt

      everyone hopes…but apple wont. they don’t know what “think different” really means

  • I will take the next Nokia Lumia Windows Phone, because I know it will have the best hardware as like: HAAC (High Amplitude Audio Capture) microphones with Rich Recording technology, Camera with floating lens with PureView technology and super sensitive screen which You can use gloves on.

    • Kurt

      best phone, that and note 2. ill be switching to the next gen of one of those phones

  • Its hard to chose because we don’t know whats the next gen of iphone or galaxy phone is gonna be like. If you’ve asked which is the best smartphone in our opinion as of today i will choose note2.

    • Kurt

      note 2 puts the my iphone to shame…more and more i wish i had that phone.

  • I’m really leaning towards Windows Phone. Both my roommates have Lumias; the UI is absolutely beautiful and it seems like a really smooth UX. The only thing stopping me is the incredibly limited app market, the amount of money I’ve spend on iOS apps, and rough-around-the-edges Mac sync.

  • Viktor_Zweig

    The only reason I got iPhone 5 (4th iPhone version for me) was bcs I couldn’t score Nexus 4.

  • voted to iPhone of course , but this is unfair vote because this site for iOS devices!

  • iXanczy

    You should have included the Linux Ubuntu mobile (CES 2013) it looks super smooth (the OS, not the phone since the phone is just like any other android device (cheap plastic)).
    Also I’m wondering why it isn’t possible to uninstall iOS from the iPhone. Think about a iPhone 5 with Ubuntu as the OS, or have a question when booting the phone about what OS to start.

    • Daniel

      You wonder why is impossible to uninstall iOS from your iPhone?

      Nuuurse, defibrillator! We are losing him!

    • 3aloo1

      Your starting a computer or smartphone?
      If a computer this website is for iphone ipads ipod with freakin IOS software

  • Syrian

    it was iPhone, it is iPhone, and it will be always for ever last iPhone…

  • Guest

    My “next” iPhone will be my old iPhone 4S. Only reason I’m not using it now is because I switched to from AT&T to T-Mobile and the towers in my area aren’t fully upgraded so there are a lot of spots that are on the E network. I’m currently using a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 and even though I don’t hate it, I miss my Jail broken iPhone.

  • TonyVee73

    My “next” iPhone will be my old iPhone 4S. Only reason I’m not using it now is because I switched to from AT&T to T-Mobile and the towers in my area aren’t fully upgraded so there are a lot of spots that are on the E network. I’m currently using a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 and even though I don’t hate it, I miss my Jail broken iPhone.

  • I only like the iPhone because of its OS. iOS is still the best, though we can argue hardware wise if iPhone 5 is the best.^^

    • Kurt

      iOS is no where near the best. lacking a tremendous amount of features and being ugly doesnt make you the best

  • @dongiuj

    ….a non apple one.

  • I was opting for a Nokia 3310 but it wasn’t in the list. Old but indestructible.

  • Anshul

    I would go probably for an android device next time unless either Apple allows me to install tweaks using jb or atleast permit such tweaks on app store after scrutinizing them. I have used iPhone 2, 3g, 3gs, 4 and 4s. However, I am not switching to 5 and maybe 5S if the look and feel are the same as 4/4s. I agree Apple should not just throw up new devices every now and then like samsung, but the look of iPhone and iOS needs to change and iOS should be able to allow installation of tweaks.

    • Kurt

      at the very least, we should be able to install tweaks.

  • dk

    Next Phone…?!i don’t think so, HTC HD2 for life..