My eyes have been struggling with the small iPhone screen. After a long scribble session with PS Touch or some intricate masking on Photo Wizard, I find myself slightly bleary-eyed. I think I need more real estate on my screen. And I admit, with my iphone contract coming up for renewal, I have been looking at the “larger” options. And in a world where the big corporations know everything about us, barely a day has gone by when I haven’t received some sort of overture from one of the world’s leading phone manufacturers or networks. Some of the approaches have been quite discrete. I know how these sort of negotiations go. You don’t want to give the impression of being overly keen, too early.
Apple made their move for me earlier this week, unveiling plans for their new iOS, including a new camera app. I have to admit, I was really impressed by the big event on Monday, especially the live streaming – that was a really nice touch and I do truly appreciate your efforts guys. It must have been a lot of work.
But your rivals have been wooing me too. Earlier this month HTC launched a thinly-veiled attempt to win my custom with a feature about taking photos of people doing sport. Someone had obviously tipped them off that this is one of my main areas of activity at the moment. I’m impressed guys, I’ll bear you in mind, but only 4MP? Meanwhile, Samsung really did their homework on me too, rushing out a pretty cool video. With teams of researchers on my case, they found out I like taking candids of strangers in the street. So they themed the whole ad campaign around a guy who takes unauthorised photos of people. OK, yes, I do enjoy my street photography. But I have to say they were mistaken if they thought they could appeal to my baser instincts by basing the story around a guy taking photos of an attractive woman that he fancies. Perhaps a bit too eager in this case to get my attention. I’ll let you know.
So Apple, HTC or Samsung? Remain with small screen or go for something bigger? My contract renewal date is another day nearer. And my eyes are still bleary.
Big enough screen? ©Richard Gray