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Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III, right, and Apple's iPhone 4S are displayed at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea.

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Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III, right, and Apple's iPhone 4S are displayed at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea.

Back to iPhone

 

I have a problem. I switch phones way too much. In the past six months, I’ve gone from iPhone 4 to Samsung Galaxy S3 to Blackberry Bold 9900 to BlackBerry Z10, and now back to iPhone. I’ve done a complete 360.

I enjoyed the Z10 for a while, but I was having one recurring issue: The phone kept randomly turning on and off. I would be in the middle of a phone call and the phone would just shut down. Rogers told me it would have to send my phone away for a month to fix the issue, and I would probably have to use a Sony Xperia for a few weeks, which wouldn’t be cool.

Then I got in touch with BlackBerry via Twitter direct message and it was no help whatsoever. When I set up my iPhone yesterday and wiped my Z10 so I could sell it, I realized it was a software issue and all I needed to do was restore my phone and that reoccurring issue would’ve ceased. Nonetheless, after using an iPhone for a day, I have finally realized this is the phone to have.

Since I’ve used every big phone on the market today, I’m comfortable saying the iPhone is by far the best phone. Just the way everything works — the apps that are available, iMessage... If I had to rank the phones I’ve used in the past six months, it would look like this: iPhone, BlackBerry Bold 9900 (don’t ask me why), Samsung Galaxy S3, then BlackBerry Z10. Who knows how much longer I’ll be on the iPhone before I decide to switch again, but for now, I am so damn happy I’m back on iPhone.

 

Insane Google autocompletes

 

Ever type something into Google and some absolutely random autocomplete search appears? Yeah, me too. Google populates its autocomplete search results based on the number of times something has been searched for. I’ve stumbled across some random and funny suggested searches I’d like to share with you. It’s pretty insane to see that people would even be searching for this kind of stuff…

1. Search: the meaning of life is / Autocomplete: 42

2. Search: what is the only / Autocomplete: animal with four knees

3. Search: how many / Autocomplete: calories in a banana

4. Search: marriage is / Autocomplete: a private affair

5. Search: how can / Autocomplete: she slap

6. Search: where did / Autocomplete: you sleep last night

7. Search: are there / Autocomplete: snakes in Hawaii

8. Search: where is / Autocomplete: Chuck Norris

9. Search: where will / Autocomplete: James Gandolfini be buried

 

Samsung edges Apple

 

Samsung mobile products are becoming incredibly popular. Backtrack a year, and you wouldn’t even have had to think twice what the most-sold phone would be: iPhone. Recently, Samsung surpassed Apple as the most profitable phone seller. In the second quarter of 2013, Samsung recorded $5.2 billion in sales while Apple recorded $4.6 billion. The reason Samsung has edged Apple is because of the flexibility it has on pricing and better shipment volumes from China.

"Samsung is performing well in the U.S. market, while Huawei, ZTE and other local brands are growing vigorously in China," Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston said. "Apple is now under intense pressure to launch more iPhone models at cheaper price points or with larger screens to fend off the surging competition and recapture lost profits in the second half of 2013."

It’s been rumoured Apple is slated to release an iPhone at a cheaper price point. I’d be curious to see what Apple would include in a less expensive iPhone.

 

Instagram ads

 

When Facebook bought Instagram a while back for $1 billion, it was expected that Facebook was going to start implementing advertising in the Instagram feed. At the end of the day, it’s a business that needs to make money. Most likely companies are going to have accounts that are promoted and their images will appear in your feed. From an advertising perspective, it’s absolutely incredible. You can dodge Facebook ads, but on Instagram, if a photo is in your feed, you have to look at it. I have a question for you: If Instagram implements ads, will you start using it less or will you just accept it and continue on as usual? Tweet me @thedavidbell.

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