What I’m Not Missing – the iPhone 5

I don’t normally miss things, but I find myself missing my work laptop. It’s funny, since I tried to return it for being too big. It ran Ubuntu Linux well. It was maxed out with CPU, memory, disk, display, and on and on and on. I miss the dual head monitor setup in my old office.

What I don’t miss is the iPhone 5. I didn’t realize it until I read this article about Apple cutting orders of iPhone parts due to low demand.

Last year I upgraded my iPhone 3GS work cell phone with a shiny new iPhone 5. The speed was nice. The additional screen space was nice. The new Lightning connector sucks if you, like me, own a bunch of the all ready inconvenient 30-pin accessories. The iPhone 5 is light and slick and thin. While it slips into a hip pocket easily it also lends itself to drops and slips.

I was never wowed by the phone.

My personal phone is an iPhone 4S. It’s a bit heftier. It’s more energetic. Vibrate notification feels like it could fell the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It’s the same OS but seems easier to navigate with one hand. It’s fast enough. And my iPhone 4S has more space than my former employer was willing to provide with the work iPhone 5, so music and podcasts are no problem.

Will my next phone be an Apple product? Setting aside whatever my next employer offers, my next personal phone probably won’t be an Apple product, at least not one of the current models.