Does Software or Hardware matter to you most?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NbinHD, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. NbinHD macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2012
    Macbook Pro 13'' - Mid 2012 Baseline
    Just interested, does Software or Hardware matter to you most when looking into devices/technology?
  2. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    At this moment in time for the iPhone, I'd have to say both software and hardware are equally important for the next gen iPhone, but otherwise, software rules.

    Unfortunately, given the direction and pace iOS is moving, I'm slowly realizing and accepting that the software isn't for me. I don't want to speak too soon until October, but the ship is sailing.
  3. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Is your heart or your lungs more important to you? I mean, know both are important, but which matters most to you when choosing to live? :D
  4. SwingOnThis macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2008
    Before entering into the Apple universe, i would have said software 100%. Now that i see the difference, i would say hardware is equally important.
  5. taipan61 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    corner starbucks
    iMHO, you can have the best hardware in the business but if it has crappy software driving it, well then it's useless
    and the same goes for software, it can be the most intuitive there is but again if the hardware can't support it then what's the point
  6. Donoghan macrumors regular


    Aug 25, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Generally both for me, but I have to say I'm getting bored with iOS after 5 years and software is becoming more important to me here lately.
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I kind of agree, but the most useful apps are the same no matter what OS you have, to an extent.
  8. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Depends on exactly what you are talking about. While cores and ghz are important with hardware I feel software is more important. If you mean things like LTE chips and NFC I feel hardware is more important.

    In the end I'd say both are equally important but I lean toward software because that will determine user experience in the end.
  9. Mic'sBook macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2010
    Hong Kong
    It's the interplay of hardware and software that counts. Steve Jobs said this back in 2007 when he introduced the very first iPhone, and what he said is proved to be true in my opinion.
  10. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Changing software is easier compared to hardware; that makes the HW more important; SW can be changed faster; bug fix in HW is very difficult.
  11. Donoghan macrumors regular


    Aug 25, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
  12. iproductsuser macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2012
  13. jonsuh macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    When thinking hardware, I don't necessarily see it as "specs."

    From my logical perspective, software is changeable (well, depending on the creators and their willingness to update). Software controls, manages, and regulates the hardware. With bad hardware, you're done.

    Think of the iPhone and iOS. iOS is built on the barebone OS Darwin. When there is a "battery" issue, we all know it's a hardware issue.

    Nice thing is, with the proper hardware, it's as easy as rolling out new software to fix the hardware issue. We've known Apple to address the battery "hardware" issue with new software.

    With bad hardware, they'd have to replace everyone's batteries.
  14. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Vaporware is far more exciting.

    It drives the rumors here to incredibly interesting heights.
  15. Ay_Zimmy macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    This is a tough one. I'll say in the past like the 3G and 3Gs a lot of important things were added to the iOS. Now that we have all the necessities and are receiving nice perks, I think this time around the hardware means more to me.
  16. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Hardware is more important to me.

    Third party developers (Read: jailbroken apps, custom ROMs on Android phones, etc) can push the software out as long as the hardware is there.
  17. chokem macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2012
    Searcy, AR
    For me, I'm ready for a hardware makeover. The 4S does just about everything I could ask software-wise.
  18. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    They are both very important for a fluid user experience. And also for the potential of new apps. A lot of people get obsessed with specs but they don't realize how under-utilized they often are in a phone or computer. A lot of people get hung up on how boring the iOS interface is, without any regard for how stable and practical it is.

    Could iOS use a refresh? Yeah maybe, but as it stands right now we all know how to use it, it's stable, and it does 100% of what I ask of it. If they redesigned the UI MacRumors would probably crash under the explosion of new threads complaining about how the old UI was better. I'm not saying there is no room for improvement, there certainly is. But when it comes to the actual look and feel of iOS I don't see any point in changing it.
  19. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    I couldn't decide and then I realized I tend to buy Mac laptops/desktops so software must be more important ;). Otherwise I could get a PC and be more flexible on what I wanted in the hardware.
  20. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    Kind of a tough question in a way.

    Look at Apple vs Samsung for example. Not going to get into a debate about which OS is better but lets assume that the hardware (chips, nuts and bolts) are equal across the board. So lets say hypothetically that HTC makes the screens, and chips instead of Samsung and both Apple and Samsung purchase a great deal of hardware from other sources.

    Then it comes down to Software and form factor. If the hardware is all pretty much equal across the board, what ends up being the deciding factor is the software.

    Would any of you who love the Apple's iP4(s) design buy the phone if it came with Android Gingerbread?

    If hardware is almost equal across the board excluding form factor, the defining point is Software.

    But yes, you need good quality hardware if you want the device to stand the test of time also.

    My vote would be 60%Software, 40% hardware.
  21. x&y macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2012
    West Midlands, England
    It's all about software for me.

    I don't care how fast the new Samsung/LG/HTC phones are, I will take my iPhone 4 with iOS everyday over the current Android phone as iOS is the superior operating system and gives me the better user experience.
  22. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    A very large problem today is that people tend to look at smartphones the same way they look at desktop computers.
    They want XX ram, and XX space, etc.
    This, to me, seems to be a very archaic way to look at newer technology.

    I believe Steve Jobs (I could very well be wrong on that) once said that the software should be so good that it makes the hardware transparent.
    Meaning that your software should run and operate so well, that it doesn't matter if you have 2 or 200GBs of RAM, a dual or quad core CPU, etc.

    Thus making the product simpler to the masses, and more attractive to the general population that are not techies.

    If using this mentality and breaking away from the old antiquated ways of viewing technology, I can clearly understand that logic.

    As a manufacturer, this should be your goal. To make it where the consumer doesn't see a need for more memory. "It just works".

    However, looking at Android OS, I can see that it seems more based along the lines of building a PC with a desktop OS.
    Two different mind sets.
    Both have good and bad points. But when your average consumer thinks that facebook is the internet, you'd want to make your product easier.

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