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Xiaomi's CEO says the Apple iPhone is still the best

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Xiaomi's CEO says the Apple iPhone is still the best
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun runs one of the up and coming names in the smartphone world. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 powered Xiaomi Mi3, for example, recently scored over 37,000 on the AnTuTu benchmark test. And still, the company takes care of the low-end as well with its ridiculously affordable Xiaomi Red Rice model.

While Jun has been compared to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it isn't a label he is seeking or even wants. Still, when it comes to Apple, Jun has a warm spot in his heart. During a recent interview with Beijing News, Jun said that the "iPhone is still the best smartphone on the planet. For Xiaomi there’s a lot of space for learning and talent."

Xiaomi's business plan, though, is much different than Apple's. The company could be considered more like Amazon as it sells its hardware for cost, and makes up the difference with online sales. And this is paying off for Jun as the company was recently valued at $11 billion during its last round of financing. The executive sees the smartphone replacement trend continuing through 2016 and says that high-speed mobile internet should continue to grow.

While Jun raves over the iPhone, he should be proud of the Xiaomi Mi3 with its 5 inch 1080 x 1920 resolution LCD display, the NVIDIA Tegra 4 under the hood, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP rear facing camera on board. A 3050mAh battery powers the model. While Xaomi has become the fifth top selling smartphone name in China, Jun now has to get the rest of the world to notice it.

source: CNbeta.com (translated) via UnwiredView

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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:50 9

1. apple4never (Posts: 943; Member since: 08 May 2013)


i think he's drunk, his own company is still better at least when it comes to phones. otherwise, yes apple is pretty good

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:13 16

4. mturby (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


He is being honest, unlike SAMSUNG and some others. I am an android user/fan, but Iphone is the best android competitor and a powerful OS and device (5/5s).

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:27 21

6. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


he is an idiot. Sasmung and others dont need to admit that. They should think their own products are best if not then no point in having other products.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:20 12

16. apple4never (Posts: 943; Member since: 08 May 2013)


ok yes the 5s is powerful but its crippled with a terrible OS

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:05 4

23. Finalflash (Posts: 1669; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Lol calm down all, this is an excellent example of modesty and humility. The iPhone is a great device and he is calling it for its strength. It is much better than a pompous attitude like Nokia and MS had (and BB). Yea Apple sucks because they're douchy (mainly cause management) but their designers and engineers have done a great job with the products.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:29

34. Diezparda (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Don't forget about small screen limitation and expensive storage upgrade. Doesn't matter how powerful the new A7 chip i think it's terrible to play some games and do internet browsing with 4 inch screen.

a small screen iPhone = a big no no, but the iPad still the best tablet for me.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:45 7

12. Chaseism (Posts: 57; Member since: 08 May 2013)


So by no means do I mean this in a harmful way...but what exactly do you do for a living that you consider the guy drunk for making that statement? Apple created a phone that just about anyone can pick up and use with a relatively small learning curve. Every single iteration of the iPhone (even the iPhone 4 with AntennaGate) has been incredibly well received by consumer electronics reviewers and publications. Are you also saying they are all drunk as well?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:52 2

14. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Well said.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:59 3

15. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


It was a stupid comment to make. Why in the world would I buy a product from this company if he's saying the competition is better? I might as well buy from their competitor. Samsung nor HTC would ever admit the competition is better even if they thought that.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 19:07 3

29. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It's not stupid to be honest and face reality while acknowledging respect for a competitor that dominates the industry.

It's already common knowledge that a huge increase in the iOS ecosystem is DUE TO android users switching to the iPhone.

One report states half of 5C sales came from android users. http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/12/02/half-of-apples-iphone-5c-sales-are-to-android-switchers---report

Here is a fact, since android dominates the mobile OS space, the result is most android devices are just junk. Just look at the US prepaid market, and read the reviews for (mostly) Samsung products -- they are overpriced, the devices suck, and customers tend to have a bad experience all because the Samsung handset was priced between $150 and $250 and ran android 4.x.

If you think the world is buying the cutting edge S4, Note 3, HTC One, LG G2 -- think again. The world is mostly buying $100 to $200 android crap.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 19:36 1

31. PBXtech (Posts: 973; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Windows-Phone-now-accounts-for-over-10-of-European-sales-Android-still-dominant_id49924 In case you missed it, iOS is down in almost every category, while Android is up in almost every category. The rest of your comments is all opinion.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 19:47 3

32. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


-It's his opinion and it was a stupid statement. It's like Pepsi admitting Coke is better.

-I'm not sure how they came up with those numbers. How do they know the income of people buying phones? And for what it's worth the report shows Android still dominating while the iPhone numbers remained flat.

-Where did you see these reviews? I'm in the prepaid market - I buy all of my phones unlocked. I've used the S3, S4, Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. None of those phones are junk.

The $100 and $200 android phones are more capable than the overpriced iPhone. You're being ripped off.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 21:22

37. apple4never (Posts: 943; Member since: 08 May 2013)


i agree unto your last statement a 200$ android phone docent have the camera or general responsiveness like i said iPhones are fin but their overpriced and locked down

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:26 4

17. apple4never (Posts: 943; Member since: 08 May 2013)


it was meant as a joke and i know I'm gonna be under fire for this. my point was that yes iPhones are decent but they are EXPENSIVE, limited customizabity and a buggy OS, my dad has an ip5 and since iOS 7 its been acting up. its becoming laggy and starting to lose information like contacts and pics. for 800 bucks i can get two nexus 5's with better specs, more apps, way more customizable and better user experience. did i mean what i said yes but i didn't say they were total crap. if you have a thousand bucks for a phone a 1 year old can use. go for it. all the good reviews it gets is because its apple, if there was an android phone with same specs it would avg 6-7/10

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 21:58 1

39. Chaseism (Posts: 57; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I'm sorry dude...but jokes are meant to be funny. And if you consider that a joke, it's been told as many times as "Apple is going to go out of business.." right before they do another record sale on their hardware.

Now, I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I don't think we should be judging an entire line of smartphones based off your daddy's experience with his. iPhones are no more expensive than any other phone if you are going with a 2-year contract subsidy. And if you're not, but you've got the income...go for it. If you want a BMW instead of a Kia, go for it. Either way they will get you to the same location.

Now, I also don't mean any offense...but if you're dad was smart, he would have backed up his phone...just like everyone should back up anything stored on any electronic device...ever. All hardware has a 100% failure rate at some point. It may happen in a year, it may happen in 10 years, but eventually it's not going to work. And if your father can't back up his phone via iCloud or his computer, he probably shouldn't be doing all that much customization anyway. Apple isn't perfect and neither is Samsung, HTC, or Motorola. Sometimes the manufacturer gives you a piece of hardware that works like crap, but it doesn't mean the entire line of products are bad. Did he go to an Apple Store to get it fixed or replaced? That would be the smart thing to do.

And I'm sorry, I'm tired of this lame excuse that Apple gets good reviews just because it's Apple. That ship has sailed. In my opinion, the Galaxy S was the first smartphone to force Apple to share the limelight. Since then, it's been an arm race and publications don't care who wins as long as there is a battle that will make people read. It would be better for their sales if there was an Android model that could beat the iPhone. Some of them have named their top phones as an Android phone. Personally, I think the HTC One is one of the best Android phones on the market. So don't give me this crap about people only loving Apple because it's Apple...

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:11 3

20. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Work in a cell phone store for a week and you will see how wrong your comment of, "just about anyone can pick up and use(the iPhone)with a relatively small learning curve." truly is.

That couldn't be further from the truth. It's propaganda that Apple has pumped down people's throats since day one.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:33 2

21. tedkord (Posts: 4624; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I think most people can, but there will always be some who can't. My boss is a total technotard. Our company gives him a corporate iPhone. He had almost 500 emails backed up on it because he didn't know how to delete them. He's a great guy, but he can barely turn on a PC.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 21:43

38. Chaseism (Posts: 57; Member since: 08 May 2013)


That's great, JerryTIme. I worked for Sprint/Nextel for two years (2007-2009) and went to AT&T Mobility for another two years. I know what the smartphone world was like before and after the iPhone and if you think for a second that smartphones were user friendly before the iPhone, you haven't been in the industry for very long. Hell, you haven't been following consumer electronics for a long time either.

Hand one of your customers a Windows Mobile device (not Windows Phone, Windows Mobile) and tell me that's user friendly. Hand them a Blackberry 8330 and tell them how to figure that thing out. Smartphones before the iPhone were made for people in business and nerds like me. The iPhone made smartphones for anyone that could tap a picture. The days of "I just need a basic phone" are gone because of how easy the iPhone is to use.

I had to read that statement twice to actually believe you wrote it and then claimed you worked for a cellphone store. You can call the iPhone and iOS a lot of things, but saying it's hard to use is laughable. That is one of the main benefits of owning an iOS product. Some of you Android folks diss iOS because it's so easy to use. Remember that article saying that the iPhone had a higher percentage of older adults using it than Android? Now you're saying it has a high learning curve? If I'm not mistaken the same reviewers that called the iPhone easy to use are the ones that said Windows 8 would turn away users for its high learning curve.

In this case, I'd say there is something wrong with the teacher, not the subject being taught.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 08:22

45. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I managed for at&t for 3 years and worked for most other major providers at some point. So yeah I do remember the windows mobile crap and the "Crackberry" nightmares.

I never said iPhones weren't easier than 6-10 year old technology. And I don't even see how that's relevant to what I posted. So I haven't a clue where you got that, nor do I understand why you had to post your cellphone resume to try and convince me that you knew what you were talking about.

All I am saying, is this whole "iOS is easier to use" crap is exactly that CRAP. Windows 8 is incredibly simple. And Android has so many one touch controls it's unbelievable. They're all easy to use if anyone gives the time to learn them. No one popped out of the womb with the innate knowledge to operate a cell phone.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 03:45

43. shuaibhere (Posts: 1359; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


If you're taking about newbies...android is much easy to learn than ios...oh yea they can take iphone and use it in store...but what about transferring thier files to it??? While in android you can just plug n move...getting used to apple ecosystem needs big learning curve....
So stop saying IOS is easy to use compared to android...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 06:29

44. Chaseism (Posts: 57; Member since: 08 May 2013)


How to transfer from computer to iPhone...plug it into iTunes, check what you want to transfer, click "Sync." That's hard?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:19

47. shuaibhere (Posts: 1359; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


YES..it's harder compared to ANDROID....and first of all they should know something as itunes exist and we should download it to transfer files...That surely needs a learning curve....

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:08 2

24. LiyanaBG (Posts: 302; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


this dude should be fired for being an idiot.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:50 7

2. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


That's like Lebron James saying Michael Jordan is still the best, it's more about attempted modesty and humility not actual fact. Good lord you guys will do anything to attempt to make Apple look good. SMH

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:08 12

3. 1113douglas (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


apples years are done. They are far from the best phones on the planet.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:30 6

9. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


What? After Samsung, Apple is last company to go bankrupt. iPhones, iPads, Macs sell well, (marketshare is dropping, not sales)have highest loyality and satisfaction ratings and eventhough many people hate Apple, many love it. And more than 50% of 5C buyers came from another brand. Years are done, huh. 5 was and 5S will likely to be best selling phone model in many markets. (I'm besides 5C happy owner of Note 3 and Nexus 7 so don't call me with the s- and f-word)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:48 2

13. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


And actually Macs marketshare is groving (from small percentage, like WP).

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:28 5

18. apple4never (Posts: 943; Member since: 08 May 2013)


macs are great

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 19:59 1

33. zuliner (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


Waiting for next iphone, with 75mmW, 1350mmH. More appearance. It is such a great device......

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:34 2

22. tedkord (Posts: 4624; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Actually, there was a recent story about Samsung scoring higher customer satisfaction for tablets. Might have been JD Power.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:46 1

35. bibekpachhai (unregistered)


I used to own an iPod touch and their customer service automatically think of them as a good company. I have always had great service with them and the only reason I have bought android device was because it wasn't available for my carrier and iPhone 5 didn't seem that great. After having my s3 replaced two times, I'm honestly done with android. I tried htc phones and lg as well but they aren't as great. Plus the update on android suck so much!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:14 4

5. twens (Posts: 606; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


when some one says Iphone is the best phone they actually mean iphone is the best iphone not phone.lol

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:27 1

7. bucky (Posts: 1374; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Wow for a site to be claimed as "I phonearena" there seems to be a lot of droid fans that stay loyal to it

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:27 5

8. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Correction: the iPhone is the best smartphone on the planet FOR HIM. It's kind of unprofessional how he just concludes that what he says is a fact. Yes, the iPhone is a great smartphone, but it's not the best in my opinion and I can't even say there is such thing as a best smartphone. I'm just happy that there is an excellent offering for each platform (android, ios, and wp). Blackberry has failed me and sailfish has yet to debut in the states so I'll be looking forward to it.

In my opinion, here are the best smartphoneS so far:

Android: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
iOS: iPhone 5S
WP: Nokia Lumia 1520

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:35 3

10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


It's all about what OS you like.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 15:42

11. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


exactly!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:42

19. PBXtech (Posts: 973; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


If he wants his phones to be noticed outside China, start exporting them. There's plenty of people who would purchase those monsters, pricing and specs are spot on. SMH

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:13

25. jove39 (Posts: 1273; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


He is right...people who want phone with 4" screen...iPhone 5s is best...but when we move to 5" displays...iPhone seems child then.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 20:48

36. bibekpachhai (unregistered)


that is true but I'm waiting for the next iPhone which should have a 4.8ish screen according to the rumors.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:27

26. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


who say? xiaomi's ceo? I don't Care :)

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:44 2

27. Kishin (Posts: 596; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Many phone companies know this, but still dont want to admit it, so they make more phone just to stay in shape

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:45 5

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 10925; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Can't go wrong with an iPhone. Best is subjective though, depends on the user.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:58 1

40. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


If I had to choose one phone for rest of my life, I would pick iPhone. I like my Note 3 but I love my 5C.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:40 1

41. CradleVindicated (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Darkjeddi, I think you wish iphone 5s to Santa Calus this Christmas.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 19:17 2

30. REXTECH (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


The most influential discovery of 21st century. iPhone and iPad.Mac???

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 00:41

42. CradleVindicated (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Kata i2 is the best phone.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 08:35

46. qiangshengchen (Posts: 23; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)


hehe...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 18:55

48. Lakuta1978 (Posts: 52; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


yupe iphone is the best....

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