There was always something magical about the launch of a new iPhone, but with the launch of the iPhone 5 this was missing. This may be due to the fact that Apple competitors have not been sleeping and have delivered some superb and innovative handsets before the launch of the late launch of the iPhone this year. The iPhone 5 has changed and moved with the times; however it has nothing that can really be boasted about and nothing that other handset, Android in particular, do not have.
Samsung showed an advert comparing the features of the iPhone 5 against those of the Samsung Galaxy S3 over the weekend. It showed that just about everything Apple introduced in the iPhone 5, Samsung had already shown it off in one form or other on the Samsung Galaxy S3. However Samsung did leave out some details which would have meant the iPhone 5 might have been seen in better light, albeit slightly.
One thing that the iPhone and Apple are well known for is their high quality designs. The iPhone 5 is light thanks to a design of glass and aluminum. On the other hand there are competitors who have designed handsets using similar components to the iPhone and they offer them cheaper. The A6 processor is said to be twice as fast but Tim Cook failed to mention details. It is thought however that the chip comes with Cortex A15 processors integrated. There was also no mention of the clock speed of the chip, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz dual core processor, but only benchmarks would give us the results of which was the fastest.
The battery on the iPhone 5 has been updated and according to Apple users will now get up to 8 hours on 3G and LTE and 10 on Wi-Fi. This is nothing special when you look at the Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy S3 which match that as well as the option of being removable and support for charging wirelessly.
The iPhone 5 comes with a screen of 1136 x 640 and it is 4 inches and has 326ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a large 4.8 inch display of 1280 x 720 and 306ppi. HD resolution is typically offered with many Android handsets and the Lumia 920 from Nokia comes with a resolution of 1280 x 768 with 332ppi and this beats the iPhone 5 display as well as just about every other device on the market
The iPhone 5 comes in a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB but it lacks an SD card slot. The smallest of the S3 models is 16GB but it does have support for another 64GB by way of SD card. This means that in total you would get up to 80GB with the smallest version and as much as 128GB for the largest.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 by all accounts is comparable and even better value that the iPhone 5. The cost to buy the iPhone 5 is higher than that of the Galaxy S3 either on contract or unlocked.
We would have loved to see something revolutionary in the iPhone 5 but it is now clear that the smartphone game has rapidly evolved from 6 years ago when the iPhone was the one doing all the innovating.