It seems that a lot of people will choose their next device based on brand reputation, especially when it comes to high end devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5.
iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: looking ahead
What this means is that many have already decided whether they will get the supposed iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S4, even if they don’t realize it yet. The majority of Samsung Galaxy and iPhone users will be making an inline upgrade once their contracts are up given just how close both these smartphones have come to each other in terms of hardware, features and even popularity.
Of course there is no guarantee that the next generation of handsets will be called the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 6, but that’s what everyone is calling them at the moment so for argument’s sake we’ll do the same.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is rumored to be announced at the MWC on 25th February and it could come out around March or April. This means that we might have to wait 3 months before seeing the handset.
Apple surprised their fans when they released the iPad 4 only months following on from its predecessor and now some are saying that Apple could release the iPhone 6 before September 2013, shortening the iPhone’s refresh cycle as well. Many have said that the iPhone 6 could be released in June and this may be at the WWDC. This year we have already seen the launch of the iPhone 5, the iPad 4, the MacBook Pro 13 inch and the iMac 2013, along with the Mini iPad. All of these were launched by Apple during the second half of the year and so it stands to reason that Apple would want to have more space between the next launches come 2013.
2013 could also be the year when Samsung come into their own and have their own unique style and branding. This could be due to the kick from Apple in the courts when they were accused of copying Apple. Samsung have caught up with Apple (and in some cases surpassed) when it comes to innovation and tech and if they have a beautiful styling of their own they could beat Apple all-round.
Apple still have a great deal of fans of course, but then so does the Samsung Galaxy line. Product-Reviews recently asked their 22,000 fans on Facebook whether they would choose the iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the majority of them went for the S4. They made this choice of course just based on the reputation of the two smartphone makers and their platform, as of yet the specs are now known. When it comes to cult followings Apple are in the lead and they have never had to rely on specs as a way of bringing in customers. Samsung on the other hand draw in customers with their top end specs and they push the boundaries.
Just like the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3, expect both the successors to be equally matched when it comes to performance and features.