An iPhone launch has always been a thing of beauty and wonder – until this year. Apple has found itself swamped by rivals, who have brought out some groundbreaking and powerful phones this last year. While the iPhone 5 has caught up with the times, it has only caught up and not overtaken. It has nothing really to offer that its smartphone rivals haven’t already introduced this year.
iPhone 5: catching up with the times
Samsung’s recent advert compared the features of the iPhone 5 to those of its flagship Samsung Galaxy S3, and it was obvious that the S3 had done everything Apple had – only sooner. Admittedly it did leave out some features that showed Apple in a good light, but it wasn’t too far from the truth.
Apple is known for the high end designs, and the iPhone 5 is no exception, with its lightweight body of glass and aluminum. However, rivals have been producing phones of similar calibre that cost less e.g. Motorola DROID RAZR M, HTC One X & Nokia Lumia 920.
The A6 chip is supposed to be twice as fast as the A5, but Tim Cook didn’t specify the exact numbers. It’s believed that this chip is integrated with Cortex A15 processors. The clock speed of this chip wasn’t mentioned, either – only benchmark tests will show if it’s faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3. In unofficially leaked Geekbench scores though, the Samsung Galaxy S3 with Jelly Bean scored higher than the iPhone 5 with iOS 6.
The iPhone 5 battery is improved, giving users eight hours of talk time. This isn’t that great, though, when you compare it to the Samsung Galaxy S3 which does 11 hours, it also has removable batteries and supports wireless charging.
The iPhone 5 has a 1,136x640p, 4”, 326ppi display whereas the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a bigger 4.8”, 1,280x720p, 306ppi display. HD resolution is almost standard with Androids now, and if ppi numbers are you thing that the Nokia Lumia 920 blows them all clean out of the water with a ppi of 332. Even the rumored HTC DROID Incredible X Android phablet is expected to come with a 440 ppi which will beat them all.
Despite coming in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes, the iPhone 5 still lacks that useful SD card slot. Even the smallest Samsung Galaxy S3, the 16GB, can expand by up to another 64GB by SD. If you buy the largest version (64GB), you’ll get 128GB of storage in total. No contest in both size and pricing.
So, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is as good as, if not better, than the iPhone 5 in terms of value for money, whether on contract or unlocked. It seems a shame to see Apple lagging like this, but the company will have to realise that the smartphone market is a much more dynamic place than it was back in 2007 when Apple broke all the molds with its first iPhone. If Apple wishes its iPhones to continue living up to the iconic brand name it started 6 years ago, it needs to pick up its game and be left behind year after year. The smartphone market is only going to get more crowded.