How the iPhone 4S Can Pick a Real Fight with Android Smartphones

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With Android making its move and Apple’s big event scheduled for October 4, we have an exciting competition in the making. Apple had always been the leader when it comes to smartphones. However, in recent months, Android has made great leaps to overcome the smartphone giant.

Now, with Ice Cream Sandwich, numerous rumored Android devices, and the iPhone 5 right around the corner, aren’t you curious about who will come out on top? We definitely are.

To us, however, Android is still ten steps ahead of the iPhone. ¬†But, we’d like the iPhone to be on par with Android so that there will be real competition. ¬†Thus, we are doing Apple a big favor by offering this list of tips to help the upcoming iPhone 5 catch up with Android. ¬†If Apple implements these and announces these for the iPhone 5, then Apple will have gained some leverage for blowing Android away.

 

iPhone 5 Concept Design

Steve Jobs Revealing the Retina Display

Display Improvements

Rumors have surfaced that the iPhone 5 will carry a 4-inch, possibly curved, Retina display. However, with Samsung on its side, Android has Super AMOLED displays in mind. If Apple wants to take this category, Apple’s devices will need high-resolution displays with low-energy consumption.

Apple's A5 Chip

Better Processor

Generally, Apple is pretty ahead of the game when it comes to processing. However, they have fallen behind in the smartphone category. Android manufacturers have already thrown numerous dual-core smartphones into the market and continue to pump them out nearly weekly. If Apple were to put a 1.2- to 1.5-GHz dual-core processor in its phone, the processor would only be barely catching up to Android. In fact, quad-core processors have already been announced for the very near future by NVIDIA–this year for Android tablets, and next year for smartphones. ¬†In the latter case, Meizu may actually be the first to wow the world with the first quad-core smartphone, the Meizu MX.

iOS 5 vs.Ice Cream Sandwich

Each new iPhone has come out with a new version of iOS. Therefore, iOS 5 will come prepackaged with the iPhone 5. From personal experience with iOS, I can tell you that it is a very nice touch-up on iOS 4 and contains at least 3 new key upgrades. However, before exclaiming, “Oh, woowwww! Apple is sooooooo original!” take a look at the top 5 features iOS 5 copied from Android.

Camera

The iPhone 5 is poised to have an 8-megapixel camera with a cool dual-LED flash. Before you get excited, upcoming Android devices will be boasting of¬†13.2-megapixel cameras.¬†As for dual-LED flash, even if the iPhone 5 does get one, it won’t lay claim to being the first to have one–the original Motorola DROID holds that distinction.

NFC Chips

Near Field Communication (NFC) has recently become “all-the-rave” because it allows users to have data exchanges and quick transactions with simple touch gestures on your Google NFC-enabled phone. However, we can’t imagine the iPhone 5 having the same capability.

Improved Battery Life

All of the new iPhones have had longer-lasting batteries. Therefore, we can assume Apple will toss in a better battery. ¬†And, better battery power is always a huge deal. ¬†However, battery power needs to be evaluated not by comparing it to the battery power of earlier handsets or other handsets. ¬†Battery power on a smartphone needs to be evaluated on the basis of its actual longevity and performance on the device. ¬†Surely, a 4,000-mAh battery on device X will beat the battery on device Y, but if device X’s battery power evaporates as fast as you can say “Wow!” then that battery is no better than a 2,000-mAh battery that lasts up to 2 days with non-stop use.

Increased Internal Memory

Music, apps, games, and other data all add up when it comes to storage. Therefore, Apple should be making a move in this category. Hopefully, the iPhone 5 will come preloaded with 16 to 32 gigabytes of built-in storage and an option for 64 GB.

On the other hand, Android has been known for microSD slots, which allows for ballooning storage space externally without having memory chips soldered into the device. This means that Android handset manufacturers have to make only one version of a phone instead of higher- and lower-capacity versions. Upcoming Android devices will also be offering 16 to 64 gigabytes of internal storage. That, plus expandable storage through microSD slots, is something Apple needs to implement.

4G LTE Capabilities

Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 5 will be 4G-ready on the AT&T, Verizon, and (possibly) Sprint networks. However, these rumors are still sketchy and if Apple fails to offer 4G capability, the iPhone 5 could be seeing unhappy customers.  Android phones, on the other hand, are already blazing trails with 4G-capable handsets in HSPA+, WiMAX, and LTE flavors.

The Cloud

Both Apple and Google have been making strides in cloud-based computing. The competition will ultimately come down to who does it better. However, Apple might take a hit when it releases its “plans.” If you are planning on storing everything in Apple’s cloud, you might be paying anywhere from US$25 to US$100. But hey, their cloud is in Cupertino.

Hot Body

Concept design of "Google Nexus Third Generation" by Federico Ciccarese

Apple has been known for putting its “goods” in sleek enclosures. However, with the Nexus Prime on its way, Samsung has a chance to claim this category after jaw-dropping renders of the Google Nexus Prime were released.

As far as physical appearance is concerned, the iPhone 5 is expected to come in only one design–a “take it or leave it” approach. ¬†Android smartphones, however, come in various shapes, sizes, colors, weights, etc. ¬†That practically makes the Android shelf a smorgasbord of choices.

And the Winner Is…

Well, there is none. Apple goes live on October 4 with its live event and Samsung will take the stage with Google a week later on October 11. Just remember, before you pre-order that iPhone 5, take a look at what else Samsung and Google have in mind.

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