If you’re a serial follower of Today’s iPhone, in the last hour you may or may not have read an article by Cam Bunton sharing his views on what makes the iPhone so special. If you haven’t read it yet, I strongly recommend you take a look. The article got me thinking, and my train of thought soon turned to what doesn’t make the iPhone special. That may or may not make sense, but in a nutshell, I turned my attention to the coming year, and all the smart phones that are on the way vying for a piece of the high-end smart phone market. It’s no secret that nearly everyone with half a tech brain will immediately compare any newcomer to the iPhone, because whether you agree or not, the iPhone is the current smart phone benchmark. It’s like the first-person shooter genre, like it or not any new game is immediately compared to Call of Duty. (Please don’t accuse me of being a CoD fanboy, personally I prefer Team Fortress 2).
Back to the point, namely challenges to the iPhone, can any stop the iPhone? First into the fray, is the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III.
The Samsung Galaxy S, and the Galaxy S II have been incredibly successful smart phones for the Korean giant. A while back the pair reached a milestone 30 million sales, so it would be silly for Samsung to not follow up on this success. Indeed it seems they will be doing so, as a few Galaxy S III rumors and concepts have begun to surface. So let’s take a look at what we know so far:
- The Release date: Nothing confirmed here, some report that the S III will apear at Mobile World Congress this summer, an ideal launchpad for what’s look like a very significant phone. However there are also suggestions of a March, April or even June launch.
- The Hardware: Again rumors, but from what I can tell this promises not to disappoint in the hardware department. Built around the previous S II, a very reliable phone that performs well, the S III will apparently be 1.49mm thinner than the current model, bringing the size down to a petite 7mm. In addition there’ll be; a quad-core processor, a Super AMOLED Plus 720p display; LTE connectivity; 2 GB of RAM (In a phone!); an 8-megapixel rear camera; a 2-megapixel front facing camera; and, perhaps a little more ambitious, 3D technology compatible with 3D televisions. Hopefully the housing of all this monstrous tech is improved, because something that put me off the S II was the body of the phone, which I thought felt a bit cheap, and wasn’t very nice to look at.
- The Software: Putting all this fantastic hardware to use is of course, Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Cam used the Nexus sporting the same OS for over a month last year, and from what I remember liked it a lot, I hate the current UI in the Galaxy S II, but Ice Cream Sandwich was a significant improvement for me, and it’s proved very popular so far with the consumer.
The Verdict: I’m very excited for this phone, the only thing that kept me away from Android phones before I had my iPhone was, well Android. I don’t think I would ever have tried to put it in a sandwich (If you’d read Cam’s article you would understand that joke, why does no one ever listen?) because I don’t doubt that it is very intuitive once you understand how to use it properly. The one thing any OS must take into account is the fact that to use it you must look at it at all times. If I’m constantly staring at a user interface that I find aesthetically repulsive I’m not going to buy a phone no matter what the specs are. That’s what put me off the S II. Hardware wise, this phone is a more than capable adversary to the iPhone, so it’s all resting on the software for me, the software is good, and so the phone should be good too. The mockup above looks promising, but only time will tell whether or not the S III has what it takes to mount a serious challenge to the iPhone.
Chance of success in my opinion: 75-80%
If you think I’ve missed anything, or would like to share your opinion on this phone, leave a comment below, if you want to directly contact me with your thoughts or questions then follow me on Twitter @TiP_Stephen, this is also a great place to contact me if you’d like to suggest a phone for this feature. Be sure to let me know if you enjoyed this feature, because if you did, then I’ll be more than happy to continue.