Friday, January 20, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 :- Top Competitors

We take a look at some of the smartphones that Apple’s latest iPhone is going to have to contend with when it’s released later in the year

Apple’s newest iPhone will be released to a vastly different market than the first device was back in 2007. The world is now awash with super-smart phones that offer everything from HD displays to near compact quality cameras, with a whole lot in between, and capturing the hearts of an increasingly savvy market is going to be a lot more challenging for Apple this time around.
Some of the devices that we expect the iPhone 5 to have to go up against are going to prove hard to best, and we’ve put together a list of the top 5 devices that pose a serious threat to Apple’s smartphone monopoly.
Sony Xperia S
The upcoming Android powered Xperia S from Sony is a fine example of how manufacturers are upping their game to wrest market share from Apple’s behemoth.
The device features a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 12-megapixel autofocus camera with an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face& smile detection, 3D sweep panorama and image stabilization, as well as 1GB RAM and 32GB of on-board storage.
Another key feature of the device is the 4.3-inch LED-backlit LCD display, which offers a pixel density of 342ppi, which is more than Apple’s current best can offer.
The Xperia S is the first device to be released solely by Sony since 2001 and it looks like the company has pulled out all the stops to make it work, and we’re tipping it for success.
HTC Titan II
The Titan II from HTC is a Windows Phone 7.5 powered device that packs plenty of power.
The device is driven by a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, offers a huge 4.7-inch S-LCD display with a pixel density of 199ppi and a stunning 16-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and BSI sensor for improved low-light performance.
HTC’s Titan II follows in the footsteps of the well received Titan, running the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, and the OS is maturing really well, with many notable improvements included in this most recent iteration.
We’re hoping the Titan II’s performance lives up to its spec-sheet, because it has huge potential.
Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia’s Lumia series devices are making great names for themselves, offering excellent performance and value for money and the latest device to be announced, the Lumia 900, looks a dead-cert to raise the brand’s profile even higher.
As with previous Lumia devices, the 900 runs on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 operating system and, as we’ve previously mentioned, the platform is an excellent, usable piece of software. The number of apps on offer for the OS is growing daily too, with some very impressive apps already on the market.
The hardware of the device is pretty special too though. It’s powered by a 1.4GHz CPU, features an Adreno 205 GPU, and an excellent 8-megapixel camera driven by Carl Zeiss optics.
The Lumia 900 also boasts an impressive 4.3-inch AMOLED screen that operates at a resolution of 480 x 800 and has a pixel density of 217ppi, which is capable of sharp, lustrous visuals.
However, it's doubtful whether this smartphone will ever make it to UK shores - it's currently only pencilled in for a US launch.
Samsung Galaxy NoteAnother big screened beasty is Samsung’s Galaxy Note. It features a huge 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a very healthy pixel density of 285ppi.
The device is Android powered, running on version 2.3.5 of the OS, and also offers Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 UI, which adds some nifty features to the already fully featured Android base.
The Galaxy Note boasts an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and all the trimmings, including 1080P video capture, and also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.
The whole package is run capably by a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU and also packs a Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB RAM, as well as 16 or 32GB storage.
Oh, and as it was released back in September the Galaxy Note can be grabbed on some great post-Christmas deals!
Samsung/Google Galaxy NexusThe Galaxy Nexus is a pure Android device, developed by Google and ably built by Samsung.
Starting from the top the Galaxy Nexus features a pin-sharp 4.65-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 and a pixel density of 316ppi, 1GB RAM, a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU and 16 or 32GB of storage space.
But the hardware’s only half of the package with the Galaxy Nexus. The device also runs a vanilla version of the latest iteration of Android, version 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich, which features a new UI, improved core applications and new voice and facial recognition features.
Ice Cream Sandwich is the future of Android, and judging by the Galaxy Nexus the future is very bright, indeed it must be because there are currently more Android smartphones being activated every day than there are babies born!

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