–>How does the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3, if you must) stack up, vs. the Apple iPhone 4S? It’s time for one of Richi’s roundups of reviews from around the Web. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers compare, contrast, and castigate.
[Updated x2 with more opinion: has Samsung caught Apple napping? Or will the iPhone 5 release date bring a better shiny that Samsung can muster?]
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Guess the FUNCTION of the THING…
Matt Hamblen rambles from afar:
[The] Galaxy S III was unveiled by Samsung’s…J.K. Shin, at a crowded London media event. … [It] will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) [with] a 4.8-in. touchscreen with an HD Super Amoled display at 1280 x 720…an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
the device is not much bigger than…the Galaxy S II, because the bezel…has been reduced. … Intelligent software in the phone provides face and voice recognition. … Samsung showed how the phone’s screen will go black when a user’s eyes are closed. … Samsung said the Galaxy S III will have a 2,100 mAh battery.
The 4.8-in.size of the device’s screen was an attention getter. The…iPhone has a 3.5-in. screen, but there are reports [of] 4 inches for the iPhone 5.
Daniel Ionescu has more pomaceous comparisons:
The display of the Samsung Galaxy S III is huge. … But while the screen is bigger, the resolution has not gone up…making the S III pixel density 306…ppi, which is still below the iPhone 4S’ 326.
The bigger screen and size of the S III allows for a thinner phone…at 0.34 inches. … The iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus are 0.37 inches thick…the Galaxy S III is also lighter than the iPhone 4S.
Samsung packs an Exynos 4 Quad 1.4 GHz quad-core…which is the most powerful processor in this comparison.
The best front camera comes with the Galaxy S III, while the iPhone is at the bottom of the league.
Andrew Williams, joins in:
Galaxy S3 comes in two…finishes – white and a dark blue brushed metal-effect, but it’s still definitely plastic. … iPhone 4S is covered on each side by…glass. It helps to keep the phone feeling ultra-premium, but doesn’t half make you worried about dropping the thing.
iPhone 4S use a variation on the IPS type [of screen]. … The one chink in the IPS armour is the use of a universal backlight. … The Samsung Galaxy S3′s Super AMOLED screen…uses light-emitting pixels…letting pixels displaying black stay perfectly dark.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 continues the trend of its predecessor…with at least 16GB of internal [storage] and a microSD card slot.
Galaxy S3 [is]…MHL-compliant, meaning you can plug them into a TV and pipe across HD video and surround sound. … The iPhone is a little more constrained, predictably.
And Nathan Olivarez-Giles tells us more about the facial recognition:
As Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S III…it focused…on the concept that the phone can actually predict your next move — a talent you won’t find in…Apple’s iPhone 4S.
[The] camera registers when you’re looking at the device…its screen will turn on and remain active as long as you’re using it…[so no] screen dimming in the middle of reading a long email. … [And it] automatically places a phone call…if you’re in the middle of writing a text and lift the phone to your ear.
Samsung hasn’t yet offered details on U.S. pricing or carriers
, but [the] Galaxy S II was available across all four major U.S. carriers. … A 3G version of the Galaxy S III will launch in Europe in May…but the U.S. will have wait until later this summer to get its variant…[which] will run on 4G LTE.
Meanwhile, JR Raphael gets powerful:
Samsung is bundling in a two-year 50GB Dropbox subscription with all Galaxy S III purchases.
Unlike many recent high-end…phones, the Galaxy S III has a user-removable battery, so you can easily swap it out if you wish.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III ships with…Android 4.0 that is unmistakably a TouchWiz-flavored version…which, depending on your perspective, [is] either gorgeous or godawful.
Samsung…talked about a wireless charger for the phone as well as a flip-cover…a desktop dock, car dock, battery charging stand…and “S Pebble” music-playing companion.
Update: Ewan Spence ponders all the ‘added-value’ software, and uses the dreaded F-word:
With Samsung in the number one seat…there is no need to sell the handsets as compatible with [the] Android ecosystem. [Samsung should] pull away from the crowd and stand alone.
I don’t think the alternatives…are a good fit for Samsung’s current market position. But…Samsung need to be in control of their destiny…and that means control of the smartphone’s operating system…total control. Samsung should fork Android…[and] follow the path blazed by the Kindle Fire.
[It’s] time to grow up and own the…software that is vital to the continued success of the Galaxy range.
Update 2: Paddy Smith opines thuswise:
Samsung…at its Galaxy S3 launch…insisted, the latest Galaxy phone was “designed for humans.” … [It] learned [that] at least in part from Apple’s uniquely intuitive user interfaces.
[But] Apple – like Aesop’s fabulous tortoise – has been caught napping. … The iPhone 4S launched to consternation that bordered on revolt. Where was the iPhone 5? … And the iPad 3 turned up fatter than its previous incarnation.
Only a fool would claim that any other devices had access to such a rich catalogue of apps. And Apple’s…design still feels somehow more grown-up. … Meanwhile, Samsung has launched a phone that knows when you’re looking at it…charges wirelessly a la Palm Pre. And it’s got the two things Apple really need[s]…a bigger screen and NFC.
Apple’s fans have been calling out for changes. … [But it] seems to be only half listening.
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While we’re all anticipating Apple’s move into the television market, and the impending release of the iPhone 5, we can be sure that this news has come straight out of left field. According to Whitey Bluestein, a wireless industry strategist/expert, Apple will begin offering wireless service to users of the iPhone and iPad. Just in case you’re wondering what that could mean – let’s just say that the likes of Verizon Wireless, ATT, and Sprint could lose a significant number of subscribers as Apple takes them head on.
As reported from the Informa MVNO Industry Summit in Barcelona, Bluestein states that,
“Apple has the distribution channels, digital content portfolio and customer base to make the move, and it also has more than 250 million credit cards on file for iTunes users who could be billed directly for wireless service.” He goes onto say that “The battleground is set, but Apple will be the first mover. Google will have to scramble because it lacks retail distribution, experience with subscriber services and the iTunes ecosystem of content. iTunes and the iTunes Store provide Apple with one-click buying and customer care. Google can acquire most of these capabilities, as it has before, but it is not a core competency of the company.”
Apple’s biggest barrier, as noted by Bluestein, is the large subsidies that current carriers offer for the iPhone to consumers, which is about “$381.” Bluestein states that, “That has been a short-term stumbling block for Apple, but the company has its well-known cash reserves and could seize the initiative at any point.”
While Apple does have a patent pending from 2006 on network architecture, one would still have to wonder and consider Apple’s need for infrastructure and wireless spectrum to make this happen. At best the network wouldn’t be bogged down by the strain of all the other smartphones and data hogs, but how much spectrum would they be able to start off with initially? We can’t know that now, but maybe they already have all these questions answered.
As always this has not been confirmed by Apple. For all we know, this could be the biggest and best rumor of the year. However, if it is true, a lot more questions will be answered, and carriers will likely have to find another way to muscle Apple. Thoughts?
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iPhone 5 SIM Card Tray Leaked Online: Real or Fake(Photo: Sw-box)
Apple has not confirmed anything regarding its next-generation iPhone, not even the release date, but the rumor mill is constantly churning with lots of speculation, reports, alleged leaked information and what not.
After the recent leak of home buttons allegedly designed for the next-generation iPhone, accessory vendor SW-BOX has now posted information on an alleged iPhone 5 SIM card tray. SW-BOX claims it received the part from one of its suppliers. As the next-generation iPhone is expected to launch in the second half of 2012, parts for the new device should be heading to production lines soon in order to get millions of units manufactured in time to meet the demand.
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While everybody is expecting a complete redesign for the new iPhone, the leaked “iPhone 5 Sim Card Tray Holder Slot” seems to indicate otherwise. As Mac Rumors noted, the SIM card tray shows very subtle differences from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The featured tray, allegedly for the iPhone 5, has a “slight tapering of metal frame pieces and an extra metal shelf not seen in current trays.” This does not rule out the possibility of a redesign, but points to minor modifications rather than drastic changes.
The tray does seem virtually identical to that found in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, and if the part is genuine it indicates that Apple may opt for a similar form factor for the next-generation iPhone. Previous rumors suggested the new iPhone would feature a rounded-edge design, but such a design does not quite match this tray. According to Mac Rumors, a rounded-edge design would require “a somewhat curved exterior surface for the tray or at least a thinner profile as was seen in earlier iPhone models such as the 3G and 3GS.”
The SIM tray also suggests the next-generation iPhone will not employ its “nano-SIM” standard that Apple has proposed. In March, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute has postponed its vote on the standard, Apple and Nokia could not come to terms over the design. Consequently, it seems the nano-SIM design will not be ready in time to be included in the new iPhone.
(reported by Alexandra Burlacu, edited by Dave Clark)
Samsung went ahead and revealed its flagship Galaxy device earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy S3. With it, the Korean manufacturer confirmed many speculations floating around about the device and simultaneously dismissing many. While most of the rumors held true for the Samsung Galaxy S3, there was no 12-megapixel camera, wireless charging, 2GB RAM or ceramic case (Samsung Galaxy S3 will still use a plastic rear case just like the S2).
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Which will be first to US stores?
However what wasn’t confirmed was its release date. Now many folks believe that Samsung purposely delayed the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 until now so that it could manufacture sufficient units for a global launch. However that may not be the case if you look back at the Galaxy S2.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 was also revealed in May of last year, going on sale within weeks in its home country. Over here in the US however, the first variant only arrived in September. It was then only until October that all top 4 major US carriers were offering their versions of the Samsung Galaxy S2. So if anything, Samsung may be right on schedule.
At the same time, Apple has gone ahead and officially confirmed that WWDC 2012 will kick off on June 11th. WWDC as we know it has been the traditional venue for launching all new iPhone models sans the 4S which came in later in the fall. So there is still the high likelihood that we could see Apple return to its traditional summer schedule and announce the iPhone 5 in June at WWDC 2012. Furthermore, the folks over at CultOfMac report that Walmart has gone ahead and slashed the price of both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 ($188 to $114, and $88 to $34 respectively). This happens just over a month from WWDC 2012 which coincidentally was the same scenario last year when Walmart dropped the price tag of the iPhone 4 and 3GS in September (iPhone 4S launched a month later).
The iPhone for one has been known to roll out quickly after its official announcement, usually landing in US stores within 2 and 3 weeks of the announcement. So if all holds true, we could see the iPhone 5 hit Apple Stores as early as next month, possibly jumping ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S3 unless you plan to opt for the international model when it is released.
With just over a month to go before the San Francisco event, we should begin to see clues as to what Apple has planned for WWDC 2012. Simultaneously, Samsung Mobile USA should be in a better position to give a firmer release date for the US Samsung Galaxy S3. At this time, they have setup a signup page to gauge consumer interest across all US carriers.
During Apple’s last holiday quarter, the company sold slightly over 37 million iPhones, setting a quarterly iPhone sales record in the process. Not too shabby for a device that critics were quick to pan as nothing more than a modest upgrade when it was unveiled this past October. What’s more, when ATT and Verizon released their earnings from Q1 2012 they both noted that the iPhone was the most popular smartphone they had.
Put simply, the iPhone 4S has been selling like hotcakes across the globe, but Apple’s iPhone sales numbers may be poised to rise substantially higher when it unveils its next-gen iPhone, likely some time in Fall 2012.
To borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs, the next-gen iPhone is looking more and more like an A+ upgrade. It’s largely believed that the iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE, and more than that, there are increasingly credible reports pointing to an iPhone 5 with a larger screen.
To that end, Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge – who is more often right than he is wrong – relayed some interesting nuggets about the next-gen iPhone he recently heard through the grapevine. Horwitz writes that Apple’s new iPhone will, in fact, sport a larger 4-inch screen. Now screen sizes are measured on the diagonal so Apple will reportedly increase the screen size not by making it wider, but making it longer. What’s more, the new iPhone will be thinner than the iPhone 4S.
Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm—a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width. According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic. Our artist’s rendition provides a rough idea of what this change will look like; it echoes the current-generation iMac design, to be sure.
If Horwitz’s information about the new iPhone form factor is accurate, and indeed, previous reports have also alluded to a longer and slimmer design, this will mark the first time Apple has moved on from the 3.5-inch screen that has graced every iPhone model going all the way back to the original. It also means that the new iPhone will have a new aspect ratio as well, which will pose an issue for current iOS apps.
Also of note is that the new iPhone will reportedly make use of Gorilla Glass 2, thereby enabling the iPhone to be 20% thinner while providing the same type of robust strength as the original Gorilla Glass. Lastly, Horwitz, reiterates previous claims that the new iPhone will utilize a smaller dock connector, a seemingly ignorable detail but for the fact that it may free up some valuable real estate, albeit small, within the iPhone to allow for a larger battery – which the device will likely need given 4G support and a bigger screen.
Article source: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/80476
Last week, I talked about the current model of iPhone 5 release date theories, which are either June at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) or in the Fall like last year’s iPhone release. I’m in favor (and completely willing to be wrong) of the introduction of iOS 6 at the WWDC, with the iPhone 5 release date coming in the Fall just like last year, for reasons explored further in that article. Other great items this week include iPhone 5 concept images of a longer iPhone 5 screen and a slimmer casing due to in-cell touch technology, along with a projector. A projector!
iPhone 5 Release Date
The iPhone 5 release date speculation moved along this week with Jonny Evans at Computerworld talking about how an iPhone 5 release theory gains momentum with news of Apple winding down orders on the current iPhone model, as reported originally through DigiTimes. Jonny is good to point out that DigiTimes has been known to be wrong, but if we look objectively at their track record, they’re sometimes right while being at the forefront of news that brings good clues to an iPhone 5 release date. Digitmes is saying that the new iPhone feature of a a thinner screen based on newer in-cell touch technology means that manufacturers like TPK and Wintek are winding down production of the current iPhone due to the demands of a new iPhone 5 release date. Whether or not they’ll retool for a new iPhone release is unclear. Here’s what the DigiTimes article had to say:
“The adoption of in-cell touch, which results in the touch layer becoming part of the panel rather than an independent module, will mean that touch module suppliers such as TPK and Wintek will be no longer able to receive touch module orders for the next-generation iPhone, added the sources.”
iPhone 5 Concept Pictures
iPhone 5 rumors this week doubled down on the bigger iPhone screen again, with iLounge talking about a longer and thinner iPhone 5, thus creating more real estate for the screen. iLounge says it will get thinner too, thanks in part to the use of Gorilla Glass 2, which allows for a thinner screen while making it stronger at the same time: “the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm—a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width. According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic.” Check out iPhone 5 concept pictures at iLounge.
There are other interesting iPhone 5 pictures at International Business Times, who picked up images of an iPhone 5 concept created by Antonio de Rosa in Italy. He created a concept he’s calling the iPhone Plus, which you can see in the image above. The smart thing that Antonio did was to take existing iPhone 5 rumors about possible features and specs, and work them into his iPhone 5 concept. Liquidmetal body casing, pico-projector, A6 Quad Core processor and and a new dock connector all figure into his cool, highly-detailed concept. For more more Iphone 5 concept pictures, hit his web site.
iPhone 5 Features and Specs
To reiterate where the iPhone 5 features and specs are at from recent weeks, here’s a quick rundown of current favorites: Siri looks ripe for an upgrade, as Apple seems to be banking on the Siri technology a lot for future use. The processor debate is split between those that think the the new iPhone 5 release will include a new A6 processor, while others are more inclined to believe that the A5X processor in the new iPad 3 will be used. 4G LTE connectivity seems practically assumed by now, as not using it would be a major step backwards compared to other smartphones. The idea of a pico projector saw popularity this week, with Antonio’s iPhone 5 concept images mentioned earlier. This concept was introduced by the Samsung Galaxy Beam, and seems like a great way to present photos, videos and documents through an iPhone rather than asking a group to gather round’ the iPhone screen to look at a small screen. iCloud and iTunes are due for an upgrade, as a new iOS6 as well. Recent talk of an iTunes redesign as well as an iTunes streaming service has the rumor mill burning. What iPhone 5 features would you like to see? What side of the iPhone 5 release date do you fall on: Summer or Fall?
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Apple is attempting to take control of the iPhone5.com domain, according to a claim filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Fusible spotted the domain claim today under case number D2012-0951. The decision on the case remains “active.” Currently, iPhone5.com sports a forum on the impending Apple smartphone, a topic that has been ripe with rumors since before the launch of the iPhone 4S. Some are speculating that the iPhone 5 could debut in this fiscal quarter (Apple’s third fiscal quarter), but VentureBeat’s Sean Ludwig says not to count on a launch at the company’s developer conference, WWDC. The conference is being held June 11-15 in San Francisco where Apple says it will “share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion.” The latter was recently announced and slated to launch this summer.
It is more likely that we get a sneak peek at iOS 6 than a whole new phone. The latest version of iOS 5 was launched in October 2011.
As MacRumors notes, Apple has generally been slow to grab the domain names for its smartphones. It waited almost a year to take over iPhone4.com, and a few weeks for iPhone4s.com (though, the later was being used to push porn sites to visitors). Perhaps this shows Apple has learned to claim its domains early, despite the potential downside of revealing a product name before debut. The term “iPhone 5,” however, has been so widely used, it’s less of a nod to the product itself, and more likely a company simply trying to control its associations.
Article source: http://venturebeat.com/2012/05/06/apple-iphone-5-wipo/
As we move into Q2 2012, the next big Apple iOS product expected to make its debut will be the iPhone 5. We got a taste of LTE and big performance gains with the New iPad ’3′, and now the same is expected of the iPhone 5. However, word on the street is that Apple may unveil iOS 6 simultaneously as well, and with it bring some much needed features.
iPhone 5 iOS 6: What features do you want to see?
Quicker radio toggles: The iPhone 5 could do with quicker access to common radio toggles like WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS more. Given that Apple already integrated the Notification Center in iOS 5, it would be handy to add the toggles inside.
Notification sync with iCloud: The ability to have notifications stay in sync, across devices.
Live icons: Currently, the calendar icon is the only icon that reflects information without having to ‘open’ it. This feature could certainly be used for other similar apps like the Weather icon and more.
Hide native apps: Given that Apple will unlikely ever change their grid pattern icon layout, the ability to hide native apps (e.g. Stocks, Weather) which you will never use will certainly make it easier to find the apps you want to use.
More APIs: Even though it has been almost a year since Apple announced Siri and the Notifications Center, they have yet to create APIs for either. The former will allow for other apps to utilize the powerful features of Siri while the latter will let developers begin creating “widgets” in the Notification Center.
Are there are any other features you would like to see Apple integrate into the iPhone 5 iOS 6? Sound off in the comments below.
Apple iPhone 5 vs LG Optimus LTE2 features make interesting reading. Both will come with larger displays and more powerful processors
LG Optimus LTE2 is set to be release within a few weeks’ time. The smartphone from a leading Korean manufacturer LG is attracting interest from geeks who like to go for most powerful smartphones. To be true, LG Optimus LTE2 will beat bests of the bests in the market when it is introduced in the market.
But if you thought it will go unchallenged, you are mistaken. The market is anxiously awaiting the launch of iPhone 5 that tech experts believe will be the top smartphone when it is introduced in the market either in June or October. Smartphone mavens are of the opinion the forthcoming iPhone version will be better in specs, bigger in size and will come with more powerful processor and all put together will make the best smartphone available in the market.
Earlier there were comparison of forthcoming iPhone 5 or whatever Apple will call it and the just introduced Galaxy S3. But now with the announcement of LG Optimus LTE2, the LG baby seems more of a threat to Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 5 than the Galaxy SIII.
Regarding Apple’s forthcoming version of its flagship smartphone, there’s no shortage of speculation on what it could have and what it should have. But the biggest chatter about it seems to be focused on the size of iPhone 5. There are reports iPhone 5 would come with either a 4 inch display or 4.6 inch screen. But nothing is confirmed so far. Apple seems to have been forced to give up it obsession with 3.5 inch display and go for a bigger display due to the fact Android smartphones are coming with 4.6 and 4.8 inch displays. LG thus far hasn’t spoken anything about the size of LG Optimus LTE2, but it is expected to come with at least 4.7 inch display. LG has said that its display will be True HD” IPS technology that is expected to be a lot better than Samsung Galaxy S3 display. Apple’s iPhone 5 will come with at least 4 inch display that will certainly be retina display.
Cupertino based Apple’s forthcoming iPhone is expected to be a 4G LTE. Some dedicated geeks have gone digging in the latest iOS code and have found compelling hints that suggest it’s coming. LG Optimus LTE2 is also expected to be a 4G LTE smartphone.
LG Optimus LTE2 is going to come with 2GB of RAM. This is first for any smartphone in the world to come with 2GM RAM. Galaxy S3 was expected to be coming with 2GB of RAM. But Samsung launched its new Galaxy S phone with 1GB of RAM. If all goes well, Apple’s iPhone 5 is also expected to come with 1GB of RAM.
Apple is expected to put a lot powerful processor in iPhone 5. There are expectations it will come with a quad-core processor to replace the current dual-core chip in the iPhone 4S. This would give more kick but would also require more battery juice, and Apple already has a quick drain issue with its phones. On the other hand LG Optimus LTE2 will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. This is among the best processor to power smartphone and people will love it.