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5 smartphones that'll give the iPhone 5 some heated competition

5 smartphones that'll give the iPhone 5 some heated competition
Now that the iPhone 5 is all-official, there are many people in the industry who feel a bit underwhelmed by the announcement. Sure, it’s bigger, faster, and stronger than its predecessor, but as a whole, it might not embody all the necessary characteristics to deem it a cutting-edge device in a world where hardware seems to take precedence amongst some people. Whatever the case, it’s almost certain that Apple’s latest pride and joy will continue the legacy of dominating the sales market – mainly because of its notoriety.

However, as we’ve seen since the beginning of the year, the competition has seemingly caught up, and in some instances, surpassed the iPhone in many categories. Nowadays, there are a handful of smartphones donning 720p displays, packing speedy 4G LTE, and even NFC to make them future proof – all of which, help to make them more feature filled. For the average consumer, the power is in their court because they have many options to side with. Even though the Apple iPhone 5 will undoubtedly be taken into consideration, thanks primarily to its brand recognition, there are still other devices out now (and coming soon) that will undoubtedly give some heated competition.

So beware iPhone 5, here are 5 smartphones that are waiting in the bushes for the opportunity to take away your crown.



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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:17 27

1. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


What ? No Xperia T/V ?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:42 22

18. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


The Xperia V is more than enough IMHO. . .

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 16:24 5

98. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Yeah, the staff of this site..shame on you.
The Xperia V - 4G, 4.3 inch of HD screen with white magic, S4 processor, featherlight, WATERPROOF, 13MP Exmor 2 camera, SD slot, ALMOST HALF THE IPHONE 5 PRICE - what the heck more do you want?!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 17:25 3

99. dudeyoureabarista (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


I see one major typo in this article. These phones aren't competition or serious contenders to the iPhone 5, they are the iPhone 5 defeaters. Please change that Phonearena you misspelled competition and contender

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 06:34 4

101. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Its like PhoneArena Hates Sony... Look at their reviews... "Lack of Oleophobic Coating"...

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 10:07

102. the_matchless (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


It's, as I said before, more about PR stuff. The i-phonearena and such other sites very conveniently ignore Sony products.

I mean seriously, it's funny to see Motorola and LG Being mentioned while Sony is left out... in fact this puts doubt on the credibility of the reviewers...

I have used GS2 & I replaced it with the Arc S purely for its originality & superior feel & with their new dual cores (t, tx, v) they have proven the point that I have always advocated that dual core phones are more than enough for the time being.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:56 4

50. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Xperia V is much better. but sony marketing way is different, more artistic so most people can't understand.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 05:05 2

73. the_matchless (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Sometimes it feels as if the Sony PR team is not working well with the Reviewers not keeping them enough happy and so they are often ignored and yes I agree Sony is far more articulate in their designing. They do have designers on their payroll rather than engineers doing it all lol

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:10

89. Commentator (Posts: 2399; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"You wouldn't understand." It's too bad Apple already has the uh... "original and free-thinking" hipster market rolling around in its pig sty and eating from its trough...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 05:58 6

77. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I was surprised there's no note 2. I think it's the next big thing.

Really! BIG BIG THING! That thing is a monster! :D

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:24 3

86. infinitemethod (Posts: 125; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Probably because it's in a whole other category, phablets. The Note II though, hardware and software wise is the best smartphone on the market and will be for a while. Love that thing! Also, all of these other phones that were mentioned slap the new iPhone in the face, especially the Galaxy S III.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:20 23

2. wumberpeb (Posts: 430; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Holy crap, I can't wait for the Note II...talk about heated competition for the iPhone

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 05:54 2

76. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Note 2 and the rumored HTC 5inch phone will own this spec wise but people will still line up to buy the iphone i hope HTC brings the big guns to there conference maybe it will take some focus off of apple before the iphone hits the streets..i didnt see anything innovative at all im really impressed with the 920 also

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:22 49

3. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


NOTE II = HTC ONE X = GALAXY S3 = RAZR MAXX HD = OPTIMUS G = LUMIA 920 > IPHONEY 5

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:27 33

58. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


home phone = microwave oven = flat-screen TV = stereo = Gameboy Advance = TV remote control > iPhone 5 = dog poop

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 07:15 2

81. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


you guys crack me up!!!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:00 4

85. shandesilva (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


these are not contenders to iphone 5. all these kick the s**t out of i crap 5 !

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:23 8

4. jove39 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Want Razr Maxx HD...it'll be best phone when launched...top specs and big battery...best android phone!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:24 6

5. CreeDiddy (Posts: 264; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Nothing will touch the iPhone sales within the next 3-6 months. The only way Samsung could defeat able is by coming out with a smartphone every 5-6 months in hopes to beat them by selling an army. Rather than concentrate on the materials of the phone and timely updates they would rather beat Apple with Quantity rather than Quality. Apple will exceed Samsung, LG, HTC, and Motorola's profits all alone.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:27 7

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


Whether the sales is good or not is none if your business... Say what you want... It doesn't affect our decision...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:53 4

48. joey_sfb (Posts: 2899; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


The sales will be good there no doubt about that. Apple have hundreds of millions of fans.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:40 13

14. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And yet it will be the most boring phone out there.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:49 7

22. Jphones (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


quality? are you serious That glass soda can is better quality than the SGIII noooooooooo. An how can you blame Samsung for diversifying their portfolio? They gotta be like Apple an make 1 overratted and hyped phone every year and every other year just add some new feature and call it an upgrade. Only reason the i5 does great in sales because of thier marketing budget and its seen as a status symbol but we all know all of them look EXACTLY THE SAME. ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THE CASE, NOWHERE NEAR THE INDIVIDUALISM OF ANDROID. If somebody lost their iphone without a case in a pile of maybe 20 iphones how long would it take them to find their phone without going through contacts? FOREVER

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:39 7

42. jove39 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


On profit...iPhone is manufactured in china and Samsung phones are manufactured in korea...and we all know manufacturing china is cheap...so Apple get double benefit...low cost and they sell at higher margin!!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 07:36

84. iphoneisthebest79 (Posts: 68; Member since: 23 May 2012)


knowing that SGS 3 made of cheap plastique and it cost about 600€ for 16G, WTF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BENEFIT????
both of them get double benefit
NOTE : i put a € sign not a dollar sign because i live in europe

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:40 2

87. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Get your facts right buddy. Polycarbonate ain't cheap at all. Build quality is another story though..

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:31 4

59. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


You meant "Samsung could defeat 'Apple,'" right? Stop using Siri when posting on PA, you're making yourself look worse.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:54 3

71. MeoCao (unregistered)


What pride is there for you when Apple gets most profits? They lock you in and sell an port adapter for $30 with profit margin of 90% something.

What we care about is value for customers, not how much an OEM earns.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 07:16 1

83. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


The Zomb(I)es with be out in full force buying the iphone 5, and calling it iphone 5G.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 07:31

108. supertacoeater (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


how can you consider lower specs higher quality, last i checked the last phones samsung has put out has blown the iphone out of the water... if it wasnt for the blind followers of apple that live in a bubble where the iphone is on a level which no phone can ever reach then im pretty sure iphone sales would have dropped a while ago

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:04

110. PhoneG33k (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


When will iFans realize that we Fandroids do NOT want a phone that 20 million people have. We like options, we like all sorts of shapes, sizes, designs, optional keyboards, open OS, customization, etc, but most of all FREEDOM. I can do what I want when I want (< notice all the capital I's, because I'm a big boy and don't need iGimicks) Apple can mass produce all the iProducts they want, and you can buy all the Banana Republic Turtlenecks and skinny jeans. We don't care. The only thing apple has going for them is the make the best "closed OS" for "closed minded" consumers. Open your eyes and open the possibilities, and actually make a choice that is your own. If you like iOS and the iPhone at least know why you're buying it, other than "iDunno, its an iPhone right?"

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:29 8

7. Savage (unregistered)


No doubtedly you'll compare every flagship with iPhone in the next few weeks. We want Phone Arena to clearly state a winner. Most of the flagships have Jellybean so its just as smooth as iOS. Saying that you can't go wrong with either will be unacceptable.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:02 1

26. E.N. (Posts: 2281; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I don't think you can state a winner without pissing off a lot of people.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:21 5

36. Savage (unregistered)


What's the point of comparing then?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:12 2

55. E.N. (Posts: 2281; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


so you can see the differences/similarities feature by feature and decide which are most important to you. Duh!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:44

67. Savage (unregistered)


And what if I wanna know which device is better as a whole? They don't tell us that for some reason.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:47 5

68. tedkord (Posts: 4725; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The difference is not every phone is ideal for every person. Some want a huge screen, some don't. Some want customization options, others want simplicity. My co-worker values indestructibility, only gets the military spec phones that can survive under water, etc...(He got a Samsung Rugby)

There is no single best cellphone anymore. We have many choices, and that's a win for us.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:32 3

40. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Phones have become a 16 hour per day experience, so it's logiical that consumers become attached, literally, to a brand. Throw in their respective investments in related ecosystems, and it's even clearer why these discussions seem more like conversations about one's religion or political party. At this point, 75% of the discussion is pure emotion. No wonder Apple is making BILLIONS. If Mr. Cook really wanted to surpass Steve Jobs success he would convert Apple into an official religion for the zero tax status.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:50

69. tedkord (Posts: 4725; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


He could call it Lientology.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:29 12

8. Johnnokia (Posts: 515; Member since: 27 May 2012)


This is the end,
My next heart's winner is Nokia Lumia 920.
Welcome back Nokia after my last Nokia phone N8.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 03:06 1

62. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


https://twitter.com/heyimJUNFE/status/246104490040754176/photo/1

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:30 2

9. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I hope at least this time the ifans will realise which is a better phone which caters their needs and buy that instead of just blindly buying the Iphone5 just because its an iphone ...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:33 4

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm confused
Phonearena say that a6 chips is quad core...
Is it quad core processor or just quad core gpu...
I need some expert here to reply thanks :)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:55 9

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5744; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apple hasn't told, so you aren't supposed to ask ;-) Don't you just want to focus on the user experience?

Back to your question, I suspect the cpu is dual core with the gpu being quad core.

BTW, another Ely Tran Ha photo for your profile pic? Or, are you the other one in the photo?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:28 8

37. wendygarett (unregistered)


I also suspect it is the dual core... And I won't fall on Apple marketing gimmicks any more... That why I rather listen to you guys even thought you are an android fanboy :)

Nope. None of the above are me... Disappoint?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:35

41. jove39 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...since soc has smaller footprint than A5...folks at AnandTech suspect A6 has 2xA15 cpu cores built on Samsung's 32nm HKMG...or...or...its just A5x built on 32nm...so...untill Apple spill the beans or someone tear apart iPhone5...no one knows...we all are guessing!!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:43 1

44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5744; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"...even thought you are an android fanboy :)"
Me? My feelings are hurt. ;-) If Apple produced a phone that was truly competitive with the best of the Android community, I would consider it. I was thinking about the Lumia 920 until Nokia biffed the product announcement.

"Nope. None of the above are me... Disappoint?"
What you want to post as your profile pic is your choice. You seem to be a follower of Ely Tran Ha, though.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:54 1

49. xtian1103 (Posts: 357; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


ely tran. wow i've been thinking of where i saw wendy's pic for a long time. tnx

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:12 2

56. wendygarett (unregistered)


Oops I'm sorry :x
Your username reminds me that you are fandroid...
My apologies...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:06 1

29. Nookie4u (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


As far as the internet says:
A6 chip has two cortex cores and quad core GPU.

have a look down the link
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/09/12/a6-uses-arm-cortex-a15/
anyone can correct me if i'm wrong.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:09 1

52. doejon (Posts: 347; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


they said 2 times faster that means dualcore ;-)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:33 6

11. Gemmol (Posts: 535; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I have a GALAXY NOTE and I am tired of reading all this bashing because people like a product you do not like, go get a life SERIOUSLY, and for people who say iphone just caught up need to get their head check, first of all they do not use andriod os, so why do they need a quad core processor.......this makes no sense their operating system is faster then andriod without the extra processing power, so why is everyone comparing apples to oranges when its painfully obvious they are not the same......find a new hobby man......its just crazy going through many apple articles to read apple just caught on......then you have people defending why one andriod device cant outsell one apple device.......you need to stop making excuses if you do this for phone device you must do this a lot for life problems

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:41 9

16. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


really a good comment ... but the prize you would get here for such comments is only dislikes :(

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 00:43 3

19. Gemmol (Posts: 535; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


its true, if you express an opinion on here, it would get a thumbs down but for some reason I have not gotten one yet maybe times are changing since Apple reveal its phone

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:05 3

28. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2442; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


sorry but for the people sayin it jus caught up are jus as ignoranant as you if you believe the iphone 5 is any where near the xperia v the razr maxx hd and the galaxy S3

the iphone is still bland and the company is still corrupt......peace

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:32 2

38. wendygarett (unregistered)


You just don't get it do you :)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:41

43. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2442; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


im guessin you're talkin to someone else..... :)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:44 3

45. wendygarett (unregistered)


He never say iPhone is good... He just felt that our fanboyism is very annoying... I hope you understand :)

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:00 1

51. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2442; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


ummm well that would exclude me......lol but the way i see it......even the fandroids have some what good reasons to say somthin about apple even if it does appear to be blatant fanboys talking because in almost all areas the iphone is "lame" sorry wendy

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:11 1

54. wendygarett (unregistered)


That's ok :) I know everyone hates Apple so I understand

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