5 smartphones that'll give the iPhone 5 some heated competition
0. phoneArena 13 Sep 2012, 00:15 posted on
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...
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18. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
The Xperia V is more than enough IMHO. . .
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?!
99. dudeyoureabarista (Posts: 15; 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
101. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
Its like PhoneArena Hates Sony... Look at their reviews... "Lack of Oleophobic Coating"...
102. the_matchless (Posts: 17; 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.
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.
73. the_matchless (Posts: 17; 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
89. Commentator (Posts: 1869; 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...
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
86. infinitemethod (Posts: 119; 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.
2. wumberpeb (Posts: 380; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Holy crap, I can't wait for the Note II...talk about heated competition for the iPhone
76. KParks23 (Posts: 385; 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
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
58. whysoserious (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
home phone = microwave oven = flat-screen TV = stereo = Gameboy Advance = TV remote control > iPhone 5 = dog poop
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 !
4. jove39 (Posts: 1131; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Want Razr Maxx HD...it'll be best phone when launched...top specs and big battery...best android phone!
5. CreeDiddy (Posts: 154; 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.
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...
48. joey_sfb (Posts: 1477; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
The sales will be good there no doubt about that. Apple have hundreds of millions of fans.
14. Captain_Doug (Posts: 729; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
And yet it will be the most boring phone out there.
22. Jphones (Posts: 225; 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
42. jove39 (Posts: 1131; 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!!!
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
87. SleepingOz (Posts: 2011; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Get your facts right buddy. Polycarbonate ain't cheap at all. Build quality is another story though..
59. whysoserious (Posts: 303; 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.
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.
83. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
The Zomb(I)es with be out in full force buying the iphone 5, and calling it iphone 5G.
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
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?"
7. Savage (Posts: 431; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
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.
26. E.N. (Posts: 2216; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I don't think you can state a winner without pissing off a lot of people.
55. E.N. (Posts: 2216; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
so you can see the differences/similarities feature by feature and decide which are most important to you. Duh!
67. Savage (Posts: 431; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
And what if I wanna know which device is better as a whole? They don't tell us that for some reason.
68. tedkord (Posts: 3410; 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.
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.
8. Johnnokia (Posts: 295; 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.
62. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
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 ...
10. wendygarett (unregistered)
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 :)
23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4732; 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?
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?
41. jove39 (Posts: 1131; 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!!!
44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4732; 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.
49. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
ely tran. wow i've been thinking of where i saw wendy's pic for a long time. tnx
56. wendygarett (unregistered)
Oops I'm sorry :x
Your username reminds me that you are fandroid...
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
anyone can correct me if i'm wrong.
52. doejon (Posts: 282; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
they said 2 times faster that means dualcore ;-)
11. Gemmol (Posts: 307; 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
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 :(
19. Gemmol (Posts: 307; 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
28. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2375; 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
38. wendygarett (unregistered)
You just don't get it do you :)
43. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2375; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
im guessin you're talkin to someone else..... :)
45. wendygarett (unregistered)
He never say iPhone is good... He just felt that our fanboyism is very annoying... I hope you understand :)
51. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2375; 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
54. wendygarett (unregistered)
That's ok :) I know everyone hates Apple so I understand