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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: 813; 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: 64; 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: 64; 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: 3722; 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: 151; 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: 453; 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: 679; 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

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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 02:27 33

58. whysoserious (Posts: 318; 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: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

you guys crack me up!!!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:00 4

85. shandesilva (Posts: 80; 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: 1976; 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: 957; 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: 6600; 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: 1035; 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: 235; 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: 1976; 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: 70; 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: 318; 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: 6330; 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

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