Is The IPhone Slowly Dying
Now before we go on to criticise the iPhone’s recent developments, let us first pay homage to the influence Apple’s smartphone series has had on both technology and our lives. Arguably the most significant phone series of the past decade, the iPhone has led a revolution in mobile phone technology. However, there is ample evidence to believe that the iPhone’s reign of dominance is slowly but surely coming to an end.
Samsung Galaxy S3 & Other Rivals
Of course, for a king to be dethroned, someone or something else must take its place. In the case of the iPhone, the new ruler (if one’s lead to believe that its time is indeed up) is undoubtedly the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Unarguably the phone of the year, the Galaxy S3 is the most fashionable and chic phone of the year and also the best all round when it comes to technology. With a speedy and efficient Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a super-AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 306ppi and an 8MP rear camera, it’s fair to say that the Galaxy S3 is fantastically equipped. This combination of a very fashionable design and practically flawless technology seems to have propelled the S3 to the status of best phone of 2013 and this is reflected in sales figures dominated by the S3.
In addition to the Samsung Galaxy S3 there is a plethora of other smartphones which now rival the new iPhone 5 and in some aspects even better it. The Nokia 808 PureView for example, offers an innovative and jaw-dropping 41-megapixel camera, which betters the iPhone 5’s 8-megapixel camera. The HTC Droid DNA is another impressive alternative to the iPhone 5 and with a good quad-core processor, an excellent camera and long battery life is a worthy competitor. That the Droid DNA is cheaper than the iPhone 5 boosts its market appeal.
However, before I jump the gun and sell my iPhone, there are plenty of technology enthusiasts that will assert that the iPhone 5 is in fact the phone of the year and their opinions must be considered. Indeed, the iPhone 5 wasn’t actually a failure it must be said, and with a faster A6 processor, a longer, larger screen, free turn-by-turn navigation and a redesign enabling it to be slimmer, sharper and considerably lighter than its predecessors, it can in fact be argued that this is the best iPhone yet.
However, the bottom line is the iPhone 5 just hasn’t got that wow factor that its predecessors or the Samsung Galaxy S3 boasted upon being unveiled to the tech world. And whether or not you think the Galaxy S3 is indeed better, one thing that cannot be argued is that the comparison between the two is arguable. Combine the equality between the two with the fact that the Galaxy S3 has dominated 2013 sales figures, and it becomes clear that Samsung’s smartphone of the year has the edge.
The question is whether Apple will come back stronger than ever with the release of the iPhone 6, or whether we’re truly witnessing the death of the iPhone.
Richard Stuart is a British freelance tech writer with articles from how to sell mobile phone hardware to which tablets are the best to buy on a budget.