Recent statistics were published that claim Cupertino-based Apple Inc. sold more than two million iPhone 5 preorders in 24 hours. I know, I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. Two million iPhones? And the iPhone 5 is at best a marginal upgrade, even compared to the two-year old iPhone 4. The news must be hitting Android manufacturers hard, although they should’ve expected it.
The news has hit Samsung particularly hard. Despite their (biased) comparison ad, they felt pressure to announce the Galaxy S IV release date in March 2013. Really? Clearly, they are concerned Aple will dominate the market this quarter. Have the flagship Android phones even came close to selling two million devices? I think not.
An easy explanation for Apple’s recent preorder frenzy could be attributed to the fact that many consumers have been waiting for a while now to buy their next smartphone. Consider those iPhone 4 users – like me – who’ve been off contract since June. Many – err most – shoppers knew better. Good things come to those who wait. If you think the iPhone 5 is “good,” then it’s true.
At the end of the day it boils down to performance. For the most part, both iOS and Android 4.1 are equally usable. Recent benchmarks indicate while the iPhone 5 only has a dual-core processor, their benchmarks outperform nearly every top-of-the-line Android device.
As someone who is considering the Galaxy S III rather than another iPhone, this is alarming. How can Apple achieve such numbers by including a less powerful processor and half as much RAM compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S III? To me, that’s amazing.
More than Specs
As an Apple fan, I sometimes have to remind myself to think beyond specs. This isn’t easy, but truly distinguishes Apple from the crowd. Their engineering precision and inherent optimization allow them to achieve higher performance levels without going nuts. Debatably, a quad-core processor in a phone is overkill.
That’s why Samsung, HTC, and everyone else needs to tout quad-core and other specs. Because their precision and engineering can’t match Apple’s. That is, unless these benchmarks are fabricated. Given it’s hard to cloak model numbers, I believe the reports to be true. Plus, it is in Apple’s DNA to over-optimize processors.
The Screen Dilemma
Recent memes throughout the Internet depict the iPhone 10 as having a 10-inch screen the same width as the current iPhone. While comical – and unrealistic – it does highlight a problem for Smartphone manufacturers. The screen size spec will only take them so far. The industry will implode – likely with the Galaxy Note II. There is such thing as too large of a screen – even for my Magilla Gorilla mitts.
As much as I want a bigger screen, it cannot sacrifice usability. If you can’t hold it in your hand comfortably, you’ve gone too far. After holding a Galaxy S III and first-generation Note, I concur. The physical dimensions of the device make it odd to hold. Super skinny, but invasively large.
Did You Order an iPhone 5?
Were you amongst the two million fans that preordered your iPhone 5? The device will undoubtedly break more records in the weeks ahead. Like previous iPhones, it will become Apple’s best-selling device and dominate the smartphone kingdom.