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[Infographic] iPhone 5 vs. Android: The Real Race Has Just Begun

Steven Blum
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With the release of the iPhone 5, Apple faces some of its toughest competition yet. The iPhone 5 may be one of the thinnest smartphone on the block (besides the Oppo Finder, which beats it by a good .04") but it is by no means the fastest or most capable. In the spirit of competition, we've decided to create a race between the iPhone 5 and its most serious competitiors...

Analysis:

With the iPhone 5, Apple has finally increased the size of their screen to be able to compete with the range of display sizes Android provides. That said, the new iPhone’s 4” of diagonal screen real estate is nowhere near the 5.5” you’ll find on the Galaxy Note 2. Whether that’s a dealbreaker will depend on whether you want maximum display size or maximum pocketability, but it certainly seems puny compared to the competition.

Another thing that seems clear after looking at this table is that the iPhone 5 has by no means the best battery on the block. That title also goes to the Galaxy Note 2; with its 3,100 mAh battery it shows more promise in this department than Apple’s newest model. Historically, LTE models like the newest iPhone have had miserable battery lives, but we’ll have to test it to reach a firm conclusion. I certainly found it interesting that the Apple execs almost skipped over the topic of battery life in the presentation yesterday. While Apple hasn't released the exact battery specs, rumor has it that the phone will have a 1,440 mAh battery  – just barely better than the 1,400 mAh battery in the iPhone 4S.

In a number of other categories, we find Apple lacking as well: once again, there is no expandable SD card slot in this iPhone, nor is there a very high resolution. Both of those titles, as well, go to Android.

But specs only tell part of the story, so it’s hard to tell which phone wins based on these stats alone. Take the camera, for instance: while 8MP has now become standard across the board, this doesn’t mean an 8MP picture on an iPhone is going to look the same as an 8MP on a Galaxy S3. Picture quality depends on a number of different factors, including the light sensors, size of the lens and the ability to reproduce colors accurately.

Processor speed also has a dubious link to day-to-day use. While a dual-core chip may seem slower on paper, it’s all about how it works with (not against) the OS its powering. Still, it’s hard to see Apple’s A6 chip ( dual-core), being able to compete well against the likes of the Galaxy Note 2’s quad-core 1.6 GHz chip. And if you watched Apple’s presentation closely last night, you’d see that they slyly avoided talking too much about processor speeds for this very reason.  

Overall, its the fit and finish of Apple’s iPhone that seems destined to bring it fame and fortune. Apple’s build quality is unrivaled in the smartphone industry, and the company spared no expense in the creation of their newest model, cutting the device’s rounded corners using diamonds and covering the iSight’s camera in a sapphire crystal. The device is an orgy of aluminum and glass. You can’t deny it looks stunning.

Ready, Set, Go!

The Winner

The winner in every regard except for dimensions is the Galaxy Note 2. This is the fastest Android on the block with the biggest screen, best battery and rocking the newest version of Android. We’ll have to see how the iPhone stacks up in day-to-day tests but – for now – we’re giving the specs-prize to Samsung.*

*= And, in case you were wondering, the Nokia Lumia 920 is burning in flames because it doesn't even have a release date yet, and is thus out of the race.

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  • anaga ogbonnaya Sep 13, 2012 Link

    S3, battery life is poor, Anaga what can I do to increase the life usage

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  • Irinei Kalachov Sep 13, 2012 Link

    The crashed Lumia made me laugh out loud)

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  • Anna F. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Wait, doesn't the new iPhone 5 have a Retina display? How is its resolution so low? :/

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  • Irinei Kalachov Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Anna

    The 326 ppi still makes it a Retina.

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  • Anna F. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Oh, you're right. It's a 4" screen after all.

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  • jesus corona Sep 13, 2012 Link

    ha poor nokia

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  • jesus corona Sep 13, 2012 Link

    like i said same shit just lil bigger lol

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Android users get too hung up on hardware and get off on unjustly bashing iPhone's hardware. So far, only the highest end Androids (with the highest end hardware) have been able to keep up with iPhone's performance. Does the half gig of RAM in a 4S matter if it never gets bogged down in a lag nightmare? Do the new A6's true specs matter if it will run iOS as fast as a 1.6 quad will run Jelly Bean? The bottom line is Android has stayed ahead in the hardware dept simply because manufacturers were looking for the smoothest performance possible. There's nothing wrong with Apple's performance.

    And now I'll share the biggest difference between iPhone users and Android users.

    iPhone fans don't care what phone everyone else is buying.

    Never figured out why the largest smartphone market demo has such a Napoleon complex.

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  • Patrick R. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak, very good point. Android users are hung up on specs. I primarily think it is because we do more with our phones. I am not talking about some super advanced resource intensive app. It is because of the customizations we do even to our stock droids. The apple ui, the vaunted app wall, is very frugal in using resources, that is why they get away with "underspec'd hardware." Simply put, because their UI is simple and predictable, they don't need it. Our customization options at android comes with a price - lag. We need the faster, bigger memory phones so our 7 homescreens with 10 widgets and live wallpaper will run smoothly. It does come with a benefit though - we are future proof (well for 2 years at least). We know that if our OEMs do not push ICS, JB, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Custard or what have you, to our phones will get them through a port from a robust dev community, and they will run fine. Not like Siri who doesn't like the iPhone 4. Case in point, Samsung is supposedly pushing out through an OTA update the GS3 and GNote 2 features to the GNote today in Germany, N7000 only, rest of the world to follow.

    Secondly, the iPhone costs as much as any top of the line droid, more in some cases. So there is a perception that the hardware is overpriced. But then again, what people do with their money is their business and kudos to Apple for being the most profitable phone manufacturer out there.

    And lastly, I am sure the "this is the greatest, most innovative piece of tech around" attitude by apple execs during their announcements gets on the nerves of people in the know. I still can't stop laughing when I see the old iPad promo - "the best way to browse the web" "it just works" and "just reach out and tap it, just tap it" yup until i realize that my fat finger tapped the wrong link and I couldn't tap the one i want always the wrong one haha

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Patrick - Your last paragraph is exactly why I'm dropping the iPhone. I'm a tech hound and even though jailbreaking opens up a world to the iPhone I just need a change. Even incremental changes might have kept me in Apple's playground but their version of change is in the smallest increments possible. Knowing how iOS performs, the hardware is the least important issue.

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  • Anna F. Sep 13, 2012 Link

    "iPhone fans don't care what phone everyone else is buying"? I don't think so. Remember how iPhone users reacted when instagram became available for Android? If you take a quick look at some Android or Apple related video on YouTube, you'll see countless of iSheep bragging about how the iPhone beats every other phone and how stupid Android users are or how Android phones are for poor people (for the record, my Galaxy S2 costed a lot more than the iPhone back when I bought it).

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  • Dvoraak Sep 13, 2012 Link

    @Anna

    *edited* out because it gets way to much into generalities and hyperbole. My iPhone users don't care comment was much the same. I stand corrected.

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  • CJ Brown Sep 13, 2012 Link

    Steven wrote a great article complimented by the illustration (& yes, lols @ the crashed NOKIA Lumina) ...

    all four of those ANDROID Smart Phones - HTC ONE X, SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 2, SAMSUNG GALAXY S 3, MOTOROLA RAZR HD offers something the APPLE iPHONE 5 doesn't offer ...

    Remember the iPhone antenna attenuation issues? Well, I predict both the Battery Life (1440 aMh seems small to me, but that's what happens when you try to make an iPhone 18% thinner then the previous versions) under 4G LTE and the A-6 Dual Core could be the iPhone5's Achilles heal ...

    Camera megapixel and screen size are standard, which makes me wonder why APPLE didn't try for a 4.3 x 2.7 size (now that would be an impressive iPhone), unless it was too difficult to engineer with regards to "battery power usage" and "dual core usage" ...

    I will admit the iPhone5 is so nice looking that it just made the 3,4,4s obsolete (especially now that those who purchase the iPhone5 are going to have to purchase new accessories, since APPLE purposely changed the size of the plug in port) ...

    I guess APPLE CULT Followers (erm Consumers) don't care about specs, or having to buy new accessories that fit (lol), so long as they have an excuse to visit the nearest APPLE STORE ...

    Conclusion? APPLE got half way towards reaching ANDROID's benchmark of excellence (maybe next year they can play catch up with an iPhone5s? You know those APPLE Cult Followers will buy anything, even if means they were suckers for buying a smart phone that was made obsolete within a year) ...

    C J

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  • Dvoraak Sep 14, 2012 Link

    Well, looks like Apple is going to win the race that counts again, the sales race. It's being reported that Apple sold out of the pre-orders in one hour, even though pre-orders started being taken in the very early morning hours US time.

    It's really a shame. Apple developed something truly great and turned the mobile industry on it's head, but as long as they dominate sales (model vs model) they'll never have the incentive to develop something equally great again. iPhone is doomed to at least another 2 years of stagnation.

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  • Steven Blum Sep 14, 2012 Link

    Dvoraak, spot-on analysis. Couldn't agree more.

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  • paul rodham Sep 14, 2012 Link

    Now the true race begins

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  • Vernal Scott Sep 14, 2012 Link

    I'm very happy with my original Note, especially with the latest LRQ firmware update and ROMS by Rocket and Charack. Iphone 5...Zzzzzzz...

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  • Trine Hansen Sep 15, 2012 Link

    Well, instead of letting out air over how far off the iPhone5 is compared to the Android pace, why not just lean back and watch the Apple fan crowd get more and and more bttfck'd for every itteration of iBone generation.. let them realize for themself deep inside that thier worship has been a fake, instead of us bashing them.. After all, it'll be much better in the long run that they'll have the mental and emotional experience of going down the drain, while looking back up at the light of the Android tower above them.. :-)

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