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If This Is The iPhone 5, Android Doesn't Have A "Problem"

Eric McBride
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....Not more of a "problem" than they normally would have anyway. As the release of the iPhone 5 comes closer, so do the rumors, leaks, speculation, and photos. I’m always pretty careful about taking leaks too seriously, and when I saw these photos today on Slashgear, they looked like they could be legit. But it wasn’t the photos of the iPhone 5 that bothered me, but the title of the Slashgear article “If this is the iPhone 5, Android has a problem” that really bothers me. I mean, unless the writer of this article has X-Ray/microscopic vision, and is seeing something my puny human eyes can’t see, the only thing I see in these photos is a whole lot more of the same old thing.

The original pictures were uncovered by The Verge (via Chinese supplier iLab factory), and in all honesty I can very much imagine that this could indeed be a legit leak. I mean, it appears to be an iPhone 4S with a bigger 4 inch screen, 2 color back design, and with few parts and buttons moved a few millimeters over. It’s by no means a bad looking phone. Have a look for yourself:

That being said, I still don’t understand why Slashgear (a site I very much love and rely on for information btw) feels this device will spell such big trouble for Android. I mean, it’s an iPhone, which naturally creates competition (which is good) for Android. But why is this device in particular so dangerous?

To put it simply, it’s not. Let me rephrase that....It’s no more of a threat than the iPhone 4 or 4S was/is. If one thing is certain, it’s that iPhone users are beginning to get bored of the design and the software. If this IS the new iPhone, I think that a bit more could be desired, as Apple appeared to make multiple minimalistic changes only, but no drastic ones. 

It’s starting to “all look the same”, and I saw that myself this weekend when I was in the theatre waiting for The Dark Knight Rises to start. Some friends of mine that both have iPhones simply couldn’t put down my other friends shiny new Samsung Galaxy S3 (his first Android phone). The big screen, the display, the amazing camera, and even the power to play such amazing games are all unique selling points with today's Android phones, and you can better bet that regardless of the iPhone 5’s release, 2012 will be the year that more people than ever will VERY much consider an Android device when Apple’s new flagship is released. That being said, the iPhone 5 will undoutedly be a smash hit sales wise, as it always is. 

So yes Slashgear (specifically Chris Davies, author of the article), a lot of people do want the new iPhone. But there is absolutely nothing about this device, and absolutely nothing about the article in question that sheds one solitary shred of light as to why “Android has a problem”. Matter fact, if these photo’s are indeed the new iPhone, I don’t think that Android will have to worry more than they normally would....

...Apple will.

What do you guys think of the new iPhone (if this is indeed the device)?

Let me know your thoughts about it in the comments below!

P.S - No bad blood towards Chris. Agree to disagree :-D

Picture credits: iLabs, Slashgear, The Verge

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  • chinu Jul 30, 2012 Link

    i think its legit..... few days ago i saw the blue print on engadget.... they had made it large for competiton for note.....

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    Yeah, it could very well be legit. I mean, 4 inches will only seem big for ex iPhone users, but it is an improvement.

    Nothing to worry about more than normally though. Not to me anyway :-D

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  • Ti Mo Jul 30, 2012 Link

    If this device was .7 inches bigger, had onscreen buttons instead of the home button and would run Android, it would be a sexy device!

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    LMAO

    Indeed bro!

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  • Jeff Freeman Jul 30, 2012 Link

    It's hard to see, but it looks like the com/power port is smaller. What does that do for all those acc's people already own?

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  • chinu Jul 30, 2012 Link

    hahahah. well said eric..
    same here... :-)

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    @Jeff - I noticed that too. It almost looks like a mini USB, which Apple would naturally NEVER use. Possibly a new type of connection port for the iPhone 5?

    @Chinu - :-D

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  • Josh jackson Jul 30, 2012 Link

    I think why he says that is because it will be taking away a lot of the main issues people have with the iPhone, ie 4g, NFC, etc. Once apple has that and you add in there new is, assuming they make a few changes to the is, it could really spell trouble for android.

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    I see your point, but in all honesty, ANY new iPhone is in some way "trouble" for Android. I just don't see this one being more of a threat than the iPhone 4 or 4S.

    For me, if there's any one feature that could make the new iPhone REALLY dangerous, its the rumor of the completely fingerprint proof screen. Whoever brings that out can have all my money!

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  • Stefan E. Jul 30, 2012 Link

    ROFL! 4 inches as "competition for note"...

    Being used to the 4.8 inches of the Galaxy S3 now, which still is a lot smaller than the Note, whenever I touch my old 4 inches Galaxy S now, it feels INCREDIBLY TINY! :D

    I can see that 4 inches hits a sweet spot for many, though, a huge improvement for the fruit-loving fanbase. :)

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    LOL. That's true Stefan! 4 inches still seems awfully small when you compare it to the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3, and then of course the Note. I had an iPhone4 last year, and compared to my GNexus, it really does feel quite tiny.

    But as you said...the tiny increase in screen size is an improvement for the marjority of iPhone users, as they have simply gotten to used to the iPhone's tiny screen that ANY increase will seem huge for them!

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  • Ti Mo Jul 30, 2012 Link

    hehehehehehe its always about the inches hehehe, and I'd say, Androids are looooonger :D :D

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    LOL! I'm not even gonna go there :-D

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  • chinu Jul 30, 2012 Link

    nice 1 Ti Mo

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    Ti Mo's telling it how it is. LOL

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  • Stefan E. Jul 30, 2012 Link

    It isn't the size that matters, it's the tech...nique! ;)

    Still not impressed by the (borrowed) headline - I really don't see that huge customer chunk that would be just as happy with iPhone as it would be with Android - it is mostly either one or the other. There are some, sure, but you could even sell WM7 to those... ;)

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    "It isn't the size that matters, it's the tech...nique! ;)"

    Ziiiiinnnnggg! NICE ONE Stefan :-D

    And yeah, that title was also what made me wonder "WTF??". It's no more of a threat than anything else Apple has ever released.

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  • Ti Mo Jul 30, 2012 Link

    Only people with a small........... Phone screen say that only tech(nique) maters hehehe

    And maybe that's why all the girls hit on me when I pull out my gnex in th club LOL

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    LMAO! You guys are all nuts :-D

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    Nick N. Jul 30, 2012 Link

    If this is the iPhone 5 then it's an epic fail. Bring it on, I say...

    Poor Apple. They focus all their effort into making one phone product, with the result that there is so little room to deviate, develop or break free, and they end up in a dead end of their own making, endlessly churning out minor revisions of the same product, while the rest of the world has long since moved on.

    And poor iSheep, all they can look forward to with each "new" iPhone is an incremental change to the same basic design of 2007. But hey, Apple will still sell them by the truckload to those who like their tech to be little more than a Fisher-Price toy.

    Hell, Apple could re-release the very *first* iPhone, call it the iPhone 5, and I bet they'd *still* sell them by the truckload because *how would anyone know the difference*?

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    Also a good point Nick! Apple has been so centered around the same designs (software and hardware wise) for the past 2 years that it seems somehow that they can't come up with a better idea! Or are they simply too afraid to take risks?

    I mean lets face it...they know a thing or 2 about design. Maybe it's a bad case of "designers block"?

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    Nick N. Jul 30, 2012 Link

    One could call it designer's block, but I'd rather call it designer's arrogance. Apple think they designed the "perfect" phone, and hence, in Apple's mind, since "perfection" cannot be improved upon, the basic design stays the same, year after year after year. But the initial premise on which that arrogant attitude is based is faulty - the iPhone was never really "perfect" to begin with.

    And also this: Apple products are for people who *don't like change*.

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  • Eric McBride Jul 30, 2012 Link

    So true man. That attitude that you're referring to with Apple is becoming more and more clear everyday.

    It's actually pretty sad.....

    ....and stupid :-D

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  • Michael Robinson Jul 31, 2012 Link

    I kinda smiled when I read that article last night. I guess it's just wishful thinking like backing your favorite sports team. I mean 4 inch display with big ugly bezel IS really truly revolutionary and all so we android users should all cringe in fear :-)? Thought is was a BS article and I'm glad someone in press responded to it. Thanks

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  • Eric McBride Jul 31, 2012 Link

    No problem Michael! I ll gladly defend Android when anyone writes up such a silly article :-)

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  • CJ Brown Aug 2, 2012 Link

    If this 5th generation iPhone actually works without requiring an elastic band around the device (to keep the antenna from malfunctioning), then I guess that would be the 1st & only improvement (lol) ....

    If you <3 iPhones? Then I'm sure you'll be content with the iPhone 5 (which, for me doesn't seem to have any change design wise & you'd think Apple would want to start over .... & delivering something brand new); but until I get more specs (ie the OS, legit screen size, apps, features)? It would make do as a nice "overpriced" paper weight on my desk ....

    If the iPhone 5 is an actual 4G Smart Phone? That will probably be the only improvement for Consumers (while Apple sells its old 3G iPhones into no contract companies) ....

    Dear Apple,

    please stop wasting time in Courtrooms with frivolous patent lawsuits & start spending more time in the lab (impress me with something new, something innovative, something that says "we offer you the future") ...

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  • Eric McBride Aug 2, 2012 Link

    So true. Spend less time on lawsuits, and more time improving design and software.

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  • Deon Wang Aug 2, 2012 Link

    No threat at all looking at it... long live Android...

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  • Ricky Aug 9, 2012 Link

    What kind of camera will it have? Cuze if its better than the galaxy s3 than. Apple is going to make commercials about how good the camera is

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  • Eric McBride Aug 9, 2012 Link

    I bet its 8MP. As always, it will most likely be a VERY good camera.

    Better than the GS3's camera? That's yet to be seen.

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  • Ricky Aug 9, 2012 Link

    Well I hope it sucks. Lol because android needs to be on top. Its just I hate apple commercials there miss leading. Like little lies for kids

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  • Eric McBride Aug 9, 2012 Link

    LOL! So true! :-D

    But I had an iPhone 4 as a work phone before I started at AndroidPIT, and I have to admit that the camera was really good. That being said, it wasn't THAT much better than the camera I had in my old HTC Sensation.

    We'll see!

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