The developers of the new iPhone will have to make a few changes if they want to stay ahead of their Android rival Samsung Galaxy S II. While iPhones have always been praised for their polished look and usability, Android phones managed to won users with their capabilities, e.g. the turn-to-turn navigation system, which is available for free on Androids, is missing from iPhone’s current OS.
These are some of the areas that Apple should work on for the next iPhone 5/4S, in order to be able to compete with the Galaxy S II, and other Android phones:
Thickness: The Samsung Galaxy S II is only 0.33 inch (8.5 mm) thick, whereas the iPhone 4 is 0.37 inch (9.3 mm). iPhone 4 is 24% thinner than the previous iPhone model (3GS), so let’s hope that Apple will follow its pattern, and make the upcoming iPhone slimmer.
Display Size: The screen size on the on the Galaxy S II smartphone is 4.3 inch. It is rumored that the next iPhone will sport a 4 inch display. The current iPhone has a 3.5 inch display.
Camera: A lot of Android phones have an 8 megapixel camera, including the Samsung Galaxy S II. The iPhone 4 only has a 5 megapixel camera, and users are not very pleased with it. Hopefully, as WSJ reported, the iPhone 5 will get an 8 megapixel camera also. Some people are claiming that Sony will supply the cameras for the upcoming iPhone.
A5 Chip: Samsung’s Galaxy S II is powered by a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Orion chipset processor. Apple has recently put a dual-core A5 chip in the new iPad 2, so we are expecting to see the same faster chip in the new iPhone.
OS: Galaxy S II is currently powered by Android 2.3 or Gingerbread, but Google revealed that the new Android version will sport features like face tracking, camera focus, and voice recognition. Also, not too long ago, Google launched their Google Wallet (NFC-enabled mobile payment platform), giving the users the opportunity to make payments by simply tapping their phones at the point-of-sale. With all these new things that Androids are offering, Apple’s iOS 5 for iPhone should bring comparable features.
Apple has a lot of work to do in order to catch-up with the Androids, the above mentioned features being only the minimum that the company has to do to remain in competition.