A 4.6-inch screen, 8 megapixel camera, 16Gb of storage and NFC technology — at first glance, this seems like a list of long-rumored features that could very well end up on the iPhone 5. But while Appledom has been imagining these features on the next iPhone, so too has the Android sect prognosticated them for Samsung’s new Galaxy S 3, the 2012 Android smartphone set to give Apple its stiffest competition in the marketplace. And with Samsung being first to market with features that are highly coveted for the iPhone 5, the tech community is left wondering if Samsung will manage to siphon off potential iPhone users, thanks to their strategy of preempting iPhone launches with their own competing device.
Samsung has been trying to channel the buzz and mystery that perennially propels the new iPhone each season by setting up a cryptic countdown clock at tgeltaayehxnx.com, which, in true Android form, crashed as a result of heavy traffic. But the heavy traffic is at least a good sign for Samsung, who appears to have made more of a buzz-worthy impact on smartphone consumers this year thus far, what with a relatively successful string of sales reports of the Galaxy Note, and now a steady crescendo of interest for what the Samsung Galaxy S 3 will offer.
The question is, will the GS3 be a true iPhone 5 killer?
In terms of features, the GS3 may very well end up offering the same hardware features as the iPhone 5, and maybe even more: if Samsung delivers on a 4.6-inch screen, it still may turn out to be a larger display than the iPhone 5, which could turn out to have a longer yet thin display. And while NFC payment technology is heavily rumored for the iPhone 5, it could still be a year away, leaving the GS3 as the flagship device for NFC in 2012. More memory, more RAM, an improved 8-megapixel camera sensor, and LTE — all of these iPhone 5 features could be matched by the Samsung Galaxy S 3.
But where the iPhone 5 could excel is in its form factor and software, alla iOS 6.
The photo above depicts a purported photo of the GS3. While it might turn out to be bogus (as photos like these usually do), chances are the GS3 will probably turn out to look something like what is depicted here: a kind of boxy, plastic, Androidy design.
Conversely, the iPhone 5 could turn out to reinvent the already impressive glass and metal design of the iPhone 4 with the advent of a molded LiquidMetal back. LiquidMetal Technologies themselves stipulate that their unique metal alloy, while offering many benefits, such as being lightweight, strong, and moldable, also has the capabilities of being crafted into beautiful designs. The metal alloy is used in jewelry and high-priced watches, after all. So, in terms of pure aesthetics, the iPhone 5 could look like a completely different species of smartphone next to the GS3. That might not count for much to the hard core tech geek, but for the average user, they will seek out the device that makes them look and feel unique, even in spite of the fact that the singular iPhone sells almost as many units as all of Android combined. Finally, just as 2011′s iPhone 4S showcased some major software upgrades via iOS 5, we could see iOS 6 deliver some next-generation user interfaces and voice command functionality that will make it stand out from its Android competition. Apple has long searched for software solutions in contrast to its competitors, who strap on more hardware to keep their new devices fresh. The combination of an impressive, new form factor and mind-blowing iOS features will be hard for even a high-performance smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S 3 to compete against, no matter how many crashed countdown websites or new features they throw up. By Michael Nace