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Should Android users worry about the iPhone 5?

Wondering if you should buy an iPhone 5? Obviously as we are not apple fan boys, so we do not automatically accept that the new phone is the best in its class. However, if you owned Apple hardware in the past, and are sold on their eco-system then there are many reasons to upgrade to the new iphone5. The main ones being

  • Bigger screen
  • Improved screen colours
  • Faster CPU
  • Better battery
  • LTE
  • 5th icon row

Now from an Android users perspective this is all yesterdays hardware. Lets put it in another perspective. When I owned a Galaxy S, and I was looking for a phone to upgrade to, the hardware of the iPhone 5, if it was running Android OS, would not be considered. That is, I would have considered the equivalent Android version of iPhone 5 to be mid-range, and not a worthwhile upgrade for the Galaxy S. High-end for Android is the Galaxy S3 or HTC One X, or that new LG with the Snapdragon S4 Pro.
But, lets break down the iphone5 improvements further.

Bigger 4 inch Screen

Yes, it had a nice retina level display, but 4 inches is still too small, after being used to the nice the 4.8 screen of the S3. Even the mid-range Androids have a 4.3 inch screen. Also, now that the iPhone 5 has the 16:9 aspect ratio of the Android, it has caught up with movie watching ability of the Androids.
Improved Screen colors

There is a 44% improved colour saturation over iPhone 4s. Androids user with AMOLED displays have been enjoying nice crisp colorful screens for years, so there is nothing new here either.

Faster CPU

From reports the iPhone 5 CPU is still dual core. Yes its twice as fast a iPhone 4, but again high-end Androids top at quad cores. Quad cores trump dual cores.
Better battery

8+ hours talk time. My guess it is better than iPhone 4, but no where near as good as the talk time on Motorola Razr Maxx at 19 hours! Also, the majority of Android phones, have replaceable batteries, so they can swap in another battery, or replace them altogether with a bigger capacity one.

LTE

Yep, been there for a while. Nothing to see here, move along.

5th row icons

Apparently this seems to be a big issue with iPhone 5. The application view on Android has 5 rows. If I want 5 rows on the home screen, I can easily replace the launcher for a more funkier one, e.g. ADWLauncerEx, Go Launcher Ex. But more importantly, there seems to be no answer to widgets. Widgets make the Android phone interface much more usable.
In Conclusion

So in conclusion, if you own an iPhone 4 already, and want to update to another iPhone, then yes, the iPhone 5 is definitely a worthy device for you. However, as an Android user, there is nothing here that convinces me that I am missing out in something spectacular.