If you have been holding out for a high-end smartphone this year you are probably waiting to see exactly what Apple and Motorola bring to the table with the iPhone 5 and Droid Bionic respectively, so far insight tells us that the Droid Bionic is perhaps the most highly anticipated smartphones of the year, however you can’t ever write off Apple releases.
Today we will look at ways that Apple’s product could come out on top when both of these smartphones are available to buy, some of the reasons are pretty obvious, however some are more a bit more interesting.
Let’s start with price, pricing can make or break a product, therefore Apple will have to look closely at the market to find the correct price point and then go from there. Currently Verizon Wireless’ top-end Android models sell for between $249.99 and $299.99 as part of a two-year contract or $569 on a month-to-month deal, therefore it looks like the Droid Bionic will be priced similarly. Apple could undercut these prices to outdo Motorola’s offering, but given Apple’s track record we doubt that this is likely.
The Bionic has now been delayed for quite sometime, especially given the fact that it was originally unveiled at CES 2011 in January, this means that people may be getting a bit restless, so could the iPhone 5 sneak in first? Well in an article we posted yesterday we suggested that the iPhone 5 could arrive in the first half of September 2011, which we think is a similar timeframe as to when the Bionic will make its debut, if the iPhone 5 shows up first we are sure that it will secure hundreds of thousands of pre-orders, which will undoubtedly consist of a fair few Droid Bionic fans.
One thing which Apple tends to get right is battery life, we think that the iPhone 5 will feature a dual-core processor and perhaps 4G connectivity, whether it be LTE or HSPA+, therefore Apple has its work cut out to squeeze hours of lifetime out of the handset’s battery. The iPad 2 give you 9 hours of battery life from a single charge when using 3G connectivity to surf the web, which is similar to what the Motorola Xoom delivers when connected via 3G, therefore we think it will be close when you compare the iPhone 5 battery life to the Bionic. Because both devices could potentially be the first-ever 4G LTE connectivity to feature dual-core processors it is down to software developers to get the most out of the hardware available, we think that this is where Apple could have the edge.
It is well-known that the Droid Bionic will feature an 8 megapixel camera capable of capturing video at 720p, the iPhone 4’s 5 megapixel sensor and lens delivered great stills and videos, therefore we think that if the iPhone 5 comes along with an 8 megapixel sensor it will not disappoint. We are pretty confident that this will be capable of 1080p HD video capture (Full HD like the HTC Sensation) and in terms of stills we think that Apple will make sure that it will capture sharp images with vivid colors, better than that of other 8 megapixel sensor touting smartphones.
Finally let’s talk about software, mainly iOS 5.0, you can find out all about iOS 5.0 here. As you can see it will bring lots of impressive new functionality to compliant devices, but you could argue that if you look around enough almost everything that iOS 5 can do can be done on Android, whilst this is probably true it would be hard to argue that it would be as seamless as how Apple implement things. Also when it comes to getting the latest software you can be sure that your iPhone 5 will received regular updates for the next few years, the Bionic will get updates here and there, but you may be left waiting whilst other Android version get updates to Android Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond, this is extremely frustrating as HTC Thunderbolt owners are currently finding out.
We think that both devices will set a new standard for high-end smartphones, choosing between them will be tough, therefore we think the race between the two will compare heavily on the aspects mentioned about, if the iPhone 5 arrives before the Bionic and it features 1080p video capture, 4G connectivity, impressive battery life and a fair price we think the Bionic will do well to compete, likewise if the Bionic arrives first it could play a massive part in the iPhone 5’s success.