We know exactly what the iPhone 4S can offer and where it shines and fails, but comparing this device well into a year where the new iPhone 5 (6th generation) is expected to release seems strange. The Samsung Galaxy S III is expected within the next month, although this could get delayed just like the HTC One X has been with a new May release date rumoured (thanks to Best Buy), which would only add to the opinion that an iPhone 5 is needed to challenge these new phones.
Can the minor updated iPhone 4S really compete with an HTC One X or Galaxy S3? We’ll know more when the other two phones are released, but considering there are both launching around May (One X is already in the UK) with a new iPhone arriving between June and September, it might be a bad idea to purchase an iPhone 4S until you’ve discovered the features and price for the new iPhone. Some people also state that the so-called iPhone 5 would be the real update, even though 4S had been the longest wait yet for an iPhone, and considering the minor adjustments we feel they could be right with Apple saving something special for the 6th generation.
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What do we know about the new HTC and Samsung phones? If you’re are considering an iPhone 4S vs. the HTC One X and Galaxy S3, then it’s worth looking into the new phones and seeing how they compare with the aging iPhone, which in our opinion shows why an iPhone 5 is needed to be a real challenger. This article details some of the latest specs for both the One X and expected for the Galaxy S3, although they explain in their summary that the devices are “equally good” and rate them as a draw. Those of you that live in the UK can see full details of the HTC One X on Vodafone here, which is available to order right now and the main features are shown in the image below.
We’ve embedded a video below this article that details the latest Samsung Galaxy S3 specs, although you need to understand that these rumors have not been officially confirmed. The video was uploaded to YouTube just a few days ago and claims its source is a “Samsung Employee“. Have a look below and let us know what you think of these specs, and if it’s enough for you to buy the Galaxy S3?
What will the iPhone 5 need in the way of features to compete with the Galaxy S3 and HTC One X? When it comes to those that love the iPhone it will not be hard for Apple to convince users to upgrade, and other phones are likely not to tempt these fans away from Apple, although the new iPhone still needs to stay competitive no matter how strong its user base is. We’ve embedded a couple of videos below listing the latest rumors for the next iPhone, and possibly even a 2013 iPhone with a 3D camera, although we’d also love to hear your wishlist if you intend on getting the next iPhone, so share a comment below.
In summary: It’s certainly clear that while Apple has a dedicated user base there are a lot of nice Android phones launching this year, and the iPhone 5 (not the 4S) will be needed to challenge these devices on a specs level. If you cannot wait for the next iPhone to arrive and need an upgrade sooner, which means you might be considering the iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S3, then see this comparison that looks at both devices.