The Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) and the Motorola Droid Bionic are not only rivals with each other, but also a handset that is also yet to be released in the US, the iPhone 5. We have recently discussed how the release of the S II is being affected by the Bionic, and not much has been discussed about how these two phones are competing Apple’s ecosystem and not their fifth-generation smartphone.
Apple has its reasons for delaying the release of the iPhone 5, and the smart money would be to improve the hardware further — maybe in retaliation of Galaxy S II+ rumors, which is said to come with a faster dual-core processor. This was said to be coming in September, but we can only see that happening in South Korea and the UK for the moment.
Apple should not worry too much about trying to beef up their hardware in the upcoming iPhone, as they have an ace up their sleeve in the way of their ecosystem. IBT says that in some cases the iPhone 3GS will be able to beat the S II and Bionic, but is that kind of talk nonsense? I own quite a few Apple products, and personally I would say that such an idea is not as stupid as you would think.
We can find a little truth to this with how Apple is able to bring much more to a phone than just hardware. If you do not believe us, just look at the iPhone 4, just months after its release there were Android phones being released with far superior features; so how come the current iPhone was still able to sell tens of millions more handsets?
The simple answer is their App Store, and Android, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry OS users seem compelled to try Apple’s ecosystem out. We are not saying that it is perfect in any way, but over 425,000 apps and over 15 billion app downloads must speak for itself. Let us not lose sight of things, as Android also has a great ecosystem and is catching Apple up, but there always seems to be great confusion where Android is concerned.
When you have an Android handset you can never be certain how long you will have to wait for an OS update. What we mean by this is that the HTC Thunderbolt is still waiting for Gingerbread 2.3, and we are talking about one of HTC’s and Verizon’s top selling handsets. Users know that they never get this issue with Apple, as you only have one new phone released in a year and when iOS gets an upgrade all iPhone users get it — minus one or two features for the older models that is.
What makes the whole Apple ecosystem so attractive to millions of consumers and even enterprise users is how their devices communicate with each other, and it is for that reason that a huge percentage of iPhone owners also have other Apple products in their home. I currently have an iPhone 4, MacBook Air, iMac and also a Mac Mini.
Now most of you will say that I am an Apple fan, but that is not the case. I just wanted the best solution of what is available on the market. Android is a great mobile OS, but that is all it is, and people seem to lose sight of that. If they made hardware as Apple does then things might be a little different — I might venture away from Apple then.
You may think that we went off topic a little here, but we did not, Some people might have a limited budget and would prefer to pay $99 to get an iPhone 3GS rather than pay several hundred dollars for an S II or Bionic, as they will be able to become part of Apple’s ecosystem and see what all the fuss is about.