09.23.11

User Guide – How iPhone5 Can Regain Market Share

Posted in Flash at 5:48 am by Curtis J. Morley

iPhone market share has been slipping dramatically over the last year as Android has become the dominant smart phone. Apple went from it's peak of 37% now down to 28% and has been eclipsed by Android OS. So how can Apple catch up to the pervasive android phone? Here is the user guide for Apple to at least catch up and maybe be on top again.

The things that Apple can do to catch up to several of the Android phones in comparison to those Android competitors - EVO3D.

  • Display: iPhone 5 needs to have a bigger screen. The HTC EVO 3D has a 4.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, in addition to being able to display 3D images without glasses. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch LCD display with 640 x 960-pixel resolution. Apple refers to this high-resolution screen as a “retina display.” Microsoft did a productivity study years ago and the one factor that they said would increase prodcutivity more than any other is the size of the screen in someones office. This relates to the smartphones as well.
  • Operating system: The HTC EVO 3D runs Android 2.3, while the Apple iPhone 5 is expected to run Apple’s iOS 5. iOS 5 s supposed to be much improved. The deciding factor is - will it have live widgets and customization?
  • Processor and RAM: The HTC EVO 3D has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. To compete the Apple iPhone 5 needs a Dual-Core Processor and over a GB of RAM.
  • Keyboard: Most Android phones have SWYPE which is hands down the best phone input on the market. Apple is still two handed hunt and peck. If iPhone5 wants to catch up it must have SWYPEYou don't have to take my word on this because the world record for the fastest text message is held by Melissa Thompson using SWYPE. This is a clincher for Apple. They will ultimately lose a large portion of the market if they do not speed up the input for the device.
  • Flash: Android has Flash. iPhone does not. Do I need to say anything else?
    OK, a few more words on the subject. 40% of the web has Flash in some form or another. This is the biggest thing that Apple can do to catch up to Android devices. I know in the past the iPhone has had sub-par hardware which they masterfully hid behind no multitasking but now the hardware in the phones is capable. Let the Apple-Adobe war go away with Steve Jobs. (For all the Mac fanboys - I think Steve Jobs was one of the most influential people in the last 30 years for advancing technology.)
  • Camera: The HTC EVO 3D has two 5-megapixel rear cameras capable of creating 3D photos. The EVO 4G has a stunning 8-megapixel camera. The Apple iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel still-image camera that can also shoot 720p HD video. Both phones have front-facing cameras for video chat, with the EVO 3D measuring in at 1.3-megapixels and the iPhone having 0.3-megapixels (640 x 480). To compete Apple needs at least 10mp camera. Another catch up for Apple is adding the 3D technology to the iPhone5 that HTC has had for almost a year. Apple does own some patents, so we will see.
  • Battery: The HTC EVO 3D is expected to has a 1,730 mAh battery that is user replaceable. This battery has been reported in several cases to get over 18hours. I myself has run it through a normal (which translates to crazy) day without charging over 18 hours. All smart phones users (except EVO 3D) complain about not having enough battery.
  • 4G: I would be very surprised if the iPhone5 didn't have 4G. This is again an area where they are going to have to play catch up to other phones.
  • Mobile HotSpot: Most HTC phones have the ability to broadcast a wifi connection for up to eight devices. For example a person can be in the middle of a field with there laptop and as long as they have their phone with them they can connect their laptop to the internet.
Thanks and Happy Flashing on your Android and hopefully iPhone5 next month.
Curtis J. Morley

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