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After Galaxy S4 launch, Apple explains why iPhone 5 is the best


Updated: March 17, 2013, 11:32 AM IST
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After Galaxy S4 launch, Apple explains why iPhone 5 is the best
After Galaxy S4 launch, Apple released a webpage explaining why the iPhone 5 is better than smartphones from its rivals.

New Delhi: After Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone, Galaxy S4, Apple released a webpage explaining why the iPhone 5 is better than smartphones from its rivals. The webpage's banner says, "There's iPhone. And then there's everything else."

The Samsung Galaxy S4 may have powerful specs like an octa-core processor, full HD display, Android 4.2 OS, but Apple has its own reasons that why even then the iPhone 5 stands out in the crowd.

Apple gives certain reasons that what makes an iPhone unlike anything else. Apple says that the two main reasons are that the phone lets you do so many things and it lets you do so many things so easily. But the company has listed many other reasons to prove why its flagship smartphone is above the competition.

- The iPhone has received eight straight JD Power and Associates awards for customer satisfaction.

- It is thin and light, and thus the iPhone feels substantial in your hand.

- Only the iPhone and other Apple products have retina display.

- The iPhone 5 gives you long battery life so you can easily make it through your day. You get up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 8 hours of browsing over cellular networks, and up to 10 hours of video playback, claims Apple, adding the iPhone has a powerful battery into such a thin and light design.

- Referring to the processor under the hood, Apple says the iPhone 5 has an A6 chip, which is powerful but not power hungry. It makes quick work of even the most graphics-intensive apps, and high frame rates make gameplay feel smooth and downright real.

- The iPhone has ultrafast wireless and LTE.

- The iSight camera on iPhone is claimed to be the world's most popular camera. The company says that an 8 megapixel on iPhone 5 captures great photo data, and the hardware and software work together to make behind-the-scenes image and color adjustments. So it's easy for anyone to take impressive photos in various lighting conditions.

- The iPhone has acces to the iTunes Store and the App Store, which offers more than 800,000 apps - all reviewed by Apple to guard against malware. Attacking its rivals, the company says that other mobile platforms have a myriad of fragmented store options, resulting in availability issues, developer frustration, and security risks.

- Only the iPhone has Siri, the intelligent assistant, lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place calls, set reminders, and more.

- iCloud takes the experience of using iPhone that much further. It stores your content - your music, photos, apps, mail, contacts, calendars, documents, and more - and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices.

It seems that Apple has bragged about the features of the iPhone 5 on its new webpage. But are you convinced that the iPhone 5 is the best smartphone?

Here is how Apple should respond to the Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung's newest, feature-packed Galaxy S4 may put pressure on Apple Inc to accelerate its pace of smartphone design and venture into cheaper devices - both departures from usual practice.

The latest Galaxy, unwrapped with much fanfare in New York on Thursday, out-does the iPhone in most technical aspects. But the challenges it encapsulates run deeper than just a simple specifications comparison.

"It would be overstatement to say Apple is far behind," Charles Golvin, analyst with Forrester, said, but it does need to note the quickening pace of competitive devices being released.

"If anything, what Apple needs to respond to is the cadence of their own releases, probably a completely new design every two years and a sort of speed bump every year is not an adequate cadence for Apple to remain at the forefront of smartphone innovation today."

Samsung's apparent ability to go toe-to-toe with Apple on cutting-edge smartphones may prompt the US titan to finally make its own assault on the lower-end of the market that it has famously stayed away from - not least to get into untapped markets like China and India.

Many analysts now say Apple has to respond in force to Samsung and other rivals that are grabbing attention. Much of Wall Street is now looking ahead to the next iPhone, but expectations are muted.

(With inputs from Reuters)

First Published: March 17, 2013, 11:32 AM IST
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