Alternatives to the iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 in a Nutshell
The latest rumors have the next generation iPhone appearing sometime around October 12th. The iPhone 5 as it has been called looks like it will have a slightly larger 3.7-inch screen than the current 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4. Additionally, the new iPhone will most likely be upgraded to a dual-core A5 processor from the current single core A4. RAM makes any computer run faster and it remains to be seen if Apple will add more RAM than the current 512MB in the iPhone 4. This is not to be confused with the GBs of Flash storage available in various increments. Consumers might get a surprise in this department and see a 64GB option. Most predictions agree the new iPhone will have an 8MP camera however, it also appears that we won’t see 4G LTE in this phone but may get HSPA+ running on AT&T’s network. HSPA+ can be almost as fast as LTE in some cases.
New Smartphones Ready to Do Battle
With a buying frenzy predicted around the iPhone 5, what will the competition have to attract smartphone buyers away from Apple? For one thing they will have phones with much larger screens in the 4.3 – 4.5-inch range. Their larger screens may not have the super high resolution (326ppi) “Retina” display of the iPhone 4 but they come close and many are AMOLED displays that many thing offer richer colors and better readability in daylight. You’ll also find plenty of dual-core processors powering iPhone 5 competitors along with lots of RAM and high speed 4G LTE connectivity.
Ice Cream Sandwich Possibly Arriving in October
Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is the latest in Android OS versions named with edible sweets in mind (Eclair, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Froyo). Rumors point to an October release for this latest OS that will add some cool new features like facial recognition and headtracking along with other UI improvements. ICS will also offer a friendlier platform for developers who want to create apps for devices with different sized screens like phones and tablets.
Verizon Droid Prime
At a recent Samsung event where AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all announced they will be offering the Galaxy S II smartphone, Verizon was conspicuously absent. Rumor has it that Verizon will be offering a Samsung variant of the Galaxy called the Droid Prime. It is also being referred to as the Nexus Prime which could be the version offered by other carriers. The Android “Prime” smartphone is rumored to be one of the first phones to run Ice Cream Sandwich. It is also rumored to have a big 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and may come in a very thin 8.8mm metal chassis. There’s some concern among reviewers that the large AMOLED display will only support 800 x 400 resolution which is much less than the earlier rumored 1280 x 720 but in any case this could be an attractive alternative especially if it runs 4G LTE.
HTC’s Verizon Vigor and AT&T Holiday
The follow-on to the HTC Thunderbolt looks likely to be the HTC Vigor. Rumor has it this phone will have an impressive 4.3-inch, 1280 x 720 display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, Beats audio and an 8 MP camera. It will support 4G LTE and is likely to appear on Verizon but is expected to be running Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) not Ice Cream Sandwich. AT&T’s version of the Vigor might be the rumored HTC Holiday which has similar specs to the Vigor and could run on AT&T’s emerging 4G LTE network. Now if only these phones will get an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade they’d be hard to beat.

image from Droid-Life
Galaxy S II Coming to U.S. Carriers
At a recent Samsung event AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint announced they would be offering versions of the very popular AMOLED-based Samsung Galaxy S II. The Galaxy S II (SGS2) is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4 but that could change with the iPhone 4. It doesn’t look like the iPhone 5 will match the SGS2’s large 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display although the iPhone will still be the king of the screen resolution hill. The SGS2 shoots 8MP stills and 1080p video and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor supported by 1GB of RAM. It’s uncertain whether or not the SGS2 will get an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.
HTC’s “Amazing” T-Mobile Phone
Along with the Samsung Galaxy S II, T-Mobile is rumored to have the HTC Amaze 4G waiting in the wings. The Amaze, which some say is a souped up Sensation, will offer a a 4.3 inch qHD 960 × 540 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) 1GB of RAM, 16GB of Flash storage and an 8 megapixel camera with a dual LED flash. T-Mobile is expected to make both phones available on October 26th. We suspect the 4G in the name refers to HSPA+ rather than 4G LTE, not that there’s anything all that wrong with that especially if it supports the new high speed 42Mbps version of HSPA+.
HTC Will Also Have Lots of Mango Phones
Despite the fact that Microsoft claims over 30,000 apps running on WP7 it remains to be seen whether or not a Mango phone can offer a compelling alternative to one of the large screen Android phones or the snazzy new iPhone 5. HTC is covering its smartphone bases with nine rumored WP7.5 “mango” phones. One of them named Titan or Eternity will supposedly have a very large 4.7-inch display. Another one, the HTC Omega or Radar is rumored to have a 3.8-inch screen, 8 MP camera, and Snapdragon processor. Unfortunately none of the batch appears to have a dual-core processor or OLED displays.
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Quote from your article: "the snazzy new iPhone 5", end quote. It's not even on the market yet so how do you know that it's ......snazzy??????? It's not even going to be 4G?????? And you call that "snazzy". It's already behind in technology and it's not even on the market yet and you call that "snazzy".

I will unsubscribe with you until you become more honest, in my opinion. I have nothing against Apple but this "Apple kiss butt no matter what Apple builds", is getting ridiculous. They have had phones on the market with dual core processors and much more RAM than Apple has ever had. Take a look at a few Motorola phones. Dual Core with much more RAM and no dropped calls. Far more advanced than Apple.

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The reality is that apple holds a significant share of the market and until that changes it will be the device to compair to. The title of this article reads "New iPhone 5 competitors with features the new iPhone WON'T have". I'm not an iphone owner either but you comments are not reflective of this article. Thank you retrevo for the information about these devices