I will start this off by saying, yes the iPhone 5 will sell, and sell well. However, it will sell well based on the fact it is an iPhone, not because it is a quality product. After yesterday’s iPhone 5 announcement, I came away with the clear impression Apple is behind the curve and desperately trying to play catch up. The iPhone 5 literally has absolutely nothing groundbreaking or innovative. Instead, it’s biggest feature is merely a screen size that has been available in other phones for a few years now. As for the smaller features, they merely added things to the iPhone that have been available in Android phones for quite some time now.
The iPhone 5 will feature a 4″ display…whoopty do…it still falls quite short of the larger-sized screens one has come to expect out of a high-end smartphone nowadays. 4 inches was a large screen size perhaps when the Nexus S was released back in December of 2010, but nowadays is considered just plain small. In addition to the fact it is only 4″, the display is still the same width, so pages will still display virtually the same as with the smaller-screened iPhones of the past (just with slightly more vertical content). To make matters worse, the iPhone 5 has a resolution of only 1136 x 640. Sure, with that resolution you get a 326 ppi, but it still falls short of the 720p high definition standard we’ve come to expect in a high end smartphone. The Galaxy Nexus which was released almost a year ago has a 720p high definition display, yet the upcoming iPhone 5 does not.
It is quite ironic that shortly after Apple scored a win in the courtroom over stolen ideas, they announce an iPhone that “borrows” ideas and features from other devices. Apple included a built-in panorama feature in their camera, that looks like and functions almost exactly like the Galaxy Nexus, but the “idea borrowing” didn’t stop there. Apple also “borrowed” a couple ideas an implemented them into their Safari browser. Safari will now include a full screen view that I could have sworn has already been present in Android’s stock browser for quite some time. In addition to full screen view, Safari will also include tab sharing between your desktop and phone…sounds a lot like Google’s Chrome browser if you ask me.
In the end, the iPhone 5 is nothing more than Apple’s attempt at playing catch up, but sadly it still doesn’t catch them up to the competition (heck, it doesn’t even have NFC). The iPhone 5 doesn’t even match high-end phones that are already on the market. It merely provides a slightly larger screen that still falls quite short of industry standards, and adds features Android users have already been enjoying for quite some time, though it is very funny to see Apple “borrowing” ideas right after suing a company for doing the same thing. Oh the irony! All in all, the iPhone 5 is hardly impressive, and is nothing more than yesterday’s technology for today’s prices.