As the iPhone 5 looms, we look at competitors like the Lumia 920, Galaxy Note 2 and DROID RAZR HD
Apple is expected to show off its iPhone 5 on Wednesday and while we've given you an exhaustive preview of what to expect, not even the iPhone exists in a vacuum. Let's take a look at some of the other smartphones that will be battling the iPhone 5 for the hearts and minds of consumers.
Keep in mind that we won't know the full specs of the iPhone 5 until Apple officially unveiles it later this week, we have a reasonable idea of what to expect. The rumors suggest that the next iPhone will have a 4-inch screen, a longer yet thinner body than previous versions, 4G LTE support and it will launch with iOS 6.
Nokia Lumia 920
Despite a little snafu with a faked camera ad, the Nokia Lumia 920 is shaping up to be one of the best ways to snap a photo with your smartphone. The Lumia 920 will utilize the PureView technology to provide some great low-light photos as well as relatively shake-free videos.
That's what we're hoping for, at least, as Nokia really got in its own way by releasing "sample" photos and videos from the Lumia 920 which were proven to be false. That's a shame because Nokia seems to have truly put a lot of work into the camera and its software: it supposedly can capture 5-10 times more light than competing devices.
Even without the camera, the Lumia 920 is shaping up to be a solid smartphone. It sports a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and it will be capable of utilizing 4G LTE networks. Perhaps most importantly, the Lumia 920 will also launch with Windows Phone 8 and this will enable a new class of apps and features.
We don't have any official word on when the Lumia 920 will come out or how much but leaks suggest we'll see it on AT&T Nov. 2 and I'd guess it would cost about $200 on a new, two-year contract.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
While the new iPhone may be going big, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is going really, really big with its 5.5-inch display. The Galaxy Note 2 is shaping up to be one of the most powerful handsets around and it will definitely satisfy those who want a large-screen experience.
The Galaxy Note 2 will come with a capacitive stylus known as the S Pen and this digitizer will let users jot down notes, annotate web pages and even edit photos. Samsung has also included some neat software tweaks like having the ability to have the S Pen hover over the screen and it will give you a preview of content.
The Galaxy Note 2 may outshine the iPhone 5 in terms of raw specs too, as the large-screen handset will have a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE capabilities and all the other goodies you'd expect from a high-end smartphone. There's no official word on the release date or price but rumors suggest it could be landing on all four major U.S. carriers in the next few months.
Please note: We're not forgetting the Galaxy S3, as this super-powered Android handset could definitely give the iPhone 5 a run for its money.
Motorola DROID RAZR HD
Verizon will definitely be carrying the iPhone 5 this Fall but that's not the only hot handset the carrier will be offering. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be vying for your attention and while these may not be as exciting as the other devices, the battery life may have you taking a second glance.
Simply put, the DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD may have the best battery life of all the smartphones that are released this holiday season. Now that Motorola is a part of Google, the company said it would focus on speed, Android and power management. The DROID RAZR HD has a large 2,500mAh battery while the DROID RAZR MAXX HD will have a massive 3,300mAh battery.
Both of the Motorola devices maintain a slim profile while still having all-day battery life. The handsets will also have large screens, ample processing power and 4G LTE capabilities. Again, we have no official release date but the new members of the RAZR family will land on Verizon by the end of the year and we'd guess the RAZR HD will be $199 on a contract while the RAZR MAXX HD will be $299 with a contract.
These are some of the most interesting and compelling devices coming out this holiday but there are bound to be more. Along with the aforementioned Galaxy S3, HTC is holding an event next week and this should produce a lust-worthy handset. Also, don't count out LG releasing something cool in the next few months.
The iPhone 5 is going to be a great phone but the competition is as stiff as ever.