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Why The iPhone 5 Will Be A Major Letdown

By Jesse Sopher on August 13, 2012 1:10 PM EDT 0

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Apple is catch up and the iPhone 5 will be a disappointment. (Photo: Courtesy / 9to5Mac.com)

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Let's face it, Apple is playing a major game of catch up right now. The alleged 'iPad Mini' is clearly a response to Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7. Similarly, the iPhone 5 will have to play major catch up with other smartphones on the market. Even so, here are three reasons the iPhone 5 will be a big letdown for consumers.

1. It is play catching up.

Apple does its best work when it's at the top its game. The company's products are always the greatest when its engineers are innovating. The Apple product cycle for the iPhone isn't sustainable for innovation. While Apple spends two years preparing for major upgrades to its phone, other companies like Samsung release better versions of their devices every few months. Everything we know about the iPhone 5 so far is a copy of other Android devices: larger screen, NFC, LETC, faster processor - it's all been done before.

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The most we can expect from the iPhone 5 is that it'll be on par with the latest Android devices, but that'll only last a couple of months until Samsung decides to release its latest model.

2. Its battery will be weak

Eric Brown, a technology writer at our sister site, reported last week that the new battery Apple isn't going to be using in the iPhone 5 won't be the greatest. The battery is reported to have a capacity of 1440 milliamphere-hours (mAh), compared to 1430 for the iPhone 4S. So the battery is technically capable of lasting longer, but it could prove devastating for LTE users.

Compare the rumored 1440mAh battery to the batteries in other smartphones - the Droid Razr Maxx has a 3300mAh battery, the Samsung Epic 4G has an 1800mAh battery, and the Galaxy S3 has the 2100mAh battery. These are huge compared to what Apple is using for the iPhone 5.

LTE 4G integration is a power hog. Devices that support LTE have to have larger batteries to accommodate the amount data it processes. Brown states pretty clearly that if Apple does indeed use this battery, the iPhone 5 will become known as the smartphone with the shortest battery life.

3. iOS isn't on top anymore

Back in June, both Google and Apple announced their latest mobile OSes. Apple announced the latest version of iOS, while Google announced the latest version of Android, dubbed Jelly Bean.

Both operating systems are mature, but because they're so equal, more people will be drawn to the Android platform. A few years ago, everyone flocked to the iPhone because the Android platform just wasn't as good. People were willing to wait a year or two for a new update because Android wasn't catching up as fast.

But now it has, and new versions are being released all the time. The handsets are typically cheaper, and its features grow with every release. There just isn't a compelling reason to stay with iOS unless you already have a large investment in iOS apps.

Conclusion

Will the iPhone 5 be successful? Of course it will. It will blow away the competition in terms of sales. There are millions and millions of Apple fanboys who will buy the device simply because it has the Apple logo plastered on the back. And there are millions more who might want to switch to Android, but have thousands of dollars of iOS apps. Like everything Apple does, the iPhone 5 will turn to gold. But when the next big Android handset is released, mark my words, even the most diehard Apple fanboy will have a twinge of envy. 

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