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iPhone 5 & SGS3 great expectations leads to upset

Under: Apple iPhone, Phone Debates, Samsung
Date: April 13th, 2012

Two new smartphones releasing this year have got tongues wagging and the word ‘intrigued’ embedded into people’s minds. Yes, we are talking about the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 aka SGS3. However the hype surrounding these phones could be getting the better of customers and great expectations could lead to upset.

Everything we know about these two smartphones, or think we know, is based on rumors, leaks, conjecture and insight but that doesn’t stop them being the most widely discussed phones. Many tech sites, including us, report on all the latest developments to keep our readers informed on what they might expect and to be fair a good deal of this turns out to be accurate. However there is a danger that if the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3 turn up and don’t live up to the speculation then the love towards them could swiftly be killed.

If we look at what is being widely reported for the iPhone 5 or new iPhone for example, we can tell you that an increased processor to the A5X or even A6 is anticipated, along with an increased display size, improved camera and better battery power. Other things likely seem to be 4G LTE connectivity and also that it could be released on the next major operating system iOS 6. Less likely but also rumored over the last few months are features such as waterproofing, 3D support, facial recognition and more.

For the Galaxy S3 by comparison, this is expected to step up to an Exynos 1.5 or 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD display, a 10 or even 12-megapixel camera, the latest Android 4.0 ICS OS, LTE, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Just some of the plentiful other additions speculated have been waterproofing, wireless charging, a ceramic backing and 3D support, although Samsung recently quashed the idea that it would include 3D.

If we look back to last year before the Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S were released there was understandably the same huge build up. That will always happen simply because of the immense popularity of these two smartphones but inevitably not everything that has been rumored turns up on the real deal when it finally arrives and this can lead to disappointment. Remember last year when the iPhone 4S was finally unveiled, how many people were disappointed in the lack of a design change and felt really let down.

Sadly it’s a fact that you can’t please all of the people all of the time and it would be too much to expect that either the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3 can fulfill everybody’s expectations and tick every box on people’s wish lists. The problem comes when the hype becomes so much that the anticipation is simply too high and we can only hope that this doesn’t turn out to be the case for either of these flagship devices.

We’d really like to hear your thoughts on this dilemma. It’s natural that people will expect the latest versions of these smartphones to step up with the goods but is there a danger that we now simply expect too much? Will you be purchasing the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3 regardless of what they feature when they finally appear, simply because their predecessors are your current phones? What for you would be the biggest disappointment for either handset if a certain specification or feature didn’t appear? Let us know with your comments.

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  • Mikeseymour4

    I think I commented on this situation a few months ago when I expressed a frustration about every blog or technical website was full of hear say or rumours. It was impossible to get a clear picture.

    I hope to god that when the two phones are eventually launched, people will learn from it.
    The new phones are not going to be anywhere near as good as people think, why would a manufacturer do that? Release a mega phone…. best trickle feed the masses with one nugget after the next over 18 months. Much better than a big hit. Lets say that the iPhone5 and SGS3 do come fully loaded. Fastest processors, resolutions, battery life, reception qualities, screens, cameras etc…….. then what? 
    See my point? I’m with you, the whole thing would be easier if it weren’t for hype and spin and suckers who fall for it every time :D  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miki-Matkovcik/100000283995916 Miki Matkovcik

      True, but in a free market system competition sparks innovation. It would be risky for either company to intentionally hold back the potential of their phones when the other just might go all out and completely dominate in sales. Companies exist for profits, and they need to stand out by outplaying the competition. You’re making the assumption that all ideas have already been thought of. I bet you never expected apple to include Siri in last years iphone. I’m guessing the iphone 5 will be more than just the specs.

      • Boo

        You are correct in a way, but corporates think for long term profit. So if they have 5 tricksks under their sleeves, they will reveal them one at a time to sell  5 products. This is especially case with market leaders (Like APPLE).

  • Webster Carlton Westward Iii

    These major companies work together, and know what to include in updated models. Why would they give us the whole pie when they know we will swarm on a burnt piece. You’re telling me, you don’t think Apple and Samsung have conference calls discussing development and launches. They may be competitors, but the like money too much not to talk strategy.

  • Gamblor77

    There is definitely situation where people are simply not realistic and expect too much. There have been many cases where a piece of tech comes out (like a quad 2ghz processor) 3 weeks prior to a phone release and a lot of people, idiots mostly expect it to magically be in the new phone.
    Even though it would be impossible to test and manufacture something that quickly.
    HOWEVER, when something like the iPhone has better specs than the next gen iPad and it’s 1/4 the size; that is pure corporate greed and milking things for all they’re worth. Apple is very good at putting out 1-2 generation old technology and polishing turds and calling them gold and people love it.
    If the Galaxy S3 comes out and has a quad 1.4ghz or better, 8mp camera with good optics and flash, similar screen as the galaxy nexus and runs buttery smooth I can’t see people being honestly disappointed. That seems pretty realistic to me.
    I have a sneaking suspicion that Samsung will be pushing their own ecosystem on this release with Touchwiz 5 and a ton of Apple-like software which will improve the experience. That would be worth everything if they could pull it off.

  • fruit fone hater

    i dont care what the iphone has ever ever ever i will never buy one and if i get one for free i will sell it.  they will never get my vote

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