Skip to comments.Rise of the Extreme iPhone-Killer Super-Phones!
Posted on 03/01/2012 8:01:59 AM PST by ShadowAce
The current crop of iPhone killers failed to kill the Apple iPhone.
Many of the iPhones competitors are really great phones with incredible screens, amazing cameras, powerful processors and advanced user interfaces. On most specs, the iPhone has been bested by several competitors. But still the iPhone reigns supreme in the market.
Apple made more money on iPhones alone in Q4 than Microsoft did on every product it sells.
What will it take to stop the mighty iPhone?
Dont look now, but the competition is getting ready to hit Apples super-villain iPhone with something akin to the X Men or the Avengers -- a group of mutant super-phones with unprecedented powers and capabilities that vastly exceed anything that has ever been put into any phone ever.
Here is the breathtakingly new crop of extreme super-phones designed to blow the iPhone away:
Wait, a 41-megapixel camera phone? Come on! Thats almost twice as many megapixels as the highly coveted (and uber expensive) Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera used by professional photographers and even blockbuster Hollywood movie makers.
The Symbian-based Nokia 808 PureView is a super phone with a camera in a league of its own. But its not what you think.
In normal mode, all those megapixels arent used as they would be with a normal camera. Instead, Nokia uses them for an oversampling technology they called PureView. Combined with the built-in f2.4 Carl Zeiss lens, the PureView takes amazing pictures.
PureView works by combing light from seven pixels into one pixel on the image, for a nearly noiseless image of breathtaking quality.
Or, you can turn off oversampling and just take gigantic pictures -- or instead of using a camera with a large zoom lens, you can just zoom in on the pixels. It also takes 1080p video, which is pretty crazy for a phone.
For people who like to take great pictures -- and who doesnt? -- the Nokia 808 PureView blows away the iPhone with five times the pixels and some really advanced optics and technology. Expect to pay about $600 for the phone unlocked when it ships in May.
Nokia 808 Pureview
The Samsung Galaxy Beam represents the Holy Grail mobile device for mobile professionals who present.
The Galaxy Beam functions as a full-featured Android camera phone. But when you need to make your pitch, just pull out the phone and cast your PowerPoint on any nearby surface. The phone will project a reasonably bright 50-inch wide screen with 15 lumens of output.
And its not just for business. The phone could double as a big-screen TV for starving students, or any number of uses whenever groups want to view pictures, video, TV or movies.
And for people who present, the Samsung Galaxy Beam is way better than an iPhone.
The Galaxy Beam will be the first ever mainstream projector phone available in the United States. Expect it to ship this summer.
Samsung Galaxy Beam
Phone: ASUS Padfone
Smartphone electronics are more powerful than even tablets or laptops were just a few years ago.
The ASUS Padfone is an Android smart phone that plugs into a tablet with a screen the same size as an iPad (10.1 inches). When you do so, the phone now becomes the engine for the multi-touch tablet.
The Padfone takes advantage of the brand new Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, which can re-size itself on the fly. You can also use an optional stylus, aping the functionality of very expensive Windows Tablet PCs.
If thats not crazy enough, the tablet clips onto a full-size keyboard doc, resulting in what looks like a full featured laptop. Again, its all powered by the phone.
Many gadget-happy mobile users have a phone, a tablet and a laptop. Although no pricing has been announced, the ASUS Padfone with all the trimmings will certainly be way, way cheaper than buying an iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air.
The Padfone should be available by summer.
The Danish company Lumigon plans to ship an Android phone called the T2. In addition to looking like a sleek Euro-designed piece of stainless-steel eye candy, the T2 doubles as a universal remote control.
You program it by pointing it at each existing remote control, pressing a button on the remote, then telling the phone which button you pressed. Once programmed, your phone controls your TV and other remotely controllable home appliances just like their dedicated remotes did.
The phone also uses in-the-air gestures like a Wii remote. For example, you can turn the volume up by raising the phone, or go to the next track on an album by moving the phone to the right.
The T2 will ship later this year in Nordic countries, then spread outward from there, arriving in the United States at some unknown date in the future.
These three extreme super-phones are not just a little better. Theyre WAY ahead of the iPhone in specific applications that really matter to people. And theyre just part of the overwhelming assault the iPhone is facing this year from powerful competition.
For example, LG is preparing to ship a no-glasses 3D smart phone called the LG Optimus 3D Max.
LG also announced what it claims is the fastest smartphone in history: The LG Optimus 4X HD. The quad-core phone is as powerful as a PC, according to the company.
If you like the idea of a smartphone PC, youll love the upcoming Ubuntu for Android. The software will turn Android phones into a dual-boot phone and PC.
The way it works is that the installation puts Ubuntu Linux and Android side-by-side on the phone. The phone continues to function normally. But when you plug it into a PC monitor, keyboard and mouse -- or a TV -- Linux and Android both run off the same kernel, and the phone becomes a PC.
Your apps, files and content all function on the big screen, and with keyboard and mouse, but in a Linux environment rather than Android.
The smartphone space is about to launch into crazy new territory with these extreme super-phones.
The iPhone is a mainstream, mass-market phone. And the extreme super-phones are niche products for people with specific needs or obsessions. But together, the new generation of extreme super-phones will be very hard for the iPhone to compete with all by itself.
And whether the iPhone wins or loses, its clear that users are the big winners -- especially power-hungry users who want unprecedented capabilities in the pocket device they carry everywhere.
Ah yes, time for the next crop of “xxxxx phones will beat the iPhone”. And like the other competitors they will fall in the iPhones shadow. People like the iPhone because it’s simple, thin and easy to use. When you get a iphone it comes with 5-6 apps and you buy the rest. Throwing numerous gadgets onto a phone won’t persuade users to use your phone.
I wonder what the battery life on the Galaxy Beam is going to be during a presentation?
Battery life was my first thought as well.
Who needs a 41 megapixel camera?
Who needs a projector built in their phone?
The market for these so called iphone killers will be small.
Not very long...
You could have 100 zillion gabillion pixels and it won't make a good photo if you don't have optics good enough to take a shot that's any better at that resolution. How are they going to fit (and pay for) a lens of sufficient quality in a cell phone to make 41 megapixels any better than 6-8MP?? Typical geek think -- improving the specs on the digital electronic stuff will somehow make a better product without thinking about the mechanical, real-world, meat-space parts of the equation.
The battery is rated at 2000 mAh which gives a lot of hours if you are not using the projector, but then I’m not sure that the projector would be feasible for other than on the spot, short presentations.
Perhaps, but I’m thinking that if the electronics are capable, the mechanics will follow.
Some people will buy a particular phone for a particular gadget, the products will fill a niche.
My particular issue is, as I get older, I have a hard time reading from a little screen. One of those phones with a 5” screen is looking pretty good to me.
I don’t know, unless they’ve made some serious cost and quality advances in lens-making. Maybe.
I like the ASUS Pad Phone concept, because I will be able to use one Wireless Data plan for all of my devices. Right now, I do not have Wireless Data on my tablet or laptop, because there is a separate charge for each account, which is far more expenses than the devices, over time.
What none of these phones have is iOS. I don’t trust any device that requires a Google account for optimum use. I would consider a RIM Playbook if they added 3G and a no contract phone deal for a modest surcharge. HP’s Web OS coulda been a player. But no Android for me.
Why does anyone need all of the bells, whistles, and apps on an iPhone? What bright, shiny new and overpriced features will the next iPhone or iPad3 have?
bleeech.....sometimes too much is just too much
Well, I have a Samsung Galaxy which has been good. Got a hold of a friend's iPhone and found it anything but easy compared to the Droid OS. Smaller screen, more searching through menus. Really couldn't see why anyone would pick that phone other than name recognition.
The kind of overpriced features that will make millions of people want to have one.
Exactly. After a threshold, the quality and size of the lens the dominant factor in picture quality.
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