Verizon iPhone 5 Will Beat Any Android Handset: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-02-08 Print this article Print

News Analysis: The Verizon iPhone 4 will hit store shelves on Feb. 10, and all the early indications are that it will be hugely popular. But it's the iPhone 5 running on Verizon's network that should worry Android vendors most.

As Apple prepares to finally launch its iPhone on Verizon's store shelves Feb. 10, already some are looking toward the iPhone 5 running on the carrier's network. Some wonder if the next iteration of the Verizon iPhone will come with the global support for which customers have been waiting. Others are hoping that it will access Verizon's 4G network.

At this point, there's no telling what Apple has planned for its iPhone 5. Reports of the company delivering certain features haven't been confirmed by Apple. But if one were to examine Apple's past moves and combine many of the more likely features that will be coming to the device, it's not hard to see that an iPhone 5 running on Verizon's network will easily outpace any Android handset. Moreover, the iPhone 5 running on AT&T's network will only help Apple continue to solidify its position in the mobile space.

But just the Verizon iPhone 5 alone will present a formidable challenge, and by all measures, it will easily beat any Android handset it's up against.

Here's why:

1. The 4G possibility

One of the key factors in the Verizon iPhone 5 will be 4G. Currently, Verizon has the potential to reach more than 100 million people with its 4G network. It expects to bring it to even more customers through the end of 2011. Most reports suggest Apple will capitalize on that and bring 4G connectivity to the next Verizon iPhone. If that happens, currently scheduled Android 4G handsets won't have that advantage. The onus will be on those handset makers to find another way to appeal to customers. That might be more difficult than some think.

2. The iPhone will increase Verizon's influence.

Verizon in no way prefers one platform over another, unless one of those platforms offers more revenue potential. Going forward, it's quite possible that the current-generation Verizon iPhone will usher in many more customers to the carrier's network, and effectively put it ahead of AT&T and all other competitors in the United States. If that happens, Verizon will have no choice but to give preferential treatment to Apple. It's quite possible that the next version of the iPhone on Verizon's network will capitalize on that treatment.

3. The forgotten platform?

At the same time, the iPhone's success could have a negative impact on Android. Prior to the iPhone's arrival, Android was the go-to platform on Verizon's network, and companies like Motorola and HTC were capitalizing on this situation. But if Verizon sees more revenue potential with the iPhone than with Android-which seems quite likely-and pushes the iPhone to the top of its marketing strategy, Android handset sales could drop off. As a result, Android devices will have an even harder time competing with the iPhone 5 across the smartphone market.

4. It'll just add more features.

The Verizon iPhone is already appealing to customers. Verizon announced recently that iPhone preorders sold out. If the current iPhone is so appealing to customers, how many more will jump at the chance to buy an iPhone with the many features Apple will likely be making available in the next iteration of its smartphone? As mentioned, 4G will be included, but that's likely just the tip of the iceberg. The iPhone 5 will also likely have international support (more on that in a moment) and an improved design that would only make the device more appealing. If that happens, Android handsets could look less appealing.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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