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

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-02-08

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

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.

Apple iOS Still Superior to Android

5. A single Android device can't beat the iPhone 4.

It should be noted that, as a whole, Android will beat iOS-based device sales this year. But that's mainly because there are so many Android devices on store shelves appealing to customers, and Apple only offers the iPhone. But on a unit-by-unit basis, Android-based products haven't been able to keep up. The Samsung Galaxy S line of smartphones is popular, but they aren't iPhone-popular. The same can be said for Motorola's line of devices. If those products can't beat the iPhone 4, what makes anyone think they will be able to beat the iPhone 5?

6. Expect international support.

The next iPhone running on Verizon's network will almost undoubtedly feature international support. What that means for customers is they will be able to use the device on a GSM network around the world. For consumers, that's not necessarily a deal-breaker with the current iPhone, but it is for enterprise world travelers. If the Verizon iPhone 5 features international connectivity, the business world might move to that device in droves.

7. The price might be right.

If Apple has done anything right, the company has been able to maintain an affordable price point for its iPhone each successive year without sacrificing quality. Currently, the Verizon iPhone is selling for $199 and $299. Even with several improvements, it's highly unlikely, given Apple's recent pricing history, that the iPhone 5 will be any more expensive than that. If the iPhone 4 is wildly popular at that price point and beating Android on a head-to-head basis, there is no reason to believe that an updated version of the device won't continue to enjoy such success later this year.

8. The current slate of devices doesn't seem groundbreaking.

The Verizon iPhone 5 will be taking on several top competitors in the mobile space this year, including the HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution and Droid Bionic 4G, among several others. But a quick glance at those devices reveals that they're not all that groundbreaking. In fact, their upgrades seem rather incremental. Take, for example, the long-awaited HTC ThunderBolt, which is exclusive to Verizon. The device comes with a 1GHz processor, a 4.3-inch display and an 8-megapixel camera. Those are certainly nice features, but they aren't so overwhelming when compared with the Verizon iPhone. The LG Revolution comes with support for 4G and has a 4.3-inch display. But is that, along with its high-definition support, really enough for people to choose that device over an iPhone 5 that will likely feature several upgrades? It could be a harder sell than some Android lovers would like to admit.

9. Android isn't iOS.

Those who love Android might not like to hear this, but Android 2.2 still isn't capable of matching iOS 4. Google's platform is well-designed, but it's not as polished as iOS 4, which features nice visuals, clean transitions and other features that make the experience of using the platform a bit more rewarding. According to Verizon, the LG Revolution and Samsung's upcoming 4G smartphone will both run Android 2.2. Some of the top Android devices run that platform, as well. For Android customers right now, using Android 2.2 is as good as it gets. But the average consumer looking for an improved experience might just opt for iOS, which will be running on the iPhone 5.

10. Consumer trust must play a role.

It's indisputable that customers trust Google to create a worthwhile experience for them online and in the mobile market. But when it comes to actually choosing a device, customers trust Apple more than any other vendor. Sales of the company's iPhone, which outpace the competition, are enough to prove that point. According to Samsung, it has sold over 10 million Galaxy S smartphones since their launch. During the fourth quarter alone, Apple sold more than 16 million iPhones. It's a huge discrepancy. And it speaks to the trust customers have in Apple products. Now that the iPhone is on Verizon's network, one shouldn't expect that trust to suddenly vanish with the iPhone 5. 


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