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Chart: iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3 vs. One X vs. RAZR HD

Apple is wrapping up their iPhone 5 announcement as I type this, but so that you can see how this new phone of theirs stacks up to the top dogs in Android, I thought a chart would be a good way to display it. As you can see, Android devices have been doing what the iPhone 5 introduced today, for months now. But truthfully, Android devices have moved in a completely separate direction and the iPhone is driving down its own path. Android phones are big, the iPhone remains smaller. Android enthusiasts care a lot about specs and seem to want OEMs to push the envelope, while Apple is more into fine tuning and making incremental updates. Comparing them is sort of silly, but that’s what we do in the tech world. And while a chart only tells one side of the story, the paper side, it’s still worth a look.

  • Answer2K1

    Thank goodness you put names under the phones!

    I was completely confused as to which one was the iPhone but I did point out the Motorola.
    But isn’t this just the “iPhone 4S HD LTE”, but then again, after typing that, I’d have called it “5″ too.

  • Inquizitor

    You do realize there’s a dark grey HTC One X as well, right? My dad has had it for months…

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Apple is claiming 8 hours of LTE uptime. That I just can’t buy, especially since their chart says 8 hours for both 3G and LTE. There is no way they are getting 8 hours of LTE, but then again no more than 8 hours 3G. I call shenanigans.

    • Answer2K1

      That was slide they sped through at LTE speed: pretty much every tech blog mentioned that they kinda gloss over that really fast.

    • Anthony_Armando

      that was one of the first things i looked at and quickly bulked. that figure must be at “idle” because it will automatically set the 4G radio to idle/off when not needed. maybe it will automatically kick 4G on only if ios detects that it will need it for a certain data stream. ie, web browsing, video streaming, etc.

      i do have a hat ready to eat though if need be.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    I love how they call the connector Thunder when in reality it can’t work with true Thunderbolt! I guess they’re trying to trick all the technology illiterate people into buying it.

    • http://twitter.com/standingidlyby Arjun Seth

      the connector is called Lightning, and I think it’s their dumb play on the Thunderbolt on the Mac. I’m too busy laughing at everyone who’s about to buy their new adapter.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        lol that was a dumb move making a different adapter! I feel bad for the people who just bought a brand new car with the connector built in, now they have to deal with an extra rectangular adapter if they upgrade.

        • http://twitter.com/standingidlyby Arjun Seth

          well the cars usually had USB inputs and the lightning is still usb enabled, but I bet there are some cars out now that just won’t connect to the ios6 firmware and that’s a bummer. I mean… that’s hilarious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Hoffman/1529652018 Michael Hoffman

    112g. WOW, that’s light. I wonder if all the writers out there are going to rip it for feeling too light like they did for every Galaxy phone ever released.

  • hkklife

    Galaxy Note 2 or bust if you want a phablet. GS3 or RAZR HD MAXX if you want a “big” phone. The iPhone 5 is as late arriving to market as the RAZR HD is, and both would have been a lot more impressive 6 months ago (ie before the Galaxy S3). Apple will still sell oodles of 5′s to people who are slack-jawed over LTE and having a “big” screen.
    I still would give anything to see a 5″ Moto Nexus Phablet with a Tegra 3 or S4 Pro before the end of the year but that’s likely to never happen. Moto seems to be very conservative when pushing the screen size boundaries, for whatever reason.
    I have to admit, the carryover iPhone 4S does make a pretty good showing as a 16Gb $99 handset compared to big red’s current $99 devices like the G-Nex or RAZR M or the Atrix HD on AT&T. I bet all of the teeny-boppers and soccer moms will go nuts over the free iPhone 4s for “free” too. It is also nigh miraculous how long the IPhone 3GS lasted in the marketplace–remember, folks, the 3GS came out BEFORE the OG Droid and it’s still receiving official iOS updates (though how well it handles them is up for debate).

  • Ryan Kratochvil

    damn kellex, no love for comparing to g-nex?

  • Finire

    Doesn’t samsung hold the patents, and produce the screens for the icrap? Why can’t we just have sammy have “factory issues” and stop producing the screen. I know it’s a low blow, but is it really any lower than crapple has already stooped?

    • Detonation

      Contract Obligations.

      • Finire

        I’ll be glad to err… “help out” at the factory until there is an issue that some loophole I’m sure exists for…

        • fixxmyhead

          lol

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        There could be a random accident or fire that starts from “unknown reasons” lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/douglas.martin.5076 Douglas Martin

      Apple has contracted Sony and LG to start producing their screens. They have been reducing their dependency on Sammy for awhile.

  • luis quintero

    the Snapdragon S4 its a QuadCore not DualCore

    • Paul

      the S4 is dual core. the S4pro is quad. They are not the same thing,

  • luis

    the S3 proccesor is QuadCore not DualCore

    • Morris

      depends what carrier and country

  • Guest

    pretty sure the iNferior 5 has bluetooth by the way

    • Finire

      Bluetooth 4.0, no NFC… I know, the small lines are difficult (seriously, no sarcasm), but the chart isn’t THAT far off..

  • Suck it iPhone

    If you have common sense then you can see the clear winner here. The SIII trumps all of these devices except in battery life which by the way gets me through the day and then some

  • Finire

    Galaxy S3 @ amazon.com for $99… Just saying the new chart is outdated.

  • http://twitter.com/ezbbycame2play E. Echols

    I hope one of the android manufacturers advertise how their phone can make NFC payments and the iphone can not.

  • Neutral

    Anyone surprised how Apple brought A15 to the table?

  • Nexus FTW

    wow they actually didnt do anything innovating this time around. Usually they have at least ONE thing “cool” going for it. Its about time they made the screen bigger…not by much, but its finally bigger. Almost all new android phones have 4.3 or larger now.

  • Brian Winning Jr.

    It just looks like they stretched out the 4S. Looks like crap.

  • jdrch

    Missing from the chart: the fact that iPhone 5 lacks an HD screen. Pretty underwhelming release if you ask me. The GS3 will still be the best phone available when the iPhone 5 drops, which is pathetic for Apple considering the relative age of both devices.

  • Droidzilla

    The only good reason to buy the iPhone 5 over the others is . . . um . . . uh . . . what were we talking about?

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      The new lightning connector is pretty cool, other than that, it’s a dud.

      • NotTheTodd

        If by cool you mean “you get to buy a fat ugly adapter so you don’t have to buy all new accessories” then yes

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I’m going to hug my Galaxy SIII today :)

  • sholtkamp

    One thing I like is the single dual radio chip. That’s probable how they are able to keep battery life decent.

    • willstilson

      Isn’t the S4 similar?

  • Fly_Dog

    Even if I was an Apple fan, I’d say iPhone5 = Weak. Probably somewhere a lonely Apple FanBoy will say “Insanely Greattttt!!!!!!”

    [edited for extra snark]

    • ERIC REED

      As an Apple fan I was excited. LTE, bigger screen, HD front facing camera and improvements made to almost all parts of the phone. How is this disappointing to people who use the iPhone?

      • billy routh

        Because all they did was play catch up to every device out there and didn’t introduce nothing special

        • ERIC REED

          They release one phone a year. Sure all features will not be new, but they will work extremely well!!

          • Answer2K1

            But let’s be honest, their following and marketing are so top notch that they could’ve shrunk the phone, left out the camera enhancements and STILL sell 10 million units by Christmas.
            And it seems like the real money is made from discounting the previous two models also. A 4S for $99! A 4 for free! Fuhgetaboutit!

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        I think everyone was hoping for something new. This is an improved version of something old. Put a turbo in a camry and it is still a camry. If you like the Camry, great, if not, you certainly aren’t any closer to buying one like this. Apple builds excellent products, everyone is aware of that. (hardware wise) For the past 5 years, everyone (droid folks and all) have been waiting to see what the new WOW product will be. I would bet good money that the only reason the screen is bigger is due to the needs for a larger form factor to house a larger battery to support the LTE radios.

        • ERIC REED

          If you like your Camry you’ve had and want a new car with upgraded features then by the newest Camry. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make your product better for your consumers.

          • Futbolrunner

            Right because it’s still a Camry. Some of us opt for the BMW of phones.

          • ERIC REED

            Well good news you can pre-order it on the 14th!!

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            That is exactly the point. We are all happy that you enjoy what you have, but for those of us who don’t like theold Camry, we wanted to see something that would add some type of temptation to entice us towards the new Camry, something that would tease us a little but spur new innovation. If your new Camry came sporting an HD radio with a 300hp engine that got 40mpg, we know that Honda, Ford, and Chevy would follow suit. Then we all win. ;)

          • ERIC REED

            Oh Man that would be one awesome Camry…lol

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            lol… :) to be honest, I would be forced to at least take a test drive..

      • Fly_Dog

        Eric, I appreciate your presence and don’t want to be rude. I think the iPhone 5 It should have aimed higher. LTE and screens 4 inches and up are commonplace outside of Apple, and have been for all of 2012. Overall the hardware specs are at best even with already released phones from others. It seems underwhelming for a phone that will likely be Apple’s premier model for a year.

        One CNet commenter: “I love Apple, I own Apple everything except the iPhone,I must say Apple you dropped the ball with the iPhone5.”

        Best,
        Bob

        • ERIC REED

          Android has a ton of options I get that. This year alone I have owned the Galaxy Nexus, Razr Maxx and the S3. But iphone owners are a different camp. They just appreciate upgrades to the simplicity that is the iPhone. It doesn’t need to be the Galaxy S3 for them to enjoy. And in my opinion it is still the best looking phone on the market. The design did not need to be changed all that much!!

          • JoshGroff

            I agree on the design, but I wish Apple allowed for a more customization on the software side.

          • ERIC REED

            A little more customization would be awesome…

      • JoshGroff

        Compared to the changes from the 4-4S, I’d say this is more of a game changer, LTE and the larger screen size alone make it quite a catch. Not to mention the HD front facing camera, panoramic pictures, and what not.

        • ERIC REED

          Agreed…

  • http://profiles.google.com/steve07204 Steven Delaprida

    im feeling i made a mistake buying an S3 when the Razr HD might be just as worthy and ive always been a moto fan except the locked bootloaders

  • moelsen8

    this event was more “bleh” than last year’s. they “perfected” early-2011 technology, they really did. too bad it’s fall 2012.

  • James

    So much for the future of NFC.

  • fixxmyhead

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT LOOKS SOOOOO………………………………………..THE SAME

    seriously this is it?

    • josh

      hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/afgbruins21 Arian

    Is that aperture for the Razr HD confirmed?

  • TheWenger

    Since this thing has no NFC, I see it as an excellent opportunity to really push Wallet and NFC. They have a whole year to establish more thorough penetration of Wallet before the iDevice even thinks about it. Unless Apple uses some other method than NFC (like Starbucks using QR codes), NFC and Wallet need to take off fast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.philip.rogers Jonathan Rogers

    I smell Samsungs lawyers already starting the process with the announcement of 4G LTE support being official. Let the birth of LTE patent wars begin!

    • http://twitter.com/AMPthe13th Adrian M. Petty

      Begun, the LTE patent war has!

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      If Samsung and HTC win I will throw a party! A win and consequently a product ban on the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 would render Apple useless during the busiest shopping season of the year and hopefully between the overwhelming price of Lawyers and no profit, Apple will go belly up and die in a fiery hell.

  • andy
  • S.Ober

    How come you don’t have the Lumina 920 in this review? LMFAO!

  • King of Nynex

    Second year in a row that I’m totally disappointed in Apple. I’m not gonna buy an iPhone, but competition breeds innovation. This iPhone is basically what the iPhone 4s should have been. All these features are now considered standard now.

    • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

      The sad thing is everyone was disappointed by last year as well, then a few weeks later convinced themselves it was the greatest technological achievement to date and it broke sale records.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        Because iSheep don’t care what the device looks like or has! I literally had one this morning that said he would buy it no matter what. This was before the announcement!

        • ERIC REED

          Please please please post this again!!!

        • axeman25

          @Champion1229:disqus
          Hmmm. So even though it broke sales records and continues to dominate the market, everyone who buys it is an ‘isheep’? You don’t own an ipod or anything? Sticking with your Zune?I know it’s kinda like trying to understand why Justin Bieber has sold all those albums.LOL. Maybe that sheep you were talking to actually likes apple products for a legitimate reason? Have you ever bought an album from a band the day it came out even though you haven’t heard it? Just because of the bands name.

          • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

            What I don’t get is why anyone would buy an ipod or any other personal music player when they own a smartphone already.

  • Kane

    I would like to point out that the Galaxy S3 is expandable to Infinity and Beyond us a USB OTG adapter, i can use my 32gb S3, with a 64gb microSD, and a 128gb usb flash drive all at the same time…. LOTS of storage!

  • Justin

    Don’t forget – the iPhone has a NanoSim card. Not sure what difference that makes, but it’s something CNet has been all over.

    • RobMorris

      With the micro sim it has more room for an SD ca….oh wait

  • Laki S.

    I’m still being hopeful that I’ll get a RAZR Maxx HD in my hands soon… If not, I’m totally ready for a new Nexus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robstunner Rob Wisz

    One X is the best bang for the buck according to this

  • Steven Fields

    I like how the iPhone5 now has a new connector. However, I like even more so that every iPhone zombie has to buy new adapters (which adds about an inch to the connection, not to mention less stability) or buy new docking devices all together.

    Specs don’t challenge any Android device out on the market today. The only positive I’ve seen is:
    1) Single Radio chip – we’re all getting there eventually anyway, and
    2) SOOO many points of reference to pre-existing technology/software.

    I can’t wait for the legal battles…

    • http://twitter.com/PepperCop1 PepperCop

      Agreed. The i-Drones will have to turn in unison and move in a different direction like a school of fish. I’ve also seen some emerging posts of i-Bots proclaiming that the new screen is “perfect” (the same i-Bots who previously proclaimed that the tiny 4s screen was “perfect” and anything else was “too big.”) LOL. Steve Jobs is rolling over in his infernal grave laughing at what he created. A true evil genius, that Lebanese bastard was.

    • neutral

      A15 and potentially SGX543MP4 easily trumps any Android phone out there.

      • jmasterj

        Did they say it was an A15?

        • Justin

          On a somewhat similar sidenote, isn’t the S4 an A15 cortex (maybe it was an A9 with better tech than an A9?) with the SGX543MP4? Or is that the S4 Pro Quad Core?

          • neutral

            No, actually S4 is close to A15 but the actual performance is slower than A15 (S4 Krait does 3.3MIPS vs 3.5MIPS for A15). Adreno GPUs in general do not even come close to SGX543MP2, MP4 would be way out of reach.
            If you look at http://www.anandtech.com/show/6275/our-apple-iphone-5-live-blog search a15.

            thanks.

    • jseah114

      Not to mention that Apple is going to charge $30 for the adapter as well.

  • Buckoman

    “Oh, you don’t like our product lineup? Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of THE FOO FIGHTERS!!”

    - Tim Cook

    • TheRobotCow

      HahaGoogle created GLaDOS at I/O this year hahaha

    • JoshGroff

      Heck yeah!

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    How about a features chart…. You know all the awesome things we’ve had for quite some time! LOL

  • Tony

    Looks like its stacks up to the competition pretty well

    • Booyah

      Well, that’s going to be Apple’s top of the line for the next year. Imagine what Android will do in that timeframe.

      • fart salad

        pump out 20 more phones from various manufacturers that wont see updates beyond 6 months after launch?

        • JoshGroff

          Also, 3 Nexus phones that will also outclass the iPhone 5 and get timely updates (for the GSM unlocked versions of course.)

          • ERIC REED

            Your beloved Nexus has not outclassed a single phone that I’m aware of..

          • JoshGroff

            I’m talking about the next batch… Of course last year’s Nexus doesn’t top this year’s top devices.

          • ERIC REED

            They better really make improvements to this years Nexus, because the last one was a bit disappointing. But I will say the screen was a thing of beauty!!

          • JoshGroff

            Well, they have 3 chances to do so, and I’m interested to see what Sony has up their sleeves.

        • Booyah

          I’m on Verizon and get very timely updates (rooting).

    • Chris Malkiewicz

      Surprising… Could have done more!

    • stupidllama

      i think you mean caught up.

  • MichaelFranz

    honestly, the 326PPI is nice and all, but really the untrained eye will not notice the difference…

    the only thing going for it is the HD front camera…..

    ..but wait didnt the nexus 7 just have its hacked to do 720 video, so that means other camera may be able to be hacked for it, just saying maybe. if anything that camera in the front is the only thing i see.

    I will say i am upset about no NFC. I was hoping for it because lets face it, if apple has it, the people will adapt to it. meaning more places to use NFC payments. That was a disappointment

    • will bartlett

      i was sooooo hoping for NFC…id like to use google wallet at more places than walgreens and cvs…

      • MichaelFranz

        i work for a retail POS company and we alreayd did the google wallet mod for American Eagle and Foot Locker stores. There are more store on the Horizon to use NFC enabled devices. We are also working on ISIS products

        • John

          Nice, thx

        • Southrncomfortjm

          Hey, you shouldn’t talk that way about your company!

          • TheKaz1969

            I see what you did there!

          • Tutunkari

            Stands for Point Of Sale.

          • Southrncomfortjm

            I know, otherwise it wouldn’t be a joke!

          • MichaelFranz

            haha…point of sale not piece of sh*t

      • Jackson

        711 and Hess gas stations have it too lol

        • will bartlett

          neither of those exist in minnesota.

          • Jackson

            Damn

    • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

      I’d agree with you on the ppi thing but to be honest, GSIII an iPhone 4 side by side, IP4S still looks sharper. Don’t know why.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jaxon.wright Jaxon Wright

        smaller screen size will make things look better

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        My new iTouch has the newer display and there is something to be said about it. It is very, very clear. You rarely notice because very few things actually display that well but every now and then, something just pops out at you. The SIII is an awesome display and nothing to goff at, but the retina display is pretty sweet. Seeing is how it is made by Sammy, I don’t know why they don’t use it themselves.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.t.roach.90 Andrew T Roach

        Try putting it side by side with the One X. Super LCD2 is the best display on the market. S3 is a great phone but it’s screen and build quality leave something to be desired

  • select

    Wow, no NFC for apple? I htink they will regret that in a few months when both isis and wallet with nfc payments are available on all new androids

  • mustbepbs

    No NFC is pretty lame. Apple dropped the ball on that. I was really looking forward to an iProduct having NFC to spark the need for more support.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      That is the ONLY good thing about Apple copying features Android has had for a while, widespread support thanks to the millions of Apple sheep.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        I had one sheep say to me today, I don’t care what it looks like I’m buying it!” I suddenly had the urge to smack this guy on the back of the head for being so stupid! (This was this morning before the announcement)

        • TheKaz1969

          surprised you didn’t hear, “I don’t care what it costs, I’m buying it!”

        • ERIC REED

          Come on champ..please post one more time somewhere so I can go and find it and write this again!!

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            I only posted it twice, it just happened to be that the two posts got put right next to each other.

    • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

      Need to save something for next year

      • CivilDroid

        and the year after that…

    • nightscout13

      Apple always implements features one at a time, so that next year the new model will seem better.

  • Darren

    My S3 seems so much thicker and heavier because of the extra 21g and 1mm thickness. ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/G8orDroid Dexter Lundy

      … and extra inch of screen, extra gig of ram, etc.

      • ryanallaire

        1/2 inch of screen :)

        • http://twitter.com/AMPthe13th Adrian M. Petty

          .8 inch of screen… which is closer to 1.0 than 0.5?

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      I can’t even lift mine anymore. Off to the Apple store.

      • ERIC REED

        Alright I grinned reading that…

    • Joe

      yes but I will take that with an extra G of Ram :P

    • tnfcngs

      So basically NFC chip + 1gb RAM = 21g? I’m even sometimes scary of how light the s3 is, sometimes I don’t even feel it in my pocket and I freak out!

      A guy with the iphart 4s once lifted my s3 and said “Oh wow, this is really impressively lightweight!”… after a second he rethought and rephrased: “too light for my taste, my phone weight is just right”
      Next statement: “iphart5 is lighter! Can you imagine!?” Meehh

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        September 11: iSheep complain that anything over 3.5 inch display is too big
        September 12: iSheep praise Apple for making a 4 inch display on their phones

        I will never understand why the iSheep love Apple!

        • axeman25

          Even my grandma knew 2 months ago that they were going to have a 4″ screen. There was no surprise whatsoever in that.

        • tnfcngs
          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Did you read the article or just the title?

            Here is a direct quote from the article, “… the iPhone will always look like it’s doing much better than it really is.”

          • tnfcngs

            I read the article on its full and the comments on its full… it has come that low as I’ve made a comment with just the word “very” that has been down voted 16 times…. dafuq?

  • Josh Flowers

    as it’s been said before, “Apple should sue themselves for copying the iphone 4S”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I26T5S34AY4UDT7IJF6HWYS3CE Anthony

      Yes. They should

    • Where_is_NFC

      No NFC=Apple Fail. I guess iFans will need to wait for the i5S before getting NFC. Although I am sure most Android users were hoping Apple would include NFC to quicken adoption by companies (i.e. cars, hotels, restaurants, concerts, door locks, etc.)

      • nightscout13

        Introducing the new, iPhone 5NFC!

        • http://twitter.com/LavernFGarcia Lavern F. Garcia

          I was really looking forward to an iProduct having NFC to spark the need for more support...AppleMillionaireProject.webs.com

        • tyguy829

          ….S

          • nightscout13

            I wonder, when Apple releases NFC on the iPhone 6, will the iSheep be amazed with the “new” feature?

      • ERIC REED

        Or we don’t care to have it. Had it on my Nexus and S3 and didn’t use it once.

        • moelsen8

          But would you if every store you went to supported it? I would, definitely. Unfortunately, I don’t do all of my shopping at Rite Aid. This is why I wanted Apple to include NFC.

          • prestone1

            exactly, these things take a while to become adopted. if apple would adopt it, then it would catch on much faster. not having to carry your physical wallet around is a great thing. i love the starbucks app, i really wish more stores would follow this road or the nfc one.

          • vzio

            and where will your drivers license / ID go?

        • prestone1

          you didnt use it because you didnt want to use it. can be used at any credit card machine with pay pass or with any other nfc device to transfer content.

          • JoshGroff

            I don’t use it on my N7 or my G-Nex, just not a fan of the idea of NFC.

          • prestone1

            have you ever once used nfc?

            there isnt much use for it on the n7 for payments, however it is great for transferring content between the gnex and n7. i do it with mine, especially in a hurry.

          • JoshGroff

            Not really, there’s not much transferring that I do in general though, outside of dropbox.

          • vzio

            when you have friends or relatives, or meet someone new, its nice to be able to easily transfer contact information, photos, links etc Any application that is open decides what to send to the other device, so you can send youtube videos etc just by touching the back

          • vzio

            not even to transfer things back and forth? It makes things so simple…

          • ERIC REED

            Way to hit the nail on the head…

          • Guest

            Yes, but why? CC reading machines are so ubiquitous at this point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a store that didn’t support CCs. What does NFC offer that a CC doesn’t?

          • prestone1

            the need for a CC…

            why do you drive to work, when you can take the bus? they are taking you to the same place? if i dont have to carry around a CC, id rather not have to

          • Guest

            I have no bus that goes to my work. It is a poor comparison as well: the convenience of a bus (supposing there was one) compared to a car is greatly overshadowed by a regular CC compared to Google Wallet. I already have a wallet for my ID and occasional cash, an extra 1mm of thickness does nothing, however a bus would be significantly less convenient than a mode of transportation that does not lock me into a specific route on a specific schedule.

          • prestone1

            i cant argue with stupid. carry your CC everywhere you go.

          • vzio

            Some
            Buses have NFC boarding passes

          • vzio

            yea it would be one less thing that could be lost, stolen etc

          • vzio

            options

        • John Davids

          That would be because adoption in the consumer marketplace has been dismal to non-exsistant. Primarily because most vendors follow what Apple does. I can promise you that if the iPhone 5 launched with NFC that every hotel, airline, gas station, and restaurant worth their salt would be scrambling to be NFC ready.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            that is so incredibly true! Before the end of the year there would commercials everywhere offering NFC payments and NFC docking stations and light switches and information hubs

          • cooksta32676

            And their new beautiful, elegant, and innovative payment system.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dakota.wooster.7 Dakota Wooster

            I wonder if they would call it “iWallet.” Just a guess.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591401138 Craig Trunzo

          Perfect answer from an Apple Sheep/Lemming

          If apple didn’t include it, it doesn’t deserve to exist.

          I use it at gas stations, grocery stores. I use it to unlock my house, shed, garage.

          • John Davids

            I’m confused. Are you calling me an iSheep? If so, you have way missed your mark. I am about as anti-Apple as you can get. However, I am also a realist. To say that there wouldn’t be a huge outpouring of NFC support from the payment community because the iPhone 5 included it would be just willful ignorance. Love them, hate them, or otherwise…Apple and their iPhone command extreme brand recognition and loyalty, something that a multitude of other sectors have been capitalizing on for years.

          • AJA0

            How do you use it to unlock your house? That’d be epic. What if your phone’s dead?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591401138 Craig Trunzo

            I have an Insteon system in my home. The have an NFC module. I can unlock it with NFC, but normal keys work too :P

          • vzio

            There is a bunch of tutorials online… you can use bluetooth also… I would suggest having a back door that is a regular bolt lock

          • AJA0

            Thanks man, I’ll look into it.

        • aznmode1

          But also NFC can be used for NFC tags which I care more over NFC payment.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Exactly. NFC is a terrible payment option. But its fantastic for information gathering and setting changes. Imagine walking into a restaurant and being able to put your phone down on the table and the menu shows up on your screen. Or checking into a hotel and putting your phone on the counter and the weather came up with a list of popular places to go and eat popped up. How amazing would that be?

          • Shane Girodat

            That was Bill Gates original vision for Microsoft Surface.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Yea i remember Surface. But what makes it even better is the fact that its mobile.

        • Crack Monkey

          As android phones around the world outpace apple you’ll start to see a shift in the market. Apple has not come up with anything new in a while. They prefer to spend their time suing rather than innovating. Given that the iPhone 5 was nothing new other than a slightly larger screen and a faster processor even apple fan boys are starting to wonder if apple is not falling behind.

      • http://twitter.com/Wil_Payne Wil Payne

        I can honestly think Apple may pursue an entirely proprietary mobile-payment technology that will gain a huge marketshare to make companies adopt to hem and screw over Android.

        • prestone1

          i was thinking the same thing. sad thing is, it would catch on faster than nfc has

      • http://www.bureau42.com/ David E. Smith

        I’ve still got a Google Nexus with NFC. Recently uninstalled Google Wallet, the only program I ever had that used NFC, because I’ve only used it three times in the past year. NFC hasn’t really gone anywhere so far.

        • vzio

          You obviously don’t have any clue what else NFC can do… if you have others who have a device which has NFC, then you can transfer almost anything instantly… for example if you have a photo, contact, map location, webpage or youtube video open you just touch your phone to the back of another device and you tap the screen and it will transfer… no pairing or anything.

      • MicroNix

        Don’t be too hard on Apple. They had to have something magical for the iPhone 6 next year!

        • Jt

          yep…a 4.3inch screen

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominic-Dymond/100001294455283 Dominic Dymond

            Doubt they would increase the screen size again. There weird pixel numbers are magical

      • Gnorb

        OK, honestly, does anyone USE NFC for anything right now? Are there devices that use NFC (other than Android smartphones)? I’ve never seen one, so really, I don’t know. I keep hearing it’s supposed to be this big, important feature, but… outside of the Android community, I’ve never heard of NFC being used anywhere.

        Don’t get me wrong, new tech and new standards are cool and all, but I guess I’m sort of expecting this horde of things using NFC, or business taking NFC payments or… something. But I guess I’m just not looking in the right places.

        • vzio

          my local Mcdonalds has NFC payments and I am in a small town in alaska… there are about 30 or so other merchants that have it, with more coming on board soon… Search google for “See where Google Wallet is accepted.” I use it alot with my nexus 7 as my grandma has one, and a friend..

    • Naga Appani

      Finally
      a Product that’s got nothing new to the current generation of
      technology yet can fool millions around….Welcome back 2010… Stop
      getting fooled u iTrolls… Learn from Mistakes… Meh Meh Meh

    • Chronon7364

      iPhone 4S2

    • http://twitter.com/barski_x barski_x

      Who uses NFC anyway?

      • michael arazan

        NFC by me includes 7-11, BP, PetCo, Macy’s, another clothing store at the mall and some other gas station but not a quiktrip. Walgreens by me had one but never turned it on or set it up cause no one ever requested to use it before.
        More business’ need to adapt it for functionability, maybe when isis hits more companies will adapt to it because the carriers will market it better, right now the average person has no idea what it is or does.

  • Guest

    Any Benchmarks on A6 to Snapdragon S4?

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    The only one I care about is the Software column and they all fail for not saying “Android 4.1″

  • Andrew

    Is that the iPad mini in the picture?

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    Ha…

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    Amazing