iPhone 5, hardware not looking very impressive so far….

Leaks are appearing on almost a daily basis now building up a good bit of steam for an announcement of a new iPhone device later in the year, the betting amongst you are probably pegging a September or October announcement.

From the noise of leaks what are probably and what is a best guess?

Based on cases (both build parts and covers) the unit is taller.  Leaks are pointing at a 4″ device which boosts what is probably the iPhone’s weakest area, the screen acreage.

Battery images have leaked recently showing a 1440mAh battery in a slim form factor as you would expect. More at Pocket-Lint.

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New port, yes you will have to stick some converters into your existing docks as the connector has gone from the huge 30 pin dust collector to a smaller connector, though still not micro-USB that would just be common sense …though admittedly would destroy a nice accessories business so that’s business I guess.

Its thin, I don’t mean world record thin, but thin enough that it will probably be pushed as a big buying point.  Not very existing in this day but something to add to the spec sheet.

They moved the audio jack port, why is still under discussion but its gone to the bottom now so well.  Nothing to get too excited about.

So what does this all mean, well if someone put them specs down in front of you as a S3 or One X owner you would think it was some also ran but as its the iPhone I am sure there will be great fanfare and excitement and some sad people with no friends will queue in the street.  In the end though this looks like a catch-up list.  4″ screens are almost a de facto standard now though the iPhone will have its Retina tech in their to make it more sparkly its certainly no 4.8 incher like the S3 or even near its older brother the S2 at 4.3″.

The battery seems lacking for an LTE device, its only a small step above its older brethren and not even in the same world as equivalent LTE devices running Android.  Either this battery is for a non-LTE device or Apple has something special on the software front to stop the battery drain.

The casing is not really anything of a design leap.  You still have your rounded corners, your home button and the odd looking volume buttons that seem a little retro in my eyes.  The port change is more cosmetic as the 30 pin port was a monster and as I have said before it is a lint magnet!  The new port looks better but at the price of upsetting existing dock users.

Overall nothing revolutionary, some tweaks to modernise it a little, and I do mean a little.  The screen is a mere 1 up on the old 3.5″ and the battery seems under-powered without knowing anything about the software.  The dimensions and casing are all OK but again nothing really ground breaking.

If this was a school report I think we would be seeing a ‘must try harder’ particularly as costs are being bandied about of a £600 handset!  OUCH!  Still people who can afford to buy Apple have plenty of money.

‘Suprising’ Samsung numbers…..explained?!?

Some interesting news from the witch drowning court case between Samsung and Apple.  It would appear from the sales figures that the best selling phone from Sammie is the…..drumroll please……Samsung Galaxy Prevail!  OK I know you are probably thinking the same as Gizmodo, whats that piece of crap.  Let me try to explain something that the bloggers and news sources seem to be missing.

Once upon a time there were a lot of devices which we now call feature phones, these are basically ‘crap’ compared to anything made within the last 5 years.  Now think about your folks, your grandparents, old Mrs Smith from number 45, most of them probably have a feature phone and like all good ol folk they want to keep it because ‘There is nothing wrong with it, it makes calls and I can text’.  These people aren’t changing for anybody, the cash in their pocket is more important than some shiny Apple logo or marketing lights.

Roll on a couple of years and the feature phones are a disappearing race.  Now the lower end of the market features cheapy Android devices, and lo and behold the Galaxy Prevail shows its face.  All those millions of feature phones that have sat in dusty desk drawers for years are now being replaced due to failure, bad batteries, whiny kids telling there Mums to ‘get with it’.  The first thing old Mrs Smith from number 45 does is the old ‘sort by price’ and buys the cheapy phone whilst thinking I am getting all this new touch screen stuff and a colour screen, its all win win.

Now this is just my theory, carriers are pushing Smartphones for the obvious cash cow of data and feature phones are dropping out of the bottom slot as they target third world markets to keep the money rolling in for the likes of Nokia.  This leaves an obvious market to be sell to and Samsung are no Apple, they will sell to anyone who will buy and make devices for all sections of the market.

Mrs Smith has her smartphones, carriers have more smartphones out there using data (hopefully) and Samsung are selling a boatload of devices at the bottom end of the smartphone segment, hats off to them they know their target audiences.