Smartphones on the Loose!
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There is no doubt that the market is currently experiencing something akin to a runway of smartphone gadgetry. This has been heightened by the success of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 5, leaving the rest of the troupe far behind. But not for long, because even though the success of one brand leaves in its wake a feeling of disappointment, a little upset ruffling of the feathers. Even now, different brands are making web headlines.
First up is the Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE: This piece is of a sleek and compact design, which bespeaks of a truly high quality piece of technological art; something any owner will be proud to carry. It sports the powerful S2 successor which is packed with special features and is made from durable material. It is equipped with an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, and boasts all of the features already found in the 3G model. These features include a bit 1.4GHz quad-core processor, an 8-Megapixel camera with LED flash and many more social networking functions. All of these features can all be displayed on a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen.
Another is the HTC One XL, perhaps not as sophisticated as the Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, but it certainly compensates for this lack by being a large smartphone with the latest of HTC's One Series. It has a 4.7-inch HD Super LCD screen and is also fitted with a Beats Audio. In addition to its 1080p full HD video recording capabilities plus a 1.5GHz dual core processing power, the XL also carries an 8-Megapixel camera which, when combined with HTC’s Image Chip is a truly efficient photo taking and viewing powerhouse.
Third in line comes the Nokia (NYSE: NOK) Lumia 920 a brand made by the mobile makers of Finland being their first Windows Phone 8 handset graced with the now popular 4G capability. These qualities will augment its array of impressive features which include the 4.5-inch Pure Motion HD+ display, reputed by its makers to be the brightest phone display in the world. It also boasts a practical City Lens application along with an 8.7-megapixel camera placed towards its rear which is designed with Nokia Pure View and Carl Zeiss optics technology. The 920 also features wireless charging attributes, meaning that disconnection from a power source is no obstacle to the user.
In fourth place enters the Nokia Lumia 820. Equally as colorful as its compatriot of the same genre mentioned above, is also categorized as a Windows Phone 8, but features a smaller screen type boasting a 4.3-inch OLED WVGA Clear Black display. Its overall performance is powered by a Snapdragon dual core processor which is powered by a micro 1.5GHz internal electric source. The brand also sports the 8-Megapixel camera as well as full HD video recording. It has a built-in NFC with a large 8GB memory capacity which is augmented by additional free cloud storage of 7GB capacity from Microsoft’s Sky drive application.
So what is the significant issue behind these four highly rated smartphones?
- First, that these brands are all of the G4 make and it indicates that for size and performance, it seems that this memory capacity will be the standard memory size for a long time to come. It has been rumored that though it will be different, the next Apple iPhone will also sport the 4G.This means that all other brands will need to conform to it but improve on its functional performance to gain the upper hand or come up with brands of less than 4G but sporting shape, size and performance to outclass the iPhone 5.
- The second point to make is that because of this tendency there will be juxtaposing and this necessitates a race to improve brands to compete with the best brand, in this case Apple’s iPhone 5. This will definitely mean investment in further research and we should see the results in a couple of years’ time but not excluding an earlier timeframe.
- Thirdly, it is quite likely that many smartphone users will discard their old iPhones and go for Apple’s iPhone 5 in which case a buy of Apple stock now in anticipation of more sales for its next smartphone is a sound choice.
- They may however choose to stay with their current iPhone or mobile phone and wait for the next smartphone which will better Apple’s creation(s), in which case, it would be more logical to see which company will have the know-how and capability to better Apple. This outlook will entail a close scrutiny of the activities of the above 4 brands of smartphones. Either way there is nothing to lose.
TIPS for the Day
- It is a safe proposition now to buy into Apple in view of its wide moat, in anticipation of the release of the next smartphone from the company.
- Though the other smartphone companies are lagging because of their narrow moat, there is a possibility that one or two of them are really committing their resources for further improvements to their product so as to gain supremacy or at least equilibrium in terms of popularity with Apple. I suggest following the activities of 2 or 3 companies as a deciding factor on whether to invest and when!
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