Apple iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Why Apple Did Not Find Many Takers In 2012?

For the first time since Tim Cook took over as the CEO, Apple’s earnings ended up lower than expected. The world’s most valuable tech company sure had its work cut out for itself during 2012, thanks to Samsung’s winning bestseller devices. But was that really the only reason why Apple failed to post great profits during the first quarter?

The company generated $54.5 billion of revenue and $13.1 billion in earnings during this period, which translates to $13.81 per share. It did end up lower than the expected values of $54.7 billion revenue, even though the earnings per share was higher than the $13.44 expected by Wall Street. However, Apple did manage to do better than its own expectations – the company had forecasted $52 billion revenue and $11.75 per share in October 2012.

Tim Cook remained optimistic about the results, and went on to note how this was a record revenue earned by Apple in a quarter. Apple managed to sell 47.8 million iPhones, 22.9 million iPads, 12.7 million iPods and 4.1 million Macs during the quarter. However, the company’s forecast for the next quarter is lesser – expected revenue is between $41 and $43 billion, while Wall Street has forecasted revenues of $45.6 billion for the same period.

So what exactly happened to Apple during the period? Was it just because its archrival’s products ended up stealing the show? While it is true that Samsung managed to sell a huge number of Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 smartphones, we doubt if that’s the only reason why the iPhone 5 didn’t find as many takers.

What further pushed consumers away from the iPhone 5 was essentially boredom – there wasn’t much that had changed since the iPhone 4S.  Even though the iPhone 5 is slimmer, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, the overall user experience hasn’t undergone a drastic makeover. Another huge disadvantage was that the iPhone 5 still had a 4-inch screen, in the age of the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 and 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2.

Will Apple make more amends to the next iPhone due to come out sometime by mid-2013 to win back some of its consumers? Can we expect to see a different form factor for the iPhone as well as a new UI for the iOS?… Read the rest

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Would Apple Take On Samsung Galaxy S4 With Dynamic Duo Of iPhone5S, iPhone Math

It was just yesterday that we told you about upcoming models of the Apple iPhone. The rumor was that this year Apple would be releasing the iPhone5S and a 4.8-inch variant of iPhone called iPhone Math. It was also heard that Apple would be adding a 12 MP camera to its arsenal but now there are some alterations in the rumors. It is being heard that Apple would release two 4-inch versions of iPhone and a bigger screen iPhone would be released in 2014.

Of the two 4-inch versions of iPhone, one is likely to be a cheaper version and should have a polycarbonate body. There are chances that this time Apple would offer iPhone in various hues.

According to DigiTimes, 37 million units of Apple have been shipped out, of which 20 million are the Apple iPhone 5.… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 920 Goes Up Against iPhone 5 Commercial, Asks People To Switch From iOS

Now, we know that Nokia’s got its work cut out for itself, going up against the Apple iPhone 5 and a slew of Android phones. But we never thought its colorful flagship phone – the Lumia 920, would start an ad campaign that makes the iPhone black and white ad look so bland.

In an ad released by Nokia Germany, Nokia plays up one of the most alluring features of the Lumia 920 – its range of brightly colored covers, and compares it with the iPhone 5’s drab color choices of black and white. This animated video goes on to describe quite vividly with barely any words how a man gets in line at what resembles an Apple Store to ask for a differently colored phone, freaking out others around him. And when he steps out, he sees people around him flaunting their Nokia Lumia 920’s in a variety of colors.

Of course, in terms of subtlety and class, we have to give Nokia more points over Samsung’s more in-your-face mockery. And in this age of mono-colored smartphones, this ad does go on to highlight a key strength the Lumia 920 has over the other bestsellers – with its happy, quirky color options. But is that going to be enough to make the Lumia 920 a success? Guess we’ll find out soon.… Read the rest

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iPad Mini Sales Injects Hopes For Apple Stocks To Hit The Target Of $1,111

 

 

This season for Apple was all about iPad Mini and iPhone 5. Though the stocks of California based company hit the rock bottom when they plummeted by 28%, the growing demand of iPad Mini in China and Hongkong market injected hopes for stocks to swing back in action.

According to Forbes, Brian White of Topeka Capital is expecting apple stocks to hit the target of $1,111. The positivity for Apple stocks has come from fact that Apple iPad Mini has been a major hit in Hong Kong though it is still facing shortage in the homeland.

The stock of Apple did see a upswing on the launch of iPhone 5. The 6th generation iPhone gave Apple stock a rise of $705 but since then it has been on low. It is being hoped by analysts around the world that Apple shares would rise with the rising sales of iPad Mini.

Apple iPad Mini in available in India for the price of Rs 22,000.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus In Dire Straits, Apple Again Asks For Ban

 

 

 

Even after U.S. Court gave a decision not to put ban on products Samsung Electronics Co, Apple argued that the Court should re-think its decision to knock over the pretrial sales ban on Samsung breach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lower court in California ordered a ban on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smart phone but the .S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit annulled the ban.

Apple argued that this was inappropriate and asked for an “en banc review,” which means more judged would come forward to look at the decision.

The patent over which the companies are fighting is the one which allows the smartphone to search multiple data storage locations at once. For example, the smartphone could search the device’s memory as well as the Internet with a single query.

Apple argued that the sales ban should be reinstated because it uses the patent in question and competes with Samsung.

The three-judge panel had said that consumers are not getting attracted towards Samsung phone because of patent and thus sales ban was unsuitable.… Read the rest

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As Apple iPhone Enters China Will it Save the Company’s Growth

iPhone 5 today hits the Chinese market, which is being seen as the savior for sliding Apple shares. Though Apple is one of biggest smartphone manufacturers but if it’s looking for a long term telecom carrier then its penetration in the Chinese market is necessary.

It has been four years since the Cupertino, California-based Apple has been talking to China’s biggest mobile carrier for distribution. China is one of the world’s fastest growing markets and has quite a potential in the telecom sector. Cracking a deal with China Mobile is absolute otherwise Apple is going to miss a lot of phone users to other brands.

“In absolute terms, this (iPhone 5) launch will certainly result in strong sales for Apple in China. However, in relative terms, I don’t believe it will move the needle enough in market share,” said Shiv Putcha, a Mumbai-based analyst at Ovum, a global technology consultant.

In contrast to long queues at Apple stores in USA when iPhone 5 was launched, Apple store in Shanghai just had one person waiting.

It was reported earlier that China Mobile and Apple were not going along due to some technical issues which later evolved into a revenue-sharing issue.

“China Mobile and Apple still have to solve many issues, such as the business model, articles of cooperation and revenue division, but I believe we will reach an agreement eventually,” China Mobile CEO Li Yue was reported by Chinese media as saying in Guangzhou last week. Apple China declined to comment.

 

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Sony Xperia S vs. iPhone 5: How Do the Two Compare?

Confused whether you should buy the Sony Xperia S or iPhone 5? Here are the primary features of both these phones and how they compare.

Sony Xepria S iPhone 5
Faster Processor: More responsive as compared to Apple’s A5 chip enabled processor of iPhone 5. Xpria S processor has the power of  1.5 GHz where as iPhone S has the power of  1.3 GHz In terms of weight iPhone 5 20% lighter than Xperia S. Also it is 40% smaller in size and thinner as compared to Xperia S.
 Brilliant and brighter screen.  The Xperia screen is TFTLCD as compared to LCD screen of iPhone 5.  Xperia S has 1280×720 resolution which is much higher than 136×640 resolution of iPhone 5. It has  far more internal storage as compared to Xperia s. Xperia S has 32 GB storage as compared to iPhone 5 64 Gb. iPhone5 can easily become the storehouse of entertainment (more music, more pictures, more movies)
Screen Size: 4.3 inch. You would fall in love with Xperia S if you are a lover of big screens. Screen Size: 4 inch. It is off course bigger than iPhone 4S, but if you love really big screens, you would adore Xperia S
Battery: 1750 mAh. Would last you more than a day. Battery:1440 mAh
Sony has always been a winner as far as music is concerned.  Xperia gives you incredible music listening experience. iPhone5 is delight for those who just love apps. The Apple app store is one thing Sony can’t beat.
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 To Come In April, To Have An Unbreakable Screen

Samsung Galaxy S4, the next version Samsung Flagship phone may come with breakthrough unbreakable screen.  S4 is expected to be launched in April 2013. If Samsung breaks the barrier of unbreakable screen then it will be pose serious competition to Apple which is leading the Smartphone market.

The Galaxy S 4 would come with a bigger and better display, powerful qud-core processor and a 13-inch megapixel camera which will make picture quality far better than what it is right now. The ppi may increase to 441 from 306 ppi of S3 and 326 ppi of iPhone 5.

“Looking to the first half of 2013, we see evidence of Samsung likely accelerating the release of the Galaxy S IV – compared with May (this year) for the Galaxy S III,” said UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois. “We believe preparations for volume manufacturing of unbreakable plastic substrate displays continue. All in all, we could see a strong products push in the high-end in the first half, followed by other releases.”

Samsung has been silent about S4.

Sasmung has been the pioneer in developing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display which are unbreakable. It would be dream come true if mobiles and other gadgets come with unbreakable screens.

“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer,” said Mark Newman, an analyst at Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong.… Read the rest

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iPhone 5 To Reach Brazil, Russia and 50 Other Countries

December is the month when iPhone 5 would finally be hitting countries like Brazil, Russia and Taiwan. Apart from these countries, iPhone5 would be available in 50 other countries.

iPhone 5 is better version of iPhone 4S and is the thinnest and lightest. It sports 4-inch retina display and has a A6 chip which gives it a blisteringly fast speed. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 and  is currently available in 47 countries around the world including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK.

Users have two color options in the iPhone 5–black and slate or white and silver. It has been priced at USD 199 for the 16GB model, USD 299 for the 32GB model and USD 399  for the 64GB model. One can get their hands on Apple iPhone 5 from its online store or through Apple authorized retailers.

iPhone 4S is available for just USD 99 (US) and iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract from participating carriers.

iPhone 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7.

From Friday, December 14, it will be available in the following countries:

Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. iPhone 5 will also be available on Friday, December 21 in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.… Read the rest

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Apple’s Brand New Gadget iPhone 5 Still Elusive for the Indian Consumer

Americans got their hands on iPhone5 as soon the phone was launched. The iPhone enticed the buyers at such a fast rate that in just three days Apple delivered five million iPhone 5s to eager buyers.

Apple rolled out iPhone5 around the world in  record time. Around 50 countries, including India, saw the launch of iPhone 5 with a big bang. But even after the launch, most of their countries have not got their hands on the device.

According to Indian retailers, the device reaches them in such low numbers that they sell out almost as fast as they arrive. “Many interested consumers keep calling or coming by to ask for it. Some also put down a deposit, so when stocks come, units are automatically kept aside for them” said an authorised retailer for Apple in a posh South Delhi mall, requesting anonymity.

“We have stopped taking a booking amount from customers since we are not sure when stocks will arrive,” said one of the salesperson.

As per ET at Future World in Connaught Place, an Apple premium reseller, Dipankar, confirmed the shortage of the iPhone 5. “We don’t have any units right now and have no idea when it’ll be available. I can confirm that even our store in Kanpur does not have iPhone 5 in stock. Your best bet is to check back every week.”

People who are eager to buy the phone can go to eBay India and get their hands on the phone. Here, a 16GB iPhone 5 sells for anywhere between Rs 48,000 to Rs 50,000, which is a Rs 2500 to Rs 4500 over the maximum retail price.… Read the rest

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