SAMSUNG RELEASED its latest flagship smartphone on Friday, the Galaxy S5, and given that it has received some of the best reviews a flagship Samsung device has seen for some time, it could be the smartphone to convince dedicated iPhone users that there are other options out there... Android.
The Galaxy S5, shown off in our video review below, isn't a huge update in terms of design compared to last year's Galaxy S4, and it also faces some fierce competition from the HTC One M8 and the Sony Xperia Z2. So why do I think this phone might be the device to sway Apple fans embedded in the iOS ecosystem?
For starters, the Galaxy S5 offers some very welcome features that iOS users have never had, such as IP67 certification that means it's water and dust resistant, fitness measurement tools such as a built-in heart rate monitor, and an upgraded 16MP camera.
Not only do the small changes that Samsung has introduced with the Galaxy S5 make a huge difference to the overall experience when compared to the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, I strongly suspect that iPhone users are beginning to tire of Apple refusing to give its smartphone a major upgrade over the past couple of releases, and are starting to consider alternatives.
I think this because I have been an iPhone user for two years and I am beginning to feel the same way, and am broadening my horizons beyond those in the realm of Apple because I am losing interest in the iPhone bit by bit, day by day.
During my two year my love affair with the iPhone 4S, it was hard to imagine ever using anything else, mainly because iOS was just so easy to jump into and use. What actually pushed me into choosing the iPhone in the first place was actually Android. I used Android for two years before buying my first iPhone, back in the Android 2.3 Gingerbread days. I had a Sony Xperia X10 before Google developed Project Butter, and performing everyday tasks - even making a call - was tedious and frustratingly slow. When I received my iPhone 4S, it was like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. The operating system (OS) actually worked, seemingly effortlessly, and at that point I swore never to go back to the green robot.
23 months on and I'm changing my tune. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread days are far behind us, and Android is by far a better mobile operating system now than it was then. Saying that, I do believe that it was only in the past year or so that Google's mobile OS has proven itself and offers performance that's good enough to rival that of Apple's iOS.
During my time with the iPhone, I have grown increasing frustrated with the new iterations of the device Apple has launched, as the design and feature set of the phone has hardly changed. I'm starting to envy those growing numbers of Android users I see every day on the Tube with large vibrant screens and waterproof handsets. My two year contract is almost up on my iPhone 4S, and I'm beginning to think that the iPhone just isn't 'all that' anymore.
The thing is, I think this will ring true with a lot of iPhone users who are bored with the same phone and its limited screen size. Apple is going to have to present something pretty astonishing on stage come September when it is anticipated to unveil the iPhone 6, simply to keep its present customers happy, because I think they are eager to see a different design, a bigger screen at least, as well as much better battery life and some unique features that we haven't seen from Apple, or anyone else before.
Sony, Nokia and Samsung have been great at innovating in the smartphone market over the last few years, especially in terms of software and camera features. But Apple doesn't seem to have come very far at all since the iPhone 4, which it unveiled almost four years ago.
It's simple: if Apple doesn't deliver come September, many iPhone fans like myself will seriously consider giving Android a chance, and with the Samsung Galaxy S5 getting such great reviews this week, it could definitely be the phone to help make that happen. µ