Why Verizon iPhone 5 will have huge impact on Androids

With all the fuss surrounding the Apple iPhone finally being released on Verizon this week it’s easy to get carried away with all the pre-order news. However we’ve already begun to look ahead to the iPhone 5 and some of our recent posts include a rumor roundup, a rumored launch at WWDC in June and even why it might be best not to buy the Verizon iPhone 4 now but to wait for the iPhone 5.

The Verizon iPhone 4 release tomorrow is bound to impact upon Android phone sales, for a while at least, but what about an iPhone 5 on Verizon? Will that have an even greater impact? An article by Don Reisinger over on eWeek got us thinking about this, because he looks at ten reasons why a Verizon iPhone 5 will beat any Android handset. That’s quite a claim and obviously the article is based about what’s likely to come to the iPhone 5 and not what is confirmed, but we have to say that Reisinger makes some extremely convincing points.

The first thing looked at is the possibility that a Verizon iPhone 5 will be 4G. The upcoming months will see some impressive Android 4G phones on the way, such as the HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Atrix 4G and Motorola Droid Bionic, and this could give them the edge over the current iPhone, especially with the expansion of 4G networks. However, take the 4G advantage away from these Android phones and they may struggle to appear different enough to appeal.

Another factor is that the iPhone 4 becoming available to Verizon may just generate so many more customers to Verizon that the carrier will begin to promote the Apple handset over current Androids. Also if the Verizon iPhone 4 is already proving popular despite the fact that an iPhone 5 is coming in the next few months, imagine how many more customers will jump to the next-generation iPhone when it has been updated and has new features.

The next point is that although the Android platform has recently outsold iOS devices this is mainly because of the large choice in Android handsets whereas Apple’s iPhone is its only handset. Upcoming Androids such as the Thunderbolt ,already mentioned above, are looking set to be popular yet despite these newer Androids the Verizon iPhone 4 already smashed records for pre-sales on it’s first day, so just imagine the impact a Verizon iPhone 5 will have.

Reisinger also looks into other aspects such as pricing, international support, a look at Apple’s iOS as opposed to the Android OS and more and concludes by pointing out that customer trust also plays a part, stressing that customers trust the Apple brand over other vendors.

All of these points do make it seem like Android vendors may have worrying times ahead once a Verizon iPhone 5 makes an appearance but we know that there are many Android fans out there that would dispute this. We’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Maybe you think that the rise of Androids is still inevitable, or perhaps you feel that the iPhone 5 will be a big threat to that? Why not let us know by sending your comments please.