iPhone 5 Competition Roundup: Galaxy S2, Droid Bionic and More

The Apple iPhone 5, rumored for release in September, continues to be the smartphone on everyone’s lips, or so it often seems. However we’ve written many articles now about rivals for the iPhone 5 from Android handsets and we thought it might be useful to give you a competition roundup of Androids on the march.

The Android operating system is now the top OS in the U.S. with Apple’s iOS in second place. The specs for the iPhone 5 (or 4S) have not been confirmed yet but based on what we know so far from news and speculation it’s likely to have an A5 dual-core processor, 512MB or 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch Retina Display, 8-megapixel camera and storage of up to 64GB. We are more unsure over whether it will have NFC capability and 4G LTE but it’s very likely it will have the latest iOS 5.0 operating system and hence the delay from an expected summer release.

An article over on International Business Times has suggested some of the top Android rivals and we’ve added a few ideas of our own to detail the Androids that we think are the main threats to Apple’s iPhone 5. Click on the links to our previous articles for more on these particular smartphones.

For example the Samsung Galaxy S2 seems to be very popular right now in the countries that have seen a release and is said to be coming to major carriers in the U.S. from next month. With a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display which has received high praise, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera and running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this handset has a lot going for it although there’s no confirmation yet of whether it will 4G LTE compatible.

The Motorola Droid Bionic is also a handset that is much anticipated and rumored for release this summer on Verizon. This smartphone was delayed for enhancements and the improved ‘new’ Bionic is rumored to have a 1GHz dual-core processor, a huge 4.5-inch display, 8-megapixel camera, will support 4G LTE and also run on Android Gingerbread. More recently we’ve heard of the Motorola Photon 4G, which will feature global 4G connectivity. It will have a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera and also run on Android Gingerbread. This one is due to be released on Sprint this summer.

Next up come two HTC smartphones. The HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile features 4G connectivity of course. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super LCD screen, 8-megapixel camera and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Meanwhile the HTC EVO 3D is coming to Sprint and also uses Gingerbread, is 4G compatible and features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It also has a 4.3-inch qHD display and a 5-megapixel camera (although we should point out that this phone is 3D capable).

Only yesterday we published a comparison of the iPhone 5 to the recently leaked Google Nexus 4G. This smartphone is due for release in November but looks well worth waiting for. Specs are hugely impressive including either a 1.2 or 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4G connectivity. It will also have a rumored 4.3-inch display, 5-megapixel camera with advanced sensor and will support NFC (near-field communication). The difference with this handset is that because of its later release it should be running on Android 4.0, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, which should just have been released.

So there you have it. This roundup includes just a few choices of prominent Android competition to the iPhone 5 but of course you may have suggestions of your own. If you have then please do let us know with your comments. Which of these smartphones is likely to be the main rival to the next iPhone?