The well known Consumer Reports reviewed the brand new iPhone 5s and 5c models think while it holds the improved processor, better camera, and new fingerprint sensor in high regard, CR states that Apple can't compare to Android devices that offer larger, sharper displays and higher-capacity batteries.
According to Consumer Reports:
"...battery life was still notably shorter than you are on other phones within our tests, including three from the latest Droids from Motorola, which ran for as long as 24 hours. Also, their small screens, while sharp and bright, can't beat the bigger, sharper displays that adorn flagship models from Samsung, LG, and HTC."
Looks like Apple will have to take another page from Android's book and abandon its fixation with more compact displays whether it hopes to stay competitive. While hauling out phablets without notice to make a phone call isn't everyone's cup of tea, the numbers don't lie. Bigger might not always be better, but Samsung has been selling more of these devices.
451Research on consumer smart phone survey shows an explosive wave of momentum is catapulting Samsung to its all-time high in a ChangeWave survey, even as Apple demand remains strong three months after the iPhone 5 release. The December 11-27, 2012 survey took a close-up look at North American smart phone trends, with 88% of the 4,061 respondents residing in the US.
The survey indicates that Samsung sales could see strong early gains in 2013, while interest in Apple's iPhone takes a hit. Samsung's Galaxy Note II in particular made a promising showing, meaning consumers are eager to wrap their hands around big screen devices.
Samsung posted an 8 percentage point game, bringing anticipated demand from 13 to 21 percent overall, much of a climb is "unprecedented" in their survey history. The Samsung Galaxy S III was the most desirable of Samsung handsets, with 69 percent of overall demand, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was a surprise hit, with 23 percent of all Samsung consumer interest. Overall, consumers reported considerable interest in "phablet" devices, with 27 percent reporting they wanted a screen that's at least 5-inches. The 4 to 4.9-inch category still rules with 52 percent of interest, but clearly, consumers are liking the idea of big screen phones.