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Mike Zitz writes about consumer electronics and gadgets for fredericksburg.com

The iPhone 5 is here! Yawn. Wake me when the iPhone 5S arrives.

As distasteful as I find Apple’s outsourcing of American jobs while it racks up record profits, I was thinking about buying an iPhone 5 when they go on sale online Friday and in stores Sept 21. I was excited–until today’s unveiling of the new device.

Yes, it’s a great-looking phone.

Its all glass and aluminum body is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.

It has a bigger, 4-inch screen.

Its new A6 processor is faster.

Its new operating system, iOS 6, is cooler.

It had 4G LTE capability.

It has a camera that’s supposed to work better in low light than the iPhone 4S’.

But my reaction is a yawn. Maybe Apple has caused me to become jaded. Maybe I expect too much from it in terms of innovation. But the Earth hasn’t moved for me. I don’t have the desire to plunk down $200 or $300 for this one. At least not yet.

There will be long lines to buy the iPhone 5 on Sept. 21. There’s no doubt it will be a big success.

But, for now, at least, until I get a chance to test the new iPhone, it seems to me that it’s not a game-changer and that Samsung’s Galaxy S III, launched in May, is a more interesting phone and probably a better phone.

Check out the Associated Press’ comparison of the two phones:

By the Associated Press

A head to head comparison of the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III.

iPhone 5

iPhone 5 specs:

  • Display: 4-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels.\
  • Memory capacity: 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes, depending on price. There’s no way to expand it with memory cards.
  • Price: Starting at $199, for 16 gigabytes of memory.
  • Size: height: 4.87 inches; width: 2.31 inches; depth: 0.30 inch (124 x 59 x 7.6 mm)
  • Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 1.2-megapixel on front.
  • Video recording: high-definition (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio.
  • Battery life: Talk time is up to 8 hours on 3G. Internet works for up to 8 hours on LTE and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Up to 10 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by service personnel only.
  • U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and others.
  • Network compatibility: 3G networks worldwide, plus 4G LTE networks in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, U.K., Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Operating system: Apple’s iOS 6 (will also be available for download to older iPhone models)
  • Near-field communications: Not available.

 

Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III specs:

 

  • Display: 4.8 inches (diagonal) with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels.
  • Memory capacity: 16 or 32 gigabytes. Can be expanded by up to 64 gigabytes with a memory card.
  • Price: As low as $99 for basic model
  • Size: height: 5.4 inches; width: 2.8 inches; depth: 0.34 inch (137 x 71 x 8.6mm)
  • Weight: 4.7 ounces. (133 grams)
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 1.9-megapixel on front.
  • Video recording: high-definition (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio.
  • Battery life: Up to 9 hours of talk time (depends on network). Battery replaceable by user.
  • U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and others.
  • Network compatibility: 3G networks worldwide, plus 4G LTE networks in the U.S., Canada, South Korea and some other countries.
  • Operating system: Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google’s Android.
  • Near-field communications: Yes. This lets the phone acts as a credit card with some payment terminals and lets it share data when tapped against some other phones.

 

 

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