Rise of the Extreme iPhone-Killer Super-Phones!

The iPhone will soon face some very serious competition from smartphones that boast jaw-dropping specifications.
Posted February 29, 2012

Mike Elgan

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The current crop of iPhone killers failed to kill the Apple iPhone.

Many of the iPhone’s competitors are really great phones with incredible screens, amazing cameras, powerful processors and advanced user interfaces. On most specs, the iPhone has been bested by several competitors. But still the iPhone reigns supreme in the market.

Apple made more money on iPhones alone in Q4 than Microsoft did on every product it sells.

What will it take to stop the mighty iPhone?

Don’t look now, but the competition is getting ready to hit Apple’s super-villain iPhone with something akin to the X Men or the Avengers -- a group of mutant super-phones with unprecedented powers and capabilities that vastly exceed anything that has ever been put into any phone ever.

Here is the breathtakingly new crop of extreme super-phones designed to blow the iPhone away:

Phone: Nokia 808 PureView

Extreme feature: 41-megapixel camera!

Wait, a 41-megapixel camera phone? Come on! That’s almost twice as many megapixels as the highly coveted (and uber expensive) Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera used by professional photographers and even blockbuster Hollywood movie makers.

The Symbian-based Nokia 808 PureView is a super phone with a camera in a league of its own. But it’s not what you think.

In normal mode, all those megapixels aren’t used as they would be with a normal camera. Instead, Nokia uses them for an oversampling technology they called PureView. Combined with the built-in f2.4 Carl Zeiss lens, the PureView takes amazing pictures.

PureView works by combing light from seven pixels into one pixel on the image, for a nearly “noiseless” image of breathtaking quality.

Or, you can turn off oversampling and just take gigantic pictures -- or instead of using a camera with a large zoom lens, you can just zoom in on the pixels. It also takes 1080p video, which is pretty crazy for a phone.

For people who like to take great pictures -- and who doesn’t? -- the Nokia 808 PureView blows away the iPhone with five times the pixels and some really advanced optics and technology. Expect to pay about $600 for the phone unlocked when it ships in May.


nokia 808

Nokia 808 Pureview

Phone: Samsung Galaxy Beam

Extreme feature: built-in projector!

The Samsung Galaxy Beam represents the Holy Grail mobile device for mobile professionals who present.

The Galaxy Beam functions as a full-featured Android camera phone. But when you need to make your pitch, just pull out the phone and cast your PowerPoint on any nearby surface. The phone will project a reasonably bright 50-inch wide screen with 15 lumens of output.

And it’s not just for business. The phone could double as a big-screen TV for starving students, or any number of uses whenever groups want to view pictures, video, TV or movies.

And for people who present, the Samsung Galaxy Beam is way better than an iPhone.

The Galaxy Beam will be the first ever mainstream projector phone available in the United States. Expect it to ship this summer.


galaxy beam

Samsung Galaxy Beam

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