To be frank, 2012 wasn’t exactly the most exciting year in the world of mobile, eh? The highlights probably being the stupidly popular Samsung Galaxy S III, the iPhone 5 breaking the 3.5in iMould, and – oh yeah! – LG causing an unexpected fuss with the Google Nexus 4.
We’re less than 10 days into the New Year, but already it sounds like 2013 might be significantly more interesting (fingers crossed).
As always, I’m going with the no-particular-order thing. Ready? Let’s dance.
There’s a general feeling that Apple has to pull something out of the bag with the iPhone 5S. The thought of a slightly better camera and slightly faster processor in an identical shell doesn’t exactly get us hot and bothered.
As such, we’re quite excited about the prospect of an iPhone 5 in multiple colours and two sizes. That’s more like it!
Of course, yours truly predicted the size thing in Crystal ball craziness. See, with the iPhone 5 at 4in and the iPad mini at 7.9in, that leaves a nice little space in the middle (6in give or take) for a larger iPhone. And Samsung et al have already proved that there’s a market for massive devices.
Samsung Galaxy S IV
There was something we didn’t quite like about the Samsung Galaxy S III. Maybe it was the Pentile display, or the host of stupid features like Direct Call, or the fact that it was “Designed For Humans” (sigh), or the cheap-looking exterior...
The interesting thing about the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S IV is that it’ll fall just 0.3in short of the original Samsung Galaxy Note, with a 5in (surely 1080p) display. Oh, and it’s also tipped to have an S Pen stylus. We like.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
With the aforementioned Samsung Galaxy S IV creeping into Samsung Galaxy Note territory, it’ll be interesting to see where Samsung’s third phablet goes. Well, the only way is up, I guess.
A very early Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumour (it probably won’t land till IFA 2013 in September) suggests it’ll have a monstrous 6.3in display. And people laughed at the 5.3in Samsung Galaxy Note.
In any case, it’ll be interesting to see how the inevitably bigger Samsung Galaxy Note 3 goes down. How big is too big?
LG Optimus G2
If you’d told us 12 months ago that one of the biggest stories of 2012 would be the LG-built Google Nexus 4 repeatedly selling out, we would’ve pushed you down the stairs.
But that was indeed the case. Heck, even now the 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4 are “SOLD OUT” over on Google Play.
Of course, that’s largely because of the stupidly low price and Nexus branding. We’ll be interested to see how much – if at all – the Nexus 4 has boosted LG’s reputation with Johnny Smartphone Buyer.
It’ll be pretty easy to tell when the rumoured LG Optimus G2 drops. It’s expected to have a 5.5in 1080p display, quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera. Sounds awesome, though there’s every chance the impressive hardware will be crippled by shoddy software. Prove us wrong, LG.
Sailfish, Tizen and BlackBerry 10
With iOS and Android continuing to rule the smartphone roost (and Windows Phone making minimal impact to date), it’s about freakin’ time someone came along and mixed things up.
Enter: Sailfish. And Tizen. And BlackBerry 10.
With Sailfish, a team including several ex-Nokia chaps is looking to keep the MeeGo dream alive; Tizen is an open source Samsung/Intel venture, and already has a ton of backing; and BlackBerry 10 is, er, the new BlackBerry OS. I’m hoping for a souped-up BlackBerry Bold Touch.
Gaming wise, I’ll inevitably wet myself when Infinity Blade Dungeons is released for iOS. In the meantime, you can check out the official trailer over at the Infinity Blade site.