SMARTPHONES ARE ALL GOOD THESE DAYS; TO STAND OUT THEY NEED NEW FEATURES THEIR RIVALS DON’T HAVE. WHO’S ON TOP HERE…?
iPhone 6 Apple’s Pay is not the first NFC-based cash system, but it looks amazing in terms of its simplicity and potential.
In the near future you’ll be able to weld a multitude of credit and debit cards to Apple’s Passbook, tap the phone at checkout, confirm with your fingerprint that it’s you, and be off with your lovely new carrots or flat white in no time.
Apple Health looks more impressive than Alpha’s equivalent. Apple joins Samsung in offering a mostly accurate barometer to work out how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed and adds the ability to sync with third-party devices to track how many calories you’ve munched/hours of deep sleep you’ve had.
However, it’s a more hidden innovation that could prove the biggest. ‘Metal’ is the name Apple’s given the way its new CPU and GPU can work together to create new worlds, promising nothing less than “console-style games on iPhone”. If Tim Cook’s lot and their cabal of devs can pull this off, the sky’s the limit.
Galaxy Alpha Android phones have been able to offer NFC payment systems for a while now, and the Alpha will let you securely pay for goods via PayPal and your fingerprint.
It’s a move that’s only going to get more useful, as PayPal takes over the entire world of retail. However, like Apple Pay, this system needs a little longer to bed in, so why not check your heart rate while you’re waiting? Unlike on the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S, there’s no barometer, however.
Gaming is a big deal on Android too and Samsung’s powerful processor makes the most of what’s out there. When Android L rolls around later in the year it’ll be further enhanced – the days of dedicated portable consoles really do look to be numbered now.
Ultimately, as with the iPhone 6, there’s nothing truly innovative here, but the range of tweaks, upgrades and variations on offer is still highly impressive.
Register your fingerprint via the Alpha’s screen and tie it to your PayPal account. Et voilà: you may now purchase from eBay and a plethora of other outlets with your digit. It also allows for payments to actual people and, as PayPal diversifies, probably in actual shops, eventually. It is, in theory, compatible with any tap-to-pay system.
Draw Truly new features are thin on the ground – that’s the case across the smartphone world – but the Alpha and iPhone 6 both feel cutting-edge, with plenty of power and sensors for
devs to exploit.