The choice between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 is a hard decision to make as they are both superb handsets. However there are many reasons why you might want to get the Galaxy S3 as opposed to the iPhone 5 and vice versa depending on your needs.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: how to pick the right one
Recently iSuppli said that the display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was much better than that of the iPhone 5. The report from them said that the screen of the Gaalxy S3 is just 1.1mm thick and provides users with the full gamut of the NTSC. The iPhone 5 on the other hand is 1.5mm thick and has just 72% of the gamut. However this does not mean that the display is the best, but it does have the best technology and hence outshines Apple’s Retina Display.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with Android 4.0 ICS and Android devices have more customisation choices than iOS. This means there is more flexibility with the S3 than there is with the iPhone 5. There is also an update to Jelly Bean for the S3, which means it will be even better than before. Of course more customization doesn’t necessarily mean a better experience for everyone. Some folks prefer to get something “that just works” right out of the box and is streamlined as such so you don’t spend anytime fiddling with it to make it your own.
There is also the factor to take into account that you can use any micro USB cable and charger with the Samsung Galaxy S3, this you cannot do with the iPhone 5. The S3 means that you will be able to use any cable that you have lying around your home from other devices.
You could do this with the iPhones of the past if you owned the iPod for example. However Apple has changed the connector on the iPhone 5 and so you cannot use cables from other Apple devices. It also means that you cannot use your old accessories without an adapter. Another problem will be that the iPhone 5 charger is supposedly not so easy to product so it will be a while before there are third party manufacturers offering it at lower prices.
You have to take into account whether you are a fan of iTunes of course. If all of your music is on iTunes then iOS 6 may be the better choice. However if not then the Samsung Galaxy S3 has more flexibility.
There are also some apps that you can only get on a specific OS. However nearly all the popular apps will be available on iOS and Android. Also bear in mind that with the iPhone 5 there is no longer Google maps and many apps which are free on Android are strangely paid apps in the App Store. This is believed to be because app developers find it more profitable to serve ads on the Android version of their apps then asking users to buy it. It may prove to be worse for Google Play’s revenue but not its Android users.
If your family and friends use an iPhone then you can message them using iMessage on the iPhone 5, which allows you to bypass your carriers text messaging service. However it is possible to get an app on the Samsung Galaxy S3 that does the same thing. But do take note that if you choose to be on Whatsapp then so must your friends. With the iPhone 5 you’re all under the same umbrella already.
When considering which of the two handsets to go for you may wish to go to the store and check them both out for yourself. This way you know what they feel like in the hand and you get to see the looks of them both side by side. The iPhone 5 is more stylish while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has that larger display and more flexibility (NFC, removable battery, expanded storage, custom launchers & keyboards, etc). What it all comes down to is features vs apps. The iPhone 5 has access to the most polished apps out there for smartphones. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 gives you more features than you can shake a stick at. Also, if you’re planning to buy the devices unlocked, the Samsung Galaxy S3 will cost you upwards of $200 less (both 32GB model compared).