The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been the handset that has helped the Korean company to take the top spot in the smartphone market. However Apple hoped that they would be able to change this with the Apple iPhone 5. So should you choose the Apple iPhone 5 with its stable and polished iOS 6 or should you go for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the flexibility of the robust Android platform?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: flexibility vs reliability
Samsung estimated that they would be able to sell around 30 million devices by the end of 2012. However this occurred within just 150 days of the handset being offered for sale. The Samsung Galaxy S3 sells around 200,000 units each day, while the Apple iPhone sold around 5 million units in 5 days of it being on the shelves.
If you happen to be comparing the handsets then hardware isn’t that much different. You may therefore have to choose between the two devices based on the OS. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched with Ice Cream Sandwich and it has now been updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Apple iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 and it is upgradable to Android iOS 6.0.2.
Android has the most flexibility and it comes with a lot more features than iOS 6. However it is let down by stability, which is one thing that iOS is well known for. iOS is famous for the App Store and it has more apps than the Google Play Store. However the Samsung Galaxy S3 is packed with value-added features too like Smart Stay, Direct Call and Touch Wiz.
iOS works without needing to be tweaked and you can change the wallpaper and ringtone and then you’re ready to go. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand lets you change the keyboard, introduce custom launchers, add widgets and so much more. This means that you are choosing between reliability of iOS 6 and the flexibility of Android Jelly Bean.
The Apple iPhone 5 is very fast and it looks superb, plus it has the ecosystem to match. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has everything you could want by way of customisation, however it is less stable thanks to this. So for most folks it will come down to reliability vs flexibility.
If the software comparison still leaves you as gridlocked as the hardware has then you can look at price. Those wanting a device that is contract free will see that the Samsung Galaxy S3 price keeps dropping, while the Apple iPhone 5 price remains high and stable. The base Samsung Galaxy S3 can be had for as low as $520 right now compared to a 16GB iPhone 5 which sits at $649.