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Samsung Galaxy S3: Is It Still Worth Getting One?

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 was the best seller of 2012. However as we move further into this year, there have been a number of new smartphones to hit the market – in particular we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, HTC DROID DNA, LG Nexus 4 and of course the iPhone 5.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Nexus 4, iPhone 5, DROID DNA & Galaxy Note 2

Apart from the LG Nexus 4, all the mentioned devices are more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S3 when you buy them off contract. Of course, at $299 the LG Nexus 4 is a great deal but it is almost impossible to get one due to shortages over at the Google Play Store, which is the only place you can get it at such a low price.

So based on that, the Samsung Galaxy S3 at around $520 is cheaper than the other rivals which come in between $600 and $850. The next question is that while the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the cheapest because of its age, is it also too old to invest in? The answer is no.

On paper it matches its rivals with awesome battery life, it runs Jelly Bean, has a massive display and still manages to keep up with rivals on benchmarks. As for its actual age it’s up to what you really need. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a very large developer community and if you are into rooting and ROMing than I don’t think it would be outdated soon.

You have to ask yourself if the extra hardware would really make a difference in your daily experience and mind that there is no end for this as even if you get the DNA, Nexus 4 or iPhone 5, you’d probably still be drooling over the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3 or whatever comes next.

So all in all, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has decent hardware, a solid developer community and enough features to help it keep up with the younger phones. So I would still recommend jumping on one.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.