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Samsung Galaxy S3 A True “Smartphone” Unlike iPhone 4S

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S are both the top smartphones on the market right now. However looking at the great advancements Samsung has integrated into its S3, does the iPhone 4S still deserve the “smart” in “smartphone?” Let’s take a look at some of the “smart features” in the Samsung Galaxy S3 to answer that.

Samsung Galaxy S3 A True “Smartphone” Unlike iPhone 4S

Facial recognition is one of the deciding factors in the battle of the brains between the iPhone 4S and the S3. The 4S just doesn’t have it. If you want to just look at your phone to unlock it, then go to settings, then security, then screenlock and face unlock. SmartStay will then ensure that while you’re looking at the screen, it will not go dim.

Samsung are also ahead of Apple in direct calling, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is so clever that all you have to do is make a move – raise the phone to your ear – to activate a call to any contact displayed on screen. To get a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S3, all you have to do is swipe the screen from right to left with your palm.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is rather svelte, and could be said to make the 4S look a bit husky. It’s possible that the new iPhone 5 will change this and it’ll have a bigger screen to compete with the S3. The iPhone 4S is a design classic, though, as well as being simple to use. The S3 and its Android platform takes some getting used to. Style-wise, it’s a dead heat.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is smarter, but it’s also more complicated – you have to set it up to how you like it before you can get the most out of it. Siri, however, just pops up by holding the home button down. Siri is, unsurprisingly, one of the iPhone 4S’ most hyped features as when it comes to the word “smart”, it is the first thing to come to mind.

The iPhone 4S 8MP camera is fab, and it also has HD video recording, but this doesn’t beat the Samsung Galaxy S3 camera’s burst mode or the fact that you can take a photo at the same time as you’re recording in HD.

With the iPhone 4S, you have to use a sharing app to transfer files, but the S3 has S-Beam. All you need to do is tap two phones together and then pick the file you want to share. This nifty trick puts the Samsung Galaxy S3 right to the top of the class. The S3 is also hands-down the quicker of the two.

So, Samsung is smarter right now, as the S3 has some brilliant features and user-friendly functions. The voice on S-Voice is also more naturalistic than Siri. The thing that most people don’t realize, though, is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was designed to compete with the iPhone 5, not the iPhone 4S, so Apple hasn’t sent its best gladiator out just yet.

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.