iPhone 5 Or Samsung Galaxy S3? Here’s How To Choose

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Both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are top of the range devices and it can be hard to choose between them. So to make it easier, let’s take a look at some specs and features of both smartphone.

iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3: choosing the right one for you

The screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was said by iSuppli to be the better of the two handsets. This was due to its being just 1.1mm thick and it offering the full gamut based on NTSC. The iPhone 5 is 1.5mm thick and gives just 72% of the gamut. It is also much larger which makes it great for games and media.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has ICS and this means more customisation options than with iOS 6. The Samsung Galaxy S3 will also be getting the update to the latest Jelly Bean OS very soon and should be even better. iOS 6 of course is easy to use and works out of the box as it is more streamlined than Android. The better of the two is down to personal choice. If you love tinkering to make a device your own (and we’re talking about more than ringtones and wallpapers) then the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a better bet. If you want something that “just works” then go for the iPhone 5.

You can charge the Samsung Galaxy S3 with any microUSB cable, while the iPhone 5 uses its own special cable. In the past you could use a cable from an iPod, however Apple have now changed the connector and you would have to use an adapter to use older accessories with the new iPhone 5.

If you keep your music collection on iTunes then you may prefer the iPhone 5. However for flexibility, the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes out tops as it doesn’t rely on any sycning software – just plug and play into any computer.

There are certain apps that you can only get with certain OS’. On the other hand all of the popular apps are on both handsets. If you want Google maps you cannot get it with the latest iOS 6, but it is available on Android. Some apps which you don’t have to pay for on Android are paid apps in the Apple App Store. This is because developers pick different models based on getting the best conversion. For Android, developers find it is better to stick ads in their apps, while the iOS apps should be ad-free and must be purchased.

If your friends and family have an iPhone then you can avoid carrier’s text messaging services by using iMessage. There are apps for Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 to do the same but your friends will all need to be using the same app for it to work. iMessage is universal for iPhone users.

One of the best ways to decide which handset is the right one for you is to test them out for yourself and hold them. The iPhone 5 has stylish looks and is high quality and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is high quality too but does look plasticky. The S3 has a larger screen and it has NFC support. The iPhone 5 has apps that are more polished than some of those on Android. If you want an unlocked version of the device then you will pay less if you choose the S3 compare to the iPhone 5.

So, have you made up your mind?

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.