Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: Tricky vs Slick(y)

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been a real star for the company, as it’s the best selling phone of 2012. Apple launched the iPhone 5 a few months after the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the pair have been battling since. Which should you go for – the iPhone 5 or the S3?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: OS a big  factor

Samsung thought they’d sell more than 30 million Samsung Galaxy S3s by the end of the year, but it reached this target after just 150 days. It’s still selling 200,000 units a day. The iPhone 5 sold around 5 million in just five days, and is now on sale in 50 more countries, which has helped sales figures no end.

There’s not much difference in hardware, so you’ll have to rely on OS to decide for you – iOS 6 or Android Jelly Bean…..

iOS 6 is the more stable of the two, and Android is more tricky but flexible. iOS 6 means a huge choice of superb apps from the App Store, and Android has the smaller Google Play Store. The Play Store has a few Google extras, though, as well as some Samsung extras like Direct Call, TouchWiz and Smart Stay.

iOS 6 just jumps out of the box and gets going, so there’s not much customisation room. You choose your wallpaper and ringtones and you’re away. Android is way more flexible, though, with custom ROMs, keyboards and launchers. It’s down to you – streamlined or flexible.

The iPhone 5 is backed up by an amazing ecosystem, and it is wicked fast. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is as flexible as you’d ever want, but its OS just isn’t as stable and can be hard to master given how robust it is.

You’ll also have to think about off contract or on contract. An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 is way cheaper than an unlocked iPhone 5, and is getting cheaper by the month, while the iPhone 5 is standing still at $650.

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