Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: Smartphone Shootout

 

1. Design 

Samsung’s designers deserve credit for managing to make a phone with a large 4.8-inch display so light and thin. Yes, the S III is considerably taller and wider than the iPhone 5 (5.4 x 2.8 inches vs 4.9 x 2.3 inches), but the 4.7-ounce design is certainly manageable. Heck, it’s lighter than the iPhone 4S (4.8 ounces). Nevertheless, those will smaller paws may find the S III too much to handle with one hand.

Our biggest beef with the S III is its plastic chassis; it’s fairly solid, but feels cheaper and more slippery than the iPhone. We’re also not fans of mixing and matching a physical home button beneath the screen with two capacitive buttons that literally disappear after a few seconds. (Peek-a-bad!) However, it is nice that the S III’s back is removable

The iPhone 5′s design is practically perfect. It’s not only the thinnest smartphone you can get in the U.S. (0.3 inches vs. 0.34 inches for the S III), it’s nearly an ounce lighter than the iPhone 4S at 3.95 ounces. The aluminum-and-glass design looks better and feels more like a flagship product.

Though we didn’t experience it on our unit, there have been some complaints about scuffing on the iPhone 5′s backside. 

Winner: iPhone 5

Apple knows industrial design better than anyone else, and it shows. The iPhone 5′s combination of premium materials and light weight puts this smartphone in a class by itself.



2. Expansion and Accessories

There is something refreshing about the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5, which is 80 percent smaller than the 30-pin dock connector on the iPhone 4S. Unlike micro USB, this connector is reversible, so there’s no wrong way to insert the charger. Unfortunately, Lightning doesn’t accommodate older iPhone accessories, so you’ll have to either purchase a $30 adapter or upgrade those add-ons.

Because the Galaxy S III uses the much more widely adopted micro USB connector, you’re much more likely to have an extra cable laying around your home or office, making it easier to charge or sync in a pinch. Plus, Samsung includes a microSD Card slot, which gives users the option of upgrading their storage.

Although a lot of third parties are making Galaxy S III cases and other add-ons, we expect the number of iPhone 5 accessories to soon far surpass that number. 

Winner: Draw

The Samsung Galaxy S III makes life easier with a micro USB connector and microSD card slot for expansion, but the universe of iPhone 5 accessories is already starting to explode.

3. Display

The 4.8-inch size of the Galaxy S III’s Super AMOLED screen is a key selling point of the device versus the 4-inch iPhone 5. Samsung’s display also has a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, which fits considerably more content on the screen at once. When looking at the New York Times home page on both phones, we saw several more headlines on the S III, and we didn’t feel the need to zoom in as much to make out text.

The iPhone 5′s 1136 x 640 screen is taller than the iPhone 4S, providing enough room for another row of icons on the home screen. Apple also updated all of its own apps to take advantage of the extra real estate, and now developers are updating their own wares.

When watching the “Skyfall” trailer, a close-up of Daniel Craig looked brighter and more detailed on the iPhone 5. We could also make out details in darker scenes. The gray on James Bond’s jacket also looked green. On the other hand, we prefer the larger screen of the S III or watching movies because of its size, even if the colors were oversaturated.

Overall, the iPhone 5′s display is far brighter than the S III’s — more than double. On our light meter, the iPhone 5 registered 525 lux, compared with a measly 213 lux for the S III. This delta is especially noticeable outdoors; the S III just looked dimmer.

Winner: Draw

Samsung wins on size and resolution — this is the phone we’d rather watch video and surf the Web on — but the iPhone 5’s screen is significantly brighter and has more natural-looking colors. 

4. Audio

The back-mounted speaker on the Galaxy S III gets fairly loud without sounding harsh, although we noticed that the sound wasn’t as pronounced when we put the phone on a table. When we played the Nicki Minaj “Superbass” video at maximum volume on both devices, the iPhone 5′s speaker offered louder and richer audio.

We also played the same Coldplay “Clocks” track on both phones using the same earphones. At least to our ears, the audio quality was equally good on each device: loud, crisp and with plenty of warmth in Chris Martin’s voice.

Winner: iPhone 5

Despite having a smaller body, the iPhone 5 has a better set of pipes. 

5. Interface and Software

Powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich (a Jelly Bean update is coming), Samsung Galaxy S III scores serious points in this round for the enhancements it has made to Google’s OS. This starts with a lock screen that includes shortcuts to four applications, including the camera. The iPhone 5 only includes a camera shortcut.

Here’s something else the iPhone 5 doesn’t do: let you access settings right from the notification area. Pull down from the top of the screen on the S III and you’ll be able to toggle everything from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to GPS and Airplane Mode. Plus, you can dive deeper into the settings by pressing the settings button in this menu.

To evoke a nature theme, Samsung includes a ripple water effect animation on the home screen when unlocking the device (which is fun) but makes you listen to a “bloop” sound effect when making on-screen selections (which is annoying). You can turn off the latter. 

Like other Android phones, the S III features seven home screens you can populate with app shortcuts and widgets, while the iPhone 5 is limited to static icons. The main home screen features a weather widget that shows the current conditions, date and time.

While there’s a handy Google search bar on the home screen, the S III no longer supports universal search like the iPhone 5 does. You can only search the Web from this bar, while Apple’s Spotlight search feature searches everything from email to apps.

The iPhone 5′s iOS 6 interface continues to be easier to use than any Android phone, but it’s largely unchanged from previous models. The one major difference is that Notification Center now includes two separate shortcuts for posting to Twitter and Facebook. 

Multitasking is also the same as before. You double tap the home button to see your open apps, then press and hold icons before you can close them. The S III makes this much easier with its Recent Apps menu. Just press and hold the home button and then select the thumbnail for the app or swipe it off the screen to close it. It’s a more straightforward approach, but we noticed lag getting to this menu. 

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S III 

Samsung easily wins this round because its interface does a better overall job of saving users time.  

6. Features

The S III has so many more abilities than the iPhone 5 — and your standard Android phone — that Samsung includes several pop-up hints to help you learn everything this device can do. Some of our favorite features include the plethora of motion-activated gestures.

For instance, Direct Call lets you dial a contact on your screen just by holding the S III up to your face. You can also scroll to the top of a list by tapping the top of the phone twice and mute calls by flipping the phone upside down on a table. Want to watch a movie while you check your email? There’s Pop Up Play for that, which is like picture in picture on a phone.

One of the S III’s coolest gestures involves barely any movement at all. Smart Stay keeps the screen from dimming by enabling the front-facing camera to look for your eyes. Pop Up play 

An even bigger area of focus for the S III is sharing, and the phone has several variations on this theme. Leveraging the phone’s NFC chip and Wi-Fi Direct technology, S Beam lets you share large files between two S III phones by tapping them together.  

Another clever feature is Share Shot, which lets you broadcast images to other nearby S III phones (and soon the Galaxy Note II), which is a fun way to share photos while at a party or concert.

However, the iPhone 5′s Shared Photo Streams feature goes one step further. You can share photos over the Web — not just a local Wi-Fi connection — and it’s easy to add images to a Photo Stream later. Plus, you can like or comment on photos, similar to Facebook. 

Other iPhone 5 features are hit or miss. For now, Maps is more of a miss, despite the fact that you get free turn-by-turn directions and 3D Flyovers for certain cities. The amount of out-of-date information, out-of-place landmarks and other errors caused Apple to apologize and even recommend Apple Map alternatives.

We do like the Facebook integration that iOS 6 enables, which includes contacts and the ability to share photos, articles and more with a tap — just as you could before via Twitter. Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy S III (and all Android phones) offer more sharing options.

Passbook is a work in progress on the iPhone 5, providing access to loyalty cards, boarding passes, tickets and more from a single interface. The S III doesn’t have this capability, but its NFC chip should enable mobile payments (assuming the carriers get their acts together). At least the Sprint version of Samsung’s phone supports Google Wallet.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S III

Between the multitude of sharing options, clever gestures and NFC support, the Samsung Galaxy S III is simply more feature rich than the iPhone 5.

7. S Voice vs. Siri

Samsung has been accused — and found guilty of — copying Apple, and S Voice does not help the company’s cause. Although it’s powered by a third party (Vlingo), S Voice is a shameless rip-off of Apple’s voice-powered assistant. Both tools have a microphone at the bottom of the screen and present results on a black background inside little boxes. As it turns out, though, S Voice isn’t a bad copycat.

With the S III, you can use S Voice to navigate to an address (and not worry your phone will send you off a cliff), schedule appointments, post Twitter updates, open apps, get the weather and find restaurants. We had to repeat many of our queries, but S Voice is certainly competent. Siri is just a lot smarter.

Ask Siri what the weather is going to be tomorrow and she’ll tell you. Then say “How about Thursday,” and she’ll still know you’re talking about the weather. Ask the S III the same series of questions and it will ask you perform a Web search about Thursday. Using Apple’s assistant is more like a conversation.

Plus, with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, you can do a lot more with Siri now, such as look up sports scores, movie times and reviews, and even book a restaurant reservation via OpenTable. 

We also found Siri’s voice recognition to be more accurate, which may be due to its three microphones and noise-canceling feature. When we asked Siri to set up an appointment with Mike, she asked which one, and S Voice didn’t even get the name.

Winner: iPhone 5

Whether you’re dictating a text or looking up info, Siri is the more reliable assistant.

Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: Smartphone Shootout

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptopmag.com, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. Confused Says:

    Did you honestly compare LTE speeds on completely different days and take that to be an accurate comparison? And you write for a tech magazine?

  2. john Says:

    lolz so biased.Well its better to do a comparison of s3 jelly bean as it has been released and also faster due to project butter and has better battery life also google now

  3. Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief Says:

    I don’t think those updates are available yet in the U.S. but we will certainly test those features out when the upgrade goes live.

  4. Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief Says:

    4G tests were conducted same days at same time and same location. Same thing for web browsing tests.

  5. AndroidFansPathetic Says:

    Hahahaha. So funny how pitiful and sad these Android fans are. Every time the iPhone is deemed a winner, in any way, shape, or form, they scream shenanigans.

    So predictable. Android fans: You may have your widgets and customization, but when it comes down to what people really want, the iPhone does that in spades.

    People want silky smooth apps and internet browsing, along with an easy to us UI. Apple has all that. Samsung/Android are still playing catch up. How do I know this? I own an HTC One X and an iPhone 5. Every time I find an awesome app on iOS, I check Android and 9/10 times its either clunky or a knock off.

  6. Rron Says:

    What about the prices?. Or all of a sudden, its no biggie that apple likes to overcharge with their products?.
    And to be fair, i own a galaxy S3, and i will not say that the iphone 5 is better in anyway, apple always lacked flexibility about their products, on the other hand android os proved to be much more user friendly, by this i mean modification. not just outside UI, but i mean modding the OS itself!. U can practically do anything u desire to the performance that the S3 brought up. So next time u judge, make sure u say this:
    People who only want a touchscreen, buy iphones.
    People who want revolutionary technology on the palm of their hands, S3 all the way.
    Bthw, i did own iphone 4S previously, so by all means, do not tell me what iphone is.

  7. Eddie1023 Says:

    Actually, I thought the article was very genuine, informative, fair, and honest. Although these phones can be further dissect as smartphones are more complex and feature riched now I think the author have hit it right on the nose as far as covering each phone’s main features.

    I had a Samsung Galaxy S3 as well for two tweeks before I returned it back due to the size I just couldn’t get used to. I had flashed it with JB 4.1 rom and made it perfect to improve speed (which was fast to begin with so hardly noticable) with the added features. The screen was nice and everything was snappy. One of the best Androids out in the market. But sadly, I returned it because I just couldn’t grasp the bigger size like I thought I would and I got average size hands.

    So I got the iPhone 5 instead for the first time using IOS. My first impression was “man, this is a beautiful phone!”.
    But beautiful or not, my main thing was the size(hardware) and the software and how well they gel together. Honestly, it only took me matter of minutes to learned all the ins and outs of IOS. It was simple and elegant but the downside was that there was nothing much you can do to customize and the lack of certain features. But everything else was polished and got things done quick. Apple made sure that the things we do need would just work. I also noticed the iPhone was a little snappier going in and out of apps and browsing online. But it was hardly noticable enough to make it a huge positive against the S3. But what it boils down to is personal preference. And what got me was the more compact size that fit more for my needs.

  8. chris T Says:

    haha what a biased report. I’ve played with my sisters Iphone5 and I admit that it is impressive as always. Apple never disappoints. But when compared to my s3, I wouldn’t trade it. The screen and battery is unreal compared to Apple. iphone is not a bad phone. But it is obviously playing catchup to Samsung now. The Siri is better than svoice though. That’s for sure, and not up to debate. But everything else is either a draw or Samsung has the advantage. Don’t listen to these biased reports written by Apple fanboy slaves.

  9. Dr.Fareed Ali Shamsi Says:

    Its not a match making or contrast between Samsung and Apple.Its sheer American arrogance that causes trouble to those who prefer Apple product just for status symbol,whereas Korean humbleness and politeness allows users of Galaxy to use and operate it the way they want.On the other hand Apple desires to enslave its customers even after getting price of its choice and desire.As such its wise to patronise humble people as against arrogant.

  10. dealkk Says:

    iphone have great design and simple. Android have much more choice and flexibility. One thing i hate apple most is it is overprice. They now come up with new connector and of course it better ,but way overprice. If you use phone alot, go with android big screen. If you just use phone moderate, go with iphone for simplicity

  11. Steve B Says:

    This is funny, I’m looking at the s3 users who are so biased its scary. its like “yeah I own a s3 so the iphone 5 is rubbish”.

    Seriously?

    Both are great phones, Ive had a shot of both and would say there was a hair between them, but would take the apple. Why? because it works better with the systems I own better than any android I’ve used.

    If iphone wasn’t available?

    s3 all the way.

    I also own a big screen LED samsung TV and surround system so not going to slate them, Their displays are awesome.

  12. TechIsHereToStay Says:

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon), which recently updated to Jelly Bean, and I’d like to offer a few thoughts regarding this review.
    Design: 1) Most people use protective cases, making the materials of the outer “shell” a moot point. However, regarding that issue…. 2) Scratches and scuff marks on the new iPhone 5′s finish, even brand-new out of the box, is a HUGE MINUS, in my opinion. And Apple’s lame excuse about the scratches being “normal”, to reveal the “natural silver color” should count as a DOUBLE MINUS. How insulting can you possibly BE to your loyal customers??? Geez. 3) The capacitive buttons don’t “disappear” — they purposely go down to very small, dimmed dots, so that you are not distracted by them on the edge of your line of sight, while looking at photos or viewing video. That’s a definite PLUS… not a minus. Touch them, and you instantly have the regular icons back.
    Expansion and Accessories: 1) I absolutely HATE plugging in my four iPods with the old connector. Especially the ones that you have to carefully squeeze to unplug. But plugging in devices that use a micro-USB connector has never been an issue for me. Even in a very dark room — if there is just the tiniest bit of resistance, just flip it over, and it goes right in. No fear of damaging it, and it takes about one second. Plus, almost EVERYBODY has a micro USB charger lying around. Easy to borrow one from someone else when you’re not home, but need to charge.
    Display: When I upgraded the last time, I had two MUST-HAVE criteria on my list, among other things… a larger screen, and replaceable batteries. I couldn’t care less if I have to use two hands. The larger screen is definitely worth it, for video viewing, as well as for surfing websites. Besides, most people turn their phones sideways and type with BOTH thumbs for texting, anyway. Phones just feel more comfortable for typing on the horizontal aspect.
    S Voice vs. Siri: The S3 will soon be updated to Jelly Bean, and the voice function on JB is AMAZING. The voice is more natural and human than Siri’s voice. If I open up Google Now, and then say “Google. Navigate to work.”, it will open up the Google Maps app, and immediately tell me via voice, and on the screen, how to get to work, or anywhere I ask it.
    Next, Android users are beginning to do some incredible things with the NFC tags. You can program them to do ANYTHING you want, especially if you’re already using Tasker (NOT the same as the app called Tasker in iTunes). Just search YouTube, or other sites discussing NFC tags, and check out what those little babies can do. For example, you can have one next to your bedside stand, and when you lie down at night, you just touch your phone to it, and it can instantly turn off your ringer, or other notifications, dim the display, set the alarm to go off in the morning, and turn on an app with soothing sounds, or whatever music app you want. Tap an NFC tag when you get into your car, and it will turn on bluetooth, and the GPS feature, or a music app, or podcasts, or whatever you want. Tap it again before you get out of your car, and it will turn off the bluetooth, or whatever you program it to do. The list of possibilities for NFC tags is getting longer every single day, as creative people continue to “play” with their Android devices. NO audible words even needed for NFC tags. :-)
    Next, the superior Notification Bar, even of Ice Cream Sandwich, should be worth mentioning. It’s even BETTER with Jelly Bean. The “Recent Apps” feature is also one of my favorite Go-To features. iPhone users just have no clue how much time that feature saves, and how many more possibilities are open to you because of it.
    And lastly, Android mobiles are capable of supporting live wallpaper. Dualboot Games is the BEST app developer for live wallpapers in HD. They are customizeable, and a lot of fun to look at. You can set them to cycle through their time of day with the REAL time of day (that is particularly enjoyable on their “My Beach HD” wallpaper, with the rising and setting sun on the water… and the bonfire on the beach at night, which turns into glowing embers just before daylight… a really cool detail. :-) On “Ocean HD”, there is a small locket that is hung on an anchor at the bottom of the sea. You can put your own picture in that locket (I have my beautiful grand-daughter’s pic in there), and when you tap the locket, it opens. The list of enticing details of the Dualboot live wallpapers goes on and on.
    Cost didn’t factor into my phone choice… I make a decent living, and I could buy any phone I wanted. After MUCH consideration, I chose an Android over an iPhone. I may not have the Android “flagship” S3, but I am more than happy with my sweet Galaxy Nexus. :-)

  13. Kevin Says:

    The iPhone 5 tends to win a lot of these comparisons and always there are a bunch of Android fans bemoaning the results. This comparison was very fair and even gave Samsung some unwarranted points when comparing the screen and camera (which are actually far better on iPhone 5)

  14. Chris Says:

    I’m sorry but Samsung should have won the expansion and accessories. Right now micro USB is a widespread standard that apples lightning connector cant trounce. You are comparing them based on speculation of accessories that will appear in the future. But in the future everything will start going wireless (ex. Bluetooth) which will make many accessories usable with almost any device with wireless capabilities. So Camparing what might happen in the future to what’s happening now is clearly unfair and kind of biased. And the S3 memory can be expanded beyond the iPhone 5 64 gb max. With the 64gb version of the S3 available, the s3 can be maxed out to 128gb with a 64 gb micro sd card. And speaking of what may happen in the future the S3 is gonna get jelly bean with google now which i have heard blows siri away. The rest of the article is great. have an iPhone 4S and I love apple products but I’m not an isheep or an izombie and I know what’s BS when I see it.

  15. mirekk Says:

    Whatever, I’m still NOT buying iPhone :P Apple is a vulture I do not want to support…

  16. Totesbetter Says:

    The HTC wildfire is totally better than both of these phones and the specs are much better.
    HTC Wildfire: 2Ghz Processor, 2GB Ram and 32gb internal memory.

  17. Brian Says:

    How much did apple pay you to choose them? Not all people care about lighter design. Did the gs3 have jelly bean when you tested it?

  18. Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief Says:

    Our unit did not have Jelly Bean. We look forward to trying that out when the update becomes available to U.S. customers.

  19. Mark Holle Says:

    As an owner of a GS3, my thoughts are “How can you go wrong with either phone”? I the customization, screen size, battery life, and performance of the GS3 but I can’t deny that Apple has ALWAYS delivered with the iPhone. This isn’t an either/or proposition (i.e. One stinks and the other is great). I love how both of these companies are pushing each other to deliver. That’s why I hope Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10 take off as well. When competition is hot, we benefit.

  20. Jason Says:

    In your comparison shots, why does the iPhone have a wider angle that the S3? The S3 has a wider angle and should be able to capture a larger area in its frame.

    Were the photos cropped, or did you stand at different distances, or used different zooms? Doing any of that could affect the detail, white balance, or ISO used in Auto Mode.

    A wider angle is usually better, especially for things like group shots in a crowded place, or shots of home interiors.

  21. Jason Says:

    1. Design. One big design flaw to me is the location of the headphone jack. Many people rest their phone on its bottom while they’re listening through headphones, like at the gym.

    No one has made a real fuss about this, but I want to be able to listen to music on my stationary bike–or what have you–while reading emails in portrait mode.

  22. MattMan Says:

    I honestly can agree with all things on the list, except the micro USB losing. Micro USB is better IMO.

  23. Josh Says:

    I think that you should alter the battery life test. Values should be normalized to the area of the display screen. This is the only way to decide which platform utilizes the battery more efficiently. I say this because powering the screen typically requires 40-50% of the mA.
    Apple also doesn’t allow battery replacement. For persons that own their phones for long periods, the ability to replace an old battery is of value, and may skew battery life test results performed at 1+ year of ownership.

  24. techme Says:

    For me, Apple is for the media and the design, and S III (also Note II) is for productivity such as multitasking and dropbox.. So, get them both people! :)

  25. kal Says:

    I diagree with Josh, S3 has bigger screen I agree but at the same time I has bigger battery so Why should I normalize to display screen

  26. Pres Says:

    Which one will become obsolete first? What is the length of time before new models of the series become available, that is a more important question? You can buy a Samsung now and they release a new version or a new model better than the one you have the following month.

  27. selena Says:

    The iPhone’s resolution being lower than HD means that video players need to perform some downscaling when playing HD movies.The GS3 screen settings offers a choice of 4 options (dynamic, standard, natural and video) that efficiently tame the “oversaturated” effect.One of the most interesting features in new Galaxy S III is the ability to create your own custom vibration notification

  28. Ricky Bobby Says:

    Seriously if you haven’t ever owned an iPhone you can’t say anything, I had every iPhone up until the 4s because my dumbass broke the iPhone 4, I had to use an S3 for about 2 weeks. Worst 2 weeks of my life nothing ever worked the app store stunk, the processing system was about as good as toilet paper, and it has a huge problem with typing. If I ever wanted to spell anything right, I had to go over it about 17 flipping times to make sure it was correct. Anything with Android in it hands down stinks, Apple is supreme. Samsung should stick with tv’s, haha those are damn good (:

  29. Dr MAK Says:

    I OWN BOTH APPLE i5 and GALAXY SIII….BOTH ARE GREAT MOBILE…I USE SIII MORE THAN i5…but whenever i go out i use i5…NOW I M WAITING FOR SAMSUNG SIII MINI WITH 4 INCH SCREEN

  30. Pritam Das Says:

    my iphone 5 no doubt is the best device ever made, i’ve compared it with my bro’s s3! Apps come to iOS app store first than go to google play. So an iphone owner will be the first one to play latest games, use latest apps. Safari browser is anyday better than s3′s default browser (nobody knows its name :P), music quality is better, camera is better, display is smaller but comfortable and ofcourse better. Iphone 5 rules.

  31. rebecca Says:

    Now I know this review is bull because on the the samsung galaxy picture comparison, half the bald guys head is missing from the photo. How is this a fair review when the s3 photo is tampered with?.

  32. Steve Says:

    I think the camera evaluations in this review were really comprehensive, but I can’t see how the result is a “draw”. The iPhone’s pictures are consistently nicer than the S3, which (to me) gives it an edge over more options. I would only concede it to a draw if there was some UI function on the Apple device that makes it frustrating or difficult to take pictures.

    I don’t own either device – I still have an old-school, simple cell phone, but I’m looking at getting a smartphone and for me it has come down to the iPhone vs the S3. I like both, and my roommate has an S3, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to get an iPhone 5. Here are my thoughts:

    - The Galaxy won’t fit in my pocket and to me it is awkward to hold due to its size.
    - The plastic back on the Galaxy feels really, really cheap. I’d rather deal with a few little scuffs in the aluminum.
    - The iPhone’s display is brighter, which is a big deal when you use your phone outdoors in the snow.
    - Apple has perfected the auto-correcting on-screen keyboard. For text entry, even the first-generation iPhone seems to work better than the S3. Apparently there’s a third-party app for the S3 that makes its keyboard behaviour more iPhone-like, but it seems silly to have to pay for something like that. Samsung has no excuse for this, other than wanting to get the product out the door before it was really ready.
    - I don’t usually like gesture-based shortcuts on devices because I don’t like accidentally triggering them. I admit I haven’t used them, but I can’t stand things like “hot corners” on computers either.

    Both products are really great technology, and the fierce competition between Apple and Samsung can only benefit us. It’s fun to watch the two manufacturers leapfrog each other. If I was in this market a few months ago, and it came down to S3 vs. 4S, I might have picked the Samsung.

  33. robbie Says:

    , no sd slot cloud stage the five bad GPS i use navtel for years. But sealed battery, Chinese labor, no SD a turn off
    Sealed battery downer
    Seen phone like it! Give it consumer replacement battery might think abt it!
    but some call quality bad!

  34. Bestcellphone Says:

    I used to use galaxy s3…but move on to iphone…that because i found some problems with s3…mostly hardware issues.

  35. Linda Says:

    Hi, would welcome any info that helps. I want a phone that has good bluetooth and voice recognition for calls when driving. I also want a phone that has good reliable internet access. I have been told the iphone4 is not good for bluetooth or hands free voice dialling in cars, but is great for internet. I have also been told the samsung s3 is great for bluetooth and hands free voice dialling but is no good for reliable internet access as in you can`t get it everywhere but you can with the iphone. Which one would be best for doing all the things I need, bluetooth, hands free voice recognition dialling and internet access???? Thank you

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