iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III (or IV?)

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    Sep 21, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    The upgrade on my iPhone 4 is up. I'm on AT&T. I'm grandfathered into the old unlimited which means I don't know how long AT&T will allow that and I can't get new features like tethering.

    I'm considering switching to Sprint via the Amazon Wireless website. A Galaxy S III would cost $99 vs $199 for a new iPhone and the unlimited plan is $69 or $90 total a month with total protection for phone vs the $120 I pay with AT&T. Or I could wait for the rumored Galaxy S IV this winter.

    Both are 4G phones but Sprint currently only offers winmax 4G in my area... I have no idea what the difference is between that and the LTE 4G or if the LTE Galaxy could even be used on the other type of 4G.

    Another option is get the same phone from Verizon but for $149 then $110 per month but Verizon has superior 4G coverage.

    Or just suck it up and get the iPhone 5 since well it is the iPhone and everyone knows the iPhone is the best.



    - Anyone with a Galaxy regret the phone?
    - Anyone with Spring regret choosing that carrier?
    - What is winmax vs LTE anyway and would my LTE phone still work in the winmax area?

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    Sep 21, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    I bought the Galaxy S3. The international quad-core version. Love it. My previous phone was the first Galaxy S, so this was a major upgrade. It took me a while to get used to the size. But extra screen size is fantastic for web surfing and watching videos.

    Not sure about Sprint. Around my area, coverage is hit or miss. If you are happy with ATT coverage, you should stick with them. Alternatively, you can always buy an unlocked iPhone 4/5 or Galaxy S3, and go with Straight Talk. They use ATT's towers, but offer unlimited plans for $50 a month.
  • maxferguson

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    Sep 24, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Apple just sued Samsung on the grounds that the Galaxy line of phones was 'virtually the same as the iPhone." Unless they're wrong, then go for the Galaxy - way cheaper icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 24, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    I spoke with about 8 people from my job about what to do. The SG3 guys loved their phones and dogged the iphone. The Iphone guys all ordered the new Iphone 5 and called the SG owners "haters" and "knock offs". Their words fellas, not mine.

    I have the Iphone 3 and decided to order the 5. After seeing the SG3, it just didn't look as nice to me. I am not an "apple guy" at all. But I don't have any problem with buying their products, especially because of the great support you get from them.
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    Sep 24, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    Not that another option helps at all - but the HTC one X could be worth a look too.

    I got it for my upgrade and absolutely love the phone! Bigger than my friends' iphones and pretty powerful. Also google maps/navigation is a great feature.


    *disclaimer - I'm a total android fanboy
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    Sep 24, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    I don't know if Galaxy s4 would be launched as early as this winter, as they usually give it a year before they decide to update their galaxy s line (they are a tad more tasteful bunch than people at Motorola who enjoy pissing off their fans by updating the same lines of devices once every quarter). However, the next Nexus smartphone might be launched near the end of the year, as it had done for the previous Galaxy Nexus.

    If you prefer the unfiltered experience of Android (i.e. no customization from the phone provider, like TouchWiz from Samsung) and would prefer to receive regular software updates over anything, then I would definitely recommend you on waiting out for the launch of next generation of Nexus phones. The users of Android phones in the nexus lines can enjoy regular updates by Google as they don't need further optimization/reprogramming to integrate a new software.

    BUT if you have grown impatient with the phone you have right now, that leaves you with two choices: Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 (though, I must add here that HTC One X is another great choice). This will all depend on your personal preference. If you have smaller hands and would rather prefer a phone that will fit more comfortably in your pocket, you are going to want iPhone 5. If you would like a larger screen that won't make it necessary for you to zoom in constantly to read small prints, then Galaxy s3 would be a better choice. Regrettably for Samsung fans, Galaxy S3's build quality is much less high-end-like than that of an iPhone 5; it is all plastic build, and it is also less durable. On the other hand, iPhone 5's build quality is without a doubt the best that can be offered among all the other smartphones available. The design team for Apple did a phenomenal job slimming down their new phone.

    It will also come down to which OS you would prefer. iOS 6 isn't significantly different from iOS 5; in fact, many critics found it rather boring and outdated. While iOS 6 does allow iPhone to be an all around speedy phone, it doesn't offer much customization or functionality options. Basically, iPhone is for people who would like their smartphones to excel at the most basic tasks that they are limited to. Oh, and let's not forget the millions of apps for iPhones, many of which cannot be found in Google Play (appstore for Android).

    With 1GB RAM and a quadcore processor, Galaxy S3 runs without much lag or glitches that can be seen in lower-end Android phones. The only time it will respond a tad slower than desired is when you have the pop-up play activated - one of the features of the new TouchWiz that allows you to watch a video on small screen while using any other apps on your phone. Galaxy s3 is currently supported by android 4.0 ICS, which allows easier multi-tasking experience, more customization options, and smoother surfing than its preceding OS.

    Both Galaxy s3 and iPhone 5 make excellent phones; it's just the question of which operating system you'd prefer. As for the next nexus phone, based on history alone, they have usually been the best that Android could offer. Despite many cool features that each company add on top of the Android OS to their devices, many people prefer the untampered Android interface - a good reason for you to wait out if your current phone is competent enough, and if you'd prefer Android over iOS.
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    Sep 24, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    I'm on the Sprint network and have the HTC EVO 4G LTE. I'm very happy with it. Sprint is a great network with good customer service, but there's not lots of 4G coverage yet.

    Sprint is good though man!
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    Sep 24, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    The iPhone 5 has already beat the Galaxy III in terms of speed, graphics and performance.

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    Sep 24, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    Boris saidThe iPhone 5 has already beat the Galaxy III in terms of speed, graphics and performance.



    Lots of evidence for the superior speed and performance of the iPhone 5. It's def the fastest phone available now.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview

    And Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster rightly calls it a Rolex in a sea of Timexes. Build quality tolerances measured in microns. Munster asked 'why would someone buy a Timex when he/she can have a Rolex for the same price?'.

    Apple will get the maps issue worked out.
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    Sep 24, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidSamsung = sex icon_cool.gif

    Apple is too scummy a company to be associated with....and their products are shit.


    +100,000,000,000!
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    Sep 24, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    Stevee90 kinda blows my mind with his knowledge about these phones. And I like how he doesn't resort to fanboy cheerleading.
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    Sep 24, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
    I recently decided to upgrade my phone, as I had an HTC hero, so 4 or 5 years old. I am not a fan of the iPhone, that doesn't mean I think it a bad phone, I just prefer the personalization the Android phones provide. Both phones are great choices, and yes, the iPhone has a slight edge over the SG S3, but I can tell you, that edge might die out, and I say this because someone else ( the person who works at the store I got my phone at) told me so. The guy is an iPhone user and has the iPhone 5, but he says reviews give and edge to the SG S3 with the rooted JellyBean OS (Android 4.1), which still has not been released,but it is soon coming!

    I do have sprint, and I love it, my bill is only $90 a month, with unlimited, and I have never had a problem in the last 2 years I have had it that way.

    Which ever phone you decide on, as long as you do not become one of these obsessive masses who think they have a status because of the phone they use, you will be fine! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 24, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    Boris saidThe iPhone 5 has already beat the Galaxy III in terms of speed, graphics and performance.


    Thats is Just a nothing! when your talking about speed! has anyone seen how fast an android can get! just watch this! If you know technology you would never just judge just comparing the S3 only and pickup the Iphone5. yeah and thats 120fps.icon_cool.gif


    Anyone wants some Jelly bean?
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    Sep 24, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    Sorry har19, I don't buy it. I've used the SIII and it was garbage. Samsung only cares about quantity, not quality.
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    Sep 24, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    LOL. I thought iphone users didn't care about hardware specs.
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    Sep 24, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    Boris saidSorry har19, I don't buy it. I've used the SIII and it was garbage. Samsung only cares about quantity, not quality.



    And manufactures apples hardware icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 24, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    iPhone 5 is currently the fastest smartphone you can get

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/09/21/apples_iphone_5_is_fastest_smartphone_in_the_land

    It is also way more resistant to drops than the GS3




    Its a no brainer really. Unless there is something in Android that you REALLY want such as animated wallpaper, widgets and more hardware choices I wouldnt consider it at all. Most of the hardware is cheap and plasticy.
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    Sep 24, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    Boris saidSorry har19, I don't buy it. I've used the SIII and it was garbage. Samsung only cares about quantity, not quality.

    My dear will all do respect what your trying to say,Im not gonna write a lengthy paragraphs cause I aint got all day, but just for you, you said about quality?,well be wise on picking the right phone (or shall I say right the Samsung...just saying).
    Its always not necessarily the best and the latest of everything, There are other phones out there has better durability, I never once or did I praise The SIII, If you are on quality Samsung has that quality of an apple your looking for, you just have to venture into Samsung's jungle and you will be surprise!

    For now Galaxy Nexus is still the classiest one! among others! including SIII.

    besides has anyone check the Samsung Galaxy BEAM, its just the beginning icon_cool.gif of a new mobile evolution.
    I could see this on the S5.

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    Sep 24, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    cool article about screen technology on the iPhone 5 and the GS3

    http://gizmodo.com/5945885/iphone-5-vs-galaxy-s-iii-smartphone-display-technology-shoot+out
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    Feb 12, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    i got the galaxy note 2 and love it
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    Feb 22, 2013 11:54 AM GMT
    I just got my a new international Galaxy S3 today. I love it. I have played with iPhones before and they are solid and awesome in their own right. What brought me over to the S3 was how much more I can customize it with widgets and the moving background (common a spinning galaxy as your wallpaper is awesome). I also enjoy the SD card slot so I can have a 16gb phone but put in a 32Gb card for the extra room at a fraction of the cost of a larger phone.
    Both are top of the line phones in their own right though. However if you use a Mac I would recommend the iPhone over the S3 because there is little support for it.