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iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

I'm torn between getting an iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III.

Pros for the iPhone 5 include presumably retaining its value.
Cons - the display is only 4in.

Pros for the Samsung Galaxy S III include the larger display, and price (cheaper than the iPhone 5).

Any other thoughts? :)

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  Sep. 18, 2012 at 11:12

Apple:
Pros: Very robust and child-easy/intuitive operating system. Excellent app selection. Stylish headset. LTE support.
Cons: Limited customizations. iTunes. Limited storage space. Expensive. Brittle. Non replaceable battery. Special plug

Galaxy S3:
Pros: Lots of storage space, easy to load music/movies. Cheap apps, lot's of free ones. High level of look/feel customizations. Robust. Replaceable battery.
Cons: OS is not as intuitive and fine tuned as iPhone. Not as stylish. Some apps not as good as iOS ones. Does not entitle you to bragging rights.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 15:49

Obviously, the iPhone 5 isn't out, yet. I used the SGS3 for 10 days - all I will say is: try it first in various situations.
(unless you have already used a 4.7in + device)

CliffCheese  Sep. 13, 2012 at 16:15

I'd hold fire for the Samsung galaxy s 3 LTE as it will be able to take advantage of 4g. The standard one is disappointingly not 4g. I have the sgs3 and it is a great phone. I'm not anti-iphone, just prefer android!!

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 13, 2012 at 16:49

I'm against iTunes - that's the only major thing I have against iPhone.

iPhone retains it's value as long as new version did not come out. 4s used is £289.99 on Ebay already. Give it time for everyone to get iPhone 5 and price will go down more.
Do some basic math - £500 for latest iPhone - £250 to sell for an upgrade.
Galaxy S3 - £400 now, probably £200 for used in a year. Don't really see a difference.

blizzard7  Sep. 13, 2012 at 21:06

I'm against iTunes - that's the only major thing I have against iPhone.

iPhone retains it's value as long as new version did not come out. 4s used is £289.99 on Ebay already. Give it time for everyone to get iPhone 5 and price will go down more.
Do some basic math - £500 for latest iPhone - £250 to sell for an upgrade.
Galaxy S3 - £400 now, probably £200 for used in a year. Don't really see a difference.


Good thing about the S III is the microSD slot, so If you paid £529 for the latest 16 GB iPhone 5, you're stuck with 16 GBs for the life of the phone.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 21:17

Considering the size of many iOS apps, 16GB is really the barest of bare minimum.

blizzard7  Sep. 13, 2012 at 21:37

Considering the size of many iOS apps, 16GB is really the barest of bare minimum.

Yup, 16 GB is very very tight. If you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you probably don't realise how small it is until it's too late. Like one of my University lecturers who bought a 64 GB MacBook Air, came to use it for a presentation the day after he bought it, only to find that he couldn't transfer the presentation from his pen drive to the MacBook Air because he'd ran out of space already.

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 22:50

Blimey how big is macos

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 14, 2012 at 07:56

When I has a laptop with 64GB SSD I bought 64GB SD Card to store personal data. Worked out pretty good.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 09:00

Blimey how big is macos
We have a 128 GB ssd on a MacBook at work. After clean install it has 110GB available for user.
But I used "16GB" phones that had 9-10 GB free out of the box.
I believe my BH's 16GB iPad 2 has 13Gb available...

jaybear88  Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:08

I have 32gb onboard and it's almost all gone (never mind the movies/music on the SD card). Personally, I'd say if you wanted to use a smartphone to its full extent, 16gb is pushing it.

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:38

Blimey how big is macos
We have a 128 GB ssd on a MacBook at work. After clean install it has 110GB available for user.
But I used "16GB" phones that had 9-10 GB free out of the box.
I believe my BH's 16GB iPad 2 has 13Gb available...


Ah so it's not as bad as it seemed then, that lecturer had just filled it with other stuff.
Yeah 64gb ipod touch just under 58gb available.

Wondering if apple is seeing increase in 32gb over 16gb this time, guessing that ios6 will use more space too

LordLardy  Sep. 18, 2012 at 09:41

I think the discussions are getting sidetracked, to free space on Apple devices. No one really seems to point out the pros and cons between the two devices.

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 18, 2012 at 11:12

Apple:
Pros: Very robust and child-easy/intuitive operating system. Excellent app selection. Stylish headset. LTE support.
Cons: Limited customizations. iTunes. Limited storage space. Expensive. Brittle. Non replaceable battery. Special plug

Galaxy S3:
Pros: Lots of storage space, easy to load music/movies. Cheap apps, lot's of free ones. High level of look/feel customizations. Robust. Replaceable battery.
Cons: OS is not as intuitive and fine tuned as iPhone. Not as stylish. Some apps not as good as iOS ones. Does not entitle you to bragging rights.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 18, 2012 at 12:04

You're kidding? "does not entitle you to bragging rights"¿?

Anyhoo, listing iTunes as negative is problematic - some people do like it. OP might already own an iPod, iPad? In that case staying within the iTunes realm could be a clever use.

Also: an iPhone battery CAN be replaced. Just not as easily.(just saying, cause some people have been led to believe it's impossible to replace a dead iPhone battery)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 18, 2012 at 12:06

Hahaha ... That bragging rights comment really gave me the chuckles LOL
Thanks

Pondlife  Sep. 18, 2012 at 12:16

You're kidding? "does not entitle you to bragging rights"¿?


Well it's not the Note....

jaybear88  Sep. 18, 2012 at 12:40

You're kidding? "does not entitle you to bragging rights"¿?


Well it's not the Note....


Who are you having a dig at here Pondlife? ;)

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 18, 2012 at 13:22

Hahaha ... That bragging rights comment really gave me the chuckles LOL
Thanks


Could not resist after Lewis commented about "I ordered an iphone 5".

Pondlife  Sep. 18, 2012 at 13:25

Who are you having a dig at here Pondlife? ;)
I don't know what you mean. :)

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