Hard facts needed.. [iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3]

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Superman041, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Superman041, Nov 14, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011

    Could someone explain to me the advantage os getting the iPhone 5 over the Samsung Galaxy S3 ?

    I know the "feel" of the iPhone is a benefit that people will say. The S3 is cheaper and can do the same/if not more than the iPhone5.

    What can the iPhone5 do that the S3 can't ? Is IOS boring ? Same standard grid, with the samsung you can get widgets which constantly upate in the background.
  2. macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    They are both selling well - which means they are both good products in people's opinions. Only you know what your circumstances are... therefore you should go and try them both out at their respective vendors, and talk to people in your area who have experience with both. Someone else's experience is not necessarily appropriate to your particular situation.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    I have had both phones, sold the S3.

    The Apple ecosystem is what kept me on the iPhone. Using my iPhone as a remote for my AppleTV for example. The integration is the biggest benefit, not necessarily the phones themselves.

    If you get the S3, just make sure to either root it or use a different launcher than the stock TouchWiz. It's the worst part about Samsung devices. If I were to ever get an Android device again, and I probably will at some point, it will be a Nexus.
  4. pedromartins, Nov 14, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012

    macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2012
    Porto, Portugal
    The iPhone is much faster (faster or equal fast processor vs processor, but thanks to iOS, much faster UI), has better graphics (beats the s3 by a factor of 3 at some tests), native apps instead of java-based (much faster again), has more useful/entertainment apps that take advantage of it's extra power and are designed for it, has a much better camera, better screen (much more accurate, a screen where you can actually read outdoors), better build quality, better battery life especially at intensive tests (like video, not in standby), better build quality, thinner, lighter, better design.

    Then you have ecosystem.

    Proof/hard facts the OP asked for




    Build quality






    So basically only someone very very ignorant or someone that does not "need" the phone for anything useful (someone that is worried about widgets, someone that only wants a new toy, etc.) will buy a S3. Hard fact.

    If someone really wants android at all costs (even if it means loosing so much performance and other features), look at the one x, the new droid from htc with 440ppi, etc.

    I hope this helps.
    (inform yourself first before buying into the hypewagon that Samsung produces. They are scum. They do not produce true high resolution Amoled screens (pentile) and they sell their best screens to Apple first (that's why they are investing so much on Amoled), their build quality is disgusting, their skin on top of Android is even offensive to google's good work (they, samsung, tried to put a copy of the iOS look on top of android). Also, inform yourself about what java is and why android phones always lose in real world performance against iPhones.)

    Have a nice day.
  5. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    You don't look ridiculous when you make a phone call. On the other hand, if you are ever attacked in the dark, the Galaxy might have advantages as a weapon.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    Thank you very much for the detailed response ! :)
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2011
    As they say "it's all about the software". With the iphone (in general) you can't do everything, but the important 95% that you can do you can do it very easy and well.

    With android you can do everything but you dont know how any software or action reacts with everything else.
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    Sorry I don't understand the second half of your point
  9. macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Android apps are not as consistently good as Apple apps. I believe Apple's control of what apps can do and how they work stands for quality. I have had Android tablets and phones and I will never go back...Apple all the way...more bang for the buck, IMHO :)
  10. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    iPhone 5 build quality is better.
    iPhone 5 screen is better.
    iPhone 5 is faster in every single aspect.
    iPhone 5 has the better software ecosystem, apps are curated.
    iPhone 5 has the best cameras of ANY smartphone on market right now.
    iPhone 5 has better resale value.
    iPhone 5 has more cases and accessories.

    Oh and iPhone 5 is completely original and innovative. ;)

    Galaxy SIII has certain features that iPhone 5 doesn't. It's slower, it's cheaply built, it makes this very cool creaking sound when holding it, it's got this disgusting low quality screen, it's got a bunch of gimmicky features that are half-baked and poorly implemented. If you want an Android phone, look at HTC's Droid DNA or LG Nexus 4. Both perform better, are designed better, built better and either are cheaper or costs the same as Galaxy SIII.
  11. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2009
    Having experienced most iterations of the iPhone (2G, 3GS, and 4) and an early version of android (nexus one), I feel compelled to summarize my iphone experience that eventually led me to the Galaxy S3.
    Hardware quality: iPhone has always been the benchmark(iPhone>any android)
    Performance: Seems like iPhone 5's performance is off the chart, so Apple can have this one. But the Galaxy S3, with 2GB of RAM, is no slouch
    Screen quality: I find iPhone 5's IPS LCD display to be high quality, but the S3 AMOLED's true black is quite easy on the eye. I call this category a draw
    iOS vs Android: Android has always had more features, at the expense of ease of use. But recently Android has also gotten much more sophisticated than iOS, and just as intuitive in the recent iterations. With iOS I feel stuck in a icon-based UI dated from 2007, while Android (if Samsung is kind enough to develop the updates) feels like a continuous evolution in user interface.
    Google integration: Android wins obviously. Fully integrated Gmail, youtube in HD, full-feature Google maps, Chrome etc leave iOS-associated core apps in the dust. I wish Google would share more of these core services on iOS, but for now I will have to go with Android. Sure Apple has iCloud, but it really is quite primitive compared with Google's offerings.

    Overall experience of moving from iPhone to Galaxy S3: Galaxy S3 basically patched up all the inadequacies I saw in my first Android. The UI is silky smooth like iOS and no longer stutters like the N1. Battery life on S3 seems to stand out from your typical android, and is about as good as any iPhone.
    Best of all, I feel that the S3, more than any other Android phone, is a successful but shameless attempt to copy the iPhone experience: the round corners of the phone, the single physical home button, the Springboard like app layout. In short, the familiar iOS-like interface, mated to the powerful Google features, were too difficult for me to resist.
  12. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    What would you say to that last post about the S3 being better ?


    I do agree when you say " With iOS I feel stuck in a icon-based UI dated from 2007, while Android (if Samsung is kind enough to develop the updates) feels like a continuous evolution in user interface" . I'm split between the two
  13. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Why do you need hard facts?
  14. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    Eliminate the "airy-fairy" reasons people give and to also remove the fanboy comments to make it a serious discussion.

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