I am comparing Android to my iPad iOS , and criticizing Galaxy S3. A friend of mine had an S3 around and I asked to test it out for a few days. Here is a quick list of positives and negatives for any one on the fence. I will start with Negatives. Negatives: -Bad design: This phone is not designed to be used well in the real world. By bad design I mean wrong placement of buttons. The "settings" and "back" buttons are at the bottom vertically, and since the phone is so huge while you try to reach a place in the screen, you keep accidentally hitting those 2 buttons. Since they are touch buttons(and extremely sensitive) , as you use the phone you continuously go back or settings screens pop up, which gets frustrating after a while. If you hold the phone from the sides(not normal grip) you will either hit the volume buttons or the "on/off" buttons. So this phone you should keep holding it very delicately . I noticed that your thumb can only reach 75% of the screen forcing you to use 2 hands if you want to reach the menu buttons or any tool bar at top. -Stutters/crashes: Apps stutter and crashes more than I would like them. I think in total I have been using the phone for 6 hours or so. I had the Swift Keyboard(which is rated like almost 5 stars) crashes/unresponsive twice. I also had browsers stuck unable to load pages. It worked after restarting the device. it feels a bit jittery, with hiccups here and there. -Google Play: Americans wont worry about this, but if you are not in America you can not access the American store. What does this mean? It means you will skip on very important apps like Amazon Kindle. I am not sure what else you will skip due to this. I think iTunes store does the same , but based on your credit card or address not based on your location using the phone. - Even though the colors are more "vibrant"(tested against macbook+iPad) on an s3 , I can see the pixels compared to retina displays. Also the slightest tilts of the screen can give a different hue shift. I thought s3 had a blue-ish screen until I started using one, because I always looked at my friend's using one from the side. -The S3 (I dont know about others androids), have a problem syncing with the mac. I downloaded the Android File Transfer APP , I made the settings . I searched for a solution. It didnt work. Thats enough for me, apps and devices should work for us, we shouldnt work for them. This is the reason people migrate from Windows to Mac. Less hassle. It should work out of the box. Positives: -File System: The Android has a full/real file system. Its literally like a mobile pc. So if you like actually seeing your files and the directories, Android does it that way. Personally I think its much better than iOS , "we dont know where the files stored" way of doing things. It just shows up in the apps. -Bigger Screen: Its huge, and if a big screen is what you want, this is it. I do not think you will have problems watching a show on this display. You can run a youtube video , keep it on the side and do something else. its all good. I think for some, it can work as a tablet replacement! - Of course, Google Play has no restriction on the apps. Anything goes. Unlike Apple where they have to check out each and every app. Due to Apple's policies we dont have VLC on iOS any more. Of course, this also means that there will be a ton of crapware and unreliable apps. -backgrounds apps: I know Apple probably does not allow apps to run in the background because it will drain the battery, but this can work so well. I noticed that if you quit an app in iOS that has to transfer something before it tells you it did so, the process is not complete. Think about like Sending a file over Dropbox. How good will it be if you can send a file over to dropbox and then not have to wait for it, just flip to Safari and continue browsing? With android you can! -I may be wrong but the GUI feels faster and more responsive than iOS -I was surprised by this , but TEXT is extremely legible on the S3. I ran Pocket and Kindle(I used VPN to access USA store) and reading a book or an article is not bad, not bad at all! -Notification Center: Ok, this blows iOS away. Notification is soooo good on Android. Its done so well, you get everything in and you are always aware of what is going around your phone. It does not display a lousy popup to inform you about stuff. You have to use it to understand how well it works. And the fact that you can control all the wireless signals(bluetooth , wifi...etc) and more from it, is so convenient. Apple should learn from this. ***** Conclusion ***** I won't buy the S3. The reason is very simple, the screen is too huge and it needs tinkering. While Apple is too restricited , you feel that there is so much that could be done and endless possibilities, Android on the other hand is too open that you have to deal with everything yourself. You wish that something could meet in the middle. That just might be the W8 phone. Android feels like an uncomplete product. It needs a lot of tinkering. If you like to spend hours of your time downloading and fixing stuff to get the system working like on Windows and am guessing Linux, you will love Android. If you just want to get on with your life and enjoy technology iphone is probably your choice. Not sure how much Jelly Bean will fix of these issues, or if S3 mini is the perfect phone. but for the time being, I am going with iphone 5 this round.