This is why I switched back to IOS from Android. Specificially from an iPhone 4 to a SGS3 to an iPhone 5. 1. Support: Samsung Kies sucks. I have never been able to get it to backup my phone. On two computers, running two different operating systems, I got an error every time I tried to backup the phone. Supposedly have a Google account the phone is backed up there but I was never able to figure out how to backup there, and as I can best figure its more of a Google saves what purchases and downloads you have made so you dont have to rebuy apps if youve already purchased them. Cant get the latest OS, and no idea when its coming, if ever, to the SGS3 on ATT. I learned being dependent on the carrier to get updates sucks, and who would you complain to? ATT? Samsung? Google? 2. Screen: No matter who says what or what some website says there is easy to see pixels on the SGS3 screen. The SAME apps on iPhone 5 are BARELY there. Holding both phones at a normal operating distance I cant see pixilation on any apps with the iPhone. On the SGS3 I can. 3. Speed: My wife now has the SGS3, and opening up quite a few apps we both use the 5 I faster on all the time. Put both phones side by side, hit the buttons at the same time, and with everything we use the 5 is faster. Weather Channel, Twitter, browser, settings, ect. Everything is faster on the 5. Even once in the apps, and hitting the home button the 5 is always faster. 4. Camera: Much like the speed section the camera on the 5 is faster to open, and faster to take pictures. Low light performance is better using the default settings. If you need to whip the phone out, and take a picture in low ambient light the 5 is much better. The SGS3, with the default settings, absolutely sucks when its not bright out. Yes I know you can set different settings to do better in low light on the SGS3 but I dont want to go through menus just because it got dark out. 5. What I like about Android (on the SGS3 ICS 4.0.4): Downloading apps is easier on Google Play. I hate having to input my Apple ID to do everything. Get a free app? Put in the PW. 5 minutes later you download another app, and insert your PW again. The Play Store doesnt require passwords nearly as often, and its easier to navigate over the phone. The descriptions are also more detailed, and shows you what the app is going to be able to access before you download it. Lots of people use Facebook. Both apps for both OSs will get access to GPS data off the phone yet IOS wont tell you that right away. I dont use FB anymore but I do like how detailed the Play Store is in telling you what the app is going to access. I dont like giving apps access to information they have no business getting into. Do you want a app getting into your call logs or getting constant GPS data of where you are? I really do like the back button and settings button on the SGS3. I would not like something like the Nexus 4 which has those buttons on screen so it takes up more screen estate. Both the iPhone and SGS3 have actual home buttons so its a wash there. I do like the pull down menu on Android, and how many quick settings it has to turn things on and off. Easy to turn BT off or WiFi or most other common settings. Going into settings Android is pretty easy to navigate, and you get a bit more detail in things like app usage and can set limits on data over cellular. Haptic Feedback love it when used right. SwiftKey 3 (paid) keyboard. Love it! Widgets Loved the WunderGround weather widget which displayed the current (push) weather, and 3 day forecast. Widgets can be good for certain things but are often limited to take up a certain amount of space, and I found several that would otherwise be useful really arent as widgets. Would rather just click on the app itself and get a full screen version. 6. What I dont like about Android: I hate the coloration of things. Everything is these dark grays, blacks, mustard yellow, and blue. After a while I got sick of how dark everything is. IOS is all lighter colors, and Android is dark colors. I may post screen shots later but I compared something like the text messaging app on both phones, and with the huge space the Android keyboard takes up the difference in the amount of space the already sent messages takes up is rather minute. To illustrate the point I bought the paid Weather Channel app for IOS and compared it to the free version on Android (there isnt a paid WC app for Android). With the ad space on the free Android version you get just as much usable screen space on the 5. Things would be different if there was a paid (ad free) Android app but there is not one as of current. So that extra screen space on an app I use a lot was taken up with advertising. Kinda mentioned widgets above but most of them arent very good. WunderGround was excellent on the home screen but others like stock ticker take longer to get the information than just clicking on the app itself. So in the end a couple widgets worked well while most were just dressing that dont do much. 7. What I liked about the SGS3 itself: Removable battery and Micro SD card slot. If you travel a lot popping in another battery instantly gives you a full charge, and the Micro SD card slot instantly gives you a ton more storage space for very little money. I bought a 32GB Micro SD card for $20. Apple would charge somewhere around $150 to go up to the total level of storage I got. But I dont travel a lot, and never bought a 2nd battery. I dont have a ton of music or videos so I never ended up using the on board memory. So both those features didnt do anything for me. Screen size is good, and with the buttons for settings and back the screen size isnt really a burden. Its also very good for watching youtube videos and surfing the web with Chrome. Speaking of Chrome love the back and forward buttons as well as the refresh button which is always displayed, and due to the screen size you still have a good amount of space. For things like web forums, which can get busy, having a refresh button in the browser, which is always displayed, works very well. 8. What I like about the iPhone 5: The design is excellent, and even with the finish issues of the slate version it just feels like a lot of work went into the phone. The buttons are metal, and of good quality. I love the toggle button for muting the phone so I can do that without turning the display on. The screen IS better than the SGS3. Comparing the visuals of the same apps and font on both phones the 5 is clearer, and you have to look VERY close to see the smallest amount of pixilation. Looking at my home screen everything looks clearer and the fonts of the app names is clearer. Kinda going to expand into IOS here but I find the apps to run smoother, and overall look better. Dont get the settings button like the SGS3 has how often do you go into settings in an app? Maybe once to initially set it up and then rarely after that. The camera, with the stock app and settings, is fast and takes better pictures. iCloud .seamless and easy to use. My MIL is an Apple user, and I was able to setup a iCloud photo folder just for sharing pictures with her that I take of our kids and family. Then I can put a description of the picture, and we can both leave comments. Works really well, and native to IOS so no 3rd party apps or anything. So easy to use! iCloud also does wonders for restoring or backing up a phone. I put in my Apple ID when I got the 5, and I still had contacts and few pictures in there. I only had to load and update a few contacts, a new email address, and apps. Today, if I lost or broke my phone, and got a new one I could, within about 10 minutes, have a phone that was exactly the same as I had before down to texts, pictures, apps, ect. 9. iTunes Vs. Kies: One of the reasons I wanted to try Android was I hate iTunes, and thought it sucked. That was until I tried Kies. As mentioned earlier on 2 computers running 2 different OSs I never got Kies to backup the SGS3 and I ended up having to use the Windows file explorer to add pictures and music to sync my phone. For all you iTunes haters out there iTunes, even in the current iteration, is far better than Kies or Zune. Zune is better than Kies by far (my wife had a Nokia Windows phone for a week or so). 10. Final Impressions: While I do enjoy the larger screen, and additions like Swift Key 3 the overall experience on iPhone is better for me. I figured out Widgets arent all they cracked up to be, and whatever the blogs or unboxers say look at both screens side by side. Like I said I can easily see pixilation on the SGS3, and it takes me a lot of strain to see any on the 5. I have very good eye sight, and dont have any issues there. There is also little things I noticed like the anti-fingerprint coating the 5 has where the SGS3 would get streaks all over it within no time just from using it. I can use the 5 all day, and dont notice any streaks across the screen. Battery life kinda not impressed on the 5. Doesnt use a lot during standby but as soon as I do use it the percentage left goes down quickly. Worth note here that I live on the edge of a LTE to HSPA+ area, and I think my phone is switching between the two often, and LTE is a known battery eater. I almost want to turn LTE off, and stick to 3G. When I do get the LTE signal at home (when I turn WiFi off) Im only getting two bars, and that means the radio has to work harder to get data out. I live in Texas, and that means many times throughout the year we get storms and checking the weather here is important. I cant say its Samsungs fault but I LOVE the paid Weather Channel app on IOS. Its so smooth, and the background reflects the current weather in very good quality animations. It kinda does (on the free Android version which is the only version out there) but swiping between locations on the Android version sucks. I might feel different if there was paid Android version of the WC app out there but there isnt. Again, as mentioned, the ad space takes up screen space so the actual usable area of the app is very similar. Kinda just one of those things where lots of little things make you do things like buy a different phone lol Mentioned support earlier but this is kinda where things matter. Jelly Bean was supposed to be out for the ATT SGS3 in Sep, and then Oct, and now end of Nov and nothing. I did get some minor update notification which I have no idea what it was. Ive tried to get it done on that phone over 5 times, and it always fails when I get to the Android loading screen. Ive never had a single problem updating an iPhone. Go to Kies, and it says updates are up to date. So cant update through there. Its pretty much an over the air thing (over WiFi). This, in my opinion, is the REAL issue with Android. Have no idea when or if the SGS3 is going to get JB and at this point I would not be surprised if the phone never get it or if it does never gets updated again. I know Apple drops support of updates past certain generations, and some of them are questionable like no Siri for iPhone 4 .but SGS3 is the best or at least of now, one of the best Android phones, and doesnt get the newest Android OS quite a few other devices are running. This is because with Android things are too fractured. You get the carrier involved in the phone (ATT in our case), the manufacturer (Samsung), and the OS creator (Google). So you have 3 players involved here vs. just 1 for the iPhone. This also translates the software to sync and run the phone from the computer. Buy apps from the Play Store, play the music with another app (Google Music), another to sync the phone (Kies), and get updates from ATT (or whatever carrier). If I could do all that with Google it would be a lot better. This is what iTunes does. All in one. I have noticed quite a few apps on the 5 which are still at the old 3.5 screen size, and its annoying. For all the stuff they say in the Apple events about Android tablets having scaled up apps theres a lot of iPhone apps which are still scaled for the 3.5 screen. This will most likely be fixed as time goes on just think its bit of the pot calling the kettle black. Last thing for now after trying Win 8 on this laptop (Samsung Series 9) Ill likely be getting a rMBP early next year or at least an Air. Overall, what Apple does really well at, is synchronizing programs and creating an environment for everything to work well together. I love the idea of being able to text (other Apple users) over a computer, and not have to do it over the phone. Im not going to say Apple is good at the enterprise side of things but for a social and consumer user I think Apple is so far ahead of everyone else theres no reason to deal with Windows anymore. Not sure, even why after using an iPhone from the 3G to 3GS to 4 I never thought to buy an Apple computer or even an iPad. May seem like a sales ad right now but I always thought phones = iPhone and computers = Windows. This year alone I bought this laptop, and built a complete desktop both with Windows. I kinda got on an anti-Apple streak for a few months when I bought/built both and now wish I had bought that rMBP and an iMAC. In conclusion .do a side by side comparison if you are still on the fence between phones, and dont just look at screen size or whatever. I realized Id rather deal with one company when it comes to support, and one company when it comes to getting updates. When my wife and I still have iPhone 4s (not 4S) she washed hers, and the Austin Apple Store gave her a free replacement even though we didnt have AppleCare. She just went in, said she washed it, and they said you were honest and havent had any issues. Heres a new phone. Enough for now. Sorry for any grammar issues. Late, and a lot to go back over. 1st post here so go easy, and not trying to be redundant. Want to add more tomorrow with regards to rooting and all that on Android. Been reading a lot in the Mac forums on here, and just waiting til I can get the money together to go buy a rMBP.