Phones imac user stuck between GS3 and iphone5...

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by sonsw87, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. sonsw87 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2012
    So I'm sure many ppl are in same situation as me after today.. Not very impressed by today's announcement. I been using mac for many years now (since 2005) because of industry I work in is kinda mac dominant right now. Anyways I just been reading all the reviews comments etc etc today about GS3 vs iphone5 and like 95% ppl are saying GS3 is better by far.. And I kinda see why they are saying that.. many of my friends use GS3 and they are pretty damn good. But I know if I get the GS3 its gona be pain in the butt to sync with my imac.. Should I just wait and get the inferior iphone5 and live easier life or should I get the GS3? Things I would like to sync between my phone and my computer are calendar, contacts and music mostly.. rest I can live with out.. I do use a gmail account so I could use google calendar and contacts but I dont know how seamless its gona be from my computer to GS3.. What would you guys suggest??

  2. SprSynJn Guest

    Sep 15, 2011
    I didn't know there were reviews out for a phone that hasn't been released yet. Outstanding! The future is here and it's surely Android!

    P.S. I've tried the S3 and I thought it was too large and clunky. I tried one of the local phones released here and it was actually better. But I know that doesn't help you. Considering you seem to have already made your decision, I don't think much can be said to convince you.
  3. Mrg02d macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    I had a 4s and my bro has a 4s. The iPhone 5 is very similar to the 4s as well. I switched to GS3 and love it. No sense writing up a review, as many have been done to compare the two.
  4. LSUtigers03, Sep 12, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2012

    LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    I have an air and I use the s3. I don't want an iphone because I think the screen is too small. I've had every iphone that has even released but after using a bigger screen I can't go back. I also wasn't really impressed with ios6. IMO jelly bean is better. I use an ipad for my ios needs. I would try both and use what suits your needs best.
  5. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    Jesus man, theres hasn't even been detailed info about the phones specs! If your primarily a mac user and appreciate syncing everything then the iPhone is the obvious choice. The iPhone 5 looks a hell of lot better than the bar of plastic soap that is the GS3. Android just doesn't do it for me. To many freaking phones out there and most of the time the manufacturers wont even update the phones to run the latest OS or release waaaaaay to late.
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    What failed to impress you? Was it the A6 processor, which is more advanced than the processor in the SIII? Was it the screen, which is more advanced than the SIII? Was it the GPU, which is more advanced than the SIII? Was it the fact that the iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter than the SIII?

    Sure, all the details were leaked, but if you found out a few days early that you were getting a Ferrari for Christmas, would you be disappointed on 12/25?
  7. rushluvr macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2012
    Not really. There are plenty of us who own Apple computers but don't like the iPhone. To the OP, the S3 works just fine with Macs. I have had zero issues.
  8. mateo124 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    I had the GS3 for a few weeks and decided it wasn't for me. I personally use my phone as a nightstand clock and suffered serious burn in issues with the screen (AMOLEDs are known for this). Android is nice but partitioning was another problem I didn't think I should have had to mess with. iPhone just works which is why I decided to go with the 5 when its released.
  9. sonsw87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2012
    Do you use a google account for calendars and contacts? How is it compare to using an iphone with ical and contact?
  10. rushluvr macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2012
    Yes but I used my Google account even when I had my iPhone. I don't like iCal
  11. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    I think google has google calendars and contacts or something that you can synch up that will work on the Mac. If that's the only thing holding you back, I think as long as you are willing to switch over to a different calendar/contact system you aren't going to lose much.

    And I think I've heard that they work pretty well.
  12. MuddyPaws1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2012
    Did you watch the same announcement as the rest of us?:rolleyes:
  13. SprSynJn Guest

    Sep 15, 2011
    Apparently you didn't.
  14. MuddyPaws1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2012
    All that syncing stuff still works. Google calendar and all that can be set up and actually works quite well with mac. I have it syncing with 2 ipads, 2 mac desktops, one macbook pro, and 3 iphones. When I ditch my 4S and pick up the S3 then i'll add that to the group. Easy Phone Sync from Google Play is a totally painless way to get your iTunes to hook up with you S3.
  15. daechi macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2007
    I'm in the same boat. I tried the S3 and it looks and feels great. I was hoping Iphone 5 would blow me away but it didn't. To me the biggest thing is simply the screen size since the speed on both phones is comparable. My gf has an iphone4s and it really strains my eyes since I mostly browse the web and it is annoying to keep using it on landscape mode. I find myself rotating the phone back and forth.

    With the S3 I can comfortably browse the web comfortably in portrait mode without straining my eyes. Also it just looks aesthetically nicer at least to my eyes.
  16. dyc17 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    To me, all of the Android phones are too big and clumsy to handle. I owned two androids (both HTCs) and my gf has a Samsung GSII and they have been nothing but problems. We are both excited to get the new iPhone next Friday. :)
  17. MuddyPaws1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2012
    Point was that he failed to mention all the stuff that apple left out to make it thinner and lighter. And the other points are quite debatable. Dual core vs quad, lower resolution screen on the 5, lower quality camera on the front on the 5, smaller battery on the 5, no NFC, no SD slot, smaller screen. Yea, easy to make something thinner and lighter if you leave all the features out.
  18. rushluvr macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2012
    **Looks at join date**

    So which Apple store do you work at? LOL
  19. ColeHarris macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    Processor: iPhone: dual A6 1.2ghz VS Galaxy S3: quad-core Exynos 4 1.4ghz

    Screen: iPhone: 1136x640 VS Galaxy S3: 1280x720

    GPU: iPhone:? VS Galaxy S3: ARM Mali-400

    Size: iPhone: 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 VS Galaxy S3: 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34

    Before you go touting BS next time why don't you check up on some facts first eh?
  20. underblu macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    Very well said.

    The iPhone 5 look all long er I mean wrong.

    Apple for the past 5 years or so have been knocking out of the park. To this day nothing in the PC realm can match the design functionality, power, battery life snd form factor of the Macbooks. The iPad is certainly top of the tablet heap. Yet with the iPhone 5 they've relinquished the top smart phone spot to Samsung or at least have not surpassed Samsung.

    Screen size is a crucial for me, Having a long 4s that might be marginally faster ain't gonna do it
  21. iMichael! macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2012
  22. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    If the A6 is the speculated Cortex A15 it humiliated the 1.4 Ghz Exynos. Check the test Texas Instruments posted on youtube a few months ago!
    It's like comparing an Pentium 4 to an 3rd gen Core i7
  23. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Processor: Megahertz myth. The A6 is more advanced (Cortex A15). Besides, iOS is more efficient.

    Screen: iPhone5 : 326PPI. Galaxy S3 306 PPI.

    GPU: The 4S held its own against the S3. The 5 should be even faster.

    Before you go touring BS next time, why don't you check up on some facts first, eh? :D


    It's hard to talk facts with "S-Sheep" and others who just like to look at specs such as MHz and declare a phone superior to another.


    The 5 is a more significant update than the 4S. Calling it a "long 4S that is marginally faster" is like calling an Audi A8 a "long Volkswagen that is marginally more luxurious." It has 2x as fast a CPU and GPU, LTE, an entirely new screen technology that has better color quality, a new aluminum design, and it manages to be thinner and significantly lighter than the phone it replaces. They knocked it out of the park. The only let down is that we knew most of the specs beforehand because of the leaks.

    To me, coasting would have been slapping together a 4S with a 5 inch screen. Unfortunately, a huge screen is what passes for "innovation" for too many people, particularly in the Android community.
  24. SprSynJn Guest

    Sep 15, 2011
    Chances are he is one of the millions of causal customers that will pick this up within the next couple of months. The ones who, like me, don't know or care to want to deal with an Android and all it's amazing, and often confusing, abilities. He probably just wants a phone that looks and works well.
  25. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Apple owns part of Imagination Technologies. No doubt they've given the iPhone 5 a powerful GPU to go with the theorized A15 based A6

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