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  1. funkylogik's Avatar
    First off I don't own GS3 (don't care for Samsung products), but have Nexus One and a Nexus7.

    As you already know, iPhone hardware is a work of art compared to Samsung. Also, many of the day to day apps (email, player) are much more polished and usable on iOS.

    Android has more bells and whistles, and does many things iPhone doesn't. Love widgets, notifications are done better but there absence would not be deal breakers for me. So why do I use a Nexus? I guess the main reason is I want an open phone with no contracts. Data plans are hit and miss where I live so I refuse to be married to one.

    Next is that I prefer the open file system. I like that I can just download a podcast or needed file on my way out the door rather than having to make changes in iTunes and wait for a full sync.

    What I miss most about not having the iPhone are:

    The beauty of the hardware.

    The very capable camera (this from an SLR guy).

    An email app I can do useful work with without a bunch of hassles.

    The music/podcast player.

    Overall a much more stable OS that has fewer annoying little glitches.

    Note that I have been a Mac guy since '84, have had iOS devices since day one, and develop for both platforms. I am not a "fan" of any platform. I have always chosen what works best for what I do. While I prefer Android over iOS at this point, I will be the first to admit that iPhone does what it does better than Android. Better hardware, better software, better customer service.

    If iPhone does all that you want, and you don't mind being under contract, it is IMHO, the best tool for that job.
    remember though, the s3 camera is better than any of the Nexi..Nexuses..? lol
    and theres some really good android music players but i agree with the rest.
    im really not a samsung (or htc) fan, they just happened to be the most powerful android based phones and i am an android fan

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-14-2012 12:38 PM
  2. EvilMonkey's Avatar
    The beauty of the hardware.

    An email app I can do useful work with without a bunch of hassles.
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    I'm probably one of the few people who thinks the iPhone's hardware is hideous. It's just a black ugly square slab. I know I'm in the minority on that but I've never liked it. Boring. Maybe I like my phones like my women...with some curves and personality.

    I also never understood people's praise of the email on iOS. You're limited with attachments (types allowed) and up until ios6 you couldn't even have different signatures on different accounts. It's ridiculous but at least now I can have different signatures so its not completely useless on my iPad, but my Android phone is still my go to device for managing email.

    As others noted, the GS3 blows away the iPhone on dozens of features, but only if you use the advantages of Android. If you don't care about customization or screen size or widgets or multitasking or 'real' maps or any of the other dozens of advantages Android has, then an iPhone will work just as well.
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    10-14-2012 12:56 PM
  3. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    True HD is 1080p...so no phone does True HD. Also you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the iphone 5s resolution and the S3 resolution and anyone that knows about displays will tell you this. Now you'll see the difference in the display since the SG3 is pentile and uses AMOLED display and the iphone 5 uses IPS LCD screen. Test have shown the iphone 5 display is better and so has other benchmarks test.


    To the OP....I just prefer to stay with android and I know when Apple has the more powerful device and will admit it..which it does. The iphone 5 is a beast of a phone and if you miss it then I would go purchase it, but you'll probably come back to android next year when the android devices are faster then the iphone 5 and you'll be stuck in a cycle of not being happy and keep changing devices.
    It's does 720p, the iphone 5 doesn't though it claims it does

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3 Boyyyyyy!
    10-14-2012 01:11 PM
  4. funkylogik's Avatar
    lol monkey i do like curves on my women but i do like my gadgets to look industrial, like space-age tools lol. i prefer the look of the One X over the s3 for example.
    a phone this size built like an iphone would probably weigh a tonne and/or cost a fortune though

    p.s, after handling the N7 yday,..... that is one beautiful black slab lol

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-14-2012 01:21 PM
  5. funkylogik's Avatar
    oopsy
    10-14-2012 01:21 PM
  6. funkylogik's Avatar
    ffs. does anyone else keep pressing "quote" instead of "modify"?? no wonder my post count is freakishly high lol
    10-14-2012 01:24 PM
  7. badbrad17's Avatar
    I love that this thread has remained positive and helpful. Quite a change on any ios vs android post imo.

    Definitely personal usage will determine what platform you choose. I think a good example of this is by defining the general user vs the super user. I know lots of people that use android and love it but use very few features. My wife still uses a BlackBerry because she can't get enough of the keyboard. But she does very little with her phone. Browsing Facebook, texting and email is 95 percent of her total experience. She has a tablet and does the same. Laptop and desktop computers same thing. Due to this fact I never buy her any device that requires any real horsepower. She doesn't need it or notice it.

    So i think that once you define your needs in a phone you will get a better picture of what is better for you. As one poster stated... Tell us what you miss in iOS and you may have your answer. If your S3 does more but doesn't feel right then all the other features are moot. It has to fit your personality and what you expect from a device. Everything else is just someone's opinion based on their needs.

    Good luck.

    Sent from my SGH-T989D using Android Central Forums
    10-14-2012 02:20 PM
  8. agentmobile's Avatar
    I actually like push notifications on iOS better than notifications on Android. I have both an AT&T S3 and an AT&T iPhone 5. I use the iPhone more, but I rooted my S3 and have been having a lot of fun with flashing ROMs lately . Just my honest opinion I was a long time android user and I bought an iPhone a year ago (4S) and for some reason I'm kinda hooked. But I could never give up android I love both OS's equally in their own ways, but for a daily driver I just prefer the iPhone for day to day tasks and organization. Just my opinion. U gotta find what's right for you, it seems to me your Leaning towards the iPhone


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    10-14-2012 02:32 PM
  9. funkylogik's Avatar
    I love that this thread has remained positive and helpful. Quite a change on any ios vs android post imo.

    Sent from my SGH-T989D using Android Central Forums
    oh definately mate and this is how a discussion should be

    its ok for android/ios folk to poke friendly fun at each other but when it comes down to people deciding on a phone to invest in for X amount of time, a good natured, fair thread like this is great

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
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    10-14-2012 03:02 PM
  10. badbrad17's Avatar
    I actually like push notifications on iOS better than notifications on Android. I have both an AT&T S3 and an AT&T iPhone 5. I use the iPhone more, but I rooted my S3 and have been having a lot of fun with flashing ROMs lately . Just my honest opinion I was a long time android user and I bought an iPhone a year ago (4S) and for some reason I'm kinda hooked. But I could never give up android I love both OS's equally in their own ways, but for a daily driver I just prefer the iPhone for day to day tasks and organization. Just my opinion. U gotta find what's right for you, it seems to me your Leaning towards the iPhone


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    And I still think Blackberry has both systems beat for message delivery.

    Sent from my Transformer Prime TF201 using Android Central Forums
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    10-14-2012 03:32 PM
  11. funkylogik's Avatar
    And I still think Blackberry has both systems beat for message delivery.

    Sent from my Transformer Prime TF201 using Android Central Forums
    i doubt anyone would deny that mate but wheres the future in bb lol

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
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    10-14-2012 03:49 PM
  12. NYC Dude's Avatar
    Between these 2 phones is pretty obvious the gs3 is better. Facts speak for themselves.

    That isn't a fact at all.


    To the OP you shouldn't need anyone to tell you why you should choose which phone or platform. My girlfriend and I each got a iPhone 5 on launch day for a few reasons. P.S. both of us had unlocked Galaxy Nexus's prior.

    1. Hardware
    It seems that the hardware both aesthetically, constructional, and functional wise is heads up above much of the competition. The galaxy nexus radios (wifi and signal wise were weak). The GPS on my phone didn't work at all so having the great native Google Maps was useless to me. This was the second Samsung phone I've owned that had a crap GPS. The first was the Epic 4G. The pentile screen on the Galaxy Nexus was also terrible. Artifacts when watching videos, grainy and lines through the screen. The iPhone screen is true to colors,clear, bright, can actually display white, and has all sub pixels. The wifi chip is superb and the camera is fantastic.

    2. Updates, if there is a update you're able to update your phone immediately. On android not so much, unless you purchase a nexus which I did but as stated above had many issues.

    3. Ecosystem, iOS has the best apps. The performance of the apps are smoother in comparison to android often times. Also there are many iOS exclusives not available on android. And often times you have to wait forever if a app is to crossover (many don't). Forget people telling you your locked into iTunes. Android doesn't have a official sync app. I have to root to back up app data. And on android you either use the google play store or the amazon app store (many just use the google play store) so its the same thing. My girlfriend works in the medical field as a registered nurse and there are great medical apps on iOS.

    4.Customer serivce, no android oem can give you anywhere near the customer service Apple can. If you have a problem no need to deal with the carrier take a trip to a Apple store and get great service and painless replacements if necessary.

    5. Battery, the actually battery life is better most of the time. I mean actually usage. In my experience android couldn't compare at all in actual usage time. Thats accross phones and tablets (I have a nexus 7 and iPad 2)

    6.Integration, if you have to be integrated into a system iOS is often preferred over android.

    7. Stability, android on 4.0 and 4.1 has greatly improved the stability of android. It is a huge difference from previous versions but I still give the lead to iOS.

    8. Resale value. If you switch phones often and sell your old phone and put in the difference to get a new one no other phone is going to retain its value better.


    There are some shortcoming of course like not being able to change the default apps. The stock apps do work well though. Not having a choice on screen sizes, although not everyone wants a 5inch screen on their phone. Contrary to what some on android central believe. Just weigh what is most important to you and make your decision. I'll keep my nexus 7 to still be in the android mix. I may or may not sell my galaxy nexus.
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    10-14-2012 04:11 PM
  13. apollooff320's Avatar
    I actually think I'm going to give the iphone 5 a try this year. One thing about being on a android forum is most of the ppl are bias and don't know much about ios and trying to throw their opinion on you as fact. I did my own research and a lot of the things ppl complain about is nonsense or actually can be done by jailbreaking the iphone. Jailbreaking looks to be easy and from the videos I've seen on youtube they'res a lot of customization and tinkering can be done when jailbroken. I found a file manager app and even found a app to move files to the computer to the iphone without itunes. All this stuff I didn't know because I stayed on android forums and didn't care much about ios. This thread made me actually look into the iphone more and from the time I made my first post in this thread until now all I've been doing is researching. The phone is sexy and once a jailbreak comes out for it i'll purchase it and give it a try. The screen size shouldn't be a problem since I do a lot of my browsing on a computer and my Transformer Prime tablet. These phone companies need to start coming out with more high end 4in screen phones instead of 4.5+ in and next year 5+in seems will be the norm.
    10-14-2012 04:11 PM
  14. xKrNMBoYx's Avatar
    ugh..it's all about your opinion. if you like your old iPhone after three months of using the S3 then it's not for you. Maybe you have not found all the nice features yet. I'm not going to tell you what to do, what to think, and definitely not write a long list of things that the S3 has that is better then your old iPhone.

    I actually think I'm going to give the iphone 5 a try this year. One thing about being on a android forum is most of the ppl are bias and don't know much about ios and trying to throw their opinion on you as fact. I did my own research and a lot of the things ppl complain about is nonsense or actually can be done by jailbreaking the iphone. Jailbreaking looks to be easy and from the videos I've seen on youtube they'res a lot of customization and tinkering can be done when jailbroken. I found a file manager app and even found a app to move files to the computer to the iphone without itunes. All this stuff I didn't know because I stayed on android forums and didn't care much about ios. This thread made me actually look into the iphone more and from the time I made my first post in this thread until now all I've been doing is researching. The phone is sexy and once a jailbreak comes out for it i'll purchase it and give it a try. The screen size shouldn't be a problem since I do a lot of my browsing on a computer and my Transformer Prime tablet. These phone companies need to start coming out with more high end 4in screen phones instead of 4.5+ in and next year 5+in seems will be the norm.
    There will be bias everywhere you go. In my opinion there is more bias in the Apple side. It is near impossible to say anything negative about iOS and positive about Android without getting chewed out and being framed as a bias fool "like what you did when you said most of the people are bias without knowing iOS or using it."

    Everyone with some basic and a little more knowledge on phones know about Jailbreaking, it's basically another word for rooting. The difference is iOS needs to root inorder to get many features that Android has without rooting. I find it funny how you call people's complaints and neccesities nonsense. iOS came out earlier than Android, so lots of people have experience with iOS. I would even go far to think that atleast 50% of the users on here (excluding the ones with single digit post) have used and even owned an iOS device.
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    10-14-2012 04:21 PM
  15. apollooff320's Avatar
    That isn't a fact at all.


    To the OP you shouldn't need anyone to tell you why you should choose which phone or platform. My girlfriend and I each got a iPhone 5 on launch day for a few reasons. P.S. both of us had unlocked Galaxy Nexus's prior.

    1. Hardware
    It seems that the hardware both aesthetically, constructional, and functional wise is heads up above much of the competition. The galaxy nexus radios (wifi and signal wise were weak). The GPS on my phone didn't work at all so having the great native Google Maps was useless to me. This was the second Samsung phone I've owned that had a crap GPS. The first was the Epic 4G. The pentile screen on the Galaxy Nexus was also terrible. Artifacts when watching videos, grainy and lines through the screen. The iPhone screen is true to colors,clear, bright, can actually display white, and has all sub pixels. The wifi chip is superb and the camera is fantastic.

    2. Updates, if there is a update you're able to update your phone immediately. On android not so much, unless you purchase a nexus which I did but as stated above had many issues.

    3. Ecosystem, iOS has the best apps. The performance of the apps are smoother in comparison to android often times. Also there are many iOS exclusives not available on android. And often times you have to wait forever if a app is to crossover (many don't). Forget people telling you your locked into iTunes. Android doesn't have a official sync app. I have to root to back up app data. And on android you either use the google play store or the amazon app store (many just use the google play store) so its the same thing. My girlfriend works in the medical field as a registered nurse and there are great medical apps on iOS.

    4.Customer serivce, no android oem can give you anywhere near the customer service Apple can. If you have a problem no need to deal with the carrier take a trip to a Apple store and get great service and painless replacements if necessary.

    5. Battery, the actually battery life is better most of the time. I mean actually usage. In my experience android couldn't compare at all in actual usage time. Thats accross phones and tablets (I have a nexus 7 and iPad 2)

    6.Integration, if you have to be integrated into a system iOS is often preferred over android.

    7. Stability, android on 4.0 and 4.1 has greatly improved the stability of android. It is a huge difference from previous versions but I still give the lead to iOS.

    8. Resale value. If you switch phones often and sell your old phone and put in the difference to get a new one no other phone is going to retain its value better.


    There are some shortcoming of course like not being able to change the default apps. The stock apps do work well though. Not having a choice on screen sizes, although not everyone wants a 5inch screen on their phone. Contrary to what some on android central believe. Just weigh what is most important to you and make your decision. I'll keep my nexus 7 to still be in the android mix. I may or may not sell my galaxy nexus.
    I like this post and has a lot of information. Instead of posting the SG3 is better and that is fact. People need to stop trying to justifying their devices. Like I said before the SG3 isn't better and benchmarks show that and that is actually a fact. I use to think apple fanboys were bad but for the last year it seems android fanboys have gotton twice as worst
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    10-14-2012 04:26 PM
  16. funkylogik's Avatar
    @apollo tbh out of all the forums on this site, id say this one has the most ex-iphone users so it has a fairly good bias

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-14-2012 04:29 PM
  17. Champion1229's Avatar
    I used to be a big Apple user (and still am with the Mac lineup!) up until last year when 4G LTE became the new standard. I use my phone a lot and I need it to have lighting fast internet connection that is always on and always fast which 3G on Verizon is neither! When the iP4 was announced and everyone was shocked that it failed to have LTE connectivity I decided the gig was up and switched to the Thunderbolt and while that device had its quirks, I loved the actual OS! The shear ability to have complete control over the device all the way down to boot animations was like being set free on the playground as a little kid!

    Now I cannot speak from experience on the SGS3 because I have the Droid Razr but just from the standpoint of actual OS I can tell you that the SGS3 (running android) blows anything Cupertino can make out of the water! The full 720p HD display is stunning and who would want a puny little 4inch display? Not anyone who likes to play games, surf the internet, watch movies / tv shows, use Apps, etc! Actual performance is about the same but the funny thing is that the SGS3 is over 6 months old and it is still being compared to the NEW iPhone 5! Just wait until the SGS4 is released sometime in the next few months and then we can do a real comparison or even when the new Nexus device(s) are released this holiday season! Build quality varies depending on your view.... If you like a device that may not feel solid but yet it can survive a beating then the S3 is the one for you but if you like a premium feeling device that you want to wave around like a hundred dollar bill but as soon as you drop the phone on the ground (or anywhere else) it breaks into a million shiny pieces then the iP5 is for you!
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    10-14-2012 04:29 PM
  18. ysbg's Avatar
    How about Google integration? I use Gmail (I also have my university email in Gmail) and Google contacts, Google calendar, Google drive, Google Reader, Google Music etc.. quite intensively and to have all this seamlessly synchronized on my phone is great. I'm missing out on Google Chrome on my phone for now but hopefully not for much longer.

    I don't know how all this synchronisation would work out in iOS but would be curious to find out.

    I'm also quite excited about the ability to take actions from the notification panel in jelly bean. The idea of being able to delete an email without even having to open the app sounds great!

    Sent from my HTC Desire using Android Central Forums
    10-14-2012 04:29 PM
  19. xlDeMoNiClx's Avatar
    I like this post and has a lot of information. Instead of posting the SG3 is better and that is fact. People need to stop trying to justifying their devices. Like I said before the SG3 isn't better and benchmarks show that and that is actually a fact. I use to think apple fanboys were bad but for the last year it seems android fanboys have gotton twice as worst
    I love how people keep bringing up benchmarks in favor of the iPhone 5. Yes some show that the i5 performed better than the S3 but others say the opposite so it kinda makes it a moot point.
    10-14-2012 04:43 PM
  20. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I like this post and has a lot of information. Instead of posting the SG3 is better and that is fact. People need to stop trying to justifying their devices. Like I said before the SG3 isn't better and benchmarks show that and that is actually a fact. I use to think apple fanboys were bad but for the last year it seems android fanboys have gotton twice as worst
    Just look at it overall... It all depends on what u want but when it comes to features, the S3 triumphs over iphone factually, but when it comes to speed,battery life and business efficency, I'd say the iphone is better...Me being an iphone user for a long time I had switched becuz I just needed more functionality... I love that the S3 uses a MicroSD card its easier to transfer music via disk mounting than iTunes, I hated waiting for my music to sync, I love that it has LED notification like blackberries used to have, and I actually like the customizable interface because I like to change it every once in a while, and I also found out I can connect my PS3 controller to play games which I do

    Iphone is a really good too its fast and doesn't lag and GREAT battery, but having kept the same interface for a long time it gets boring (to me)... Even Windows Phone is more customizable than iphone... I think iphone is better for business, but iphone does have a lot of supported accessories which is also a good thing, but also no camera features such as exposure or effects like they have on the Mac, that was a first for me as all my previous phones had camera effects

    My opinion overall, the S3 has many more features and that's what made me love it more... Some people may not use all the features but for me, more latest features is a better phone for me, again it depends on the kind of person u are... I wouldn't say they are the same and thus is an unbiased opinion

    The thing I do hate about Android is the apps always force closing randomly its annoying

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3 Boyyyyyy!
    10-14-2012 04:43 PM
  21. NYC Dude's Avatar
    How about Google integration? I use Gmail (I also have my university email in Gmail) and Google contacts, Google calendar, Google drive, Google Reader, Google Music etc.. quite intensively and to have all this seamlessly synchronized on my phone is great. I'm missing out on Google Chrome on my phone for now but hopefully not for much longer.

    I don't know how all this synchronisation would work out in iOS but would be curious to find out.

    I'm also quite excited about the ability to take actions from the notification panel in jelly bean. The idea of being able to delete an email without even having to open the app sounds great!

    Sent from my HTC Desire using Android Central Forums
    I have both my Gmail and university email synced via exchange. I also have google contacts and google calendar synced also. It works great. I don't use google drive or google reader so I can't speak on that. Google music is probably what I'm going to miss most as there is no native app for iOS. Just a web app that sucks imo.
    10-14-2012 04:48 PM
  22. funkylogik's Avatar
    theres no point talkin about benchmarks unless youre comparing both phones on their latest o/s i think
    as for integration... android source code is completely open, select "share" and all relevant apps pop up for you to choose from etc.... i honestly dont know if ios does this?

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-14-2012 04:56 PM
  23. xlDeMoNiClx's Avatar
    theres no point talkin about benchmarks unless youre comparing both phones on their latest o/s i think
    as for integration... android source code is completely open, select "share" and all relevant apps pop up for you to choose from etc.... i honestly dont know if ios does this?

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    Doesn't show nearly as many options as Android does apparently.
    10-14-2012 04:57 PM
  24. funkylogik's Avatar
    Doesn't show nearly as many options as Android does apparently.
    i kinda thought that just because everything is so locked down with apple. i love when a new app apears in a list of "complete using" or whatever

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-14-2012 05:01 PM
  25. badbrad17's Avatar
    That isn't a fact at all.

    Ecosystem, iOS has the best apps. The performance of the apps are smoother in comparison to android often times. Also there are many iOS exclusives not available on android. And often times you have to wait forever if a app is to crossover (many don't). Forget people telling you your locked into iTunes. Android doesn't have a official sync app. I have to root to back up app data. And on android you either use the Google play store or the amazon app store (many just use the google play store) so its the same thing. My girlfriend works in the medical field as a registered nurse and there are great medical apps on iOS.
    I agree with many of your points, but many are a personal preference ie: the battery thing is debatable and because you can swap batteries I give the nod to android every time.

    Where I do find fault is in the comment above regarding the apps. People always say that the apple store is better and has more exclusive apps but whenever I ask which ones they are referring to I get little to no response. The fact of the matter is that Android is catching apple and will soon surpass them if things continue to grow at the current rate. The apple app dev kit is better than Android, but Google is working hard to correct this. Regardless, Android also has many exclusive apps, games and features that ios doesn't have. So please enlightened me with these must have apps that we are missing out on (and no nursing apps please as l doubt the OP will benefit from these)

    And as for the sync app... why would anyone sync anything on android? I use Google music which syncs automatically for music. I use companion link to automatically sync my calendar and contacts from my desktop Outlook and if I want to put anything else on my phone I can just plug the phone in and drag the files onto my phone just like a USB stick. So, I'm not seeing the logic here.

    And as for backing up app data, you can choose to backup all of your apps and settings to your Google account. No rooting needed. I just did a full reset on my phone and 2 tablets over the last couple of weeks and they all worked perfectly. All my apps were there after the reset. And there are also other apps that can keep a full list of your apps if you don't want to use the restore feature or root.

    Sent from my Transformer Prime TF201 using Android Central Forums
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    10-14-2012 05:13 PM
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