iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy s3?

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Which phone is better overall?

  1. iPhone 5

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  2. Samsung Galaxy s3

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  1. JoelDali

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    It's such a great phone. The only thing bugging me is developers who haven't updated their apps for the larger screen.

    So looking ahead to the iPhone 6 I'm sure we'll see 12mp camera and god knows what else.
     
  2. mikeler

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    It sucks for developers having to target 2 screen sizes now.
     
  3. drakulie

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    My wife and I spent the day together going to a number of places. We used the turn-by-turn feature on her phone, and it was spot on for every location we visited.

    I'm not trying discount the problems many have noted, but for us, it has yet to fail or show any sign of any problems.
     
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    Were you typing in the names of places or did you input the address? Maybe Apple is further along in their Maps development in South Florida too.
     
  5. Feña14

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    Could well be, I can't imagine them being too accurate in my little town. It's not exactly the kind of place you'd want to risk being lost in either! ;)
     
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    she would search the name of the places we were visiting. What was pretty amazing, is that we traveled a lot on I-595 from Ft. Lauderdale to the Davie area and then Sunrise, Plantation, and other areas.

    Anyway, on I-595, there has been a lot of construnction going with lanes and bridges being added, etc. The app already had all these new lanes, roads, bridges, forks, etc accounted for. We were very shocked to see it was so up to date, especially with all the complaints that people have been having since the release of the phone.
     
  7. Power Player

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    Maps is going to be fixed and will become a success for Apple in time. Everyone is focusing on maps, which should tell most people how strong the phone is.

    They actually have security guarding the FedEx guys delivering these phones to people's homes..lol. Amazing demand for these things.
     
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    Alright, now I'm interested in opinions on my basic usage being I own neither an IOS or Android device.

    Daily use: 60-90 min music from my microsd ( 64gb), 50-60 emails per day via exchange. 1-3 hours of web browsing and due to some site security in finance, may need access to full web vs mobile at times. Prefe,r a top notch camera being I don*t carry the wifes rebel 3 around. I have an older car stereo so have been reliant on the fm transmitter for over the stereo play. Other than the normal daily phone use, that's about it. Is one direction a better choice over the other?

    No trolling, genuinely curious.
     
  9. Feña14

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    Sounds like you use it quite a bit, both phones will more than take care of what you need. Maybe the option to use a spare battery with an Android would be useful? You never have to worry about running out of juice that way, also you can use your 64gb sd card with Androids, to go along with the 16gb internal.
     
  10. JoelDali

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    Just get an iPhone 5 battery case.

    I used my Mophie for my 4s and got 9 hours of use.

    The iPhone 5 battery cases should be epic being that the phone is so light. Can't wait for them to come out soon.

    Also get the new Speck Burton Prince of Wales case. Sick. Sick. Sick.

    :)
     
  11. adamX012

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    OP, go for Iphone 5. No second thought. Just do it!
     
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    i'd definitely say I'm a power user as I've always looked at it as a laptop replacement for work on the go.

    I'm guessing the only way to thwart the lack of an fmtx in the latest and greatest is to find an external like monster cable. Camera's seem to have moved forward outside of Nokia hardware in the past three years so I wouldn't feel a loss there.

    How are the stock browsers? Can you change user agents with ios or have access to opera in those needed cases?

    I'm assuming the lack of a mid trip battery exchange would be the biggest hurdle to iphone...no microsd on iphone? That'd be a bummer too. Can't stream well when globetrotting or off to the BWCA.

    I may just wait til the next gen to see if there's a need to move forward. Seems like it'd just be a little faster version of doing what I do...but I really want an excuse for a new toy dangit!
     
  13. chico212

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    Gs3 is the better phone, don't need a rocket scientist to see that
     
  14. adamX012

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    why? any proof?
     
  15. DRII

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    yea...

    no thinking required whatsoever.

    Why make a logical decision :confused:
     
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    Gorilla Glass. there you have the proof.
     
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    You realize that Apple used Corning Gorilla Glass II for the iPhone 5's screen, right?
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    the Samsung Galaxy has appeal, but I voted for the iPhone5 because of my history with macs...love 'em!
     
  20. Feña14

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    Same for me, love Macs, couldn't go back to Windows now. Phone's are different though, I gave up with the iPhone and went for Android.
     
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    Already been posted as have the benchmarks that show it smoking the S3 in every speed and CPU test possible.
     
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    Here is a very unbiased opinion on these two devices. it favors iphone 5 in speed. but color richness and display favors Galaxy S3.

    I am very much a visual person, like beautiful things and beautiful women. so i favor Galaxy S 3 overall.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1UEraHDoAQ&feature=related
     
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    Ok but how many times do we really buy phones based on benchmarks alone. We buy things based on feel and way we view the item. i posed a very much unbiased opinion above. but given that, i prefer S3 since i am a visual kind of person like most people.
     
  26. Power Player

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    Yet the I5 has been rated as having the richest and most detailed screen of any phone in the Anandtech link that I posted before as well.

    But the people here like myself who said we value speed and smoothness and find the i5 to be the best were told by few people that we should not be able to notice the difference. So the benchmarks show how dramatic that difference is, and why it means so much.

    But that video does show how much faster the 5 is ..its not even close..especially on the voice questions..wow. I cant wait. So sick of the droid lag that is very evident in that youtube vid.
     
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    oh yea. i saw iphone 5 and S3 side by side and viewed Utube and installed movies and Galaxy S 3 is so much better, it litterally turned me off to Iphones. richness and color of amold screen is so much better. benchmark really doesn't tell the real story of real viewing experience.

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/07/30/samsungs-new-amoled-display-to-out-retina-apple/
     
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    Just use your phone and stop trying to justify your choice!

    How much convincing do you need?

    Insecure much?
     
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    Agree with you but the drop test is something practical we all like to know. we can't all afford to buy that insurance just in case.
     
  31. Power Player

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    Its almost as if he was FORCED to click on this thread...lol. His comment is laced in irony.

    I hope to have mine Friday..longest wait ever.
     
  32. JoelDali

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    I was in Union Square for lunch and the kids that lay under the horse statues were impressed by my iPhone 5 when I showed them Air Hockey and Google search.
     
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    Be sure to have plenty of tissues handy...
     
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    I pretty doubtful regarding the new Iphone's durability. The new one just isn't as tuff as the last one...
     
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    You claim that people who buy apple products are uninformed, yet you post this?

    The iPhone 5 is FAR more durable than the iPhone 4/4S. It beat out the GSIII in multiple drop tests from multiple sources, and the ifixit guys posted a video where they dropped the 5 multiple times on a tile floor, and the screen didn't crack until they borderline threw it on the ground from 5+ feet up.

    You can say that you personally find it cheaper feeling (I disagree with this personally), or that the anodized aluminum on the black is more prone to scratching or scuffing (this I agree with), but this is a far more durable phone than the iPhone 4(S) in terms of withstanding drops and not shattering or breaking.

    Gizmodo

     
  36. Dags

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    Of course, it could be argued that's because it contains far less data compared to Google Maps. :D

    Ok, that'll be my final pop at the Maps app. I've flogged that horse, and then some. I'm currently using Google Maps via a browser when I'm stationary, and am flicking between Waze and NavFree for turn-by-turn.

    As a side note, Siri still hasn't been properly globalised:

    Me: What are the latest football scores?
    Siri: Queens Park Rangers was beaten by West Ham last Monday; the final score was 2 to 1.

    That was indeed the latest match in the English Premier League. But someone needs to teach him (yes, Siri's male over here...) that we would never say '2 to 1'.

    Nice to see it recognising this sort of question though. I might well find myself using it more.
     
  37. BigServer1

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    I found this useful as well. On the weekends, even when the screen is locked I can fire up Siri and ask about NFL or College Football scores, and it hasn't missed one yet. Even if I ask by school name or mascot, it works well.

    It's an imperfect feature, but it's getting better and more useful.
     
  38. DRII

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    WTH would I claim people that buy Apple products are uninformed when I own several myself :confused:!!!


    Sorry but I consider finish just as important, if not more important, when it comes to durability. Scrathes and ding events have a much higher probability of happening than the screen shattering events. The new Iphone's finish, especially in black, is just poorly executed. Again, aluminum was a bad choice; at least in the way Apple chose to finish or seal it...
     
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    Should have said "iPhones" not apple products in general. That's my bad.

    Someone mentioned "the drop test" being important and you said: "pretty doubtful regarding the new Iphone's durability. The new one just isn't as tuff as the last one..."

    Again, the post you responded to was specifically talking about drop durability, which is light years better on this phone than on the 4 or 4S. This is proven by every drop test and every comparison done so far. In addition, we've seen the iPhone 5 last longer and hold up better than top Android phones, even in tests performed by Android specific website.

    As for scratches and dings...Every phone gets these. Some might be more prone than others (and the black iPhone may well fit in this camp), but my black iPhone 5 was flawless out of the box, as was my wife's white iPhone, and so far in nearly two weeks of use there aren't scratches or scuffs on either phone. If you take a set of keys or a knife or sharp object to any phone, it will scratch, iPhones included. Fwiw, people who had issues right out of the box have been able to return their phones for new ones that aren't damaged.

    Side note, the HTC One X is incredibly prone to scratches, both on the screen and on the body. The reason you didn't hear about it was because 6 million people didn't buy/preorder the HTC One X in the first 48 hours it was available, so it wasn't big news. Any time Apple does something, good or bad, it's national news. It's the reason why we have so many "___gates", and why so many people hate the iPhone.
     
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    Yes i agree. This really confused me to no end. I hear on CNN reports that brand new Iphone 5 out of the box may have scratches or little chips on the paint or plastic. and then i hear Drop test is much better than previous phones and even Galaxy S3 on Utube. So what is going on here ? this is confusing me . Arrrrrrrhhhhhh.:???:
     
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    Yea, I could have been more specific. I was refferring to the Iphone's finish being prone to scratching and chips. All reports I've seen do state that the Iphone's screen and casing itself are very strong.

    Its a shame about the finish though, and the camera in bright light (shows purple hue on pics)...
     
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    Since Iphone is so susceptable to chips and scratches even just out of the box, why does it do so well on drop test ? i thought it would just shatter into million pieces if you drop the thing.:confused:
     
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    Classic case of an iron fist wrapped in a silk glove...

    The outer skin is dramatically delicate (probably a cheap paint and finish job is to blame here), while the case and internals are tough as nails. Buying an additional cover-case will solve this problem as BigServer has done.
     
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    I got an Otterbox cover for my iPhone but the AT&T people bamboozled me. They said the iPhone 5 would ship within 24 hours. That was last Friday, still has not shipped. I have a right mind to cancel the whole order and threaten to leave AT&T.

    As for Apple Maps, it has performed OK for me the last few days. I'm just always going to be a Google Maps guy though. I want details, not beauty when it comes to maps.
     
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    Glorious day, I am getting mine at lunch.

    Thinking about scratching mine up like it's an old Strat just for a more vintage look.
     
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    You wouldn't dare.
     
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    Yeah, we'll see how the majority of the phones wear over time. I'm interested to see phones after 6-12 months. I have a slim case on mine, just to protect against dings and dents that could plague any smart phone. I do have the top and bottom edges exposed with my case, so we'll see if those areas wear a lot more.

    The purple hue issue apparently is normal on some camera phones if taken in certain light? I've got to be honest I don't know much about this one, but I read that lower quality cameras (like every camera phone) are more prone to this purple haze if shooting directly in bright, natural light.

    http://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/09/26/the-iphone-5s-camera-suffering-purple-haze-flaw-not-fast/

    That article has an interesting comparison where the 4S has much more of a purple hue than the 5. I've also heard that a lot of phone cameras do this, but again I'm not sure. I think it's more a byproduct of extreme lighting conditions and cheaper parts that have to fit into thin units.

    http://www.digitalversus.com/mobile-phone/apple-iphone-5-p14366/iphone-5-camera-does-purple-haze-isn-t-alone-n26390.html

    This article shows some iPhone 5 shots, and then a picture taken with a Canon that has similar issues. So I don't know, maybe it's common? It's still a bummer in certain lights, even if it is common.
     
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    Cross your fingers that it has no scratches or chips on the paint. What would you do if it does ? I would return it for another one. I can't stand imperfections.
     
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    You most-likely aren't a fan of the TT poster, nostradamus.
     
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    Im not an OCd person with 1st world problems, so I really dont care.
     

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