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. DRII

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    No, but I don't know how other devices integrate Beats Audio. The Rezound was seemingly designed around it, hence its odd shape. It was also the first phones with Beats, and HTC used it as a marketing selling point.

    The reason why i use the Rezound as a point of comparison is because I own and am familiar with :confused: Why would you find that strange is surprising...

    We're just comparing/contrasting, so don't take offense...
     
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    We're not just comparing and contrasting. You're trashing the iPhone, and you're propping up the Rezound. I know it's what you use, but there are much better Android devices out there to draw comparisons to. I've used and played around with the GSIII, the Galaxy Nexus, the HTC One X/S, the Droid Razr...I haven't played around with a Rezound, but it's a year old. I doubt it stacks up to the GSIII in terms of performance.

    You say you've played around with an iPhone 5, and find it worse than the 4...I just can't believe that at all. I have a few friends at work with the GSIII, the Droid Razr, and iPhone 4s and 4Ss. Everyone has been asking me about the 5, and those that have played around with it have been impressed. A coworker who used to work in retail for Verizon HATES iPhones and has a Droid Razr Maxx. He was really impressed with the iPhone 5, and couldn't believe how fast it was.

    Again, it's all a matter of preference, but to say we're "just comparing" is complete BS. This thread has been a lot of trashing of other phones (on both sides). Mobile phone wars are turning into political style discussions. No one wins.
     
  3. Power Player

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    Honestly the thread would be more interesting if we narrowed it down to iphone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920.

    I think there would be less fanboyism and attacks because most of can appreciate both phones more and they are the 2 most desired new releases.

    And the iphone 5 smokes the 4 in every facet. I doubt the guy has even used one if he says that. No sane person would say different. It is the best iphone ever made. And as obvious as that sounds, it is no easy feat to continue to best your last offering. I feel like the ipad 3 in many ways did not beat out the 2, and I prefer my 2 still.
     
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    The only thing with iPhone 5 are just some initial I pressions found on all new release phones that need to be fixed, such as battery drain issue on the5. Other an that, not being a fanboy or anything, I would pick an iPhone over the others right now, due to ease of use and the overall is simplicity of the iOS layout. Not to mention it runs with few to no hiccups either, when Android and such have to deal with some more of these issues. I have played with all the iPhones and many of the newer android phones, so I am not biased towards one or the other.
     
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    The Rezound is old (in cell phone terms) yet matches (or out classes in some cases) the Iphone 5 in nealry every area, as I've pointed out throughout this thread!

    Your insults won't change that!

    This thread is the only time I've seen FPS being a significant point of comparison. I guess it may make a difference in gaming, but with video I've never noticed any ghosting whatsoever while watching video in true 720p HD (which again is not even possible with the Iphone 5).

    And I'm telling you that I notice a significant difference when beats audio is engaged when it comes to playing music! The sound is much richer and deeper with Beats! I don't know how it works on other phones...
     
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    Honestly if there was more app development for the WP8 platform, I might have held out for the Lumia 920. Unfortunately, a good number of the apps I use on a daily basis aren't yet available on WP8. I'm hoping that with this Lumia, WP gains market share and more development.

    I've heard it takes longer to charge with wireless charging, and I've also heard that the 920 will only be on AT&T at first, and those both would have been downsides along with the lack of apps, but everything else about that phone looks stunning. The screen, the camera, the re-imagined operating system, and it's a striking style as well.

    If WP 8 takes off over the next couple of years, I could absolutely see myself buying a Lumia when I'm eligible to upgrade.
     
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    Agan, I've praised Apple and its products including the Iphone 5 all throughout this thread, perhaps you should go and re-read some of my posts.

    I said the Iphone 5 is worse as far as tactile quality, it feels cheaper and 'plastic' compared to the Iphone 4, I was not talking about performance.

    You often times tend to misread what I've said, and its quite bewildering :confused:, and then less informed individuals jump onto your interpertation...
     
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    Yeah it also is thicker and larger than I prefer. I like the size of the iphone5 a lot. But WP8 is going to be a droid beater IMO. I think Windows versus apple will dominate the phone market as it did PC.

    I also know how to use an EQ so I will not miss beats audio on my phone..lol.
     
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    You're talking about specs, not performance. The iPhone 5 out performs EVERY phone on the market currently in benchmark tests. This includes the international Quad Core GSIII, the One X, the Galaxy Nexus, you name it.

    The Rezound has the highest PPI on the market (that I know of anyway). That's it's claim to fame. But you're trying to say that the iPhone 5 is outperformed by all these other phones when it's just not the case. Anandtech has done exhaustive testing in regards to performance benchmarks and display quality, and the iPhone has come out on top.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6334/iphone-5-screen-performance

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview

    The iPhone consistently outperformed every other phone on the market, and also had performance rankings above the newest iPad. It's clear this phone is a processing powerhouse.
     
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    I don't misread what you say, I'm just not content to take what you say at face value. There is NO plastic on the iPhone 5. It's lighter, sure, but aluminum and glass don't feel like plastic. That's a clear dig at a phone that you personally feel is mediocre, but it's also not factually accurate due to the lack of plastic. Also, I've not heard one other person say that about this phone. You're the only one to say "plasticky".

    It's OK that you don't like the iPhone...I don't know how many times I have to say that, but your claims that it's simply "catching up" is completely ridiculous. See my post above.
     
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    We have both posted links and facts backing up why the iphone5 is ahead of the droids in terms of speed and screen.

    Notice none of them have been adressed. Not once.

    Also the fact that he says it is plasticy makes me wonder what he would think of the s3.

    It is safe to say he has never used the i5. I have been using my coworkers now for 3 days and in no possible way is it plasticy.

    Ill just repost what you posted one more time.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview
     
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    PP,

    You are lucky you pre-ordered. I don't think there is any iPhone 5 inventory here in town.
     
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    There isnt..its crazy!
     
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    Well then, why in the he11 would you even respond to my posts in the first place :confused:

    If you're not going to take what I say at face value!

    I don't know if your comprehension is low or what. I said the Iphone 5 feels cheap and plasticy compared to its predecessor, and that makes it seem like a small Samsung! I.E. I was praising Apple (for its outstanding build and quality on the Iphone 4) and ridiculing Samsung (Androids largest cell phone maker)! Directly contradicting everyhting you accused me of...

    FYI, another poster agreed for the most part, so I'm not the only one to feel that way.

    And when I'm talking about capabilities, I'm not talking about benchmarking. The Iphone can not play 720p HD video, have widgets, or customization no matter how fast it is...
     
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    I went to an artist show last night in Soho and totally GOATed all of my contemporaries with my iPhone 5. I was the star of the party. I had lots of wine and got bromantical with my iPhone and 30 hot models from Craigslist.

    Women half my age were chatting me up and showering me with Cortrx Crystals at a über sexi restaurant called Cafeteria.

    It is an epic device. It can change your life.

    iPhone 5 is the Epic GCPOAT.

    Fedace: un ban him.
     
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    Microsoft Zune.

    And don't forget what Apple was like when Jobs wasn't at its helm.
     
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    Dali is just crushing it...LOL.

    Zune is not a PC. A phone now is. No one beats Apple or MS at PC yet. Not even google.

    I counter your zune example with...Chromebook. :)
     
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    Haha! But Chromebook, although at the current time a failure, does actually demonstrate innovation and a glance into the future. Also Google have never been in the PC OS market, so you're comparing apples to oranges! And where was Microsoft when Apple introduced the iPhone, and Google Android phones?

    I say my counter, counters your counter threefold! :)
     
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    And I don't believe that at all. And the other person in this thread that "agreed" said that it was light, and that they prefer more heft. That's not them saying "it feels plastic and cheap". Read any review of the phone. Even negative reviews mention how good the phone feels, and how nice the build quality is. Forgive me if I don't believe your opinion over the dozens of opinions online from people that write about tech for a living.

    As for the capabilities, you're specifically pointing out what the iPhone can't do, and ignoring the downsides to Android. You'll never have an up to date Operating system. You'll never have access to Apple's apps, which are hands down better than many of their Android counterparts. You'll never have the smooth, buttery OS and your phone will always have to deal with fragmentation of apps, etc.

    That might not be a big deal for you, so your phone is a perfect fit. For me? I was tired of Android and was ready for a stable platform. Again, it's all about personal preference.
     
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    ^^^

    But he has beats audio...LOL.

    BTW, Jellybean sucks. I hacked a ROM of it into my phone and google now just stalks everything I do and notifies me of stupid things I dont even care about. For example, it thinks I like soccer for some reason I dont know about and constantly is telling me about MLS games (I did not google search or youtube any soccer games).

    Droids are so intrusive and just reek of privacy infrigement on Jellybean. they also now have people hacking your phone via FPC, so I am glad the iphone does not have that yet.

    torres I will counter counter by stating that nothing with the word laptop in it will be a part of the future IMO.

    A chrometab (??? I dont know..haha)would have been smarter but windows is going to throw down in the Tablet world rather soon, and W8 will interact rather niceley with its phones and tablets just like apple has done.
     
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    Ah but a Surface Tablet or Transformer or equivalent is basically a laptop. Just because you can pull the screen off doesn't change the fact its a 'laptop'.

    And I would never trade the greater power and functionality of an ultra book for any tab with flat bolt on keyboard.

    I think I'm winning this contest 5-1 so far ;-)
     
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    Ok well if we change tablet to laptop than the argument is all off course. In the tech world a laptop is still not a tablet.

    We must have RULES of engagement dammit!!

    Anyway lets be honest, the Macbook Air was the first real slim cloud based laptop and it sold well.

    Now if you are saying that tablets have overtaken laptops to the point where they are considered to be laptops then wouldnt a chromebook be a huge step backwards? LOL
     
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    That was me :)

    Yes, you're right. No doubt the new iPhone has the usual incredible build quality. I just prefer alot more heft to it, something that light doesn't feel right in my hand. That's the way all phones seem to be going these days, lighter is better, but not for me.

    It's not a huge issue, just choose the heaviest case you can find and it doesn't matter whatever phone it is. I have an S3 and it feels just as light as the new iPhone, people complain it feels cheap but with a case you can't tell at all.
     
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    Yeah, and that's what I figured. Some people like heft. I don't mind it, but I have a clear, slim case on my phone, so it adds a bit to it, and it feels nice. I think naked that the iPhone 5 feels great too, I just want to keep it in good condition for potential resale value.
     
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    WTH do you mean believe that :confused:

    Makes no sense! Thats my opinion! Just say you disagree!

    And like I said, i don't neccessarily want the newest operating system, as long as the one I have is funstioning properly and meets my needs. Gingerbread was just fine at that, ICS is very good - only a few subtile differences i notice. You may be obsessed with the newest thing on the block, I'm not...

    and fine if you like your Iphone, great; again thats your preferrence. I think it feels cheaper and much less substantial than the previous Iphone (again, not talking about performance)!

    Also, Android has been stable for me, and my apps work fine! Your comparison vs Apple's apps is just your opinion (iOS maps debacle seems to contradict your assesment)...
     
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    What case are you using? It sounds exactly like what I want.
     
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    Didn't Tim Cook say in his press announcement today that he was sorry that Apple Maps sucked, and that people should instead use Google maps via a browser? Big damage to apples 'it just works' reputation.

    Oh and Beats Audio is crap. Its just a marketing gimmick.
     
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    Apple and the NFL apologized in the same week...

    the world is coming to an end very soon.
     
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    [​IMG]

    It's called "Naked" from case mate. It offers decent protection and feels good in the hand, but it still shows off the design and back of the phone which I like. So far so good.
     
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    I think it's too bad that people who buy phones don't get regular updates. This is only a problem on Android. It's ridiculous that fragmentation is such an issue, and it affects you more than you realize with app development, Google development, etc.

    You're the only person I've heard that says the iPhone 5 is cheaper feeling than before. Lighter and thinner =/= cheaper. You're entitled to your opinion, but it seems like that's one you share alone.

    iOS Maps was a necessary change...I wish people understood that part of the story. Google wouldn't provide turn by turn on iPhone, which was a huge disadvantage. Apple had to get Nav on their phones, and they did. The maps are far from perfect, but if they kept Google maps there would have been choruses of "NO TURN BY TURN? WORST PHONE EVER!". They knew users wanted it, and they pushed a product out too early. Definitely a mistake, but at least a step in the right direction.

    3rd party app development is better for iOS. No one can argue that. Apps typically come out for iOS first, and developers spend more time on iOS apps. 80%+ of revenue from apps is generated by iPhones/iPads. It makes sense that developers work where the money is.
     
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    There's only one company that makes the one iPhone. There are about 100 different Android phones, and since Android is essentially open source in comparison, there's bound to be fragmentation. That's the price you pay for variety of choice across all types of hardware and price points.

    If you want guaranteed official updates just stick with a major manufacturer and carrier. Never had a problem with my S2. The latest update is always instantaneous.
     
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    Oh really...

    http://gizmodo.com/5945662/the-weirdest-thing-people-hate-about-the-iphone-5
     
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    What?

    The Galaxy SIII isn't running 4.1 Jelly Bean yet, and that is THE flagship Android phone on the market right now. All the major manufacturers have their "skins" on top of the OS, so they have to develop and update those overlays for the new systems.

    The only solution is to get a Nexus phone, which is vanilla Android with real time updates. The issue is, their latest phone, the Galaxy Nexus was a disappointment in some areas.
     
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    Stainless steel would have been a better more 'premium feeling' choice in my opinion; instead of aluminum...

    Stainless steel feels like steel, aluminum can feel more like dense matted plastic.
     
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    No turn by turn? Tom Tom is not only available on the IPhone but iPhone exclusive.

    Apple could have bought Tom Tom, Navtech or any number of turn by turn mapping companies with the $300 zillion cash they have. But they didn't. Big mistake of their own making.
     
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    who said cheap POS :confused:

    I was comparing the Iphone 5 to the ip4!
     
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    I agree with this. They definitely should have gone about it better. But dropping Google maps was necessary.
     
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    But a poorly timed, strategic, reputation damaging mistake, when they have no fully working alternative in place.

    Using the customer base as a development mule is very un-apple like....

    In fact its an interesting point. Are apple so arrogant now that they're not prepared to buy in tech?
     
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    clear plastic case. Very attractive to the eye. but it won't give you much protection if you drop it on concrete surface. better to get something with cushion or rubber cover. Soft rubber case made of D3O would afford you much protection
     
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    Yeah, it was a really bad decision. What I don't understand is why they didn't buy a company a year or two ago and integrate all this and really get ready for it.

    The new maps look nice, and I haven't had an issue with them yet, but lots of people hate them, and it's a blunder on Apple's part. They'll definitely get better, but it will be a long time, if ever, that they stack up to google maps (best maps around, imo).
     
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    I have AppleCare+ for the phone, so if I drop it and it shatters it's $49 for a brand new phone. I hate those big bulky cases personally. I like something that slips easily into a pocket and feels good in the hand.
     
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    Its probably a short-lived mistake...

    However, Apple often uses its ultra-loyal fan base as 'development mules' to further push the market in the direction they want; and often succeed!

    I.E. flash to HTML5, HD-DVD > Bluray (failed at this one), Itunes purchases to be played on non apple devices (just recently gave up and allowed an owner to play a song on what they want), etc...
     
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    I tried using Apple Maps today while riding to lunch. The test was to try and find directions to the restaurant we were heading to. I'll say that I tried every variation of the restaurant name and Apple tried to send me out of state every time.

    So I fired up Google Maps in my web browser. I typed in the first 3 letters of the restaurant and autocomplete filled in the rest. Winner by a mile = Google.
     
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    They bought 3 companies: Placebase, Poly9 and C3 Technologies. Unfortunately, it looks like they put too much weight on the functionality (in particular the 3D), and not enough on the underlying data. Hopefully they'll spend a few quid licencing some good local data from around the world.

    As the discussion has moved towards cases, I'm a Lifeproof man myself. They haven't released their case for the 5 yet (and at this point, they have only released cases for Apple products), but I've had one for my 4S since late last year. At the time of purchase, it was the slimmest ruggedised case, and also the only one that was waterproof. Really appreciated it when I was snowboarding.
     
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    See post #295.

    The culture of Apple customers simply aren't into being development mules. I didn't mind techie stuff and workarounds when I was a student and a 100% fully working computer was a novelty, but nowadays anything techwise that causes me hassle or wastes my time, just pisses me off. I just want the thing to work from the word go. Even Co-Pilot on Android pisses me off at time because I know it sometimes isn't offering me the most direct route (even though it will get me there eventually) but that's down to the 3rd party developer. Google Maps Navigation actually works very well in terms of efficient routing but it doesn't have the bells and whistles of a dedicated sat nav app. In fact, thinking about it, Google should combine the two, or maybe they just don't want to alienate potential developers.
     
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    I was having a conversation with Siri the other day and said, "Hey Siri, take me to the nearest Taco Bell."

    15 hours later, I noticed I was somewhere in the Arctic Circle!
     
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    I hope you brought a jacket!

    Just ordered two iPhone 5s from an AT&T store. They should be here Monday or Tuesday.
     

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