Apple iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Feature by feature, the Samsung Galaxy features have been impressive from the get-go.  Although Apple users swear by their iPhones, Samsung Galaxy S2 was leading the pack with features for a few years.  When Apple updated their [amazon_link id=”B005VGFQXE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]iPhone to 4S[/amazon_link], even some stalwart Android feature watchers came over to Apple.   However, now, with the with [amazon_link id=”B0080DJ6CM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Galaxy S3[/amazon_link] release, the scales could tip again.

Are you trying to decide which smart phone to get?

Let’s take a look at the specs.

External Features

Galaxy and its screen are larger than iPhone’s which means Galaxy has useful larger screen space for some but iPhone has smaller more convenient pocket size for others.  The iphone 4S is 20cm3 smaller than the Galaxy 3S.  The size difference results from the giant 4.8” screen on Galaxy  versus the notably smaller 3.5” screen on iPhone 4s.  As for the display itself, both are fantastic, but Galaxy S3 has 720 x 1280 px vs. iPhone’s 960 x 640 pixels, so, on paper at least, Galaxy’s resolution is quite a bit better..

Galaxy S3 has [amazon_link id=”B001A5PDKQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]HDMI[/amazon_link] output, [amazon_link id=”B00698ZUHK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]MicroSD[/amazon_link] slot, and a removable battery.  Also, the phone can be charged via standard USB cable or wirelessly.  iPhone 4s has none of these features.

iPhone 4S has a dedicated camera button that Galaxy S3 does not have which makes it easier to take pictures on the iPhone.

Internal Features

Although Galaxy S 3 has twice the RAM memory (1.0 GB vs. 0.5 GB), it has much less internal memory (16.0 GB vs. 64.0 GB) and much slower uploads (3.0 MBits/s vs. 5.76MBits/s).

Available Apps and Updates

For the moment, iPhone 4S is ahead with apps available, but the number of apps is changing constantly, and it is not hard to imagine that Samsung Galaxy S3 will soon have as many or more apps functioning.

Apple does have the advantage of being able to roll out updates directly to iPhone 4S users.  Samsung and Android updates are not as straightforward.

What to do?

Having looked at the specs and the phones, I’m pretty excited by the Galaxy 3S but I haven’t made the switch yet for several reasons.  For one thing, I’ve invested in apps from the Apple Store and I do not want to have to repurchase those apps. Additionally, I load up my smartphone with music, movies, and data so the much larger memory capacity of the iPhone is a draw for me.

Specs are one thing, but when it comes down to actual usage, for me, since I carry my phone in my pocket, the massive size of the Galaxy 3S disincentives me from switching – at least for the moment. Also, the [amazon_link id=”B005VGFQXE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]iPhone[/amazon_link] works so seamlessly with iCloud and my MacBook Pro.  If I were still full-time PC user, I would probably go for the [amazon_link id=”B0080DJ6CM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Galaxy S3[/amazon_link], despite it’s size, but, as a Mac user making the switch is unlikely in the near future.


Super Gadget Guy


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