Friday, September 7, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5?

I have a confession...  I own an iPhone 3GS... still.

Yes it's time to upgrade.  It's been time to upgrade.  But last week made it my time to upgrade.  I've only every dropped my phone twice... TWICE!  Last week I dropped it a third time.  Apparently the third time did it in.  The screen now has 2 cracks.  The second is pretty noticeable.

Sorry for the over saturation of the photo but it shows the crack the best.

Now that its determined that I must upgrade my phone I'm in sort of a flux.  There are 2 competing rivalries I see going on - Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5.

Why these two phones?  They are (or will be) the hottest phones on the market.  Currently the Samsung Galaxy S3 is most popular phone.  Last weekend I took a trip to the Verizon Wireless store to see the phone for myself.  When compared to the other Android devices it contained the most sleek design and outperformed many of the others when it came to specs.  I loved the 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display!  I'm sure this would be a phone that I would enjoy using for reading my Kindle books on the go as well as viewing my other apps.  But what about the lawsuit?  Should that effect my decision to buy?  Will this phone be taken off the market?

As most of you know, Apple is to be awarded $1 billion in damages after finding Samsung guilty of "willful" violations of a number of Apple's patents in the creation of its phones.  However, apparently that shouldn't concern me too much because it only really effected older model phones.  The newer Samsung phones, such as the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy S3 were not on trial.  That's because since the litigation began Samsung has steered clear of designs similar to Apple's.

For now, this won't sway my decision.  But the iPhone 5 might...

On September 12th it's speculated that Apple will unveil the iPhone 5.  The hardware will probably be equivalent to the Samsung Galaxy, such as an upgrade from the Dual-core A5 chip to a Quad-core chip and a better camera.  The obvious upgrade will be a larger screen featuring the Retina display.  Apple's consistently increased screen size with each major release so it's safe to assume they will again.

The key to a good smart phone is the operating system.  Android has made huge leaps towards becoming the most widely distributed mobile platform for smart phones.  However, I've used iOS for sometime now and I enjoy the look and feel.  Both are equivalent for providing apps.  The core apps I use are: Bank of America, Mint, Facebook, Pandora, Songza, Kindle, USA Today, Chrome, and Tech Review.  I found that all have an app on both Android and iOS.  This makes me happy.  :)

For the past 8 years I've been a heavy user of iTunes.  I owned iPods during college and I use my iPhone every day to listen to music at work (and as I write this).  If I switch to Android I need to make sure my music stay's synced and I don't want to spend a lot of time doing it!  The answer - Google Play.  Google Play allows me to store 20,000 songs on Google's servers for free.  That's not including songs I buy using their service.  That's nice because that will allow me to access my music from anywhere.  I like those types of cloud services.

My decision so far is to wait.  With only 5 days until Apple's announcement, that's too close to make my decision now.  But I am leaning towards Samsung.  I'm even thinking about diving into Android development.  We'll see.  Which ever I choose I'll probably write a review on it.

What do you think?  Do you have a preference?

1 comment:

  1. All the cool kids are wearing Apple. :>

    Seriously, you're a dev. You want to actually own what you purchase.