Taylor Soper, Choose the Samsung Galaxy S3! Thoughts from A Fellow Techie

Posted on Dec 26 2012 - 9:57pm by Deidre

Taylor, It Will Be This One!

(Taylor, you should choose the Samsung Galaxy S3!)

 Taylor Soper, tech writer over at Geekwire, published a dilemma article today about his next smartphone selection. He has an HTCG2 and is ready to sign with a new contract carrier; his only question is: “IPhone 5 or Galaxy S3?” Soper has already received some comments (in favor of the iPhone 5), but Taylor, I’ll offer my thoughts here. Hopefully, you will read this article and at least accept my advice (if not agree with it).

Who better to offer you advice than someone who owns both an iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy S3? Being the owner of both devices, let me say that the iPhone is not a new device to me. In your article, Taylor, I don’t remember reading any admission from you of owning an iPad. With that said, I gained the iPhone 4S but had the third-generation iPad with Retina already—a device I’ve had since March. With that said, the iPhone for me was a smaller iPad that I can use for voice, text, and web services. I am enjoying my service with T-Mobile: I have a prepaid monthly plan with the carrier and own an unlocked iPhone 4S. The prepaid plan has entitled me to unlimited everything (voice, text, and data) for $50 a month (no hidden fees, surcharges, or taxes). The iPhone 4S, as you know, does not run on 4G but 3G speeds. I could live with this drawback, and the plan has worked marvelously for me.

The iPhone 5, then, is similar to the iPhone 4S with some modifications. For one thing, 4GLTE has become a huge part of the iPhone experience. You can get 4GLTE with the Galaxy S3 at a major carrier, as well – so this brings a tie. The iPhone 5, like its predecessors, is all about the touchscreen. Everything is nicely laid out on the main screen, and you can swipe from right to left (or vice versa) when you want to find an application. The iPhone 5 has a taller screen than does the iPhone 4S (4-inch vs. 3.5-inch, respectively). At the same time, however, the Galaxy S3 has a 4.8-inch screen, one that I think is better for reading articles. As a techie, I enjoy the reading experience on the S3 even more than that of the 4S because of the additional reading space.

While the iPhone 5 does differ from the 4S, it is similar in many ways. The S3, however, will be the best smartphone, even if you owned the iPhone 5. The reason? While there are things that make the iPhone 5 stand out, the S3 allows you more customization on your main pages as well as the impressive functions of your widgets. Owning the S3 some months before the iPhone 4S, I felt the difference in experience when I picked up my iPhone 4S, swiped the screen, and noticed that I had none of the widgets and customizations of the Galaxy S3. The ability to direct call, direct message, and to take screenshots of your pages with the side of your palm (palm swipe) are just a few features that provide the fun that you will miss with the iPhone 5. You may enjoy the convenience of the App Store, but you will be frustrated with the watered-down experience of the iPhone 5. This is not to say that Apple has not perfected its layout; what I am saying, however, is that the iPhone is a whole new world (in some sense, a more boring one) than that of Android. Enter at your own risk.

Best of luck on your decision, Deidre (a fellow techie)

  • Peter

    Well, people tend to move away from the lag-experionce no1, Lagdroid. People also tend to move away from lack- or anti-innovation (Samsung). Therefore, Taylor, make sure you don’t get caught into the Lagdroid wreckage.

  • Johan

    After two years of HORRIBLE Android-experiences I left that sinking ship earlier 2012 for a WP and haven’t looked back once.

    I used to spend hours each month to make my phone feel “just right” but never managed to. I spend those hours on family and friends instead these Days.

  • Deidre

    So you only had an Android phone for two years? this basically amounts to one contract with an Android phone, which is not enough of an experience to justify leaving Android for Windows.

    I have two cousins who both experienced problems with their Android phones. One cousin had to take his battery in and out to get the phone to work (it would cut off at random times), and the other cousin went out of town for a job conference and could not get her 4GLTE to work on her Galaxy S3. Things are different with me on the other hand: my Samsung Galaxy S3 works just fine; I have great 4GLTE, even when I’m out in the middle of a forest. With that said, I don’t think that the product is defective, but rather, that some phones are.

    I’m sure that you’ve had an excellent experience with Windows, but even Windows phones have their glitches, and even Windows tablets fall short of the expected performance level. All tech products do at some point. In these situations, we have to ask, “is it the brand or the product?” In most cases, it is likely the case that the phone is defective, not that the brand is inferior as a whole.

    This is not to say that your remark about the android you had is not valid; rather, it is to say that one bad experience with a phone (even 100 bad experiences) does not indicate that the product is inferior; it simply means that the phones issued to those 100 people were defective. To get a more accurate assessment, we would have to test the performance level of every Android phone (that would be a marvelous feat, indeed).

  • Deidre

    What do you mean by “anti-innovation”? If one were to compare Android and iOS, Android is the most innovative of the two. If you look at a five-year trend, Samsung has become more innovative with the technology within its phones than Apple has. Apple’s basic touchscreen is costing the company millions because other companies have had their “hardware 101″ course and know how to make a touchscreen. How many times will you see an Apple touchscreen where you use NFC to beam photos, palm swipe to take screenshots, or have your Facebook feeds on your main page? The Premium Suite Upgrade takes the best of Android and makes it better.

    Just so you know, Taylor already owns an HTC G2 and wouldn’t mind staying with Android. He informed me that I made the most convincing case for Android he has heard so far. He may still select an iPhone, but the experience is “boring.” If Android is “lagdroid,” then iOS is “boreOS.”

  • Johan

    Deidre: I had 3 phones during those two years. I’m a geek and buy phones off contract and buy new ones when something sparks my interest or when something pisses me off.

    I’ve had my Lumia 800 longer than any of the Android-phones.

    My story from my Three phones collaborates well with your cousins which would make us 3 unhappy users and 1 happy user and I’m quite sure that’s about how high the Android customer satisfaction is overall. They’re just so cheap and “powerful” that people buy them either way.

    I had to restart my two first Android phones after each charge or they would drain the battery in 4 hours sitting idle on my desk (with good coverage).

    Twice a week I had to restart my last Android-phone because the dialer FC’d on me.

    Reception was flaky on my SGS2 (last Android-phone) and sometimes I would have 1 bar where I usually had full reception strength.

    The data-Connections would sometimes “stall” showing I had full coverage on either Wifi or 3G but still my phone wouldn’t recieve or send any data. Had to go to flightmode and back to get my data-Connection working.

    Once I reached 200 of anything in any type of list (sms, email, Contacts) the phone performance would start to deteriorate.

    Some Days the stock apps for doing things would FC.

    My friend has an SGS3 and it is great besides the fact that even though it’s more powerful than my old Windows 8 tablet, it still isn’t as smooth and as snappy performance-wise and Cuts out calls frequently.

    You go on and talk about Windows Phones having their glitches, and I presume you speak about things you have read about from other articles. I, however, base my selection from actually having alot of knowledge and experience with all platforms. I fail to see where you are talking about your Windows Phone experiences. Might it be that you have used Iphones and Android-phones and have come to the conclusion that WP8 is nothing for you simply based on the fact that you have seen Pictures of it. Have you ever owned and personalized a Windows Phone?

    “To get a more accurate assessment, we would have to test the performance level of every Android phone (that would be a marvelous feat, indeed).”

    Isn’t it easier to check what people Think of the phones on sites like Amazon or Gsmarena and check satisfaction levels on different studies?

    I hear your arguments and I feel like adding experiences from all Three platforms is a good addition to your well-worded article.

  • Deidre

    Johan,

    You talk about the ratio of unsatisfied customers; again, that is only in a poll of four people. Percentages do the same thing: they tell you how an estimate looks with a fixed number of people. It is an educated assessment of sorts, but not as accurate as further polls and surveys. And even if you tested half the people in the world on their experiences with Android, it is still not as accurate as testing every customer in the world who owns an Android. It is semi-accurate at best. And semi-accurate is still not, technically, “accurate”.

    With regards to Windows, do not presume that I have anything against Windows. I actually like the setup of Windows 8 and have never tried to attack the Windows platform outright. I am actually a tech writer for a Microsoft Surface site, so I write on Windows and Microsoft all the time. For over 15 years, I used Windows software in every laptop and computer that I had. When I went to college at state university, I used Windows software in my laptop and can’t recount the number of problems I had with it. With that being said, Windows has the same flaws as iOS and Android: they all have customers who report glitches in the software and hardware. You say that you have not had issues with your Windows phones; I’ve read of customers who have. Who is right: you or them? the only conclusion we can draw from these statements is that all platforms have their flaws. Surveys are an accurate way to assess customer satisfaction, but sales are, too. In the United States, Windows still lags behind Android and iOS — both platforms that have flaws and defects. Also, Europe is in love with Android as an operating system; as of right now, I fail to see how your experiences match the majority of world consumers. I think that if we can draw anything from your conclusions, it’s that you’ve had a good “personal” experience with Windows. But again, personal experiences do not qualify as blanket conclusions that a product is either top-notch or not. Your experience arrives closer to fact when it has been verified by a larger number of people.

    I have not come to these conclusions as a result of one article; rather, I have researched these things and arrived at an informed opinion about them. In terms of sales in the US and Europe, Windows lags behind a great deal. Samsung just took the crown from Nokia for global shipments this month — another sign that Nokia, who runs Windows OS, is losing in the smartphone war. Nokia was once a great name in the Windows platform, so a loss for Nokia is another fatality for Windows. If Windows is such a remarkable platform, why is it that, just this week, Google Inc. decided it would not create a Google app for the Windows platform? There are so many tech-minded companies these days but few are giants like Google, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft. In terms of advancement, Microsoft lags behind them all. My views are just personal experiences by themselves; however, my personal views also have the support of many in the world who just do not think Microsoft can beat the likes of Google, Samsung, and Apple. My experiences, coupled with the experiences of so many others, lends to more conclusive proof than the few years of experiences you’ve had that have yet to be verified by so many others.