(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)