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Differences between iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3

Under: Apple iPhone, Samsung
By:Mark | February 29th, 2012

One of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones for 2012 is the Samsung Galaxy S3. Cell phone enthusiasts who are expecting it to match the iPhone feature for feature may be surprised to learn that early reports indicate otherwise. While the two phones will share some similarities, they will also offer users some significant difference in terms of both performance and functionality.

The below is based on the assumption of what the Galaxy S3 will feature, this was written by a guest blogger.

Pros and cons of the Samsung Galaxy S3

The current iPhone available is the 4S, which offers a dual-core processor running at 800 MHz. The Galaxy 3S is expected to be more than twice as fast, operating at 1.8 GHz. The Galaxy S3 will also offer 2GB of RAM, compared to the single gigabyte provided by the iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 will also offer other hardware advantages over the iPhone, including a camera featuring 50% more megapixels. Both phones will come standard with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth communication protocols, but the S3 will also offer NFC, or near field communications, which will allow tech enthusiasts to use their phone as a “mobile wallet” at participating retailers.

The S3 is less user-friendly when it comes to synchronization of data such as calendar entries, contacts, and documents. While the iPhone offers full integration using their iCloud interface, the S3 needs external applications to synchronize with programs outside of the Google umbrella.

Pros and cons of the iPhone

The iPhone allows users to integrate with Twitter, while the S3 provides easy integration with both Twitter and Facebook. Some of the largest drawbacks of the iPhone, however, relate to its closed architecture. While the S3 is based on open source software, the iPhone platform is proprietary.

This same approach extends to hardware as well. The S3 allows end users to change the ROM if desired. The iPhone is designed to discourage this. Both phones offer GPS, but the usefulness of the geo-location system differs on the two systems because the S3’s screen is more than a full inch larger and offers HD resolution. The iPhone screen is 3.5 inches with a resolution of 640 x 960.

The iPhone, however, is a known quantity with a large and enthusiastic user base. The S3 may not become equally popular.

The issue of apps

S3 users will be able to download apps from several sources including the Android Marketplace, Samsung and Google. Apps for the iPhone are only available from their own online shop. However, there are more than 400,000 apps available for the iPhone at present but just 250,000 available from Android.

The S3 will ship with built-in custom apps from Google as well as Samsung. This may help to address some of the quality control issues Android users have expressed in the past. While Apple verifies each app sold on in their App Store, the Android Marketplace has at times featured apps that caused users problems or failed to work as advertised.

Find excellent deals online

Seeing a phone in person before buying can be helpful, particularly to those who are new to smartphones, but it is not the way to get the best possible deal. Experienced phone buyers always look for the best possible deals, and there are already some sites out there that have the Samsung Galaxy S3 deals in place, ready for when the handset releases

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  • Okishaya

    Comparing s3 with iphone 4s is an insult…..the reviewer sounds like another freaky iphone fan

    • James

      I agree, totally non-impartial. Plus comparing the iphone 4s to an unannounced Ice Cream/Jelly Bean ready toting sovereign class flagship is like comparing a Ford Ka to a Mercedes S63 Brabus. No comparison whatsoever, the Iphone 5 may also be struggling against the S3, The Ipad 3 at best, is probably the S3′s competition if the Full H display with 456 ppi specs of the S3 are anything to go by. And that’s even discounting the Galaxy Tab 11.6 with ARM 15 Architecture. 

    • James

      I agree, totally non-impartial. Plus comparing the iphone 4s to an unannounced Ice Cream/Jelly Bean ready toting sovereign class flagship is like comparing a Ford Ka to a Mercedes S63 Brabus. No comparison whatsoever, the Iphone 5 may also be struggling against the S3, The Ipad 3 at best, is probably the S3′s competition if the Full H display with 456 ppi specs of the S3 are anything to go by. And that’s even discounting the Galaxy Tab 11.6 with ARM 15 Architecture. 

    • Simjaggi

      hahaha why you android guys r so against iphone users?? lmao :D i never saw a ios user point a fingure on android users as we dont have to :P our iphone says it all….! android is given by many companies… bt ios bt only APPLE…! so thts y we love our gadget…! 

    • Simjaggi

      hahaha why you android guys r so against iphone users?? lmao :D i never saw a ios user point a fingure on android users as we dont have to :P our iphone says it all….! android is given by many companies… bt ios bt only APPLE…! so thts y we love our gadget…! 

      • Anonymous

        Define fingure.  And while you’re at it, please go back to school and learn to spell and write gooder.  :)

      • Anonymous

        Define fingure.  And while you’re at it, please go back to school and learn to spell and write gooder.  :)

  • Okishaya

    Comparing s3 with iphone 4s is an insult…..the reviewer sounds like another freaky iphone fan

  • Neša Trebješanin

    Wrong, there is 450000 apps in Android Market! 

    • Anonymous

      Wrong.  There ***ARE*** 450,000 apps in Android Market!

    • Anonymous

      Wrong.  There ***ARE*** 450,000 apps in Android Market!

  • Neša Trebješanin

    Wrong, there is 450000 apps in Android Market! 

  • Billjones13

    Since when did the iphone have more the 512 ram?

  • Billjones13

    Since when did the iphone have more the 512 ram?

  • GS2

    Obviously the writer is a Apple Fanboy! Has no clue about anything of Android..
    If you love apple’s iOS soooo
    much, then you’ve NEVER tried android!

    If you love how apple controls
    everything and you can’t do anything on iOS, then your just plain ignorant! 

    If you love how iOS doesn’t let
    you have a removable battery, then you aren’t willing to use something better
    that’s cheaper

    If you love how iOS doesn’t let
    you have expandable memory, then you want to waste money for a more expensive,
    equally crappy phone.

  • olivia.mcnamara

    which one is better? iPhone or Samsung?

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