Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iphone5

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I've already checked the comparisson sites. But could you weigh in w/ personal experience for either or both? I have to make a decision in a week.

(I currently have an older model Samsung Galaxy and ike it a lot...in theory. But it is very buggy.)
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My sister has the Galaxy S3. She hates it more than life itself.

She wants to go back to iphone and will be buying the 5 as soon as she can.

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My sister has the Galaxy S3. She hates it more than life itself.

She wants to go back to iphone and will be buying the 5 as soon as she can.
Originally Posted by Curlyminx
Has she said what she doesn't like about it?
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She is pretty broad about it, but she complains about the speakers, sound quality on the phone, and just a general bugginess that she can't stand.

She said that she never had any problems with her iphones and she has had problems with the Samsung from the start.

She also says it isn't as sturdy as the iphone. She has three sons under the age of 4 so she might need an industrial strength phone that maybe iphone can't even do now.
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Bf just got the S3 and he loves it but it's because he had a crappy blackberry before. I've used it a little, it's pretty fast, resolution is really good, its definitely better than my iphone 4 but I havent tried the 5. I had the galaxy s for a while but it was horrible and pretty buggy, way worse than the iphone 3gs(but that might be unfair comparision im not sure).

I like the feel and quality of iphones better than others. But I'm biased because it's the only smartphone I've used and have been using them for over 3 years now. As far as usablility, again I prefer iphone because I'm biased but I've noticed that in some cases androids require an extra step (for example, calling a business from google maps).

I've had a horrible time though trying to back up, restore and transfer data (music, photos, etc) with the iphone. The icloud sucks. I believe it's much easier on the android platform.

From a moral viewpoint I prefer android because apple is so damn proprietary and I am a pc girl. But for superficial reasons and comfort level, I still use apple.
My brother got the S3 at the same time I got my iPhone 5. We both love our respective phones, although he has since dropped his and cracked the screen. However, said screen is (er, was) awesomely huge and very crisp/bright, which I like a lot. But I also like my phone a lot, partially because I have a Mac and it's nice to have things on the same platform, I guess.

However, after playing around with his phone a little bit, I still prefer my phone, over all. People can say what they want about android phones being superior and whatnot, but I still feel like (at least at this point in time) there are more things readily available for iPhones - cases, Apps, etc. And, I like iOS more than I like the operating system on his phone. It's a little more user-friendly, I think.

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I have the iPhone 5 and I love it. My daughter wants it now. She had friends who have the Samsung 3 and she has had a lot if opportunity to play with it. She says she prefers the 5. From what I can tell if you are a techie person (greater learning curve), the Samsung may appeal to you, if are someone who likes to be to figure it out fairly quickly and easily ( more user friendly), then iPhone 5 may appeal to you.

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I have the s3, have had it for a few weeks now. I've never had an iPhone, only androids. I really like it. It's fast, crisp clean screen. I did feel really over protective of out until I got the cover I wanted as it is light and very sleek and slippery. The screen is suppose to be made from gorilla glass but up thread someone mentioned a cracked screen and one of my friends has cracked hers as well. I tend to not have things like that happen to my phones though. (My friend always damages her phones almost as soon as she gets them)

The choice for me came down to always having had android phones, I like the ability to customize my screens, icons, etc. Also many of the tech guys where I work were giving up their IPhones for the s3. Based on what I've read and the conversations I had with the tech people I know, they are pretty comparable.

I did have some battery drain issues that resolved after I remembered to tweak some settings. And last night for some reason battery drained completely from 100% to turning itself off in a few hours while I was sleeping. I've had this happen before with other phones and think it had something to do with towers in my area, the issue has stabilized since this morning so unless it keeps happening, I'm not overly worried.

Lastly, s3 is probably cheaper if you shop around for it. I paid $50 for mine at letstalk.com


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I have the Galaxy 2 and all my co-workers have Iphone4/4s

I prefer my phone

1) screen size. It's amazing. I bought a case with a kickstand and I can watch movies on it.

2) data. They are always struggling with importing and moving pictures. Running out of space, etc.

3) you can customize your phone with packages like Ice Cream sandwich and get the best of both worlds (Android phone with Iphone features)

Honestly, I think it comes down to personal preference. It's like Crocheting and Knitting. Which ever you learned first is the one that you think is the easiest.
I have the s3, have had it for a few weeks now. I've never had an iPhone, only androids. I really like it. It's fast, crisp clean screen. I did feel really over protective of out until I got the cover I wanted as it is light and very sleek and slippery. The screen is suppose to be made from gorilla glass but up thread someone mentioned a cracked screen and one of my friends has cracked hers as well. I tend to not have things like that happen to my phones though. (My friend always damages her phones almost as soon as she gets them)

The choice for me came down to always having had android phones, I like the ability to customize my screens, icons, etc. Also many of the tech guys where I work were giving up their IPhones for the s3. Based on what I've read and the conversations I had with the tech people I know, they are pretty comparable.

I did have some battery drain issues that resolved after I remembered to tweak some settings. And last night for some reason battery drained completely from 100% to turning itself off in a few hours while I was sleeping. I've had this happen before with other phones and think it had something to do with towers in my area, the issue has stabilized since this morning so unless it keeps happening, I'm not overly worried.

Lastly, s3 is probably cheaper if you shop around for it. I paid $50 for mine at letstalk.com


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Originally Posted by PerriP
I had battery issues. I contacted Sprint and they ordered me at new one. It was covered under my plan
I have the s3, have had it for a few weeks now. I've never had an iPhone, only androids. I really like it. It's fast, crisp clean screen. I did feel really over protective of out until I got the cover I wanted as it is light and very sleek and slippery. The screen is suppose to be made from gorilla glass but up thread someone mentioned a cracked screen and one of my friends has cracked hers as well. I tend to not have things like that happen to my phones though. (My friend always damages her phones almost as soon as she gets them)

The choice for me came down to always having had android phones, I like the ability to customize my screens, icons, etc. Also many of the tech guys where I work were giving up their IPhones for the s3. Based on what I've read and the conversations I had with the tech people I know, they are pretty comparable.

I did have some battery drain issues that resolved after I remembered to tweak some settings. And last night for some reason battery drained completely from 100% to turning itself off in a few hours while I was sleeping. I've had this happen before with other phones and think it had something to do with towers in my area, the issue has stabilized since this morning so unless it keeps happening, I'm not overly worried.

Lastly, s3 is probably cheaper if you shop around for it. I paid $50 for mine at letstalk.com


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Originally Posted by PerriP
I had battery issues. I contacted Sprint and they ordered me at new one. It was covered under my plan
Originally Posted by scrills
Oh good to know, it seems okay now, if it does it again, I'll contact Verizon.


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I have an iPhone 5. I love it. I upgraded from an iPhone 4 and hubby has a 4S so I can say without a doubt that it's super fast. It's way faster than my 4, which is really saying a lot. The screen is crisp and clear and the phone itself is the perfect size for my hand. If the Galaxy s3 is the one I'm thinking of, it's too big for me. (Honestly, that's all I know about the Galaxy s3.)

My experience with my 5 isn't anything like what Scrills mentioned about her coworkers. Everything on my iPhone is fully integrated--photos, apps, email, contacts, etc. All my songs and photos update automatically from iTunes to my phone, iPad, computer, etc. I've never run out of space on any of my iPhones but that would be 100% dependent on the user. YMMV.

The main thing I like about having an iPhone is that I don't have to deal with my wireless carrier unless I have a problem with my bill. If something happens to my phone or I have any issues with it, I just go to the Apple store and they either fix it immediately or give me a new phone on the spot--no questions asked. I hated the days when I had to call Verizon and have them spend 2 hours with me troubleshooting some problem and then wait for them to send me a phone.
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I have an iPhone 5. I love it. I upgraded from an iPhone 4 and hubby has a 4S so I can say without a doubt that it's super fast. It's way faster than my 4, which is really saying a lot. The screen is crisp and clear and the phone itself is the perfect size for my hand. If the Galaxy s3 is the one I'm thinking of, it's too big for me. (Honestly, that's all I know about the Galaxy s3.)
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
Yes, it's the huge one I'm talking about.

My experience with my 5 isn't anything like what Scrills mentioned about her coworkers. Everything on my iPhone is fully integrated--photos, apps, email, contacts, etc. All my songs and photos update automatically from iTunes to my phone, iPad, computer, etc. I've never run out of space on any of my iPhones but that would be 100% dependent on the user. YMMV.

The main thing I like about having an iPhone is that I don't have to deal with my wireless carrier unless I have a problem with my bill. If something happens to my phone or I have any issues with it, I just go to the Apple store and they either fix it immediately or give me a new phone on the spot--no questions asked. I hated the days when I had to call Verizon and have them spend 2 hours with me troubleshooting some problem and then wait for them to send me a phone.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
Ugh, tell me about it.

Have you ever had a Droid (before the iphone4)?
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We got new phones from work a few weeks ago.
Our chooses were iphone 5, samsung s3, and motorola x somewhat.


My chose was the s3.
I love it, but the 'iphone gang' seems to be happier.... I dont know why...
Nothing can be done by their iphones that cannot be done by my S3. RealIy, I haven t found One thing...Not yet...


But they are cooler, certainly...




Batteries suck. All of them.
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I never had an iPhone and don't have much experience playing with it personally, but I do have the iPod Touch and it does everything but make calls. For the last 4 years i have had blackberrys. I just got the Samsung S3 and I absolutely love it. My sis got it for Christmas and after playing with it I fell in love. T-mobile was having a deal where you get the phone for $0 so I jumped on the deal (well my mom did. Ive been eligible for an upgrade for over 2 years now).

It's so convenient having a phone with internet (lol. Even though I had a blackberry I didnt have internet with my plan. It was a waste becsuse browsing on the blackberry was frustrating. When I upgraded with the s3 I had to upgrade my plan as well). I have T-mobile. The plan is way more expensive than the other one I was on.

I love how fast it is. I'm new to 4G and it's awesome. I love the bigger screen. The picture quality is excellent. The camera is really nice. Even though it is a pretty big phone it isn't bulky or heavy. If you have small hands you'll surely need both of them to work this phone. Mine arent even that small and I need both hands most of the time. Not really a deal breaker though. One thing I hate about the small screen on the iPod is that selecting text is such a PITA. Sometimes I want to edit one letter in a word and its so hard getting the cursor to just sit right next to the word. Instead it highlights the whole word and I have to struggle and strategize to get the cursor in the right place but most of the time I end up just deleting the whole thing, which I can't stand!! This phone makes editing a breeze.

The sound quality is great but one thing I can't stand are the headphones this phone comes with. I absolutely hate in ear headphones. They seem to be becoming standardized and for the life of me I can't understand why. I was in need of new headphones and I was hoping these came with a nice pair I could wear until I could afford some beats or something, but these ain't it. They sound fine but they are so uncomfortable and don't fit. In ear headphones shouldn't exist.

I've said a lot already so I'll end there.

Overall I love the s3.

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We got new phones from work a few weeks ago.
Our chooses were iphone 5, samsung s3, and motorola x somewhat.


My chose was the s3.
I love it, but the 'iphone gang' seems to be happier.... I dont know why...
Nothing can be done by their iphones that cannot be done by my S3. RealIy, I haven t found One thing...Not yet...


But they are cooler, certainly...




Batteries suck. All of them.
Originally Posted by maria_i
But at least you can take out/replace the Samsung batteries. You can't remove the iphone batts.

Honestly, what Mrspoppers said above is the strongest plus on the side of iphone5 that I have heard yet. That the Droids are all third party equipment that the cellular carrier needs to troubleshoot is a pain.
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 01-04-2013 at 09:35 AM.
We got new phones from work a few weeks ago.
Our chooses were iphone 5, samsung s3, and motorola x somewhat.


My chose was the s3.
I love it, but the 'iphone gang' seems to be happier.... I dont know why...
Nothing can be done by their iphones that cannot be done by my S3. RealIy, I haven t found One thing...Not yet...


But they are cooler, certainly...




Batteries suck. All of them.
Originally Posted by maria_i
But at least you can take out/replace the Samsung batteries. You can't remove the iphone batts.

Honestly, what Mrspoppers said above is the strongest plus on the side of iphone5 that I have heard yet. That the Droids are all third party equipment that the cellular carrier needs to troubleshoot is a pain.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I've replaced my iPhone 4 battery. It's very simple but you need a special tiny screwdriver. I have some from microcenter or you can order a battery that comes with one or order it separately. I also replaced the back with one with a design. Mine cracked and I was going to get a standard black but saw a cool white butterfly one. I'm sure you could do it to the s3 too. Just in case that even matters to you.

My iPhone battery also charges pretty fast. Seems to be much faster than the s3.
I have an iPhone 5. I love it. I upgraded from an iPhone 4 and hubby has a 4S so I can say without a doubt that it's super fast. It's way faster than my 4, which is really saying a lot. The screen is crisp and clear and the phone itself is the perfect size for my hand. If the Galaxy s3 is the one I'm thinking of, it's too big for me. (Honestly, that's all I know about the Galaxy s3.)

My experience with my 5 isn't anything like what Scrills mentioned about her coworkers. Everything on my iPhone is fully integrated--photos, apps, email, contacts, etc. All my songs and photos update automatically from iTunes to my phone, iPad, computer, etc. I've never run out of space on any of my iPhones but that would be 100% dependent on the user. YMMV.

The main thing I like about having an iPhone is that I don't have to deal with my wireless carrier unless I have a problem with my bill. If something happens to my phone or I have any issues with it, I just go to the Apple store and they either fix it immediately or give me a new phone on the spot--no questions asked. I hated the days when I had to call Verizon and have them spend 2 hours with me troubleshooting some problem and then wait for them to send me a phone.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
mrspoppers, do you have a MAC. I shared what you said and my co-workers are interested. It seems to work fine now that she had an IPad and a MAC, but before that, she struggled. How does it work for Iphone to PC?
I had an iPhone for about a month and quickly got rid of it. Of course I wanted it for the hype but at the end of the day I'm an android girl..

It froze on me and I had to replace it and the second one would freeze while trying to answer calls. Wouldn't let me swipe to answer. The only way to truly get the phone working in a way that was better for me was to jailbreak it.. Did that, liked it better, but not enough..

The S3 is not a phone I would recommend either.. Its a flimsy build and I've seen quite a few broke ones..

The newer Motorola phones are great. Especially since Google bought Motorola, expect to see updates and better software available quicker. Verizon has a few nice ones right now.. I'm rocking a Motorola Atrix HD myself... But I'm sooooooooo tempted to get the Nexus 4... (Phone junkie confessions Lol)

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I have an S3 and I'm happy with it. Sound quality could be better, but that's the only issue I've noticed. I haven't played with iPhones much so I can't compare, except to say that now that I'm used to the S3 I can never go for such a small screen.
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