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iPhone vs. Samsung Galaxy S III

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This paper provides a number of comparative characteristics of the two primary rivals in the global smartphone market. Android is the most widely spread platform for smartphones, while Samsung is the most popular producer of smartphones with Android operating system. Samsung Galaxy S III is predicted to become the most successful smartphone with an Android-based operating system in 2013. Simultaneously, Apple iPhone 5 is gaining acceptance and pretends to be the most popular smartphone at all. The aforementioned means that everybody who hatches up plans of purchasing new mobile phone this year is likely to be stymied by the choice between Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III. Good news is that both these phones are phenomenal devices, while bad news is that this only makes choice more difficult. This paper is structured as if the author had to make choice.

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The author takes a prejudiced view of Samsung’s design. It would not be wise to argue that the company does not improve design of its smartphones every year, but it does not hold a candle to other companies that produce smartphones with an Android-based operating system yet (HTC, Nokia).  Convenient, monolithic, and stylish design of Apple iPhone 5 is still inexplicably popular with customers. Apple iPhone 5 is roughly speaking 20% lighter and thinner than its predecessor iPhone 4s. This monolith made from glass and aluminum surpasses its plastic counterpart Samsung Galaxy S III by a country mile.

Design cast aside, Samsung crams a myriad of interesting functions into its devices. Despite the fact that Samsung picked PenTile matrix-display for Galaxy S III, it is still of tremendous size. The S III’s display measures 4,8 inches and has resolution of 1280x720 pixels, which is more than sufficient for a smartphone. In this respect, S III significantly exceeds iPhone 5’s 4-inches display with a 1136x640-pixel resolution. However, iPhone 5 is a favorite in terms of dots per inch (DIT) measurement; it has 326 dots against S III’s 306. This could not but add sharpness to the display, but the size wins after all.

In terms of productivity, Apple and Samsung are hard to compare. iPhone 5 features the new A6 processor, which is twice as productive as the previous A5. Apple possesses a great advantage over its rival, as it produces software and software applications singlehandedly, which makes them ideally fit for iPhones. Body and soul are indivisible in the same device so to say. Samsung is forced to tailor Google’s software to its idiosyncratic hardware. Apple iPhone 5’s storage capacities reach 64 GB, while maximum internal storage capacity available for Samsung is only 32 GB. However, the latter may increase storage capacity to 96 GB by inserting a 64-GB micro SDHC. Despite some negligible hardships that may occur while deleting media-files, Samsung S III offers an advantage in this category.

Both iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III support GPS-navigation and the GLONASS positioning system. Both smartphones have Wi-Fi 802.11 (5 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as are compatible with ultrasound 4G LTE network. However, iPhone 5 cannot transmit voice and data at the LTE/GSM networks simultaneously. Hence, people who need to browse the Internet during telephone conversation will enjoy Galaxy S III better. Moreover, S III supports NFC system, which means that this smartphone may be used at shops that have specifically equipped NFC cash registers. This is another preponderance of S III over its Apple counterpart. However, it would be suitable only for those users who can avail themselves of the function.

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Samsung experienced many mishaps with a camera in Galaxy Nexus, but it has luckily eliminated all the defects in Galaxy S III. The S III has an 8-megapixel camera, which is almost as good as that of iPhone 5, but not exactly. Thus, in terms of hardware, the history repeats itself: Apple has more sophisticated design, better quality of production, and elegance, while Samsung has higher capacity and quantity of technical capabilities.

Android vs. iOS is an everlasting confrontation of mobile operating systems in the smartphone industry. Apple iPhone 5 has Siri, which allows users to operate the smartphone by voice commands. Siri has more agreeable and funny character and is linked to a number of convenient and useful applications. However, the similar service provided by Google – Google Now – has much more aggressive mode of thinking and is easier to handle. This means that Siri simply follows user’s commands, while Google Now tries to predict what user wants him to do.

Nevertheless, Galaxy S III does not support Google Now, for S III was produced earlier than Android 4.1 Jelly Bean came into existence. That is exactly the reason why Samsung has featured S III with its own elaboration – S Voice. Another important moment is that Apple’s new operating systems become available for all the previous models of iPhones (iPhone 3, iPhone 4 etc.), which are compatible with the specifications of the operating system, right away. When Google releases its new operating system, it takes weeks or even months before it becomes congruous with older models of Android-based smartphones. Everyone who buys iPhone 5 with iOS 6 will be able to obtain iOS 7 next year. Those who prefer S III have no guarantees that they will be able to get a new version of Android. This means that everybody who wants to receive reliable updates of operating system will find Apple iPhone a better choice.

Apple also leads the way in a sphere of creating favorable conditions for handicapped people. Both visually and hearing impaired categories of people can derive much from using iPhone 5. Concerning other utilities, both Safari and Google Chrome will be of great use when a need to explore the Internet arises. Both iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III have e-mail agents, which will enable users to read and write electronic letters. Both have various means of listening to music, watching video, as well as performance of other functions that the users expect from a contemporary multifunctional mobile device.

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Another great feature of the Android-based smartphones is that they leave much choice to the discretion of users. Android proposes much more latitude to change many things than iOS. Surely Android may be hacked, but iOS is easy to jailbreak as well. So the situation with software has many similarities to that with hardware. Apple employees write codes better and create much more substantial and meaty content as compared to that of Samsung. Apple’s applications are neat, clear, intuitively intelligible, contemporary, and precise. Moreover, each of the aforementioned characteristics does not leave much to be desired as compared to Samsung’s case.

In terms of services that allow users to take the maximum of advantage of the mobile Internet, Apple has an iCloud, which includes iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, Photostream, Documents in the Cloud etc. However, Apple remains a novice in the cloud services. The company has not reached the desirable results yet, but it continues to work in this direction. On the other hand, Google “was born in the cloud”. It is the world’s largest provider of cloud services for the remote storage of information, while Android is an instrument to utilize these services.

Despite the fact that Google services are innate in Android, almost all of these services are available to the owners of iPhone 5 as well. Gmail, Google+, YouTube, Voice Navigator, Drive, and others are available at App Store. At the same time, the applications made specifically for iPhone are not inferior in terms of efficiency, functionality, and productivity. On the other hand, Samsung attempts to catch up with Apple by launching services like S Voice, which is simply an analogue of Apple Siri. Anyway, these services are weak in juxtaposition to Google’s analogues.

 To sum the aforementioned up, one may arrive at the conclusion that Galaxy S III provides users with the unfathomable sea of possibilities that Google bodes, and nothing from Apple. On the other hand, iPhone 5 enables people to use all the Apple services and the overwhelming majority of those provided by Google. In this respect, scales tip in iPhone 5’s favor.

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