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#1 madmother

Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:08 PM

Not sure if this has been done - tried search to no avail.  sad.gif

We are deciding between these 2 phones. Note we are not an "Apple" family, have no ipods, ipads or macs.

So... pros ve cons? anyone know?

#2 PippityRoo

Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:41 PM

I have no experience with the Samsung, only iPhones.

I got the iPhone 5 a few months ago when it was released, and I love it. The biggest pro for me is the camera (I use the camera multiple times a day, every day), the quality is awesome. Other than the weight & size, I find it identical to the iPhone 4 (my previous phone), but I still prefer the 5. I'd never go anything else other than apple, but then we are an apple family, with plenty of apple devices wink.gif

#3 jopha

Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:48 PM

I am an iphone girl and DH has a Samsung S2. Not sure so much about the latest release of the Samsung but my iphone 5 is just a whole lot smoother to operate (in terms of moving from screen to screen, how the apps work, games, taking photos, etc). I love the App Store and Itunes also.

But I am an Apple girl. Have an ipad and (had) an ipod. DH loves the Samsung.

If you have no Apple history then I would compare the devices side by side (lots of comparison sites, just google it) and choose which one you like best based on the feature list. But also definitely go in store and see how they operate. You may find you just like one more than the other.

#4 livvie7586

Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

DH has the S2, i have a galaxy tab (which realistically is just a big version of the phone), and we both love ours.  DH has had his for over a year, and it still runs perfectly (and he is hard on phones), i've had my tab for almost 4 months, and haven't had an issue with it.  i've found it easy to use, easy to navigate, and very, very easy to download apps/delete apps/generally get to the operations and make them work (finding networks etc).

#5 madmother

Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:05 PM

One big plus the Samsung has is battery life. Far longer than iphone.

#6 nano-tyrannus

Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:21 PM

The iPhone 5 is a joke... and getting feedback from apple people is dubious at best
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdIWKytq_q4

Here's some reading material which indicates that getting the new iPhone is a poor investment.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/11/op-ed...-5-app-updates/

http://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/techn...e-1226519665049

#7 sarah_jane

Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:27 PM

QUOTE
One big plus the Samsung has is battery life. Far longer than iphone.


I've got the Samsung Galaxy s3 4G and it's not that great battery-wise. But I have a (mostly)desk job and can charge it during the day if I need to.

I don't have iAnything, I love my Samsung.


#8 madmother

Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:29 PM

We have a friend who researched for weeks and chose the Samsung.

My youngest wants an iphone though so am needing arguments to sway him.


#9 madmother

Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:44 PM

QUOTE (sarah_jane @ 24/11/2012, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've got the Samsung Galaxy s3 4G and it's not that great battery-wise. But I have a (mostly)desk job and can charge it during the day if I need to.

I don't have iAnything, I love my Samsung.



That's interesting... I have an el-cheapo Samsung for my prepaid business phone and the battery life is incredible. I charge it about once a week.



#10 duckasorus

Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:45 PM

I would go samsung if you dont have any apple products.
I have a samsung note, after playing with the iphone and then the note there is no way i would choose the iphone.

Edited by duckasorus, 24 November 2012 - 02:47 PM.


#11 tamjk

Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:57 PM

Go into a shop and see which one you like better, I don't think either is inherently better and it boils down to which one is more comfortable for you to use.

Until apple comes out with something fantastic I'll stick with the Android phones. The Android operating system is familiar to me and more comfortable for me to navigate.

#12 *Cookie*

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

I used to have a samsung 2,froze all the time and played up, battery life was shocking, I have an iphone 5 now and love it original.gif

#13 protart roflcoptor

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:19 PM

QUOTE (nano-tyrannus @ 24/11/2012, 02:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The iPhone 5 is a joke... and getting feedback from apple people is dubious at best
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdIWKytq_q4

Here's some reading material which indicates that getting the new iPhone is a poor investment.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/11/op-ed...-5-app-updates/

http://www.perthnow.com.au/lifestyle/techn...e-1226519665049



Oh you're on a roll today, aren't you?

OP, like others have said, try both out in a shop, on research online comparison reviews. If you don't have any other Apple devices, the Samsung is probably a good choice. I run home and business on a Mac platform and love my iPhones. And after sales service through the Apple Store shops is a big plus.



#14 -Emissary-

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

QUOTE (sarah_jane @ 24/11/2012, 03:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've got the Samsung Galaxy s3 4G and it's not that great battery-wise. But I have a (mostly)desk job and can charge it during the day if I need to.

I don't have iAnything, I love my Samsung.


I have the 3G version of the s3 and the battery last me quite long. 12 hours unplugged and occasionally calls, text and facebooking will only 50% battery life used.

I'll never buy another iPhone. However, this is due to personal preferences of the shape of the phone as oppose to the operating system - to be, iPhone 5 and the S3 is on par. I used to have an iPhone (3GS) and I loved it back then. If it was iOS in the body of the s3, I would use it.

#15 LuckyDucky

Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

Hello! I just went through that choosing process. To me, specs aren't as important as overall user experience. I ended up with the iPhone. I found that althought the operating system is rigid, the experience using it in the shop was better so that was a sacrifice I was willing to make. I'm really enjoying using the new phone.

#16 Sophie11

Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

iPHONE will hold its value so resale will always do well.
We have iphones, we love them.  My husband in in I.T and he thinks Iphone....




#17 FiveAus

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:11 PM

I was working for Telstra when the iPhone first came out. We did a training session on how to use them and I thought they were THE coolest things I'd ever seen.

Time has not changed my opinion, I no longer work for a telco but I still think the iPhone is very, very cool. I have the 4s and I think it's fantastic. I am an Apple fan though, I find their products to be beautifully made, user friendly and the support is first class.

At least 5 people I know have had Samsung Galaxies, and now they all have iPhones.

#18 liveworkplay

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:20 PM

I have a Samsung galaxy s2 and an iPod (iphone without the call capabilities.) I love my Samsung and much prefer using it then the iPod. Battery life is OK depending on what apps you have used, fast, easy to use and I love the bigger screen.

ETA: I am not an Apple sheep laughing2.gif I use macs at work, have the iPod touch but do not like being "locked in" in terms of software and the like, like you are with Apple products. I am looking at getting a tablet but the iPad is just not on my radar. (I have used them, but there are better products out there for what I need them to do.)

Edited by liveworkplay, 25 November 2012 - 07:23 PM.


#19 vanessa71

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:21 PM

I was going to get an iPhone,  but there was going to be too long a wait to get one, so I looked at the Samsung. However, I ended up with an HTC One XL, which I couldn't be more happy with.



#20 PippityRoo

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:23 PM

Someone mentioning battery life reminded me, I find the iPhone 5 battery isn't the best. I have to charge at least once per day, I am a heavier user though.

The battery is the only con for me.

#21 RogerRabbit

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

QUOTE (liveworkplay @ 25/11/2012, 08:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a Samsung galaxy s2 and an iPod (iphone without the call capabilities.) I love my Samsung and much prefer using it then the iPod. Battery life is OK depending on what apps you have used, fast, easy to use and I love the bigger screen.


I am the same, although we have iPods and iPads, dh & I both have samsung (he has the 3 & I have 2). I can't wait till jan when i am changing contracts and getting a 3.

With battery life I find if I make sure I close all apps properly not just by closing the app that both the Samsung and Iproducts last longer.


#22 ~Panda~

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:31 PM

QUOTE (madmother @ 24/11/2012, 03:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's interesting... I have an el-cheapo Samsung for my prepaid business phone and the battery life is incredible. I charge it about once a week.


Is it a smart phone? If not then that is why the battery would be lasting so long.

Smart phones use a lot more power because apps can run in the background, people use them to surf the net, watch YouTube, listen to music, text, FB, take photos, the screen is large and uses more power to run etc so I think it is only normal that you would have to charge it every day.

I am an iPhone user and love it. I find it easy to use. I think if you went into a shop and played with both, told the salesperson what you are looking for in a phone and then just go from there.

Good luck!

#23 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE (PippityRue @ 25/11/2012, 07:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Someone mentioning battery life reminded me, I find the iPhone 5 battery isn't the best. I have to charge at least once per day, I am a heavier user though.

The battery is the only con for me.


Same. The battery life on the iPhone 5 is pretty sh*t, although now that I'm no longer on FB it seems to last much longer. One of the good things about it though is that it chargers pretty quickly.

I love my iPhone, but at being said if I had my time again I'd probably get a Galaxy as there are many things about iTunes that I hate.

#24 Coffeegirl

Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:12 PM

I just upgraded to the iphone 5 and gave DD my old iphone 4.

The alternative was a Galaxy of some model, but as my DD already had heaps of apps and we are an i-family, it would be difficult to swap to an android phone.

Anyway - I've found my battery lasts longer once I turned the LTE off.   As 4G isn't available fully in our area (only pockets) the phone was always searching for it.. Turned ot off and the battery has increased considerably.  When I go to the CBD and need the net (maps, safari, email etc) I turn it back on.  

For anyone interested you do this
Settings- General-Cellular- Enable LTE and toggle on/off as needed.


As to the differences, I think it's just a personal preference. If you want more unbiased technical reviews try

cnet.com.au. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57518...3-vs-iphone-4s/
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6454_7-575190...-x-the-cameras/
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57510...by-the-numbers/

SMH reviews. http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles...0927-26m60.html





#25 PippityRoo

Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

QUOTE (Coffeegirl @ 25/11/2012, 09:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyway - I've found my battery lasts longer once I turned the LTE off.   As 4G isn't available fully in our area (only pockets) the phone was always searching for it.. Turned ot off and the battery has increased considerably.  When I go to the CBD and need the net (maps, safari, email etc) I turn it back on.  

For anyone interested you do this
Settings- General-Cellular- Enable LTE and toggle on/off as needed.


Thanks for that. original.gif





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