Jump to content

Iphone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3?


  • Please log in to reply
35 replies to this topic

#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 noonehere

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 Feral timtam

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 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....




#16 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.

#17 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.


#18 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.



#19 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.

#20 AxeTheMax

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.


#21 ~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!

#22 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.

#23 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





#24 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


#25 ironbutterfly

Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:23 PM

I really dislike Apple, don't like being stuck in their ecosystem. The only ithing we own is an ipod because DH pestered me so much to get one. We both have S3's and wouldn't swap it though. Another one to look at IMO is the HTC One. My brother has one and if I didn't have the S3 I'd go that.

The one thing I'll give the iphone is the screen. The OLED screen on the S3 although it is a larger screen it is near impossible to use outside. You end up walking around with your hand up so you can see anything on screen.

A lot of the reviews you read they will slam out either phone and many it isn't the technical differences, just the fanboy preference or because a user is so intergrated in the apple ecosystem to stop using is a complete waste of $$.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

What you need to know about ovulation tests

Most people who are trying to get pregnant know that the best time to conceive is in the few days after ovulation.

Surviving a miscarriage at sea

A cruise with your family is among the most absurd settings for a miscarriage, but it is certainly not the worst.

Mum of three denied tubal ligation because she's 'too young'

A 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her third child has had her requests for a tubal ligation denied because doctors believe she is too young.

Slapped cheek syndrome a danger for pregnant women

When a pregnant woman is infected, the likelihood that her foetus will be infected is about 50 per cent.

The signs and symptoms of ovulation

If you're hoping to conceive, one of the most important things you need to know about is ovulation.

We all know 'mum guilt' - but what about 'dad guilt'?

I remember the first time I felt mum guilt, within days of having my first child. The feeling was so intense I rang my own mum to debrief, hoping she'd tell me I wouldn't feel this way very often.

Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

When it comes to motherhood, actress Kristen Bell is her own superhero and she thinks other mums should be too.

Pram review: GB Pockit travel stroller

In a world of ever-shrinking gadgets, it's no surprise prams are getting smaller. We put the record-holding GB Pockit through its paces.

The beautiful Bombol Bouncer is back

The gorgeous Bombol Bouncer is back - and boasts two chic new colours to boot.

Gadgets and accessories for wine lovers

Looking for a gift for the wine lover in your life - or just something for yourself?

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

The adventure doesn't have to stop: here's how to travel with baby

The best part about our outdoor adventures? It makes my husband and I better parents, since we're happier while adventuring.

Woman crashes car to save mum and baby's life

A good samaritan saved a mother and baby from being seriously injured by crashing her own car into theirs.

Should you tell your boss about your postnatal depression?

Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.

TV noise can slow toddler word learning, study finds

Background noise from the radio or TV might be making it harder for your toddler to learn learn new words.

Teresa Palmer on her molar pregnancy and 'unsexy' conception

Teresa Palmer is basking in pregnancy glow as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show - Sydney

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores, will be held in Sydney on 23-25 September. Register for your free ticket now to save $20!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.