Ok, so it's time to upgrade my phone. I currently have a Blackberry 9800 and the contract is up. My provider has offered me either an Iphone5 or an S3 (There are other options but those are my choices in either IOS or Android).
Can anyone here help me decide? There are lots of internet pages with pros and cons but I know some of you have more hands on experience. By the way, the S3 comes much cheaper and that's why I'm leaning towards that one.
Any help is appreciated, thanks.
It all depends on taste. You have Apple and android fans all over the internet acting like this is Lakers/Celtics, but it's not a useful way to think of this stuff.
iPhone/iOS: More apps, iCloud, iTunes (if you already use it to manage music/podcasts), simple interface. Hardware build quality is second-to-none, customer service too.
S3/Android: Bigger Super AMOLED screen, much more customizable, multiple keyboard choices, widgets, easy one-click controls, removable battery, microSD card slot, Google integration, swipe contact left/right to SMS/call. Solid build.
iPhone/iOS: not very customizable, iTunes, app/folder UI focus. Many clicks to do some basic things (Airplane mode, SMS from call log, etc). LCD IPS screen (I like AMOLED better).
S3/Android: Bloatware, less solid-feeling build, a little busy and too big for some. A lot of people don't like TouchWiz. Samsung support leaves a lot to be desired.
I use an iPhone 4 for work and a SGS2 (i777) for me. Battery life is about the same on both with equivalent usage, but YMMV. Go into stores and play with both. Extensively. Hand/pocket feel are important, as is overall generic comfort. Also, Samsung is objectively better at call quality, and iPhone is objectively better at loudspeaker volume, so if these matter to you, keep them in mind.
EDIT: There's also the GS4 rumored to be coming in March (which means May/June in US). If that affects your thinking.
Edited by zenter, 19 February 2013 - 01:08 PM.