This article adds facts to yesterday’s article comparing the new Samsung Galaxy S III to iPhone. Samsung Galaxy S III, the new smartphone with a 4.8 inch screen is available and in stock now at Verizon stores and Verizon.com, plus many other locations. We received a demo Galaxy S III; we own an iPhone. Here are more facts for consideration.
Cameras: iPhone 4S has an 8 mega-pixel rear facing camera, and software that allows some photo editing; the Galaxy S III rear-facing camera also offers 8 mega pixels. Both have flash and video capability plus front facing cameras for video conferencing. Galaxy S III has interesting new software allowing it to take a burst of eight photos in quick succession. The burst feature is easy to use and will be nice for photographing people or wildlife in action.
Battery life: Each will run for a day of normal use after being charged overnight. The display on the Galaxy S III we tested was set up to go dark after 30 seconds of unuse — this will help preserve the battery; the 30-second timeout is shorter than iPhone 4 allows.
Calling: It’s ironic virtually all the smartphones we’ve tried are so good as phones that calling ability is no longer a differentiator. Our experience indicates both Galaxy S III and iPhone are fine for telephone calls.
Processor: As it’s several months newer, Galaxy S III has a faster processor and it should be better at multitasking. The faster speed is noticeable immediately.
Storage and price: Both Galaxy S III and iPhone with 16 gigabytes (GB) of memory cost about $200. Both are also available in 32GB versions: Galaxy S II for about $250, iPhone for about $300. All these prices require a new 2-year smartphone service contract which costs $50 to $90 per month (see article).
Conclusion: Galaxy S III has a larger screen. Galaxy S III is faster with its newer microchip and full 4G internet capability. Android 4.0.2 is easy to use. Either phone should be a good choice for future use, personal or business.
Where to buy: Samsung Galaxy S III is available at Cleveland-area Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Target and Best Buy stores. Verizon has over 50 stores in the Cleveland area including Westgate at Wagar and Center Ridge Roads, Solon on SOM Center Road, downtown Cleveland, Middleburg Heights, Mentor, Lakewood on Detroit Avenue, a kiosk at Great Northern Mall, a store in Westlake at The Promenade, plus dozens more. The iPhone is available at Verizon, AT&T, Target, Best Buy, Walmart and at Apple retail stores including two in the Cleveland area (Crocker Park and Legacy Village), one in Akron (Summit Mall), two in Columbus.
See the initial Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone comparison here.
Other articles of interest:
Samsung Galaxy Tab, iPad: Pros and Cons of Android and iOS
Internet fraud: Protect yourself when buying online
Trading your iPhone: What’s it worth and who will pay you?
Cookies: Suggested settings for iPad.
Sources: Verizon.com, Versusio.com, Apple.com.
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