iPhone5 v Galaxy S iii –
I am not biased toward one or the other, although I did just purchase a “found” iPhone on the street. I played with it a bit first, jailbroke it and whatnot, then flipped it for a quick 50 bucks.
But personally, I am still using an older keypad phone. Anyone who knows me knows that I hang on to a technology for far too long, then leapfrog ahead of the curve. I am planning to do just that with my phone/quick-camera/messaging-system, whatever you want to begin calling the device. So the comparison I saw on Gizmag today helps me compare the Apple v Android thing. Author Will Shanklin has this to say…
There’s nothing like a good rivalry. Whether it’s Ali vs. Frazier, FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, or Magic vs. Bird, gritty duels have a way of getting people pumped. In this Digital Age, consumer tech has its own sets of sworn opponents: in the 80s it was Apple vs. IBM, later we saw Windows vs. OS X, and gamers even have Playstation vs. Xbox.
In 2012, however, the biggest tech rivalry is the match between the two biggest players in mobile: Apple and Samsung. This one has gotten nasty,extending into international courts. Things only get more interesting with the release of Apple’s iPhone 5 this week.
A great product is much more than the sum of its parts, but – even in this post-PC era – specs can matter. If one phone has a quad-core chip with 2GB of RAM, and another a single-core CPU with 128MB of RAM, the first one will be much faster. Likewise, a display with 320 pixels per inch (ppi) will look much sharper than one with 163ppi. You’d be foolish to worship at the altar of specs, but technical details can still shed some light on the subject.
So, with many grains of salt in hand, let’s see how Apple’s newest iPhone stacks up against the current cream of Android’s crop, the Samsung Galaxy S III:
I will skip now to the two things I find important… go to the original piece to see the other comparisons.
1. Wireless Connectivity I want to use my phone/camera/communication-thingy to branch my other devices off from. It appears this is a statistical dead heat for the two. Apple is finally up to speed, so to speak.
After over 18 months worth of LTE-equipped Android phones, Apple has now given us an iPhone with “true 4G.” Those who live in an area with available coverage will see cellular data speeds that are faster than many home broadband connections.
The Galaxy S III also supports LTE, like most high-end Android phones from the last year or so.
2. Camera – Samsung wins with front facing camera, but who cares? both the same for where it counts, and 8GB is not too shabby. With the jigs and fixtures available, you can even take some decent stills with either device.
Will says, “You can’t go wrong with either camera. At least before the iPhone 5, many valued the S3’s shooter as the best on the market. Despite many similarities to the 4S’ camera, Apple is promising key improvements over its predecessor – including better low-light shooting.
Apple is highlighting a new panorama shooting feature in iOS 6 (exclusive to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5). Though it offers Apple’s customary polish and attention to detail, there are already several quality third-party panorama apps on both iOS and Android, and a similar stock panorama feature on the S3.”
Enough Apple butt kissing. Neither will be as good as the new Leica M-Mono for what I like to shoot (I got to play with one!), but who’s to say Leica won’t get into the communications biz? It’s all about com-tech now, man.
Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new. He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog – flyingratz.wordpress.com.
Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field he captures moments in the built environment.
And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.