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Samsung Galaxy S3 v iPhone 4S v HTC One X: screen
The screen of the HTC One X has a sharpness that almost matches the much-touted Retina Display of the iPhone 4S, yet it's over an inch bigger. Colours are rich and there's a vibrancy that makes the One X a pleasure to use, even for everyday tasks like email or messaging. Although the Retina Display debuted on the iPhone 4 more than 18 months ago, it's still one of the sharpest screens around, cramming in so many pixels per inch that you can't even see them. But the Samsung Galaxy S3's Super AMOLED HD screen trumps them both. The colour reproduction is superb and, despite its mammoth size, it doesn't scrimp on sharpness with a 309ppi pixel density.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
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Samsung and HTC have been ahead of Apple for well over a year now. The gaps were very visible with the first gen Galaxy and Desire HD.
Anyone saying and thinking otherwise is either an Apple fanboy or hasn't had a Samsung/HTC high-end phone in his/hers hands.
Where Apple leads by a massive distance is brand, convergence (everything on one device) and to a lesser extent usability. The main criticism of Apple is its proprietary system which locks users in and also traps them into paying huge (unjustifiable) additional sums of money for hardware components that do not cost very much, e.g. bigger memory versions.
Apple users need to get their heads around the fact they are buying fashion not best in class technology. Nothing wrong in that but let's not pretend it's the other way around 'cos as an engineer I can tell you it ain't.
I just got a smart phone, the Galaxy S second hand. I have watched movies on it straight from the server using Allshare and to be honest when using such a small screen the extra definition that the IPhone has is of no importance what is important is that at such a high resolution movement is not so sharp. I had a weekend playing with an IPhone and my biggest grip with it is that everything has to be done through Apple software. I can't copy my music on to it or more to the point copy a couple of tracks of my music without it creating a pairing with my machine which then deletes all the music from the machine it's normally synced with.
The cost of anything Apple is always more and it does not stop with just the hardware, take I Tunes for example. Stuff is much cheaper in normal MP3 format.
As to getting to grips with Android, well that a load of bull. The same could be said of Apple if its your first smart phone. You give an IPhone t an android user and they will have a problem to start with, do it the other way round and ditto. It's like Linux and Microsoft users swapping PC's.
Battery use, well that depends on how many calls you make and for how long hence it is not really that simple to compare. My Galaxy, so often complained about for it's short battery life, lasts two weeks if left on and not used (I left it behind when I went on a two week holiday by accident which is how I know), I guess an IPhone would last just as long.
I like the fact that Android software is either free or a nominal price plus I can actually find things I can seriously use. I am sure there are some good Apple apps but far less choice and a lot more money.
At the end of the day it's down to cost and it has to be said there is a bigger android choice at much lower prices and given the little small differences I would prefer an android phone to an IPhone.
I can hardly begin to even guess at the level of exchanges that might have taken place if the issues were of some importance. Get a grip - they are just phones!
I do not think I will bother and just keep my ordinary phone just to make and receive
calls, does not even have a camera but it does the job so why spend so much money
that will only be out of date in another year and it seems you have to keep updating really!
too much money I guess,
I have a Samsung S3.6 sold as an MP3 player with loads of extra features just like the S3 but without the phone capability(under £200).
Considering you can buy a full function Mobile for under £40, how do the manufacturers justify asking nearly £500 for a few phone bits.
I suspect we are all being taken for a ride by the smartphone industry, and the longer we put up with it the more we will have to pay for a few extra bits costing probably no more than £20.
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