Many of us have watched closely as the legal battle between the two giants in the smartphone industry was seemingly brought to a close with the San Francisco court ruling in favor of Apple for a staggering $1.05B in damages—to the chagrin of Samsung executives. Yet recently, the case went back to court as the South Korean electronics and telecommunications company appealed for a retrial, with the court directing Apple to disclose documents pertaining to its settlement with HTC, another telecommunications company.
Outside of the patent war, Apple and Samsung battle neck-to-neck for supremacy in the smartphone business. While a consistent top performer with its iconic line of phones—the most recent being the iPhone 5—Apple finds a strong competitor with Samsung (the South Korean company’s latest smartphone model, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, bagged the distinction of becoming the bestselling smartphone of the third quarter of 2012).
While it has been Apple and Samsung’s ball game for quite some time now, with other contending companies such as HTC and Blackberry being pushed further and further into the precipice of oblivion, I would rather prefer Samsung’s more customizable Android phone over the overrated (I think) iPhone 5.
First off, Apple is too expensive for my taste. It fetches for $750 while the SIII is priced at $700 or even less. When it comes to cost-efficiency, I would say that the Samsung Galaxy SIII does more for less as compared to the iPhone 5.
As I have already mentioned, the SIII is more customizable than the iPhone. You have to jailbreak the iPhone before you can be able to modify its features.
When it comes to hardware, I must admit that the iPhone outperforms the SIII a bit. Although the iPhone is lighter (116 g) than the SIII (133 g), the difference is negligible, though detectable. iPhone also performs better when it comes to battery life, though essentially the two smartphones have insignificant differences in this respect. On the other hand, Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant performs better than Samsung Galaxy SIII’s S voice. It has been generally regarded that Apple’s operating system, which is the iOS, is faster than Samsung’s Android operating system, though only within a hairbreadth.
Samsung wins out when one is talking about screen size. Its 4.3” screen is larger than iPhone 5’s 4.0”, though both boast of HD recording.
But the real clincher or, I must say the game changer, is what has been termed as the “battle of the apps”. Let’s admit it. When we talk about available applications, the iPhone wins, though Android is currently inching its way to at least compete equally. Both can be hooked up to your VoIP system in order for you to enjoy the benefits of the technology’s various functions and features, such as RingCentral email to fax, which I find frequently useful since I’m a businessman who is always on the go.
That’s the key to it. While one brand of smartphone might win over another in many respects, it always boils down to preference. I, for example, find merit in being allowed some liberty to innovate (that’s why I like customizable gadgets) and this I apply even to the management of my business. I ensure that my employees are not choked up with totalitarian and stifling commands that kill creativity. I guess I carry over my life philosophy even in choosing phones.
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