Friday, April 24, 2015
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Apple and Samsung have been at each other’s throat for a long time now.
Both the companies have been fighting the never-ending battle in and out of the smartphone arena. Each claims the other has infringed their designs, inside and out. Regardless, it seems that the two big guns would be forever involved in the patent battle.
Apple released the iPhone 4S in September 2013. Since then, the handset has taken the smartphone market by storm. The handset considerably took down handsets from various smartphone manufacturers, including the archrival’s flagship variant, the Galaxy S2 smartphone. However, in May, Samsung released the Galaxy S3 smartphone, boasting of an enhanced spec sheet than the iPhone 4S and other Android based smartphones.
Whether the lighter and thinner design, bigger display and powerful processor of GS3 draw the market share of the iPhone 4S smartphone, let us find out. We pit the two handsets against each other to determine the one worthy of your hard-earned money.
The GS3 comprises of a quad core processor, clocked at 1.7GHz speed. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S comprises of a dual core processor, clocked at mere 800MHz speed. The GS3 edges past the iPhone 4S in terms of internal memory. The GS3 comprises of 1GB of RAM as compared to the 512MB equipped in the iPhone 4S. However, the spec sheet does not always make much difference in the real world.
Placing the two handsets against each other, the iPhone 4S appeared to be much quicker in launching applications and was responsive to basic commands. The iPhone 4S was quicker to start-up the handset and opened messaging app instantly, as compared to the GS3 smartphone.
However, the GS3 appeared to download web pages quickly, downloading at 21Mbit per second. On the other hand, the downloading time for iPhone 4S is mere 14.4Mbit per second. The Galaxy S3 appeared to be the quicker of the two handsets in gathering information from the internet.
Generally, the iPhone appeared smoother when making a change between applications as compared to the GS3 handset. The heavy Nature UX TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S3 overlaid on the Android OS hampers the performance of the handset. The iPhone 4S wins the round with ease.
OS and Software
Both the Android and the iOS aim to aid the users make a switch between different apps smoothly on the GS3 and the iPhone 4S handsets. However, the GS3 comprises of an intuitive task manager, thankfully to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
The physical menu button on the GS3 would provide the list of apps running on the handset, along with an image to provide details of what each app is doing. You need to tap on the one you intend to use and swipe out the one you want to quit.
The multi-tasking display of the iPhone 4S requires you to tap twice on its Home button to view the list of apps. To view an individual app, you have to slide between the application icons. However, to quit the app, you have to tap and hold every app individually.
Management of applications is easier on GS3 handset, as compared to those available on the iPhone 4s. The iOS has access to more than 500,000 applications as compared to the 400,000 apps available on Android.
The iPhone 4S is much easier to operate as compared to the Galaxy S3 handset. Finding your way with the iOS is much easier; however, the same cannot be said for Android.
In terms of usability, the iPhone 4S emerges a winner, showing off the beautiful design, user-friendly features and an unbelievable selection of applications.