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In light of the high-profile Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit over each company's mobile phone offerings, here is a glimpse at two phones duking it out in the marketplace for the #1 spot amongst consumers. In one corner is the Samsung Galaxy S3 and in the other Apple's iPhone 4s. Which will come out on top? Let's explore.
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Apple's iPhone 4s is available in black or white. Memory options include 16GB, 32GB or 64GB, which retail for $199, $299 and $399 respectively. This world phone measures in at 4.5"x2.3"x0.37" and it weighs 4.9 ounces. It utilizes the iOS5 operating system and offers a dual-core 1GHz cortex-A9 CPU. Talk time is estimated at eight hours.
The 4s comes with an 8 Megapixel camera with LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and face detection and also has video recording capabilities. Other features include a scratch-resistant glass back panel, the much-loved Siri with her natural language commands and dictation, iCloud cloud service, Twitter integration and Google maps. The phone comes with accessories including Apple earphones, dock connector to USB cable and USB power adapter.
The Galaxy S3, available in Marble White and retails for $199.99. It is a touch-screen device that measures 5.38"x2.78"x0.34" and it weighs 4.7 ounces. It boasts a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. It is currently available with a 16GB memory and has an HD Super AMOLED 4.8" display. Battery life for this phone is comparable to the iPhone 4s, with 8 hours of talk time.
In terms of the phone's specific features, it offers Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition and text-to-speech capabilities. The 8.0 Megapixel camera has 4x digital optical zoom, autofocus, camcorder, DivX, HD recording and playback and video share, and the phone has its own video player as well. The user interface features TouchWiz; Smart Unlock; Accelerometer; Motion Gestures; Smart Stay; S Voice (a.k.a. Samsung's Siri); S Suggest; Kies Air; Pop Up Play; Share Shot and AllShare Play.
The tech community is buzzing with mostly positive reviews of the Galaxy S3. Techradar.com calls it "a phone worthy of the hype." CNET.com states outright that it is impressed with the phone and calls it a "tidy package of top-flight specs, approachable design, steady performance and compelling pricing." NPR's Linda Wertheimer recently hosted technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky for a discussion about the Galaxy S3 vs. the iPhone 4s and in Jaroslovsky's option the Samsung phone "is an iPhone wannabe that also sets a marker for the next iPhone." The Huffington Post has declared that the Galaxy S3 gives the iPhone 4s a run for its money and reviewer Jason Gilbert tells readers: "I can, with all of my heart, endorse the Galaxy S3."
Well, while the verdict for which phone wins is still up in the air, it's safe to say that consumers and tech experts alike are embracing Samsung's new mobile, seemingly having grown perhaps slightly bored and/or disillusioned with Apple's iPhone 4s. The $10,000 question is, will fans forget the Galaxy once the iPhone 5 is released in the very near future? Only time will tell.