Samsung’s Galaxy S III is arguably the best smartphone released so far this year. The device is considered the flagship in Samsung’s entire smartphone lineup, and offers both a huge display and 4G LTE networking. Add that to a nice camera, near-field communication and a powerful quad-core processor, and it’ll combine to make for one awfully nice option.
Still, the Galaxy S III is not able to match Apple’s iPhone in terms of sales. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has watched its iPhone fly off store shelves. With the new iPhone 5 slated to launch in September, it looks like Apple’s smartphone sales will only rocket to greater heights this fall.
And yet, Samsung is holding strong. The company’s Galaxy S III is a favorite among consumers and could also be a worthwhile enterprise option for companies embracing BYOD. Simply put, the Galaxy S III is a worthy iPhone competitor.
Take a look at the reasons why.
1. A nice, big display
The iPhone comes with a somewhat sizable 3.5-inch screen. However, next to the Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch display, it looks rather small. In the grand world of smartphones, screen size matters for those looking to get work done. And when it comes to screen size, the Galaxy S III can’t be beaten.
2. The removable battery matters
Samsung’s Galaxy S III comes with a removable battery. Apple’s iPhone, on the other hand, has a built-in battery. In the enterprise world, especially, the removable battery is an extremely important addition. It allows users to buy multiple batteries and always be able to get work done. It might not matter to consumers, but to road warrior office workers, it’s a big plus.
3. The quad-core Exynos is hard to beat
The Galaxy S III comes with a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor. What that means is the device is running the very best processor on the market right now. Whether Apple will be able to beat it with the iPhone 5 remains to be seen. But it’ll certainly be a difficult job.
4. The Dock connector is a pain
Apple over the years has been called on to bundle a microUSB port into its devices. However, each step of the way, the company has balked. The Galaxy S III, meanwhile, comes with a microUSB, making it easier to charge and offers support for other devices. Apple’s Dock is a proprietary nightmare.
Galaxy S III Ships With Powerful Battery
5. The Galaxy’s 2100mAh battery is huge
The Galaxy S III comes with a 2100mAh battery, making it one of the best power supplies on the market. With the 2100mAh battery, users can expect the device to last over 300 hours on a single charge on standby. Battery life is a major consideration when buying a smartphone. And the Galaxy S III delivers on that.
6. It delivers the best Android software experience
Samsung has found a way to offer up the very best Android software experience out there. The Galaxy S III comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but has Samsung’s own interface tossed on it, making it unlike what customers would find in the standard version of the operating system. Samsung’s TouchWiz is downright innovative.
7. Gaming is a great experience
Samsung has gone out of its way to ensure that the Galaxy S III comes with ample power for gaming. The device has a powerful quad-core processor and boasts a graphics accelerator to boot. Expect a great gaming experience on the Galaxy S III.
8. Don’t forget the apps
Meanwhile, it should be pointed out that Apple tends to get all of the attention when it comes to applications. The company’s App Store is bigger than the Google Play marketplace and gets more love in the mobile community because of it. However, a lot of the best apps are running on Android. Therefore, the Galaxy S III doesn’t take a back seat to the iPhone when it comes to apps.
9. Scratch-resistant glass is a welcome addition
Since there’s really no hard protection for a smartphone’s screen, having scratch-resistant glass is a welcome addition in the Galaxy S III. With it, users can cut down on the chances of their phones getting damaged, and thus, reduce chances of being forced to buy another in the event the Galaxy S III gets dinged by some bad scratches.
Near-field communication is the future. The technology allows for handsets to wirelessly communicate with other products to transfer information. In some cases, that can mean credit card information through services like Google Wallet. In other implementations, it can transfer data. Whatever the use, NFC is a top technology, and something that Apple’s iPhone currently lacks.