As you may be aware, the Apple iPhone 4S is one of the most popular smartphones on the market. Millions of users are drawn to its spec list which includes the retina display, impressive design, intuitive multimedia ecosystem and the AppStore. However, several manufacturers have recently released their flagship Android smartphones, which are posing a serious threat to the popularity of the Apple device. In this article, I will take a closer look at the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S3 by comparing their design and their app services.
Apps form a major part of the appeal of smartphones. It is the ability to download applications which provides these devices with the ability to customise them and increase the versatility and functionality. The Apple iPhone 4S utilises the AppStore, which is the first such service to allow users to browse over 500,000 apps which can be downloaded directly to the handset over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. Many people view this as superior to other services, as its apps are optimised for Apple devices only. The Samsung Galaxy S3 uses Google Play, and because Android phones are now so popular, app developers have made most popular AppStore titles available for Android devices. Because both platforms are so popular, there is very little to choose between the AppStore and Google Play as they offer the same benefits and similar content quality and choice. This is because app developers realise they can cash in on the popularity of both operating systems, and therefore their services are now nearly identical in terms of the quality of available content and choice of apps on offer.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S are very different phones in terms of the design and aesthetic appearance. The iPhone 4S has an iconic design which is based on its simple appearance with a slim profile and unique construction of reinforced glass and steel. The handset is comparatively compact to many new Android phones, because it has a 3.5 inch screen. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8 inch touchscreen which is considerably larger than that of the iPhone 4S, therefore the handset is so much bigger. Other differences of its appearance include a more ergonomic design and more rounded corners, and also the inclusion of capacitive Android shortcut keys which are located at the base of the screen.
Saying that one of these phones is better than the other would not be fair, as they are both very different smartphones. Because the features like design and apps services are so different, as well as fundamentals like their operating systems, there are more differences between these phones than there are similarities. However, both phones make an excellent choice, and there are two of the most impressive handsets on the market currently.