title: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4S: Part 3 / url: Samsung-Galaxy-S3-vs-iPhone-4S-Part-3

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 4S: Operating System

Apple iPhone 4S

iOS 5 includes the new iCloud service allows you to back up and recover your data. We’ve had a few phones end up in pints of lager or in pieces on the pavement, so we’ll definitely be making full use of this. The generous 5GB of space will take a while to fill up.

Simply flick the top edge of the display and the shiny new menu appears, compiling your mail, messages and reminders into one handy list. It’s a perfect way to stay organised if your schedule’s as ridiculous as ours. It’s customisable too, so you can choose exactly what you want to appear.

You also get integrated Twitter support in your phonebook, so you can tweet a message to a friend by scrolling to their entry. We love the way you can tweet a photo as soon as you take it, without messing around on the website. And if your photography skills are as useless as ours, you’ll appreciate the option to crop and perform basic editing on your shots before saving them or posting them online.

With months of usage and updates behind it, iOS 5 is about as smooth a mobile OS as you're going to find on any handset.

 

Samsung Galaxy S3

The Galaxy S3 comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as standard - anything less would be enormously disappointing. Like HTC, Samsung has taken Android 4.0 and overlayed their Touch Wiz UI - an interface that we already loved from it's Galaxy S2 days. It's been streamlined a little -  the wealth of features remains, but things feel a little less cluttered.

S Voice is essentially voice-activated control that will give you direct access to functions such as the camera, calls, text, the alarms, weather, calendar and music and it'll even work when music is playing. What it won't do is answer you back with pithy retorts, like Apple's Siri.

Also present are new functions galore. Smart Stay uses eye detection to ensure that the screen doesn't dim as long as you're looking at it. Smart Alert makes the phone vibrate when you pick it up to let you know that you have a notification. Smart Call automatically dials the number you're looking at as soon as you lift the phone to your ear when you're in contacts, messages or call log.

All of these functions are more than welcome, and involve all kinds of impressive technical wizardry... but did we used to have problems seeing that we had a notification, or calling people on our contacts list? We're not sure we did, and how useful these additions are will be down to personal preference.

 

T3 Verdict: Draw

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 4S: Battery

Apple iPhone 4S

Apple claims 8 hours of 3G talk time, up to 9 hours of Wi-Fi use, 10 hours video playback and 40 hours of musical pleasure. In our experience, we can say that when compared to the iPhone 4, all of these activities had less of a drain on battery. Whether this will still be the case in six months time, we'll have to see. We did notice the battery draining a little quicker when in standby, however.

 

Samsung Galaxy S3

The Galaxy S3's 2100mah battery is a big improvement on that of the S2, and ought to be hefty enough to handle all the tech that has been packed into the S3. A bigger battery doesn't mean longer battery life, but we'll give the S3 the benefit of the doubt for the moment.

The battery in the Galaxy S2 was pretty good, and the extra power in the Galaxy S3 probably cancels out the bigger battery. The S2 outperformed the iPhone 4S in this category, so we'd expect the S3 to do the same.

 

T3 Verdict: Samsung Galaxy S3

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 4S: Verdict

First of all, let us say this: the Apple iPhone 4S is still a phenomenal phone, and a worthy choice even now if you're looking for something new. Smartphone technology is one of the fastest moving sectors in the technology market, and for the 4S to have maintained itself as a viable option 9 months after it's release, it's quite an achievement in itself.

BUT. On paper, the iPhone 4S is clearly dated when put up against the newer, more powerful Samsung Galaxy S3. The size and general build-quality of the 4S will still be preferable to most people, but if you're looking for the handset that puts the most power in your hands, it has to be the Galaxy S3.

Maybe it won't be long before we can put the Samsung Galaxy S3 up against an Apple iPhone 5 of some description. Keep your fingers crossed.

Either way, these are still two of the best phones money can buy, and you'll be more than happy with either.

 

T3 Verdict: Samsung Galaxy S3

 

Still not decided? You can read our Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 4S reviews to get to know the Android smartphones a little better.