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Q&A: Should I wait for the next iPhone to come out, or should I get the Samsung Galaxy S III?

The simple and easy answer would be yes, wait for the next version of the iPhone. But choices are rarely this simple. Although mobile technology makes our lives simpler and easier, it often comes with some big decisions (price, contract details, camera type, etc.).

Why shouldn’t you wait for Apple’s next latest and greatest device? Because with this rationale, you will be perpetually waiting for its next big thing. There will always be something sleeker, smarter and quicker around the corner. And speaking of something sleeker, smarter and quicker, let’s take a closer look at Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

The Galaxy S III could be considered the most impressive Android-based phone to date. It runs the most up-to-date Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, and boasts a screen size of 4.8 inches. Throw in 4G connectivity and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology (which allows you to “bump” your phone with another NFC-enabled phone to exchange photos or certain data), and you’ve got yourself a pretty stellar mobile device.

Initial reviews of the Galaxy S III have been impressive. Although there has been a delay in the handsets reaching some markets, the rising demand may have actually added to the allure of getting one. After all, it’s nice to get something that isn’t at first available to everyone.

The Galaxy S III will provide you with access to more than 500,000 apps in the Google Play market, which should give you more than enough choices to be either super productive or blissfully slacker-ish, depending on the circumstances.

Apple’s App Store still leads the way in terms of total number of apps (650,000), and the iPhone is generally considered more secure if you plan to incorporate your iPhone into your work life.

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S IIIThere’s little doubt the Galaxy S III will provide a pleasant and speedy mobile experience, but let’s face it – it’s going up against the iPhone. This is no small task. After all, Apple brought both RIM’s BlackBerry and Nokia to their knees in just a few short years.

Apple’s iPhone can be likened to a hard-throwing major league pitcher. Apple just rears back and consistently throws 98 mph strikes. Hit it if you can, Apple seems to challenge.

So far, no one can touch the iPhone. As with any Apple release, the sixth-generation iPhone is surrounded by heavy rumor-mongering. The most recent as of this writing is that its release is being moved to August to compete with the larger-than-expected sales figures for the Galaxy S III.

I’d suggest waiting for the next iPhone, but here’s comparison of the two as they stand now:

Apple iPhone 4S

Dimensions: 4.5 by 2.31 by 0.37 inches

Weight: 4.9 ounces

Display: 3.5-inch (on the diagonal) widescreen multi-touch display with a 960 by 640 pixel resolution.

Camera: 8 megapixels, HD video recording, LED flash, autofocus, VGA-quality front-facing camera, photo and video geotagging.

Operating System: iOS 5

Pricing and Capacity: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, 64GB for $399 (with two-year contract)

4G: No

NFC: No

Samsung Galaxy S III

Dimensions: 5.38 by 2.78 by 0.34 inches

Weight: 4.69 ounces

Display: 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1280 by 720

Camera: 8 megapixels, HD video recording, auto focus with flash and zero shutter lag, 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera with HD recording, zero shutter lag

Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Pricing and Capacity: 16GB and 32GB versions are available; pricing varies by carrier, but most are selling the 16GB version for $199 with a two-year contract. Pricing varies more for the 32GB model. Sprint sells it for $249.99, T-Mobile for $329.99.

4G: Yes

NFC: Yes

 

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