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  Reply # 645596 24-Jun-2012 22:59 Send private message

KiwiTT: I may have it wrong but Iphone seems like you are entering an ecosystem, whereas android you are after features and other bells and whistles.

Different points I feel. One, is that apple has an ecosystem which gives many advantages .

The bells and whistles isn't ecosystem related. That's the fact that Apples policy does add restrictions that does reduce some features and in particular , customisation.

I think that KiwiTT got it pretty right. With Apple solutions they don't do some things. The things they do generally work well and in a consistent way.

With Android it can do everything, it's often inconsistent. If you like drilling into menus to find features and tweaks for your particular use case then Android is for you. If you can live with there only being one way to do most things then iOS will just work. 

The unlimited customisation is a double edged sword, with manufacturer bloatware being one of them. I know you can ROM devices, I really just can't be bothered.

I don't think that there is a right answer to this one, it's about what fits your use case. I used to love spending hours tweaking and tuning. Since we started a family I have less time and just want solutions that work easily together.

I will clarify, I wasn't disagreeing with KiwiTT as such, just that the ecosystem isnt the reason that there is  more freedom with Android. Apples ecosystem could have much more freedom if Apple allowed it. The ecosystem isn't the reason for the lack of freedom, I feel SJ is the main reason. If so, iOS may open up in the future, time will tell.  

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  Reply # 645736 25-Jun-2012 10:27 Send private message

To drag back to the OP again. The SGS3 is $1049 rrp at the moment, but has been sold for as low as $840 in some sales. The iPhone seems to be pretty stable in price of around $1100 for a 16GB and $1200 for the 32GB (?). When the new iPhone is released it too will probably reflect those prices (barring the rumoured storage increase). If you can wait until September, and stand in a queue, you will be able to compare two real life phones. Compare them as they are in your hand, not as they may be in the future, that way you won't be disappointed if future upgrades don't happen. Then bear in mind the price difference.
As an aside that is what I should have done when I bought a HTC One X two weeks before the SGS3 was released. Should have waited and compared physical phones, not spec sheets, especially when it turned out the SGS3 could be got for only 40 bucks more than I paid for the One X.
So in summary, yes, if you can, sit on your hands and wait for the iPhone 5 (or New iPhone if it's called that).

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