Originally Posted by aadk
Please don't turn this thread into an Apple vs. Samsung thread and don't just give me reasons like "Samsung because it's not made by Apple"
. I'm actually just looking for really objective reasons as to why I should choose each phone. Also, customization isn't really that big of a deal to me because I always jailbreak my iPhone as soon as they release it for the current iOS but it would be nice if I didn't have to because it just makes the phone really slow. I did say I was disappointed by the iPhone 5 but the two reasons I gave are really deal breakers for me if I do decide to switch to Android. I don't think anyone has really gave an answer as to how I can be able to stay in my friends group texts if they're texting using iMessage. Also, I have to switch because my phone actually just bricked a couple of days ago and I need a new phone. Just can't decide which one to get
For me that is a justification.
If you want customisation then go for the Android. It's easier to do, doesn't require rooting, but rooting is extremely easy to do. There's no worry of waiting for a jailbroken version of your firmware to come out, or missing out on new updates because the version of the software you use hasn't been cracked/jailbroken yet.
With iOS, a new version comes and if you're jailbroken, you have to abstain for a week, maybe even months, depends how hard Apple have made it to customise your device/jailbreak.
With Android, more specifically, you can root extremely easily by installing a rooted kernel and a SuperUser app (they're in the same package, usually). When a new software version comes from Samsung, you install it over your existing install, don't lose a single byte of data, and then you simply reinstall your kernel, or use the rooted kernel that comes with it. Waiting time? Hours. The software (Odin) you use to flash these things? Free and around 20mb. Chance of bricking your device? Nil (unless you disconnect it while flashing, or lose power... same goes for any flashing process. Even then it's just a case of flash again when you do have power.)
The iPhone 5 offers nothing new that Android hasn't been doing for at least 6 months.
I don't think the GSIII is at all plastic-y and it's quite light. The build quality on it seems really nice and the screen is quite scratch resistant. If you want some more bulk on it, buy a case for it. There's a good Aegis Trident case on the market that's sexy as hell.
As for messaging, get your friends to use WhatsApp, it's available cross platform on Android, WP, iOS and even Blackberry.
Here's my current setup with my GS3. I have the latest ICS version from Samsung (XXBLG9) rooted. It took me literally 10 minutes from turning the phone on the first time, to having it rooted (I read about it before, of course and had the files ready to go... my download speeds would increase the time otherwise ). When the official JellyBean Android from Samsung drops I'll be able to install it the second it arrives AND have root and there will be no messing around waiting for it to be cracked like iPhone jailbreaks.
Stock GS3 homescreen:
My current homescreen:
Difficulty to achieve this? Nil. After rooting and installing a custom recovery, I flashed one file that is a theme/reskin and I had those sexy blue colours. There are other themes/colours too.Edited by Rubers - 9/14/12 at 11:52am