Originally Posted by Simca
I find it funny when Android users throw away benchmarks because the iphone beats theirs out and say it's prone to error...but then in a few months when a new Android phone comes out that destroys the apple precedent they're quick to jump back on the benchmark bandwagon.
Honestly, it's disgusting how Android users have become. Most of them have becomes so blatantly Apple hating that "the pursuit of technology" has gone out of the window.
Appreciate Apple for what it does. Bash it for what it doesn't do well..just like you would an Android phone. There's no reason to like one over the other in its entirety.
Apple is good at appealing to the general user, and will always be a recommendation to the user that just doesn't want to mess with anything or tweak it. This should also be a consideration for "Just a nickname" when choosing out a phone. On one hand you have a semi-locked down apple device that will just work, on the other hand you have an android device that if you choose to pursue customizing it you run the risk of bricking an $800 phone. It all comes down to the user preference and what risks they are willing to take. Also the reason nobody liked the S3 v ip5 benchmarks was that most of them where the ip5 won appeared to be staged. Be it dropping the S3 in a way that there was no possibility for the screen not to shatter, or even dropping from different heights.
I swear this is turning into the new "Intel vs. AMD" where people are willing to cheat drop-tests just to say one phone is better than the other. Once I saw an iphone vs galaxy drop test where they dropped the face of the iphone on a sharp rock that impaled the screen, yet they dropped the galaxy flat on its back. It's not just one side causing the problem, it's users of both.
As a suggestion to "Just a nickname", go to the store, try out a bunch of phones. Find a balance between what feels right and what performs great to you as a user and then buy that. You shouldn't be limited by what we think, just write down some names of phones if you can, go home and look at the specs and see what 'does it' for you. Since you already said the iphone 5 a few times I am going to assume you will pick that so have fun!
EDIT: Also, if you are worried about scratching it pick up an otterbox case or something decent and you'll be golden.