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After the iphone 5 was released it was quite clear I wouldn't be buying one and that reason was because I had discovered the Galaxy S3 several weeks earlier and knew it blew it out of the water.
The feel of the phone is very different and is noticeably larger in the palm of your hand which can lead to some shortcomings however, one of which is its hard to operate with one hand as you can not get your thumb to the top of screen if texting. This however is easily forgotten once you look at the glorious screen which easily has to be one of the best, the iPhone 5 is better for pixel count but honestly I cant see the difference.
So far in the last week of owning the phone the battery has held up reasonably well while hammering the interent all day on 3G and playing games. When I put it on charge in the evening I have usually used around 75% of the charge. There is however a power saving mode which does save a little more battery with processing power and screen brightness turned down.
It has been hard to turn my back on iTunes and start using Kies to sync the phone with music and files but the software better than expected, although on my macbook the phone is quite hard to connect as it frequently loses connection but have not tried it with windows yet.
The Galaxy S3 battery can be removed and storage can be upped to 64gb which is very useful and the inclusion of NFC (Near Field Communication) is very exciting and I am looking forward to formatting some chips when they get delivered.
The Android OS (currently Ice Cream Sandwich) is fantastic, very customisable, very fast and far superior to its competitors and when Jelly Bean starts getting rolled out it will be even better.
On my old iPhone the apps were just listed on every home screen with the Galaxy S3 the widgets are even better as you can have live widgets showing the weather, another showing your email, you can even have live wallpapers!
The notifications are hidden at the top and will show what kind of notification you have without barging onto the display every time which I didn't like about the iPhone.
If you are thinking about buying it, stop thinking and start buying as I can promise you, you wont regret it.