I took a risk when I changed because I knew nothing about Samsung’s phones having never owned one and I was by no means certain that it was the right move. What motivated me to make the change was the difference in price between the G3 and the iphone 5.
At first it was annoying to change phones and get used to the android operating system. The thing is I am not a real technology geek and mainly just want a phone that lets me surf the web easily and obviously make phone calls without a problem.
I have now come to understand that the reason I was looking for those things is because I had never encountered Samsung before. Apple are very good at giving you a complete phone that ensures the owner will never have to get involved in anything more technical than downloading a song or a film on itunes.
The flip side of that is that if, for example, you want to buy a longer lasting battery or extend the memory of the phone then…well, you can’t. Unless you buy another iphone with a larger memory of course.
Samsung look at the world differently and herein lies the advantage that they have over Apple.
The other day I bought an 8 gig memory card and inserted it into my Galaxy G3. In that instant I became Samsung’s biggest fan. The idea that I could improve my phones memory for a purchase under £10 is revolutionary for someone used to the limitations of the iphone without even realising that the limitations were there!
I have been downloading music for free, the other day I downloaded The Godfather to my phone in HD for free. With every song in my inventory I have the option of making it my ring tone, assigning it to a particular caller or making it my alarm. These are things that with Apple you simply cannot do. This lack of flexibility as well as insistence that you pay through the nose for music and film that you can get on a Samsung for free makes a huge difference when it comes to deciding on what phone to buy.
Now I can’t see Apple suddenly making itunes free and therefore I can’t see how they are going to manage to maintain their market share in spite of their legions of fans. The iphone 5 really serves to underpin this message. Small, incremental changes such as making the screen slightly bigger really aren’t going to be enough.
My big gripe with Apple though is that it always feels like they are on the quest to squeeze more money out of me. The last straw was their new charging system. I have a Bose iphone dock which I use to play my music through my iphone 4S. Had I remained with Apple and bought their new phone I would have had to then spend more money on a converter to make my dock work as well as perhaps a spare cable to plug the phone into my computer. So while Samsung are selling me extras that will improve the performance of their phone and allow me to customise it, Apple are selling me bits and pieces that I need just to make the phone work and aren’t allowing me to make any improvements to the memory or the battery or anything else.
This is why I have to recommend the Galaxy over the iphone 5 and in general the Samsung philosophy over the Apple philosophy.