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Is this my next phone?

UPDATE, Jan. 10: Click here to find out what smartphone I decided on


I’ve arrived at the biggest dilemma known to humankind: Apple or Samsung?

OK, maybe not humankind. But it’s certainly a raging debate in the smartphone world (in the courtroom, too, but we’ll save that for another day).

My two-year-old HTC G2 seems ancient now — someone called it a “GameBoy” yesterday — and it’s time to upgrade the cellular device. But which do I pick?

I threw the question out to my buddies in the car the other day while on our way to warm our souls with Vietnamese Pho. One argued that the iPhone 5 could be better integrated with my MacBook. The other told me that “once you hold the Samsung Note, you won’t be able to use a smaller-sized smartphone.”

Or will it be this one?

But I played with the Note the other day, and frankly, it’s just too big. I already have a Kindle Fire tablet and the bigger phone doesn’t appeal to me.

So I’ve narrowed my choices down to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5.

Here’s my smartphone mini- profile:

  • Age: 22-years-old
  • Most-used applications: Facebook, Twitter, Camera, Maps, Music, Voice Recorder
  • Other devices owned: Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD, 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • Carrier: Willing to sign a two-year contract with Verizon, AT&T or wait for T-Mobile 

Right now, I don’t have anything that’s really going to push me one way or the other. I’ve played with both and they feel great.

One issue specific to me is switching from Android to Apple and the costs I’ll incur from having to buy new chargers, accessories, etc. But the only Android-related equipment I have is the charger, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

For the Microsoft fans out there, I didn’t forget Windows Phone. I’m familiar with the Lumia line and even played with one this weekend. I just don’t think I’ll go that route — if you can convince me otherwise, have at it.

I Tweeted out my problem and got a few responses from some fellow 22-year olds. Some answers:


Love the responses, but still need some more input. I know our readers are some of the best and brightest geeks out there, so I’m reaching out before I drop some big bucks. In the end, I’ll probably be happy with either. But this is a big investment for me and I want to be sure.

Should I join my colleague John Cook and go with the iPhone 5? Or should I stay faithful to Android? Please help!

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