Which is the better phone?
Customers are seen inside the Apple store in Calgary's Market Mall on Monday. Consumer Reports pitted the iPhone up against the Samsung Galaxy, Apple's best competition.
Published Monday, October 8, 2012 5:43PM MDT
Apple and Samsung have been trading barbs ever since the coveted iPhone 5 was released two weeks ago, but which is really the better phone?
Consumer Reports pitted the iPhone up against Samsungs Android flagship, the Galaxy to see how their features stack up.
Samsung has been making fun of Apple fans for waiting in lines for features their phones have had for years.
In the labs, the screen on the iPhone has gotten bigger, the biggest yet in their fleet of phones, but the Samsung phones are still outperforming the giant.
Mike Gikas of Consumer Reports says that voice control is an area where Apple beats out the competition. “Here, Android capabilities are quite good, though they’re no match for Siri, who can understand and execute more complex commands.”
Gikas says that the Galaxy has more detailed maps, better traffic information, and more customization.
Apple’s map application has been plagued with glitches since it was released but he says that until those are ironed out, Android is the clear winner.
Both iPhone and some Android phones have the ability to take panoramic stills, Consumer Reports finds that when it comes to quality, the iPhone 5 wins out.
However, some consumers aren’t interested in comparing features – they just know they want the iPhone.
“For the most part, I’ve got all the Apple infrastructure at home – the iMac and everything. So it’s nice to have them all together,” says iPhone owner Andrew Robichaud.
AmyGabriel is also pleased with her phone. “The goal is to have one unit that does everything. It takes photos, videos, it’s my GPS and now it’s gonna be my heart rate monitor so I’m really pleased with them.”