Should I Trade My iPhone 4S for a Samsung Galaxy S III?

At, Urgebot1777 writes:

Should I trade my Verizon iPhone 4S for a Verizon LTE Samsung Galaxy S III? What would I lose or gain? I love social media. I have a MacBook Pro, Apple TV, Nexus 7 (soon to be iPad), and the iPhone 4S. I do like the S III as a phone, but the problem is that I have T-Mobile. I can jailbreak the iPhone and it will still work. With the Samsung Galaxy S III, there is the possibility to switch to global and use the LTE for T-Mobile after rooting. Do you think this phone would work for me?

ChrisIt looks like you’re already pretty vested in the Apple ecosystem. Apple’s products are made to work together and your experience will likely be easier on iOS. If you buy an universal binary app on the iPad, you’ll get the app on your iPhone as well. Would you want to give this up and start investing in apps for two entirely different platforms?

If this isn’t a big deal for you, then you should consider how important the features of the Samsung Galaxy S III are to you. Are the benefits of the upgrade enough to justify the switch for you? What are your specific needs from the device? These questions will better position you to make the best decision.

Both of these phones are spectacular. Even without the slightly larger screen of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S remains one of the best choices for anyone in the Apple ecosystem. iCloud, Air Play, and other features exclusive to iOS are great reasons to hold on to the iPhone 4S over a switch to an entirely new ecosystem.

You are considering a move from the Nexus 7 to an iPad. If this is due to better features or pain points with the Nexus 7, then you’ll probably find the switch to the Galaxy S III to be a similar experience against the iPhone 4S. You lose the ability to receive the latest version of Android as it becomes available. That is still a feature exclusive to Nexus devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a feature powerhouse. There’s no reason it wouldn’t be an excellent phone for several years to come. It’s big, bright, and one of the best-selling smartphones of 2012. If you love Android and want to have a great Android experience in a smartphone, then this might be a great trade for you.