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TECHNOLOGY: Phone Wars

It can easily be said that 2012 is the year of the smartphones. Samsung came up with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and had successfully won market leadership over the iPhone 4S. Apple countered with the iPhone 5, but is now facing stiff competition from its Windows 8 counterpart, the Nokia Lumia 920. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 created an entirely new category for the next generation of phones — no, phablets (phone + tablet). Then, Sony Ericsson took on the challenge of creating a phablet of their own and is slated to release the said product come 2013. Users are now faced with an important question that can possibly change their daily mobile habits — exactly what phone do I need?

In the past month, a few of my friends solicited my opinion on the phone they should get for themselves this Christmas. The Samsung-slash-Android fan that I was, albeit not apparent, I’d only ever given them either the S3 or the Note 2 as options. A few of my iPhone-loving friends asked me, then, “Why those two? Why not include the iPhone in your list of options?” And this was my staple reply — Android devices are much more flexible than iOS devices. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

So you want to be an owner of an S3 or a Note 2

So, for those planning to take the Samsung-trodden path, which should you get — an S3, or a Note 2?

Consider asking yourself this: what exactly are your mobile habits?

Are you a huge fan of texting and calling, but not so much of mobile browsing? The S3 is the better choice, then. The slim form is great for texting, and it won’t be much of a bother to take calls in public as the S3 is, despite much dispute about its size, still relatively pocket-sized. Mobile browsing is also great on the S3, but is much more enjoyable on a Note 2 given the latter’s bigger screen.

The Note 2 can perform everything an S3 can, with a few more neat tricks under its sleeve. Its main distinguishing feature is the the S-Pen that allows users to pretty much run wild and be creative with their mobile device. Also, given the bigger screen size, the mobile browsing and gaming experiences are more enjoyable on a Note 2.

Technicalities-wise, the Note 2 is faster with its 1.6 gHz quadcore processor, while the S3 comes with a 1.4 gHz dualcore processor. This makes a huge difference when it comes to rendering webpages and loading multimedia. Pixel density is better with the S3, though, but the Note 2 makes up for this with its behemoth of a battery life, thanks to its 3100 mAh battery. Both models come with HSPA+ support and an 8MP camera, but the Note 2 has a slight advantage over the S3 as it also has LTE support.

I’m not a huge fan of Samsung, though

Well, then, consider getting an iPhone 5. The Apple flagship leads the pack when it comes to form and style. The design is amazing; the sleek appearance will make anyone want to have an iPhone 5 of their own. It boasts of an A6 processor, Apple’s fastest yet, and an 8MP camera. Apple is known to have the best display and the iPhone 5 does not disappoint, presenting users with clear and crisp images at 326 ppi. Slimmer than the S3, texting shouldn’t be a problem, either. And, of course, we all know that iPhone cases are some of the cutest in the market.

Both Smart and Globe have really great postpaid plan offers for the iPhone 5.

If you’re more of a person who uses phones strictly for business, a Blackberry might be a good option. Blackberry has always been marketed as the “serious business phone” used primarily for texts and calls, but do not be fooled; the Blackberry fares just fine in the mobile browsing department despite its meager screen size. Its portability, perhaps, is its biggest selling point; any Blackberry phone is a perfect fit in the palm of your hand. Among the bestsellers are the Blackberry Curve 9360 and the Blackberry Bold 9900.

For those who are feeling a bit adventurous, you can opt to give Windows 8 phones a shot. Currently, the Nokia Lumia 920 leads the group, boasting of its PureView technology, a 1.5 gHz dualcore processor, and a fixed 32 GB capacity. The Nokia Lumia 920 will be released in the Philippines in 2013. Until then, the Nokia Lumia 820 tries its best to convince people that Windows 8 is best thing since sliced bread (and doesn’t really fall short on expectations).

So, what now?

All in all, it boils down to your mobile habits. I am a heavy user of mobile data, so it is important for me to enjoy my browsing experience. It doesn’t help that I do not have the best eyesight, so the Note 2 is a clear winner for me. The iPhone 5 is promising, though, and the S3 continues to make people happy.

Think about it. The fate of your mobile life rests in the hands of your choice of smartphone.

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