Interface and Functionality:

Without question, power users will undoubtedly gravitate to the depth of features found with the TouchWiz Nature UX experience running on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III. Simply, Android has the polished touch in both the visual and navigation department – even more when it’s sporting the better personalization too. From its vast set of useful widgets to its live wallpapers, it’s a joy to know that users can modify the experience to their liking. Well, it’s not to say that the BlackBerry 10 experience doesn’t stand a chance, especially considering this a v1.0 platform we’re talking about here, but it’s clearly going to have an uphill battle trying to convince power users to make the switch. For what it’s offering out of the gate, BB10 clearly emphasizes visual presentation with its various animations and transition effects, and has its own way on going about navigating around the platform.

Diving deeper to some of the core functions of both platforms, it’s obvious that Android is the more mature OS. Plainly, it’s very evident in the way the lockscreen and notifications system is handled by the Galaxy S III. Not only can you quickly launch specific apps directly from the lockscreen, but we’re also greeted with other tangible information – like notifications, weather details, and social networking statuses. With the Z10, we’re only given the bare essentials, the time, date, notifications, and access to the camera. Moreover, we prefer how notifications are handled by Android, as they’re accessible by swiping down the top bezel to expose its panel, which is easier than the gesture heavy process that’s required to get into the BlackBerry Hub. We won’t get into all the small details, but again we see a disparity between their maps (Google Maps vs BlackBerry Maps) and voice control services (Google Now vs BB10 voice control).

At the very least, we’re able to get by using their respective email apps, but of course, Gmail on the Galaxy S III is undeniably more equipped to handle our power needs. Strangely though, despite the larger screen real estate with the Galaxy S III, its on-screen keyboard layout is similar in footprint to what’s seen on the Z10. Quite frankly, we’re enamored by how well the BB10 on-screen keyboard works against the Samsung keyboard. Typing the old school way, we find ourselves faster with our rate of input with the Z10 – even more when it offers the better auto-correct feature.

Processor and Memory:

Everywhere we turn, it’s noticeable that the two platforms employ some pleasing eye candy with their presentations. And with that, we’re glad that their performances are equally on par to one another – though, intensive live wallpapers can sometimes slow down the Galaxy S III. Regardless of that, they execute all tasks with the same level of smooth performance. Would you believe that these two are running the same chipset? A dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.

Nowadays, 16GB of internal storage is the minimum expectations amongst high-end smartphones – and that’s the tally we see with these two. Thankfully enough, we’re able to supplement their capacities seeing they sport microSD card slots as well.

Internet and Connectivity:

Speeds aren’t an issue with these 4G LTE enabled smartphones, therefore, complex web pages load in a jiffy. Making things even more enjoyable with them, they’re able to render stuff on the fly almost instantaneously, navigational controls are superbly tight, and they offer support for Adobe Flash to give us that desktop-like experience. All in all, you really can’t go wrong with either of them.

Lucky for all of us, these two prized devices are manufactured in both GSM and CDMA flavors – while offering 4G LTE connectivity too. Likewise, they’re packed with all of the modern connectivity features we expect to find, such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC.

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