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Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900

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Interface and Functionality:

So here we are with yet another comparison between an Android powered smartphone and one running Windows Phone. Needless to say, they both have their perks and strengths, but there’s simply no comparison as the Galaxy S III’s TouchWiz Nature UX running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is simply more comprehensive.  Specifically, it beats the Window Phone 7.5 Mango experience of the Nokia Lumia 900 in the personalization department, but beyond that, Samsung’s beauty begins to differentiate itself with its expansive tertiary functionality with things like S Voice, S Beam, ShareShot, AllShare, SmartStay, GroupCast, and much more. Still, we have to give the Windows Phone credit for its dynamic start screen and ease of use – though, it lacks some deep personalization.

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ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
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Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 
ICS - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900

The interface of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
The interface of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
The interface of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
The interface of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900

At the core of things, both handsets’ organizer apps function relatively in the same manner, but there’s some advanced functions attached with the Android experience of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Since it’s running Google’s mobile platform, it provides for the best experience with the Google ecosystem – like what we find with Gmail.

Even though Samsung’s pride and joy has the more spacious on-screen keyboard, we can’t count out the Windows Phone keyboard of the Lumia 900 – mainly due to the fact that it offers one of the best auto-correct feature on any platform. Regardless of that, both are extremely responsive in keeping up with our pace.

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900

On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
On-screen keyboard of the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900


Processor and Memory:

Here’s a perfect example why hardware sometimes can’t predict the performance of a device. Since it’s the newer of the two, the Galaxy S III is blessed with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with a whopping 2GB of RAM. Certainly, that’ll raise some eyebrows over the Lumia 900’s single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 512MB of RAM. However, when it comes down to it, they perform very similar to one another, as every operation is accompanied with fluid movements and instantaneous actions. Ultimately, we can agree that these two handsets are at tip-top shape when it comes to providing a very peppy performance.

Pulling them right of their packaging, the Nokia Lumia 900 has the higher free storage capacity at 13.61GB – versus the 12.05GB available with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Despite that, it’s the latter that offers expandable storage via its microSD card slot.


Internet and Connectivity:

Being the flagship device for each respective platform right now, there’s no surprise that the these two lovely devices fully take advantage of their 4G LTE radios. However, when it comes down to the actual web browsing performance, we have to stick with the Galaxy S III on this one, namely because it coughs up that near perfect desktop experience. Indeed, we love that the two are extremely responsive with their navigational controls, but the support of Adobe Flash on the Galaxy S III is simply icing on the cake.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
The Samsung Galaxy S III is presenting us to a brilliant web browser - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900

Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 900

Since the two are GSM devices, there’s no worry if you plan on traveling internationally, since they’re both compatible with a wide array of GSM networks. Domestically, they can surf the web very quickly while relying on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. And of course, they feature the typical set of connectivity features, but it’s worth noting that the Galaxy S III trumps the Lumia 900 with Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.

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