Few days ago, a few short weeks prior to the announcement of the iPhone 5, I decided it was time to make a change. I wanted to move over to the Android camp and find out exactly how much I would like it over the trusty iPhone I have been attached to for the past 6 years. Today I made the decision to keep my Galaxy S3. I seem to be enjoying it immensely. And the fact that I am going to be shopping for accessories next week kind of solidifies my position on not purchasing the iPhone 5. ...of course this is all based upon the continued information that we are receiving about the new phone from Apple. With its current rumored design, I am really happier with the expanded real-estate that the Galaxy S3 offers. In fact, if the Galaxy Note 2 is released in the next 30 days I may upgrade to that phone as it has even a larger screen. Chances are we won't be getting GN 2 by then. Still working on getting photos ported over. I just ordered an external memory card for the GS3 which will be here Wednesday. I can then simply go to my Mac, drop the photos to the card, and then once inserted in my GS3, its photo gallery should recognize it. At least, that is how I am being told it should work. Have been able to successfully set up an iMap account for Mail. What I delete on my GS3 also deletes across my Mac devices. Synced my Contacts and Calendars with Google and now they also perfectly add and subtract across devices. Is the Galaxy S3 and Android OS perfect? No. Here are some downsides.... 1. The Galaxy S3 is a battery hog. It should be when considering the draw on its large screen and processing power. However, once I stopped tinkering with the phone for hours on end, I was able to get to the point that I could enjoy a full-days charge. You can also disable all kinds of active tasks that draw on power. 2. Radio signal not as good as iPhone. WiFi reception drops out at a *slightly* shorter range than it did on the iPhone. 3. Push/Banner notifications are poor. Loved the way the iPhone sent you an on-screen alert for incoming mail, chat and news. It does the same on GS3, but not as prominently. I do hear that the upcoming JELLYBEAN update will address and improve upon this problem. 4. Apps not quite as numerous nor (sometimes) as good as those found on iOS. Don't get me wrong, there is a huge amount of apps in the Google Play Store, but I find that the Android counterpart on a few apps is not as good as the iOS apps. On the other hand, it seems apps are cheaper in the Google Play store and there are more free apps to choose from. 5. Mac users will be frustrated over lack of seamless integration with their other Apple devices, but as I noted above, there are workarounds that actually do work. In fact, I enjoy the challenge of figuring them all out. So why have I decided to keep the phone? I like it better than the iPhone. I suppose I have just gotten bored with iOS all these years. Unless you jailbreak the device (which I did), you don't have the customization options that you have on Android. I really enjoy the graphics and animations on the phone. I think that the GUI is just prettier for everything rather than having an industrial look like iOS has. Of course, I love the fact I can just buy a memory card and add more memory or swap out a battery should the one I have just dies. Photos and (especially) video looks stunning on the Galaxy. In fact, the three of us at my job who bought the Galaxy S3 over the past week did so based primarily on the quality of taking pictures and watching video. The screen size makes all the difference. The file system is easy to understand. Everything you download has its own file that you can easily search or transfer. I find myself just naturally doing things I suppose I felt inhibited doing on iOS. For instance, first day I downloaded a free ringtone app from the Google Store and I was able to set up all sort of different notifications using movie ringtones that were available. I love the way it feels in my hand. It doesn't feel like the iPhone brick. Much lighter due to the fact it's made of polycarbonate material. Yes, it feels cheaper in construction but I understand it's still quite durable. I am still not thoroughly versed in using this phone yet (as there are just so many options to set up), but to date, I am liking the amount of customization that can be done. I am also looking forward to using Samsung TecTiles which allows you to preprogram specific commands to your phone with a simple NFC swipe. Android phones come in lots of flavors instead of a single iPhone flavor. Lots of different screen sizes to choose from. Personally, I think the iPhone is a better constructed phone with better hardware performance. It's the perfect phone for those that want their device to work a certain way right out of the box. The OS is so simple that you can hand it a total noob and they would immediately be able to figure it out. For those that don't want to be stuck in the closed Apple ecosystem, the Android OS offers a great deal of customization. You can spend hours downloading widgets and arranging your phone exactly the way you want. Looks like Apple is attempting to pull the Galaxy S3 from the market, so if anyone is considering to make the switch, you may wish to do so sooner than later. I think the best way to make an informed choice on which brand of phone you want is to play with them both. AT&T allows you to buy a phone and return it within 30 days for a $35 restock fee. That was a price I was willing to play to get may hands dirty with Android. Much better than simply looking at a displayed phone. There is no wrong decision on which phone to go with. Both are stellar phones. It just depends on whether you are the tinkering kind of person of if you want everything to work out of the box without intervention. Of course, if Apple blows the doors off everything on September 12th with a phone that clearly pounces on Samsung, I'll be switching back.