Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Galaxy S5: Is it Worth Upgrading or Wait Till Android 4.4.2 Update in March/April?

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By Ryan Inoyori | January 29, 2014 2:14 PM EST

Galaxy S3 survived the rule of S4 and even got eligibility for Android 4.4.2 KitKat expected to be rolling out on March or April. The Galaxy S5 is coming out very soon, and for those thinking to upgrade, here are the five factors to consider in deciding if it is worth the cost or not.

Software Version

The Galaxy S5 starts with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, while the S3 needs to wait until March or April in order to get the firmware. In addition, S5 users will enjoy the updated TouchWiz UI in magazine style, new icons and new notification schemes which may or may not be available for the Galaxy S3, depending on what Samsung puts on the Android 4.4 update.

Hardware Components

Even as a survivor, the Galaxy S3 already aged for almost 2 years and currently being supported with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. There are several major changes when compared to the S5 such as more efficient processor, bigger RAM, larger screen, better display resolution and improved camera module. For those who want to improve every single hardware components in their devices, they need to pay at least $800 for the plastic version or $1,000 for the metallic version. They can also resell their Galaxy S3 to get minimise cash out on the S5.

Samsung Exclusives

The Galaxy S3 features Galaxy S apps such as S Voice and gestures; however, user will not be getting improvements found on the S5 like better distance recognition and others. But those who don't depend on those apps can consider leaving them alone in he meantime and stay on the Galaxy S3. Android 4.4 KitKat would likely feature some notable Galaxy S upgrades anyway.

Android Update

The Galaxy S3 is upgradable to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and qualified for Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. However, the current Jelly Bean upgrade holds several major bugs based on reports filed by owners. According to some rumours, Android 4.4.2 KitKat update will help out to make the device faster, power efficient and more stable compared to Android 4.3 firmware.

Deals and Price Tag

Based on exclusive information from Sam Mobile, the Galaxy S5 is expected to be sold in two variants - plastic and metallic. The plastic Galaxy S5 model will probably start at $800 for full retail while the metallic Galaxy S5 could start at $900 or $1000 for full retail. Since it is a new smartphone, network carriers may offer several promos and deals to make the device easier to get, but buyers should be mindful of all possible charges and double check the contract to avoid killing their bank account. The Galaxy S5, like Xperia Sirius, is going to be expensive once released to the market.

There is nothing wrong with keeping the Galaxy S3 in the meantime, and owners may wait till a price drop occurs for the Galaxy S5. For those who have the patience, wait till Samsung releases Android 4.4.2 for S3 to see if there is really a need to buy the S5. By that time, the price has dropped a few hundred bucks already and new deals should be available.

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