iPhone 4S and Galaxy S III in hand

While iPhone and Galaxy S3 owners are often viewed as fans of rival teams, the two groups have more in common than Apple or Samsung would care to admit.

A new report finds owners of the two smartphones follow the same usage patterns, while maintaining some distance on hardware and carrier choices.

Based on surveys conducted in January and February, both iPhone and G3 owners follow a trend away from voice calls and emails to texting. Before anyone thinks the two will for a mutual admiration society anytime soon, there are some striking differences, as well…

AppleInsider cited a Consumer Research Partners survey which states that between 80 percent to 90 percent of iPhone and S3 owners use their handsets to send multiple texts each day.

There is only a slight difference between the two smartphone platforms when it comes to going online: more than 80 percent of iPhone owners use their device to reach the Internet, while 75 percent of G3 users launch an Internet session from their phones.

While few iPhone or Galaxy S3 owners used their phones to call someone, there was a slightly larger number of S3 users who dialed digits.

In another area, the advantage of the iPhone’s Retina Display may be a factor.

Size comparison (Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5, Martin Hajek 004)

Owners of iPhones reported more often using the handset to play games or view photos one or two times per day. Although 80 percent of iPhone owners said they often played games on their phones, that figure dropped to 70 percent for S3 users.

When it comes to other hardware, there were more disparities between the two groups.

While both iPhone and S3 owners said they owned PCs, iPhone owners were more likely to own a Mac laptop or desktop, according to the report. The research also found while 20 percent of iPhone owners also have a Mac laptop, just 7 percent of S3 owners said they own a Mac laptop.

In other words, an Apple laptop owner is more likely to buy an Apple smartphone than an Android-based G3 owner is to cross “party lines” and purchase a Mac.

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Apple today amusingly emailed out its ninth JD Power award to users (kudos to Mark Gurman).

That line against cross overs also includes tablets. iPhone owners are twice as likely to buy an iPad, while Galaxy S3 owners are twice as likely to own an Android tablet. Of interest to Amazon: iPhone owners are more likely to have a Kindle e-reader, as well.

Despite iPhone owners having three U.S. carriers supporting their Apple smartphone, AT&T – which was Apple’s original partner – has more than 50 percent of iPhone users, according to the researchers.

Verizon has around 35 percent of iPhone owners, while a bit more than 10 percent of iPhone owners are Sprint customers. For the S3, there is no apparent carrier preference with Galaxy owners evenly spread across the four domestic wireless providers.

  • jose castro

    lol tell us something we dont know haha

  • There was a report on Gizmodo uk which I was interviewed for last year along with a fandroid, it was all about phone wars between fans… Needless to say who came out on top.

    Most of what we say is in jest, to wind up the other side, every company needs to have competition and fans often remain loyal to the chosen brand only.

    But in all honesty as much as I like Apple… In a far away distant future I may buy Samsung and android, if they bring out a flexy OLED product out that is.

    • Stanley Traub

      You can thank me later ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Doesn’t mean I will stop buying Apple. You can never have too many toys..

        Think we are along way off from seeing flexy OLED displays. Will be interesting to see who comes to market with it first, LG or Samsung.

  • galaxy owners are lame .. iPhone owners are cool…

    • Stanley Traub

      Yet most of the people in my school have either the note 2 or gs3… only the middle schoolers have iphones. Ios is for senior citizens.

      • your a moron if you believe that statement coming out of your mouth.

    • Liam Mulcahy


  • no all Samsung owners are gay and enjoy some cock every now and again while apple fans are simple awsome

    • Liam Mulcahy


    • maurid

      (While we’re being immature) Talk about cocks, iOS users have one stuck up their buttholes 24/7.

      And if we talk about the non-literal meaning of the word “gay”, then iOS are MUCH more gayer.

      Anyway, you were asking for an immature response. If you want responses based on true facts and experience, then let us know.

  • Gray

    I think the iOS vs. Android arguments are silly. It was better when the Galaxy S first started up, and sure, you had people comparing them, but it wasn’t an all-out war like it is now. In fact, Samsung made parts for Apple’s iPhone series. It was a live and let live kind of relationship, they were two different sides to one coin — that coin being the smartphone market.

    When you get down to it, it really is just preference. I’ve owned both, I liked both, and both have their distinct advantages over the other. Android is far more customizable and open-source, and thus a lot easier to manipulate and play around with. iOS on the other hand has better performance from what I’ve experienced and is a lot more stable, and also lacks the fragmentation issues of Android. It’s a toss-up.

    Which do you prefer? That’s entirely your choice, not a “hey I think Android is better” vs. “iPhone is obviously superior” argument. Leave that to the kids arguing whose dad can beat up the other, please.

    (I was being nice with my examples in the last instance. I don’t mind someone thinking one is better, but when it turns into a blatantly disrespectful argument, it’s just ridiculous.)

    • Stanley Traub

      Its not preference. Its failure of fanboys to say any reason why ios is better. This is their go to argument which is pathetic if u ask me.

      • Gray

        No, it is preference. iOS has it’s advantages, like I said, but so does Android. To say that one is better is entirely subjective and based solely on your own opinion. You can say hardware is better, but experience is entirely a personal thing.

    • For me, minimalism is the first thing i look for when i buy a phone … that’s why I use Nokia 1280 ๐Ÿ˜€

      Anyways…what you wrote is 100% correct…. iOS and Android are like Tom and Jerry.

    • Dan

      I agree 100%, it all comes down to preferences. Pretty annoying that some people are so closed minded that they put down anything else, although I see it so often now that I just ignore them.

      Serenity now!

  • You’ve replaced iDB logos with wrong one lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  • No way… They don’t have Fifa 13 to play!

  • I dont get it apple and samsun are different yes are smart phones but iphone is for some kind of people and samsun for the rest if i want an iphone 5 i have to pay almost $700 for iphone 5 16 gb plus activation plus itunes apps plus cydia customize paypal payments etc etc so if u are samsun guy you can get it a galaxy 4s for free or $99 plastic phone nice screen and android shit so you can see why.

  • They are both addicted.Thats a fact.Its horrible.Everywhere you see people sitting next to each other and they dont talk to each other.Only looking into that small screen.Both sides are searching for something in that small peace of metal and plastic but they dont know what they are searching for.And if there is nothing interesting then both sides look into Facebook to see what other people do….

    • …or we aren’t cynical soul searching a-holes like you and don’t take our phones too seriously. We look into that screen and communicate with our friends, some we don’t get the chance to see in person because they live far away or we’re at work, we play games to pass the time during a train/car ride, or we answer calls to socialize with friends.

      Stop projecting your boring life onto others. When you have a social life a smartphone can actually ENHANCE it rather than remove it. YOU are the one using your phone as a replacement for a life. Get it straight.