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iPhone 5 versus Samsung Galaxy S3: Wait or buy now? You're hearing great things about the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3), but can it stand up to fall's iPhone 5? We'll help you suss it out.

"The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is a great phone, but should I wait for the iPhone 5 instead?" This is the kind of question we CNET editors are asked all the time, and with good reason. Given the breakneck pace of the smartphone world, there's always something good now, but something better around the corner -- and you want your investment to last. In some ways, the answers are obvious if you prefer one OS over another, have a Mac at home, or need a phone right now. However, if not, there's a lot to like about each platform's superphone (we surmise; one of them hasn't even been announced yet), and we can't make your decision for you. So here's what we'll do. We're going to break it down by some of the phone features that we think could sway your decision. Design
When it comes to first-class materials, Apple has Samsung beat. That is, if you like glass on both sides of your handset, and an industrial look and feel. With the Galaxy S3, Samsung un…

Apple to sell 75 million low-cost iPhones next year, says analyst

The much-rumored low-cost iPhone would cannibalize sales from the more expensive model but help Apple grab a healthy chunk of the low-end smartphone market.

A low-cost iPhone could see unit sales of 75 million in 2014, projects Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. In an investors note released today, Munster said he expects Apple to sell a $300 non-subsidized iPhone starting in September. Such a device is likely to trigger a 30 percent cannibalization rate, which means that for every three low-cost iPhones sold, one full-price iPhone is cannibalized. As such, Apple's share of the high-end smartphone market may dip to 37 percent next year from 43 percent last year. But its share of the low-end (under $400) market will rise to 11 percent in 2014 from nothing in 2012. Nearer term, Munster is eyeing flat iPhone growth for the current quarter ending in June, down from his prior forecast of a 15 percent gain. That would mean unit sales for the iPhone of around 26 million. As a result, Ap…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: A clash of two Android titans

If you're in the market for a new smartphone this year, chances are good you're seriously considering two highly anticipated handsets: the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Both offer tempting helpings of powerful components, advanced features, and cutting-edge software. So which device should you go with? It's a tough choice. But fear not: CNET is here to help. Sit back as we stack up all the abilities these excellent phones have in common and the key differences that separate the two. Editors' note: We have a full review of the HTC One (available in the U.S. April 19) and ahands-on preview of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (available later this spring). We'll update this story -- and the HTC One review -- once we've had a chance to live with the Galaxy S4 and make some final conclusions. In the meantime, we're kicking off the debate based on announced specs and known feature differences.) Screen Samsung Galaxy S4
Perhaps the most striking thing about the GS4 is its…