The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the company’s chosen device to go head-to-head with the mighty iPhone 5 this fall. The iPhone 4S is fighting the good fight for now, but has it got a chance?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4S
The Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8” Super AMOLED screen with the 1280x720p resolution is pretty unbeatable. The iPhone 4S’ 3.5”, 960x640p display is Retina, but still doesn’t come close.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a shade lighter than the iPhone 4S, at 133g to 140g. However, the iPhone’s size makes it more hand and pocket compatible. The iPhone 4S feels more high-end than the S3 thanks to the choice of exterior materials, so Apple has it on the design front.
The S3 has a Qualcomm quad-core chip (international version) and a dual-core in the US. It has 1GB of RAM internationally and 2GB in the US. The iPhone 4S has a sparse 512MB and an 800MHz dual-core processor. It’s an obvious win for the S3 again.
While both phones have 8MP rear cameras, the S3 1.9MP front camera trounces the 0.3MP Apple offering. The S3 also benefits from zero shutter lag and burst mode – both cameras have the same camera sensor – but the extra bells & whistles put the S3 in front.
The iPhone 4S non-removable battery is 1,420mAH, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a removable 2,100mAh battery. This battery gives three times as much talking as the iPhone’s, and the S3 also has support for an external micro SD card, as well as LTE and NFC, all missing in the iPhone.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins over the iPhone 4S, but this is because it was intended to compete against the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S is over now, so don’t bother with it. If you really can’t wait for your upgrade, get a S3. If, for some reason, you still fancy an iPhone 4S, hang on just a bit longer, as its price will go through the floor when the iPhone 5 looms into view.