The Samsung Galaxy S3 is in a unique position within the market in that it’s the company gladiator that’s been selected to go head-to-head against Apple’s iPhone 5 in the smartphone arena. For now, the iPhone 4S is waging valiant battle, but can it really compete?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4S
The Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8” Super AMOLED display with its 1280x720p resolution will be hard to beat. The iPhone 4S has a teeny 3.5”, 960x640p display; it’s Retina, but still looks outclassed by the S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 weighs 133g and the iPhone 4S weighs 140g, so it feels a bit lighter. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S’ dimensions make it more hand and pocket-friendly. We shouldn’t forget the classier feel of the iPhone 4S when compared to the S3 as well. So in terms of design, the iPhone 4S is still the champion.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a Qualcomm quad core processor internationally and a dual core chip in the US. It also has 1GB of RAM internationally and 2GB for the US version. The iPhone 4S has just 512MB with an 800MHz dual-core chip. Naturally the S3 wins out here.
Both phones have 8MP cameras, but the front camera on the S3 is 1.9MP compared to the 0.3MP offering from Apple. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has burst mode and zero shutter lag. Both cameras have the same chip, so perform similarly, so it’s the extra features that edge the S3 ahead.
The iPhone 4S has a non-removable 1,420mAh battery compared to the S3’s 2,100mAh removable battery. To add to this advantage, the Samsung Galaxy S3 gives users three times the talk time of the iPhone 4S, has support for an external microSD card, and NFC and LTE capabilities.
So, the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins out here, but this is because it was designed to compete with the iPhone 5, not the iPhone 4S. There’s no reason to buy an iPhone 4S now – it’s over. So, if you really can’t wait for the iPhone 5, grab a Samsung Galaxy S3 now. If you still fancy a 4S, hang on a few weeks more as its price is set to plummet ahead of its successor, the iPhone 5.