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iPhone 5 & Samsung Galaxy S3: More Alike Than They’d Admit

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If you’re in the market for the best smartphone around right now, you’ve got the choice of the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3. You’ve got two minutes to choose – how do you do this?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 (quick comparison)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has sold 20 million units so far, and expects to shift another 10 million before the end of the year. It has a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen with 1,280x720p, and a 306ppi. It runs on Android 4.0, but is getting Jelly Bean very soon, and has 4G.

Storage options are a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB version, starting as low as $99 with some major US carriers. You can get it in blue, white, grey, black and red, depending on your region.

The iPhone 5 has a 4” Retina screen with a 1,136x640p resolution, giving a ppi of 326 and a 16:9 ratio. The iPhone 5 has Apple’s latest OS, iOS 6, and you can take your pick from 16, 32 and 64GB versions. The 8MP camera is very well-regarded indeed and the phone runs on a dual-core A6 chip. The battery promises eight hours of talk time.

The iPhone 5 starts at $199 on a two-year tie-in, and it’s out on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. This phone is thinner – by 0.04” – than previous iPhones and is 0.75oz lighter. You can choose either black or white.

In terms of hardware, both phones are more similar than they’d like to admit – hi-res displays, 4G LTE connectivity, dual-core processors, 8MP cameras and slim/light bodies. Really, it comes down to a choice of operating system and which one you prefer – iOS or Android. So pick up both devices and have a roam around the home screen, settings and their respective app stores. The answer will lie there and not at the bottom of a specs sheet.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.