Anyone on the market for a new device at the moment has the choice of two of the most wanted, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5. So how does the latest from Apple match up to Samsung’s reigning champ?
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: hardware almost a draw
Up to now more than 20 million people have bought the Samsung Galaxy S3 and this figure is expected to reach 30 million before the end of the year. The S3 has a superb 4.8 inch display of 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED with ppi of 306. It features an 8 megapixel camera along with a 1.9 on the back. At the moment is has Android 4.0 but it will soon be updated to 4.1 Jelly Bean. The US version runs on a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB or 32GB and soon 64GB with a choice of white, blue, black, brown or red, depending on your carrier and where you live. Its average price on contract is around the $199 mark.
The Apple iPhone 5 also has a superb Retina screen of 4 inches with a ratio of 16:9 and 1136 x 640 with 326ppi. You can choose a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB version and all come with an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a front one that records 720p video. The handset has the latest A6 dual-core processor from Apple, 1GB RAM, and it is lighter, thinner and longer than the iPhone 4S. It will be in stores around the 21st September for a starting price of $199 on contract, and is available in a choice of black or white.
Both of the handsets are very similar as they have nearly equal high-resolution 16:9 displays (S3 is bigger), connection to 4G LTE, 8 megapixel cameras that take 1080p and 720p video, the latest OS (or promise thereof), dual-core processors, and great looks. In fact, they are more alike than you would expect and explains why they are the top contenders for the smartphone of the year title.
In the end, which is the best for you will all depend on whether you prefer iOS or Android as the hardware is too close to call this time around.