The iPhone 5 has been released and what we want to know now is whether it can take a bite out of the Samsung Galaxy S3 after the Android managed to defeat the iPhone 4S in sales just last month.
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3
When it comes down to design the iPhone 5, according to Apple, is the world’s thinnest device. It looks sleeker and sexier than the Samsung Galaxy S3, yet it still has that angular look of the 4S. The design is aluminum and glass and the edges of the handset have been trimmed. The device just looks in a higher class than the Galaxy S3, after all the S3 does have a plastic look to it. Therefore the iPhone 5 wins in the looks department.
The display of the iPhone 5 remains Retina; however it has been updated to 4 inches from the 3.5 of other iPhones. Now the device has a screen that is in the 16:9 ratio, but it’s not wider. The downside to this could be that not all apps will have been scaled to fit the screen. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a display that is Super AMOLED and is 4.8 inches. Some day that this makes it hard to fit in the pocket, but when watching movies, it is excellent. The Super AMOLED does seem to offer vivid colors and deeper blacks, while the screen of the iPhone 5 does have a slight blue tinge. In this category it has to be a draw as it is between a more pocketable device and a gorgeous big screen.
Camera wise the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 both have an 8 megapixel and they are equally as good in tests. Personally, I found the Samsung Galaxy S3 performed better in low light shots and its colors were more vivid than on the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 is run on the A6 dual core processor of Apple and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the Exynos quad core 1.4GHz, which does come out on top on paper. Additionally, the US version of the Galaxy S3 comes with a dual core processor, with 2GB of RAM, and in benchmarks it comes out on top of its quad-core sibling as well. The S3 did score higher than the iPhone 5 in Geekbench tests with Jelly Bean, but when tested with ICS, it came below the iPhone 5. So we are again seeing a very close call as to which is the more powerful device.
The change in dock connector on the iPhone 5 means that you will have to pay out $29 if you want to use older accessories with the new iPhone. It is this that you have sacrifice for the thinness of the device. There are also a couple of features that Apple didn’t manage to squeeze into the slim iPhone 5 body. This includes an NFC chip, external SD card and HDMI out port. Both of the devices do come with 4G LTE, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the bonus of a removable battery as well. Overall the thinness of the iPhone 5 may not be enough to make up for all these missing features that we can find in the slightly thicker Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also the cheaper of the two handsets as you can get it for $99 for the 16GB compared to $199 for the 16GB iPhone 5. The S3 comes with more features, but more than likely people will choose based on Android or iOS. Whichever device you choose, you will have a winner as at this moment, there is no other device that can outshine either one.
With over 2 million pre-orders taken on the first day itself, the iPhone 5 looks set to defeat the Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of sales and regain the title the 4S lost recently.