The battle between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is turning out to be as good as anticipated. It’s showing how far phone tech has moved ahead, and it’s also leaving consumers in a dilemma.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: which is better?
The iPhone 5 has had some mixed reviews – some were glowing, some were definitely not. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has met with almost overwhelmingly positive reviews, with the only real darts aimed at its glossy and cheap plastic styling. So who is the king right now? Let’s have a look.
There’s no doubt that the iPhone 5 is beautiful – thin, glass, metal etc etc. The back is divided into three columns which gives it a classic, delicate look, and its weight just 112g, less than the 4S.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has six colour choices, and it’s curvy and chunky, wider and fatter than the iPhone 5. It weighs 133g and just can’t hold a candle to the design of the iPhone 5. The winner for design is Apple.
Apple has slightly redesigned the iPhone 5 display – it’s now 4” and 1,136x640p. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has a larger – 4.8” – Super AMOLED display. Both screens have 16:9 ratios and and HD, so the size matters here, giving the S3 a win.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8MP camera, just like the iPhone 5, but it also has burst mode, smile and blink detection, as well as blurring or contrast choices. These extras are great, but don’t come close to the BSI sensor on the iPhone 5 that makes for brilliant low-light pics. The iPhone 5 wins it again albeit slightly.
The iPhone 5 has iOS 6, Apple’s latest OS, and there’s also an updated App Store and improved iCloud support. Siri has also been improved. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has Ice Cream Sandwich, with Jelly Bean on the way. This is a tough choice – if you want something that works as soon as you power up, then choose iOS 6. If you like to customize a phone to make it truly yours, then you need Android. No winner here – it’s up to you.
The iPhone 5 has a new A6 chip that’s said to be twice as fast as the A5 in the 4S. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has its 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core, alongside 1GB of RAM. These phones are level-pegging despite the on-paper clock speeds and extra cores if you believe the Geekbench results. Day to day operations are smooth, as well, as both platforms work so well. If you’re multitasking a lot, watching HD films or using a lot of apps, then you’ll notice how easy it all is on either one of these devices. It’s a draw.
The iPhone 5 battery is 1,440mAh, which will give around eight hours of talk (10 hours on Wi-Fi). The Samsung Galaxy S3 battery is bigger (2,100mAh) and says it’ll give twice the usage, but this doesn’t seem to be the case in real life. We tested the phones with a looped video and both gave up the ghost after around 7.5 hours. It’s another draw.
Both handsets offer 16, 32 and 64GB options, but as the Samsung Galaxy S3 can be expanded with SD up to 64GB, it clearly wins a point here.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 can use a generic microUSB cable, like almost every other smartphone. The iPhone 5 has its own special new connector that only works when the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars….or so it seems. This Lightning connector ($30) won’t even work with some third party gadgets as our tests proved in the past. The iPhone 5 also lacks wireless charging, MHL and NFC, so the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins in the connectivity department.
These phones are both top-tier. They have drawn level in four categories and have scored three points each, so really it’s down to OS preference to make your mind up – ioS 6 or Android Ice Cream Sandwich.