The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5, two of the market’s best smartphones, are having an amazing battle that is both thrilling and confusing customers, who don’t know which one to choose.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 has had mixed reviews, with some thinking it’s the best thing since sliced bread and others asking if Apple is falling behind in the innovation race. The Samsung Galaxy S3 launched in May to almost universal acclaim – the only real problem being its cheap plastic exterior styling, it seems. So which of these giants is the real winner?
While the Samsung Galaxy S3 has six colours to choose from, it’s chunkier than the iPhone 5. It’s also wider, fatter and longer, weighing in at 133g, so the iPhone 5 wins in this respect.
Apple has increased the size of the iPhone 5 screen from 3.5” to 4”, and it has a resolution of 1,136x640p. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has a bigger display than the S2, at 4.8”. It’s also Super AMOLED. Both these screens are HD and 16:9, so it’s size that’s the deciding factor – giving the Samsung Galaxy S3 a win.
The iPhone 5 camera is the same model as the one in the 4S, but it does better in dim light, and the front camera can take 720p videos. The Samsung Galaxy S3 camera is also 8MP, but it also has a burst mode, as well as blink and smile detection, and blurring or contrast options. All these features however don’t outweigh the amazing BSI sensor in the iPhone 5 that makes for brilliant low light pictures. So the iPhone 5 wins.
Apple says that the iPhone 5 battery will give around eight hours of talk and 10 hours of Wi-Fi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and its larger battery promise twice this, but in reality it gives the same as the iPhone 5. In a looped video test, both phones gave out at around 7.5 hours. With web browsing, the iPhone 5 actually beat the S3 by 17 minutes, so it’s another draw.
The A6 chip in the iPhone 5 is a huge step up over the 4S. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core chip with 1GB of RAM. According to Geekbench scores, these phones are fairly equal, and both feel smooth in operation, so it’s a draw despite the difference in the number of cores, clockspeeds and RAM.
The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 both have 16, 32 and 64GB options, but in the S3, storage can be expanded by up to another 64GB by SD, so the Galaxy S3 wins this round.
The iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6, with an updated App Store, as well as improved iCloud support and Siri. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has Ice Cream Sandwich, but is slowly getting Jelly Bean. It’s a tough OS choice, so to simplify things – if you want an OS that springs out of the box and is ready to rock and roll, go for the iPhone 5. If you like to tinker with your phone to customize it, then it’s the Samsung Galaxy S3 for you. We have another draw.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 benefits from being able to use a generic microUSB cable for charging, and the iPhone 5 has its fancy new Lightning connector that only works with the iPhone 5 (and the iPad Mini and iPad 4). The iPhone 5 doesn’t have NFC, MHL or wireless charging, so the S3 wins in the connectivity category, as it does have all these features.
The iPhone 5 is simply beautiful – slim glass and aluminium, with a back that’s divided into three separate columns. It is just gorgeous to look at and the Samsung Galaxy S3 plastic body can’t get anywhere near it. Apple for the win here!
Conclusion: The four draws here tell us that these are both top-tier devices. Both phones won three rounds each, so it’s a dead heat. So it looks like great minds do think alike as Samsung and Apple have equally equipped their flagship devices for 2012. If you’re stuck deciding, then you’ll have to use the OS to make up your mind. Do you prefer iOS or Android?