Two of the best-selling handsets right now are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. The S3 is the king of Android and the iPhone 5 king of iOS naturally. But which is the king of kings?
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3
The iPhone 5 was released to a mix of reviews. Some have said that Apple is not as innovative as they once were, while others disagree. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was brought out in May and thanks to its plastic looks it too has received its fair share of criticism as well. Therefore both devices have had their fair share of good and bad points. Let’s take a look at the specs now.
You can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 in a choice of six colours, depending on where you live, and the handset is bigger than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 weighs just 112 grams, while the S3 is a hefty 133 grams in comparison. The iPhone 5 wins in regards to looks, design and the fact that it is the lighter of the two.
The screen of the iPhone 5 is 4 inches, which is a boost up from the 3.5 inches of the iPhone 4S and other iPhones, and it has the Retina display of 1136 x 640. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hands has a display of 4.8 inches and this is Super AMOLED. Both of the devices have displays that are HD and they both come with an aspect ratio of 16:9. However thanks to the larger screen, the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes out as the winner here.
For battery life, you should get around 8 hours from the iPhone 5, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 should offer you twice that amount if you believe the specs sheet. In real life you will probably get around the same from both devices, as AutooMobile proved in a recent string of battery tests. The devices gave 7.5 hours when on Wi-Fi and the iPhone 5 lasted around 17 minutes more than the Samsung Galaxy S3 when it came to continuous web browsing.
The camera of the iPhone 5 has been improved over the one of the iPhone 4S. However you will not see much difference. The front camera takes video at 720p. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a camera that comes with blink and smile detection and it also has a burst mode plus options for blurring and contrast. The camera on the iPhone 5 takes the lead though thanks to the fact that it has the better BSI sensor, which ensures excellent photos in low light.
The iPhone 5 has iOS 6 and this comes with improvements to the App Store and support for iCloud. Siri has also seen an improvement. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has ICS out of the box and it is being updated to Jelly Bean. The operating system is really a matter of personal preference, however iOS is the easier of the two to use, but Android offers more customisation. This category has to be a draw.
The iPhone 5 comes with the A6 dual-core processor which is clocked at 1.2GHz, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the quad core 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM internationally, and is dual core with 2GB of RAM in the US. In benchmark tests both devices are around the same, with the iPhone 5 coming out on top in some tests and the S3 in others. Therefore this category has to be a draw again.
You can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB and if you want more storage you can add on an SD card up to 64GB. The S3 wins hands down as the iPhone 5 is available with the same internal storage options but it lacks support for SD card.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the option of using any micro USB cable for charging the device, while the Apple handset uses the Lightning connector, which happens to charge the iPhone very fast but isn’t universal. The iPhone doesn’t support NFC or MHL either, both of which are found on the S3 and so the S3 wins when it comes to connectivity.
In the beauty contest, the iPhone 5 cannot be beaten thanks to its industrial styling. Samsung will have to work on the plastic look as it lets the Galaxy S3 down.
Adding up the scores, the devices are evenly matched with them drawing in four categories and winning three each. While they are both very different in a lot of aspects, in others they are very similar. This means that the best one for you would be down to which OS you wanted, iOS or Android.