iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3: When Good Is Not Good Enough

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While there are many smartphones on the market right now, two that stand out are the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. So which of these two is the king of smartphones and which should you get?

Comparison: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

When it comes to the iPhone 5 the reviews have been very mixed. There are some who claim that Apple is still the leaders when it comes to innovation, while others believe they have lost that magic touch. The Samsung Galaxy S3 came out in the summer of 2012 and it was well received, while also being criticised for some aspects, namely because the device looked quite cheap with its glossy plastic styling. So how do the two devices match up?

Design: You can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 in a range of 6 colours and if you like a big screen then this would be perfect as it is larger than the iPhone 5. However if you like a device that is thin and light then you would have go for the iPhone 5. Generally when it comes to consumer electronics, the winner is always the lighter and smaller device. Winner: iPhone 5

Display: When the iPhone 5 was revealed it showed that Apple had improved on the size of the display. iPhones to this point had come with a display of 3.5 inches, while the iPhone 5 has a screen of 4 inches. However the Samsung Galaxy S3 beats this with a display of 4.8 inches of Super AMOELD. Both of the phones support HD and they have the aspect ratio of 16:9. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

Battery life: The iPhone 5 offers around 8 hours of talking and on paper the Samsung Galaxy S3 provides twice this amount. In real life you will get around the same amount of hours as our tests showed. On Wi-Fi the devices should give around 7.5 hours and you may get around 20 minutes more on the iPhone 5 when you are web browsing. Winner: Draw

Camera: The camera of the iPhone 5 has been improved over that on the iPhone 4S. However this isn’t really noticeable. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has an 8MP camera like its predecessor and once again Apple’s phone stands in front thanks to an excellent BSI sensor that ensures better low-light shots. Winner: iPhone 5.

Software: The iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, which offers better iCloud and App Store support and there has been an improvement with Siri. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is being updated to Jelly Bean slowly, but out of the box it has ICS. The operating system of course is just a matter of personal choice. Keep in mind that Android offers more flexibility in terms of customisation while iOS is more polished and your tinkering would stop at just wallpapers and ringtones. Winner: Draw

Processor: In regards to processors the iPhone 5 has the dual core A6 1.2GHz processor and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the quad core 1.4GHz processor with 1GB RAM (in the US it is a 1.5GHz dual-core with 2GB RAM). When put side by side in benchmark tests the two handsets were close, with the iPhone 5 winning some benchmark tests and the S3 others, so therefore it has to be a draw. Winner: Draw

Storage: Both of the devices come in a range of storage options, which are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. However for storage the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the better device as it accepts SD card up to 64GB. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

Connectivity: The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the advantage of being able to use a standard micro USB cable when it comes to charging the handset, while the iPhone 5 relies on the Lightning connector. However the iPhone 5 does charge very fast. When it comes down to connections the iPhone 5 doesn’t have NFC or MHL like the S3 either, nor does it support wireless charging. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3.

Looks: When it comes to looks nothing can match the industrial look of the iPhone 5. Some say that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a cheap plastic look to it and doesn’t match the top-end hardware that its actually packing under the hood. Winner: iPhone 5

Bottom line: Both of the handsets match each other, with the phones each winning three points and drawing in four categories. They are much alike in one way and different in another, which makes them both the best of the best. Perhaps what will be the deciding factor is the operating system and whether you prefer using Android or iOS.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.