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iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3: Battle Of The Prom Queens

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There are a few flagship phones out right now, and newer ones in the pipeline. When you buy a phone, though, you do so because it’s supposedly the best out there. Two of the biggest flagships right now are the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3, and with almost unmatchable specs, their battle seems to have become more of a popularity contest right now than about the actual hardware and software.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: as popular as they get

Apple sold five million units of the iPhone 5 in the first five days after release, and Samsung sold 20 million Samsung Galaxy S3 units in the first 100 days.

Each handset is beautiful in its own way, and both look good in white. Some prefer the curves of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and others go for the fact that the iPhone 5 is smaller and more industrial-looking.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” display, the iPhone 5 has a 4” screen. While the S3 has a curved back to make it easier to hold, its sheer size might be a problem for some hands.

Apple’s struck a good balance between screen size and usability – around 4” seems to be the maximum size for a screen for one-handed operation. The iPhone 5 is also the lighter of the two, but it’s not quite as comfortable to hold as the Samsung Galaxy S3. The hard edges can grate (literally) after a while.

At 7.6mm, the iPhone 5 is thinner than the 8.6mm Samsung Galaxy S3, but to the untrained eye there’s not much difference. The iPhone 5 still feels fragile despite Apple changing its back to aluminium, and the S3 feels sturdier, as if can handle rough treatment a bit more.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1,280x720p Super AMOLED display, and the iPhone 5 has a 1,136x640p Retina display. The S3 promises more talktime and standby time – 11.4 hours and 790 hours. In practice, though, it gives around the same talktime as the iPhone 5 – eight hours. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2GB of RAM, twice that of the iPhone 5 as well, has NFC, expandable storage and a removable battery.

The iPhone 5 however isn’t beat. It has a better camera, sexier design and guaranteed to receive faster updates given that they come direct from Apple.

On that subject, a big deciding factor is operating system – the iPhone 5 has iOS 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has either Android ICS or Jelly Bean depending on your carrier version.

Despite lots of competition entering the market in recent months, these giants are still the best-sellers. They will probably be locked in a popularity battle until the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 arrive. So which one has your vote?

Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.