Since the release of the iPhone 5 people have been comparing it to one of the closest rivals, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Features that have been looked at have included the camera, the speed of the browser and the display. The iPhone 5 has some great hardware and in some benchmark tests it has come above the Samsung Galaxy S3. So is it set to best the S3?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: why S3 is still selling so well
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best-selling handset of 2012 so far and as strange as it might seem four of the handset’s 5 best selling weeks was after Apple released the iPhone 5. Up to now the device has sold more than 30 million units and the handset knocked another Apple phone from the top spot in the shape of the iPhone 4S. The Samsung Galaxy S3 happens to be the most wanted phone in the UK, followed on by Apple’s iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S2. So just what makes the device so popular and why is it still attracting a lot of attention despite newer devices coming to the market?
Benchmark tests are of course used to tell us a lot about how powerful handsets are; however they don’t offer the whole story and cannot reveal just how “smart” a smartphone really is.
Today phones need to have voice recognition that is advanced and they should be able to capture video and photos at the same time. Paying wirelessly is the future for phones and of course owners want to be able to browse the internet in all its formats. This is where the iPhone 5 falters a little as it doesn’t go far enough. It happens to be a high end device but it is one of the most basic in the category when you compare it to other “superphones”. It lacks the customisation that comes with the Samsung Galaxy S3 thanks to iOS 6 being the more restrictive operating system and in 2013 you would have expected iOS to be a little more robust.
Before the launch of the iPhone 5 there were rumours of there being a holographic keyboard and video projector. Judging by the reaction at the time, it showed that Apple fans wanted innovation on the iPhone no matter how ridiculous some of them sounded. However if that’s what they want then their focus should turn to the Samsung Galaxy S3 as it has answered the call. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has features such as where you can swipe the display to take a screenshot. It allows you to call or text someone just by bringing the handset to the ear. It also saves power by dimming the display if you are not looking at it (eye tracking front camera). All of these features put together show just what robust software and hardware can do together. On the other hand Apple has remained sparse and streamlined and so sacrifices have had to be made. This is not good when you consider the fact that people today want to use their smartphone for GPS navigation, mini computers, MP3 players, DVD players and whatever else it physically is capable of.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 are superb devices and they both have their place in the market. However when it comes to innovation it is Samsung that are the leaders at the moment. While many people will struggle to learn Android, the struggle is worth it in the end.
Of course the Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn’t have the cool looks of the iPhone 5, however thanks to it being flexible and having superb features, it will not be knocked off its throne by the iPhone 5 so easily.