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iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3: This Apple’s Fallen Far From The Tree

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When the Samsung Galaxy S3 launched in July of last year it quickly went to the top of the list as the best-selling handset. However it has faced competition from the Apple iPhone 5, but how does the Apple device match up against the one from Samsung?

Apple has always kept quiet about what they include in their handsets and this does make comparing devices hard. The Apple iPhone 5 does happen to have twice the speed of the Apple iPhone 4S thanks to the A6 chip, however it is not a quad core device.

The Apple iPhone 5 sold well when it came out, with 5 million pre-orders being taken for the device on the first weekend. Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S3 is thought to have sold over 30 million units before 2012 was out. It also sold around 20 million within the first three months of the device being on the shelves.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a weight of 133 grams and measures 136.6×70.6×8.6mm. The Apple iPhone 5 comes in at 112 grams and is 123.8×58.6×7.6mm. Thanks to it being thinner and lighter the Apple iPhone 5 does come out on top for design.

Both of the devices have LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and the Samsung Galaxy S3 also has NFC, DNLA and it can be charged wirelessly. It also has the advantage of being able to be charged via generic microUSB, while the Apple iPhone 5 doesn’t as it has the Lightning connector and you need an adapter to use it with older accessories and this will cost you around $30.  Thanks to the charging port which is standard on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and connection options, it wins.

You can get either of the two devices in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB and they both have 1GB of RAM, with the version in the US of the Samsung Galaxy S3 having 2GB. You can boost the storage of the Samsung Galaxy S3 to 64GB so this means a total of 128GB. Thanks to this fact the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.

The cameras on the devices are 8 megapixels and they include autofocus, image stabilisation and HD video. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with smile detection, however it cannot beat the BSI sensor of the Apple iPhone 5 and this offers superb photos in low light. Low light tests have revealed that the Apple iPhone 5 works very well and this can only be beaten by the camera of the Nokia Lumia 920. The winner therefore is the Apple iPhone 5.

The Apple iPhone 5 has the Retina display of 4 inches which is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass and it offer resolution of 1126 x 640p. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a Gorilla Glass protected display of 4.8 inches and has a resolution of 1280 x 720p. In tests undertaken by DisplayMate the technology of the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S3 came out on top. This showed the full NTSC palette, while the Apple iPhone 5 showed just 72% of it. Thanks to this and it having the larger display, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner here.

The Apple iPhone 5 runs on iOS6 while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has ICS out of the box but it has been updated to Jelly Bean. The OS is a matter of personal choice and if you want flexibility and customisation then you will find Android the best. On the other hand iOS is smooth and easier to use and it is more streamlined. Here the OS has to be a draw.

The Apple iPhone 5 has the A6 chip and is backed up with two ARMv7 cores, which have been clocked at 1.3GHz. There is also a triple core Power VR 543MP3. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the Exynos chip of four Cortex A9 1.4GHz cores along with Mali 400 GPU. When it comes to playing 3D games then it would have to be the Samsung Galaxy S3 as it has the dual cores and 2GB of RAM.

The Apple iPhone 5 comes with a 1440mAh battery and this should offer around 8 hours of talk time. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a battery of 2100mAh and you should get around 12 hours of use from it on the 3G network. When it comes to real life use the Samsung Galaxy S3 did not perform better than the Apple iPhone 5 and this means that we have to count it as a draw.

One of the most obvious differences is the look of the two devices. The Apple iPhone 5 has the high end look to it and a feel that is industrial. The Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand has a somewhat plastic feel and look to it. As the Apple iPhone 5 is miles apart for its style it is the winner.

To conclude, the Samsung Galaxy S3 took four points for its chip, the connections, memory and the display. The Apple iPhone 5 took three thanks to the design, camera and the dimensions. The devices drew in regards to the OS and the battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S3 just manages to poke its nose in front, despite the fact that this is an older handset as it came out in May of 2012. When it comes down to it, the best device for you will be based on the OS.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.