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iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 [Hint: Korean For Gold]

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Since it came out last summer, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been incredibly popular, despite the release of the iPhone 5. How do these behemoths measure up, though?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5

Apple’s always coy about what’s under the hood, so it’s hard to directly compare hardware specs. The iPhone 5 is twice the speed of the 4S, though, as it features the new A6 chip. It’s not a quad-core phone, though.

The iPhone 5 has been popular since the get-go, taking five million pre-orders on its launch weekend. The Galaxy S3 sold more than 20 million handsets in its first three months, and is still going great guns.

Design: The Samsung Galaxy S3 weighs 133g and measures 136.6×70.6×8.6mm. The iPhone 5 weighs 112g and is 123.8×58.6×7.6mm. Slight is right in consumer electronics, and so the iPhone 5 wins this category.

Viewing: The iPhone 5 has a 4” retina display with a 1,136×640 resolution and Gorilla Glass. The Galaxy S3’s 4.8” screen also has Gorilla Glass, and has a resolution of 1,280×720. DisplayMate’s recent test showed that the Samsung Galaxy S3 screen offered the full NTSC gamut, compared to the 72% of the gamut offered by the iPhone 5. This makes the Galaxy S3 the winner here.

Compatibility and connectivity: Both phones support Wi-Fi, LTE and Bluetooth, but the S3 also has NFC, wireless charging and DLNA. The Galaxy S3 can also accept any old microUSB cable, whereas if you want to use older Apple accessories with your iPhone 5, you’ll need to buy an adapter. A one-size-fits-all charging port and greater connectivity puts Samsung in the lead in this category.

Storage: You’ll get 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options with both phones, and both have 1GB of RAM (the US GS3 has 2GB). The Galaxy S3 also has SD support for up to 64GB, meaning a secure win for Samsung again.

Cameras: Both have 8MP rear cameras, with LED flash, autofocus, image stabilisation and HD video. The Galaxy S3 has smile detection, but this doesn’t compare to the BSI sensor in the iPhone 5. This sensor makes for amazing low light images, which are beaten only by those produced by the Nokia Lumia 920. The iPhone 5 takes it away.

Chip: The iPhone 5 uses the Apple A6 chip with two ARMv7 cores that are clocked up to 1.3GHz, as well as a triple-core PowerVR SGX 543MP3. The Galaxy S3 has an Exynos chip and four Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.4Ghz. There’s also a Mali 400 GPU. For 3D gamers the clear winner is the Galaxy S3, thanks to its extra cores. The US version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has only two cores, but the 2GB of RAM it has also makes gaming fun. The S3 wins it.

Battery: The iPhone 5’s 1,440mAh battery gives around eight hours of talk time. The Samsung Galaxy S3’s 2,100mAh battery promises almost 12 hours, but doesn’t live up to this, delivering around the same as the iPhone 5. It’s a draw.

Software: The iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6, of course, and the Galaxy S3 is on Jelly Bean. OS is a personal choice, of course, but for flexibility and customisation the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Android win by a mile. iOS 6 is easier to use, and you don’t have to spend much time setting it up. It’s a draw.

Style: There’s no contest here – the iPhone 5 just walks all over the Galaxy S3. It’s glass and class versus plastic. iPhone 5 is the winner.

Overall: The Galaxy S3 won four points, for chip, connections, memory and display. The iPhone 5 won three points for design, camera and dimensions. The phones drew on OS and battery. The S3 is a shade in front, but OS will swing it for many.

Since it came out last summer, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been incredibly popular, despite the release of the iPhone 5. How do these behemoths measure up, though?
 

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: which one comes out on top?

Apple’s always coy about what’s under the hood, so it’s hard to directly compare hardware specs. The iPhone 5 is twice the speed of the 4S, though, as it features the new A6 chip. It’s not a quad-core phone, though.
The iPhone 5 has been popular since the get-go, taking five million pre-orders on its launch weekend. The Galaxy S3 sold more than 20 million handsets in its first three months, and is still going great guns.
Design: The GS3 weighs 133g and measures 136.6×70.6×8.6mm. The iPhone 5 weighs 112g and is 123.8×58.6×7.6mm. Slight is right in consumer electronics, and so the iPhone 5 wins this category.
Viewing: The iPhone 5 has a 4” retina display with a 1,136×640 resolution and Gorilla Glass. The Galaxy S3’s 4.8” screen also has Gorilla Glass, and has a resolution of 1,280×720. DisplayMate’s recent test showed that the GS3’s screen offered the full NTSC gamut, compared to the 72% of the gamut offered by the iPhone 5. This makes the Galaxy S3 the winner here.
Compatibility and connectivity: Both phones support Wi-Fi, LTE and Bluetooth, but the GS3 also has NFC, wireless charging and DLNA. The Galaxy S3 can also accept any old microUSB cable, whereas if you want to use older Apple accessories with your iPhone 5, you’ll need to buy an adapter. A one-size-fits-all charging port and greater connectivity puts Samsung in the lead in this category.
Storage: You’ll get 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options with both phones, and both have 1GB of RAM (the US GS3 has 2GB). The Galaxy S3 also has SD support for up to 64GB, meaning a secure win for Samsung again.
Cameras: Both have 8MP rear cameras, with LED flash, autofocus, image stabilisation and HD video. The Galaxy S3 has smile detection, but this doesn’t compare to the BSI sensor in the iPhone 5. This sensor makes for amazing low light images, which are beaten only by those produced by the Nokia Lumia 920. The iPhone 5 takes it away.
Chip: The iPhone 5 uses the Apple A6 chip with two ARMv7 cores that are clocked up to 1.3GHz, as well as a triple-core PowerVR SGX 543MP3. The Galaxy S3 has an Exynos chip and four Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.4Ghz. There’s also a Mali 400 GPU. For 3D gamers the clear winner is the Galaxy S3, thanks to its extra cores. The US version of the GS3 has only two cores, but the 2GB of RAM it has also makes gaming fun. The GS3 wins it.
 
Battery: The iPhone 5’s 1,440mAh battery gives around eight hours of talk time. The Samsung Galaxy S3’s 2,100mAh battery promises almost 12 hours, but doesn’t live up to this, delivering around the same as the iPhone 5. It’s a draw.
 
Software: The iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6, of course, and the Galaxy S3 is on Jelly Bean. OS is a personal choice, of course, but for flexibility and customisation the GS3 and Android win by a mile. iOS 6 is easier to use, and you don’t have to spend much time setting it up. It’s a draw.
Style: There’s no contest here – the iPhone 5 just walks all over the Galaxy S3. It’s glass and class versus plastic. iPhone 5 is the winner.
Overall: The Galaxy S3 won four points, for chip, connections, memory and display. The iPhone 5 won three points for design, camera and dimensions. The phones drew on OS and battery. The GS3 is a shade in front, but OS will swing it for many.

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