We’ve had prize fights like this before where we’ve compared to of the hottest smartphones on the market against each other. While these comparisons usually end with one handset winning slightly more categories than the other, this wasn’t the case in our recent comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5.
For every point that one device scored, the other device made up in different ways. As such we reached a gridlock when comparing the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 in terms of hardware and design. Now when it came to software, we left it to the buyer’s preference.
In this review however, that is exactly what we are going to look at to see if it can help us decide which is the best phone – the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3. So let’s take a look at their OS’s – Android Jelly Bean and iOS 6.
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: iOS vs Android
Let’s take a look at the major differences in order to not complicate things too much when it comes to software capabilities. If you pick the iPhone 5 over the Samsung Galaxy S3, you will be giving up on the following features:
Solid Google integration such as Voice, Drive, Much and Plus. On this subject, you also have the ability to assign default apps such as making Chrome launch as your default browser.
Easier back up that doesn’t rely on software like iTunes.
A back button (you won’t know just how useful this is until using it)
Unrestricted screen resolution (in the case of the App Store most apps are currently designed for 3.5-inch displays hence the black bars seen on the iPhone 5 screen).
As with disadvantages, there are also a heap of advantages the iPhone 5 and its iOS 6 software has over the Samsung Galaxy S3:
The camera launches immediately and takes photos incredibly fast making sure you don’t miss out on any moments or get stuck with blurry shots.
Fluid foreground app switching: No matter how “heavy” an app is, the switch doesn’t show delays and is highly fluid.
iCloud backup: While Google does offer backup options like Drive and even Titanium Backup, iCloud is much more simpler and hands-free. It automatically backs up all of the data for all of your apps in the background.
Apps: With better APIs, SDK, IDE and lesser fragmentation, developers are able to create higher quality apps for the iPhone 5 than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and its Android environment. Hence the reason why iPhone apps are usually praised for being more polished and feature-rich compared to their Android counterparts.
So, which one sounds more like your cup of tea? The iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3?