The smartphone flagship race is pretty much a two-horse affair at this time, so which do you choose? The Samsung Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5?
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: hardware & specs almost identical
More than 20 million Samsung Galaxy S3 units have been sold so far, and the sales figure is expected to top 30 million by the year’s end. The S3 has a 4.8” Super AMOLED, 1.280x720p, 306ppi display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor (US) and has 4G. It runs on Android 4.0, has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9 front camera. It should also be getting Jelly Bean soon.
It comes in 16GB, 32GB and (soon) 64GB flavours. All the major US carriers are selling it, starting at $199, and it is the current best-seller. You can pick from blue, white, black, red, grey and brown, depending upon where you are.
The new iPhone 5 has a 4” Retina display and a 1,136×640 resolution with 326ppi and a 16:9 ratio. It has iOS 6, and comes in 16GB, 32Gb and 64GB varieties. Its 8MP front camera is highly regarded, and its 0.9MP front camera is more than sufficient. There’s an A6 processor – almost certainly dual-core – and the phone is thought to deliver eight hours of talktime.
The iPhone 5 starts of at $199 for a two-year contract, and it can be had on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. It is thinner by 0.04” and lighter by 0.75oz than previous iPhones, and comes in either black or white.
Deciding factor is choice of OS
In terms of hardware, both phones are very similar: we’ve got HD widescreen displays, 8MP cameras, 4G LTE capability, dual-core chips, sleek styling, ample storage, solid battery life and identical base prices. Realistically, your choice will come down to your OS preference – Android or iOS, as from the specs front you would be hard pressed to find which one is superior.