Before the iPhone 5 was released everyone said that it would knock the Samsung Galaxy S3 from the top spot. The CEO of Foxconn, the Chinese company that assembles the iPhone, told people to avoid rushing out to get the S3 and instead wait for the iPhone 5 to be released, otherwise you would regret it. So the question is, was he right in saying this? Is the iPhone 5 a better buy than the S3 from Samsung?
iPhone 5 & Samsung Galaxy S3: Geekbench scores
There is no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a great choice of handset as its specs should have it trump anything on the market, even the iPhone 5. This is because Samsung are known for their powerful hardware which blows other handsets out of the water. However when you stop and consider the benchmark tests, then you see things is a different light.
PCMag took a look at the two devices and they found that the iPhone 5 is the more powerful of the two. It looks like Apple wanted to outdo Samsung on the hardware front and so they hid something special under the exterior of the iPhone 5. The tests were the same carried out on both of the devices and surprisingly, in almost every test the iPhone 5 came out on top reports PC Mag.
Of course benchmark tests are not everything and there is also the factor of both handsets having different operating systems. However in the past Samsung has always had the advantage and bragged about such results until the cows came home.
The iPhone 5 is a great deal faster than any previous versions of the device. But then, when choosing a device you should not just settle for what the benchmarks show. There are many other aspects to take into account, and one of these is how the device does when it comes to everyday life. Other factors to consider are the cost of the handset, preference over the OS and the display and design of the device.
Numbers are not everything when it comes to using a handset every day. Consider the fact that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is faster on the Samsung Galaxy S3 than Android 4.0 ICS. It takes fractions of a second when opening folders and this is something to do with the Jelly Bean and TouchWiz getting along better and faster animations. Therefore if you have ICS on your S3 and someone has Jelly Bean, they could say that their device is faster than yours.
However if the benchmark tests are accurate and the iPhone 5 has finally beaten the Samsung Galaxy S3, then Apple have just proven that Apple hardware is not behind that of Android handsets any longer.