The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are both top of the range smartphones, so it can be a hard choice deciding between the two of them. With this in mind let’s compare the specs along with the features of the two devices to see if we can work out which one best suits your needs.
iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3: the big question
iSuppli reckons that the screen tech on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is way better than the iPhone 5, despite Apple’s hype. At just 1.1mm thick it gave the full NTSC gamut. The iPhone 5 screen is 1.5mm thick and only gives 72% of the gamut. The S3 screen is bigger, too, so is better for games and films.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has Ice Cream Sandwich, and so more customisation options that the iPhone 5 with iOS 6, like custom launchers, ROMs, keyboards and so on. Jelly Bean is also on the way. iOS 6 is more streamlined than Android, and is ready to go as soon as you are, but there’s almost no customisation to be done other than ringtones and wallpapers (unless you jailbreak it). It’s down to your taste, here. If you want to customise, go Android, if not, go for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 can be charged with a generic microUSB cable, whereas the iPhone 5 needs its own unique connector. And, since Apple changed the dock on the iPhone 5, you’ll need to drop $30 on a new adapter if you’re still wanting to use your old Apple gadgets.
If you use iTunes, the iPhone 5 is integrated, so it’s perfect. The Samsung Galaxy S3, however, has more flexibility and you don’t need to sync your files to software anywhere – just drag and drop onto the handset. You don’t need a specific computer that’s synced to your iTunes account.
While some apps are OS-specific, both iOS 6 and Android have the most common and popular. Android, being under Google’s auspices, has integrated features like Google Maps, Gmail and Youtube. Google Maps isn’t on iOS 6 anymore, and neither is YouTube – you have to download it from the App Store.
Some apps cost more on Apple than they do on Google Play Store too. However, on Android you’ll see loads of adverts, so it might not be worth the savings. There’s no real reason for this – it seems to be due to developers’ choices – they may find it easier to sell iOS apps but collect revenue from ads on Android versions.
If you have the iPhone 5, you’ll love iMessage. You can get an Android app to perform the same function and save on texting bills, but if you’re Team Apple you’ll have this facility straight off. In Android you will need to make sure all your buds and family are using the same social app in order to communicate.
If you’re still undecided, go to a store and handle them. The Samsung Galaxy S3 does look and feel cheap, but it has that massive display and customizing capabilites. If you’re after an unlocked model, the S3 is much cheaper than the iPhone 5 as well. As for Apple’s phone, it oozes luxury and just feels like a well put together device. In the end both will get the job done in style and it will come down to personal taste.