OK, the hype is over and the real thing is here, but how does the iPhone 5 compare with the Samsung Galaxy S3? Let’s take a look at both devices to see what they have to offer.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5
iPhone unveilings of the past have been almost legendary, but this last one felt routine and work-a-day. This feeling was intensified by the fact that Apple’s competitors have been bringing out some amazing and revolutionary smartphones since early this year. Apple told us more about iOS 6, but it seems that this new operating system has arrived with no great fanfare or innovation, just a step up from its own predecessor.
Direct comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S3
Last weekend Samsung released an ad comparing the iPhone 5 to the Samsung Galaxy S3, and conveniently forgot to mention some features that make the iPhone 5 look good. In the interests of fairness, we’ll have a go ourselves here.
The first thing to strike you about the iPhone 5 is its good, classy looks composed of glass and aluminum and low weight. So far so good, apart from the fact that this could describe several cheaper rivals as well (e.g. HTC One X & Motorola RAZR).
Apple’s data sheets show that the A6 chip and the new GPU in the iPhone 5 are twice as fast as those in the 4S, but Tim Cook didn’t even mention these features on September 12. The chip is thought to be twice as fast because it’s allied with Cortex-A15 chips. As yet there’s no definite clock speeds, and only benchmark tests will say for sure if the iPhone 5 is faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3. There are some Geekbench test results that were leaked last week that seem to show the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Jelly Bean scoring higher than iPhone 5 on iOS 6.
Apple promised more battery power, and according to the data sheet, the iPhone 5 will let you talk for eight hours on 3G and LTE and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Note, though, is ain’t no big deal. And that iPhone 5 battery is still non-removable.
The iPhone 5 has a 4”, 1,136x640p screen with a 326ppi density. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8”, 1,280x720p screen and a ppi of 306. This means the iPhone 5 isn’t that much better than the S3 and in fact smaller. Also, HD resolution is coming to almost all Android smartphones, even the Nokia Lumia 920 has a 1,280x768p resolution. The Lumia 920 has a density of 332ppi, which is better and bigger than the iPhone 5 too.
The iPhone 5 comes in three storage flavours – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, but there’s STILL no card slot! Even the smallest Samsung Galaxy S3 (16GB) can take a 64GB micro-SD card, giving you up to 80GB. The biggest S3 (64GB) therefore has a capacity of up to 128GB.
The S3 offers users the same (or better) experience as the iPhone 5, and it’s cheaper too – with or without contract.
It’s easy to slam the iPhone 5 because it can’t juggle or make your tea, but we have to remember that the iPhone was truly ahead of its time when it first launched and so Apple could cruise by on a yearly upgrade cycle. Tech has moved on since then, and there is a rash of rivals bashing out equally or more innovative smartphones every few months.
Even though there’ll be Apple fans queuing to get their hands on this latest iPhone 5, Apple needs to look back and remember what made it so successful in the first place – design and innovation. Not much has changed in the last three years in terms of design (since iPhone 4 launched) and its hardware only matches the devices we’ve seeing launch since the beginning of 2012, making it seem like the company is just resting on the iPhone brand name. If Apple can pick up its game and show us why it was considered revolutionary and “magical” at one point in time, the iPhone brand will not be mocked so easily by competitors ever again.