The Samsung Galaxy S3 happens to be cheaper than the iPhone 5 at the moment when comparing prices with third party retailers. But should the cost of the handset alone be enough to sway you one way or the other? Let’s take a look at what both smartphones have to offer and see which will end up giving you the best bang for the buck.
Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5: best value for money
It is thought that the cost of the Samsung Galaxy S3 may drop even lower on the run up to the holidays, with the iPhone 5 on the shelves. This already happened when the iPhone 5 was announced and when Samsung revealed their Galaxy Note 2. The folks over at PopHerald reports that retailers are offering the 16GB iPhone 5 for around $750 to $800 unlocked, the 32GB for around $850 and the 64GB for a whopping $950. Price checks on the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand will set you back $600 to $650 for the 16GB unlocked handset and you can get your hands on the 32GB for $690 to $720. It is thought that the 16GB version may drop own to around $550 to $580 by the holidays. If this happens then it would be just a fraction of what you would have to pay out for the iPhone 5 given that it is already below Apple’s price tags. You would be saving around $300 when comparing the mid 32GB range models.
So are there any shortcomings with the cheaper Samsung Galaxy S3? Let’s check out the specs of both devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a superb 4.8 inch display, runs on the quad core chip internationally and has 1GB of RAM. The main camera is 8 megapixels and at the moment it has Android 4.0 ICS. There is supposed to be an update to Jelly Bean on the way. The US version of the handset has a dual core processor and 2GB of RAM which benchmarks show is surprisingly more powerful than the quad-core variant.
The iPhone 5 runs on the Apple A6 chip and now offer LTE support around the world. It comes with a Retina screen of 4 inches and it runs on the latest iOS 6. The camera is also 8 megapixels .
Samsung say that will sell over 30 million handsets before the end of the year and if so this would mean it outsells other Android handsets, which includes the S2. The iPhone 5 is already very popular and Apple had around 2 million pre-orders taken within a 24 hour window. This doubles the amount of iPhone 4S pre-orders. Apple say that they will sell around 10 million units in October.
Both of the devices are almost evenly matched when it comes to specs and the Samsung Galaxy S3, being lower in price, is the more attractive for those who want a high end device for a bargain, without having to miss out on any features. In fact the S3 does have some features that the iPhone 5 lacks, such as NFC, wireless charging, removable battery and expandable storage. Another bonus is it has longer talk time (11 hours vs 8 hours) and a bigger screen (4.8-inches vs 4-inches).
Anyone looking for a contract handset will find the Samsung Galaxy S3 hard to beat as well; it beats the iPhone 5 when it comes to carrier plans too. The cheapest model of the iPhone 5 is with Walmart at $189.99 for the 16GB version and a 2-year plan. With Amazon you can get your hands on the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 for $99 on contract and T-Mobile are offering what they call “no money down” this week. This means that with them you will be able to get the Galaxy S3 without paying a penny on a contract of two years.
Taking all this in, the Samsung Galaxy S3 ends up giving the best bang for the buck of the duo.