Are you having trouble deciding between the two hottest smartphones of the year? Let’s have a look at the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 to see if we can help you make your mind up.
Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5?
iSuppli reckons that the Samsung Galaxy S3 screen is better because it’s a mere 1.1mm thick and offers the full gamut of colours, based on NTSC. The iPhone 5 screen is 1.5mm thick and only offers 72% of the gamut. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also much bigger, which makes games and films awesome to watch, and it has deeper blacks alongside vibrant colors.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on ICS and this offers more customisation options than iOS 6. When Jelly Bean comes along it’ll be even better. iOS 6 comes ready to rock and roll and needs no work, but some people find this inflexible. It’s down to you – if you like tweaking a device to make it your own (custom launchers, keyboards, widgets), go for the Samsung Galaxy S3, if you want something that is good to go straight away, grab an iPhone 5.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 can be charged with any old USB cable, whereas the iPhone 5 has Special Snowflake Syndrome and needs its own proprietary connector. You’ll also need to spend $30 to use your old Apple accessories now.
If you use iTunes for your music collection, then you’ll like the iPhone 5. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is more flexible,though, as you can just plug and play without any fiddly syncing software which may have you depend on a single computer.
There are some OS-specific apps, but all the popular ones are pretty much universal – except for Google Maps, which you can’t get on the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (yet). Also, some free Android apps are paid-for apps in the Apple App Store. This is mainly because developers use different models to get the best conversion. Android developers think it’s better to embed ads in the apps, whereas iOS apps are ad-free but have to be bought. This of course isn’t a rule but something you will realize when it comes to the most popular apps around.
If your chums have an iPhone then you can all use iMessage and circumvent network message charges. Android devices have apps that can do the same, but everyone needs to actively sign up to the same app for it to work. iMessage comes in to save the day without being called.
A good way to choose a handset is to handle it. The iPhone 5 is stylish and high-end – and looks it. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is equally high-end – but looks and feels cheap. The S3 screen is massive and the phone has extra features like NFC, expandable storage, removable battery, but the iPhone’s apps are more sophisticated and “finished” looking than Android apps.
One last thing to keep in mind is that if you want an unlocked phone, you’ll pay a lot less for the Samsung Galaxy S3 than for the iPhone 5. So have you decided yet, sir?