There was plenty of hype on the run up to the launch of the iPhone 5. However now that it’s finally out and we know its specs, it can be compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 properly. So just how does Apple’s latest generation iPhone match up to Samsung’s flagship handset?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5
One thing that was missing from the launch of the iPhone 5 was the magical touch. The launch this time seemed routine more than anything else. Perhaps this was due to the fact that there are many high end devices on the market right now and while the iPhone 5 has some changes, it didn’t come with new innovations. This has meant that Apple received some criticism.
Samsung took a dig at Apple over the weekend when an ad was put in magazines and papers in the US comparing the Galaxy S3 to the iPhone 5. However Samsung somehow forgot to mention some of the features which would have given the iPhone 5 a better chance against their powerhouse, the S3. So let’s make sure their included in this time.
The iPhone 5 does look high class thanks to its design of glass and aluminum, and the device is very slim and almost weightless in the hand. On saying this, competitors of Apple are pushing out devices with very similar components and for less cash.
Apparently the new A6 processor inside the iPhone 5 is twice as fast as the one in the iPhone 4S. However Tim Cook didn’t offer much by way of specs about the processor when the phone was launched. The speediness of the chip comes courtesy of integration with Cortex-A15 processors, but only benchmark tests will reveal whether the iPhone 5 is really as fast as they say it is. Geekbench tests were actually leaked and if they were true the Samsung Galaxy S3 with Jelly Bean still beats the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.
Battery life was a thing that was pushed by Tim Cook on the launch and the iPhone 5 should give 8 hours of use on 3G and LTE and up to 10 hours when using Wi-Fi. However this is nothing special compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note which fairs better, and of course the battery is non-removable on the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 has a display of 4 inches; with ppi of 326 and a resolution of 1136 x 640 and of course it is a Retina display. The Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts a screen of 4.8 inches with 306ppi and resolution of 1280 x 720. Again the iPhone 5 doesn’t offer anything special. HD is common in devices of today; just take a look at the Lumia 920 from Nokia with 332ppi and a display resolution of 1280 x 768. It beats both these devices.
As always the iPhone 5 is offered in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage and the SD card slot is still missing. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB and 32GB with 64GB rumored to be on its way. The 16GB S3 can take an SD card of up to 64GB, which means in total it has 80GB of storage. The 64GB version, with SD card, would give a whopping 128GB of room, which is double that of the most expensive iPhone 5 model.
Overall the Samsung Galaxy S3 offers consumers equal or even better value features in comparison to the iPhone 5 and there is the fact that the Galaxy S3 is cheaper, on contract as well as unlocked. It can be had on Amazon for just $99 on contract, and next week T-Mobile is offering free on contract.
The lack of magic about the iPhone 5 could be due to the fact that when the original iPhone was launched, the competition wasn’t as fierce. Everyone looked forward to an Apple iPhone launch because competitors were way behind Apple at the time. Times have changed and today brands such as Samsung are delivering some superb innovative products, with features that are considered ground breaking, and they are doing this at lightning speeds.
There is sure to be queues of Apple fans lined up waiting to be among the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 5 on Friday. However Apple should think back to when they released their first iPhone which was considered revolutionary and dare we say it magical. They need to remember what made the iPhone brand an icon – it was innovation and design. Right now they are not living up to this legacy by releasing a device with virtually the identical design for three years running, and with hardware that is only just on par with what is already out on the market since the start of the year. If they can find their way back, the iPhone can once again blow the competition clean out of the water no questions asked