There have been countless comparisons done of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5. Most of these reviews put the two phones against each other in specs terms, and because both phones are company flagships, they come out evenly matched in nearly all respects. So here are the results from some tests that aren’t as common.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 lastability tests: Durability & battery life
The iPhone 5 has been slammed over all sorts of issues – mainly software and iOS 6 related. However, one charge that can’t be leveled against this device is flimsiness, even though it’s been a problem with previous iPhones. Drop tests have shown that the aluminium casing might scratch up a storm, but it’s very tough indeed. So tough, in fact, that it protected the handset from drops of five feet. The Samsung Galaxy S3 cracked at this height with its corners taking the biggest damage.
After the drop test came the battery life test. WHICH? Magazine did this test on the Samsung Galaxy S3, the iPhone 5 and several other handsets. It found that the S3 lasted for 359 minutes of web browsing and that the Sony Xperia S lasted for 276 minutes. The HTC One X came in third, and surprisingly the iPhone 4S lasted for 208 minutes compared to the 5 and its 200 minutes.
So if you’re about to upgrade to the iPhone 5, you might want to hang fire a bit. The iPhone 5 1,440mAh battery hasn’t been improved that much, and it has a faster chip and a bigger screen to run hence the lower battery lifespan than the 4S. Apple likely sacrificed a bigger battery to keep the new handset svelte and light. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a hefty 2,100mAh battery which should give you a decent amount of time, and it is removable.
So if you’re deciding between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 and need more fodder, here are two “lastability” tests to ponder about.