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Galaxy S3 Or iPhone 5: More Bang For The Buck

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is now cheaper than the iPhone 5, but will this bargain be enough to turn people away from Apple? Let’s see what both devices have to offer and which ultimately gives you the more bang for the buck.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: best value for money

The price of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has fallen since the iPhone 5 was announced and will no doubt continue to fall in anticipation of the Galaxy Note 2. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is currently around $600-650 for the 16GB version, and the 32GB is between $690-720. By mid-October the price tag may be as low as $550-580 for the 16GB suggest analysts. This means that there’ll be an even bigger price gulf between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 which generally hold its price tag right up to around when the next model is ready for the limelight.

Now the specs. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a quad-core chip with 1GB of RAM, a 4.8” display and an 8MP camera. It started off on ICS but the Jelly Bean update is rolling out now in Europe with the US expected to follow shortly.

The iPhone 5 has an A6 chip and worldwide LTE support. It has iOS 6 and a 4” retina screen. It also has an 8MP camera which has been improved since the 4S. It’ll be available on all major US LTE networks.

Samsung claims that its flagship device will have sold more than 30 million units by 2013, and that it may well outstrip all other Android phones, including the S2.

The iPhone 5 became the fastest-selling iPhone when it got more than two million pre-orders within 24 hours of launch – double the number of 4S pre-orders. Apple is expecting to top 10 million sales by the end of the month.

As the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are pretty well matched in specs terms, the lower price of the S3 means that this device gives you better value for money if you’re after a premium smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also beats the iPhone 5 on contracts – the cheapest iPhone 5 (16GB) is available from Walmart for $189.99, whereas Amazon has the S3 on contract for $99. T-Mobile also has its “no money down” sale on at the moment, so you can get a S3 for free with a two-year tie-in. And then there is Sprint’s upcoming Black Friday ads which were leaked and showing the S3 for $49.99 with contract come next month.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.