You can get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S3 cheaper than you can the iPhone 5. But will the cost of the unlocked handset alone be enough to sway people one way or the other?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: best bang for the buck (unlocked & with contract)
With the launch of the new iPhone 5, the cost of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected to further drop. It already dropped earlier this week when the iPhone 5 was unveiled, as well as when the Galaxy Note 2 was first announced. PopHerald reports that retailers have said that the iPhone 5 16GB unlocked models will be on sale for around $750 to $800, $850 for 3GB and the top end 64GB almost touching $950.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is around $600 to $650 for the 16GB version unlocked while the 32GB costs around $690 to $720. By the end of September it is thought that the price tag for the 16GB S3 will be around $550 to $580 thanks to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Now that will put an even bigger price difference between the iPhone 5 & Samsung Galaxy S3, with the mid-32GB models for each brand showing an up to $300 gap between each other.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on the quad core processor with 1GB of RAM and it has a superb 4.8 inch display and an 8 megapixel camera. It runs ICS Android 4.0 and it will get the update to Jelly Bean very soon.
The iPhone 5 is run by the A6 processor and has support for LTE around the world. It comes with iOS 6 which is the latest OS from Apple and it has the 4 inch Retina display. The new iPhone 5 has an 8 megapixel camera but it has been improved over the camera on the iPhone 4S. In the US it will be available on all the major networks which support LTE.
Samsung say that the Galaxy S3 will have sold more than 30 million devices by the end of the 2012 and the handset may outsell any other Android device, which also includes the S2.
The iPhone 5 meanwhile has become the most popular iPhone to date when it made more than 2 million pre-orders within just 24 hours. This was double the amount of pre-orders of the iPhone 4S. it is thought that the iPhone 5 will sell around 10 million units before the end of September.
Given that both devices are almost evenly match when it comes to specs, the lower price tag of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is without a doubt the best bang for the buck if you’re shopping around for a top-end smartphone. Furthermore, if you plan on getting the devices on contract, the Samsung Galaxy S3 also has the iPhone 5 beat in this area. Comparing the base models, the cheapest iPhone 5 we’ve seen advertised so far is the $189.99 iPhone 5 16GB via Walmart. As for the Samsung Galaxy S3, last week Amazon dropped the device to just $99 on contract, and from next week T-Mobile will be holding a “no money down” sale whereby you can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 for free with a two-year plan.