Let’s see how the top two smartphones on the market right now, the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3, stack up against each other in a simple scoring basis. The device with the highest points takes the honor.
iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3
Apple has been a bit shy with the processor speed and RAM details, so a real comparison is hard. Its A6 chip is twice as fast as the iPhone 4S’ A5, but isn’t quad-core.
The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are immensely popular, with the iPhone 5 racking up 5 million pre-orders in its first 72 hours. The S3 has shifted 20 million units so far and is expected to have sold 30 million by New Year.
Design – The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 133g and 136.6×70.6×8.6mm. The iPhone 5 is 112g, and 123.8×58.6×7.6mm. With handheld devices, it’s all about thinness, lightness and ergonomics, so the iPhone 5 wins here. Winner: iPhone 5
Screen – The iPhone 5 has a 4” LED IPS TFT, 1,136x640p screen that’s protected by Gorilla Glass. The Samsung Galaxy S3 screen is also covered by Gorilla Glass, but is 4.8” with a 1,280x720p resolution. It also has much better screen tech suggests a recent DisplayMate test that compared NTSC gamuts, so the S3 wins this round. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
Connectivity – In terms of connectivity, both have LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has wireless charging, NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. You can charge the S3 with a generic microUSB cable, whereas the iPhone 5 needs to be charged by the power of fairy-thoughts… or that new dock that has caused some consternation, anyway. The extra connectivity options and the no-nonsense charging makes the S3 stand out here. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
Storage – While both phones have 16, 32 and 64GB storage options, the Samsung Galaxy S3 can expand up to another 64GB with a microSD card, so no contest. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
Cameras – Both phones have 8MP cameras that come with LED flash, autofocus and simultaneous HD video and stills capture. The S3 also has smile detection, but this pales into insignificance against the BSI sensor in the iPhone 5 that enables it to take great pics in murky light. The iPhone 5 wins out. Winner: iPhone 5
Processor – The iPhone 5 has an 1.3GHz A6 chip based around two ARMv7 cores. It also has a triple-core PowerVR SGX 543MP3. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 chipset and its graphics are dealt with by a Mali-400 GPU. This is great for serious multitasking or for 3D games. The US version of the S3 is dual-core, but compensates by having 2GB of RAM. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3
Battery life – The iPhone’s 1,440mAh battery gives eight hours of talk, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is supposed to give almost 12 hours, but in practice it’s not much better than the iPhone 5, so we have a tie based on real-world tests. Winner: Draw
Platforms – When it comes to operating systems, there’s a real difference – between iOS 6 and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s down to personal preference. iOS 6 is more user-friendly, as is way more streamlined. Android is easy to master, but HAS to be mastered, and customised to truly take advantage of its extra goodies. iOS 6 just happens – smoothly. With Android you’ll be able to fiddle with the workings, not just the looks. With iOS 6, it’s all done for you, and all you have to do is pick your fave ringtone and wallpaper. Winner: Draw
Style – In design, the iPhone 5 batters the Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s classy, sleek, minimalist etc etc etc…. The S3 looks and feels like it came out of a kiddies’ party bag. Apple scores again. Winner: iPhone 5
Bottom line – The Samsung Galaxy S3 gets four points to the iPhone’s three. It wins on display, processor, memory and connectivity. The iPhone 5 bests the S3 on design, camera and dimensions. It was a draw for OS and battery. Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3