With the iPhone 5 a reality now, let’s see how it measures up in the great smartphone prizefight against the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 (comparison review)
Everyone knew that the iPhone 5 would be a great seller, but it would have been so much better if Apple had released it last year instead of the 4S. In the last 12 months, Android makers have really upped their game and have released some awesome smartphones that the iPhone 5 is only on a par with. It also means that Apple has put all its eggs in one (very slender and stylish) basket.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a very powerful phone and quite similar to the iPhone 5 in that you can make calls and send texts from both these phones, and they both have great specs to offer. But it is in the finer details that things start to look quite different. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an Exynos chip and the iPhone 5 has the A6. Both are reportedly almost on par with each other. The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins out, however by offering a lot of “extras” that the iconic iPhone brand steer clear of – In the memory stakes it has microSD card support up to 64GB, and you can also watch your entire video library on that amazing 4.8” screen. The iPhone 5 has a 4” screen that is great, but not that great. There’s also still no SD support, so you’re maxed out at 64GB, whereas even the cheapest 16GB S3 can expand up to 80GB with an external card.
Both phones have 8MP cameras on the back, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.9MP front camera compared to the iPhone 5 0.9MP offering. The rear cameras on both can take video at a 1080p resolution, and the S3 records at 30fps. It also supports picture-in-picture playback so you can watch your videos while performing other tasks. There’s also sharing functions like Shareshot, Buddy Share and NFC, which is like Bluetooth plus.
The iPhone 5 has had a mixed reception thanks to the fact that its design hasn’t changed much – it looks like a longer 4S, in fact. The Samsung Galaxy S3, however, has helped Samsung to catch up with Apple as the Korean giant continues to be relentless in pushing the boundaries of what smartphones can and cannot do. Ultimately it’s up to you to choose which phone you want – a device packed with more features than you may possibly want or the latest evolution in the iconic iPhone brand which can also cut it with the best.