The Samsung Galaxy S3 recently replaced the iPhone 4S in the top-seller slot. The iPhone 5 has just six weeks in which to beat the S3 and its 30 million plus sales and reclaim the title for Apple. So what does each phone have going for it?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 has the advantage of being the thinnest phone in the world. It’s way thinner and lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S3, and has the glass and aluminium industrial look we all know and love. It definitely looks better than the S3.
The iPhone 5 now has a 4”, 16:9 screen. It’s longer, but has the same width. The new aspect ratio might be a problem for unoptimised apps, which will have to show black bars at the ends of the screen until app developers get on the case. The Samsung Galaxy S3 screen is bigger, and so is better for watching films and playing games, even though its size makes one-handed handling hard. Another difference in the screens is their tech – the iPhone 5 has an IPS Retina display and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has Super AMOLED. AMOLED gives deep blacks and intense, hyper-real colours, whereas IPS is more natural looking and brighter, which means it performs better outdoors.
On paper the cameras draw, as they’re both 8MP, but the iPhone 5 BSI sensor wipes the floor with the Samsung Galaxy S3 camera in low light, so it wins.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a quad-core Exynos chip which should beat the iPhone 5 dual-core A6 chip. Apple traditionally gives its chips just enough oomph to run iOS without glitches, but the fact that the OS is a huge part of the running of a phone means that the iPhone 5 runs just as well as the Galaxy S3. The US Samsung Galaxy S3 has a dual-core chip with 2GB of RAM, which is thought to run better than the international version. So, the two rivals are equal, until JB gets to all S3s, that is. An ICS S3, however, lags behind the iPhone 5 for now in benchmarks.
The iPhone 5 has that annoying Lightning connector that renders lots of older Apple accessories obsolete – unless you buy an adapter. Most Apple fans would have preferred a bigger body with the old connector, more battery and NFC, probably. But Apple chose to go with thin and light and hence some changes (and sacrifices need to be made).
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has NFC, MHL and an SD card. MHL lets users drag and drop content files without having to use third party syncing software, as well as play HD videos through an HDMI lead. Both phones have 4G LTE, but more storage, a removable battery and NFC make the S3 a better prospect.
The falling price of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is also a big draw – you can get it from $99 on Amazon and Wirefly. The iPhone 5 starts at twice this, and, given that the S3 is aging well, makes Samsung look better and better.
iOS 6 is of course streamlined and easier to use than Android. Android does, however, offer much more customisation. Neither OS will disappoint, though.
iPhone 5 sales have been affected by supply problems as well but according to the latest supply checks by analysts, it has been resolved. So Apple might catch up to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and exact revenge on Samsung. Analysts think that sales of the iPhone 5 will be at 26 million by Christmas, so let’s hope they were being conservative.
Cupertino would love to outrun the Samsung Galaxy S3 at the last moment and steal back its crown, but it’ll need to giddy on up with international sales if it want to make it happen.