iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Where Has The Magic Gone?

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So, we all enjoyed the iPhone 5 hype before the big event, but now it’s among us, we can get going with the comparisons. So how does it stand up against the Samsung Galaxy S3?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: has the magic gone?

Previous iPhone unveilings have had a magical quality, but this time round it feels almost routine. This is made worse by the fact that Apple’s rivals have been working overtime to get some high-end and revolutionary smartphones out. Last Wednesday, Apple released some more details about iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, but it seemed that this latest device doesn’t bring anything special to the party. A lot of analysts reckon the iPhone 5 has no real innovation, and it’s drawing a lot of criticism.

Direct comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S3

The weekend saw an ad from Samsung that compared the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S3, but naughty Samsung forgot about a few features that would help Apple’s case, so we’re having a more objective rundown here.

The iPhone 5 is immediately noticeable for its high-end body design – aluminum and glass, and its low weight. Unfortunately, Apple rivals are putting out phones with similar components for fewer bucks.

Apple’s data sheets say that the new A6 chip and the new GPU are twice as fast as the iPhone 4S’, but Tim Cook didn’t say anything about the chipset last week. It’s thought that the chip is twice the speed because it’s integrated into the phone with Cortex-A15 processors. There’s no firm info about clock speeds just yet, and only a benchmark test will prove if the iPhone 5 chips are faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3. However if the Geekbench results that leaked over last week are anything to go by, the Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean beats out iPhone 5 running iOS 6.

The event promised more battery life, and the data sheet says the iPhone 5 will give up to eight hours on 3G and LTE and as much as 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Against the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note, this is no great shakes and in fact below the Androids. You also have to remember that the iPhone 5 battery is still non-removable.

The iPhone 5 has a 4” screen with a 1,136×640 resolution, giving a pixel density of 326ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” screen and a ppi 0f 306 due to its 1,280×720 pixel resolution. So, the iPhone 5 isn’t much better than the S3 at all. HD resolution is becoming more commonplace among Android smartphones, with even the Nokia Lumia 920 having a 1,280x768p resolution. The Lumia 920 also also has 332ppi, better than the iPhone 5 and bigger too.

Memory Storage: The iPhone 5 has three storage sizes – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, but it still lacks a card slot. The smallest Samsung Galaxy S3 option – the 16GB – supports a 64GB micro-SD card, so can store up to 80GB. With the card, the 64GB version has double the storage capacity of the iPhone 5 at 128GB.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 can offer users the same or even better value and features than the iPhone 5, and it’s also cheaper – on or off contract.

While we do criticize the iPhone 5 because it didn’t bring anything “revolutionary” or “magical” as some say to the table, we have to remember than the competition was different 6 years ago when the original iPhone launched. At that time Apple could get by on a yearly release cycle as its competitors were well behind in the smartphone game. However times have since changed and companies like Samsung are firing out innovative Android devices with groundbreaking new features faster than anyone else can.

While legions of Apple fans will be camping out to pick up the latest iPhone 5 in a couple of days, Apple needs to remember what made the iPhone brand iconic in the past – design and innovation. Sticking with almost the same design for 3 years now and releasing hardware that is just up to par with what was already on the market since the start of 2012 doesn’t live up to this legacy.

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.