iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: You’d Swear They’re Twins

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 may have its faults but these have been overlooked as it is one of the best-selling handsets. The device to some people fails when it comes to looks but others love its gentle curves, thinness and the bezel which is spaced out evenly. However it’s when you get hold of it that the shine is taken away thanks to the plastic.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: more alike than you think

When Apple revealed the iPhone 5 it has a premium look and it oozes of high quality materials. The 4 inch Retina screen is covered with Gorilla Glass and has been stretched longer with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The design of the case is aluminum unibody and it is thinner and lighter than any other iPhone. However you do have to ask yourself if the makeover of the iPhone 5 has been big enough? The Samsung Galxy S3 does look more appealing visually while the iPhone 5 wins when it comes to high quality materials but still looks a lot like its predecessor, leaving it a draw.

The visuals of the Samsung Galaxy S3 are crystal clear thanks to the 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display and a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 with 306ppi. The screen of the iPhone 5 is now 4 inches and it has a resolution of 1136 x 640 with 326ppi. The iPhone 5 does have the advantage here with its Retina display which offers superb colors and clarity and so wins.

Storage wise the iPhone 5 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions but it has no option for SD card. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in the same versions but it has support for SD card expansion and so it has the advantage over the iPhone 5. This means that it wins.

The iPhone 5 runs on the latest A6 processor from Apple while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the Exynos A9 Cortex at 1.4GHz. The S3 should win here in benchmarks however when it comes to regular usage both handsets should be just as good and so they draw.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on Android 4.0 with Jelly Bean update coming soon and the iPhone 5 has the latest iOS6. With the update due any day for the S3 both have the latest updates of their respective OS’s. So this is another draw.

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an 8 megapixel shooter with many features including zero shutter lag and the option to record video in 1080p and capture stills when recording. There is also a camera on the front which takes video at 720p. The iPhone 5 has an 8 megapixel iSight camera which matches that of the S3 in every way and takes photos faster than ever before. It too has video at 1080p with the main camera and 720p with the secondary. This has to be a draw.


The iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 do share many similarities when you think about it. Both have high resolution displays with gorilla glass protection, LTE, almost equally capable dual-core processors, 8MP shooters with HD video recording both front and rear and almost identical battery life. Being so identical, the deciding factor will no doubt be the mobile OS i.e. Android or iOS.

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