iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Big Name vs Big Muscle

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Now that we know all about the iPhone 5, we can see how it stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S3, 2012’s best-seller so far.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: a closer look

There’s no doubt that the iPhone 5 will sell like hot cakes, but it would have been even better if it had come out last year instead of the 4S. There is loads of Android phones around right now that are as capable as the iPhone 5, making Apple an also-ran in the smartphone race. It also means that the company hung all its hopes on this one device.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a powerhouse but not that different from the iPhone 5. They both have brilliant specs. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the Exynos and the iPhone 5 the A6 processor. The Samsung S3 Galaxy S3 goes by the notion of bigger is better in just about every aspect. It flexes its muscles when it comes to bigger storage (supports up to 64GB external storage), bigger battery (11 hours vs 9 hours on iPhone 5), bigger screen and higher clocked processor (1.4GHz quad core vs 1.1GHz dual-core iPhone 5).

Both phones have 8MP cameras, but the iPhone 5 has a 0.9MP front camera compared to the 1.9MP camera on the front of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Both rear cameras take 1,080p video, with the S3 recording at 30fps. You can also have picture-in-picture playback with the S3, which means you can watch your videos while doing other stuff. You’ll also be able to use sharing widgets like Buddy Share, Shareshot and NFC.

The iPhone 5 however continues to live up to its iconic iPhone name. It has the gorgeous looks of its predecessors the 4 and 4S, but is taller and thinner. It now has color coded edges to give it that truly luxurious feel and iOS 6 brings a ton of new features (200 to be exact) to the iPhone ecosystem.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a real match for the iPhone 5, so ultimately it comes down to personal choice when you decide which handset to go for. Samsung was quick to put the iPhone 5 up against its Galaxy S3 in a string of ads which compared both devices spec to spec, as it was confident it had more muscle. Apple, as they so confidently stated, called the iPhone 5 the “best thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone”. You can’t go wrong with either one of these devices.

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.