Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 [Spoiler: S3 Takes Crown]

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Ever since it was released in July, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been one of the best-selling devices on the market. However this could change with the release of the iPhone 5 from Apple. So just how do the two devices match up to each other?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: which one comes out on top?

Apple always keeps tight lipped about what’s in their handset, which does make it hard to compare it against others in terms of hardware specs. All that they do say is that the device is twice as fast as the previous iPhone thanks to the new A6 processor. However don’t be misled into thinking that the iPhone 5 is quad core, as it is not.

The iPhone 5 has been popular since it came onto the scene and took 5 million pre-orders on launch weekend. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has sold more than 20 million units, these being in the first 100 days of the device being on the market and keeps selling well to this date.

Design technology: The Samsung Galaxy S3 weighs 133g and is 136.6×70.6×8.6mm. The iPhone 5 is 112g and has statistics of 123.8×58.6×7.6mm. Thanks to its lightness and thinness which is what cutting edge design in consumer electronics is all about, the iPhone 5 takes this category. Winner: iPhone 5

Viewing: The iPhone 5 has a 4 inch retina display with 1126 x 640 resolution and has Gorilla Glass protection. The display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 also has Gorilla Glass and is 4.8 inches with resolution of 1280 x 720. A recent test by DisplayMate comparing both screens pointed out that the S3 had a more advanced display as it showed the full gamut of NTSC. The iPhone 5 only managed 72 percent. Due to the better screen technology and the larger display, the S3 takes the lead. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

Compatibility & connectivity: Both of the devices have support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S3 also supports NFC, Wireless Chargine and DLNA. The S3 also charges via a standard microUSB cable while Apple have altered their proprietary connector, which means that you have to buy an adapter if you want to use older accessories. Thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S3 having a standard charging port and more connections options, it is the winner. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

Storage: Both phones come in the choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and they have 1GB of RAM, based on the S3 international version. The US version fo the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2GB RAM. The S3 shines though as it has support for SD card for expandable storage giving it an additional 64GB. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

Shooters: The cameras are 8 megapixels with LED flash and they have autofocus and both take video in HD. They also both have image stabilisation. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has smile detection, however it cannot match the BSI sensor on the iPhone 5, which means the latter takes the better photos in low light. Numerous camera tests in low light conditions have shown the iPhone 5 come out on top, only beaten by the Nokia Lumia 920. Winner: iPhone 5

Processor: The iPhone 5 runs on the Apple A6 processor with two Apple ARMv7 cores up to 1.3GHz, with triple core PowerVR SGX 543MP3. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the Exynos processor and four Cortex A9 cores with 1.4GHz and Mali 400 GPU (international model). For those who want to play games in 3D the winner has to be the Samsung Galaxy S3 thanks to its extra cores. And while the US version of the S3 comes with a dual core processor, it has 2GB of RAM which also comes in handy for games and media. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

Battery: The iPhone 5 has a battery of 1440mAh and this provides around eight hours talk time. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 2100mAh batter and this should offer around 11 hours and 40 minutes of talking on the 3G network. It does have to be said that the S3 didn’t live up to the expected 11 hours and 40 minutes during our battery test, and in fact came around the same as the iPhone 5, which means this is a draw. Winner: Draw

Software: The iPhone 5 has iOS 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 runs ICS Android 4.0 with an update to Jelly Bean on its way. This is a matter of personal choice, but if its customisation you want then the Samsung Galaxy S3 would win, thanks to Android. iOS on the other hand may be easier for some consumers to use and its streamlined interface means you wouldn’t need to spend anytime making it yours. It “just works.” Winner: Draw.

Style: When it comes to design the iPhone 5 does have the advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S3, as the plastic look of the S3 vs. the premium one of the iPhone 5 is no contest. Winner: iPhone 5

Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S3 won 4 points for its processor, display, connections and memory. The iPhone 5 collected 3 points thanks to dimensions, design and its camera. The handsets drew on battery life and OS. So while the S3 is (slightly) ahead, it is so close that in the end the OS will play the biggest part in your decision making.

Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.