Date added: 12-03-2013
Both Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 5 smartphones are a few months old now, with each having their own followers. Some argue that Apple products only imply quality and that is demonstrated by the light-in-weight, attractive looking. There are also an equal number of Samsung Galaxy S3 fans who just love its customizable features, its long battery life and relatively affordable price.
Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 are both quite popular. However if the price factor is taken into account, then Samsung Galaxy S3 is a bit cheaper than Apple iPhone 5. This is one of the reasons, why its sales have soared in recent months. Both these smart phones are definitely one of the best buys now. You can make your pick between the two, depending on your liking, its features and your budget.
Look & FeelComparison for Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5
If you are looking at both these smart phones objectively, then both phones are equally good in terms of their designing and built. Apple iPhone 5 is not much different from iPhone 4S in terms of its look. With aluminum casing, toughened glass at its top and bottom and less width (58.6mm). Apple iPhone 5 is also thinner and sleeker than its predecessor,which is a good improvement. The only major addition in the designing of iPhone5 is the new connector - Lightning port which has caused a lot of complains as many of the users iPhone 4/4S accessories are becoming irrelevant.
Unlike iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 has a plastic feel to it. However the plastic look is actually deceptive, as it is manufactured from superior quality materials including durable polycarbonate. With its exclusive Corning Gorilla Glass II on its front side, this smartphone is stunning and nearly indestructible. Samsung GalaxyS3 is however slightly wider than the more compact iPhone 5 with 70.6mm and a bit heavier (133 grams) than iPhone 5 (112 grams). Though there is a slight difference in weight, it is actually insignificant, as both these light-weight smart phones can be easily carried in your pocket.
The one point where Samsung Galaxy S3 has a slight edge over iPhone 5 is its availability in different colors. Samsung Galaxy S3 is available in 6 different colors, as opposed to the only two finishes of black and white that iPhone 5 offers.
Comparing Hardware for Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy S3 uses quad core processor, which is definitely better than the dual processor Apple A6 adopted by Apple iPhone 5. In terms of battery life, Samsung Galaxy S3 will through iPhone 5 out of balance. The camera of both these smart phones is first-rate. Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 offer 8 mega pixel cameras at their rear end. While the Panorama mode of iPhone 5 is intuitive and superb, the Smart Stay feature of Samsung Galaxy S3 is brilliant. However the Siri voice help in iPhone 5 is slightly less perfect than the S voice of Samsung in HD mode.
Interms of connectivity, iPhone 5 uses its proprietary lightning port for connectivity and only offers 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. Samsung Galaxy S3 on the other hand offers several connection choices with 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct,4G, LTE and NFC connectivity.
Though both these smartphones offer application stores, settings menu, application lists, etc., there are considerable differences in iOS of iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Android operating system. On the one hand, where iOS has a more locked propriety OS, Android Openness offers a number of features. In fact Samsung Galaxy S3 is packed with so many features, including an in-built task manager that your applications run smoothly in the background, without needing to open them again and again. With special features likes like microSD, 2 GB of RAM and NFC included, Samsung Galaxy S3 is definitely more worthy than iPhone 5 in this department.
Comparing Software for Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5
Interms of software, Apple iPhone 5 has not made any note worthy improvement than its predecessor. The only thing you can do is move your icons in the desired area and change your ringtones, home screen and backgrounds. Compared to iPhone5, Samsung Galaxy S3 has superior software. With 7 home screens, application icons, customizable widgets (you can also download them) and ringtones and flexibility to change or add animated backgrounds, these are a number of features that the Android offers.
The maps are another department that Apple iPhone 5 needs to improve on. Apple has tried to replace Google Maps with Apple Maps in iPhone 5. However this is turning out to be a disaster. With Samsung Galaxy S3 accessing Google docs, calendar,YouTube, Google Maps, Google search and other features of Google are not at all a problem.
Downloading games, videos and music is not at all a problem with both these smartphones. On the one hand where Apple play God in controlling what applications can be uploaded to their APP Store & installed on their devices, Samsung Galaxy S3 has a massive Android application store while being less restrictive on which applications can be added & what you can installed on your device. This is one point where the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a clear winner.
Samsung Galaxy S3: Apple iPhone 5
Release Date: September 2012 Release Date: May 2012
Operating System: Android Operating System: iOS
OS version: Android 4.1 OS version: iOS 6
Dimensions: 136.6x70.6x8.6 mm Dimensions: 123.8x58.6x7.6 mm
Weight: 133 grams Weight: 112 grams
Screen Size: 4.8 inches Screen Size: 4.0 inches
Display Resolution: 1280x720 pixels Display Resolution: 1136x640 pixels
Camera (Rear): 8 megapixel Camera (Rear): 8 megapixel
Camera (Front): 1.9 megapixel Camera (Front): 1.2 megapixel
Battery (Standby): 830 hours Battery (Standby): 225 hours
Battery (Talktime): 22 hours Battery (Talktime): 8 hours
RAM: 1024MB, Quad Core processor RAM: 1024MB, Dual Core processor
Summary for SamsungGalaxy S3 vs. Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5 is much more compact, thin, fast and a bit taller in height. It also has a good display, battery life, audio-video capability and camera (best during daytime). Samsung Galaxy S3 too has a good design, camera, longer battery life and more applications. However, in totality Samsung Galaxy S3 has a much better hardware (more RAM and improved Battery life, CPU, and GPU),improved operating system, great software and easy access to Google. Coupled with lower price, Samsung Galaxy S3 definitely scores a few more points than Apple iPhone 5.