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Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5?

Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5?

Now we're not suggesting one phone over another, but  I've noticed a lot of buzz trending on the battle between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5.  These two tech smart devices can confuse any savvy shopper.  So let's compare: The iPhone 5 launched to mixed reviews – some were mad happy about the iPhone 5, and some others found it lackluster and pedestrian. The Samsung Galaxy S3 came out this summer and met with glowing reviews worldwide – its only real criticism was the cheap plastic back. So, which phone is the daddy at the moment? Let’s take a look at the specs and features to find the answer.

The iPhone 5 is a beautiful piece of work – it’s thin and made of glass and metal. The back of the iPhone 5 is in three columns, which makes it look intricate and delicate. It weighs just 112g, so is lighter than the 4S.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in six colour variants, and is curvy and chunky compared to the iPhone 5. It’s wider, fatter and heavier, at 133g. Design wise it is no contest, Apple takes the cake. Winner: iPhone 5

Apple has slightly redesigned the iPhone 5 display – it is now 4” with a 1,136x640p. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also benefitting from a larger SuperAMOLED display – 4.8”. Both screens are HD and have 16:9 ratios, so size is the clincher in this case. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has an 8MP camera, as well as a burst mode, smile detection, blurring and contrast choices, blink detection. These add-ons are great, but they still don’t help it to catch up to the BSI sensor on the iPhone 5. It just can’t take low light photos as well as the iPhone 5, so the 5 wins this round. Winner: iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 has the latest Apple OS – iOS 6, as well as an updated App Store and better iCloud support. Siri has also had a revamp. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with Ice Cream Sandwich, but is waiting for Jelly Bean. The OS choice is tough. To sum up; if you’re after something that leaps out of the box and gets to work, go for iOS 6. If you prefer tinkering a bit to get your phone how you want – launchers, default apps and so on – then go for Android. Winner: It’s up to you!

The iPhone 5 has an A6 chip, which gives better and faster processing. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core chip, as well as 1GB of RAM. These two phones are almost on the same level, despite clock speeds and extra cores, if you look at the Geekbench test scores. There’s very little difference in ops too since both platforms work buttery smooth. Heavy multitasking, watching HD movies, and general UI performance when loading apps all show smooth performance. Winner: Draw.

The iPhone 5 battery is 1,440mAh, which gives you around eight hours to talk or 10 hours on Wi-Fi. The Samsung Galaxy S3 battery is bigger, and promises to give around twice the usage, but in real life it doesn’t. Tests with a looped video and WiFi on showed that both phones gave up at around 7.5 hours. Winner: Draw. Both phones have 16, 32 and 64GB options, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 can be expanded up to 64GB with a microSD card. The winner is clear. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3.

Connectivity: The Samsung Galaxy S3 uses a generic microUSB cable like most other smartphones on any platform. The iPhone 5 has a specific, proprietary new connector that only works with the iPhone 5 – it doesn’t work even with any other iOS 6 gadgets on the market at the moment. The iPhone 5 lacks NFC, wireless charging and MHL. So the S3 wins out in this respect. Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

Both of these phones are market leaders – they have drawn in four categories and scored three points each. As the phones are evenly matched with just the OS platform depending on your personal preference, your choice will be based on whether you like using iOS 6 or Android ICS.


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