Specs Comparison: Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

Apple’s sixth iPhone has been revealed. Its iteration namely the iPhone 5 as expected features a larger screen, a faster processor and a slightly improved camera. So which one should you buy – the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Apple iPhone 5? It is an unavoidable battle between the two most popular mobile devices in recent years and although the S III was (in hardware terms) far superior to the predecessor (iPhone 4S), the iPhone 5 is certainly more adept to compete with Korean Giant’s flagship device. Here is a comparison between the two smartphone kings.

Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

Ergonomics, Design and Screen:

The iPhone 5 is 123.8 mm lengthwise, 58.6 mm breadthwise and merely 7.6 mm thick. The phone weighs 112 g only. The S III measures 136.6 mm in length, 70.6 mm in breadth and 8.6 mm in thickness. The S III weighs 133 g. Apple seems to have taken some strong steps to make the iPhone 5 as thin as possible. But that doesn’t mean that the iPhone 5 cannot rest comfortably in one’s hand. The edges of the iPhone 5 are slightly beveled rather than sharp which makes the phone hand-friendly. The S III has an all plastic finish with a flimsy ultra-thin back cover. This has caused a lot of criticism as the phone doesn’t have a premium feel. In the iPhone 5 on the other hand, the aluminum back plate feels lovely and the all-aluminum chassis gives it a distinguished feel. The iPhone 5 has a LED backlit display of 4 inches with a resolution of 640 * 1136 pixels. Apple has retained the Retina display feature in the new iPhone screen. The S III on the other hand has an amazing Super AMOLED display of 4.8 inches with a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels. The phones have different screen tech types that have their own advantages and disadvantages. Super AMOLED displays have superb black response and vivid colors but the IPS screens used in the iPhone tend to look more natural. While the 4.8 inch screen of the S III is impressive it might be too wide for some hands.

OS:

The Apple iPhone 5 is equipped with iOS 6 while the S III runs on Android 4.0.4. There are some tweaks in the iOS such as the improved Siri feature. There has been some noticeable effort to take the overhyped and under-featured personal assistant to a more useful level. The iPhone 5 is driven by the brand new Apple A6 chipset processor. Other details of the CPU haven’t been revealed yet. The S III however is driven by a quad core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and packed with an impressive Exynos 4412 chip. With these figures, the S III is likely to beat the next iPhone’s processor specs.

Memory:

The phones come in three models based on internal memory – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB each available with 1 GB RAM. The iPhone 5 as usual doesn’t include a micro SD slot. The S III has a micro SD slot that can house up to 64 GB.

Camera:

The camera in the iPhone 5 has only been slightly upgraded. It has an 8 MP shooter in the rear using a pretty standard LED flash. It can shoot 1080p video. The S III camera is an 8 MP sensor too but with reams of features as image stabilization, touch focus, 108p video capture and LED flash. However, the image quality may not be as great as that of the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 has a 1.2 MP front facing camera that can also shoot 720p video. The S III has a 1.9 MP sensor as its secondary camera.

Connectivity:

The iPhone 5 like its predecessor has a dual antenna system. Apple has included 4G LTE connectivity in the phone. The new features in the iPhone 5 include the use of an 8 pin connector over the 30 pin connector that was used earlier. As usual, it doesn’t have a microSIM slot. Since there is no way of expanding the memory, you are practically tied to iTunes for transferring music and pictures to your iPhone. The S III however, is pretty much polar opposite in its approach. It lets you use micro SD cards and follows the micro USB standard. Additionally it is a MHL compliant too able to output HD video with surround sound audio to an HDMI port.

Battery Life:

The iPhone 5’s Li-Po battery offers about 8 hours of talk time. The S III has a 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery and offers more than 21 hours of talk time.

Price:

The S III is available around $670 USD. Price of the iPhone 5 is as per variants, $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB on two year contract.

Wrap Up:

This isn’t just a battle between the S III and the iPhone 5 but is actually the definition of the case between iOS and Android, between Apple and Google. The S III is more flexible, offers option of expandable memory and a more malleable OS. The iPhone 5 however has a more premium feel and has a much friendlier design for those with not so large hands.

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