iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 – Which is better ?

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy 3, which is a better phone?  The battle-lines are drawn and it is now the verdict of the people to decide which phone is really the king of smartphones.

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Following the spectacular legal win of Apple over Samsung over the ‘copyright’ issue, the former has now come out with  the much awaited  4G-enabled iPhone 5. Samsung has been having a honey-moon time with Galaxy reigning everywhere and Samsung Galaxy S3 finding a healthy resonance in every country it released.  In fact, the growth of Samsung as a brand in smartphones was an astonishing 43.6 percent in the months between April and June 2012  while Apple managed to hold on at 19 percent. However in these months, there was no release from  Apple, but now on September 12, with the release of iPhone 5, the  time is ripe to decide if iPhone 5  can really rival the might of the steadily growing Samsung Galaxy brand.

  Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 – Display and Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy  S3 has a 4.8 inch screen with Super AMOLED HD display and runs on 1280×720 pixel resolution. The Pixel Per Inch density is 302 PPI. The aspect ratio is 16:9 at 720p. As against this, the Apple iPhone 5 is a taller looking phone and has a longer display.  The iPhone 5 comes with a 4 inch display.  Though the display is not as wide as the iPhone 4s, it has a very effective resolution at 1136×640 resolutions with 326 PPI ratio.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighs 133 grams. As against this, the iPhone 5 measures 123.8 x 58.5 x 7.6 mm and weighs 112 grams. Plus  the iPhone 5 looks pretty sleek with the aluminum one-body design.

So if you are looking to buy a phone on the basis of size, choose Samsung Galaxy S3 if size matters to you. But if you are someone who likes a pocket-friendly phone with a compact, slim look and are wiling to forego some display space, then you can go for iPhone 5.

 Which has better Internal Hardware and processor – iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3 ?

The US version of Samsung Galaxy S3 or an LTE version is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC, that includes a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 220 GPU. The international version of Galaxy S3 has the Exynos 4412 Quad SoC from Samsung, one that combines  a 1.4 quad-core A9 processor with  a Mali 400MP GPU.

The iPhone 5 has the new Apple A6 SoC processor, which  is not quadcore but Apple emphasizes that the dual core inside the A6 is two times more powerful than the dual core processor used in the iPhone 4S. Though we have to still undergo tests to confirm this, we can safely say that the A6 is faster than the ASX chip that is found in iPad 3 which means you have no complaints whatsoever in the processing speed of iPhone 5.

The processor performance of iPhone 5 should be on par with  Samsung Galaxy S3’s international phone and considering Galaxy S3 is the world’s fastest smartphone,  the performance aspect is pretty much same for both phones. However, the US version of S3 (Qualcomm S4) is not as good specs wise compared to iPhone 5.

Camera – iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3

Both iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 are similar when it comes to the camera functionality; in the sense they make for good point and shoot features.  The S3 has an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera while the Galaxy S3 comes with an a 8-megapixel sensor with a 5-element lens and f/2.4 aperture as the main camera and a 720p secondary camera.

 Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top.  The User Interface on S3 is simplified compared to what we have seen on previous Galaxy models.  By October,  the Galaxy S3 users will get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade.

Apple dishes out their new  iOS 6 with the Apple iPhone . You still not get the benefit of customization  like you get from Android apps.  This website is for Android but even if we can forget that for some time,  one can say that Android is the best mobile operating system, especially if you are someone who likes the world of apps without being locked down to the whims and fancies of an operating system.

 Price – Which is cheaper – Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5 ?

The price of Samsung Galaxy  IS $600 for a 16 GB model.  The international version released May  2012. The US version that was launched a month later in June 2012 which is available unlocked also is also available at the same starting price.

The Apple iPhone 5 costs $199 for the 16 GB version and the 32 GB and 64 GB are priced at $299, and $399 respectively. All of these are on-contract rates.  The iPhone 5 released in the US on September 12, 2012 along with eight other countries and should be released in other parts of the world by December end.

So, which is a better smartphone ?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an added advantage of a bigger display and  a range of customizations that comes through the Android operating system.  The Apple iPhone has better internal specs

The Apple iPhone 5 has the advantage of a better optimized ecosystem, no LTE compromises, as well as slightly better internal specs. So, let us know, which according to you is a better smart phone – Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5 ?

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