Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4S

Here is  a comparison of iphone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy S3 on factors like price, performance, camera, battery life, processor, software display, screen size etc.

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Once the iPhone 4S was launched without any jaw dropping unique features, a lot of us have been waiting for the launch of the next smartphone from the Samsung stable. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is finally going to be launched in the coming few months. Presented below is a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S.

The Design:

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has traditional design with smooth rounded edges that give it an oval-like shape. The rear portion is devoid of any bumps as the camera snugly fits into the casing. There is a smooth chrome finish that adorns the borders of the camera. The body is primary made of plastic and hence the device weighs just 133g. At 8.6 mm, the S3 is thinner than the iPhone 4S which is 9.3 mm thick. The S3 currently comes in two colors, i.e. glossy white and dark blue with metal brush effect. Other colors may be available in the future. The battery is removable, which is a big bonus.

The iPhone has a metal body and is thicker and heavier than the S3. It is easy to hold, but may not be as comfortable as the Samsung S3.

The Screen:

The screen on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is enormous at 4.7 inches. The display is an HD Super AMOLED screen that supports a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The bigger size of the screen may mean that the sub-pixels per pixel count is low, but a user will hardly feel the difference. One can see a vibrant display of colors with the deepest of blacks and the brightest of whites making high definition videos, text and photos very clear.

The iPhone 4S has a 3.5 inch screen and a resolution of 960×640 pixels, which is lower than the S3. The 4S comes with retina eye display that makes for clearer viewing of videos and pictures.

The Processor:

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes equipped with a powerful quad-core processor that can clock speeds of 1.4 GHz, in addition to 1 GB of RAM. This combined with the big display will enable users to enjoy high definition videos and beefy games without any glitches or stutter issues. The high end processor reduces the redundancy of the S3, as one can continue using this smartphone, even when newer ones are launched.

The IPhone 4S is equipped with a Dual Core A9 processor that can achieve speeds of 1 GHz, which is lesser than the Samsung Galaxy S3. Also, the RAM is just 512 MB. However, the performance given by the 4S is not that far behind and one can definitely play videos and games with ease on this device.

The Software and Apps:

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with the fantastic Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The OS is however modified with Samsung’s customized user interface, TouchWiz. This may be inconvenient for users as it results in a number of unwanted bloatware and preinstalled widgets and apps. However, the plethora of new features and apps that accompanies the OS more than make up for it. The S3 comes with the S Beam, which allows transfer of large files via Wi-Fi; Pop up Play, which can be used by users to concurrently access videos while doing other tasks and S Voice, which is Siri-like voice assistant that enables users to use voice commands to access music, call, etc. Also, one can use voice control along with facial recognition to unlock the smartphone.

The iPhone 4S comes with the iOS 5, which has its own unique selling points. It was the first one to come up with Siri, the digital voice assistant. Moreover, one can have access to the Apple Store, which has one of the largest collections of apps.

The Storage and Battery:

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16/32/64 GB internal storage capacities. It also has the option for a MicroSD card slot. The storage capabilities of the S3 do not stop here. Every purchase of the smartphone comes with a two year, 50 GB option for DropBox app. The users can thus dump all their data in the cloud and access it from any place. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a very powerful 2100mAh battery. Since the screen is very large, the battery time has yet to be tested under working conditions.

The iPhone 4S comes with just 16/32/64 GB internal storage capabilities with no options for a microSD card slot. The battery is non-removable and has power capacity of 1420mAh. It is known to give up to 7 hours of battery time on a single charge.

The Camera:

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera that can be used for video calling. The rear camera has a number of features such as zero shutter lag, facial recognition (on the front camera as well), burst photography, etc.

The iPhone 4S has an 8 megapixel rear camera with features such as face detection, geo-tagging, etc., and a VGA front facing camera.

The Price:

The Samsung Galaxy S3 will be available for $199-$299 on a two year contract and for $700-$800 as an unlocked phone.

The iPhone 4S is available for $199 on a two year contract and for $749 as an unlocked phone.

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