Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

News Stephen Tenerowicz 20:26, Sep 12 2012

We compare two of hottest smartphones around: the Galaxy S3 and the newly-unveiled iPhone5

With Apple's iPhone 5 finally unveiled, some critics are no doubt already proclaiming it to be the best smartphone on the market. All this without a single review at all out there for consumption.

While there’s no escaping the fact that the iPhone 5 is obviously pretty amazing, we wanted to see if it is really the best and decided to compare it with the Galaxy S3.

Read on below for the full comparison!


Apple’s iPhone 5 runs on a dual-core Cortex-A15 processor. This is a huge deal because it means Apple beat both TI and Samsung on bringing A15s to market. The device also makes excellent use of the PowerVR GPU, which delivers solid gaming performance at reasonable temperatures, and the device has 1 GB of RAM RAM.

The iPhone comes in three flavors: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB but, offers no support for removable memory.

The Samsung Galaxy S3, on the other hand, is powered by the Exynos 4212 quad-core CPU, clocked to 1.4GHz. Its Mali-400MP GPU offers superb gaming performance and the device rocks 1GB RAM. It's without a doubt a beat.

Like the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S3 also features 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of storage, but the device also sports a micro SD slot, which supports cards up to 64GB capacity.

Winner – iPhone 5, hands down!


The iPhone 5 features a larger 4-inch HD display which operates at a pixel density of 326PPI. That's quite a bit more than the 306PPI found on the Galaxy S3.

From what we can tell, the new screen looks great and blows away all competitor's displays, save that found on the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920.

Winner – Apple iPhone 5


Apple’s iPhone 5 is powered by iOS6, and while the operating system is still the most user friendly and polished in the land, it is starting to feel a little tired and one-dimensional. The Galaxy S3 runs Android 4.0 with TouchWiz 5.0 on top.

One thing that will always work in Apple’s favor is its App Store, which offers over 725,000 apps (as of February 2012) – giving the iPhone 45 a huge software-based shot in the arm, allowing it to salvage a draw.

Android draws its software resources from the Google Play store – and current estimates (March 2012) put around 450,000 apps and games at users' fingertips.

Winner – iPhone 5


The Apple iPhone 45 sports an all-new, better 8-megapixel shooter which includes a3,264 x 2,448 backside-illuminated sensor. The camera also features a five-element lens, and f/2.4 aperture, which should make for better image quality in low-light situations. Considering the iPhone 4S already took some pretty good low-light photos, expect great things from this new camera.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 offers an 8-megapixel primary camera too, but its secondary is a 1.9-megapixel beast that is capable of 720P video capture!

The primary camera offers simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization and geo-tagging and also captures video at 1080P.

Output from the primary camera is generally very good, but not as good as the sample photos I'm seeing from the iPhone 5. Sorry, Samsung!

Winner – iPhone 5...again

And the overall winner is..

The iPhone 5

The devices are, in most areas, evenly matched, but the iPhone 5 seems to have just more polish so far. Again, this is just from what I can tell thus far. No review has been done yet.

While the 5 might be better, the choice between the two devices is largely subjective. They both offer an excellent experience, so don't discount the Galaxy S3 just yet.

What smarthone will you be buying? The Galaxy S3 or the newly-unveiled iPhone 5?



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