iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy 3, the ultimate in Android vs iOS

One of Android’s top seller versus Apple latest iOS smartphone goes one-on-one — the iPhone 5 vs. the Galaxy S3. But OS aside, we looked at both devices and pit their hardware features against each other.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has been launched in the Philippines since May this year and Apple’s iPhone 5 is yet to be released. Samsung’s got a head-start but Apple has the advantage of time to polish its contender.

Display. The Galaxy S3 comes in a large 4.8-inch Super HD AMOLED display while the iPhone 5 only has a 4-inch Retina Display. Both screens have pixel density that’s above 300ppi so there’s no noticeable difference in resolution. Samsung gets the score for a bigger screen, a move that Apple is following by increasing the display size of the iPhone. Galaxy S3: 1, iPhone 5: 0.

Network. The iPhone 5 can run on selected LTE networks and so is the Galaxy S3 (in some regions). The international version of both phones also supports HSPA+. It’s an easy tie for the two phones. Galaxy S3: 1, iPhone 5: 1.

Camera. Both the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 sport an 8-megapixel rear camera that records full HD 1080p videos at 30fps. It’s a tie again for both. We made numerous tests on the Galaxy S3 in our previous review here and so far, the sample photos/videos we took using the iPhone 5 is as impressive. We say it’s a tie.Galaxy S3: 1, iPhone 5: 1.

Storage. Internal storage is normally at the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB range for the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3. However, you can extend the storage of the Galaxy S3 with an additional 64GB microSD card (to a total of 128GB). This gives the S3 an edge. Galaxy S3: 1, iPhone 5: 0.

Battery. Battery is a huge consideration with any smartphone. The Galaxy S3 has a removable 2100mAh battery while the iPhone 5 has a non-removable 1440mAh battery. The S3 wins by a mile, not because it has a higher capacity but because it’s user-removable. Galaxy S3: 1, iPhone 5: 0.

Build Quality. Samsung takes a bit of criticism for using plastic materials in the Galaxy S3’s body. Apple has been doing impressive work with the build quality and materials for the iPhone 5 with a combination of aluminum and glass parts in a thinner body. The iPhone 5 wins this round. Galaxy S3: 0, iPhone 5: 1.

OS. The choice between iOS and Android is a matter of personal choice. The strength of iOS integration and refine-ness is contrasted by Android’s flexibility and customizability. Both platforms have their merits so it’s a tie. Galaxy S3: 1, iPhone 5: 1.

Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 specs:
4.8-inch Super HD AMOLED screen @ 1280×720 pixels (306ppi)
1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor
Mali-400MP GPU
16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD card
HSPA+ up to 21Mbps, LTE 100Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi Bonding
8MP rear camera with LED flash
1080p @ 30fps video recording
1.9MP front-facing camera
720p HD video recording
GPS w/ aGPS support
2,100mAh Li-Ion battery
Android 4.0 ICS with TouchWiz UX

Apple iPhone 5 specs:
4-inch display @ 1136×640 pixel, 326 ppi
Apple A6 chip @ 1.2GHz dual-core
16GB, 32GB, 64GB
HSPA+, LTE up to 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Bluetooth 4.0
8MP rear camera, LED flash
1080p video recording
1.2MP front-facing camera @ 720p
1440mAh battery
iOS 6

There are other several minor features we no longer highlighted in the match-up above — like NFC and FM Radio tuner.

We wanted to include the suggested retail price as another criteria but since the iPhone 5 is not yet officially released in the country, we can’t really compare them yet. However, based on previous year’s pricing, both smartphones might be within the same price range.

In our tally above, the Galaxy S3 got 6 points while the iPhone 5 got 4 points. The Galaxy S3 wins by several notches against the iPhone 5. Again, it’s still a matter of personal taste and for this case the lines are drawn not by the hardware but mostly by the operating system.

142 Comments on this Post

  1. LG Optimus G.
    Gangnam style rocks……………..

  2. Sorry but this review fails in many respects.

    First, the new A6 processor as pointed out by AnandTech and as shown in recent benchmarks outperforms every other smartphone in the Market. Galaxy S3 is Quad Core but only the A6 managed to get a dual core (custom Armv7s) architecture in Samsung’s SOC. This means your galaxy s3 with 64 FPU is easily outgunned by the 128 dual FPU A6. Even Samsung itself could not get it right. FACT –

    Also please leave the reviewing to professionals like AnandTech, you sound like a marketing strategist for Samsung. This post is zero cred. Sorry

  3. What? S3 wins on display? The only winning aspect of the s3 when it comes to display is it’s size. Then again, a lot of people wouldn’t want a huge 4.8″ in a phone. Like for me 4″ to 4.3″ is the ideal phone screen. The S3’s screen is pentile too (red,green,blue,green each pixel). Means even if the screen’s ppi is 306 or whatever, it would still show pixelation and turn everything greenish. Even it’s color gamut is way way beyond the proper calibration, making everything look fake, oversaturated, and far too different from what you would see on other monitors. While the iphone5’s sRGB(proper red,green,blue each pixel) screen has virtually perfect color gamut like the one on the new iPad. Meaning each and every color are represented faithfully. Even the display of HTC’s OneX shts on S3’s big time. Try viewing the same pic on the two phones and you’ll see the obvious difference.

  4. Pitchblack08

    Before I used iP4s and I had a good time with it naman. Very simple and everything seems to be so useful. I’m satified sa connectivity nya and sa simple interface nya however there are missing features like Bluetooth connectivity, Can’t load music directly from the internet so I switched to Android I and currently using GS III and I am ulitmately satisfied with it kasi may mga features ung GS III na wala ung iPhone 4s which is to my advantage. Well, I’m not saying that iPhone not a great phone, infact it is. But for me mas d’best tlga ang GS III. I believe naman kasi na kanya kanya yan eh. We just have to use the phone to our advantage. Kung anu sa Tingin nyo mas useful yun nalang.

    Regarding this review, I can say biased siya. But cguro na sabi ng ng author to cuz’ he might be an android/GS III user.

    Bottom line, phone is a phone, it is now a basic need in which we use to call and send sms to our loved ones. The benchmarks can’t measure these.

  5. Hindi naman porket mas malaki, mas panalo.. Pano dun sa iba na hindi kaya ng kamay yung bigger fones like GSIII.. Walang kwenta ang bigger fones if di ganun kaganda ang display.. And for me, apple’s retina display is the best.. And its iOS 6 is faster than others.. :))

  6. KurtTrevor

    Apple fanboys. Grow up. I love my S3.

    • @KurtTrevor
      You should grow up. Now listen up.

      I love fanboys. I really do. I can see nothing wrong with someone liking something too much. Sure, the crazier fanboys may be deluded but who are they hurting? 

      That’s why I will always back the fanboys in any argument with the troll or troll like flamebaiters. I don’t care if the trolls are right because they’re joyless gits who seem to enjoy ruining other people’s fun. 

      Look at it this way, there are many popular artists who I don’t like but I don’t go and stand outside their concerts and make fun of their fans. If they’re having fun and not hurting anyone then I say good for them. Similarly there are some Apple fans who are deluded or who lack a sense of proportion but why should that matter? I don’t go to Blackberry fansites and take the piss out of them because of the plastic keyboards and falling sales. I don’t try to make Nokia fans feel bad for their preferred brand’s lack of recent success. I don’t tease and poke Samsung fans when the jury ruled  them to pay  over a billion dollar for blatant copying and willfully infringing on Apple’s design and IP. Why would I? 

      I don’t consider you/them as  big Android fan/s but rather that you/they spend so much time flaming Apple. That’s a negative sort of fanboyism. It’s small minded and unpleasant. 

      I love Apple products. If you or anyone else loves products by any other company, cool. It’s all about being happy, when you get down to it.

  7. Well first off I would take any android phone over any apple product.
    it’s a open market. Open source.
    More options & you can enjoy & learn to program if you like.
    Apple will not allow anything in there market they don’t approve first. In a way this is good but mainly bad.
    android has more free apps then apple.

    Yes apple has a better screen Better cpu but lacks in usage for us advanced people.
    Itunes will never be allowed on any of my pc’s nomatter how much you offer me. too many past security risks. Also apple can shut your phone down anytime they wish. Also they could uninstall your apps on you if they find them to be illegal etc.

    with android you don’t have those issues. & there is many syncing apps for android. Even for us we use linux which has many compatible apps.
    top apps for android for me would be airdroid, call control, unsure which nav app I like best yet. random rings (private), winamp & many many more.
    Oh ya did I forget to mention these are all free? Don’t forget lookout for when you misplace your cell.

    • I dont really think you are an advanced user. Lol. Apple dont really lack usage. You just need to JAILBREAK it! That is, if you know how. I loved Android but arranging and customizing widgets gets old and boring. I even went to the point that i flash ROM after ROM on my S3. It gets boring i tell you. When it comes to iOS, it’s pretty boring to begin with so it never really gets old. S3 which has 4 cores stil lags. I dont know why the hell but the home screen keeps on reloading after doing something (browsing web) after a while and pressing home. Its annoying. And it never happens with my iPhone4 whoch is a single core phone. LOL. It all boils down to OS optimization. Android has a long way to go when it comes to OS optimization. My nexus 7 is as fluid as Android gets but still behind my iPad’s buttery fluidity. You don’t really get to use those widgets day to day. And all the Apps are free. Apple or Android. You just know how things work. And Appstore is better than Playstore by tenfold. At least for now. Especially the tablet market.

  8. i still go with android, it always go over iOS excep stability. :) consider that android is still fresh, so there are stil a lot of things to be polished. but obviously, flexibility and customization android go over.


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