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An In-depth Comparison Between iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3

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Ever since it has been launched, the iPhones became unrivalled for being “the ultimate smartphone”.  But lately, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was able to make a breakthrough in the smartphone market.  Not only was the Samsung S3 phone able to present top-notch features, it was able to grab the attention of the world as the most sellable high-end smartphone.  If you want to buy the best smartphone, then here’s a face-off between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The Operating Systems

iPhones use Apple’s exclusive operating system – the iOS while Samsung is in collaboration with Google’s Android Operating System.  Apple’s iOS looks very different from the Android OS.  Android is being lauded for being fully customizable and user-friendly.  As for being user-friendly, the same can be said of the iOS .  Apple’s iOS isn’t that big on customization though.  What makes the iOS rock among the iPhone users is that is looks very elegant and neat – truly a mark of the posh Apple products.  Since Samsung has Android, of course all of the basic Google features are there – gmail, Google Maps, Youtube, Google Now, and Gtalk.  Since Apple has an independent OS, it allows its users to add whatever features they prefer.

The Hardware

The iPhone is popular for its durability.  Of course, the iPhone 5 stands true to this claim by its manufacturers.  The iPhone 5 is mostly made from steel and glass.  The Samsung S3, though it may be made from plastic, is made from only the best plastic materials.  The screen width of the S3 is 4.8” while that of the iPhone 5 is 4”.  The S3 has removable memory cards and can be upgraded.  iPhone 5 does not allow this feature.  If you want a lighter phone, then you should go for the iPhone 5, since it weighs 116 g compared to the S3’s 133 g weight.  There is also a significant difference between the processors –   iPhone 5 is in dual core while the S3 provides a smoother processing at quad core.  Battery life is both great.   It seems like Siri is the best in what she does.  Many are commenting on how all of the Samsung’s phone assistant could need a little more polishing.

The Audio, Video and Camera

Who wouldn’t love to use their phones for listening to music and watching videos?  Since the iPhone was conceptualized from the iPod, it provides the best audio experience to all of its users.  iTunes still remains to be the best music store.  It also comes with software that can help in organizing your entire musical collection.  Android will not be left behind with the different App stores that can provide you with a great musical experience too.  The S3 users have access to an audio system that has the combined features of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify.  The video quality of both phones are similar because of the superior screen resolution that both phones boast of.  You can watch Youtube videos and any other videos you fancy without your eyes getting hurt.   Though Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts of having the best camera among the Android phones, the iPhone 5 still has a better camera.  Apple’s flagship phone is definitely the best for taking pictures and making videos.  If there is something that both phones could tie on, it is on the recording capacity at 1080p.

The Apps and Games

Both of the App stores of Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 have 700,000 apps to choose from.  This is enough proof that the Google Play store is clearly catching up with iTunes.  If you want the App store with the better quality, the iPhone 5 users have an edge.  Maybe this has something to do with the number of years that Apple have been running their App store.  Maybe the advantage that Google Play has over Apple’s App store is they allow their users to install the Apps manually in a computer and then just have it on the Samsung Galaxy S3 through the micro SD card.  This method is more flexible compared to iPhone 5’s style – having Apps installed from the phone alone. Whatever phone you decide to settle on, one thing is certain, both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is great as a work phone for people on the go.  For this reason, more business telephone service providers such as AT&T have been reporting of an increase in their popularity.  Recently, more small businesses are availing of the RingCentral business telephone services because it allows a greater use of VoIP.  When you have access to VoIP, you don’t have to be confined in one physical setting.  You can work even when you are traveling or just chilling in the park.  Best of all, you smartphones can be transformed into a powerful business tool.  How cool is that?

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Leiden Johnson is a photographer by trade but loves all those geeky, tech stuff and the outdoors. If she's not working or going out, you can see her in front of her computer either writing about anything or playing MMORPG’s which helps her to be more creative in her photoshoots. Follow her on Twitter.



  1. myles

    February 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Definitely I would go with iPhone, iOS is still a better operating system as compared to Android. 😉

    • Seth

      February 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      I really think that the operating system is one of the major benefits of the Galaxy S3 vs. the Iphone. It is much more customizable and powerful in my opinion. Then again, Android seems to have a slight lag compared to iOS, something which iphone users notice really easily when picking up an Android.

      • Dillon

        February 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        And the screen on the S3 is amazing!

      • Elijah

        February 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        In my opinion the OS should be the deciding factor – the hardware is too similar to sway the decision one way or another.

  2. Julia Spencer

    February 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Many thanks for such a comparative analysis. The situation became quite clear for me, and I think that all readers will be able to decide what telephone is better for them and for their needs

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  3. Julia

    February 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Great comparison! I have the iPhone and my brother has the S3 and I can say that they are very good both but according to me the iPhone is a little more powerful.

  4. Daniel

    February 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for taking the time to write this, I enjoyed reading your post and found it very interesting I also bookmarked your blog.

  5. Edward

    April 26, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Samsung Galaxy its awesome i love it.

  6. santosh Kumar

    June 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Both are same in some functionality. game and some apps are more different. nice discussion of blog.

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