Thursday, September 13, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

When it comes to rivalry in the smartphone Universe, the dispute does not come any more intense than it is between Apple’s iPhone line and Samsung’s Galaxy S line.

Samsung and Apple are the two absolute leaders in the smartphone market, account for 50% of the smartphones sold each month (Apple sells an iPhone for any two smartphones sold by Samsung) and 90% of all profits made during the first quarter by all smartphone manufacturers, not to mention that the two giants and are involved in numerous legal battles across the globe.

For all intents and purposes, I find it fairly safe to claim that Apple is Samsung’s nemesis and vice versa, which is kind of a strange thing considering that the South Korean giant has manufactured a lot of the components that you can find in the new Apple iPad and the iPhone 4S. Apple is now rumored to diversify its supply chain sources, although reason dictates that this will surely draw a moderate hole in the Cupertino based profit margins.

Now that Apple has finally unveiled the most hyped smartphone in the history of mankind (it’s funny how I used to say the exact same thing about the Samsung Galaxy S3 when I was comparing it against the HTC One X a few months back), it is time for a thorough analysis of the differences between the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Though it will be difficult for Android lovers as well as for Apple fan boys to come to a conclusion on which phone is superior than the other but the only thing to cheer about is that in a constant completion effort by Apple and Samsung, end customer can hope for better innovation and better value for their money. So, to give you an in depth analysis, here we are with the point-to-point comparison chart which will help you to differentiate in terms of specs disclosed by Apple.

Comparison ParameterSamsung Galaxy S3Apple iPhone 5
Operating SystemAndroid Ice Cream Sandwich**Upgradeable to JellybeanIOS 6
Screen Size & Pixels4.8 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels4.0 inches with 640 x 1136 pixels
Network BandGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900LTE**In Select CountriesGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900LTE 700 MHz Class 13 / 17 (Verizon & AT&T)
Dimensions136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm123.8 x 58.5 x 7.6 mm
Weight133 gms112 gms
Screen TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colorsLED backlit IPS TFT with 16M colors
CPU & ChipsetExynos 4412 Quad CoreApple A6 Quad Core
FM RadioStereo FM with RDSNot Available
Rear Camera8 MP with 3264×2448 pixels & LED Flash with Simultaneous HD video and image recording8 MP with 3264×2448 pixels & LED Flash
Secondary Camera1.9 MP with Recording at 720p@30fps1.3 MP with Recording at 720p@30fps
Sim CardMicro SIMNano SIM
USB ConnectivitySupports USB on the GoDoesn’t Support USB On the Go, Normal USB Connectivity
Connectivity Standards / SpeedHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 MbpsDC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Plus Cellular
Internal Memory Options16/32/64 GB storage16/32/64 GB storage
External SD Card SupportYes, maximum up to 64GBNot Available
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 with A2DP Support and EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP Support
NFCYesNot Available
FM RecordingYesNot Available
ColorsPebble Blue, Marble White, Garnet RedBlack & White
BatteryLi-Ion 2100 mAhLi-Po 1440 mAH
Stand By Time590hrs225hrs
AvailabilityNow Available in Stores Near YouFrom September 21 in Select Countries
PriceCountry DependentStarting $199**With 2 years Contract
So which one is better: the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5? Well, I know most of you were hoping for a definitive answer, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s really all about personal preference!

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the advantage of a bigger display and an array of customizations that can be made thanks to its Android operating system.
The Apple iPhone 5 has the advantage of a better optimized ecosystem, no LTE compromises, as well as slightly better internal specs.
So what do you guys think? Which one is better and why? Drop us a line in the comment section below and share your takes, will you?

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  1. Nice Comparison Between Iphone and Samsung Mobiles I have never Ever Seen Such a useful Content

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  3. For me it's the Samsung Galaxy S3 !! But with the next iPhone6... ;)