iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3
Last week Apple released the latest version of their extremely popular iPhone – the iPhone 5. Since the iPhone’s introduction five years ago, it has revolutionised how we view not just phones, but also personal devices and gadgets. The iPhone has consistently been one of the most sought-after smartphones and despite stiff competition from based on Android- and Windows Phone-based devices, it doesn’t seem to be in any danger of being pushed down to second place. But is it good enough to fend off the challenge from Samsung’s powerful Galaxy S3?
Ask anyone which smartphone they’d really like to own, price not being an issue – the likelihood is that the answer will be a swift “iPhone!” Not only in affluent nations but in countries such as India, demand for iPhone is incredible, especially among the demand in the category for best-in-league mobile phones in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and other urban cities of the fast-developing nation.
However, others, especially those who prefer Android-based cellphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy series, would like to contest that. Well, the iPhone 5 is out and will be up against the Samsung Galaxy S3, which has become the Korean teach giant’s flagship device.
So if you’re confused as to which of these smartphones is the best for you, read on:
The Galaxy S3 is Samsung’s follow-up to the best-selling S2, and if market reaction means anything, it’s even more popular with the gadget freaks. The S3 boasts a 720×1280 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen well-regarded for its deep blacks and colour reproduction. Featuring an 8 megapixel main camera that can record at 1080p (Full HD) and a quad-core processor, the S3 is a powerhouse. Running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich It offers excellent integration with Google’s services.
The 1GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of external storage are well-complemented by expandable storage (up to 64 GB). The S2 also features Samsung’s TouchWiz interface and some rather neat features like S-Beam (NFC for use in Google Wallet), Smart Stay (which keeps the screen on for as long as you are looking at it) and S-Voice (voice commands).
The iPhone 5 is the latest smartphone from the folks at Apple. A 640×1136 4” Retina screen is fitted in the glass-and-aluminium body. A dual core processor keeps things humming smoothly, while the 1GB of memory is more than adequate for the iOS version 6 the iPhone 5 comes with. The iPhone also featured Apple’s new mapping service and close integration with Apple’s iCloud.
Head-to-Head: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy 3
Head to head, the two contenders – the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 – seem about evenly-matched. The Samsung has a larger screen while Apple offers a slightly-sharper resolution. However, the S3’s deep blacks have to be seen to be believed. Both have excellent cameras, although the iPhone 5 has a narrow edge in low-light performance. Both can now work on next-generation LTE networks, and both also have their own voice command system – Siri in the iPhone and S-Voice in the S3. One area where the S3 edges the iPhone out is the NFC capability which should be of use once mobile payments take off. However, the iPhone, with its better battery life of 11 hours versus the S3’s 8 hours, should appeal to those who like going a full day without having to recharge.
The Verdict: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy 3
Both the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 are excellent devices in their own right and it does get difficult to choose. What might eventually tip the balance is the ‘ecosystem’ you have invested in – if you have plenty of apps on Google Play, the S3 wins, while if you’re upgrading from an older iPhone, the iPhone 5 makes more sense. Hands on, both offer a smooth experience, although iOS, with its ‘walled garden’, might be better for those less technically-inclined!
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