Mobile Phones at War: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

The newest phones released by Apple and Android are all the raves these days, and consumers have already started taking sides. So which is really better, the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3?

In this product comparison guide, we give you an overview of the feature of these two mobile phones and show you which phone gets plus points in certain aspects of mobile technology.

The Brain

Samsung Galaxy S3The iPhone 5 runs Apple’s iOS 6 while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has Android 4.1. When you compare the two, the main distinction between them is the number of features. The S3 is noticeably

feature-packed, and it has most of the iPhone’s features. For instance, while the iPhone 5 has Siri, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the S Voice. Some of the features of the S3 that you won’t find in the iPhone 5 are its face unlock and video multitasking features. And, the S3’s NFC-enabled apps are also better than those in the iPhone.

However, while the S3’s features may delight tech lovers, these may be the exact reasons tech newbies would hate this phone.  Its advanced technology and wide range of features can be a little complex for those who are not very technology-inclined. For these individuals, the simplistic system and ease of use of the iPhone will surely have more appeal.

The Body

iPhone 5The most distinctive difference between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 when it comes to their physical construction is the material they’re made of—the iPhone 5 is made from aluminum while the S3 is made from plastic. The iPhone 5 is thinner with its 7.6 mm width (compared to the S3’s 8.6 mm width) and lighter (112g vs. the S3’s 133g). The S3 gets a wider screen, which might be preferred by people who want a bigger screen space but might not be favored by those who find it difficult reaching from one side of the phone to the other. Other differences in the construction of the two phones are:

  1. The iPhone 5 has a more solid design with its hard lines while the Samsung Galaxy S3 is curvier.
  2. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has more color options. The iPhone 5 is offered only in black and white; the S3 is offered in the said colors, as well as in brown, grey, blue, and red.
  3. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a removable battery cover.

Other Features

Aside from the differences in the brain and body of the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3, they differ in other aspects. Each has advantages and disadvantages in specific areas of construction. Below are the advantages offered by each:

iPhone 5. Its camera features less shutter lag (it takes only a short moment for the camera to focus when taking pictures) and AF tracking (it reduces instances of getting shots that are out of focus).  This iPhone model also boasts of more internal storage space (up to 64GB) and more microphones (3) to ensure better audio quality.

Samsung Galaxy S3. Its camera features a serial shot mode (which allows users to take multiple photos in a row) and faster shutter speed (which enables users to photograph moving objects with no blurring). The S3 gets plus points when it comes to power. It does not only feature more battery power but also easier charging because of its removable battery and its USB compatibility.

The Verdict

The iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 stand out in distinct aspects. We give the iPhone 5 plus points for its user friendliness and ease of use. Both its software and body are designed for convenient browsing that is ideal for simple everyday tasks. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S3 gets plus points for its advanced features. This is perfect for those who are looking for a mobile phone that can really multitask. And with its power support, this phone is one hard worker—perfect for professionals.

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