Apple and Samsung are locked in a pretty fierce battle legally, but what about their hardware? Likely the biggest competitor the new iPhone, or iPhone 5 as some call it, will be the already launched Samsung Galaxy S3. Why not the Note 2? Let’s face it, kinda hard to truly compare phablets to standard smartphones. The iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 though, are similar in size and overall features.
With that in mind, let’s compare the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3.
Wait… iPhone 5 isn’t announced yet? True, but let’s look at the alleged specs– based on what we know- versus the S3.
Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: Display
- Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: Display
- Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: Operating System
- Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: Battery Life
- Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: Processor & RAM
- Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: New Pin Connector
- The Bottom Line
The iPhone 5 is rumored to change up the screen size with a new 4-inch screen with a 1,136×640 IPS resolution. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S3 has a 4.8-inch screen with a higher resolution at 1,280×720.
If bigger screen and higher resolution mean anything to you, Samsung is the winner here.
Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: Operating System
The iPhone 5 is expected to run the upcoming iOS 6. This version has improved SIRI functionality, better Facebook and Twitter integartion, and event a new payment system app titled Passbook.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S3 runs ICS, even though the newest version is now Jelly Bean. ICS is great but until it gets Jelly Bean (which it will)- iOS 6 is probably the better OS in many ways, such as security and SIRI.
Once Jelly Bean comes to the S3 though, it’s probably pretty fairly tied. Of course part of this depends on you, some people like the open-nature of Android, others prefer the more secure nature found with Apple products.
Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: Battery Life
The iPhone 5 gets a slightly better battery this time around with a 1140 mAh battery, versus the 1130 mAh battery in the iPhone 4S. The Galaxy S, though, has a 2100 mAh battery- making it the winner here.
IF the iPhone 5 is truly getting 4G LTE this time around, the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins since it will likely have better battery life. If the new iPhone doesn’t feature LTE though? Many will be annoyed to not have 4G, but the battery life will probably be comparable.
Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: Processor & RAM
Admittedly, we don’t know much for sure about the iPhone 5 processor or RAM. Based on past history though, I’d wager that the new iPhone will be pretty close, if not a tie in processing speed and RAM.
Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5 rumored specs: New Pin Connector
The iPhone 5 is changing up the pin connector. This means new accessories, or at least the use of an adapter to use old iPhone/iPad accessories with it. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S3 uses the standard micro-USB format which ensures it pretty wide compatibility with non-Apple smartphone accessories.
The Bottom Line
So which is better? Honestly, it’s not as simple as that in the battle of Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5. First of all, we don’t really that all the rumored features for the new iPhone will come to pass. Second, preference plays a pretty big role here.
If you like Android better, you’ll get the Galaxy S3 over this thing. If you like iOS better, you will stick to the iPhone 5.
What about those in the middle, without a clear preference to Android or iOS? Other factors will likely come into play. How important is side-loading and the open-nature of Android to you? Want the security and larger app library that comes with iOS?
Both devices are looking to be pretty closely matched, and both are certainly appealing. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S3 versus iPhone 5, which do you think you’d rather have?